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DIY Custom Window Shades for your PopUp

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Make your own Custom Window Shades for your PopUp Camper to help keep the bunk ends cool.
custom window shades in the window of a popup trailer

Recently we posted the Solar Bunkend Covers that we made for our PopUp Trailer. Since the sun is sometimes at an angle where it hits the side of the bunk end windows, we made our own sunshades.

See how easy it is to make your own custom window shades to put in between the window layers of your canvas foldout.

Custom Window Shades for your PopUp Camper

This was a very frugal project because we bought the reflective window shades at Dollar Tree.

We used the leftover foil-backed tape that we used when making our Ice Chest Cooler Cover.

supplies for a custom window shade for an RVGet the tutorial below.

Our remodeled pop-up trailer has two different sized bunk ends, so be mindful of yours when making these.

We used a permanent marker to mark the location of each window shade. We also used permanent markers in our hand-powered washing machine that we made.

When it is super sunny, simply zip the solar shades into place. These combined with the solar shades on top of the wings make a dramatic difference in the temperature inside the trailer. When you pull your popup curtains closed, the bunkends get dark, which helps you sleep better.

How do you keep cool when you camp in the summer?
collage of custom window shades on a popup trailer

Yield: 1 shade

DIY Custom Window Shades for your RV

DIY Custom Window Shades for your RV

Make custom window shades for your pop-up or hybrid camper.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • flexible solar car window shades
  • foil-backed tape or duct tape

Tools

  • scissors
  • measuring tape or you could just “eyeball” it

Instructions

  1. Measure the triangular shape of your bunkend windows.
  2. Tape two shades together to form an L.
  3. Cut a diagonal to match the slope of the window.
  4. Add a piece (from what you just cut off) to fill in the diagonal as shown below.
  5. Tape into place.
  6. This is what the completed window shade looks like.
  7. Repeat the process to make a shade for the other side of the bunkend.
  8. You can flip over the completed shade as a guide for cutting the other side.

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Audrey

Monday 17th of August 2020

Does it cut down on light shining through?

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

YES! It blocks the light.

Samantha

Monday 17th of August 2020

Do you believe these will be useful in the colder months, in heat retention?

Let's Camp S'more

Monday 17th of August 2020

Yes! Some people will put a layer of dark fabric on one side and then flip it with the dark side out in the cooler months.

Liz

Monday 9th of September 2019

That is a neat idea you had! I tried blocking the heat with silver stuff in our little camper but because it doesn't have a slide it makes it feel like you're living in a closet lol. On your pop up bunk I think it would work okay because that's really just a bed area. I ended up making solar screens out of solar screen that blocks 90% of the heat. I can see outside now 😃 I wrote up a tutorial here. https://wackypup.blogspot.com/2019/08/cut-heat-with-diy-magnetic-solar.html

Let's Camp S'more

Monday 9th of September 2019

That is clever!!

Myrah Duque

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Such a great idea! I didn't think it would be that easy! Going to try to get my husband to make one, these are so handy!

letscampsmore

Thursday 31st of May 2018

:)