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November 2019

Are IKEA matresses any good?

IKEA has been a staple part of our home furnishing retail sector for the last 30 years here in the UK. The company provide affordable and innovative homeware solutions for homes of all shapes, sizes, and configurations. They also have a bed and mattress department offering a variety of beds for your home. The big question we get asked is 'Are IKEA mattresses any good?'.

So we thought we would give you our review of the latest IKEA mattresses applying our expertise in the mattress industry to show you what to look out for. We’ve visited a number of IKEA stores, armed with their mattress technical specifications sheets to take their models for the standard 2-minute test drive that most bed shoppers undergo before picking a mattress.

An ikea bedroom showroom
Most people only spend 2 minutes trying a bed in a showroom. Without even knowing that they’re looking at without knowing exactly whats inside.

We’ve always advocated that this 2-minute test drive is pretty inaccurate to find a mattress and there are easier means to choose the correct mattress. Given that this is the average time spent ‘testing a mattress in a showroom’, it felt apt to follow suit.

We then reviewed it against the specification sheets to provide you with a review of the construction method of IKEA beds.

Benefits of IKEA Mattresses

  • IKEA’s price point is really competitive, in part due to their huge scale and buying power. It means they are offering models that are entry-level and midpoint. They don’t offer any high end of luxury mattress specifications at all.
  • A number of their models can be rolled up due to the limited upholstery, which means they can be cheaply shipped.
  • IKEA offers a one-stop-shop, meaning you can literally furnish your entire house in one visit (if you so wish!).
  • They give you some idea of what’s inside the mattresses, unlike other retailers!

Drawbacks of IKEA Mattresses

  • They only offer a medium to firm feels.
  • The construction method is basic – see the bulging discussed further on.
  • The durability of the mattresses is low, giving them a short shelf life.
  • They only use synthetic pocket springs with the lowest spring counts.
  • There is zero tailoring for different bodyweights or comfort preferences.
  • It’s one size fits all.

HIDRASUND Pocket Sprung Mattress

The HIDRASUND is IKEA’s top end pocket sprung model with a mix of synthetic and natural fibres – and we like to start with the best first. It features the minimum number of pocket springs for a kingsize mattress with just over 600 and a secondary layer of Micro springs in the upholstery layer. The main layer of pocket springs uses a coir pad beneath it, which is then covered in wool wadding and cotton.

The Micro springs then sit on top of this and have a latex layer on top as the primary comfort layer. There’s no detail on the blend, depth, or type of latex used in this model, which is a shame. Without this information on the Latex, you can’t really compare or work out the firmness of the foam. We would guess it’s a 70kg layer given the feel.

This is a one-sided mattress and so it can’t be turned. You can rotate it but you’re not going to get the longevity out of a one-sided mattress that you will with a two-sided mattress. It seems strange to have a coir insulator pad underneath the spring system, as this offers you the sleeper no benefit at all.

It would make far more sense on top of the main spring unit to help add support and create a breathable layer. Ideally, the model should have this on both sides of the spring to encase and insulate them. I know IKEA state this is there for breathability but, given the cover is a polyester mix (which is heat retentive compared to Natural fibres) where the breathability is most needed, it seems a bit misplaced.

A showroom bed in IKEA
The HIDRASUND IKEA mattress features some natural fibres but is only one-sided.

The mattress has a very noticeable perimeter bar, almost painfully noticeable when you’re lying near the end of the bed. Perimeter support is usually provided by a thin steel frame and then a layer of firmer pocket springs. However, we believe in IKEA’s case they have opted for a far thicker bar and kept the spring tension the same all over. This is probably to ensure the 25-year guarantee holds up, but it felt overkill and rather uncomfortable. When we first tried it, we thought it must be a cage sprung when feeling the edge but this is not the case.

The finish and ticking of the mattress are of basic quality, especially given its near £700 price tag. The side panels and handles are a cotton mix which is detailed as 53% linen, 47% viscose/rayon. It’s machine side stitched – meaning the pocket springs are not stitched to the side panel as they are in traditional pocket spring models. This leads us to the issue of bulging on the sides.

When sat on the edge of the mattress, the sides bulge out. This is because they are only machine stitched, not side stitched, which compromises the stability of the bed if you’re an edge sleeper. The top is a polyester blend quilt with imitation tufting.

For the price, this isn’t a bad model, however, given it’s one-sided, if you increased the price slightly (for a two-sided model) you could end up with something wonderful like the Artisan 1500 mattress with 1500 pocket springs (which come in 3 different spring tensions depending on your body weight) and a whopping 4300GSM or our Origins Pocket Latex at the same price point.

