Product Review: Ikea Memory Foam Mattress

 

When my husband and I decided that we needed a new mattress, a memory foam mattress was the obvious choice. Due to my Fibromyalgia, I can always feel the springs, even on a very good mattress, and although I need a soft mattress for my tender pressure points, I also need good support.


Hubby lies on his back or front, whereas I lie on my side, so a memory foam mattress would hopefull solve all these problems in one mattress. Unfortunately, when we looked at the memory foam mattresses on the market we were shocked at how expensive they were. With those prices, we would have been seriously stretching our budget in purchasing even the cheapest (and far from best) of the memory foam mattresses available in stores or on the internet. Luckily, I saw that in the Ikea catalogue, memory foam mattresses started at just £90 (US$149)!
In the UK, Ikea has two types of memory foam mattress: the Sultan FORESTAD (ranging in price from £90 to £140) and the Sultan FURUDAL (ranging in price from £160 to £210). We chose a king-size FURUDAL as this was the top of the range of memory foam mattresses available in Ikea UK. For some reason the FURUDAL doesn’t seem to be available in the US or Canada, but the FORESTAD is (ranging in price from US$149 to US$299).
The FURUDAL is a thick foam mattress in 3 layers, with each layer divided into 5 comfort zones, which support your body where it is lightest and relieves pressure where it is heaviest. The top layer is of memory foam which
forms itself to your body and the bottom and middle layers of high resilience foam, makes the mattress hardwearing and prolongs its life, as well as provides more support. It has a cover of 100% cotton and filling of lamb’s wool, camel-hair and silk, designed to effectively absorb and transport moisture and maintain an even temperature.
The FORESTAD is in 2 layers: a top layer of memory foam and a bottom layer of high resilience foam. The bottom layer only is divided into the 5 comfort zones. The soft quilted top gives a cushiony surface.
My husband and I agree that the mattress is a definite success and we are both sleeping better on it. It took a bit of getting used to because when you first sit or lie on it, it feels very firm. But as the memory foam molds to the contours of your body it becomes amazingly comfortable and even to my sensitive body, never feels uncomfortable. I no longer get pressure points on my hips and shoulders when I lie on my side and my back is always well supported. Since getting the mattress I have had far fewer mornings where I wake up aching all over, which has been wonderful. The cover and filling are also amazing for night sweats – I may wake up with soaking pajamas, but never a soaking bed!
I would definitely recommend this mattress to anyone, but if you need a Spoon-worthy mattress on a tight budget, then I don’t know of an alternative! The only problem I’ve found is that I am now completely spoiled for other beds!
The Sultan FURUDAL mattress we have cost £210 for a European king-size
(160cm x 200cm or approximately 5’3” x 6’6”). Check out www.ikea.com.
Written by Lindsey Middlemiss © 2008 Butyoudontlooksick.com

  • Anonymous

    I’m really regretting getting rid of the used Ikea mattress I bought for 50 bucks. It had probably offgassed mostly and was very comfortable. The U.S. needs to deal with the chemical industry and recognize it is killing us.

  • Name

    We are returning our mattress. Yes it is comfortable but my fibro and m.e. flared up big time due to the chemicals in the memory foam. Swollen glands, rashes, migraine, vomitting and strong smelling urine. After airing the bed with windows opened all day and not sleeping on the mattress for a fortnight I felt better. Returning to sleep on it all the symptoms returned. The fire retardant on these mattresses is a chemical cocktail. I am not alone in suffering, my friend’s grand daughter in Sweden has been very unwell with her mattress and my father, who recommended this Ikea mattress has woken up daily with blood shot eyes. Do your research if you want to avoid being sicker avoid memory foam mattresses!

  • Shari_ok

    I agreee it is a wonderful, decently priced matteress, but was wondering if anyone knew wherther or where it might be possible to buy a replacement cover for it, currently just sleeping on the foam, it;s by no means terrible but all the same it’s not ideal :)

  • Victor Romulus Tulbure

    Here in Rocklin, CA with an IKEA down the road in West Sacramento. My twin size Sultan Furudal (on a platform bed) is over four years old and, like any other mattress, it now has a permanent sag in the middle and I’m thinking of buying another. For me, firm is good and I’ve slept very well for the past few years. However, this mattress is not designed to be flipped over and its life span is definitely shortened. I don’t remember, but I thought the sign in the store indicated that my Furudal came with a 25 year warranty; I don’t think this means anything, but then just watching TV, I realize mattress sales are a big business. It would be interesting to know who is buying all those mattresses and how often.

    Victor Romulus
    January 9, 2013

  • Victor Romulus Tulbure

    Here in Rocklin, CA with an IKEA down the road in West Sacramento. My twin size Sultan Furudal (on a platform bed) is over four years old and, like any other mattress, it now has a permanent sag in the middle and I’m thinking of buying another. For me, firm is good and I’ve slept very well for the past few years. However, this mattress is not designed to be flipped over and its life span is definitely shortened. I don’t remember, but I thought the sign in the store indicated that my Furudal came with a 25 year warranty; I don’t think this means anything, but then just watching TV, I realize mattress sales are a big business. It would be interesting to know who is buying all those mattresses and how often.

    Victor Romulus

  • MERCEDES SCHMIDT-SAMPER

    I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE FOUND THIS REVIEW ON THE IKEA FOAM MATTRESS. MY DAUGHTER HAS ONE AND I ALSO HAVE SEVERE FIBROMYALGIA, I SLEEP OVER AND I HAVE NOT SLEPT BETTER, PAIN FREE, NO TOSSING AND TURNING ALL NIGHT DUE TO PAIN ON MY TENDER POINTS, A BEAUTIFUL RESTFUL NIGHT.  I AM KICKING MY SELF IN THE BUTT CAUSE I LET MY HUBBY PAY $800 DRS FOR A SEALY DELUXE WHAT EVER  FANCY NAME MATTRESS 2 YEARS AGO BUT IT HAS BEEN TORTURE FOR MY FIBROMYALGIA,MY SHOULDERS LOWER BACK,HIPS FEEL IN THE MORNING LIKE I WAS HIT BY A TRUCK. I SHOWED LINDSEY’S COMMENT TO MY HUBBY AND NOW HIS IS CONVINCED THAT I WAS RIGHT WHEN I SHOWED HIM THE TV COMMERCIAL, NOW I’M GETTING MY IKEA FOAM  MATTRESS ASAP AND THE PRICE IS GREAT NO MORE THAN $399 IN THE TRI-STATE AREA.   BELIEVE ME YOU WILL SLEEP LIKE A BABY!!!   PS/ MY HUBBY HAS A HERNIATED DISK, I’M SURE THIS MATRESS WILL BE BENEFICIAL FOR HIM TO.  I GIVE IT ***** MERCEDES SCHMIDT.

  • Rohan

    thanks for the review. it was helpful.