If you have any type of vehicle ranging from a van, to a truck, to a car or an RV and you need to carry some large items in your cargo bay, a elastic cargo net can help you secure your load. It can hold items in place and give you peace of mind that you will not lose anything on the trip home and that the cargo bay contents will stay in place. Depending on the strength and size of the cargo net, you can spend hundreds of dollars to buy one. For a fraction of that price you can make one at home.
Hook one of the bungee cords onto the first bracket on the left of the cargo bay. Start at the top bracket on the left side.
Stretch the first bungee cord to the right side of the cargo bay and hook it onto the top bracket on that side.
Connect another cord onto the brackets below the first one. Keep adding cords until all of the horizontal brackets are filled.
Hook a new cord onto the first vertical bracket on the lower edge of the cargo bay. Hold the cord tight if the hook doesn't have a clip on the end.
Pass the loose end of the vertical cord behind the lowest horizontal cord. Bring the vertical cord back up over the second lowest one.
Keep weaving the vertical cord behind and in front of the horizontal ones until you reach the top one. If there are brackets along the top of the cargo bay hook the end of the vertical cord onto the first bracket. If not, have a friend hold the cord up while you work.
Place a plastic zip tie behind the cross section between the vertical cord and the lowest horizontal cord. The upper end of the tie should point up to the upper left corner of the cross section and the lower end to the lower right corner.
Pull the zip tie closed around the front of the cross section and secure it tightly. Cut off the end of the tie as short as possible with scissors.
Tie another zip around the cross section, but have this one point up to the right and down to the left. Close the tie around the first one and the cross section and trim the end. The two ties should form an 'X' over the cross section.
Make an 'X' shape of zip ties over each of the cross sections between the vertical cord and the horizontal ones. Check that there is no slack in the vertical cord as you secure it to make the net tight.
Weave another vertical cord into the horizontal ones the same way you did the first for the second and consecutive brackets. Fill all of the vertical brackets to complete the weave of the net.
Cut off the loose ends of the vertical cords if you don't have any brackets along the top of the cargo bay. This is commonly found in the trunks of minivans.