How to Fit a Mattress Into a Minivan

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Minivans are versatile vehicles, whether you need extra seating or cargo area to transport large items. Although minivans vary in size and storage capacity, most will fit a standard mattress with no problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket wrench (optional)
  • Assistant
  • Tape measure
  • Mattress cover
  • Tie downs
  • Remove or lay down the third and middle-row seats in your minivan. If your minivan's seats do not lay down flat, removal is a better option. Remove the bolts from the seat tracks and have an assistant help you carry them out of the vehicle.

  • Measure the cargo area in your minivan, and then measure the mattress. Measure the length and width of each--use this measurement to determine the best position to fit the mattress.

  • Protect the mattress by putting it in a mattress cover. If you don't have a mattress cover, you can use a tarp or a large sheet of plastic.

  • Carry the mattress to the minivan. You'll need an assistant to properly carry the mattress. Hold it in a vertical position when carrying it--carrying it horizontally could bend it and cause damage.

  • Place the mattress into the minivan by inserting through the rear cargo door. The ideal position is flat--just as it would lie on your bed. If you have to angle the mattress, place an item under it for support; be careful not to bend the mattress.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mattresses smaller than queen size should fit into the cargo area of a minivan with ease, depending on the size of the minivan's cargo area. Queen size and larger mattresses will be tricky.
  • If the mattress will not fit in the cargo area, consider carrying the mattress on your roof, but only if your minivan has a roof rack. Use high quality tie downs to secure the mattress; get them as tight as you can. Drive at low speeds when transporting a mattress on your roof; air flow can get underneath the mattress and push it off.
  • Make sure the mattress does not obstruct your view--whether mounted in the cargo area or on the roof. This is one of the reasons fitting the mattress in its natural position is important; it's unlikely to obstruct your view of the rear window.

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