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Which Caravan Mattress is Right for You

By Clark Rubber | 17th October, 2019
Which Caravan Mattress is Right for You

If you are planning a trip around Australia by caravan, a good quality mattress is a worthwhile investment to keep you and your family safe. Whether you are travelling Australia in a camper trailer or living in a caravan you should not settle for sub standard sleep.

Not all mattresses are the same, and it is so important to know what to look for when choosing bedding that's safe for your family, particularly if they have allergies.

What types of caravan mattresses are there?

Caravan mattresses are like standard size mattresses, except that they are specifically designed to fit into the smaller, often tighter spaces of a mobile home without sacrificing comfort. The two main types are and foam mattresses and inner spring mattresses.

  • Foam mattresses absorb the sleeper's weight and adjust to their shape over time, for enhanced comfort and support. Various support & comfort layers can be used to create different sleep surfaces to suit individual needs and can also be made to any shape or size.
  • Innerspring mattresses can offer the same comfort levels as your mattress at home and can be made to suit any size & shape

How do I choose a comfortable mattress?

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to determining comfort, and it is important to understand whether you prefer a soft, medium or firm mattress before you order one for your caravan.

If you are not sure, your sleeping position can help to establish the type of mattress that's best for you.

  • Sleep on your side– a soft mattress will adapt to your body's contours for a more comfortable sleep.
  • Sleep on your back– a medium-firm mattress will help you sleep comfortably while giving your spine and neck the support they need.
  • Sleep on your stomach– a firm mattress will help to keep your spine in alignment and cushion your shoulders and hips.

How can I make sure it's safe?

If you or someone in your family has allergies, it's vital that you choose a caravan mattress that won't attract dust mites or hold allergens.

While a mattress cover and regular washing can keep bugs at bay, you should also look for mattresses that have been treated with an antibacterial treatment and are made from materials approved by organisations such as the Australian Asthma Foundation. Foam Mattresses made by Dunlop Foams are all treated with Ultra-Fresh, an anti-microbial compound which provides effective controls of dust mites, mould, mildew and fungi providing added protection – especially when you are traveling into remote areas or in the bush.

Mattresses and back pain

Around 80 per cent of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. If you have occasional or frequent back pain, it's essential that you choose a mattress that will support your spine to minimise aches and pains while also being comfortable.

How often should I replace my mattress?

If you already have a caravan mattress, how long ago did you buy it? If you can't remember, or it's been subject to a lot of wear and tear since it might already be time to replace it.

It's recommended to replace a mattress after 10 years, as this is when springs and memory foam can start to wear down and become less supportive. If you often sweat in the night, the mattress could also be harbouring germs.

Using a mattress protector can extend the life of a caravan mattress. You should also wash your bedding on a regular basis to keep it fresh and hygienic – ideally cleaning bed linen once a week (or more often if you sweat at night) and pillows every three months.

How do I choose the right size?

One of the most important considerations when buying a caravan mattress is whether it will fit. Unlike buying a mattress at home, space is at a premium in caravans and camper trailers, and their layout can also be unsuitable for a standard mattress.

You don't have to sacrifice space when you choose custom Australian made caravan mattresses from Clark Rubber. We offer customised caravan mattresses, twin mattresses and other styles in the exact dimensions you need.

Call into your local Clark Rubber store for expert advice on making your home away from home the best it can be!