Converting our RV mattress from king to queen

by | Mar 12, 2022

Like so many, Joan and I have discovered that finding the RV floor plan that has the perfect fit and finish is impossible. And why should it, RVs are first or second homes for many and just like our sticks and bricks homes, modifications from large to small often occur. That’s the case with this project; converting our RV mattress from a king to a queen.

Why are we converting our RV mattress from a king to a queen?

The answer to this question is simple – the king mattress is just too large. When we purchased our new Keystone Montana 5th wheel, we knew the factory provided mattress wasn’t going to stay. And this was more so the fact when we had to sleep on this stone hard mattress the first night as we moved our belongings from our Gateway to the Montana. The following day we transferred our king sized Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid mattress and better nights sleeping lay ahead.

Converting our RV mattress from king to queenThere was a problem we didn’t expect. The mattress platform was sized for a California King which was 6 inches less in width. Although our king mattress fit, it was jammed against the slide out walls. This was further amplified with the bed platform in the Montana being twice the height of our Gateway making it almost impossible for Joan to get in and out of the bed without a stool.

The solution was simple; we had to move to a mattress that was not as thick and not as wide. We had to transition from a king to a queen.

Selecting a RV mattress

From our previous experience with a Brooklyn Bedding mattress, there were no questions we would visit rvmattress.com to select a queen style that fit our needs. The site is easy to navigate with a wide range of information for the various styles, desired comfort levels, and with the various RV mattress sizes from widths, lengths to heights. Adding to the various styles is the 120-night risk free trial and free shipping by Brooklyn bedding.

Converting our RV mattress from king to queenWe selected a queen sized Brooklyn Signature Hybrid mattress. Knowing we would have a mattress that was thinner, we did not want to give up some of the key construction features that make these hybrid mattresses so comfortable. Important features for the Brooklyn Signature Hybrid are:

  • An 8” base of up to 961 individually encased Ascension® coils that deliver deep compression support while decreasing motion transfer between sleep partners.
  • A 1” top layer of patented TitanFlex™ foam features the contouring properties of memory foam with the responsiveness of latex and a 2” VariFlex™ transition layer for a more traditional firm sleep experience.
  • A 1.5” top layer of patented TitanFlex™ foam features the contouring properties of memory foam with the responsiveness of latex, paired with a 1” VariFlex™ transition layer for deeper compression support in the soft and medium versions.
  • And lastly, a premium quilted top that helps resist body impressions and provides optimal cooling while you sleep.

Given these features, we knew the Signature Hybrid would provide that perfect sleeping experience we had come to expect from a Brooklyn mattress.

Modifying the bed platform

cutting rv bed platformModifying the bed platform was very simple. The plywood bed platform is made up of two parts with bottom section two-thirds connected by two hinges and two gas struts. The top section was cut for a queen, the remaining task was to cut 3 ¾ inches from each side of the bottom section. We used a small table saw, but this could be accomplished with a circular, jig or hand saw. A few minutes later, the piece was screwed back in place and ready for the mattress.

One additional tip. Our mattress sits on top of a slick, sanded plywood base. The mattress has a tendency to slip and slide. This was easily cured using a few rubber 18” by 18” rubber floor tiles that can be purchased at a local home improvement store. We used Flexco Blue Ice 18-in rubber tiles found at our local Lowes. No glue, nails or screws needed, just laying a couple tiles at the top, bottom and one in the middle of the mattress platform will do the trick.

Placing the new Brooklyn mattress in the 5th wheel

placing rv mattressOur new queen size Brooklyn Signature Mattress came boxed to our doorstep. Unboxing the mattress on the bed platform was simple. Next step was to remove the vacuum packed plastic from the outside of the mattress. In seconds, the mattress expanded to its designed shape. One big benefit of a Brooklyn mattress is the quality materials used. There is zero odor or off-gassing as experienced with foam or hybrid mattress of lesser quality. This mattress can be made and ready for a night sleep as soon as it’s removed from its shipping plastic.

This modification was very easy. It’s going to make a huge difference from access on to the bed as well as simpler to make up each day. For more information about the project see the video below for our step by step modification. We also want to thank Brooklyn Bedding for supporting this video and making today’s project possible.

Converting our RV mattress from king to queen
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