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How to Make Your Home on Wheels More Comfortable with Duvalay

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Written By Alex Petrović

Certified Sleep Consultant

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29 April 2024 5 min read

Whether you live your life on the road or just like going on the occasional family camper van field trip, getting a good mattress can be a tall order. Luckily, however, Duvalay offers a line of custom mattresses that might just solve that problem!

Which Duvalay custom mattress should you choose?

If you already know that a custom mattress is the perfect choice for you, let's get straight to business! We'll be going over three distinct custom mattresses, all at different price points and builds, but all worth considering. And if you're still unsure about whether you need a custom mattress for your motorhome, just keep reading.

The D-ROLL mattress

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If you want a luxury memory foam camping mattress without having to fully commit to a luxury price tag, the D-ROLL is your best option.

It comes with a soft and breathable cover, a memory foam upper layer and a decently-sized ergonomic support foam layer. This means that you won't feel every bump and turn while on the road and that your back will get adequate support while you sleep. And an important feature to mention in regard to this mattress, as well as the following two, is that it's only 15 cm deep.

This means that if your bed frame is bolted up high, you don't have to worry about hitting your head on the roof. And likewise, if your bed frame is on the ground, it gives you more vertical space to work with. This is significant as a good campervan experience relies on proper room management.

Plus, for a small fee, you can opt for the FreshTech foam, which adds further breathability. And if you've ever been camping during the summer months, desperately looking for your new water refill and swapping out AC filters like they're chewing gum, you know how important this is.

The D -LITE ALTO mattress

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If you liked what the D-ROLL had to offer but wished that it was a bit firmer and somehow even more comfortable, the D-LITE ALTO is going to blow you away.

Unlike the previous model, the D-LITE ALTO doesn't opt for regular foam but rather a recycled polyester filling. And this brings forth a few key advantages. First off, by getting a mattress with recycled components, you're not taking part in the mattress landfill issue the UK has had for a while.

Secondly, its unique build allows the mattress to be outstandingly light. In fact, it's almost half the weight of some standard mattresses, which can save you some gas money and a backache upon moving in. Thirdly, the polyester filling has notably good breathability, especially when compared to a regular foam model. And we've already covered why that's essential when you're on the road!

Lastly, all of these benefits get wrapped in an aesthetic mattress package, with a soft quilted bow on top. The quilt adds a bit more comfort to the ordeal and feels incredibly soft to the touch, which is bound to make your motorhome feel like the height of luxury and comfort.

The D-LUXE Hybrid Mattress

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If you just want the best of the best and to sleep like road royalty, the D-LUXE custom mattress is what you need in your life.

The first thing that's worth pointing out is that this is a pocket-spring mattress. And as you'll see in the DIY section, these are very hard to come by in a motorhome! However, that doesn't mean that everyone doesn't secretly want one.

Why do I need a custom mattress?​

At first glance, custom luxury camping beds might seem unnecessary. After all, every other mattress company claims that their mattress is going to get you all the comfort that you need. However, there are a few key points you should consider before overlooking the Duvalay mattress range. So, let's break it down. Why should you look for luxury camping beds (UK) and why is Duvalay your best option?

Convenience​

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If you've ever tried getting a regular mattress into a motorhome, you know that it can be a headache. After all, the odds of your new mattress being the exact size you need are rather slim, since motorhomes can vary drastically when it comes to bed sizes (even more so if you have a custom motorhome). Do you have a rear island bed layout or a fixed French bed? Is it a four-berth caravan or does it only fit two? As you can imagine, each one of these questions needs an answer and often enough, a properly tailored mattress to fit it.

On top of that, you're then faced with two equally troubling questions. Do you take a smaller mattress that's going to slide around at every turn? Or do you get the larger mattress that's going to bulge at certain points and create a bad sleeping environment? It can feel like a lose-lose situation. And that's not even accounting for the fact that you have to get the mattress through the door first!

On the other hand, you look at a proper caravan mattress and it's compact, easy to set up, and does away with all of the frustration associated with getting a new mattress. So, in terms of convenience, a caravan mattress is always going to outrank a more traditional mattress.

Saving space

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Let's say that you did get your new standard mattress through the door and it fits well enough into the frame. But what about the depth? After all, you have to be very clever when it comes to living in a motorhome and utilising your space properly is a big part of that.

