How to Carpet Line your Campervan Conversion

Carpeting your Campervan Conversion is a really important part of your self build conversion.

Campervan Conversion Carpet

It will help sound proof and insulate your van. It’ll also wick away moisture from the metal of the panel van which is important for keeping away damp. It’s important to get this right to ensure a quality look and feel at the end of the build. 

It should actually be pretty unremarkable when it's finished and the conversion itself should be the most noticeable thing. Only bad carpeting jobs stand out!

It can be fairly obvious when it’s not done properly. You’ll get a ‘bubbling’ look, where the carpet comes away from the panel. Follow our guide and it will be a pretty easy part of the build that will totally change your van. 

FOUR WAY STRETCH CAMPERVAN CARPET

There are a few different options on the market to carpet your campervan conversion. The most commonly used is Four Way Stretch Carpet. It’s pliable and has a slight stretch, with a soft feel. Because of the stretch in the fabric this is what we recommend a first time converter uses. You might see Alcantara being used in more high-end conversions. However this can be pretty tricky to work with as well as costing more. 

The Four Way Stretch Carpet means it’s flexible and mouldable around all the curves and edges of the van. It’s great around the most difficult areas such as around the windows and wheel arches. It means you don’t need to spend lots of time trying to cut perfect edges and it’s easy to make it look great. Most suppliers offer Four Way Stretch Carpet in colours, such as black, dark blue and smokey grey. We like to use Anthracite in our campers, it gives a contemporary look without being too dark.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Mask
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Stanley blades
  • Trim tools
  • Carpet
  • Heat resistant spray glue (normal spray glue will peal in hot weather)

HOW MUCH CARPET DO YOU NEED?

Here we have listed approximate measurements of how much four way stretch carpet you may need:

LWB VW Transporter including roof: 15 metres x 2 metres
SWB VW Transporter  Van including roof: 12 metres x 2 metres

SWB VW Caddy including roof: 8 metres x 2 metres
VW Caddy Maxi including roof: 10 metres x 2 metres

PREP

Preparation is key here. Clean the van and hoover away dust. Use Tar and Glue remover to take any oils or grease off the panels. Obviously not necessary in a new panel van. One thing many amateur converters neglect to do is tape up the holes in the metal pillars. This will avoid any dust in between the outer and inner skin of the van being blown into your carpet and leaving dark impressions in your nice new carpet trim. 

TRIM & PANEL REMOVAL

Using a trim tool remove the plastic panel poppers and panels from the van. Make sure you keep the poppers in one place so you can use them when you put the panels back on. You'll also need to remove any door rubbers from the door apertures. Now is the time to Sound proof and Insulate your camper.

METHOD

There are two main methods of carpeting. For a smooth look you can chose to carpet in one piece over the top of your profited panels. This method requires more preparation as you will need to lay any wiring and pipework that you want to run through the wall cavities before carpeting. 

Alternatively, you can carpet the van side then carpet each panel separately and refit them. This method allows for access into the wall cavities to lay wiring and pipework later.

CUTTING

The carpet will come in a 2m wide roll. Use the 2m as your height for the van wall. Measure the length from the back of the driver seat to the rear door. Add 0.5-1m length to allow for the curves of the van wall. Better to have a little extra to trim off rather than being a little short. 

GLUE

Work on one side at a time. Spray the van wall first, using a scrap of cardboard as an overspray board. Work from side to side overlaying the spray lines with an even coat to avoid bare patches. 

When the whole side wall is coated lay the carpet out flat on the floor face side down. Apply an even coat of spray glue in the opposite direction that you applied to the wall. Crosshatching the glue lines will give more points of adhesion for a stronger hold.

With help from a friend lift the carpet in to the van. Take time to position the carpet allowing enough overhang at the front, back, top and bottom.

Pressing gently  tack the carpet on at the top and work your way to the bottom. Don't focus on completing any one area at this stage. Focus instead on contacting the carpet onto all surfaces and removing creases and excess wrinkles as you go. 

If you make a mistake don't be afraid to peel back and adjust, applying more glue if necessary.

When you are happy with the position of your carpet you can start to work in to the recesses and grooves of the wall. Use a trim tool to push in to corners and find details. 

Finally, use a blade to trim excess carpet.  

SAFETY

Safety while Campervan Carpeting is crucial. We have recommended purchasing goggles and masks. You don’t want glue accidentally entering your eyes and you don’t want to be inhaling the smell of the adhesive glue without a mask. 

CAMPERVAN CARPETTING

If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, Wildworx offers a full range of Campervan Carpeting packages if you don't fancy doing it yourself. Check out our Campervan Conversion options.  Cost of carpet lining and insulation from Wildworx For SWB vans our carpet lining and insulation package includes, insulation and sound deadening full interior with high quality PeaceMAT campervan sound deadening insulation. We use high performance aluminium butyl panel sound deadening material. This is fitted inside the OEM (interior) panels.
Vehicle is then carpet lined with four way stretch Campervan Carpet and of course with a colour of your choice. This comes at £690. For LWB vans our carpet lining and insulation package includes, insulation and sound deadening full interior with high quality PeaceMAT campervan sound deadening insulation. We use high performance aluminium butyl panel sound deadening material. This is fitted inside the OEM (interior) panels. Vehicle is then carpet lined with four way stretch Campervan Carpet and of course with a colour of your choice. This comes at £725.Campervan Carpet Lining
 
Campervan Conversion Carpet
Campervan with carpeting before Conversion Install
Poor Campervan Conversion Carpet
Example of poor campervan conversion carpeting

 

Wildworx Campervan Conversions 

Get in touch if you have any other questions for us. We offer a full range of Campervan Conversion Services including carpet lining packages. Check out our online store for our Four Way Stretch Carpet options.