Why you shouldn’t wait until spring to get out in your van!

Why you shouldn’t wait until spring to get out in your van!

Vanshades have you covered for camping in all conditions, so why wait until spring to get out?

The winter months provide the perfect opportunity to head out and experience new sights and places, often with less people around!

Before heading off on your winter adventures, make sure your van is insulated correctly with a range of products from Vanshades.

Window Pods

Window Pods® have been created by Vanshades to provide an easy to install, stylish privacy solution for your Volkswagen T5 and T6 campervan.

The foil-lined cellular pleated structure of Window Pods® not only offers a sleek style to your van, but they’re also designed to keep your van insulated. The foil-lined honeycomb design holds a layer of air which acts as an insulator, retaining heat throughout winter.

As well as excellent thermal qualities, Window Pods® are designed to reduce condensation, reduce noise pollution and provide blackout properties – everything you need for a peaceful night’s sleep!

Visit our Window Pods® page now!

Insulated Pop Top Wrap

If, like us, you like to pop your roof to ensure you’re experiencing maximum room and comfort, you might be concerned about a draft! With Vanshades there’s no need to worry, we’ve designed our Insulated Pop Top Wraps with this in mind.

Our Pop Top Wraps are designed with a variety of elevating roofs in mind. Designed with a special insulated layer between the outer and inner hydro coated polyester, our wrap provides you with a much-needed extra layer of insulation for your campervan.

Head over to our Insulated Pop Top Wrap page for more information.

Screen Covers

For customisable screen covers that are completely unique to you, choose Vanshades! Not only can you choose the design, but you’ll also experience an extra level of privacy and insulation throughout your trip. Our screen covers are designed with additional velcro fastenings, ensuring there’s no movement, even in the stormiest of conditions!

Order yours today here.

Other winter camping essentials include a wooly hat, a travel kettle and plenty of teabags!

Are you ready to start your campervan conversion project?

Are you ready to start your campervan conversion project?

If you can hear the call of the wild and fancy heading out into the outdoors but you’ve had enough of your tired old tent, it might be time to take up vanlife.

If you’re a campervan newbie, taking up a conversion project can be daunting. Once you’ve chosen your van, there are so many elements to think about that will truly make your campervan a home away from home.

Before You Begin

Start by setting yourself a budget, this will make it easier when it comes to planning things like floors, walls, electricity, and the interior. From there, you can plan a timescale, giving yourself goals and aims for when you’d like certain parts of the campervan completed.

Once you have a budget and timeline set, and a place to work, check out your toolbox. Take a look at what you’ve got and what you need to purchase or borrow from friends. Don’t forget to enlist those holidaying with you for help too – and if you’d like a professional opinion there are plenty of conversion companies out there who can support you

The Basics

The first step of your conversion is stripping the van and taking out its existing interior to make way for your new cabin. Once everything out, you can begin laying your insulation, a vital step that will keep your van at the right temperature whether it’s high summer or bleak winter.

Next, you’re onto the floor, ceiling, and walls, so it’s time to get creative and choose some materials and colours that will make your campervan pop. Wood, vinyl and tiles are fantastic options and will all start to bring your van to life.

The Technical Stuff

To give more of a glamping experience, electricity is a necessity and also one of the trickiest parts of a conversion project. Solar panels are a great option to consider, allowing you to be as self-sufficient and as sustainable as possible.

Don’t forget your ventilation either – it prevents mould and ensures that there is always air flowing through the campervan. There are plenty of options to choose from including wind-powered roof vents, pop-up roof vents and louvered air vents.

The Interior

Now it’s time to really make your campervan – from the sleeping area to the kitchen, put your unique stamp on your interior to make the van personal to you. Think about different fabrics, homely furnishings, fairy lights and more that will give your van that wow factor.

How Can We Help?

The Window Pods® from Vanshades are an easy-to-install, stylish alternative to curtains that have been specially designed and manufactured to bring privacy and insulation to your campervan.

These Window Pods® are available on the Volkswagen T5 and T6 campervan, delivering a flawless, modern finish which is completely bespoke to you.

