How to Fit a Mattress Into a Minivan

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.