If you’ve owned your RV for a long time, or perhaps even if you’ve purchased a new or used RV, you’re likely looking for a way to spice up the interior and add privacy and comfort to your space. The most cost effective and simple way of accomplishing these goals is by updating your RV curtains. One great thing about updating your RV curtains is that you can purchase new curtains, or make your own. Deciding which option is right for you is as simple as asking yourself whether you’re capable of and willing to do some light sewing, or if you’d rather choose from a wide selection of fabrics and features.
Deciding Whether to Make or Buy RV Curtains
One thing to consider when deciding whether or not you’d like to make or purchase your own new RV curtains is deciding what your ultimate reason for updating them is. If you’re simply looking to add a personal touch, or continue a current color scheme, then making your RV curtains might be the perfect solution. However, if you’re looking to update or purchase RV curtains in order to increase privacy or better control sunlight, then you may be better off purchasing RV curtains that are designed to accomplish this. In addition to added control over the amount of light that is let into your space, some curtains, often referred to as thermal curtains, help to control temperature. These are generally constructed of thick material that helps to block out heat in the summer, and prevent loss of heat during the winter. They work with your air conditioning system to help maintain the desired temperature. For those seeking privacy without a loss of natural light, you have the option of purchasing day and night curtains. This is a double layer of curtain. The first layer is generally a thick curtain designed to block out sunlight and noise, while the bottom layer is a lighter fabric that allows sunlight in, but blocks any outside passerby from getting a sneak peek at what’s going on inside your RV. During the day the heavier shades are tied back, while at night they are released and float seamlessly over the lighter shades.
Options for Buying RV Curtains
If you do decide to purchase your own RV curtains, you’ll be pleased to find a wide assortment of options for you to choose from in addition to the additional features of enhanced temperature and sunlight control. There are curtains created with fabric intended to go well with certain interior colors or themes, as well as basic solid colors and patterns upon which to base any new room and décor updates. There are also some non-traditional materials used in curtains as well like mosquito netting, lace, and twill.
Making Your Own RV Curtains
Of course, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can enjoy all the features of store-bought curtains but with a lot more flexibility in the fabric and design. Say, for instance, you’d like curtains to exactly match a blanket or quilt. If you are able to purchase the same fabric used in the quilt, you can quickly sew together a pair of RV curtains using that fabric. If you’re looking to create the same sunrise –blocking traits or thermal control qualities of RV curtains available from the manufacturers, but in a different color, size, or style, then you can easily do so by choosing fabrics that will accomplish this and designing your own. There are a variety of books available on the market for home décor, and by simply adapting or copying the patterns used in these books, you can easily design RV curtains for your own RV. The only real disadvantage to this option is the time and skills required to create these curtains. If that isn’t an obstacle for you, then making your own RV curtains might be the ideal choice.
Whether you decide to make your own RV curtains, or to purchase them from a store, you are sure to find yourself with plenty of wonderful options to give your creativity a spark. What’s important is that, in the end, you find yourself with RV curtains that accomplish what’s intended, and that look fantastic.