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RV Window Makeover Ideas

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Tons of RV window treatment ideas - get rid of (or disguise!) the factory decor in your camper, travel trailer, or motorhome!

If you’re not loving the factory-installed cornices, valances, or curtains in your camper or motorhome, try one of these DIY ideas to give your RV windows a new look!

Traditional Curtains

Factory-installed cornices (sometimes called valances–I had to look up the difference to be sure I was using the correct term!) can be easily removed and replaced with regular curtain hardware and traditional curtains, although floor-length curtains purchased from a store may need to be cut and hemmed to be shorter.

If you’re not sure how to remove your cornices, you can watch Eric of demonstrate how to remove them in this video.

Below you can see some traditional curtains installed in RVs.

by Danette Head

RV Window Makeover Ideas - DIY curtains, cornices, and more for motorhomes, campers, and travel trailers |

by Connie Tinkle

RV Window Makeover Ideas - DIY curtains, cornices, and more for motorhomes, campers, and travel trailers |

by Jay Clements

RV Window Makeover Ideas - DIY curtains, cornices, and more for motorhomes, campers, and travel trailers |

by Wendy Sullivan

RV Window Makeover Ideas - DIY curtains, cornices, and more for motorhomes, campers, and travel trailers |

by Jillian Sirriani

The white curtains in the photo above inspired me so much that I decided to make white curtains for my RV, too!  I made mine out of white twin-sized bed sheets from Walmart.

RV owner Vanessa used Command hooks to hang her lightweight curtains.  This is a good way to avoid drilling more holes in the wall and makes for easy installation.

Idea for RV curtains: Hang with Command hooks - no drilling holes in the walls!

by Vanessa Sumner

I borrowed her idea and used adhesive hooks to hang my curtains, too.  However, I made a mistake in forgetting to account for the width of the drawer knob finials on my homemade curtain rods which I made by staining dowel rods, and the finials kept the hooks from reaching the wall.  I was determined to make it work, though, and ended up actually hot gluing the hooks to the tops of the day/night shades (being careful not to cover up the screws in case I need to remove them for any reason).  This created a little more space for the finial.  Works for me!

Idea for RV curtains: Hang with Command hooks - no drilling holes in the walls!

No-sew curtains

If you can’t sew but don’t mind a DIY project, here are some curtain ideas that don’t require sewing.

RV owner Danielle cut up inexpensive bedsheets from Walmart to make curtains for her whole RV.  By cutting the open the ends of the top of the sheet, a pocket was created for hanging the curtains, and to hem the raw edges, Danielle first folded and ironed them flat, then used No-Sew fabric glue to keep them folded in place.

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One way to hang curtains without sewing or gluing a pocket for the rod is to use drapery clips.  RV owner Kristina made the curtains for her home pictured below by hanging white twin sheets using the clips.  Excess fabric can be folded over at the top.

RV owner Tara Medlin used pillow cases folded to the right length to make these pretty curtains for her RV.  You can see more pictures including some close-ups of how she made them on her Instagram page.

My mom used pillowcases as curtains in her kitchen windows, too.  These are vintage ones that were hand-embroidered by my grandma.  If you like the vintage look, you can find a lot of pretty vintage pillowcases at

Cheap and DIY window idea: No-sew curtains made out of pillow cases

by Cindy Thomas

RV owner Susie Crabtree used dishtowels in the same way in her RV kitchen.

Dish towels used as RV kitchen curtains

by Susie Crabtree

These curtains were made by RV owner Brooke Seaman by using clothespins to clip burlap sack material to a piece of wire hung across her windows.  If you’re worried about burlap potentially unraveling, you could glue bias tape around the raw edges.

Cheap and DIY RV window idea: No-sew curtains made out of burlap coffee or feed sacks

by Brooke Seaman

Cheap and DIY RV window idea: No-sew curtains made out of burlap coffee or feed sacks

by Brooke Seaman

Window Framing

Several RV owners have covered their RV windows with real or faux wood to make them look more like windows in a house.

The first RV owners I saw do this were John and Robyn Crowhurst.  John used real oak to frame two of the windows their 1990 toy hauler, and Robyn’s dream of cooling a pie on her windowsill finally came true.

