Honda Element Camper – Bed

I finally finished the 2D drawings and 3D model of my Honda Element Camper Bed. For background, this earlier post give a full tour of the camper and some of the design goals I was trying to balance. While this design provides all the details that tailor it for an Element, I think it could also be useful for any other vehicle.

If you end up using these plans in any way, I would LOVE to hear about it!

Compared to my previous bed, the design for this one has several changes to make it easier to build. The main one is that I used off-the-shelf lumber. When I was building the first one, I had a bunch of wood for a heavy duty pallet that I ended up ripping into smaller boards on the table saw. The results is that all the dimensions of all the boards were a little non-standard.

The previous bed also had small gaps between all the slats, which led to a lot of fine tuning and sanding to get the pull-out sections to slide smoothly. For this new design, only 3 slats slide against each other for each pull-out section, and the rest have much larger gaps, which resulted in zero fine tuning – phew.

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CAD assembly of the full bed. The blue and green shapes are the custom shapes that tailor the bed to an Element.

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expanded bed

Here is the actual STEP file: Honda Element Bed v26 AmyMakesStuff.step

Here is the 2D assembly drawing: Honda Element Bed Drawing v9 AmyMakesStuff

Honda Element Bed Drawing v9 AmyMakesStuff

The assembly drawing provides a lot of key dimensions. For any that I missed, feel free to reference the 3D model.

The last page is a full cut list you can use to plan out how much and what kind of material you need to get.

Honda Element Bed Drawing v9 cut list AmyMakesStuff

Its super satisfying to cut a big pile of pieces and then just non-stop assemble!

For the Honda Element specifically, here are the 2D 1:1 scale PDFs of the two funny shapes that fit the contours of the vehicle interior: Honda Element Bed TEMPLATE v1 AmyMakesStuff For tips on how to print them out, check out the video I made for how to print out full-scale templates for the my Element shelf/desk unit.

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installed

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expanded

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glamour shot of the slats

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underbelly

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room for 2x Sterlite 28Q (27L) Tupperware. I usually keep food + cooking stuff in one and have one for spare gear/clothes.

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curve fitting 1

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curve fitting 2

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curve fitting 3

Full in-process build video:

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13 thoughts on “Honda Element Camper – Bed

  1. Awesome job Amy on all levels. I appreciate you sharing detailed plans with cut list, saving me a lot of time in trial and error work. Thank you

  2. Nice design. A little heavy though. However weight is difficult to avoid. In the past, I would modify a camping cot, by using material and 4-inch soft foam rubber, and 3/8 plywood panels. Cut the panels to fit the cot or area of interest. Then staple the material around the foam rubber on the plywood panels. Very cheep and easy to do. The current ones I am using are over 10 years old.

  3. Amy thank you SO MUCH for sharing your knowledge! I had found your page awhile back while searching for Element Micro camper builds and was planning on trying to make this just by the video. I am planning a 48 state trip in the next few years and I know this will make it much easier. I looked it up today while at the lumber store and low and behold you posted the most AMAZING and easy to follow build with a supply list no less. I have almost all of the pieces and I’ll be attempting creation in the next few weeks. I’d love to know your camping tips for long trips too and an idea of what works best for cooking 🙂

    • Woo!! Exciting build and more exciting trip! Really the longest trip I’ve ever done was only about 2 weeks and that was years ago, so not sure I have too much advice to share. I’ll have to think about that. For cooking, I am a huge fan of the Coleman bottle top stove because they work so well and break down very small. I’ve never needed more than one burner and try really hard to make only one pot dirty if I cook at all. I find I’m able to keep that stove, a small pot, plenty of utensils, plates, cups, and even a bunch of oatmeal all in one big Tupperware.

  4. Amy thank you SO MUCH for sharing your knowledge! I had found your page awhile back while searching for Element Micro camper builds and was planning on trying to make this just by the video. I am planning a 48 state trip in the next few years and I know this will make it much easier. I looked it up today while at the lumber store and low and behold you posted the most AMAZING and easy to follow build with a supply list no less. I have almost all of the pieces and I’ll be attempting creation in the next few weeks. I’d love to know your camping tips for long trips too and an idea of what works best for cooking 🙂

  5. hi,Amy,i saw your video many times,never saw the lady did it like you,you are great the woodworker,i proud of you.thank you for share. Mark Chan

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