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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:

  1. Allow a little one to get an uninterrupted sleep, or
  2. 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

Materials Needed for DIY Bed Divider for Jayco Swan Camper Trailer

[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

Cut and Cover Curtain Rod for Jayco Swan Bed Divider

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…

Tie a Loop Around Snap Hook Carabiner with Bungee Cord

…then pulled it through the rod.

Pull Cord Through Rod for Base of Jayco Swan Bed Divider

Then, I checked to make sure it fitted okay:

Attaching Base of Bed Divider to Jayco Swan Camper Trailer Mattress


Fitting the Bottom Rail to Jayco Swan Camper Trailer Bed Divider

4. Make a hole in the existing hem

The sheet already had one side that’s doubled over…

Bed Sheet Already Hemmed Over

…so I cut a small hole, just big enough for the rod to go through.

Cut a Hole in Hemmed Section of Bed Sheet for Bottom Rail of Bed Divider

This is what it looked like:

Sheet with Bottom Rail of Jayco Swan Bed Divider Inserted

5. Pin the sheet in position

Here I clipped in the pole at the bottom, just like it’d be in the finished product…

Bed Divider In Position for Pinning

…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.

Top Section of Jayco Bed Divider Cut and Sewn

She did a great job!

Summary: The finished product

So here’s the finished DIY bed divider for our Jayco Swan camper trailer.

DIY Bed Divider for Jayco Swan Camper Trailer - Finished Product

With bedding in place:

DIY Bed Divider for Jayco Swan Camper Trailer - FInished 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):

DIY Bed Divider for Jayco Swan Camper Trailer - Measurements

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

Read35 Most Popular Jayco Camper Trailer Modifications if you’re after any more ideas