IKEA Bedding

IKEA Bedding Review UK (2022)

Written by Kim

Last updated: 31.07.2022

5 Min.

Everyone knows about IKEA’s affordable furniture, but did you know that this Swedish furniture giant also offers a range of bedding and mattresses? 🇸🇪

We aren’t big fans of IKEA mattresses, but how does the IKEA bedding and accessories range compare?

IKEA’s huge selection can be an advantage, and it's certainly affordable.

But does IKEA have the right bedding for you? 🤔

And is the quality worth the investment?

We put IKEA’s bedding range to the test in our review.

IKEA Bedding Review

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Advantages

  • Relatively affordable.
  • Wide range of options.
  • Sustainably sourced materials.

Disadvantages

  • European sizing may not fit UK mattresses.
  • Significant quality differences between products.

UK IKEA bedding at a glance

The bedding you choose is not just important for the look of your room - it actually has an impact on your sleep quality.

Good bedding should look and feel great.

Choosing the right bed linen, duvets, and pillows can help you have a good night’s sleep in style. 💤

bed in nice room
Good bedding will make your room look & feel nicer.

In contrast, the wrong bedding can leave you feeling too hot or cold, itchy, and uncomfortable.

In the UK, IKEA offers a wide range of bedding options and accessories to suit different budgets and styles.

They are also constantly bringing out new products. 🆕

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IKEA carries bedding for adults, children and babies, and the range includes bed linen, duvet covers, pillows, duvets, bedspreads, mattress protectors, and pillow protectors.

Let’s look at some of these in more detail. 🔎

IKEA bed linen

IKEA in the UK offers 9 different types of sheets in 4 different fabric types.

These are:

  • Cotton
  • Cotton/lyocell blend
  • Linen
  • Cotton/recycled polyester blend
  • Flannel

The options range in price points from very low to mid-range.

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We compare IKEA bed linen side-by-side in the table below (listed from the lowest price to the highest price):

Material Style Thread count Weave Colours
Tagvallma Cotton-polyester blend Fitted 100 Medium White
Fargmara Cotton Fitted 104 Medium White
Dvala Cotton Fitted, Flat 152 Dense White, Blue, Grey, Pink, Beige, Black
Varvial Cotton Fitted 200 Jersey White (day-bed size only), Light Blue
Ullvide Cotton-lyocell blend Fitted 200 Dense White, Grey, Dark Blue
Nordruta Cotton Fitted 86 Flannel White
Nattjasmin Cotton-lyocell blend Fitted, Flat 310 Sateen White, Beige, Dark Grey, Grey-Turquoise
Somntuta Cotton Fitted, Flat 400 Percale White, Blue-Grey
Puderviva Linen Fitted 104 Linen Dark Pink, Dark Grey

So how do you choose the perfect linen?

Let's see. 👇

What to look for when choosing bed sheets

Many people assume that the most important thing when choosing bed sheets is thread count, but this isn't actually true.

When choosing bed sheets, there are three key things to consider. 🔎

These are:

  • Material (fabric type and weave)
  • Fit
  • Style

Let’s explore these further. 🤔

1. The best materials for bed sheets

Bed sheets come in a variety of fabric types and weaves.

Popular fabrics include cotton, linen, flannel and satin.

Terms like percale, sateen and twill tell you about the fabric’s weave - i.e. how the fabric is stitched together. 🧵

bed sheet weaves

Generally speaking, a tighter weave like percale feels crisp while a looser weave like sateen feels soft and silky.

Linen is also a popular material for bed sheets and is known for its temperature maintenance qualities, as well as being soft and drapey. 🌡️

When choosing bed sheets, consider if you prefer a crisper or silkier feel.

It’s also important to think about whether you sleep hot or cold.

bed linen temperature scale

Hot sleepers will want sheets that help them stay cool. 🥵

Bedsheets that are breathable and have moisture-wicking properties like cotton and linen are perfect for hot sleepers.

If you sleep cold, flannel sheets can help you stay warm and cosy through the night.

2. The best fit for your bed sheets

To create the best sleep experience, you’ll need sheets that properly fit your mattress.

Poor-fitting sheets can bunch up and wrinkle under you or pull at your mattress. 😡

Some people prefer to sleep with only a fitted sheet and a duvet, while others may prefer a set including both a fitted sheet and a flat sheet. 🤔

Generally speaking, sheets should measure about 8 cm (2 - 3 inches) longer and wider than your mattress.

