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Best Campervan Mattress? LINENSPA Foam Mattress Review

When looking for the best mattress for a camper van conversion, we know what mattress characteristics you’re looking for. You’re probably looking to buy a van mattress that is:

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to cut & shape
  • Affordable
  • Available in different thicknesses

But with so many different mattress options on the Internet today, it can be difficult to understand which mattress is best for your campervan conversion.

We’ve never actually tried all those fancy latex or gel-infused mattresses. So we won’t act like we know what we’re talking about with those materials.

But we do have a LINENSPA foam mattress, and we believe 100% that this foam mattress ticks all the boxes and meets all the requirements for a campervan mattress. (This is ESPECIALLY true if you have a convertible bed.)

Campervan Mattress Cut Into Individual Foam Cushions
Seven Separate Foam Cushions Make Up Our Camper Van Mattress

And after 3+ years of sleeping in our van, we still love our foam mattress.

In this post, give 5 REASONS why we think the LINENSPA foam mattress is the best option for campervans.

Best Mattress Pick
Linenspa 5" Gel Memory Foam Mattress
$185.34

This high-quality, gel-infused mattress has been supporting our bodies for 4+ years. It's lightweight and easy to cut so that you can shape it to fit your van's unique dimensions.

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1. Easy To Cut to Size

Chances are, your camper bed frame doesn’t fit a standard-sized mattress. Our bed isn’t even a perfect rectangle! It’s more of an odd Tetris-shaped polygon.

So, if you’re like us, you need to find a mattress that you can easily cut and shape to fit the unique dimensions of your van’s bed frame.

You won’t be able to do that with a standard spring mattress. And latex mattresses aren’t exactly easy to cut either.

This was the #1 reason we went with a foam mattress. You can quickly and easily cut through the foam material with a simple bread knife (or, better yet, an electric carving knife).

We ordered the King-size LINENSPA foam mattress, and in less than 2 hours, we had cut the mattress down to 7 different pieces to fit our van.

Cutting a foam mattress for our camper van
Foam pieces cut with our electric carving knife

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.

If you plan to build a convertible bed and want DIY cushions from a foam mattress, check out our post below.

Related read: How to DIY Camper Van Cushions

2. Lightweight Material

It’s no secret that foam mattresses are incredibly lightweight! You can easily lift, move, and transport them in and out of your van. It’s made cleaning our bed and accessing our under-bed storage a quick and easy procedure.

Our foam mattress has been especially great because we have a convertible bed. This means we’re constantly rearranging our foam cushions as we convert our bed to a dining area (during the day) and back to a bed (during the evening).

We couldn’t imagine doing all that with heavier latex mattresses.

But having a lightweight camper van mattress has other benefits, too. They decrease the overall payload of your camper van, reduce pressure on the suspension system, and improve your drive control. And not to mention increased gas efficiency.

Displaying foam cutout for our camper van mattress
Eric proudly displaying his perfectly straight cut

So, we appreciate our cushions being so lightweight and portable. We couldn’t imagine doing all that with heavier latex mattresses.

3. The Comfort of Memory Foam

Before picking up our LINENSPA mattress, we had never laid on a foam mattress. We had slept on all different types of mattresses in the past, but never foam.

But in the morning, after our first night sleeping in our camper van, we swore we had some of the best sleep we could remember. The foam mattress was firm and gave the support that our lower backs needed.

No more of the usual aches and pains our spring mattress gave us back home.

Plus, unlike a regular spring mattress, a foam mattress limits motion transfer. This means less chance of getting woken up when your partner moves around at night.

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Gel-Infused Top Layer

The different layers of a Linenspa foam mattress
Different layers of a Linenspa foam mattress

The LINENSPA foam mattress comes in two layers, with the top-most layer being a gel-infused memory foam. This gel-infused top layer provides an added cooling feature to prevent overheating at night.

4. Comes in Different Thicknesses

Every camper van build is different, and different builds require mattresses of different thicknesses.

Some of us may only need the thinnest possible mattress for our vans. But others might require a substantially thicker mattress.

“Luckily, with LINENSPA, there are three different mattress thicknesses to choose from (“and 8″). We recommend viewing the Amazon product page by clicking the info button below.”Luckily, with LINENSPA, there are three different mattress thicknesses to choose from (5″, 6″, and 8”). We recommend viewing the Amazon product page by clicking the info button below to view all the options.

Best Mattress Pick
Linenspa 5" Gel Memory Foam Mattress
$185.34

This high-quality, gel-infused mattress has been supporting our bodies for 4+ years. It's lightweight and easy to cut so that you can shape it to fit your van's unique dimensions.

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“We went with the 5” thick foam mattress for our camper van build. We felt that 5 inches provided the best overall thickness for both sleeping and sitting comfort.” We went with the 5” thick foam mattress for our camper van build and felt that 5 inches provided the best overall thickness for both sleeping and sitting comfort.

Checking the width of our Linenspa foam mattress
Checking the thickness of our Linenspa foam mattress

“Because we have a convertible bed, we always sit 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.” Because we have a convertible bed, we always sit 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.

5. Surprisingly Affordable

Our king-size 5-inch foam mattress costs less than $200. And while our camper van’s mattress isn’t the cheapest option on the market, we think this price is very acceptable considering how much time our bodies will spend on our mattresses.

FAQ

How Thick Should a Camper Van Mattress Be?

“The ideal van mattress thickness should support your body weight without you feeling the bed’s frame. In our experience, a 5″ mattress thickness can provide the perfect comfort level.”The ideal van mattress thickness should support your body weight without you feeling the bed’s frame. In our experience, a 5” mattress thickness can provide the perfect comfort level.

What Is the Best Mattress for Camper Vans?

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 three years and love it.

Is It OK To Cut a Foam Mattress?

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.

What Is a Cheap Mattress for Camper Vans?

At ~$200, we think our LINENSPA foam mattress is pretty affordable! It’s a great price, but we’ve been getting excellent quality sleep these past three years.

How To Care for a Foam Mattress

A foam mattress is essentially 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 had known about its maintenance when we first got our camper van’s mattress.

Wait for the Mattress To Expand Fully

When you first receive the mattress, it’s a good idea to open the package immediately and allow the foam to expand back to its standard shape. This can take anywhere between 24-48 hours to fully expand.

It’s important not to lay on or cut into the mattress before it can 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 stain your mattress, don’t use 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.

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 sides without scrunching our necks in awkward positions and angles.

We couldn’t recommend any other type of pillow.

Cooling Contour Memory Foam Pillow

Ideal for various sleep positions like sleeping on your side or on your back. The curved shape supports the curvature of the neck and better supports the head.

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Conclusion: The Best Sleep We’ve Gotten

After our camper’s first night, we woke up and swore we would NEVER ever sleep in a tent again! We laughed because we couldn’t believe how comfortable it could be to sleep in a van. 

100% true story.

Two years later, we STILL get the best sleep of our lives on our LINENSPA foam mattress.

Please let us know in the comments below if you enjoyed reading this review or think we left anything out.

Happy sleeping!

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