For a lot of SUVs, a great sleeping setup is the “table,” where you’ve got a sheet of plywood that is held up off of the floor of the SUV by 2×4 supports at the corners. Your bed and bedding material go on top of the plywood, and your gear goes underneath. It looks something like this:
I saw an interesting variation on this theme when I was browsing Reddit and came across this post by user FuzzyHugMonster. He uses small buckets as supports for the plywood platform. I asked FuzzyHugMonster if I could share the photos here, and he agreed. Here they are:
The buckets are smaller 2-gallon ones (these ones, to be exact) instead of the larger 5-gallon ones. I think this is a great setup because it’s cheap, non-permanent, and easy to install/remove. (I’ve seen similar setups with plastic milk crates instead of buckets.) Note how the bucket on the left is right-side up while the two on the right are upside down. Buckets placed right-side up can be used for storage if necessary.
Here’s another picture:
Check out the blue water jug on the right side of the photo. It’s bungeed to what looks like a bench or small table—a great use of space. And in the middle of the photo is a blue bag, which is an Ikea shopping bag. These things are great for hauling gear. My girlfriend and I went tubing on a river the other day, and I put our two tubes, two life jackets, flip-flops, two towels, sunscreen, and two water bottles into the bag and easily carried it to and from my SUV. And the best part about those bags? They’re just 99 cents. (Look for them next to the checkout lines at your closest Ikea.)
Here’s one final shot of the Bronco’s interior in the sleeping configuration:
Looks cozy, doesn’t it?