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Don’t Settle for a Bad RV Mattress

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Standard RV Mattresses are Always... Underwhelming.

Getting a good RV mattress is vital to having a positive RV living experience, but vehicles often have space and weight limitations. When it comes to RVs, even the biggest, fanciest ones have sleep spots that aren’t always beds, and beds that are custom sizes, like short king and short queen beds. These aren’t sizes you’ll find in stores, and that leads many an owner to keep the sad mattresses that came with the RV. But that’s not even close to your only option, and it’s definitely not your best one. A custom, luxury RV mattress can save space without sacrificing space or comfort.

Can’t Find the Perfect RV Mattress? Get one Made Custom.

While RVs and camper vans have become increasingly popular with millennials, new owners often think their regular mattresses will work fine in their rig, not realizing that a typical commercial mattress is too heavy, and that RV mattresses are made to be much lighter for a reason. Another thing they’ll often encounter are those sad, thin mattresses all of us remember from summer camps as a kid. And even if a new owner buys a replacement mattress for their vehicle, chances are if they didn’t go with a custom size mattress, it’s not going to fit.

But sleeping in an RV or camper doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice comfort for space, and sleeping well at night shouldn’t be a luxury. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. RV life is both very active (when you’re on adventures) and very sedentary (when you’re driving), so an RV bed that’s supportive and ergonomic is super important to your quality of life on the road. Many RV mattresses come standard as innerspring and then the convertible sleep spaces are foam – but not the comfy, supportive kind – the military-school, rubber-cased kind. Ew. And no.

If you want to upgrade your RV's bed, or are looking to buy an RV mattress for the very first time, consider customizing your own! It’s super easy with a mattress maker who specializes in replacement RV mattresses. And that means you can not only upgrade your RVs back bedroom, it means those thin summer-camp-style mattresses on bunks and over the cabin can be replaced with (also thin but 100x comfier) dorm-style memory foam mattresses. And that the convertible dinette cushions can be traded out for custom hinged mattresses so you never actually feel that you’re sleeping on a table when you lay down at night.

RV Mattresses Have Their Own Characteristics.

Whether you have an RV, camper van, motorhome, or toy hauler, a custom mattress can revolutionize your living space. A lightweight but durable mattress cut to your exact specifications, taking into consideration your preference for firmness, height, support, and shape will allow you to maximize room whilst ensuring you get the best night’s sleep possible.

RV’s have notoriously odd mattress size requirements. For example, an RV queen sized mattress is the same width as a standard queen mattress, but with a much shorter length. Not to mention the many, MANY different RV bunk bed sizes. This makes going to a regular mattress store for an RV mattress impossible, but luckily there are custom mattress makers that can create unique sizes and shapes!

When creating a custom RV mattress, it’s important to remember that the weight of a mattress matters far more in an RV than in a house, so you should pay extra special attention to the materials you choose for your mattress. Foam mattresses are the most lightweight after air mattresses (and are far more comfortable), making them easy to flip and clean regularly.

The other great thing about talking to a custom mattress manufacturer about your specific wants and needs, is you can still get luxury mattresses even in strangely shaped small spaces. For instance, we make custom memory foam mattresses for RV’s with hinges, cut corners, radius corners – even hexagonal mattresses… though we don’t know what kind of RV bed anyone would need that for.

Everyone loves the comfort of memory foam: it shapes to your body, it’s durable, and it’s also much lighter of a mattress material than solid foam or innerspring mattresses. The other great thing about choosing memory foam for all your custom-sized RV sleep spots is that it’s flexible (read: easy to move around in small spaces, like cleaning and changing the linens).

Don't Forget:

Custom-shaped and sized mattresses need matching custom bedding. You won’t find short king sheets or dorm mattress sheets with one rounded corner in stores. And why get custom luxury mattresses for your RV if you’re going to stop at the 1-yard line and skimp on the bedding? The mattress might be comfy, but the bed itself isn’t relaxing if you’re constantly tugging at loose corners or dealing with sheets that keep slipping out of place. The custom mattress factory that creates your new RV mattresses can easily make luxury, high thread-count cotton bedding for each one, so they not only fit perfectly, but feel soft and cozy no matter the season.

And a couple last thoughts: a great customized bed for your van or RV should not require a box spring and should come with at least a 10 year warranty (at Custom Mattress Factory, we have a 15-Year Warranty!). In order for a mattress to fit perfectly into the sometimes awkwardly shaped nooks and crannies of your vehicle, take advantage of a cut corner or round corner to ensure your mattress fits snugly. With a custom mattress, your creativity is the limit, so consider even more unique options like a hinge mattress. Hinge mattresses fold so you can have under bed storage.

Interested in learning more about RV Mattresses? Check out the RV mattresses we have available at Custom Mattress Factory, and while you’re at it, learn about getting custom sheets to go along with your new RV mattress!


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