Since purchasing our Winnebago Minnie 2455bhs I have wanted to add curtains to the bunk openings. Madison and Hannah needed some privacy. They like to lay around in their bunks.
They both like it darker when they sleep. I get up earlier than the girls, Chris sometimes stays up later so the lights from the living area will share in the bunks. Plus their bunks are directly beside the bathroom, so any traffic during the night would disturb them. I knew curtains would clear up all these issues, I did some research and tried to find a solution, not much out there.
This is the solution I came up with. We have tested it out for the last 2 months and it works. Also it was relatively very inexpensive about $55 for both bunks, including the full purchase price of Command Hook multiple packs that I only used 2 or 4 of.
Before adding the curtins:
Items we used: (Clicking the picture of the items will send you to the item on Amazon .)
1-inch Curtain Rod Clip Rings – 4 needed
Command Mini Hooks, white – 4 needed
Sash Curtain Rod – 2 .. 1 for each bunk
Mainstay Sail Cloth Panel Pair – 63 inches – ONE Pair
How we did it:
First we installed the Sash Curtain Rod on the bottom bunk by mounting it with screws into bottom of the top bunk. We used the short screws included with the rods we ordered from Amazon.
Second we installed the top Sash Curtain Rod directly into the ceiling of the top bunk, This made me very nervious.
Next we mounted the Command hooks for outdoor lights in clear in the center of each rod. This provides stabiliztion to the rod. This hookups were installed using the directions on the packaging, it is very simple and straight forward. I installed these with the opening to the inside of each bunk.
With the curtains rods in place we moved on to the curtains. We cut the curtain panels in half. Each panel is 28 inches wide and 63 inches long. Cutting each panel in half creates 4 – 28 inch x 31.5 inch panels.
Next was to trim and hem each panel. I wanted each panel to come below the mattress, but not cover the wood completely between the top and bottom bunk. Also I did not want it to interfer with the function of the storage doors below the bottom bunk. So I measured the height from the rod to my desired length for the curtain to stop. The height desired for both our bunk setups was 24 inches.
Now we cut each panel to 27 eaches long. This gave each panel a 2 inch heam and inch folded in to create the hem.
After creating a hem for all for panels and hanging each panel, we attached a 1 inch clip ring to the inside of each panel to hold each panel back. These just clip on so they can be easily adjusted.
Next we mounted a Command Mini hook in white on the walls behind each curtain at about half the height of the bunk.
We have tested these out for two months with no issues… The girls love them. The curtains are not too thick that it does not affect air circulation. I do not recommend using “black out” panels for this very reason. Please feel free to message us with any questions you might have on this installation.