the original Canterbury Pitt table also provided the bridge/support for the various bed layouts

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The current set up in the back of my Canterbury Pitt inspired VW split screen camper interior is for a bed/day bed in the rear, but this is pretty narrow (600mm!) so more suited to a child than my stocky 6’2″+ frame! As I’m not that keen on the existing faded and poor fitting loose covers, it might be time to start looking at slightly changing the layout or sleeping arrangements as well? If so, more seat cushions would be needed, therefore more fabric etc. – this is how projects begin to rapidly spiral and grow!

four cushion arrangement to make a day bed/child's single bed
four cushion arrangement to make a day bed/child’s single bed
four cushion arrangement to make a day bed/child's single bed
four cushion arrangement to make a day bed/child’s single bed

You can see the faded nature and poor fitting of the existing thin lose covers on the seats, so any updates to this will really transform the whole look and feel of the interior space!

some plywood/MDF inserts are used to span the gap to make the day bed/child's bed layout
some plywood/MDF inserts are used to span the gap to make the day bed/child’s bed layout

To make the existing bed/day bed up, there is a mixture of three small rectangular sheets of  MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and plywood that are used to span and bridge the gap between the rear 3/4 bench seat and the front buddy seat. If there were more cushions, this could actually form part of a better wrap around corner seating layout, much like the original bulkhead version of the Canterbury Pitt interior made in its ‘open plan’ alternative seating arrangement layout…

the original Canterbury Pitt ‘open plan’ alternative seating arrangement
the original Canterbury Pitt ‘open plan’ alternative seating arrangement

Although, I’m not keen on the make do nature of the three small rectangular sheets of MDF/Plywood used to currently span the gap. Originally this job would have be done by the Canterbury Pitt table top itself, and it would make a 3/4 width (small double) bed, which would be much more useful and practical.

the original Canterbury Pitt table also provided the bridge/support for the various bed layouts
the original Canterbury Pitt table also provided the bridge/support for the various bed layouts

When using the original Canterbury Pitt table as the bridge/support between the rear and bulkhead seats, various bed layouts could be achieved within the open plan layout design it provided. It really was a very flexible design solution!

the original Canterbury Pitt offered a variety of flexible sleeping arrangements
the original Canterbury Pitt offered a variety of flexible sleeping arrangements

I guess this is the challenge of trying to adapt a Canterbury Pitt interior to a walk through, rather than the standard bulkhead model VW camper.

My interior is not a clean ‘blank canvas’ as such, as apart from the Canterbury Pitt 3/4 rear bench seat, buddy seat, rear units/draws and door mounted cooker, there are already existing curtain tracks in place, and reference points in terms of colours from the front seats and all the door cards and panels, all of which are in decent condition. So as these would be staying, any changes would need to work with these existing elements. I also didn’t want to get into wholesale changes of the interior layout, as by and large it is in good condition, so maybe it just needed slight alterations to make it work better with my requirements?

Decisions, decisions…

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