Tying a Mattress to a Car

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Mattresses are the caviar of furniture.

They are stupid expensive, even though they are covered 99% of the time and have no aesthetic purpose. So, when you already own one, the idea of selling it and buying a new one for $500+ isn’t too appealing.

This is why people end up doing this, and this, and even this.

So, how can you join in on the fun and successfully strap a mattress to your ’01 Corolla?


Steps for Tying a Mattress to a Car

Tying a mattess to a car isn’t rocket science. Rather, it’s a neanderthalic application of dumb strength and excessive rope usage. Still, there is a basic method to follow when tying a mattress to the roof of a car:

  1. Buy sturdy rope – Nylon or Polyester based
  2. Put a piece of rope on the roof of the car that goes from back bumper to front bumper.
  3. Put the mattress on top of the car and rope so that it goes length-wise with the length of the car (see pics above).
  4. Roll down all windows
  5. Tie the rope that you placed the mattress on in place.
  6. Weave rope through the windows and around the mattress at least four times, twice in front and and twice in back, including the length-wise rope already in place. Tie each section firmly.


Is Tying a Mattress to a Car Legal?

Tying a mattress to a car roof falls in a grey area of legality. Many states don’t have any laws that prohibit it, but you can bet that if you do it poorly enough, a police officer will stop you with the safety of others in mind.