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Looking for a thin, rollable/foldable mattress for a camper van 01 Mar 2021 21:29 #1

First, thank you Mattress Underground (and members!) for providing this incredible resource. It's fantastic! So much good information here.

I'm looking for a comfortable mattress option to put in my camper van. But there's a catch: it needs to roll/fold in half to reveal the "living area" in the van. It doesn't need to fold flat. I picture the stowed mattress with the "toe" resting on the "head", and the middle curled around in a teardrop shape, if that makes sense.

About me: I'm 5'6" and 140lbs. I used to always sleep on my back but now I do a bit of everything, I think. I like a bed that is supportive, yet feels soft on top. I don't like the feeling of being "sucked in" to soft memory foam, though. I also sleep hot, so a cool bed is important. I really like my bed at home. The label says:
2012 Englander Tension Ease Pearl Firm
polyester fiber pad - 40%
viscoelastic polyurethane foam - 28%
urethane foam - 18%
resinated insulator pad - 14%

What I'd really like to know is how thin does a mattress need to be to fold, and how thick does it need to be to still be comfortable and not sink through to the frame. I tried to roll a 6" mattress at a local store and it was far too difficult (I *think* it was latex.). Will 4" roll? I've noticed that covers don't really come in 4", but topper covers come in 3". I think 3" would roll, but would it be comfortable?

Does any of this sound reasonable, or am I trying to do the impossible?

Right now I'm thinking of trying a 1 or 2" soft layer over a 2 or 3" firm layer. Or maybe a single layer of the right material would do the job? I think latex will hold up to the every-day folding better, and I like the idea of natural material, though I don't think I've slept on latex.

I greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!

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Looking for a thin, rollable/foldable mattress for a camper van 02 Mar 2021 07:24 #2

Honestly if I were you I would be looking at an expedition type air mattress (look for a denier fabric layer on top, helps greatly with durability) and maybe add a talalay latex topper to it. The air mattress will allow it to fold perfectly flat and a topper of around 2-3" should be soft enough to roll/fold easily (I would make sure it has a cover so you don't tear it when handling often). This should maximize both your sleeping comfort and use of the vehicle when the bed is not in use.

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Looking for a thin, rollable/foldable mattress for a camper van 04 Mar 2021 09:56 #3

Thanks! An air mattress is a great idea that I hadn't considered.

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