Ford Escape Car Bed

Build a Bed in a Ford Escape 2012

We live out of our 2012 Ford Escape, full time. We built a bed and storage into the back of the Escape to make it easier to sleep in it. We did it all for around $21.00 !!!  Want to try it in your Escape? Here’s our blueprint! (note: model is older Escape & wont work in new styles post-2013. This plan is intended for individuals wishing to keep back seatbelts in-tact. We are building & will post an updated model that will earn more space by permanent removal of back seatbelts)

Materials Needed:

  1. boards: 1 in x 1.5 in
  2. plywood: 1/4 in thick
  3. thin board or panel
  4. hinges
  5. nails or screws & hammer or drill
  6. foam, soft topper
  7. primer/paint
  8. Optional: Screen

Wood Size List:

  1. 3 boards, 1 in x 1.5 in at 40 in long
  2. 1 board, 1 in x 1.5 in at 38 in long
  3. plywood: 3 cuts all with width at 38 in, length at 9 in, 12 in, & 40 in

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First, prepare your Escape for the job. Remove the back seats. Remove your jack and other tools/materials in the bottom compartments so that you aren’t restricted from accessing these once the bed is built!

Cut Wood

Now, to make the wood cuts. Cut the boards for the framing. This will be your 1 in x 1.5 in boards. You’ll need 3 at 38 in long and 1 at 40 in long. The longer one is for the top of the frame. It is cut a little longer to fill in the side compartments. You’ll see this in later steps.


Next, cut the plywood for the top pieces.

You will need 3 pieces of plywood. All pieces need to be 40 in wide. The 3 lengths are at 38 in, 9 in, and 20 in.


Back: Take 3 of the frame boards (at 38.5 in x 6 in x 1.5 in) and attach to the longest frame board (at 47 in x 6 in x 1.5 in).

Your 3 boards will be 18 3/4 in a part.

Attach your plywood pieces (1 at 38 in x 40 in & 1 at 9 in x 40 in)

Front: Take


You’re bed is built!

It’s a good idea to coat the bed with some sort of primer or paint so that moisture can’t get to it.

Finally, if you have or can find a large scrap piece of foam, cut it to fit on top of the platform. Check Craigslist for foam toppers and mattress deals to save some bucks.



Screen material can be cut to fit desired windows and held on by sticky velcor. This came in handy on warm nights & helped keep out the bugs.