Nov 092012

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Our easy flatpax Guide To Choosing A Mattress

The obvious first rule in the easy flatpax guide is to try out several different mattresses before you buy.

Once you’ve decided which type of mattress you want – for example a memory foam mattress or a pocket sprung mattress – you’ll be ready to shop.

A bed mattress can cost up to 3,000€, with the average spend at about 800€, so don’t rush. Think about the following and you’ll sleep well.

Buying a mattress from a known and  trusted brand like IKEA

Around 39% of Which? members bought their mattress because it’s made by a brand they trust. IKEA has a fantastic guarantee on their mattresses and this one fact alone is one of the best reasons to buy from IKEA

Try the mattress before you buy

The easy flatpax guide to buying a mattress reckons online shopping may be easier, but if you can it’s best to try a mattress before you buy. Two thirds of Which? members bought their mattress because it felt comfortable in the shop. A third of members felt intimidated trying out a mattress in the shop, but a good mattress shop won’t  mind you doing this. In fact this is encouraged.

Wear comfortable clothing and remove your outdoor gear for your trip to the shops. Lay on a mattress for at least 10 minutes, in positions that you normally sleep in.

Don’t let sales assistants influence you – they can’t decide whether the mattress is comfortable. If the bed is for two, shop together. At IKEA Murcia, there is no pressure at all.

Mattress buying tips

Sit on the edge of the mattress – it should be firm, not saggy, which makes you feel like you’re about to slip off. Don’t shop for beds when you’re tired, as all the mattresses will feel good.

If you’re buying a memory foam mattress, relax in all the positions you normally sleep in. Was it easy or did you struggle? If you struggled you might find a memory mattress will restrict your movement quite a bit, especially in colder weather when the foam will be firmer.

Your mattress, must lie on a slatted base. The slats should be no more than 6cm wide or more than 4cm apart. This ensures proper ventilation and prevents the mattress falling between the slats.

Don’t get swayed by mattress advertising claims

Medical-sounding names like ‘orthopaedic’ and ‘posturepaedic’ nearly always mean that those mattresses have more springs than most, and are firmer.

Medical studies have found that a very firm bed mattress isn’t always best for bad backs, and that a moderately firm one may be better, contrary to popular opinion.

Mattresses and bed bases

If you buy your mattress and base separately, or are going to keep your old base, ensure  measurements are right and it all fits. Dimensions will vary so don’t rely on a new double mattress being exactly the same size as your old one and therefore your old base. Remember, most IKEA bed bases do not come with slats. You’ll need to choose and order these seperately.

Roll-up mattresses

Some IKEA mattresses come vacuum-packed. They are easy to unpack – and there isn’t much to throw away. Ideally, you need to leave at least 12 hours from unpacking, before using these mattresses.

Mattress guarantees

IKEA offer fantastic guarantees and the easy flatpax guide brings you their quote from the UK website:



[note color=”#F2FFCC”]9.7 We offer extended warranties on all mattresses and kitchens purchased through IKEA Shop Online. Should you discover a manufacturing fault, the extended warranty allows you a right to return your mattress for up to twenty five (25) years and your kitchen (excluding appliances) for up to twenty five (25) years from the date of delivery, subject to certain conditions. Further details of your warranty rights will be provided alongside the item description on the IKEA Shop Online website and with the goods on delivery. These warranties are in addition to and do not affect your legal rights as a consumer. [/note]


However, there are certain things you do can render the mattress guarantee meaningless. Before you buy your mattress, check whether there’s anything in particular, such as removing labels or using a base other than a recommended one, that would invalidate the guarantee.


The easy flatpax guide gives you some fantastic options from IKEA:

Comfort is the way the surface of the mattress feels against your body. It is what makes you feel cozy and relaxed in your bed, the first thing you notice when you lay down on a bed. More than any other aspect of your bed purchase, judging a mattress’ comfort will be a matter of personal preference.

Durability refers to the length of time a mattress will provide you with adequate support along with your desired level of comfort. The durability of a mattress is driven primarily by the quality of its materials and the way it is constructed. Durability can also be impacted by special features in a bed. For example, some mattresses contain specific features to protect against common durability problems like edge break-down, stains, or sagging.


One way to increase the longevity of your mattress is to flip it regularly, particularly in its first few years.

If you need any further information on this or any other IKEA product line, please let us know.

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We hope our easy flatpax guide to buying a mattress will help in making the right decision for you.


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