If you get a mattress that's too thick, you might just end up bumping your head into the ceiling every morning. And if you get a standard campervan mattress topper, it might not provide the support you need in order to stay comfortable.

The downsides of DIY

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As we've mentioned already, getting a mattress that's the correct size can be a hassle. So, some people have turned to DIY in order to fix this problem. And while this can help if you know what you're doing, it's important to keep a few of the potential dangers in mind.

The most common way people have gone about the DIY process is by getting a camping memory foam mattress and then cutting it down to size. However, this comes with a few potential issues:

Why should you choose Duvalay?

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Now that we've covered why getting a custom mattress might be a good idea for your home away from home, let's talk about Duvalay. After all, they're not the only mattress manufacturer that takes custom orders. So, what makes Duvalay stand apart from the crowd?

Specialisation

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In the words of Bruce Lee “I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times”. And while mattresses and martial arts rarely belong in the same sentence, we do believe this sentiment carries over.

And that's because Duvalay has been making bedding for caravans and motorhomes since the early 2000s! That means that they understand all the benefits, difficulties, and needs of those who like to sleep while on the move. And when it comes to a standard mattress company, you might not get that same level of understanding. This is also why, as you'll quickly see, Duvalay's mattresses seem ideal for just about any camper van or caravan and their products seem more like camper van equipment than just regular bedding!

Recognition

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Maybe us singing Duvalay's praises isn't enough for you. However, you should know that they've seen widespread recognition in the mattress industry as a whole! They've wowed the crowd on Dragon's Den and partnered up with major players such as Mercedes-Benz. And if you want further proof that they understand the motorhome lifestyle, they've also partnered up with the Swift Group, which are UK's largest caravan manufacturer and GO Outdoors, a brand specialised in camping gear.

Okay, so they understand the customer, have credibility in the field, and have seen success. But are there any guarantees that the mattresses are really that comfortable? Well, we'd say that winning the Bed Manufacturer of the Year award at the National Bed Federation’s Bed Industry Awards should answer that question.

Lastly, as a quick shoutout, we'd also like to mention that you'd be supporting an environmentally-conscious brand as well. Duvalay plants one tree for every sleeping bag sold, and those numbers can add up! So, if you want to have a tree planted and sleep peacefully, this is your best bet!

Everything you need in one place

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Next, we'd like to talk about Duvalay's range. While yes, they do specialise in custom mattresses, they have other quality items as well. More importantly, all of these items can make your motorhome a lot more comfortable!

For one, the Duvalay mattress topper range boasts some impressive qualities, such as their innovative FreshTech cooling system. And Duvalay sleeping bags are basically tailor-made for camper vans! After all, a Duvalay sleeping bag combines a sleeping bag with a mattress topper in such a way that you can sleep like a baby and save a ton of space! Not to mention that it's way easier to carry their compact sleeping bag around than an entire topper or duvet.

Speaking of duvets, you can also get a camping duvet that can be tailor-made to fit your bed perfectly. And if you get one of their camping bundles, you'll also get all the bed linen you could possibly ever need.

Customer support

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In this section, we'd like to talk about the ordering process and what you should expect when getting a Duvalay custom mattress. After all, even the best products can seem mediocre if you have to jump through a thousand hoops in order to get them! So, we ordered a custom mattress and took notes.

Overall, we'd say it was a very smooth process. Finding our way around the website was rather intuitive and the representative on the phone was friendly and professional. So, we'd say that there were no unnecessary hoops or annoying obstacles – which isn't always the case when ordering mattresses.

Conclusion

If you currently live or want to live in a camper van, caravan or another motorhome, make sure you can get proper sleep. After all, it takes up a third of our lives and impacts our health and happiness significantly.

And if you want to get the job done in the easiest way possible, while also making sure that the mattress fits your home away from home like a glove, these three mattresses from Duvalay should be perfect for you! So, whether you want a supportive foam, a soft quilt, or a deluxe camping bed, give them a look.

This page was made in partnership with Duvalay.

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Comments (1)

Tom 05/06/2023

I got a Duvalay custom mattress for my old vw combi – love it


About the author

Alex Petrović
Sleep Consultant
A CPD certified Sleep Consultant with more than 2000 hours of research into all the different ways we can get a great night's sleep. As a former insomniac, I know how difficult life can be without a nightly recovery and I love that I get to share everything I've learned with you all. So hopefully we can all sleep soundly!
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