Template for filler piece at rear of cab headliner

If you’ve removed the van headliner, you’ll be left with a gap where the cab area headliner stops.

We filled this gap with a fabric-covered piece of plywood. Several people asked us for a template for this piece, so here it is.

Here’s the gap we’re talking about. It’s a weird shape.

Cab headliner hole cover

Here’s the template for the space behind the cab area headliner you need to recreate that shape.

We decided you were more likely to have access to U.S. Letter sized paper than Tabloid, so once you print out the template, you’ll need to cut out the two pieces and tape them together.  After doing this, check that the template is the right shape before you commit it to plywood. You might need to trim it slightly.

Luckily, covering it in foam and fabric covers any minor imperfections. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to put spacers behind it where necessary, then stick it in place. We used VHB tape. Magnets or velcro would probably work well too.

We hope this saves you a couple of minutes of cursing with cardboard cutouts!

5 Replies to “Template for filler piece at rear of cab headliner”

  1. Thanks for taking time to post this. Definitely saved some cursing for me. I have the cutout but am here scratching my head how to use vhb tape to stick it to the van? Please shed some light.

    1. Pujan – at the top, the template touches up against the metal of the van. At the bottom, you need a spacer (~1-1/4″ deep if I remember) made of hard foam, wood, or similar, to get the template piece at the right distance away from the metal bracket near the top of the plastic b-pillar cover. I’ll see if I have a photo somewhere that describes what I mean.

  2. Hey guys – thank you for putting this out there! Have you thought about building a headliner shelf? We’ve tried to solve the affordabillity/aesthetics issue by putting out a DIY kit. Check it out at Vancillary.com and let me know if you are interested!

    1. Sean, that’s a pretty brazen product plug. I like what you’ve done with the shelf bracket kit, but $110 for four brackets and a template is a lot of money. Definitely cheaper than RB Components’ shelf at $420, but not what I would call DIY-level affordable. Although I appreciate that it’s a different scale of operation, our philosophy was to put the template we made out there for free for the rest of the DIY community.

      1. Certainly. Apologies for the outward facing nature of the post – no direct contact information is available on your site. Appreciate your content nonetheless.

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