HOKKÅSEN Pocket Sprung Mattress

The HOKKASEN is IKEA’s mid-range model, featuring a mix of synthetic spun-bond pocket springs and memory foam as the comfort layer. This is an entirely synthetic mattress in a firm feel, and the price reflects this. The top comfort layer is a 50kg memory foam, which is a medium feel and responsive from our tests. Next, there’s a layer of polyester wadding, which we would imagine is around 300gsm at this price and feel. There’s then a layer of 483 spun-bond mini springs in a foam casing. We’ve already discussed why mini springs should be avoided where possible.

IKEA claim these mini springs help against sagging, but our experience would suggest otherwise given their lack of stability. Given how quickly they compress, they serve very little use and then all the compression is forced into the top comfort layers instead. You would be better off with a double polyester layer or even another foam layer here if you wanted to avoid sagging.

However, we are arguing over semantics here! The next spring layer comprises of 555 spun-bond pocket springs (in a firm gauge, we’re guessing) which is just below the usual minimal 600 for a king size. We guess that the foam encasing that wraps around the springs acting as a box to aid perimeter support will take up the space of the 45 missing springs.

Hokkasen mattress in a showroom
The HOKKASEN shown here with a protective topper and foot cover. This is IKEA’s memory foam and spring offering.

Again, it’s a one-sided model – meaning you can’t turn it. The detail on this mattress is minimal, with a basic machine-stitched side panel and handle.  If your budget is around the £450-£600 price point, then there are better alternatives such as the Origins Reflex that has a firmer feel. It’s two-sided and features over 1020GSM of fillings and 1,000 spun-bond pocket springs in a 1.4 gauge tension. If you’re looking for something similar, have a look at our Origins Reflex model which is two-sided, has a firm feel, and has 1020GSM of fillings.

MORGEDAL Memory Foam Mattress

The MORGEDAL model is a one-sided memory foam mattress; its 18cm of depth make it one of the thinnest in its range and the thinnest mattress you should ever look at for any comfort properties. It’s made up of 33kg support foam, also known as reflex foam, and then 50kg memory foam. There are no exact details given on the IKEA website as to the thickness of the top memory foam layer.

This is an entry-level bed and it’s at a very competitive price point. If you’re looking for years of comfort you’ll want to look elsewhere, however, as a temporary bed or in a guest room you might get away with this one for a couple of years’ temporary use. Memory foam‘s a love it or hate it material. It retains heat, meaning you will be far warmer in a memory foam bed than a natural fibre model but the price reflects this. If you haven’t experienced memory foam we always advise you try a friend’s if possible to see if the overheating and sinking feelings are tolerable for you.

We don’t offer any comparative models at this price point but would suggest the Origins Pocket 1500 as a far higher specification comparison, which is two-sided and comes in two spring tensions.

HOVAG mattress in a showroom
The MORGEDAL mattress is a solid foam and Memory Foam Model. Always try a Memory foam mattress first is possible to see if you can tolerate the increased heat.

HÖVÅG Sprung Mattress

The HOVAG is an entry-level spun-bond pocket spring mattress with a firm foam comfort layer. It’s one of IKEA’s best value offerings for the components. Compared to other sub £300 mattresses, which are usually entirely foam, this features a spring unit. Its support unit comes from 570 spun-bond springs and a foam case that takes up the space of the other 30 springs.

The foam also acts as the perimeter support instead of the usual metal spring frame. It uses recycled fabric as the insulating layer on top of the springs. You can see this on their website cut away as a grey insulating layer made usually from recycled clothes and textiles. There’s then a 30kg reflex foam ‘comfort layer’, which is what gives it the ultra-firm feel. Reflex foam is typically used as the support layer in memory foam mattresses, but here it is a comfort layer. There is then a layer of polyester that, looking at the price, is probably no more than 200gsm before the polyester quilted cover.

Yes, you’ve guessed it: it’s a one-sided mattress, but you wouldn’t expect more for the price. Again, our Origins Reflex mattress with over 1000gsm of fillings is our nearest comparison model, even though it far exceeds the specifications and lifespan.

Side of a HOVAG Ikea Mattress
HOVAG is a good value for a very firm basic foam and spring mattress.

HAMARVIK / HUSVIKA Cage Sprung Mattress

The Hamarvik is a very firm feel mattress great for sleepers on a really limited budget given its low price point. One-sided and cage sprung, you’re not going to get the benefits of Pocket springs in terms of transference if you sleep with someone else. Cage sprung mattresses have a habit of bouncing and shaking when one sleeper moves. And this is reflected in the price.

