Easy Ways of Turning Your UTE Canopy into a Sleeping Quarter

Many outdoor adventurers will spend days, weeks, or even months on the road sleeping inside their vehicles. No, they are not sleeping in the backseat of a small city car, but they use UTEs that have a substantial amount of space in the back. They transform their rear trays into sleeping quarters and enjoy the time spent on the road, as the remote bedroom they’ve created is fantastic.

How exactly are they doing this? It’s not as complicated as one might think, but it does need dedication and work. Turning the rear tray into a UTE canopy is the first step, and the second is turning the canopy into a sleeping quarter.

The latter is what we will focus on in this blog post. We will explain how to turn the canopy in the back into a remote bedroom when you and your spouse, for example, can comfortably stay the night wherever you’re located. After doing this, you won’t need to worry about hotels, camping sites, or anything that provides a comfortable sleep. Keep reading and find out what you need to do.

Choose the type of sleeping arrangement

The first step is to choose a suitable sleeping arrangement for your vehicle. Depending on the size of the UTE canopy and your personal preferences, choose a suitable sleeping arrangement such as a roof-top tent, a custom-built sleeping platform, a cot or hammock, a slide-out bed or a camping cot.

All of these ideas have their pros and cons, so inspect your options thoroughly before making the final decision. Some will provide unlimited comfort but will be difficult to set up, while others will have all positive sides but will be too heavy for your vehicle.

Think of your options and make a plan for the entire trip. Only this way you will know what to expect and how things will go. Based on your needs and preferences, you will know what to choose and how to act.

Install suitable lighting

Don’t forget the lighting inside the canopy. Install adequate lighting inside the UTE canopy, such as battery-powered LED lights or a rechargeable lantern. This will provide sufficient illumination for reading or other activities. Most UTEs won’t allow you to carry cables and power them with the help of the car battery, but you can find alternatives.

Those who carry a portable battery or a power generator will easily handle this issue. However, think about the noise, the pollution, and everything that goes with power generators, and think if there’s a more suitable and elegant way to do this.

Provide insulation

Depending on the climate and location, nights can become cold and uncomfortable. Provide insulation to the UTE canopy to regulate the temperature and create a comfortable sleeping environment. This could be achieved through insulation panels, blankets, or even sealing gaps or canopy holes.

Of course, you won’t make the canopy perfectly sealed, and it will surely still be cold, but the temperature your body will create, together with the minimal insulation, will be enough to get through the night and wake in the morning rested and ready for new adventures.

Add storage solutions

Aside from an empty bed mattress, you will need other stuff to make your stay inside the sleeping quarter comfortable. We mentioned the lighting and the insulation, but what about when you wake up in the morning and want to enjoy a cup of coffee?

Add some shelves, drawers, cargo nets, under-bed storage areas, and other solutions where you will safely store different items, like glasses, cups, utensils, etc. All these add-ons will help you organize the area better, and you will feel like you’re sleeping in a five-star hotel room.

Add personal touches

We all want to make the place where we sleep more like home. To make the remote bedroom feel more like home, add personal touches such as comfortable bedding, pillows, and decor. This could include items such as rugs, curtains, or a small fan for ventilation.

Whatever you feel is best for your remote bedroom and will not take too much of your time or effort, you should do it. Get some of the things you love at home that are suitable for the road and your UTE, and place them perfectly inside the vehicle. You will get a much better feeling while staying there, and enjoy the trip.


These five steps explain what you should do to turn your ordinary canopy installed over the rear tray into a remote bedroom and a comfortable sleeping quarter. Get one of our aluminium UTE canopies and do your magic designing it.

We also have aluminium tool boxes for caravans if your idea of getting a remote bedroom is simpler. Adventures are fun if you know how to make them. With our help, you’ll get everything you want in a few simple touches.

Author: Dean Peechiari Date Posted: 21 April 2023