How to attach a mattress to a car


July 24, 2021

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How do you attach a mattress to a car? Look no further! This article will teach you how to safely and easily fit a mattress in your car. Additionally, it will answer:

  • How to fit mattresses of different sizes in a vehicle?
  • What are the best ways to tie a mattress in various types of cars?
  • What tools will be needed to attach a mattress to a car?
  • How can a mattress be safely secured to a car?

If done correctly, attaching a mattress to a car is a simple task. Several factors, such as the size and type of mattress and cat, must be considered. You can fit the mattress on top of the car, with a ratchet strap, duct tape, and scissors.

Best way to transport a mattress with a car

In order to transport your mattress by car, you need to consider some factors. Also, you need the right tools and materials which we list below. Having one arm out of the window holding it on is very dangerous and not recommended at all. 

Some cars might fit a single or king single in the boot, check the mattress dimensions here. However, most beds don't fit inside the trunk of a car. A Ute can fit most mattresses in the back, just make sure to strap it down before driving. 

Essential tools:

Transporting a mattress with a car means you have to strap it to the roof. Therefore, you need to have these essential tools to fit the mattress to a car:

  • Mattress bag
  • Ratchet straps/rope
  • Duct tape
  • Scissor

After getting the materials, you can now proceed to attach the mattress to your vehicle. Below are the steps you need to follow:

  1. First, wrap your mattress in the mattress bag. It's vital to cover your mattress to prevent damage and stop dirt and dust.
  2. Second, you need to tape the mattress bag to avoid any problems. Also, before tapping, make sure to press the air out of the bag. As a result, most of its flapping in the wind will be prevented.
  3. Third, place the mattress on the roof of the car. Make sure that it's placed in the middle.
  4. Fourth, secure the mattress by binding it with rope or a ratchet strap. Also, it’s advisable to use two ratchet straps as it's more feasible. Make sure to tie it at two spots so that the wind won't cause it to lift up and fall off. You can also check this brilliant video on how to tie a mattress with a ratchet strap.
Note: Make sure you do a test run around the neighbourhood at a low speed to test the difference in driving and to make sure it doesn’t fly off. Also, keep a low speed while driving and avoid motorways. 

How to tie a mattress to roof racks

Before you start the process, make sure you have the essential tools with you. It will help if you have duct tape, a mattress bag, rope, and scissors. Good preparation will make the task easier and efficient. If you plan to tie a mattress in your car roof rack, follow these instructions:

  1. Put the mattress in the mattress bag or covering. 
  2. Next, use duct tape to tape the mattress and covering together, be sure that all the air is pressed out of the bag. 
  3. Now, the next step is to tie the mattress down. The rope should be long enough to connect the mattress properly, both the middle and the length across. Once you have run the rope through the rack, you can load the mattress onto the roof rack. Make sure it’s centered. 
  4. Pull the rope over the mattress and tie it from under the car's front and back rack. Tightly knot the rope together. Now put the second rope over the width of the mattress. Open the car's window except the driver's. Through the windows, you can twirl the rope. It would be better to do it twice for better strength before you tie the ends of the rope.

How to drive carefully with a Mattress

  1. Make sure your view isn’t blocked

Tie your bed tightly to the roof of your car. If this is not done, it might prove costly. While driving, the mattress may hang over the front of your car. As a result, you may be forced to accelerate blindly or abruptly stop your car. It’s dangerous, so don’t impair your vision which can cause accidents. 

  1. Avoid busy streets

Avoid busy routes if you plan to transport a mattress on the roof of your car. When you're driving along such routes, anything can happen and you'd have to make adjustments if something went wrong. Take other less crowded routes if possible. If you have no choice but to travel through busy streets, make sure you tie your mattress up properly and check if there is any overhang before you travel.  

  1. Mind your speed

Your mattress is tied to your car's roof, and the rope seems strong enough. However, that shouldn't allow you to drive your car super fast. Driving slowly will prevent your mattress from being blown away by the wind. If the wind picks up the front, it can quickly get pulled from the ropes, if not secured. 


Moving to a new house can be stressful. There is a lot of packing and unpacking that needs to be carried out. And the process of moving the mattress is bothersome, which is why most people put it up for sale.

However, many people have started to use a mattress in a box in recent years as it's more convenient to get delivered. A mattress in a box refers to a mattress that's heavily compressed by machinery. It's compressed to fit in a box, either folded or rolled, and unfurl once it's unpacked.

Drive safe.