Here I’ll show you step-by-step how I did the DIY bed divider for our Jayco Swan camper trailer.
A bed divider is on the list of the 35 Most Popular Jayco Camper Trailer Modifications, and I can see why. It’s great to either:
- Allow a little one to get an uninterrupted sleep, or
- Stop 2 bigger ones from fighting over their space
Let’s get started:
1. Gather up the materials you’ll need
To make this bed divider I got everything from Bunnings and Kmart:
- 1.5 m curtain rod
- 3.5 m of bungee cord
- 1 x snap hook carabiner
- 1x flat sheet
[You could use an old single sheet and it’s large enough… but I bought a double sheet set because we needed another fitted sheet for the bed anyway]
2.Cut and cover the curtain rod
First, cut the rod to the width of the bed with a hacksaw
(in our Jayco Swan this was 1.33 m)
Then, put some black tape in and around the edges
For this, I used some of the cloth tape I had left over from when I did the magnetic fly screen modification for our Jayco Swan
3. Create a tie down point
For this I made a knot around one of the snap hook carabiners using the bungee cord…
…then pulled it through the rod.
Then, I checked to make sure it fitted okay:
4. Make a hole in the existing hem
The sheet already had one side that’s doubled over…
…so I cut a small hole, just big enough for the rod to go through.
This is what it looked like:
5. Pin the sheet in position
Here I clipped in the pole at the bottom, just like it’d be in the finished product…
…and then draped the sheet over the top of the centre rafter (aka hockey stick)
A single row of pins then went parallel to the bar
6. Cut and sew
I have to give credit to my mother-in-law, Sue, for this part.
She did a great job!
Summary: The finished product
So here’s the finished DIY bed divider for our Jayco Swan camper trailer.
With bedding in place:
And here’s the measurements in case you can’t get into your camper right now (and would like to get started):
What I like about this idea is:
- It can be left in place during travel
- The kids can’t reach underneath it to bug each other
- It’s easy to remove to wash, and
- It was cheap!
Even though this is only 25th on the list, it’s one of my favourite modifications… so far
Read: 35 Most Popular Jayco Camper Trailer Modifications if you’re after any more ideas