Find out more about our Window Pods® now!

Why choose the Window Pod®?

Why choose the Window Pod®?

Since the 60s, holidaymakers and camping fanatics have been decorating their camper vans to suit their own individual styles and tastes.

In the years that have followed, trends have changed and manufacturing capabilities have improved but one thing that has stuck around, is curtains.

With a cheap and untidy look, curtains no benefit to the comfort of the camper van, making Window Pods® from VanShades are the must-have alternative to curtains that will transform the look and feel of a van’s interior.

The made-to-order Window Pod® system is an easy-to-install blind and frame system which not only looks far more stylish than standard curtains, but also offers blackout and thermal qualities to ensure that any trip in the van is a comfortable one.

But what goes into building the Vanshades Window Pods®?

Whether you’re a trader completing camper conversions or you’re a camper van owner looking to spruce up your interior, each order is completely tailored to deliver an individual product every time.

The Window Pod® starts its journey in our 6000sqft factory as vacuum formed ABS recycled plastic, before going through eight quality-driven processes to deliver a blind pod that curtains just can’t compete with.

Each process brings value to the product – from to cutting the components to choosing the fabrics and assembling the blind, we take care every step of the way.

All elements of the Window Pods® are manufactured in house, including the blind build and the pod carpeting, and goes through a stringent quality check once completed to ensure appearance and performance is perfect.

The process doesn’t stop there either, we continuously operate a company policy of improvement, allowing us to grow and learn new procedures, practices and protocols within the business.

The Window Pod® takes two weeks from the placement of the order, giving our dedicated and passionate team time to deliver a product that is as individual as the van it is being fitted into.

Here at Vanshades, we aim to deliver a product that not only performs, but that is also easy to install, to save you time no matter what the project you’re working on.

How Vanshades does its bit for the environment…

How Vanshades does its bit for the environment…

Environmental issues are dominating news outlets across the globe and are issues needing participation from each of us, with companies across the world looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Here at Vanshades, we are making a conscious effort to be more ethically and environmentally friendly in both the office, our practice and products.

Pete Staniforth, Director of Vanshades explains: “We try to source all our products from the UK as we are proud of our ‘Made in Britain’ approach to manufacturing.

“This means that we pay a little more for our materials but we feel this is offset by a lower carbon footprint whilst ensuring that we can maintain a high level of product quality.”

Our environmental in-office approach includes the promotion of car sharing, using LED lighting in all areas and trying to be as paperless as possible.

When it comes to Vanshades products, we believe environmental impact starts with the manufacturing process.

Pete said: “Due to the design, we understand the manufacturing of our Window Pod products incur a lot of waste, as we essentially cut a big hole in the plastic for the window aperture.

“One of the reasons we specified ABS plastic was its ability to be recycled and effectively sent back to the manufacturer of sheet plastic, in the form of granules.”

To produce the granules, Vanshades have to process the waste plastic through a granulator, this is sold to our sheet supplier – often using the same transport that delivers sheet material – and the sheet manufacturer melts down the granulate before re-pressing the new sheets back to us.

Pete said: “We are proud to be part of a recycled supply chain that uses every scrap of plastic waste, all sourced from the same local supplier.”

In this current climate, Vanshades believe more companies should be considering the impact of their environmental footprint and should be supported to do so by the government.

Pete adds: “I’m confident that we do our bit to run a company that is aware of its environmental footprint. Unfortunately, we don’t get rewarded for such endeavours in the form of incentives to buy new recycling machinery for instance.

“Our granulator costs us £8,000 to which there were no government funds to help with this initiative.”

Fortunately Vanshades, as a business, faces fewer challenges than most, due to our use of recycled plastic.

Pete explains: “We once considered using virgin plastic which is light grey in appearance. Whilst this is aesthetically better, it comes at a cost of being 40% more expensive.

“The costs of this I fear is mostly bore by its impact on the environment.”

As we are forever looking at ways to reduce or carbon footprint, Vanshades have decided to not attend as many exhibition shows next year, cutting attendance from 17 to 3. Rather than driving up and down the country, we are putting our resource and marketing budget into Digital Marketing which will offer a better Return on Investment.

