How To Carpet Wall Panels In A Van Conversion

November 11, 2018 0 Comments


  • 1/4" staples
  • Electric stapler (huge help)
  • 1/4" birch or maple plywood sheet ($20ish/sheet)
  • High Adhesion Trim/Headliner Spray Glue
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet/Fabric/Vinyl

This is a guide for all you camper van conversion DIYers looking to create your wall panels with some extra flair by adding patterned fabric, vinyl, or carpet.

Below the video are some additional tips you can use to help you with building the walls of your camper conversion.

Sorry, no audio because we were rocking some "Pour Some Sugar On Me" in the background and YouTube is being sour about copyright issues.


  • Cut the carpet with lots of extra materials on edges. You don't want to fall short.
  • Wall Panels are cut from your 4x8 1/4" birch or maple.
  • Use heavy duty trim or automotive headliner adhesive for your panels. Elmers spray glue will have you pulling your hair out when your fabric starts to fall off. To be extra careful, especially with hanging panels, like your roof, spray the panel and the material and wait 5-10 minutes for the adhesive to tack (see the bottle for instructions).
  • Once glued, staple the side that takes the LEAST amount of pulling and stretching. This will secure a side for those tricky curves and corners that will need LOTS of pulling.
  • Use the staple gun to "hook" material and stretch further. MAKE SURE you check the size of the staples, the last thing you want to do is create this beautiful panel, have your fabric cut and staple through the front of it and puncture the other side.
  • Always pull tight to create the "tightest" looking wall panel. See the video on how to cut your corners properly into a little dovetail to make it easier on yourself.
  • Scotch Guard your wall panel when complete to protect from stains.