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Platform over rear cargo space

I have a 4 seater bench and the space behind it is great for storing our stuff for our trips.

I was looking at it and it hit me that I could have a platform over the cargo area as high as the seat headrest.


This will be used to take naps or sleep overnight as well as store light objects like cannolis.

What should I use to construct it and keep it light?
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Check out the Harbor Freight Tri Fold Loading ramp. It is light and easy to modify.
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You can just make a cube out of 2x4 and put plywood on top. Make it pretty with paint on the wood and carpet on the plywood.
If you want to get heavier dutier, the sides could be sheerwalls, basically plywood on end. Then you'd only need a bottom cross piece at the front end, right behind the seat.

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You can just make a cube out of 2x4 and put plywood on top. Make it pretty with paint on the wood and carpet on the plywood.
If you want to get heavier dutier, the sides could be sheerwalls, basically plywood on end. Then you'd only need a bottom cross piece at the front end, right behind the seat.
I'm trying to picture it:
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I like the harbor Fright ramp, I am not sure if the entire thing will fit behind the seat, I should be able to attach it to wooden legs as I have a finished passenger van.
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You can just make a cube out of 2x4 and put plywood on top. Make it pretty with paint on the wood and carpet on the plywood.
If you want to get heavier dutier, the sides could be sheerwalls, basically plywood on end. Then you'd only need a bottom cross piece at the front end, right behind the seat.
2x4 will span the 64 inches across the seats, I am looking to support my extra chunky behind at 210 lbs,

2x2 legs to support it?
cross brace behind the seats and cross brace on the sides with 1x3s, I want to avoid touching the plastic and seat to prevent squeaking as I drive.

H frame out of 2x4 for top platform and
then legs out of 2x2 with 1x3 cross braced.

Fasteners - screws? nails? which one? what size please

I will make the top 1 Pieces glued and nailed/scewed, the legs with bolts so I can take em off and store the platform if needed.
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I'm trying to picture it:

That looks very comfy
Yeap it has the features I need, carpet, tiered structure and storage spots, lol
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I like the harbor Fright ramp, I am not sure if the entire thing will fit behind the seat, I should be able to attach it to wooden legs as I have a finished passenger van.
Each section is riveted to the next with a hinge and aluminum rivets. The rivets drill out easily.

Or you could buy some 80/20 excursions and make your own system.
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Each section is riveted to the next with a hinge and aluminum rivets. The rivets drill out easily.

Or you could buy some 80/20 excursions and make your own system.
Yes Sir, I love the aluminum idea, and I bet the top H frame for the bed will be super lite if I used square tube alu stock, but I don't have a welder and welding skills unfortunately.
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Suspect 1 1/2" Polyiso R-Max insulation with 1/4" plywood faces glued to the Polyiso would make a light insulated bed platform.

My bed platform has 4 fold down panels that are hinged at van wall to make the platform when folded down. Panels sit on top of the table when down. Made them with 1" Polyiso with a 1/4" top surface and indoor/outdoor bottom surface. Carpet used so when up that is the wall covering and when down does not scratch the table top. They are light and I can kneel on the plywood.

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