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Remember to also consider the height of your mattress topper if you are using one.

Getting the size right allows you to tuck the fitted sheet in well on the sides. 🛏️

3. The best bedsheet style

Interior design trends are constantly changing.

You want your bedroom to be a haven of calmness and to reflect your individual style.

Neutral colour sheets are a great foundation for any bedroom. 🧱

IKEA bed sheets
Neutral bed linen provides a timeless style to your bedroom. © IKEA

If you are investing in high-quality bed linen, neutral is a good long-term choice. 📆

But there are lots of fun patterns and colours available as well.

UK bed sheet alternatives

IKEA offers a wide range of bed linen.

However, from a quality perspective, we’ve definitely found that you get what you pay for. 💰

The lower-cost offerings from IKEA are stiff, thin and do not last long.

In the higher price ranges, there are comparable - or better - offerings from other brands. ⚖️

IKEA sheets may also not be the right fit for your UK-sized mattress.

UK mattress size guide
Always check the bed sheets are the correct size for your mattress.

Some of our favourite mattress brands offer high-quality bed linen at value-for-money prices.

Check out some of our favourites below. 👇

Our favourite UK bed linen:

IKEA duvet covers

IKEA offers a huge range of duvet covers.

IKEA duvets are sold in sets with two pillow cases.

Each type of IKEA duvet cover also comes in a wide range of colours and patterns. 🌈

They have plaid duvets, paisley duvets, floral duvets and polka dot duvets, among many others.

Like IKEA bed sheets, IKEA duvet covers come in different fabric options, including cotton, cotton blends, linen, and lyocell.

They also come in a range of price points.

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Let’s take a deeper look at our favourite IKEA quilt covers.

All about IKEA’s duvet covers

We’ve compared our favourite duvet sets from IKEA in the table below (ordered from lowest to highest price):

Material Patterns Colours Fastening
Tradkrassula Cotton-polyester Confetti Blue/White Envelope
Jattevallmo Cotton-viscose Paisley Beige, Blue, Pink Snaps
Bergpalm Cotton Stripes Grey, Green, Pink Buttons
Ofelia Vass Cotton Seersucker Creamy White Snaps
Nattjasmin Cotton-lyocell Wide stripes Creamy White, Light Beige Buttons
Puderviva Linen None Dark blue, Dark pink, Light yellow Ribbons

As with linen, there are some things you should pay attention to when choosing the right duvet cover.

What to look for in a duvet cover

The most important thing to consider for your duvet cover is size.

Your duvet cover should always match the size of your duvet. 📏

IKEA offers single duvet covers, double duvet covers, king size duvet covers, and super king duvet covers across most products.

UK duvet sizes

Duvet covers often come in sets with pillowcases so you can create a consistent feel for your room. 🛏️

To create a cosy and comfortable sleeping space, match your duvet cover to the atmosphere you want.

Some duvet covers are better for certain seasons, particularly if they are very light or very heavy. 😎

This is because your duvet cover adds an extra layer of warmth on top of your duvet.

So, consider the weight of your duvet and what temperature you want to achieve when looking for a duvet cover. 🌡️

UK duvet cover alternatives

One of the main benefits of buying an IKEA duvet cover is the huge range available. 🙌

With 24 different options and a large variety of colours and patterns on top of that, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

But if you are looking for a more neutral duvet cover, you can find some great options from premium brands as well. 🤔

You may be surprised by how similar the prices are to IKEA’s high-end offering.

Panda London, for example, sells bamboo bedding sets (with fitted sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers) and stand-alone duvet cover sets. 🎋

IKEA pillows

Your pillow is an important part of your sleep setup. ☁️

Pillows need to be comfortable and supportive.

They need to be suited to you and your sleeping habits. 😴

We’ve rounded up our favourite pillows in our best pillows article.

Let’s take a look at IKEA’s pillow selection as well. 👀

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    IKEA pillow fillings
    IKEA pillows come in three filling types.

    Ikea offers pillows in three different categories.

