“ Brand: Ikea / Product Type: Standard Mattress „
A mattress topper was one of the things I got during my pre-delivery Ikea spree. My mother was coming over to help with me with my baby and I had to get something for her to lie down on. This was a bit of a problem as she has had backache for a long time and prefers to sleep on a really hard surface, sometimes even without a bed. I considered a lot of options like futons and chair beds, but I didn't really see any that seemed worth the price. Finally I ended up getting a single bed with an under bed. The next problem was finding a bed that would suit her. I was looking around for a really hard bed for quite some time, and I didn't know about mattress toppers which was why I was pleasantly surprised to find this mattress topper at Ikea for £40. I knew that this would be perfect for her. The intended purpose of a mattress topper is obviously to put on top of a mattress to prevent it getting stained and damaged from your sweat and dirt and the like, but we ended up using it as a mattress. If you are looking for a soft squishy bed to fall onto, obviously this is not the thing, but for people with back problems it is quite a perfect solution. After my delivery, I have developed backache as well and now that my mother has left, I end up sleeping on this one quite often. The dimensions are: 200x90 cm, and 4cm thick. 4cm is nothing compared to the average mattress, but I find it good enough. The mattress topper is basically two layers of polyurethane foam with an outer covering. The ticking is made of 52% polyester and 48% cotton, with a protective lining of polypropylene. It is grey coloured and has a zip that runs all around, so you can remove it if needed. You can see a white lining inside and the foam. The care instructions that come along with the product state that you shouldn't wash it or clean it in any way, in essence, to discard it when it goes bad. I'm not sure I agree with this. The white lining on the inside of the ticking does look a bit fragile, but the ticking itself looks strong and capable of withstanding a wash. I haven't washed it , but I have had numerous accidents with my baby on it and have had to wipe it with water. You can see where the water has dried out and left a mark, but there doesn't seem to be any material damage. The only problem I have had is that I ended up breaking the bed base when I stood on the bed once. I have a slatted bed base and I suppose it is not meant to be stood on, especially as the mattress topper is quite thin. And of course, the mattress topper is not meant to be a mattress. Anyhow, I dont stand on it any more and nothing's broken since. I actually prefer to sleep on this one than my proper bed, and it was a forty quid well spent.