Up on the blog this week I am discussing a topic that is completely new to me in interior design. The Bus Conversion. I received a call from a potential client looking to convert a shuttle bus and it had me very curious. Apparently they are very popular homes for the restless! In fact, the iconic skoolies bring back childhood memories and make for an excellent up-cycling project for those who want to live the van life in an extra-charming, robust vehicle.
Through a little research, I found out that short school buses are generally just over 20ft long, with five or six side windows. They’re between 72 and 92 inches wide and offer 6 feet or more of standing headroom inside. The interior space is quite roomy and rectangular, which means you can design a very space-efficient floor plan.
Some short bus conversions aren’t just practical and tough, they’re stunning tiny homes with all the comforts you need. Ready to get inspired? I’ve picked a few amazing short bus conversions you have to see, whether you’re planning to renovate a skoolie soon, or you just love to peek inside other people’s tiny homes on the road.
Photo Cred: The Cottage Market
Look at this adorable interior! It's just so super cozy. Even the dog loves it!
Photo Cred: Mountain Modern Life
If you go with rugs anywhere, make sure they’re washable!
Photo Cred: Van Clan
Surround yourself with items that tell a good story. Designs you love. Designs that will last. Designs that make a positive impact on people and the planet.
Photo Cred: Pinterest
Decide what your priorities are in your bus build and you can find the right mix of things to make it happen. This next conversion is absolutely adorable!
Photo Cred: Treehugger
Photo Cred: Mountain Modern Life
The interior of this next one has a similar color palette as the previous one. The addition of the wood ceiling really warms up the interior design of the space.
Photo Cred: Tiny House
A bus conversion project doesn’t have to be too fancy, expensive or over the top at all. It just has to work for you and your goals. Bonus if it fits your interior design vision and you love spending time in it! I hope you enjoyed this topic!
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In addition to being a Philadelphia Multifamily Interior Designer, I also design boutique hotels, fitness centers, office spaces, residential development projects, other commercial spaces such as office and retail spaces, and the senior living community throughout the tri state area. We work here in Philadelphia, the main line, and even Nationally!
About the Interior Designer
Tina Delia, a native of Ocean County, NJ, current resident of Philadelphia, is the Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Delia Designs. For the past eleven years, Tina has been steadfast in her vision and continues to develop herself personally and professionally. She is dedicated to excellence and insistence on forward thinking design. At the forefront of her designs is the idea that our spaces have the ability to transform our lives. She is looking to move us, inspire us to see, think and create freely. After all, it's not only about creating beautiful spaces.