It All Began In a Van

Vanmade Gear was created by people who've lived and worked from their vans in all conditions, and are committed to designing products that elevate your vanlife

Simon's Story

In 2016, Vanmade Gear's founder, Simon, decided it was time to take life and work on the road.

As he embarked on his adventure, Simon found there weren’t products on the market that addressed temperature control and privacy in a van, which he believed were critical to making vanlife more comfortable and effortless. In fact, the more windows, the worse the problems were. Simon began to create his own shades, experimenting with materials and techniques until they were just right.

Simon’s vision to elevate vanlife led to the creation of Vanmade Gear. During a time when few window shade makers existed, Vanmade Gear led the way in making premium shades that prioritized comfort, safety, and privacy for everyone.

Now thirteen employees strong, and a growing workshop in Portland, Oregon, Vanmade Gear continues to lead the way in engineering and innovation so you can keep on elevating the adventure.


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The Vanmade Gear Difference

We set ourselves apart by blending cutting-edge technology and skilled craftsmanship to create premium products. Learn more about what we do differently:

Innovative Materials

At Vanmade Gear, we're constantly integrating new materials into our products to make life more comfortable on the road.

Our insulation is made with non-toxic, polyethylene foam sandwiched between aluminum foil to offer an impressive 97% radiant heat reflection and UV protection. On the surface, we use 100% polyester, outdoor-grade fabrics that are UV resistant, waterproof, and will not fade or shrink. Keeping your comfort at the forefront, with superb temperature control, stain repellent, and extreme weather resilience.

Technical Craftsmanship

We take pride in our meticulous attention to detail. Every shade is designed with precise digital scanning and CNC cutting, and then sewn by hand to ensure a flawless finish every time.

All of our products are proudly designed and hand sewn in our factory in Portland, Oregon, USA. Visit us for a factory tour or say hello!

With Features You Need

We understand how crucial space, aesthetics, and convenience are in your van. We're committed to designing problem-solving products that feature:

Hardware You Can Trust

Innovation means evolving our products to incorporate premium hardware for even better durability in everyday use.

We're proud to offer Fidlock® Clasp Closures and Lenzip® Zippers on our products, to create buttery-smoothing zipping and sleek noiseless storage solutions that won't rattle as you drive.


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Top-Down Shade Design

Our zippered product line features a unique top-down zippered design that caters to your natural eye level, providing easy access to the outside world.

With adjustable roll-down options—you have total command over your view.

Space-Saving Brilliance

There is no one-size fits all approach to van window shades. Our attention to detail is what truly sets Vanmade Gear products apart.

Instead of bulky accordion-style folds, some of our shades feature our graduating fold design allowing shades to seamlessly fold into itself, providing sleek, compact storage.

Ready to Explore?

We've got window shades and mosquito nets for most popular vans including: Sprinter, Transit, Promaster, as well as a universal accessory line.