New Canvas Bunk for the 61 Shasta Compact

Whew, it’s been a busy weekend so far. While the rest of the world is out camping this 4th of July weekend, I’m home sewing and such. I’m enjoying it though. I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!

I needed to replace the canvas bunk as the old one looked like it was made from feedsacks that were quilted together and it was starting to come loose in areas.

Here is the outdoor canvas fabric I chose. Although, truthfully the design of the fabric really wasn’t as important as the strength as the canvas bunk will be stored except at night so the only ones that will see it really are us (:

It was a easy sewing project and went pretty quick. It’s just a matter of double stitching the pole openings for strength and also measuring the width. On the fabric I purchased, I doubled it over before making the pole openings so it’s a bit of a tight squeeze but it will work well I think.

Here is the new bunk canvas. I think it turned out pretty nice. With the left over fabric I think I’ll make a matching pillow.

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  1. That looks so great– I really, really love the colors that you are using in that cute trailer of yours!

  2. Kelle, Looks great! It turns out my trailer is supposed to have a canvas bunk, but everything is missing. It took me several months to figure out what the remaining wall hardware was for! I keep toying with the idea of getting pipes and making a new bunk – our girls are too big to sleep on it, but maybe for the dogs? But, I don't know – I like the openness of the wall above the bed and a bunk would take up a bit of space (I've seen some trailers that had a hidden pocket that the bunk would roll up and fit into). Right now, I think I will concentrate on all of the other work the poor Escape Pod needs and leave the bunk for another day (or year).


  3. Great Job Kelle! I have the original Yellow Double Yellow Canvas Bunk…its quite ugly and we never use it….unless my doggies wanted to get up there"D…my kids aren't kids anymore :(…
    Have Fun with your Family using this Adorable Bunk…made by Mom…just for your kids…
    How lucky they are!

  4. You are so clever! I love reading your blog Kelle. I love your choice of fabric too!

  5. Thank you ladies! We have yet to actually test out the bunk for a full night but I think it will come in handy if we all needed to squeeze in this little trailer. Talk about cozy! LOL! I do like the idea of it and it's nice that I can take it out of the brackets and it hides away nicely on the far back shelf.

  6. Hi Kelle,

    My 63 Roycraft has the original canvas bunkbed too but it has three poles, should it have a mattress on top or is it for two people? I would love to keep the original as it seems to be in good shape but would like to have it be functional too!

    • Hi Brenda,

      Actually the double canvas bunks were meant to sleep children. So no mattress needed, as each cot is designed to hold one child. When I say child, I think I’d go by their weight more than anything. On the single canvas bunk we have I don’t think I’d go over 125 pounds. With a double cot I would guess not over 150 total. Now, I could be wrong, as I haven’t found any real “specs” on the matter but I let my daughter climb up into ours and she was 120 at the time and just not sure I’d want anyone heavier than 125 up there.

  7. Kelly M says:

    Hi, I know this is an old post, but I’ve purchased an old Shasta and I’d like to put the extra bed in above my gaucho couch. I don’t have the hardware or poles, and I don’t even know what they are supposed to look like. Could you send me a picture or point me in the direction of a place to get the hardware?

    Thanks for any info,
    Kelly M

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