How To Make Camper Beds More Comfortable

by Jun 18, 2022Blog, Camping, RV

Years of RV camping have taught me a thing or two about making your bed more comfortable—and I’m not talking about layering up the sheets.

Few things are more miserable than waking up from a restless night on an uncomfortable mattress. Still, there are plenty of ways to turn that pain into pleasure.

Learn how to make camper beds more comfortable and soon you’ll be sleeping like a baby (or at least like someone who got a good night’s sleep).

For soft beds

  • A mattress topper is an excellent option for creating a soft bed. Mattresses come in all different sizes, shapes, and levels of firmness. If you want something that offers some degree of comfort but doesn’t take up too much space, consider using a foam mat or sleeping bag as your base layer.
  • A memory foam topper is another excellent option for making your camper bed more comfortable. These types of pads can be found at most major retailers like Walmart or Target—and they’re inexpensive! So if you’re on a budget and need something easy to clean and store away when not in use (or if this is just an extra bed in your house), they’re perfect!
  • Sleeping bags are also great because they have multiple benefits: sleeping bags can double as both regular beds and couch cushions during the day! Just make sure to get one with enough room inside so that everyone who sleeps there won’t feel cramped at night when trying out their new sleeping arrangements inside campers equipped with smaller rooms than usual due to their compact size; otherwise, it might feel too crowded inside those tiny spaces.

Put a sheet of plywood under the mattress

  • Put a sheet of plywood under the mattress. By putting a sheet of plywood, or another flat piece of wood, underneath your mattress, you’ll raise the height of the bed. A higher bed will make it easier to get in and out of bed in an RV. It will help keep more air circulating in your body while you sleep, which can help prevent overheating.
  • Buy an RV pad thicker than 1 inch (2.54 cm). An extra-thick mattress pad can make all the difference when trying to get comfortable at night! You don’t necessarily have to buy one from an RV store; most department stores also sell them!

Buy a memory foam topper for your bed

A memory foam topper is a great option for camper beds. If you’re considering this, ask yourself:

  • What size do I need? Memory foam comes in many different sizes and thicknesses. Look at the dimensions of your current mattress, then choose a memory foam topper that’s slightly larger than that. This will allow for more breathing room between the two layers of material, making for more comfortable sleeping conditions overall and preventing you from feeling too snugly stuffed into your bedding like an overstuffed burrito.
  • How do I clean it? You can wash a memory foam topper in cold water on its own (in case soap gets on it), but if you get it dirty with food stains or other messy substances, make sure to use mild detergent and check out any instructions provided by whoever sold you the item before proceeding with cleaning. A common rule of thumb is that if something seems greasy or sticky after being washed already, the chances are that washing again won’t help much; try using dishwashing liquid instead!
  • How much does one cost? Prices vary widely depending on a brand name, thickness level, etc. Still, they expect anywhere from $100-$300 per queen size sheet set depending on what kind.

Put a foam mat on the floor

To make your camper bed more comfortable, you can place a foam mat on the tent’s floor. You can purchase one at a camping store, or you might already have one lying around the house.

The idea is to give yourself some extra cushioning while sleeping in your camper bed so that you don’t feel like sleeping on a rock (or, if you’re lucky, maybe even an air mattress). Place it under your sleeping bag, and voila! A much more comfortable night of sleep awaits.

Choose a tent with an airbed sleeve

Another good option is a tent with an airbed sleeve. This is a mattress pad that slips into a sleeve on your camping cot or sleeping bag. It’s more comfortable than sleeping on an ordinary air mattress. Still, it won’t give you the same comfort as one of those foam mattresses.

Airbed sleeves are also more expensive than regular air mattresses, so if you’re looking for something super affordable, this may not be for you. If you’re someone who likes soft beds and doesn’t mind spending some extra money on them, then this could be just what you need.

Put plastic containers under the legs of metal-framed cots

If you have a metal-framed cot, place plastic containers or other hard objects under the legs to make it more comfortable. You can also try placing a folded blanket between your mattress and the cot’s frame for extra cushioning.

This method works because it gives you more space between your body and the hard surface below. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than nothing.

The point here is that people who are camping need a good night’s sleep just like everyone else. If they don’t get enough sleep, they won’t be able to perform well during their time outdoors.

Use old clothes as padding.

Adding padding is the best way to make your camper bed more comfortable. You can use old clothes, blankets, towels, and sheets for this purpose. Or you can even use rags or old pillows lying around in your house.


We hope you’ve found this guide helpful and have a more relaxing camping trip! If you need more tips or tricks to make the most of your outdoor sleeping experience, check out our related articles on keeping tents warm and dry, choosing the right tent for your needs, and how to set up camp like a pro.