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Adding a Mattress Topper

We’re not even quite halfway in to February and already, I’ve succumbed to what I believe is my fourth visit to Bristol’s Ikea store in as many months!

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Not good, is it?

But then, neither is my sleep, which is why I went back…

So, it’s been almost two-months since I bought a roll-packed Malvik foam mattress (firm)… They say you should allow one month for your body and mattress to adjust to each other. I’ve been extremely patient but, no matter what I try (sleeping positions, thickness of pillow or pillows), I cannot get a long lasting, comfortable sleep and still wake up with back aches – albeit, higher up the spine than before.

A change is inevitable and it is reassuring that Ikea’s returns policy is extremely generous, where you can return your mattress within ninety-days of purchase, provided you still have the receipt and that it’s in a re-saleable condition (ie. no stains, damage or bodily smells).

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My Malvik mattress has been served with an ultimatum, after I purchased a mattress topper on Saturday evening – ironically, this cost more than the mattress alone!

I chose the Tustna mattress topper (again, this is sized for a standard double) for a few reasons:

  • I’ve read countless times that foam absorbs heat without being able to disperse of it. So, you can end up overly warm and uncomfortable in bed (which I have experienced with my mattress).
  • The Tustna topper is filled with latex and wool.
  • My current mattress is firm and too much so. This pad is recommended for a softer sleep.
  • Using my hand, I squeezed it in the store and it seemed more promising than the others.

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So, I’ve added an extra 70mm to the overall height above my bed base and the mattress protector I also bought before Christmas is holding it all together very well. I also got to drive around to and experience the Ikea Warehouse for the first time – it’s basically like Argos but a lot nicer and with comfy chairs!

I’m going to test this new arrangement until the end of February, which should then leave me with a small handful of weeks to return the mattress (should I decide to) before my ninety-day window closes. So far, I am sleeping a bit better and the extra 70mm of softness does now allow me to sleep on my side. Lying on my back remains less comfortable than I would like.

Should I take the Malvik mattress back (I’ve been told you are allowed to re-roll them for transport), I may look at paying the £60 difference to take home a Morgedal memory foam mattress – just looking now, I realise that the ‘medium firm’ option is memory foam while the ‘firm’ model is simply listed as ‘high resilience foam’, which may explain why I didn’t notice the memory foam mattress last year… And hence, why I’m stuck on this foam-filled mattress merry-go-round!

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I’ve already spent more than I would’ve expected to in December and I’m happy to pay a bit more again for a better night’s rest. With the common issues I’ve read of ‘warm’ memory foam mattresses though, I wonder where someone would benefit from owning and using a memory foam topper? Elsewhere, I read that memory foam may be displaced by ‘gel’ mattress within a few years.

Thanks for reading. I do believe the Malvik foam mattress is a good product but I made the mistake of buying an option that was too firm for my own back.

Current expenditure:

Malvik firm white standard double mattress: £120
Kungsmynta double mattress protector: £30
Tustna double mattress topper: £160

I also spotted the feather-filled pillows but haven’t bought them… Yet!

4 responses to “Adding a Mattress Topper

  1. Caireann 06/10/2019 at 14:02

    Hi Olly,

    How did you get on with that latex/wool Tunsta topper? I have arthritis and fibro and my sleep is awful, I wake up in pain all the time. I bought a Silent Night orthopaedic mattress 2 years ago, biggest waste of money, awful. So, I’m thinking about a latex topper. Is it solid latex or chips. Did it dip in the middle? One IKEA reviewer said it was dipping. If it was no good did you find a better solution topper wise? I don’t want to use memory foam, not a fan of it so I’m looking at natural latex. Thanks 🙂

    • Olly Parry-Jones 06/10/2019 at 14:19

      Hi Caireann,

      It appears to be a sheet of latex in the middle (30-40mm thick) with thin sheets of wool on either side. I think it does dip in the middle, if I understand correctly.

      I suffer with insomnia and find it hard to judge these things. I probably had no need to buy it and could’ve save myself the money… It spends most of its time under the mattress as I don’t use it. I recently bought a thicker pillow which has helped me as a side sleeper.

      I’m sorry, I don’t know if I can be much help but I’m happy to answer any further questions.

      Olly

      • MacGregor Mathers 06/10/2019 at 16:21

        Thanks for your response, I think I will give it a miss, a 100% latex topper might be better for me. It’s always a gamble buying a mattress. You never know how good it is going to be until you sleep on it for a few months and they can be expensive. Have tried a memory foam topper from an Ebay seller but I don’t think it was true memory foam, ended up throwing it out. If I get a latex topper and it’s decent I will let you know.

      • Olly Parry-Jones 06/10/2019 at 16:45

        That sounds very wise. I agree, it’s even trickier than finding decent footwear! I hope your search goes well.

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