Not getting a great night’s sleep in your home away from home? Perhaps due to a very uncomfortable mattress? The great news is that it’s super easy (and not crazy expensive) to upgrade your RV mattress. Most camper mattresses are short queen mattresses. We have rounded up the best short queen mattress options for your consideration!
Easy RV Mattress Upgrades
If you have hung out on this site for more than a few minutes, you might have come across a mention of our favorite RV upgrade to date: upgrading our camper mattress. That’s because I have mentioned the upgrade in a number of posts. Our factory-issued mattress was a horrid concoction of plastic mesh and we never got a comfortable night of sleep on it. We picked up a new mattress online and never looked back.
I’m always surprised when chatting with fellow RVing friends who have not considered a new mattress for their camper. They will list all of the solutions that they have tried: pillowtop mattresses, foam eggcrate mattress toppers, extra comforters, etc. While these things might help to take the edge off of a horribly unsupportive mattress, it likely won’t fix the issue.
One of the biggest reasons people give for not upgrading their mattress is cost. If cost is what is holding you back, know that there are many different price points! Our mattress cost $200 and I get a fantastic night of sleep on it! Our mattress feels like a luxury upgrade, when in reality, it was a bargain. You can find a short queen bed mattress from a variety of manufacturers over a broad price range ($160 – $800+).
If you are not satisfied with the standard mattress that came with your camper, keep reading!
Short Queen Mattress Size is the RV Standard
When it comes to most typical camper beds, the standard size mattress is a Short Queen mattress. This is not a solid rule though, so please make sure that you are certain that your RV mattress is a short queen size.
We have a 28 foot travel trailer and the bedroom has a short queen mattress.
You will want to measure your rv mattress size and your bed frame before you begin shopping for something new. Having accurate measurements are essential to ensure a great fit with your new mattress.
Short Queen Dimensions and Mattress Sizes
As you can infer from the name, a short queen mattress is a bit shorter than a traditional queen.
How do they compare?
Traditional queen mattress dimensions: 60 inches wide by 80 inches long
Short queen mattress dimensions: 60 inches wide by 75 inches long
I know that 5 inches doesn’t seem like a big deal, but all RVers know that every inch of space is precious in a camper! Many features in an RV are smaller than versions you might find in a traditional home. RV beds are no different.
Vacuum-sealed Memory Foam Mattresses
One thing that made the mattress upgrade process seem daunting was the concern that a new mattress might be difficult to fit inside of our camper door. So rather than risk arriving that the camper a new mattress that we couldn’t get inside, we turned to the internet. We started to search for a short queen mattress that would arrive vacuum-sealed and much smaller than its eventual expanded form.
If you have never purchased one of these mattresses, they are pretty awesome. They arrive in compressed form with most of the air having been sucked out of the bag. Only after you cut the bag open does the air rush in and the mattress expands.
We have now purchased several memory foam mattresses-in-a-box and use them in our home. Most of them are the Zinus brand, which is the same as our RV mattress. I can speak to their quality and durability as they have held up to nightly sleep from my kids, husband and I. We own an array of different sizes: 2 twins, a full-size, a king mattress and of course, the short queen mattress in the camper.
My husband and I are both side sleepers and we have found these memory foam mattress options to be incredibly comfortable and supportive.
Top Picks for an RV Short Queen Mattresses
Here are some great options for your camper mattress upgrade! (Note: stock changes frequently. If the mattress you really want is currently unavailable, check back over the next few days to see if it becomes available. If not, you might want to go with a different mattress.)
- (This is the mattress we have!) Zinus 8 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress, Short Queen
- BigDawg Mattress™ 9” plush multilayer memory foam mattress (RV queen AND RV king available)
- SleepDog® Mattress 7” multilayer medium-firm memory foam mattress infused with CoolRest® technology (RV queen AND RV king available)
- 10″ Graphite Infused Memory Foam Mattress Sleeps Cooler (Camper RV Queen – 60×75)
- Live & Sleep Resort Classic – RV Short Queen Memory Foam Mattress – 10-Inch Bed in a Box – Medium Firm
- 8 inch RV Memory Foam Mattress, Short Queen
- 8 INCH Short Queen (60″ x 75″) New Cooler Sleep Graphite Gel Memory Foam Mattress with Premium Textured 8-Way Stretch Cover
- Linenspa 8 Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Medium-Firm Feel-RV Queen Mattress, White
- Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam 8-Inch Mattress, Short Queen, White
- Sleep Adventure 10″ Cooling Mattress with Graphite Infused Memory Foam
- 10″ Liberty Hybrid Graphite Pocket Coil Mattress (60×75 – Short/RV Queen)
- LUCID 5 Inch Memory Foam Low Profile-Cooling Gel Infusion-Hypoallergenic Bamboo Charcoal-Breathable Cover Bed Mattress Conventional, RV Queen
- Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam 6 Inch Mattress, Short Queen
Let us know if you give one of these RV mattresses and try! We would love to hear about your experience!
How to Pick the Best Mattress for YOU!
I truly think that mattress preference is one of the most personalized objects a person can purchase. When you research different types of mattresses, there are a lot of things to keep in mind before you decide on THE ONE.
- Do you have back or spine issues? What kind of support do you need in a mattress? Pressure relief will likely top your list of necessary features.
- Side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers (or combination sleepers) connect with their mattresses differently. What firmness level will support the contact points between you and your mattress? Do any specific pressure points on your body need more or less support?
- Are you a hot sleeper? Do you need a mattress made of breathable material (ie a cooling mattress) to allow for maximum air circulation?
- Do you have any allergies? For example, a latex allergy will rule out any type of mattress that uses natural latex. A mattress cover (for example an organic cotton cover) is helpful as a quick and easy way to wash dust and allergens that have landed on your mattress.
Do Mattress Companies Take Returns?
Believe it or not, YES. Many do! As you research your preferred mattress type, one thing that I highly recommend paying particular attention to: the mattress warranty. Some companies offer 100 night trial periods so that you can truly get to know your new mattress. If you are not satisfied with the mattress at the end of the trial, you can return it for a refund.
Not all companies offer such a generous policy, so make sure you research before you buy.
Short Queen Bed Sheets
Oh – and don’t forget about RV mattress sheets!! Check out our round up with lots of options for short queen sheet sets that will fit your new RV mattress. Sure, you can use standard queen size sheets on your short queen mattress, but it won’t be a perfect fit and the sheets will move around as you sleep. I don’t know about you – but I hate when my sheets come off the mattress while I sleep! Consider checking out some sheets that are made specifically to fit your short queen size mattress.