A bakkie mattress is put into the back of a bakkie so that that people can comfortably sit or sleep in it. Start your own business making and selling bakkie mattresses.
To make bakkie mattresses is not difficult and it has great profit margins. But there are some things that you need to know such as how to cut the foam as most bakkie models have different size beds.
To make a bakkie mattress you will need foam (medium or high density foam is usually used) and a cover. Now the cover is important because there are two kinds that people use: some prefer a soft cover (usually made from polyester stitchbond) like the kind you find on bed foam mattresses while others prefer a more hard-wearing PVC canvas (like the material used in banners or billboards). The soft cover is more comfortable than the canvas but is a weaker material so it won’t last as long before it starts to show some signs of wear and tear. While you can sell one or the other there is a third option: to sell the PVC canvas as a removable cover for the soft cover.
Making the mattress
You have to decide how thick you want to make your mattresses, I have seen 7.5cm to 10cm (75 to 100mm) thick as an example. Don’t offer too many options as then you would have to worry about getting stock of an uncommon thicknesses. Then you have to measure the back or bed, taking into consideration the rear wheel arches. Cut to size and cover.
• Medium or high density foam (75mm or 100mm thick), you can offer both options. Or do more research to discover which is more popular.
• Soft cover: polyester stitchbond
• Hard-wearing cover: PVC canvas
Making bakkie mattresses like a lot of other things discussed here is dependent on finding a good supplier for materials (foam and covering), so get quotes from more than one supplier close to you.
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