Are IKEA Mattresses Smaller Than Normal
The answer to that question is; it depends. Width and length are the same as a standard mattress on most beds. Depth, on the other hand, may not be the same. That said, standard mattresses don’t always fit IKEA frames.
However, that is changing. IKEA has discovered that some folks would really prefer to have a different mattress and are beginning to standardize sizes. Most folks who commented stated that the mattresses were usually ok in width but a little longer than the bed.
One person stated that there was an annoying gap. There are a couple of reasons a gap would be annoying. First, bed clothes and small children (as well as pets) can slide into a gap. It may not seem big enough, but they can find a way.
The second is that the slats may fall out due to the gap. This poses a slightly bigger problem, as then the mattress will sag… sometimes to the floor. That makes for an uncomfortable night’s sleep and a lot of work the next day.
There are two things to do here. The first is if you are buying an IKEA bed for the first time. Talk to the sales associate about the mattress you want to use. Make sure to have the right size information for it so they can help you.
As mentioned, IKEA is aware of the problem and is working on it. That doesn’t mean all beds in all stores have been switched to a standard size, so buyer beware. However, if you already have the mattress and the bed or simply want to go ahead, there are some hacks.
First, determine where the gap is. If it is at the head of the bed, there are three hacks to choose from. The first is to pad the headboard. This is a rather complicated hack but can make an elegant looking bed. There are youtube videos with instructions for this.
The second hack is to leave the headboard off completely. That removes the problem entirely. No headboard means no gap. That is great for college students or those who don’t mind a more austere look to a room. However, that doesn’t appeal to everyone.
The third hack will work both for the headspace and on the sides. Simply screw or nail in a piece of wood that fills the gap completely. This will also help with the slat problem that can be so annoying. With the added support, the slats are less likely to slip out.
Of course, the other answer is to get an IKEA mattress designed to go with the bed. Many people say that IKEA mattresses are comfortable. They come in both spring and memory foam varieties, and IKEA sells mattresses for odd-sized things.
It’s rather hard to find a mattress for a cot, but you can find them at IKEA. Cots are more narrow than a twin or day bed, usually. They can also be highly uncomfortable after a while. A new mattress may be the best solution.