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Old 01-18-2018, 04:19 PM   #1
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Lounge conversion into more counterspace and storage

Recently upgraded to a 2017 International Signature 25FB. The lounge extending forward from the dinette provides more sitting area and sleeping space than I'll need so I decided to put it to better use for me.
Taking a look at the Tommy Bahama wine cabinet, I built a similar one which provides more counter space and a place for a microwave below. Fabricated out of 3/4 inch plywood and a butcher block top. No modifications were necessary to the Airstream other than to remove and relocate cushions.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:22 PM   #2
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That looks really nice. I don't understand what you did with the cushions. Did you have to shorten one of them to fit?

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Old 01-18-2018, 06:21 PM   #3
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No modification to cushions. I removed the back cushion that is most rearward (the one that faces the dinette). This left the longer back cushion which I moved rearward. And amazingly enough, the Velcro attachments matched. I then unsnapped the smaller back cushion , the most forward one.
There are three bottom cushions and I removed the most forward one.
I also removed the end cushion which backed up on the refrigerator wall.
This resulted in the removal of four cushions.
And this left the area for the cabinet.
Hope this makes sense. If not, let me know.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:51 PM   #4
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This is fabulous!!! I'm gonna keep this in mind in case we ever want to do something similar in our 23CB. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:03 PM   #5
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Thanks.
Since the cabinet fits right into that area, held in by the lip of the lower lounge front, I didn't have to fasten it. So it can be easily removed and those four cushions put right back to make it factory original.
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:41 AM   #6
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WOW! I just ordered this exact model. This modification is brilliant especially since it's reversible. Do you take orders?
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:35 AM   #7
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Another approach ...

The space under the television in our 25 Rear Twin usually collected junk and was little used for seating, so I did something similar. The box is 19mm Baltic Birch plywood, approximately 30" deep and 24" wide on the inside. It sits perfectly on the platform below and uses two 3M Velcro Command Strips for lateral stability, which are probably not needed.

More by luck than design, the 24" width accommodates four (4) 12"x12" fabric storage cubes, with 6" of depth behind for shoe boxes or whatever else fits. I made two shallow (~4") side-by-side drawers for remote controls and other small sundry items.

The extra horizontal surface is handy for food prep, meal staging, or flowers.

We store the old cushions at home, and it would be a simple five-minute exercise to return the space to OEM function.

The Baltic Birch match the new table I made to replace the original one at the settee. It is somewhat smaller, since we never intend to use the front sleeping area, and has a radiused edge for comfort. The original Formica edge banding was just too harsh on the arms, and the lighter woods brighten our interior nicely.
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Recently upgraded to a 2017 International Signature 25FB. The lounge extending forward from the dinette provides more sitting area and sleeping space than I'll need so I decided to put it to better use for me.
Taking a look at the Tommy Bahama wine cabinet, I built a similar one which provides more counter space and a place for a microwave below. Fabricated out of 3/4 inch plywood and a butcher block top. No modifications were necessary to the Airstream other than to remove and relocate cushions.
Might I ask, where do you plug the microwave in? To the inverter circuit used by the TV (unplugging the TV when you want to use the micro)?
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Love it though I have the same question what did you do for power?
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Where's the power

Initially I unplugged the TV and used that outlet. Thinking that might exceed the rating on that outlet, I ran a cord behind the cushions to the outlet under the table at the rear of the trailer. A bit hard to get to so likely there won't be other uses there.
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