RV owner Brooke Seaman framed the window of her travel trailer with real wood as well.  (Believe it or not, this is the same RV as the one with the burlap curtains pictured earlier!)

Eric and Katie of wrote an excellent blog post about how they framed their RV windows (and another one about how they made their own burlap roller shades).

The owner of this RV, Melissa Escobar, used Timberwall brand peel and stick shiplap lumber to frame her windows.  (I just love her DIY copper pipe curtain rods!)

Painted vinyl flooring used to frame RV window

by Melissa Escobar

Non-permanent window makeovers

If you want to personalize and brighten your RV but are worried about making any changes that can’t be undone, you might consider one of these ideas.

RV owners Kristin and Erica pinned new fabric onto their cornices.

Fabric pinned to cover RV cornice / valance

by Kristin Wissing

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RV window idea: Fabric pinned to cover cornice / valance

by Erica Dawn

RV owner Yvette did something similar by using thumb tacks to attach a valance to her window cornice.  Upholstery tacks could be used the same way.  Then she hung curtains inside the cornice boxes using easily removable tension rods.

RV window idea: Curtains pinned over cornice / valance

by Yvette Tobin

RV owner Cathy pinned lace table runners to her cornices, using a butter knife to tuck the ends in at the edges.  She also used tension rods to hang the lace curtains from under the cornices.

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The RV pictured below came with wood cornices, but RV owner Debbie added a ruffle hung with tension rods to give her RV a homier feel.

RV window idea: Ruffled fabric curtain added to wood cornice / valance

by Debbie Gilbert

Cornice ideas

RV owners Jenn and Penny worked with their RV’s original decor by hanging curtains from a tension rod under the original cornice.  Penny also added battery-operated lanterns on hooks, which she says she takes down while the RV is moving.

RV window treatment makeover idea: Curtains hung with tension rod

by Penny Adams

RV window treatment makeover idea: Curtains hung with tension rod

by Jenn Hogan

RV owner Juanita stapled new fabric over her cornices and tucked it in along the curved edge using a butter knife.  She started by covering each cornice with fabric cut from a cheap white bed sheet to make sure the original pattern didn’t show through, then added a second layer made from a pretty tablecloth.

RV window treatment makeover idea: cornices / valances covered with tablecloth

by Juanita Reeves

Here are some other RVs with recovered cornices:

RV window treatment makeover idea for cornices / valances

by Angela Kevin

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RV owner Lisa actually painted the fabric of her cornices using flat latex paint before adding curtains underneath.  She used the same red paint on the chair in the second picture, as well.  If you’re new to the idea of painting fabric furniture, you can read this article to learn more.

Before painting:

by Lisa Braddy

After painting:

RV window treatment makeover idea: painted valances / cornices

by Lisa Braddy

RV owner Donna removed the puffy valances that came with her RV (which she described as “80’s prom dress”) and made her own cornices.  She used 1″ x 4″ lumber for the ends of the cornice boxes and attached lightweight luan with a pin nailer for the top and front.  She then stapled fabric over the entire cornice and glued lace to the front.  Finally, she hung them using “L” brackets and hung curtains from tension rods inside.

RV window treatment makeover idea

by Donna Balfanz

Here is a tutorial for a similar method for building a cornice (only this tutorial uses thicker wood for the front–you could easily use luan instead for lighter weight).  If you don’t plan on using tension rods, you can make a lighter weight fabric covered cornice out of foam using this tutorial, or even using recycled cardboard by following these instructions.

Another idea is to install a cornice box like the ones added to the RV pictured below.  Here is a tutorial for making one yourself.  You could even use polystyrene foam molding to reduce weight.  If you prefer a more rustic look, these DIY aged wood cornices might be a good option.

Shades and Blinds

RV owner Debbie Watt covered her park model RV’s cornices with fabric and turned cheap mini blinds into pretty Roman shades using this DIY method.

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Here is what it looks like on the back to give you an idea of how it works:

RV window treatment makeover idea: DIY Roman shade made from mini blinds

by Debbie Watt

Another RV owner, Christina, gave the shades that came with her RV a makeover.  She has a tutorial on her blog explaining how she did it.

RV shade makeover by Christina. Visit for tutorial.

by Christina via

The residential blinds and curtains used in this RV give the room the look and feel of a real house.

