out with the old and in with the new… the VW Canterbury Pitt interior gets an update

The day has arrived where the Canterbury Pitt interior in the rear of the VW Split screen gets a well over due makeover, as at last the old, thin, faded and poorly fitted cushion covers get ditched in favour of a bit of an upgrade! As the existing door/seat panels, and  front seat covers were all in good condition, these would act as the basis for the colour palette to work with, so the theme for the choice interior fabric was coffee and cream…

coffee and cream colour palette for the seat fabric and detailing
coffee and cream colour palette for the seat fabric and detailing

To get the seat covers etc. done, I was recommended a local lady who ran a small specialist upholstery service. So along with getting the existing cushions recovered, I had an extra two cushions made up to replace two that the previous owner seemed to have ‘mislaid’ somewhere that are required to make up a 3/4 width double bed. I also had a custom cushion made up to create a full width rear seat when the cooler was not being used or taken on a journey.

Before…

3/4 Rear seating with storage under and 12v cooler
3/4 Rear seating with storage under and 12v cooler

after…

rear seats all covered with extra custom cushions also made
rear seats all covered with extra custom cushions also made

I am really pleased with both the quality of the fabric and the final result of the covers. They really transform the feeling and ‘lightness’ of the rear interior space, and colour wise, work well with the colour coordinated seat belts, the existing interior panels and the front seats.Stage 1 complete! So with the rear seats of the Canterbury Pitt interior all recovered and looking rather pleased with themselves, it was time to get some curtains sorted for the VW camper.

I had the curtains lined with a thermal blackout material to both limit heat loss at night through the window areas, but also to provide a light tight environment to sleep in, perfect for when I’ll be ‘camping’ in the streets of Ninove, Belgium soon!

matching thermal/blackout lined curtains fitted to complete the interior
matching thermal/blackout lined curtains fitted to complete the interior

The curtain fabric was also used for the piping detail on the edge of the removable seat covers, as a subtle visual way of tying the two interior fabric elements in together, to create a more unified interior space. To help reinforce this visual linkage, and create a subtle detail, a mixture of both the curtain and seat cover fabric was used to make curtain ties.

All in all the interior makeover has totally transformed the look and feel of the camper interior

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