Designing the Van Part 34 – Storage at a Premium

I awoke the next morning to a head full of wild schemes for more storage. I realised that the space under the back seats would not be enough to accommodate our wares and I wanted something simple for our clothes to live in.

There was a space above the seating area which was high enough not to cause skull fractures when standing up and wide enough to fit a good amount of garments and I was in the mood to exploit it.

I had some MDF left over and a tub full of door handles, knobs, hinges and little right angled things which made it possible to fix things at, well, right angles to each other. These latter items would prove invaluable in my quest to build a cupboard of epic proportions.

Before I get to the crux of it I want to go back in time to when I was about six years old. At that age I was a Lego supremo and given the limitations of the little coloured blocks back then the things I could cultivate with them was nothing short of incredible. Whatever the challenge, I rose to it.

Then one day at a local toy shop I spotted a Lego competition and decided to get involved. As is always the case with me, when the stakes are high I do my utmost to fail. It’s not that I don’t want to compete, just that I like to destroy expectations and create a balanced, harmonious environment for myself to excel in further down the line.

With that in mind I built a shack with a roof that didn’t even fit. I can’t remember what the prize was and I didn’t care at the time, I just wanted to build something shocking.

Thirty something years later the same happened again. I built a cupboard which was suspended on a single plank of wood from the side of the van. I still to this day don’t know how it hasn’t fallen down but I’m grateful for its doggedness.

I feel for it really as it was definitely a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ but there it hangs now; two sides, two single hinged doors, a base and some right angle fixy things with a couple of sliding bolts that don’t quite keep it shut.

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