What Size Mattress Fits in a Pickup Truck Bed?

If you’re looking to move a mattress, a pickup truck is one of the most convenient ways to transport it. But what size mattress can fit in a pickup truck bed?

The short answer is that it depends on the size of your truck bed and how you choose to load the mattress into it.

A full-size mattress can easily fit in a standard 6’6” bed, while a queen-size mattress can fit in a 6’6” or 8’0” bed. For larger mattresses, such as king or California king sizes, an 8’0” bed is necessary. It should be noted that the length of the mattress is not the only factor; the width of both the mattress and the truck bed must also be taken into account.

When loading a mattress into a pickup truck, there are several methods that can be used. The most common method is to simply lay the mattress flat in the bed and secure it with straps or bungee cords.

This works best for full-size and queen-size mattresses, as they are typically not too thick or too wide for most beds. For thicker mattresses, such as those of king and California king size, another method may be needed.

For thicker mattresses, one option is to stand them upright against one side of the bed and secure them with straps or bungee cords. This will require a longer bed if you have a full-size or queen-size mattress; otherwise, it will take up too much space in shorter beds. Another option is to fold up one side of the box spring or foundation (if applicable) and place it on top of either side of the mattress in order to make it more stable.


In conclusion, what size mattress fits in a pickup truck bed depends on both its size and how you choose to load it into the bed. Full-size and queen-size mattresses can usually fit easily in standard 6’6″ beds while larger sizes such as king and California king require an 8’0″ bed. Additionally, thicker mattresses may need to be secured differently than thinner ones by either standing them upright against one side of the bed or folding up part of its box spring for extra stability.

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James Gardner