Can You Fit a Full Size Mattress in a Pickup Truck?

When you’re moving bulky items like a full-size mattress, you may wonder if you can fit it into your pickup truck. The answer is yes, with some careful planning and maneuvering. However, there are several factors to consider when attempting to transport a full-size mattress in a pickup truck.

First, you must measure the size of your mattress and determine if it will fit in the bed of your truck. Most mid-sized pickups have an interior bed length of about 6 feet and width of 5 feet. A full-size mattress measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long, so it should fit in the bed of almost any standard pickup truck. If the mattress is thicker than 8 inches, it may not fit into the bed of some smaller trucks.

Second, be sure to secure the mattress with bungee cords or ratchet straps so that it doesn’t shift while driving. This is especially important if you’re carrying other items in the bed of your truck alongside the mattress. Make sure that all cords and straps are tightly secured before starting your drive. It’s also important to make sure that any items placed on top of the mattress are firmly secured; otherwise they could become dangerous projectiles during transit if they aren’t properly secured.

Third, be aware that transporting a full-size mattress in a pickup truck can affect fuel economy and handling due to increased weight and drag on the vehicle. Be prepared for slower acceleration and more frequent stops for refueling as well as decreased maneuverability due to increased wind resistance from the tall profile of a loaded pickup truck.


In conclusion, it is possible to transport a full-size mattress in a pickup truck but care must be taken to ensure that all straps and cords are securely fastened, fuel economy is monitored closely due to increased weight and drag on the vehicle, and proper safety precautions are taken while driving with such a large load.

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Stephen Dunn