30th October 2012

Essentia Mattress in a Prius? Best Believe!

A few weeks ago I got an interesting email… It was from a potential customer in California, let’s call him Mr.B, asking about mattress toppers because he was looking to make a bed for the back of his Toyota Prius. I had one of those *huh* moments…..I was intrigued and a little stumped.

I kept thinking: mattress + car = 

Then I thought about it some more, and it hit me…how could I say no! Essentia had to be a part of this. I mean a Essentia natural memory foam mattress custom built to fit in to a Prius, the third most popular car line in the world and a hybrid to boot, it was a no brainer!

I wrote back to Mr.B to find out exactly what he was looking for and how we could make this happen. I also wanted to know the story, where does one plan to go with a mattress in a Prius?

Turns out Mr.B is an adventurer at heart, and was ready to hit the open road with his Prius and revive his passion for photography. He had tried a regular memory foam topper at first but found the smell of traditional memory foam to be horrendous, especially when in an airtight space like a Prius. That’s when he got to researching and found Essentia. Since our natural memory foam is latex based, it isn’t made with the toxic chemicals that can cause that smell. One email later, and the rest is history.

I think it’s pretty cool and rather brave to make such a drastic change in your life PLUS making it happen with a hybrid and not a gas guzzling RV is pretty special.

So, we set out on a mission to craft a custom Essentia mattress to fit perfectly in Mr.B’s Prius.

Well, the wait is over…let me introduce you to the first ever custom built Essentia Prius mattress: 

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In case you’ve been wondering, we ship all of our mattress compressed and rolled. So no matter the size this is what you’ll see when you take it out of the box:






I think it looks pretty sweet in the Prius! 

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Since Mr.B picked up his new mattress at our Berkeley mattress store, he was kind enough to send us this cool shot.

One big happy family: a Prius, a custom mattress and Essentia!

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And there it is! Proof that we can really do pretty much any custom mattress you can imagine.

Feel free to follow Mr.B along his travels on his new blog: Nomadic Photog.

What do you think? Pretty cool? Got any ideas cooked up that you think we just get in to here at Essentia? Let me know in the comments! 


This article has 13 comments

  1. Mr.B


    Thank you again for all your efforts in building a custom mattress for my Prius. It is a Godsend! Such a massive improvement over sleeping on simple camping mats, I can’t even begin to describe. It’s very comfy. 🙂

    By the way, I love your blog. Very nice writing. I’m still getting a chuckle out of “mattress + car =”

    Warmest regards,

  2. isabel

    This is such a cool idea. It’s only fitting that a Prius be equipped with an Essentia mattress! I love Mr. B’s blog 🙂 Can’t wait to follow them on their journeys.

  3. Francesca

    Pretty cool story! Thank you for sharing! It seems like it made Mr. B really happy and it was a great chance for Essentia to combine its brand with prius! Seems like a great combo to me 🙂

  4. terry

    how much for this mattress?

  5. Sam

    I don’t suppose this is just a stabdard product we can buy now lol? This is exactly what I’m looking for.

  6. Sam

    *standard. Mobile keypad fail.

    Also, while I’m rambling, add a “pin it” button to the blog please 🙂

  7. Stefanie Gomez

    Hi Sam,

    It isn’t a standard product, but we can definitely make one for you! Shoot us a quick email at for details.

    There is a “pin it” bottom at the end of the article, I’ll look in to having it added to the side bar, thanks for pointing that out!


  8. Sam

    Ah! Missed that. Thanks! Emailing now.

  9. Frank Cacciatore

    Stephanie, how much would it cost to have a mattress made for a 2010 Prius ?

  10. David

    Would love to purchase. How do I make an order, please?

    • Stefanie Gomez

      Hi David this was a special build, but we can definitely quote it out for you. Shoot us an email

      • Lauren

        Stefanie, would you be able to tell me how different the dimensions of this custom build are from a standard full-size mattress?

        • admin

          Hi Lauren, It is a custom build mattress this is 4 inches in height, so it has 2″ of natural latex and 2″ of our patented natural memory foam. The dimensions are the same as a standard full size mattress.

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