Pete said: “Unfortunately, society, as a whole, has an awfully long way to go in terms of waking up and developing a true conscious behaviour to being more ethical and environmental in all our daily routines.

“Sadly, consumerism is often at the detriment to the environment, but we’re hoping through our company’s commitment to taking more responsibility for our carbon footprint, we will encourage others in the industry to follow suit.”

To view our products, visit our online shop: https://www.vanshades.co.uk/shop/

Vanshades: Take a Look at Our Products

Vanshades: Take a Look at Our Products

Vanshades, as the specialist in van accessories, covers and furniture, is keen on simplifying the design and decoration of van furnishings and equipment, to help you personalise and renovate your wheeled prized possession.

Each piece of innovative equipment we offer provides lucrative solutions that are easy to organise, store and display. Our primary supplies can be categorised as follows:

Window Pods®

At VanShades we have a wide selection of van window solutions, all of which are easy to install, with a pre-assembled blind and frame system which offer stylish privacy.

The classic and contemporary alternative to curtains look like they were purchased with the van, the Window Pods ® achieve a flawless modern finish to windows.

Granted they look stylish, the Pods are also manufactured with blackout and thermal qualities whilst reducing condensation and noise pollution from your vehicle.

Available in 13 variations, Pods can be fitted on any window of the van – on both fixed and sliding doors and windows -and can be acquired with or without carpet coverings.

Recently, we have added our new Window Pods® Select blind system to the range. The Select option is a vacuum formed ABS pod, faced with an aluminium composite sheet and is available in 15 different colours with a wipe clean silk finish.

Pop Tops

Although we are recognised for our blinds alternatives, Vanshades also offer pop top and elevating roof products.

Like our Pods, the Pop Top Wrap products accommodate a special insulated layer sandwiched between the outer and inner hydro coated polyester to keep your vehicle warmer during cooler months/climates as well as cooler in the summer months.

Not only does it provide an extra layer of insulation for your camper, but it also provides a noticeable increase in height for your van giving the illusion of more space and a more homely feel.

The pop top roof is manufactured to seamlessly follow the profile of your van’s roof and structure.


For both personalisation and security reasons, our Vanshades screen covers are available in an array of colours and designs as a fun way of securing your camper’s possessions and blocking sunlight.

Vans are often used as a home away from home or a workplace on wheels, whereby owners use the large space to keep valued assets, so it pays to keep them secure and the screencovers do just that. Both the Pods and the Screencovers offer reassurance that when you’ve parked and left the vehicle, you can be sure prying eyes cannot see your assets inside.

The screencover, which comes complete with its own polyester drawstring storage bag, can be easily stored away due to its compact size (100 x 18cm) cover the entirety of the front windshield and sides of the cabin.

Attachment is simple, by the built in door pocket hung over the outer edge of the door; the screens are secured via Velcro around the wing mirrors and an additional Velcro button to minimise wind movement in all weather conditions.


Equally as important as external, is your camper van’s interiors. To keep the van looking as homely as possible, as camper vans are used to live in for many, it is sensible to make the van feel as comfortable as possible, with privacy in mind. During the conversion process, there are numerous ways to personalise and make your van more practical.

Like the Pods, Vanshades’ Splashbacks provide a stylish and practical solution to combining a bulky sliding window and a thermal blind, for the window behind the driver.

Manufactured from tough 5mm cast acrylic or aluminium bonded composite sheets, Vanshades Splashbacks are laser cut with polished edges as an on-trend way of completing your kitchen side conversion.

The Splashbacks are available in a wide range of colours and finishes and include your choice of Vanshades Window Pods thermal cellular blinds. The rear of the Splashback is carpeted using Anthracite carpet to prevent light ingress and has a matching blinds aperture cut to the same profile as the Window Pod® system.



Perfect for a camping adventure, Vanshades ChairPods combine style with practicality, utilising wasted space to permanently store two ultra-lightweight yet comfortable chairs.

