A pop up camper mattress can be less than comfortable, especially if you have an older camper. Usually, you are facing a three inch piece of foam that sits on top of rigid plywood. Not. cozy. We have a solution, using a few interesting products we were able to create the most comfortable pop up camper mattress.
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Creating the most comfortable pop up camper mattress starts with anti-fatigue foam (or kids foam play tiles)
Anti-fatigue tiles or kids foam play tiles, are a game changer for your pop up camper mattress! Instead of “bottoming out” on the plywood after a couple of hours, these foam mats create a little cushion and absorb impact. Another added benefit is insulation in the summer and winter. These can help against heat loss under your mattress, which can really be a problem in colder months.
Our Coleman pop up camper has two king sized beds and we needed a total of (18) 24″ squares (9 for each bed). I had to slightly cut them down on one side (3 inches) and added that to another side.
Next you will layer on that original pop up camper mattress (or a new one)
Don’t throw out that old mattress just yet! We originally threw ours in barn, ready for the dump. But, we then thought to look inside the fabric cover and check the condition. We were surprised when we unzipped the mattress covers to find them covered in plastic and in perfect condition. We removed and threw away the covers and plastic, and kept the mattresses. If you want to buy a new mattress (I don’t blame you), these new camper mattresses by Foamma look perfect!
The next layer on your pop up camper bed should be a cool gel memory foam topper
A cool gel infused memory foam topper is another game changer for your pop up camper mattress. Choose the thickness that works for your camper. We chose a 2″ and a 3″ for the two king beds. Both make the beds so amazingly comfortable! I did have to cut them down slightly, and it was easy with a serrated bread knife (we also tried with a box cutter, the bread knife wins).
Lastly, Put two mattress pads, good sheets, and comfortable bedding on your camper bed
Two mattress pads is a personal preference of ours at home, and we’ve transferred that to our camper. The bottom mattress pad is a waterproof mattress pad, which works to protect the foam mattresses. This is especially useful when you have kids. The second mattress pad adds a little extra cushion and makes sure your sheets aren’t sliding around on the waterproof pad. You can make your mattresses as comfortable as possible but if your sheets are sliding around, it will be uncomfortable.
*Before you get too much height on your bed, make sure that you have enough room to pop down and latch your pop up camper. We double checked our head space by measuring the roof space, minus the lowest point (for us where the door folds in, minus the height of the metal rails on the bed). We also closed the pop up and gauged with our hands how much space was left.