Staying in the car is also comfortable! 5 ways to install curtains in your van | MOBY [モビー]

MOBY introduces an article written by a writer who actually enjoys staying in the car and camping car from the web magazine DRIMO, which distributes information on camping, staying in the car, van life, outdoor & car trips, including camping car information. To do. *The contents of the following article are quotes and references from DRIMO


Our alto piano is a simple camper that can be used for sleeping in the car based on Toyota’s commercial vehicle Townace Van.

It has a sofa bed that can sleep two adults, a sub-battery system that can also be used for home appliances, and a 1500W inverter.

However, since the interior is the same as the commercial van of the base car, there is no “flavor” or “atmosphere” at all.

Although it’s just for one night, it’s not enough just to be able to sleep, but I want to have a space where you can enjoy being in the car, eating and staying overnight, and a space where you can relax. I decided to work on creating a comfortable living room inside the piano car.

Themes and goals for customizing the interior of the car

First of all, I started by imagining what kind of space I would like to have in the car, where I have a “taste” and “atmosphere”, “a space that is fun to be in” and a “space for relaxation”.

The Altopiano has a sofa bed that occupies most of the interior space, and an electrical control panel and an optional refrigerator/freezer on the left and right sides of the rear of the vehicle.

There is no storage space at all, and the upper part of each car is arranged like a wooden shelf, and it is an extremely simple car with no cupboards or drawers.

The simple and modest interior of the car has no unnecessary fixtures or furniture, so it feels open, and the windows on all four sides make it very bright.

Therefore, when customizing the interior, we first decided on the following two points.

  1. Do not make customizations that impair the brightness inside the car
  2. Do not install too many things that impair the sense of openness inside the car

However, on the other hand, there are windows on all four sides and there is nothing to block the inside of the car, so it is true that the inside of the car is completely visible from the outside and does not feel private.

Since it is originally a commercial vehicle, it is natural that it is not made with a high awareness of privacy, but as long as it is used as a camper or a vehicle for sleeping in the car, it is essential to secure a certain amount of privacy.

While not spoiling the “bright” and “open” space, I decided to set a custom goal to create a private feeling inside the car by blocking the line of sight from the outside.

By the way, these customs are only to keep the eyes away from the outside, and are not “blindfolds” to create a space completely cut off from the outside world when sleeping.

For “blindfolding”, I purchased a “shading panel” as an option from the store, so when I go to bed, I completely block the line of sight from the outside by attaching the panel.

Aiming for an airy, natural, and comfortable healing space

In the first place, the motivation for purchasing the Altopiano was, of course, to go camping in nature, but what I often thought about was a car where I could take a break and eat in the car while driving. I want it… that’s what it means.

For that reason, it is certain that a comfortable time inside the car is a major theme, and what we aimed for was not a “monotone inorganic space,” a “pop and colorful space,” or a “luxury luxury space.” ,It was an airy and natural space where a gentle breeze could pass through.”

In this way, you can solidify your image of what you like, and in order not to spoil the goodness of the bright and open space, you can incorporate soft curtains with a sense of sheerness and curtains with a natural image like cotton to block the view from the outside. I made it

There are 5 patterns for installing the curtain depending on the location.

Altopiano has a lot of exposed iron plates as Townace vans, and has nothing to do with comfortable equipment and luxurious interiors like passenger cars.

However, since the author’s vehicle is a GL grade, there are parts that are somewhat decorated and parts that are equipped with options for camper specifications, which is the reason why we have to think about how to install curtains. It was.

For example, if there is an iron plate around the window, the easiest and most reliable way to install it is with a “magnet”, but if the interior is pasted or it is difficult to attach it with a magnet due to some equipment, You have to devise a proper mounting method.

As a result, depending on where you finally install the curtain5 types of installation methods devisedI decided to do it.

Personal rules when installing curtains

When customizing the interior of the Townace Van, I set two rules of prohibition for myself.

  1. Do not use a tension rod (extendable type).
  2. Do not use curtain rails.

The reason for these is simple, it is because the noise of “clattering” and “clattering” while driving is noisy.

The town ace van, which is just a commercial van, doesn’t focus on noise or noise, so I didn’t want to add more things that make unnecessary noise while driving.

Installation method using steel pipe and curtain ring

Inside the Townace van, the first thing I worked on installing curtains was the left and right rear quarter windows.

This part cannot be installed with magnets, which is the simplest method, because the interior is attached around it and there is no iron plate. I was wondering how to hang it.

So, I searched online for a pipe that could be attached to the inside of the Townace car, but I couldn’t find anything that I wanted.

Even if I had to use it, I searched for a cheaper pipe, and found a product called “Spacia Pipe” at a discount shop, and decided to use it.

Spacia pipe is a “hot-dip galvanized steel pipe” (essentially an iron pipe with a plastic coating) that is closely coated with high-performance plastic. It comes in a wide variety of colors, such as white, blue-green, and most of all, I was attracted by the fact that it is very inexpensive at 298 yen for a 90cm piece.