The ChairPods are designed specifically for retro fitting to your VWT5 & T6 Tailgate. Its lightweight aluminium frame section makes it easy to slide the two chairs in and out. At just 1.8 kg each, the chairs can support up to 120 kg.

Made of a robust canvass bag, the ChairPod comes ready to fit complete with two ultra-light aluminium chairs which can be removed at any time. Installation is simple, with all necessary fittings and illustrated instructions included.


Unlike a fixed or loose table which consumes a large area of space in your camper van, Vanshades’ LOC8 Table Pod is a simple and effective way of showcasing and storing a table. The standalone camping table is securely stored inside your nearside sliding door of all Right Hand Drive VW T5 and T6 models – manufactured from 2004 onwards. It can be fitted in minutes and requires absolutely no modification to your sliding door.

Manufactured from 10mm laminated birch ply finished with hard wearing 2mm silver colour plastic edging (Size: 840mm x 510mm x 10mm), the table is supported by fold out legs, manufactured in lightweight black aluminium, fitted with adjustable feet.

The Loc8 Table system is also suitable for use in both SWB and LWB models with or without a power operated door.

Our helpful team are on hand to discuss your requirements, making your Campervan as individual as you are. Telephone 01226 872330 or drop us an email on info@vanshades.co.uk

VanShades Unveil Latest Window Pods® Blind System

VanShades Unveil Latest Window Pods® Blind System

VanShades are delighted to introduce a new addition to our wide range of blind systems.

The Select option is a vacuum formed ABS pod, faced with an aluminium composite sheet and is available in 15 different colours with a wipe clean silk finish.

Window Pods® Select adds further choice to the Window Pods® system and our innovative range of blackout and insulated privacy covers and pop top wraps for the VW camper-van market.

Creating a home away from home, our thermal, stylish and compact Window Pods® provide a contemporary alternative to the clutter of drab and dreary curtains.

Window Pods® Blind Systems provide a multitude of benefits for a van owner.

Not only do they look state-of-the-art, the thermal blinds reduce heat intake by up-to 78% in the summer months and reduce heat loss during the winter months by up-to 46%.

The thermally efficient blinds keep you warm in winter and cool in summer and unlike standard camper curtains, Window Pods® don’t soak up condensation and go mouldy.

Window Pods® are designed to fit your van, manufactured with the finest quality fabrics and perfectly shaped to the contours of the window giving superb blackout and insulation performance.

Our helpful team are on hand to discuss your requirements, making your Campervan as individual as you are. Telephone 01226 872330 or drop us an email on info@vanshades.co.uk

We’ve Moved!

We’ve Moved!

We are proud to announce that due to our remarkable growth over the past year, we have moved again to new and much larger premises.

We will continue to offer the same friendly service at our new address (Unit 16 Cannon Way, Claycliffe Business Park, Claycliffe Road, Barnsley, S75 1JU), which will allow us to further grow, offer even better customer service and a larger selection of products and services.

We’re easy to find, close to the M1 motorway between junctions 37 & 38. Oh yes, our phone number is still the same: 0800 009 6291.

Window Pods Range Extension Update

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We’re working hard to finalise the final collection of Window Pods for the T5 & T6 and once complete, we will have a FULL RANGE for EVERY window option on the VW T5 and VW T6 range.

The new products include:

    • T5/T6 tailgate pods with motor housings as standard
    • Factory fitted VW OEM glass compatibility, twin slider

We’re currently at tooling stage with production scheduled for mid December in time for the 2017 season.

We will be launching these new Window Pods with some other new products at Campermart 2017 – Telford. Why not come down and see us?

Pete & Team

We’re at BUSFEST this weekend 9–11th September – Come along!!!


VanShades are at BUSFEST at Malvern Show ground approximately 8 miles from the M5 and M50 motorways (SatNav: WR13 6NW). For more information see: http://www.busfest.org/busfest/.

See our Original WindowPod® system and bespoke printed screen covers on display AND enjoy a great family day out too!

If you’re going to be there then don’t be shy, say hello and check in with us on Facebook / Twitter / Instrgram…