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How have you made / fitted curtains to / for your T4?

T4 Tom
03-08-08, 18:15
As the title says,

I need to get some curtains in the rear tailgate before my mission to France.

I was thinking a pair would look nice for symmetry.


So firstly, if you made them, how did you go about it,


Secondly, by what means did you fit them?


Cheers


Tom

colese
03-08-08, 18:42
made mine myself mate out of camo fabric,runners on top.
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/coleset4/23052008307.jpg

Even had to make mine on this:eek:
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/coleset4/sewingmachine.jpg

But looks like this.:ILU:
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/coleset4/10062008359.jpg

Good luck mate:ILU:

kustomkulture
03-08-08, 18:58
Anodise Alu. Runners And Clips Available From Good Caravan Shops, Easy Fit Self Tappers, Make Your Own Curtains To Suit

muddyhell
03-08-08, 19:13
Tom..pop out to Mullacott Cross caravan place on the Industrial estate there..they have loads of curtain track...and other stuff to spend your pennies on..:D

Good fabric shop along Boutport St..Merlin Fabrics....get some material thats pretty heavy dutyand want let to much light through and then get your Mum/Gf sowing away..

T:

nam441
03-08-08, 21:13
or if you dont want to bugger about with curtain rails or thermo mats you can make some blackout screens.
a friend of ours made some for his splitty.he basically bought some thermo foil (like the space blankets) and stitched some blackout material on the other side.it blocks the light and reflects heat/the sun.
the best bit though is how he atatched them...with small magnets!!works brilliantly.just sow them into a hem around the edge and they just stick on,no sucker marks or anything.
we have also utilised his idea with plain black material.;)

BANANAVAN
03-08-08, 21:19
or if you dont want to bugger about with curtain rails or thermo mats you can make some blackout screens.
a friend of ours made some for his splitty.he basically bought some thermo foil (like the space blankets) and stitched some blackout material on the other side.it blocks the light and reflects heat/the sun.
the best bit though is how he atatched them...with small magnets!!works brilliantly.just sow them into a hem around the edge and they just stick on,no sucker marks or anything.
we have also utilised his idea with plain black material.;)

not sure why he had to put the black out material on as mine work ok without


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/mollylily/Image012-1.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/mollylily/PICT1659.jpg

jamestopdog
03-08-08, 21:47
Tom I believe your talking about the rear window though right? well I bought some curtain wire (5 meters with hooks from homebase) cut to length and then screwed the hooks in the wire, youll find some holes on the bodywork, just inside the tailgate i attached them to this, i just draped a bit of cloth over but curtains could easil be made to fit or bought.

T4 Tom
03-08-08, 22:15
Tom I believe your talking about the rear window though right? well I bought some curtain wire (5 meters with hooks from homebase) cut to length and then screwed the hooks in the wire, youll find some holes on the bodywork, just inside the tailgate i attached them to this, i just draped a bit of cloth over but curtains could easil be made to fit or bought.

Yeh that's what i was kinda thinking, but it seems there are more hi -tech curatin rails?


After looking this eve it seems that someone has previously had a curtain up as there are two loops for a curtain wire already in place.

I think I'll head over to the place muddy suggests or might check out merlin fabrics as the gf likes that shop anyway (must be a girl thing)



Cheers all

T:

SandMonster
04-08-08, 08:02
you can also get plastic curtain track from caravan supply places - a u-section rail that you can screw nicely into the window recess. to hold the bottom of the curtain in place you can either use a second rail, or use stick back velcro pads to keep things tidy:cool:

Chucklebus
04-08-08, 13:08
I wouldn't mess about bodging it if I was you...you'll only devalue the van. Buy some proper alluminium curtain track from JustKampers.com and do a proper job. Then you want a good local material shop (or check out ebay), and a sewing machine.

Pimpmybus
04-08-08, 13:20
I am just about to do the same and make my own curtains for the whole van. I was going to do top and bottom rails like the ones you get from that German firm (can't remember name but they are on ebay). The dilema I have is do I use silent gliss 1011 or 1012 track? The 1011 looks better but apparently meant to be used only if recessed. Has anyone else used this track before?

Cheers

simplepsy
04-08-08, 14:47
or if you dont want to bugger about with curtain rails or thermo mats you can make some blackout screens.
a friend of ours made some for his splitty.he basically bought some thermo foil (like the space blankets) and stitched some blackout material on the other side.it blocks the light and reflects heat/the sun.
the best bit though is how he atatched them...with small magnets!!works brilliantly.just sow them into a hem around the edge and they just stick on,no sucker marks or anything.
we have also utilised his idea with plain black material.;)

Thants what Im doing. Double layer of material with space blanket in the middle and craft magnets sewn in the hem - easy peasy T:

Daaisy
04-08-08, 23:25
I made some "blinds" last year using black out material bought from a curtain material shop

I took a template from the window and allowed enough so that i could Put sticky back velcro above and below the window on the metal and on the blinds

and it gives complete privacy and doesn't let in any light:ILU:

And was easy to do:D

If and when i get round to insulating my van then i may consider fixing some of the bubble insulation stuff to the blackout material too

Daaisy

VanGoch
05-08-08, 12:59
My solution was to use the cheap sun screens you get for the windscreen (1-50 Woolworth sale),stick on velcro 'hooks' Bob's you Uncle -cheap and effective.And you can still open the door!

Daaisy
06-08-08, 12:24
My solution was to use the cheap sun screens you get for the windscreen (1-50 Woolworth sale),stick on velcro 'hooks' Bob's you Uncle -cheap and effective.And you can still open the door!

Theres a thought............. i think i still have some of them somewhere........ i could fix them to the blindsA:

Cheers

Daaisy:ILU:

VanGoch
07-08-08, 12:44
The other advantage of these cheap window covers is that when their off (90% of the time)you dont need to drive round with curtains all bunched up in your windows. I wouldnt bother with tracking again.

As my van is carpet lined the velcro hooks attach to it like sh*t to a blanket,so you only need the wooly side of velcro for the bare metal areas.(back window and door)

adam1063
08-08-08, 20:03
hi there, i've just ordered the ' silent gliss ' track system from 'trackandpoles.com', looks the mutts nuts ........ Can fix vertically or horizontally. Nice !!!

X_FISH
11-08-08, 10:43
Could be a source of inspiration for those that still think about what the best solution might be:

http://www.gaskutsche.de/tipps_vorhang.php?lang=_uk

Something like this:

http://www.gaskutsche.de/images/vorhang_06.jpg

Or this:

http://www.gaskutsche.de/images/vorhang_25.jpg

Or this:

http://www.gaskutsche.de/images/max_04.jpg

Or this:

http://www.gaskutsche.de/images/vorhang_04.jpg

I am always looking out for new how tos for new solutions. So if you got one -> I would like to show it on my website. :)

Greetings, Martin

itsavanthing
11-08-08, 11:15
I went for silver screens all round, easy to fit and remove. Also they will keep your van cool on sunny days (the silver reflects the heat away from the windows etc), and helps to further insulate the van in winter making it warmer.