“ Made from foam as opposed to springs, the Ikea Sultan Fonnes is a budget alternative to a conventional mattress. However, the mattress is lacking thickness and comfort is ultimately sacrificed. „
WHAT IS IT?
A mattress available from Ikea, it is made of foam so is unspung and I bought it to go on the double bed in our guest room about a year ago.
This mattress is available in different sizes but I was looking specific for one to fit a double bed so I did not look at any of the others. It is foam with a white cover and you can take this cover off to wash it in the washing machine. The depth is only 12cm so it does not give very much support and I also think it is an uncomfortable mattress and not very nice to sleep on.
WHAT I THINK
I am glad I did not buy this mattress for our own bed because it would not have lasted for long. It is very thin and uncomfortable, I slept in our guest bedroom for two night last week and I could feel the bed slats through the mattress and I did not sleep very well those nights.
I like that the cover is removable and sometimes I remove it just to let the foam breathe because it smells a bit stale sometimes. I wash it on a cool wash and the cover has never shrunk and it always dries flat ready to be put onto the mattress again. One of my guests said the mattress made him itch but he was visiting for a whole month so I think it was because he slept on it for such a long time, other guests who have only stayed for one or 2 days have not complained about this but when I slept on it it made me feel very warm.
The mattress measures 200 cm by 92 cm and that fits on our double bed good without leaving any gaps at the sides. It does not fit my fitted sheets very well because of being so thin but I just have to tuck them in a bit more to make them lie properly flat. Ikea say you should turn the mattress over regular and I agree with that to keep it fresh and comfortable.
This mattress costs £80 and you can buy it from Ikea stores or their website but if you buy online there is a delivery charge.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
About 6 years ago my then boyfriend (now husband) and I moved into our own flat after living in furnished rentals for Uni. The flat was unfurnished so we did what every young professional renting a flat did for the first time and bought pretty much everything we needed from IKEA!
This included a (fairly cheap) bedframe and the Sultan Fonnes mattress. At £99 for the 140 x 200 size (double, it is also available in 160, 90 and 80cm for different bed sizes) it certainly wasn't dirt cheap but it is on the cheap end of the mattress scale.
It's a foam mattress but it is fairly thin at 12cm, we tried it out briefly in the shop, but how I wish I'd tried it out more extensively or did my research (as you'll see).
It's an OK looking mattress; white, with a stitched stripe down it. One thing I didn't realise at the time is that IKEA mattresses are not a standard size. So you need to buy your bedding from IKEA, or it seems to totally swamp it, ride up, and generally never be where it's supposed to be. Really annoying. Of course the beds are the same, so really it's best you buy both the bed and the mattress from IKEA (or buy neither ;) ).
So, for the first few weeks, it seemed OK, we're not large people, just average sized, in height and weight. But after that the foam seemed to compact, and it was like sleeping on...well, very little - maybe a bath sponge? Basically you can feel every lump and bump of the bed frame, it's like sleeping on a really cheap futon (from IKEA probably!). After less than 6 months my husband and I were waking up with sore joints, back pain, and having had less than a decent night's sleep. We decided that we'd skimped out on the mattress and that we needed to buy something at least sprung. So less than 7 months after spending nearly £100 on an IKEA mattess, we bought a Silentnight for £200 which lasted us over four years (when we upgraded to a sprung memory foam combination mattress). As soon as we changed to our new mattress the change to our sleep quality was amazing - no more stiff joints! Unfortunately as the Silentnight mattress was the wrong size for the IKEA bed frame we ended up buying a new bed, too, so our quest for a decent night's sleep certainly wasn't cheap - but it was worth it!
Personally I would never buy an IKEA bed or mattress again and I cannot recommend the IKEA Sultan Fonnes mattress in any capacity. It just isn't thick enough, and really a foam mattress is no good for an adult for an everyday bed, it's better for children who are a lot lighter or in a guest room. I wish I had done my research as I would never have wasted my money as I did here. Some things at IKEA are decent quality or are cheaper but do the job - I'd say this mattress isn't cheap cheap at £99 but it really doesn't serve it's purpose, being so thin and uncomfortable. It didn't last, and we were very glad to see the back of it.
If you value your sleep, and your back, don't buy an IKEA Sultan Fonnes - spend a little more on a quality mattress which will last you.
This review was first posted by me on Ciao a couple of months ago and has not been edited since then.
When I moved into my flat in Leipzig, my room was completely bare. I had four walls, a door, two windows, a ceiling and floor, and absolutely bugger all in between. Not relishing the idea of sleeping on a hard wooden floor for five months, my friend (who had an equal absence of furniture in her room) decided to make the long trek to Ikea to buy some basic furnishings. A priority was, unsurprisingly, a bed each, and so we ended up buying two identical bed frames with slats, along with a Sultan Fonnes double foam mattress each. I can't remember how much of a choice there was available for mattresses, but given our relatively low budget, if there was more than a couple available it certainly would have been the cheapest one that we went for. That said, at 99 euros it was hardly 'cheap', only the least expensive. I hadn't had a foam mattress before but on sitting on it, it seemed comfortable enough, so I wasn't about to let this put me off.
We bought the 140cmx200cm mattresses in order to fit our double bed frames, but they are also available in widths of 160cm, 90cm and 80cm to fit larger and smaller beds respectively. After putting together the frames and the slats the mattress slotted in easily, which was unsurprising considering that both it and the bed were bought from Ikea and so should obviously be made to fit.
Our first impressions of the mattresses were positive: they are comfortable without being too firm or too soft and since, as largely idle students, we spend a lot of time lying or sitting in them, this was of particularly importance. Because one of our beds was put together before the other one we ended up sharing a bed for a few nights and found that with two people on the mattress it was comfortable and didn't dent or dip in any particular way. Since then I have mainly been sleeping alone (my boyfriend is far away in Scotland) and find it equally pleasant to sleep in by myself. At 12cm thick it seems like a relatively thin mattress but I have never felt any hint of the wooden slats beneath it and wonder if this is because it is a foam mattress. I'm no expert on mattress types but the foam does seem springier and less likely to sag than others.
Four months on and I'm still impressed with this mattress, though I would be concerned if after such a short time it had deteriorated in quality in anyway. Since we're leaving Germany soon, however, I won't be able to comment on its condition after several more months or years use, but since it's as good now as it was on purchasing it, I doubt it'd reduce in quality in the short term at all.
I have been very happy with this mattress as I find it to be comfortable and have had no problems with it at all. Although I bought a foam mattress down to its lower cost, it would definitely be something that I would consider buying again. There are no springs and so none to break or dig into you uncomfortably in the night (my boyfriend's last bed was unbearably unpleasant in some parts due to the metal springs digging into your sides) and it doesn't seem to sag at all. At £101.11 for a double bed (prices for other sizes available on the website) it's not ridiculously cheap, but since mattresses are generally quite expensive items, it's also not a bad price either. The next time I have to furnish a bedroom (hopefully not in the near future - it's far too tiring and too much effort) I will definitely consider getting another Sultan Fonnes from Ikea.