Save Time - Research, design and construction without our kit could take up to 15 hours.
Save Money - Cost savings in the range of $450 when compared to factory built options which are expensive to ship.
Ensure Quality and Safety - We've worked with a design engineer to dial in our template dimensions for a perfect fit. Mounting hardware is manufactured by an ISO certified fabricator the USA.
A model-year specific 1-1 scale paper template, mounting brackets and fasteners, and a postcard with important details on the next steps of your shelf build
Basic woodworking skills. You're already building out a van - this is easy in comparison! Required tools: Jigsaw with a wood-cutting blade, drill with 7/32” or ¼” bit, scissors, clear packing tape, 3/8" (14 mm) wrench, screwdriver with a flat head, pencil, Philips, T-25, and T-30 Torx bits.
We're in this to help, not hinder. Should you have any issue with our kit, or recommended process, we'll happily buy it back from you.
To give you an idea of the shelf positioning, measure 10" down from the top center of the headliner edge. That is where the shelf will rest on top of the mounting hardware. We suggest a maximum load of 50 lbs.
We recommend 1/2" Baltic Birch if staining or painting, or 1/2" bamboo plywood if leaving it untreated. But ¾” plywood can work too! More details on working with the plywood are found here.
The Vancillary Headliner Shelf DIY Kit video was done on a 2012 Sprinter. The 2019+ Sprinter DIY Kit has a different template and set of brackets specifically designed for the new model year.
In the guide, we used a "Church Pew Fabric". Feel free to Google/Amazon to get a sense of the colors and patterns available. No foam is needed for an underlay. For adhesion, we recommend using something simple like 3M Super 77. Simple and easy.
The slots printed are placeholder openings for where the fasteners will mount. We suggest following the instruction manual, mock-installing the shelf, then marking/drilling to ensure a snug fit.
Yes, you can. We've had quite a few people with static bathrooms or other structures that butt right up against the headliner cavity. You can tilt our brackets sideways during installation, which allows the shelf to be installed from underneath. Plus, there is a little wiggle room built into the channels of our mounting hardware to ensure a snug fit.
The curtain airbags above the side windows deploy downwards. Our brackets screw into existing mounting points on the vehicle chassis to avoid any interference with the vehicle safety systems. Please note that we haven’t done a live test with our product and the airbag system, and make no safety guarantee.
No, our Sprinter DIY Kit only works with high roof vans.
Generous members of the van community have posted their plans for the headliner gap template here!
We don't stock or have plans for a lower shelf. The reason for this is the confined feeling that a lower headliner shelf gives, so we focused our energy on what we believe is a perfect balance of storage while not infringing on the cabin area. We believe freedom of movement is what vans should be about.
Unfortunately, no. There aren't appropriate mounting points for a kit to attach to.
Yes. As long as it has the stock headliner, you should be good to go!