Looking for that perfect campervan mattress to throw on your bed frame? A high quality foam mattress is firm, lightweight, and easy to cut to fit whatever size your camper bed is. So it’s no wonder that foam mattresses are becoming a popular option in the camper van conversion community.
And trust us, we know. After 3 years of sleeping on our own camper van’s foam mattress, we’re believers!
In this post, give 5 REASONS why we think the LINENSPA foam mattress is the best option for van conversion beds.
So if you’re ready, let’s get to it!
Easy To Cut To Size
Chances are, your camper bed frame isn’t going to fit a standard mattress. So your mattress will need to be cut down to size.
The LINENSPA mattress is perfect for DIY campervan conversions because, with the right tools, the foam material is easy to cut and shape to your unique bed dimensions.
Not only that, but if you plan to build a convertible bed, like us, you can easily cut the foam mattress into several smaller cushion-sized pieces. Therefore, you can have a work/dining area during the day and a sleeping area at night.
And because the mattress is 100% foam, you don’t have to worry about cutting into metal springs or having loose inner material falling out.
Because the mattress is made of nothing but foam, you know you’re getting one of the most lightweight materials used in mattresses today.
Aside from improved drive control and gas efficiency, having a lightweight mattress makes it easier to clean your van and to rearrange the van’s interior.
In our campervan, we have a convertible bed that converts into a lounge area during the day. That means we cut our original foam mattress into seven smaller individual cushions.
And whether we’re in the act of making our bed every evening, de-dusting our van, or simply needing to access our under-bed storage area, we’re constantly moving our cushions around.
So we’ve definitely appreciated our cushions being so lightweight and portable.
We couldn’t imagine doing all that with heavier latex mattresses.
The Comfort Of Memory Foam
Have you ever laid down on memory foam before?
After our first night, we’ll never go back to a conventional spring mattress!
Our back feels better and we wake up without any of the usual aches and pains.
Plus, unlike a spring mattress, a foam mattress limits motion transfer. This means less chance to get woken up when your partner moves around at night.
Comes In Different Thicknesses
Every camper van build is different, And different builds require mattresses of different thicknesses.
Luckily with LINENSPA, there are three different mattress thicknesses to choose from:
For our camper van build, we went with the 5” thick foam mattress and felt that 5 inches provided the best overall thickness for both sleeping and sitting comfort.
Because we have a convertible bed, we’re always sitting on our mattress cushions during the day. We think 5″ is just the right thickness to be able to sit on a mattress without your bum reaching the wooden bed frame.
Our king size 5-inch foam mattress cost ~$200. And while our camper van’s mattress isn’t the cheapest option on the market, we think that this price is very acceptable considering how much time our bodies will be spending on our mattress.
LINENSPA 5" Mattress
Foam mattresses are often considered to be the best mattresses for camper vans. They're lightweight, easy to cut, and are affordable. We've slept on our LINENSPA foam mattress for 3 years and love it.
We think 5" is the ideal thickness for a camper van mattress. Any thinner and you risk your body sinking too low and pressing up against the plywood bed board. We use a 5" thick mattress and find it to be the perfect thickness.
Yes! It is perfectly OK to cut a foam mattress. Unlike a traditional spring mattress, a foam mattress has no solid parts, making it easy to cut with any knife or box cutter.
At ~$200, we think our LINENSPA foam mattress is pretty affordable! It's not only a great price, but we've been getting great quality sleep these past 3 years.
How To Care For A Foam Mattress
A foam mattress is largely maintenance free, but foam is still a delicate material and things can go bad when the mattress is cared for improperly.
There are several things we wished we knew about it’s maintenance when we first got our camper van’s mattress.
Wait For the mattress To Fully expand
When you first receive the mattress, it’s a good idea to immediately open the package up and allow the foam to expand back to its normal shape.
This can take anywhere between 24-48 hours to fully expand.
It’s important not to lay on it or begin cutting into the mattress before it has a chance to fully expand.
The manufacturer has a great post about why you should wait 24-48 hours before using your mattress.
How To Clean A Foam Mattress
If you happen to stain your mattress, don’t use any chemical solvents or liquid to clean the stain. That’s because memory foam is a sensitive material and harsh stain removers can lead to a breakdown in the material.
If there are any stains or odors, your best bet is to sprinkle baking soda on the site and allow the powder to absorb any liquid and smells from the mattress. For more information on how to clean your foam mattress, check out this guide from MemoryFoamDoctor.com
Best Pillows (To Pair With Your Mattress)
A comfortable pillow is an unassuming essential for getting the perfect night’s sleep in a camper van.
And for us, we don’t sleep on anything else but a memory foam pillow with neck support. Sleeping on our pillows lets us sleep on our backs or on our sides without scrunching our necks in awkward positions and angles.
We couldn’t recommend any other type of pillow.
Memory Foam Pillow
Conclusion: The Best Sleep We've Gotten
After the very first night in our camper, we woke up and swore we would NEVER ever sleep in a tent again! In fact, we were laughing because we couldn’t believe just how comfortable it could be to actually sleep in a van.
100% true story.
And two years later, we STILL get the best sleep of our lives on our LINENSPA foam mattress.
If you enjoyed reading this review, or if you think we left anything out, please let us know in the comments below.
LINENSPA 5" Mattress