What is a van carpet?
Van Carpet is used in conjunction with insulation and soundproofing to cover the floor and/or walls of your van. Van lining carpet is available in a number of application materials including carpet, 4 way stretch liner, vinyl and spray liner, all available in a range of colours and textures. Check out our campervan conversion kits which include carpet lining, Insulation, adhesive, and tools.
Stretchliner is the easiest campervan liner to work with making it ideal for DIY campervan conversions. Stretch liner is mouldable due to its elasticity allowing it to fit easily in corners and around curved surfaces, this helps save time and effort over custom cut carpets such as Veltrim.
Why use van carpet?
Campervan liner is an essential addition to any conversion project helping to increase the comfort levels inside of the van. Van carpet also aids the reduction of road noise alongside providing two-way insulation, keeping the van warm in winter and cool in summer. Not only does van lining increase comfort levels but also enhances overall interior quality by providing a new look and protecting the vans bodywork and components leading to increased value.
How to carpet a van
There are many different methods when it comes to carpeting your van or camper van, each use different materials, processes, and materials. Please see the basic steps that are usually included in the process below:
Cutting Van Carpet to size
If you are just starting out with upholstery for the first time its best to test a small amount of material before going all in, Practice cutting a small piece of carpet to size until you get a clean cut.
measure the surface and cut a section of carpet slightly larger than needed, once this is cut place down on a sheet of plywood or on the floor of the van. Ensure that the carpet is facedown on the plywood.
Apply glue to your carpet and panel
Spray the back of the carpet with a even layer of spray adhesive ensuring the entire surface is covered. Move on to the panel in which the carpet is going to be placed and apply a generous coat of spray adhesive making sure to cover the entire area.
Placing the carpet on the panel
Pick up the carpet section being careful not to come in contact with the glue and apply the top edge to the top of the panel, hold the top edge in position for 30 seconds until the glue is partially dry.
Now rub the carpet from top to bottom against the panel ensuring that all air bubbles and wrinkles are expelled.
Insure you are happy with position of the carpet and make an final adjustments before the glue dries.
Cutting off excess carpet
Once you are happy with the end position and this had adhered properly, you are ready to remove any excess carpet material by using a sharp blade. Starting from the edge of the panel apply pressure with the blade and score the carpet to remove any unwanted excess.