    These are:

    • Polyester pillows
    • Down and feather pillows
    • Memory foam and ergonomic pillows

    We’ve compared our favourite IKEA pillows in the table below (organised from lowest price to highest price):

    Filling Loft Care What we like
    Lapptatel Polyester Low Machine wash Good value, soft, easy clean
    Skogsfraken Polyester High Machine wash Firm, supportive, keeps shape well
    Rumsmalva Memory foam High Machine wash cover only Good value, firm, supportive
    Lundtrav Feathers and down Low Machine wash Soft, keeps shape well
    Klubbspore Memory foam, Gel High Machine wash cover only Firm, supportive, cooling
    Bergven Feathers and down High Machine wash Supportive, luxurious

    Let's take a closer look at the IKEA pillow range.

    IKEA polyester pillows

    IKEA polyester pillows are machine-washable. 🧼

    Hollowfibre and Microfibre compared
    Polyester-filled pillows come in hollowfibre or microfibre options.

    They have hollowfibre pillow options and microfibre pillow options:

    • Hollowfibre is a synthetic material made from polyester. It is loosely structured with some space between the fibres, making it breathable and cosy.
    • Microfibre is also made from polyester. It is made up of very small, tightly woven fibres that are soft and warm.

    IKEA offers 9 different standard-size polyester pillows.

    They also carry a v-shaped body pillow, the Nejlika, which is designed to be supportive for people with back pain or during pregnancy. 🤰

    For more information on v-shaped pillows, check out our v-shaped pillows article.

    IKEA’s polyester pillows are classed as having a high or low loft. 📏

    Pros and Cons of hollowfibre and microfibre

    Pillow loft refers to the compressed height of the pillow when your head is resting on it.

    High pillows are best for side or back sleepers because they offer more support than low pillows.

    Low pillows are great for stomach sleepers because they will help align your head and spine when sleeping.

    IKEA down and feather pillows

    IKEA’s down and feather pillows come in softer and firmer options.

    They are all machine-washable at a high temperature. 🧼

    This is important as higher temperatures will kill dust mites.

    Cleaning pillows in a washing machine
    IKEA’s down and feather pillows are machine-washable.

    Washable down and feather pillows are rare, so this is a unique benefit of IKEA’s down and feather range. 🧚‍♀️

    IKEA offers 6 different down and feather pillow options.

    Like the polyester pillows, these come in both high and low loft formats.

    Pros and Cons of down and feather pillows

    Down and feather pillows sit at a much higher price range than synthetic fibre pillows. 💰

    This is because down and feather pillows are often considered to be of higher quality.

    IKEA memory foam and ergonomic pillows

    IKEA memory foam and ergonomic pillows give good support.

    Memory foam pillows are designed to mould to your head and neck.

    They offer great pressure relief and help your body relax. 💆

    Ergonomic pillows

    IKEA offers 7 different memory foam pillows.

    IKEA’s memory foam pillows are classified by sleeping position. 🥳

    Their offering includes 3 multi-position pillows:

    • The IKEA Nabbstar includes a crease that can be folded over to give extra height.
    • The IKEA Skogslok has a curved side to give support for side and back sleepers and a wedged side for stomach sleepers.
    • The IKEA Klubbsporre is a memory foam pillow topped with a gel layer on one side to give a cool surface.

    The other memory foam pillows in IKEA’s offering are best suited for side and back sleepers.

    Pros and cons of memory foam pillows

    UK pillow alternatives

    IKEA has a wide range of pillows, and we love that they offer different filling options.

    If you are shopping for people with different sleep styles, the selection and guidance IKEA gives is really helpful.

    There is also no doubt that IKEA pillows are lower cost than premium brands.

    But some of our other favourite pillows on the market also come in a similar price range. 🤑

    You can read about all of our favourite pillows in our best pillows article.

    If you’re looking for other well-priced but more premium pillows, you can consider some of our favourite UK pillows.

    Our favourite UK pillows:

    IKEA duvets

    Today, a duvet is an essential part of any bed setup. 🛏️

    Unlike blankets, which are often thin and heavy, duvets are light and fluffy.

    They allow you to move more freely. 🤸‍♀️

    You can find more information on our favourite duvets in our best duvets article.

    Duvets typically consist of a soft outer shell and an inner filling of down, feathers, bamboo, or synthetic materials.

    IKEA’s range of duvets

    IKEA carries duvets in a range of warmth ratings and fillings.

    We’ll look at warmth ratings in more detail further down. 👇

    IKEA also carries weighted blankets, which are great for relaxation and can help with anxiety.