It’s good value at the price point but at the very lowest end of mattress manufacture quality. The Hamarvik would actually make a great mattress base pad to go underneath another mattress to give the illusion of a sprung divan. This model can also be crushed and rolled for delivery. It contains 23kg of materials in a kingsize, which to put into context is a third of most sprung mattresses which usually have 60kg+ of fibres and fillings. The HUSVIKA has a very similar construction and upholstery composition and it’s also sold for day beds. We have reviewed them together given they are practically the same mattress.

We don’t offer any comparisons to these two cage sprung models.

The handle of an ikea mattress up close
A close up of the mattress detailing. Primarily, IKEA uses a Polyester & Cotton blend for its quilted stretch covers.

HYLLESTAD Pocket Sprung Foam Mattress

The HYLLESTAD is another combination of pocket springs and foam comfort layers. AIt’s also one-sided, however, this model features ‘replica tuft’ on the top. Given that you can’t very easily tuft through foam, these looked stitched through to the top foam layer to help hold the cover in place. On traditional mattresses hand tufts are used which go all the way through the mattress and help hold fibres and upholstery in place to reduce settlement.

This IKEA mattress with foam and springs makes it impossible to truly tuft which is why they use this light stitch method instead. This model features 570 synthetic pocket springs topped with 30kg Reflex foam and then 50kg memory foam for a really firm feel. Ikea doesn’t give the depths, unfortunately, just the densities of the foam.

Mattress detailing being shown on an Ikea mattress
Replica tufts are seen here to help reduce settlement.

We don’t have any comparisons for this model but found it true to its firm feel with a very solid comfort layer. Again, people not used to sleeping on foam should really try one first if possible to see if overheating is a problem.

MALFORS Foam Mattress

The MALFORS is the first two-sided mattress from IKEA – but don’t get too excited! It’s a single layer of 30kg reflex foam for a very firm solid sleeping surface. This model contains no comfort layers or springs, relying solely on one layer of foam as the main mattress component. There is a polyester wadding layer and we would guess this is 200GSM on top of the foam in the quilted layer.

The price once again reflects this, and this model is probably aimed at the spare room or at a very budget-limited sleeper. Weighing in at 14kg for a Kingsize, it’s the same weight as a quality mattress topper and could actually be used as a very firm topper on another mattress if need be.

The foam inside an ikea mattress being shown
The MALFORS is the only two-sided model using one piece of firm foam. The cover is washable but must be line dried and not tumbled.

IKEA Mattresses Reviewed & Compared

Below we’ve provided a handy table showing each of the IKEA mattress models side by side so you can quickly compare the comfort and components for yourself, without hours of trekking around the shops.

Model NameMattress typeComfort ratingSupport Details (Kingsize)Upholstery/Comfort Specs
HIDRASUNDNatural & Synthetic Fibre Medium/Firm653 Pocket Springs + 774 Micro SpringsWool wadding, Latex & Cotton.
HOKKÅSENSynthetic Fibre & FoamFirm555 Spunbond Pocket Springs & 483 mini-springs50kg Memory foam & Polyester wadding
HÖVÅGSynthetic FibreFirm570 Spunbond Pocket SpringsReflex foam 30kg & Polyester Wadding
HYLLESTADSynthetic FibreFirm570 Spunbond Pocket Springs50kg Memory foam, 30kg Reflex foam & Polyester wadding
HAMARVIKSynthetic Cage SprungFirmBonell Spring Unit30kg Reflex foam & Polyester wadding
HUSVIKASynthetic Cage SprungUltra FirmBonell Spring Unit33kg Reflex foam & Polyester wadding
MORGEDALMemory Foam / SyntheticMedium/FirmPolyurethane foam 33 kg (Support)Polyurethane memory foam 50 kg (Comfort layer)
MALFORSSolid FoamFirm30kg Reflex foamPolyester quilted cover

IKEA Mattresses Bulging Sides

So why did the IKEA pocket sprung models we tried bulge when you sit or lie near the edge? The reason for this is that the side panels are not stitched through to the pocket spring unit like they are on other mattresses. There’s also little wadding or padding to aid rigidity for the IKEA mattress side panels. One reason for this may be as a compromise to enable the mattresses to be crushed and rolled for delivery. We’ve written extensively about boxed mattresses such as Simba, Eve, and Casper.

We’ve also tested how quickly mattresses get damaged once they are rolled for any period of time over 2 months. Foam can tear over time and springs can become deformed. This is why we would never design a mattress that can be rolled. The convenience of that delivery means you’re left with a far poorer mattress choice, as only very basic mattresses can be crushed and rolled.

You end up compromising the mattress upholstery and structure for a quicker delivery. It’s not just these models that we have tried that have had bulging issues: the Premier Inn mattress we tested also suffered from this too!

A hand pushing the side of an Ikea mattress
When compressed, the sides of this IKEA mattress bulges out. This is a sign that it’s not had any side stitching to help adhere the sides to the spring unit. Ideally, it should have to stop edge roll-off and damage.

