Car curtain

Dependable darkening of cars and "part-time camper"
Author: supermagnete, Uster, Switzerland
Online since: 20/04/2011, Number of visits: 582210
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There are cars on the road today, that still have metal interior panelling: Volkswagen vans of course, but also Caddy, Kangoo, Partner, etc. Families, especially, might be bothered by the fact, that these cars don't come with standard sun shades and that accessories are often expensive and impractical. Besides, these products often do not make it dark enough for sleeping in the car overnight, an option especially popular with “part-time campers”. Hand-sewn car curtains with magnets in the seam can do the trick. The advantages are clear:
  • Small neodymium magnets are hardly visible.
  • The magnets are sufficiently strong, but not so strong as to damage the fabric when you want to take it off.
  • The car curtain can be pulled tight so absolutely no light enters the interior of the car.
  • The car curtain can be quickly attached and removed.
  • The car curtain also works when windows are open.
Depending on the time budget and skill level, different styles are possible. We would like to show you some of them here.
For all versions, the following applies:
  • The number of magnets needed, depends, among other things, on the format and material of the curtain as well as the distance between magnets and surface.
  • The magnetised curtains must be removed and stored safely before the car starts moving again!

Sew magnets into curtain seam

Stefan from Ulm sewed some Q-20-04-02-N block magnets into the curtain seams for his "part-time camper."
The block magnets need to be fastened in the seam with a few stitches so they don't wander, or it would be difficult to put them back in the desired spots. The thin block magnets don't need much space and keep a low profile in the curtain.
Now, Stefan can sleep at night in his darkened bus. During the day, he can quickly take off the curtains and use the vehicle as a pick-up-truck again.
Pro tip: Instead of block magnets, Stefan could have also sewn sew-in magnets directly on the fabric or place rubberised discs on the fabric without having to sew the magnets in.

Decorative curtain rod with pot magnets

Another car curtain project by Johanna S. from Zurich:
If you want to hang up curtain rods in a camper without damaging the interior panelling with drilling, super magnets are a simple solution. Advantages are secure mounting and demounting without residue or scratches, provided that there is an iron sheet panelling in the upper window area.

Material per window
The bamboo rail can be easily drilled. The drill angle depends on the angle of the interior paneling. Use fitting screws (e.g. M4 like in the example) to attach pot magnets with an internal thread to the rail. The right rubber caps protect the paint from scratches and prevent magnets from sliding down.
Alternatively, you could use three rubberizsed pot magnets to begin with, which combine the two positive features.
In the middle and at the bottom of the curtains magnets are sewed in to tighten the fabric on the sides and the seam.
Thanks to the sewn-in magnets, the car curtains can easily be folded upwards.
Thanks to the sewn-in magnets, the car curtains can easily be folded upwards.
You can also attach the bamboo rail on the outside of the car to dry laundry.
You can also attach the bamboo rail on the outside of the car to dry laundry.

Another mounting version was submitted by Alexander S., who needed car curtains for his converted Ford Transit. He used pot magnets with internal thread and bought matching eyelet bolts. A convenient alternative are eyelet magnets which are available at our online shop. He stitched a wide seam onto the homemade curtains so a threaded rod could be pushed through.
Mr S first attached the magnets in the desired spot before sliding the threaded rod through the curtain seam. Next, he passed the threaded rod through the eyelets. To prevent the curtain rods from suddenly falling off while the camper van is moving, he attached hex nuts to the ends. In the pictures, you can see the final result of this clever mounting solution for car curtains.