Matt Johnson

Curtains for Campers: The Ultimate Guide

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Dec 1, 2022Updated: Dec 12, 2023

When you want to add or replace curtains in your camper, there is a lot to consider. Sure, you can give your trailer interior a brand new look, maybe some added function, or even just a personal touch to the camper. But there’s quite a bit more to it than that. You should think about the fabric you want, how you want to hang your curtains, and if you’ll need any additional accessories like tie-backs or holdbacks.

You should also decide whether you’d prefer ready-made curtains or custom-measure curtains. Ready-made curtains come in a variety of sizes, and there’s no sewing involved, but they are usually limited in the type of fabrics and styles. Custom-measure curtain ordering can be more expensive, but you will have much more control over the size, material, pattern, and style. Of course, you’ll have to do some sewing.

To help you cover up that ol’ RV window, we’re going to go over the pros and cons of curtains, tips for measuring, and options for hanging. We will also look at the differences between ready-made and custom-measured curtains so that you can make the best decision for your camper.

Once you have all the information you need, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect curtains for your camper!

Retro Curtains in RV Camper
Making custom window treatments for your RV can give it the look and feel of your dreams.

Pros and cons of curtains for campers.

When you’re looking to add curtains or upgrade your existing curtains for your camper, there are a few pros and cons to consider. Keep in mind, not all window treatments are the same.

Pros of adding curtains to an RV.

  • Curtains provide extra privacy from the outside world. Whether it’s passersby or nosy neighbors, curtains help keep prying eyes out.
  • They can help you save on energy costs. Curtains help keep the inside of your camper cooler by blocking out direct sunlight. While they block sunlight, they also keep the warm air inside the camper when you’re winter camping.
  • They add style. Curtains can be a great way to spruce up the interior space of your trailer with colors, patterns, and designs that are all your own. After all, whether you have a brand new 5th wheel or a used RV travel trailer, we all want to add some personality to the look.

Cons of adding curtains to an RV.

  • Curtains can take up storage space when not in use. If you don’t want to keep your curtains up all the time, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough room in the camper for them when they’re not in use.
  • They require more cleaning. Since curtains are constantly exposed to dirt and dust, they will need more regular cleaning than other fixtures in your camper. When you’re camping in the great outdoors, we already take on so much dirt and grime, so you might not want to add more to it.
  • They can be expensive. Curtains and their hardware can add up in cost, especially if you’re looking for higher-end materials. Of course, budget-conscience campers might consider making their own and saving some money.

Overall, adding curtains to a camper is an excellent way to provide extra privacy and style while saving on energy costs. However, it’s essential to make sure that you weigh the pros and cons before investing.

Considerations when buying curtains for a camper or RV.

When you’re adding or replacing curtains in your camper, it’s essential to consider a few things before making the purchase.

Purpose of the curtains.

Do you want to block sunlight, or do you want more privacy? Determining why you want to add RV curtains will help you decide what type you should get. Many styles and designs vary based on what you need. For example, if you want complete darkness, you might need blackout shades for your RV. Or, you may just want something to liven up the space and give your rig a change of scenery. Whatever the case, think about why you want to add curtains or blinds.

How many windows does your RV have?

You’ll have to know how many windows you need to be covered in order to determine how much fabric and hardware you will need. Many RVs have 3-4 windows of varying sizes, so you’ll need to take that into consideration as well.

Curtain rods.

What type and size of curtain rod should you choose? For campers, be sure to research rods that are specifically designed for RVs and trailers. The walls are thinner on RVs, so you’ll need something lightweight to cover the window.

Material for the curtains.

Ensure that the material is suitable for the environment of your RV and will last through sun exposure, high temperatures, and harsh weather conditions. If you go with a cheaper, less durable fabric, the life of the curtains won’t be as long, and they’ll have to be replaced much sooner. Also, consider the pattern so you can give your RV a personal touch.

Various Fabric Combinations for RV Window Treatments


Measure each RV window twice before buying curtains so you can make sure they fit correctly. If you don’t feel comfortable with the installation, you may want to call in a professional for help. However, we’ve realized just about anyone can install curtain rods and curtains.

Buy or make the curtains?

If you plan on purchasing curtains for your camper, then be prepared to shell out a good amount of money. They are not cheap to outfit your entire rig.

That’s why many campers and glampers prefer to make them.

If you’re capable of sewing a hem, then get the measurements and the items, and you can put them together yourself with a bit of sweat equity.

Now that we’ve highlighted the various considerations for adding curtains to a camper let’s move on to discussing some of the best tips for adding blinds or curtains to your rig.

Measuring Fabric for Drapes

Tips for installing your own curtains or blinds.

We’ve put together a few tips that can help you install your own curtains or blinds in your camper.

With these tips and a little dedication, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the heat and sun out of your trailer.