What type of springs do IKEA mattresses use?

IKEA uses three types of mattress spring in their models.

Spunbond Pocket Springs

The first is Spunbond pocket springs (you can read more on them here). Unfortunately, they don’t specify the spring wire gauge so we’re not 100% sure which tension the springs actually are. From testing out the range, we guess they are a firmer gauge at somewhere between a 1.4-1.6 gauge spring. Without it being confirmed we can’t be sure.

The cross section of an IKEA mattress
A cutaway of the internal spring and foam layers of the HOKKÅSEN mattress.

Micro or HD Springs

The second spring that IKEA uses is the micro spring, which has recently started to appear in mattress showrooms and retailers. We’re not a fan of micro springs, as there’s been a move to start using them to hyperinflate the spring counts in mattresses. This is not the case for IKEA, who typically use them as a secondary comfort layer and to increase loft in their one-sided mattresses.

Small micro springs cut open
Micro Springs are the latest trend to inflate spring counts in mattresses

Caution, however, should be taken when you see other mattress models claiming 4,000, 6,000 or even 8,000 springs. The maximum single layer count of Pocket Springs you can fit in a mattress is 2,000. After that, it’s either a dual-layer of pocket springs, like our Artisan Bespoke 002, or Micro/HD springs. The minimum number of regular Pocket Springs you can fit in a mattress is 600, which is why some of IKEA’s models have around 550-570, as they use a foam tray to house them in rather than a perimeter wire.

Bonell Coil / Cage Sprung

The third spring they use is the dreaded cage or Bonell spring which is one massive spring unit. It’s the cheapest spring construction method and the HAMARVIK & HUSVIKA represents that. If possible, you should avoid Bonell spring units as they are dreadfully uncomfortable and have a habit of waking up sleepers when you want to move during the night as they wobble & shake. They also offer no protection against roll together during the night as the central part of the open coil spring unit is the one point of weakness.

Cage sprung mattress unit from John Ryan Website
Cage sprung, Bonell or Open coil are the crudest of spring construction methods

How are IKEA Mattresses Rolled & Delivered?

IKEA, like other ‘mattress in a box’ companies, are offering to roll their mattresses for delivery. You will often find this with one-sided and entry-level mattresses for two reasons. The first reason is that the entry-level models only contain a fraction of the upholstery layers of mid to high-end models, meaning their contents can be crushed and squashed together far easier.

The second reason is that the cost of transport is far less with a mattress in a box. It’s far easier to roll a mattress and get 40 on a truck than have 6 full-size mattresses on a truck. Whilst it’s a clever way to save space, it’s probably not the best method of handling any mattress. Rolling the mattress is done under considerable pressure to compress all the materials and they are then strapped up while they await delivery.

A set of compressed and rolled mattresses from IKEA
These mattresses will have been crushed and rolled before being strapped for delivery. Rolled mattresses should be unwrapped immediately to avoid damage.

You will find with any rolled mattress that it takes days before it reaches its final settlement. It takes a while for all the air and spaces between the fibres and springs to reform. So you’re not going to get a true feel of the mattress for the first 3-5days, in our experience. It does solve the problem of restricted access in smaller properties and flats, however, if you choose a Zip & Link model in our range, these come in two parts.

This means that they can pretty much fit in any room no matter how restricted the access. The reason we don’t roll our mattresses is also twofold. Firstly, we don’t like the potential damage that rolling does to the components within the mattress. Secondly, our mattresses can’t be rolled as they contain far too much upholstery fillings to be crushed.

A nice problem to have!

Who Makes IKEA’s Mattresses?

IKEA doesn’t divulge who makes their mattresses but we suspect they use a variety of manufacturers outside the UK that make batches of their models that are then are shipped into the UK. This is similar to imported white label beds, where the same specifications are mass-produced and then labelled for different suppliers around the world. We will continue to see if we can find out the exact source – let us know if you have any more detail on their manufacturers.

 

Summary

IKEA’s mattress range is of sound quality for the price point. If you’re on a budget, their HÖVÅG & HIDRASUND models offer good value and a mix of some natural fibres and layers. What must be taken into consideration, however, is that these are all two-sided mattresses, with the exception of the MALFORS. So, when trying to compare the models on the price, you need to bear that in mind.

You only have one side to sleep on compared to other two-sided models like the ones we compare to. What’s great is that IKEA shows you what’s inside their mattresses, with cutaways and technical specifications. Which is a far cry from most mattress retailers who like to hide the contents making it near impossible for you to compare! However, they could go one step further and detail the grams per square meter of their fibres to give full transparency. If you’re on a budget though, the IKEA range is good value for money and offer convenience.

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