IKEA used in surprising ways in duo’s van conversion

Items from the Blue and Yellow store takes centerstage in 60sq.
ft. van conversion.

This shows IKEA can help you make a home out of anything.

Grace and Marlon Aquino spent $1,000 at IKEA (and a few other
stores) to turn their 2017 Ram Promaster Cargo Van into a tiny home
on wheels.

van life

Grace in their van, nicknamed Flippie

When they first bought the van their immediate thought was to
hire professionals to build it, as they had little experience in
building anything. But it turned out more expensive than they could

So they turned to IKEA. They figured it was not only inexpensive
but also easy to build and mount.

It’s the first time the duo has done anything like this — a
van conversion for a nomadic lifestyle. Despite being newbies at
this, they’ve effectively leveraged on IKEA’s options for
versatility and small space living.

They have moved in since April this year. Prior to #Vanlife,
they have been living minimally out of their backpacks for over a
year. So, having a tiny space of their own may actually be a

This is the van before conversion

before the build

It’s a 2017 Ram Promster 1500 Cargo Van with a 60 sq.ft.
interior. The roof is low but comfortable enough for both Grace and
her husband to stand in.

The first thing they did (besides insulation) was to set the
floor plan. Nevertheless, they still wanted it open-ended. Meaning
… everything can be easily taken apart and switched around if

The bedroom

The couple decided on placing the bed behind the cockpit because
they didn’t want to have to build a platform. As it turned out,
this made the van seem more spacious with the kitchen the rear.

Their bed of choice is the BALKARP Sleeper Bed, which can be
converted into a couch.

BALKARP sleeper bed for camper van

Marlon mounted LIXHULT cabinets above the bed to take advantage
of the vertical space.

bed in camper van

The kitchen

rear view of build

kitchen was perfect for their purposes. On the walls, they hit up
10 SKÅDIS pegboards and
covered every inch with it. This proved useful in keeping cooking
utensils, chopping boards and kitchen necessities in place,
especially in a moving vehicle.

IKEA skadis pegboard for van conversion

A RASKOG cart (without caster wheels) stands as the pantry.

IKEA SUNNERSTA for van conversion

The Dining

Grace did the same thing on the wall opposite the kitchen.

They mounted a BESTÅ BURS Desk, which serves as a place to eat
and work.


TRONES shoe boxes were installed above the desk for more
overhead storage.

van life, van conversion

What do you think of their mobile home? Can you live in one for
the long haul?


The full documentation of their camper van conversion and
vanlife is on Grace’s blog, The
Sweet Savory Life

Photos courtesy of
The Sweet Savory Life

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