So I got tired of having the sun bake my interior and turning my van into scorching greenhouse inferno. So I bought a roll of refrectix insulator and got to work making 3 sun shades. Why 3? one for windshield, one for passenger, and one for driver. That way the sun simply cannot get in.

I started by making a paper template of the areas I wanted to cover. I inserted the paper into the window, and got the critical outline.

I then cut out the outline, and fit it into the window to make sure the template came out well. It fits perfectly. It’s such a snug fit, that it will not require any special holder. just the pressure of the material itself against the edges will hold it in place.

Now in the image below, I transferred the template onto the roll of reflectix. Then I used scissors to accomplish the cutout.

Below is the final result. PERFECT SUN BLOCKING! The car is so much cooler at the end of the day. It’s a must have for #VANLIFE


I made sun shades! Best #Vanlife idea ever!

2 thoughts on “I made sun shades! Best #Vanlife idea ever!

  • December 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hi there. Happy holidays. I love your van it’s simply amazing! Where can I get a van like yours?! I can do most of the work with your detailed instructions with the exception of electrical insulation and panelling. Can you recommend a place where I can have this done without breaking the bank! Thanks kindly and happy holidays!

    • December 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Mona,
      Thanks! I will be adding more details on the electrical. This project would not break the bank, since you can do all the paneling yourself. The pretty wood comes from Lowes in standard 8 ft by 4 ft sheets.

      Each van is unique, just take a few trips to a local hardware store, gather some ideas, and give it a whirl!
      Feel free to email me any quesitons to

      There are many vans on the used market. Just try to get low miles, and dont fall for the pre-built vans that have high miles.

      Good luck,



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