Tips for purchasing window treatments for your RV—

  • Choose a lightweight rod. RV walls are thinner than home walls, so you’ll need to be sure to choose a light curtain rod that won’t add too much weight. The screws and other hardware to hang them are often small, thus require small holes, and can’t hold much.
  • Try a peel-and-stick RV window film. Instead of trying to try your hand at sewing, you might want to consider purchasing a peel-and-stick film. These are quick and easy to install and will update your space elegantly. You can find just about any color, and many are rated for various UV protection. Also, if you don’t like them after a while, they can be replaced just as easily. Peel them off and easily add brand-new ones.
  • Choose a secure mounting system. Make sure that whatever mounting method you choose is secure enough to hold the curtains in place. The last thing you want is for the curtains to come down when you’re driving or during a windy day.

Tips for installing or making window treatments for your RV—

  • Measure twice and cut once. Measure the RV window dimensions before deciding on which type and size of curtain or blinds you need. Make sure that the curtains and hardware fit correctly before you hang them.
  • Check for parts. Once you’ve purchased the curtains, blinds, and hardware, go through the pieces to make sure all necessary elements are included in the package.
  • Install the mounting system first. Before you hang up the curtains, be sure that the mounting system is securely attached to the RV wall, and make any necessary adjustments before putting up your curtains. Keep in mind that not blinds and curtains will require a particular mounting system.
  • Thumb tacks may be suitable. Depending on what type of blinds you purchased, you may be able to use thumb tacks or small nails to install them. This will save you time and effort.
  • Check for durability and functionality. Make sure the curtains are held in place securely and that they don’t interfere with any windows or doors on your RV.

Those are just a few of the tips that can help you install curtains or blinds in your RV. With the correct type of materials and some patience, you’ll be able to transform the interior of your RV with a stylish new personal look.

Curtains for campers FAQ

Since we cover a plethora of topics regarding camping and glamping, we often get questions about RV curtains. Here are some of the most common ones we’ve been asked. As more questions come up, we’ll add them to the list.

Do I need curtains in my camper?

Curtains aren’t a must-have item for campers, but they can definitely add to the overall look and feel of your RV. Not only do they provide privacy (especially at night!) and update the look of the space inside with countless color options, but they also help with blocking out sunlight and help to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your RV.

How often should the curtains in my trailer be replaced?

This depends on your style and if they still function. Generally, with typical wear and tear, you can expect around ten years of life out of a standard curtain in your trailer.

Do RV curtains keep your RV cool?

Absolutely! They’re excellent for blocking out the sun’s heat and keeping your camper cooler during the summer months. Plus, you’ll also save on energy costs since you won’t have to rely as much on air conditioning.

Can I use home curtains in my RV?

Yes, you can use regular home curtains in an RV if they fit. Just be sure to check that the material is appropriate for outdoor use and can withstand extreme temperatures. You may have to cut them based on the length and width of your RV windows, but if you’re handy with a sewing machine, it should be quick and simple.

Are curtains important in an RV?

Curtains are essential if you want to provide some privacy at night or block out unnecessary light from coming into your camper. They also add a nice touch of style to any RV, so it’s definitely worth considering them!

Can you change the curtains in a camper?

For the most part, yes. You can replace old curtains with new ones, although it may take some time to measure and get the new fabric cut to fit your RV window. Also, consider what type of curtain rods you’ll need and if you feel comfortable installing them.

Generally, if you have the curtains already, you shouldn’t need any tools unless you’re changing out the curtain rod as well.

What kind of fabric should I use for camper curtains?

You’ll want to choose a fabric that can withstand the elements, such as sun exposure and extreme temperatures. Look for fabrics like canvas, linen, or polyester blends that are designed for outdoor use.

This is important because oftentimes campers are stored for months and need to be protected from the elements; unless you keep yours in covered storage.

You’ll also want something that’s easy to clean and won’t fade over time. Think about the pattern and colors you prefer so you can make your RV feel like home.

How much fabric do I need for pop-up camper curtains?

That depends on the size and shape of your camper’s windows. We recommend measuring each RV window twice before making any purchases so that you can get an accurate measurement of the fabric, hardware, and curtain rods. You may also need to purchase some additional hooks or rings depending on the type of curtains you choose for each RV window.

Do I need to install a curtain rod for each RV window?

Most of the time, yes. That is if you want curtains. However, there are various types of shades and blinds you can use in place of curtains that don’t require a curtain rod.

That being said, curtain rods are relatively easy to install and will give you more options when it comes to selecting the type of curtains you want for your camper. Plus, they make opening and closing the curtains much easier.

Where can I buy curtains for my camper?

There are endless options. Depending on the brand, you can buy them on Amazon. Or if you’re looking for something more customized, you might want to try Etsy. There are many crafty sellers that specialize in RV curtains.They can usually create custom designs to fit any size RV window. You can also check with a local department store or fabric shop, as they often have a selection of premade RV curtains that you can take home.

No matter where you decide to purchase your camper curtains, make sure you double-check the length and width of your RV window before buying.

Is it challenging to install curtain rods in an RV?

It’s a reasonably straightforward process, although depending on the type of rod you buy, it may require some additional tools. For example, if you’re installing a tension rod, then you’ll need a screwdriver and drill to ensure a secure installation.

But overall, curtain rods are relatively easy to install in an RV and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two, even for the most novice DIY’er.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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