Taking down the dated curtains in your pop up camper is probably a major priority. It was for us! We wanted a clean, tailored look so we replaced our curtains with roman shades. An easy swap, they provide both privacy and beauty while we are enjoying the great outdoors. So today I am sharing how to hang Roman shades in a pop up camper.
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HOW TO HANG ROMAN SHADES IN A POP UP CAMPER
There was no way we were going to leave the burgundy curtains and dusty little valance in our pop up camper. Nope. Bye. The first thing we did was take them down…but then we were left scratching our heads with how to replace them. We were left with the plastic curtain track and tabs (previously sewn onto the curtains) but knew we didn’t want to use them.
We decided to leave the curtain track and tabs intact, just in case a future owner wanted to put up new curtains and decided that roman shades would give us the clean, tailored, look we were after. These roman shades are the Ringblomma Roman Blinds from Ikea. They also come in plain white, which I think would be perfect if you wanted to cover them with your own fabric.
These roman shades work perfectly for a couple of different reasons:
- They have little eyelet screws in the top that allow you to hang them from screws, or in our case a command hook.
- Each level of the shade sticks to the one above it with a magnet. The whole bar inside the pocket is a magnet. If you’re camping with kids, it’s great, because no cords. Otherwise, you also aren’t pulling hard and potentially popping it off the wall; just lifting.
We just got back from a long trip and the pop up looks a little bare! I’m still working on getting all of that cute decor from my summer pop up camper design ideas.
use command hooks but also gorilla glue
There was a big learning curve here. We started by trying to hang the shades with the Command hooks alone. The fell off after a few hours. We would put them back up and they would keep falling. The hooks themselves would have been okay, but the ceiling of our pop up camper has a little texture to it and I think that prevented it from sticking properly. After experimenting for a couple of weeks, we landed on the fact that we needed to use gorilla glue to keep them up. That is a more permanent solution that we were originally going for, but we are so thrilled with the end result. *You may want to test one without doing gorilla glue and see if it works.
Another tip: Make sure you hang the hooks below the curve in the ceiling. The plastic is rigid and doesn’t bend to the curve easily.
I ended up buying 7 roman shades in total, four for the large kitchen/sofa window, two for the dinette, and one for the bathroom area for a total of $174.99. Each shade was 34″x63″. They make two sizes so be sure to measure and see which combination works best for your camper.
how i installed the roman shades in our pop up
- I simply held up the Roman shade to map out the exact location of the eyelet screws. You can use a pencil to make little marks where the holes are. You will want to use these small Clear Command Hooks.
- Apply a small amount of this Mini Tube Of Gorilla Glue.
- Double check your spacing.
- I held it tight to the wall for 45 seconds and allowed it to set up for 6 hours before hanging the shades.
Note: the eyelet screws in each roman shade were spaced differently. If you are using these exact shades, you may want to label them so that the same shades go up in the same hooks each time.
Where do you put the roman shades when you pop down your camper?
Each time we pop our camper down, I just slide them off the hooks. I lay them all on the dinette. They fit perfectly flat. I lay them in order so I know how to put them back up once we pop back up.
After figuring out that we needed to use Gorilla glue, this was an easy project and looks so pretty. Much prettier than those old burgundy curtains.
Next, I am planning on attaching some thermal fabric to the back to keep out the sun on those sunny summer days.