Choosing the Right Caravan Bed

When travelling on the road it is important to make sure your bed is giving you the support and comfort you need.

So to make sure you don’t lose sleep over it, consider the following.

Types of caravan beds

Single, double, queen, bunk or folding.

Think about how many people will be travelling with you: Are you a family either growing or reducing? Will you be taking the grandkids or friends? These factors will impact on the type of bed – fixed or portable.

What’s the right type for you

Fixed Beds

Medium to larger caravans may have a separate bedroom and space for a fixed bed. Just remember to fit an appropriate size bed in the space.

Bunk Beds

Consider how often they will be used. If regularly then bunks are a great solution, however, if not consider purchasing in some portable bedding such as fold-out or blow-up beds.

Fold-out Beds

Beds that fold out can be perfect for limited space. The negative is that generally you will need make the made up every time. (And you will need to find space to store the linen and cover). These can at times double up as sofas or even dining tables.

What’s the right size for you

Single, double or queen.

The general rule is to fit the largest bed possible in your sleeping area without compromising on space and the bed should be longer than the tallest person sleeping in it.

Single beds are more practical in a small caravan and are able to accommodate built-in storage.

It must be noted that caravan beds have different shapes and sizes to normal household beds.

How to choose the right mattress

A mattress is a crucial component of a good night’s sleep and whatever the shape and make of your bed you must the size of the mattress matches the size of the bed. This relates to either a fixed or foldout bed.

Three Types of mattresses;

  • Foam mattresses are common as they are light weight. Keep in mind the denseness of the mattress in order to provide support.
  • Innerspring is suitable for those needing support. They are the lightest option apart from the foam mattress.
  • Latex is comfortable and provide but heavy, so will add to your payload.

Three basic categories of mattresses are:

  • Firm – recommended if you sleep on your front and need more support for your spine and neck.
  • Medium – balancing comfort and support, recommended if you sleep on your back.
  • Soft – for those who prefer comfort and side sleepers.


  • Make sure your mattress has strong sides and that it’s turned regularly.
  • Choose a mattress with air vents that allow the air to circulate and prevent moisture.