In addition, there is a dedicated bracket that has a shape that is just right for mounting inside an altopiano car, and it is also a great advantage that it can be easily mounted with a 6m tapping.

What I didn’t expect was the extra distance from the pipe to the curtain clip.

When the bracket was facing downward, there was a 3 cm area above the window where the curtain didn’t cover. I made it.

There were some unexpected incidents, but by using the brackets in the opposite direction, everything was fine. Yes) dark brown was also an accent, and I was able to attach the curtains in a nice way.

However, it’s a little disappointing that the pipes stuck to the interior and the curtain rings couldn’t move freely because the brackets that were originally supposed to face downward were used in the opposite direction.

Also, the curtains and clips were purchased at a mail order site, so the cost is high.

  • Curtain: 1,570 yen x 2 (Amazon)
  • 20 curtain ring clips: 1,498 yen (Amazon)
  • Spacia pipe: 298 yen x 2 (Konan)
  • Spacia pipe dedicated bracket: 58 yen x 4 (Konan)
  • Truss tapping 6 mm × 25 mm 3 pieces: 98 yen (Konan)

The total cost was 7,062 yen, much higher than expected.

Since then, parts and supplies have been mainly procured at 100-yen shops and home centers.

Installation method using magnet tape and strong double-sided tape

The rear hatch window has the effect of obstructing the line of sight to some extent due to the use of private glass, but even so, when spending time inside the car, the opening area is large, so it seemed necessary to have a curtain to keep the line of sight a little further away.

However, since the rear hatch is often left open while camping,Easy to put on and take off the curtainConsidering the condition of installing the curtain.

As a result, I used two items, “magnet tape” and “strong double-sided tape”.

As shown in the photo, I layered strong double-sided tape (upper side) on the adhesive surface of the magnetic tape (lower side) and pasted the curtain on top of the double-sided tape.

Also, the curtains are not flat and sticky, but are attached with folds so that they can move naturally.

Actually, I tried a more orthodox method at first, and tried putting magnetic tape through the curtain itself. I dropped out.

By sandwiching the double-sided tape, the magnetic tape is attached directly to the car body and maintains the magnetic force that supports the curtain, and it can be easily removed when you want to remove it.

In addition, the double-sided tape can be washed with water to restore its adhesive strength, so it is a convenient item that can be used repeatedly when replacing curtains.

The cost required to install the curtain to the rear hatch is as follows.

  • Curtain 60cm x 45cm: 200 yen x 2 (Daiso)
  • Magic tape: 100 yen (Daiso)
  • Double-sided tape 30mm x 2mm x 3m roll: 1,050 yen (Amazon)

The total cost was 1,350 yen.

Installation method using double-sided tape and eyeball clip

A “quadruple exhaust fan (exhaust fan)” is installed on the sliding door on the right side of the alto piano in the direction of travel.

The curtain must not cover the ventilation fan, so it cannot be attached to the iron plate with a magnet.

The ventilation fan has four fans attached to a wooden board that is attached later. is pasted on the bottom of the board.

The installation method is very easy, just cut the double-sided tape to the size of the eyeball clip and press the eyeball clip to fix it.

I was worried about how far I could support the small eyeball clip on the adhesive surface, but I was able to attach it more firmly than I expected, so I officially adopted it as it was.

The curtain is passed through a wooden round bar (diameter 7mm) purchased at a home center, and is sandwiched with eyeball clips.

A wooden round bar costs 98 yen for 90 cm at a local hardware store, but it is strong enough to hang a curtain, and is light enough to support even a small eyeball clip.

In addition, by sandwiching the round bar with the eyeball clip together with the curtain, it also prevents the curtain from slipping.

About two weeks have passed since the installation of the double-sided tape + eyeball clip, but there is no sign of it falling off at all, and it holds the curtain stably.

The costs required for this curtain installation are as follows.

  • Curtain 60cm x 45cm: 200 yen (Daiso)
  • Eyeball clip (small) 12 pieces: 100 yen (Daiso)
  • Wooden round bar 7 mm x 90 cm: 98 yen (Konan)
  • Double-sided tape 30mm x 2mm x 3m roll: 1,050 yen (Amazon)

The total cost was 1,448 yen (the double-sided tape is included in other places, so it’s duplicated).

Mounting method using a wooden round bar and magnetic clip

As for the sliding door on the left side, there are times when it is closed and times when it is open, so it is necessary to install a curtain that corresponds to both situations.

Therefore, it is difficult to apply both with one curtain, so I decided to install a normal window curtain and a long curtain when open.

Mounting method using a magnetic clip when the sliding door is closed

The installation of the curtain on the sliding door on the left side of the direction of travel is the most orthodox installation, passing the curtain through a 7mm wooden round bar and attaching it to the iron plate of the sliding door with a magnetic clip.

This curtain is normally removed or rolled up and clipped on for better visibility while driving.

