Things You'll Need
A little extra sleeping room in your RV might be nice, but make sure this is realistic before upgrading to a king-size bed. Because RV space is limited, a larger bed may not fit at all or at least seriously impede walking space. Thus, compare your RV interior to the mattress size and consider the pros of having extra leg room at night compared to less space during the day. If you have plenty of room in your RV, you may wish to upgrade to a king for more luxurious sleeping.
Measure the width and length of a king-size mattress in your RV bedroom. Make a little mark on the floor with chalk to record the dimensions. RV mattress sizes can vary by manufacturer, but are usually 72 inches by 80 inches, though some RV mattresses equal the dimensions of standard home king-size mattresses at 76 inches by 80 inches.
Make an outline of the king-size mattress using a piece of yarn. Lay the yarn on the floor, using your chalk marks as guides.
Walk around the yarn to determine if a king-size bed would leave enough room for you to move around your bedroom.
Measure the main entrance door and the bedroom door in your RV to find out if a king-size mattress will fit through the openings.
Check if your current bed frame will accommodate a king-size mattress. If the built-in RV queen bed frame is just a flat board, it is typically okay to place a king-size mattress on it and let it overhang. If the built-in frame has vertical side walls, you will need to build a new bed frame or hire a carpenter.
Purchase an RV king mattress or a standard home king mattress, depending on the space in your RV. Standard home mattresses are cheaper, but usually larger. If your RV can accommodate the larger size of a home king mattress, you can save some money. If space is limited, buy an RV king mattress. Check the dimensions of the mattress before you buy, since sizes can vary by manufacturer.
Carry the queen-size mattress out of your RV and bring in the king size. Lay the new king mattress on your bed frame.
If the standard dimensions of a king-size mattress are not quite right for your RV, special order a custom-size mattress from an RV mattress manufacturer.
Foam mattresses, without inner springs, are somewhat easier to transport into RVs because they are more lightweight and bend a bit, making them easier to squeeze through smaller door openings.
There are many types of mattresses for your RV, including foam, pillow top and sleep number. Shop around at camping supply stores, online RV mattress suppliers and home furnishing stores to find the one that best meets your needs.
RVs typically do not have box springs. If buying a standard home mattress, purchase only the top mattress and see if you can save money.
Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.