Product Type: Ikea Mattress
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No Sultan sleeps on this cheap feeling mattress!
Ikea Sultan Fonnes Mattress
Member Name: northernlovely
Ikea Sultan Fonnes Mattress
Disadvantages: Uncomfortable, not that cheap for a foam mattress, doesn't last
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.
Summary: Not recommended at all
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