Although it depends on the strength of the magnetic force of the magnet, the magnet clips I purchased this time are slightly larger in size, and one on each side is enough to support the curtain.

By the way, the curtain can be installed firmly by using a strong magnetic clip, but when moving or removing it, the magnet may slip laterally and damage the paint, so you need to be careful.

The cost required for curtain installation in this part is as follows.

  • Curtain 60cm x 45cm: 200 yen (Daiso)
  • Magnet clip (large) 2 pieces: 100 yen (Daiso)
  • Wooden round bar 7 mm x 90 cm: 98 yen (Konan)
  • Eyeball clip (small) 12 pieces: 100 yen (Daiso) *For winding curtains

I was able to install it at a very low cost of 498 yen in total (the eyeball clip is duplicated with other places).

Installation of the curtain when the sliding door is opened

For the curtain when the sliding door is opened, we decided to install a curtain large enough to cover the height of the seat from the top of the opening. I couldn’t find a large size curtain with a pattern I liked, so I used iron tape to connect two of the same curtains.

The installation location is outside the car, and the curtain is passed through a slightly longer round bar, and it is attached to the outside of the sliding door with a magnetic clip.

In the photo, the curtain is intentionally shifted to show the round bar, but normally, the curtain is passed all the way to the end, and the curtain is clipped and attached to the vehicle body.

The reason for installing it outside the car is that I wanted to use a round bar with a full width to avoid creating gaps on the left and right sides, and the position of the iron plate inside the car where the magnet can be used is low, creating a gap at the top. It’s for

In addition, in the case of rainy weather, the sliding door is not left open in the first place, so there is no need to worry about getting wet or dirty.

The cost required for curtain installation in this part is as follows.

  • Curtain 60cm x 45cm: 200 yen x 2 (Daiso)
  • Iron tape: 100 yen (Daiso)
  • Magnet clip (small) 3 pieces: 100 yen (Daiso)
  • Wooden round bar 5 mm x 180 cm: 98 yen (Konan) *Cut to required size and use

The total cost here was 698 yen.

Mounting method using gardening props and assist grips

By installing curtains in the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat, we planned to create a private space in the Altopiano that moderately blocks the view of the outside world, but something unexpected happened here as well.

Actually, the originally planned mounting position was the place of the “cap” in several places above the driver’s seat and passenger seat.

Of course, I thought that there would be “screw holes” in it, so I assumed that the screw holes would be used to fix the pipe with a bracket or to fix the eyeball clip, but actually had no screw holes.

I thought about countermeasures, but the only way I could think of was to pass a pipe or stick between the “assist grips” installed on the driver’s and passenger’s seats to hang the curtains. ) was perfect, so I was able to install the curtain safely by passing a support between the left and right assist grips and passing three 42 cm wide norens purchased at 100 yen.

However, the installation position was about 15 cm forward than expected, so the width of the noren was not enough, and there were gaps on both sides.

Therefore, prepare another noren and cut it in half lengthwise. Add width by gluing with fabric glue on both sides. The gap is filled by fixing the end to the car body with a magnet.

The cost for this part is as follows.

  • Curtains (4 Noren type curtains): 100 yen x 4 (Ceria) *One of them is cut in half and used to fill in gaps.
  • 3 gardening props: 100 yen (Daiso) * Reference price because I actually used what I had at home.
  • Eyeball clip (large) 6 pieces: 100 yen (Daiso)
  • Fabric adhesive: 487 yen (Amazon)

Curtain installation method summary

Regarding the installation of the curtains on the alto piano, it was not assumed that the curtains would run around the car itself, so there was no ingenuity or consideration to make it easier to install the curtains, and it was necessary to adopt a suitable installation method depending on the location.

The simplest and most orthodox method was to install magnets with the iron plate exposed, but since the inside of the car is not always a place where magnets are attached, we had to think about individual installation methods for such places. I decided to install the curtain using 5 different mounting methods.

As we proceeded with the installation of the curtains, there were several key points.

One is that I don’t want to install a heavy and expensive stainless steel pipe, so I’m looking for various things,Lightweight and inexpensive “Spacia Pipe”I found it.

I think the first key point was finding this pipe and the dedicated bracket.

The second is on the mail order sitestrong double sided tapeThis is what I discovered.

If it weren’t for this double-sided tape, installing the curtain under the ventilation fan would have required a larger process, so it was a big key point in that it made it cheap and easy.

The third is at the home centerwooden round barThis is what I discovered.

When I was looking for a thin, inexpensive pipe that could withstand the load of the curtain, the round bar met all the conditions I wanted at the time. Because of this round bar, it was possible to install with eyeball clips, so this was also a key point.

Every day, I always wondered, “How should I install it?” and “Is there a better way?” I have enjoyed the installation.

Thanks to that, I think I was finally able to obtain the comfortable and relaxing interior space that I had longed for.

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Writer: Enjoy Camper

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