Blinds and curtains as window treatments in RV

by Lisa Dondrea

Wood valances

RV owners Kim and Jason built this wood valance for their RV by attaching old barn wood to their RV’s factory-installed cornices.  The barn wood was screwed in from the back so the screws wouldn’t show.  They then hung curtains made from canvas painter’s drop cloths from their RV’s original curtain rods using drapery clips.

Reclaimed wood valance - DIY window treatment makeover idea for a rustic farmhouse style

by Kim Schmid & Jason Rotz

Other options

RV owner Brooke hung a garland made out of strips of torn fabric across this window to complement her bedroom’s decor.

DIY window treatment makeover idea for a boho style

by Brooke Seaman

After painting her cornices blue and adding new curtains underneath, RV owner Yvette embellished her windows with patriotic garlands, star string lights, and other Americana-themed decor.

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RV owner Madeleine replaced the screens of her camper with lace, gluing the fabric to the inside of her window frames.  A similar (but easily removable) idea is to use a homemade starch mixture to paste lace to windows, resulting in a frosted privacy window effect.  Find out how here.

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Need more RV decor inspiration?  Check out some of these easy DIY projects you can make using rope!

Using rope is a cheap and easy way to dress up common items to match rustic, nautical, bohemian, or farmhouse decor.

Tons of RV window treatment ideas - get rid of (or disguise!) the factory decor in your camper, travel trailer, or motorhome!

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  1. Candy 7 July, 2017 at 01:22 Reply

    This will be such a good reference for anyone wanting to do any redecorating in their RV. It is done so well….. good job !!

  2. Sue Mackey 10 November, 2017 at 12:53 Reply

    I removed the window treatments and bought bedsheets from Walmart. I measured each window cut the sheets and used double sided fabric tape instead of sewing. I used command hooks and small round rods to hang them. The transformation is fantastic. My next project is to recover the table using vinyl placemats. My color scheme is teal with burnt orange accent. This camper is our home I want it to look like a home. Great ideas!

  3. Nina 28 March, 2018 at 15:31 Reply

    Looking to replace our current balances in our motorhome in a cherrywood fabric. Not like traditional valances you’de put in a house, but the motorhome type balance that is stiff and comes across and down the sides.

    • Ashley Mann 28 March, 2018 at 22:42 Reply

      Have you considered just recovering the ones you have with different fabric? Or is that what you plan on doing?

  4. Katie 5 June, 2018 at 08:53 Reply

    So many great ideas in this post, and thanks for including us! And about that video we shared on removing the RV valances…. yeah so it’s pretty blurry but I hadn’t realized it until AFTER we were finished and it was the last one we had to remove. Woops. That’s what Eric gets for having me as his assistant, haha. At least if you watch is on a small screen it’s not so bad 🙂

  5. Sue Whitmoyer 19 March, 2019 at 16:44 Reply

    I want to replace the mirrored closet doors in the bedroom to same weight. I thought of using 2 shower curtains but I don’t want things sliding out. Then I thougt of accordion doors. Help.

  6. Michelle 30 June, 2019 at 10:47 Reply

    We bought a 1972 prowler and are just now starting our remodeling. There are so many fantastic ideas on here!! Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Don Glass 10 July, 2019 at 19:45 Reply

    Hi … Not sure this is the right place…. but I’ve been inspired by all I”ve seen here and have started my renovation to my 2004 Tiffin Allegro bus pusher.
    But I don’t know how to get rid of the dinette with the drop down corian table.
    Tried Craigs list but virtually everyone is a scammer. what a waste.
    Any suggestions how to sell it…. It’s in excellent condition.

    • Ashley Mann 11 July, 2019 at 12:42 Reply

      Hi Don, there are a lot of scammers on Craigslist, but there are real people out there too…however it might take some patience to find a buyer there. You could also try the LetGo app. It’s similar to Craigslist but fewer scammers. You could also try calling RV dealers in your area to see if any of them are interested or know of a good way to get rid of it. It could be some RV’s come to them missing the dinette and they may be interested in buying it to add to another motorhome. You could also try looking up RV salvage yards in your area. Lastly you could try the Facebook group called “Second Time Around Resale/Swap Group for Camping Items Only”. Hope one of those ideas helps!

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