    Weighted blankets give a ‘hugging’ feeling like you are being held and comforted. 🤗

    A weighted blanket
    Weighted blankets can help with anxiety.

    In addition to weighted blankets, IKEA also has wool duvets, feather duvets, and synthetic duvets.

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    We’ve compared our favourite IKEA duvets in the table below (arranged from the lowest-priced option to the most expensive IKEA duvet):

    Material Filling Tog What we like
    Stjarnbracka Lyocell/cotton blend Recycled Polyester 7.5 Machine-washable, even temperature distribution, environmentally friendly
    Grusstar Lyocell/cotton blend Polyester/Viscose blend 2.5 Machine-washable, cooling
    Rodkorvel Cotton Wool 7 Machine-washable, naturally odour resistant, soft
    Fjallhavre Cotton 90% duck down, 10% duck feathers 4 or 7.5 Machine-washable, luxurious, box stitch keeps filling in place

    There are some key aspects to consider before choosing the perfect duvet.

    How to choose the right duvet

    Choosing the right duvet depends on your room temperature as well as the duvet's weight, materials, and size.

    Tog rating

    When looking for a duvet, it is useful to consider the tog rating. 🌡

    The tog rating refers to the warmth or thermal resistance of a duvet.

    It measures the ability of a duvet (without a cover) to trap air. 🌬️

    Duvet TOG ratings
    Tog ratings provide information on the warmth of a duvet.

    Typically, your bedroom temperature will be influenced by the seasons. 🌤️

    In general:

    • If your room is cooler (below 18°C), you'll need to opt for a warmer duvet.
    • If your room is warmer (above 22°C), you should be fine with a lighter duvet.

    Choosing a duvet with the right tog rating will help you sleep better.

    Material

    Material type is another important part of selecting the right duvet.

    IKEA has synthetic duvets, wool duvets, and feather duvets.

    Since material plays such an important part, let's look at this in more detail. 🕵️‍♀️

    Types of IKEA duvets

    Here is a closer look at the different duvet materials IKEA offers.

    IKEA synthetic duvets

    IKEA offers 28 different synthetic duvets, which come in an extremely wide range of prices.

    They cover the full spectrum of warmth ratings, so there is something to suit all seasons.

    Synthetic duvets aren't as insulating as natural duvets, so you'll often need heavier weights for the same warmth. 🏋️

    They're also not as breathable as natural duvets, so you could feel hot and clammy if you're a heavy sweater.

    Washing a duvet in the washing machine
    IKEA's duvets are machine-washable.

    On the plus side, synthetic duvets are hypoallergenic.

    They can also easily be cleaned in the washing machine and dried in a tumble drier. 🛀

    This makes them a great choice for people prone to allergies.

    IKEA wool duvets

    Wool is a less common material for duvets, so it makes sense that IKEA offers just one wool-filled duvet, the Rodkorvel.

    The wool filling is soft and fluffy.

    Wool also creates an evenly distributed sleeping temperature. 🌡️

    Pros and cons of wool duvets

    Wool is naturally odour-resistant, so a wool duvet will stay fresh for a long time.

    IKEA feather duvets

    Down and feather are popular filling materials for duvets.

    The more down, the softer, warmer and lighter the duvet will be. ☁️

    Feathers in the filling help to draw away moisture to keep you dry at the night.

    Pros and cons of feather and down duvets

    All IKEA down and feather duvets are machine-washable.

    Down and feather duvets are more expensive than synthetic alternatives. 💰

    They can also cause problems for allergy sufferers.

    UK duvet alternatives

    IKEA duvets may be well-priced, but they aren’t the highest quality. 😕

    You can find reviews of our favourite duvets in our best duvets article.

    We’d recommend you check out some of our favourite UK alternative duvets instead.

    Our favourite UK duvets:

    IKEA mattress protectors

    The main purpose of a mattress cover or mattress protector is hygiene. 🛀

    Mattress covers offer protection against wetness, impurities, and bacteria.

    IKEA offers a range of mattress protectors, including some with temperature-regulating linings.

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    They also offer a waterproof mattress protector, the IKEA Grusnarv.

    We’ve compared our favourite IKEA mattress protectors in the table below (listed from the lowest price to highest):

    Material Features What we like
    Luddros Polyester/cotton blend Easy care Machine washable, low cost
    Grusnarv Recycled Polyester, Polyurethane Waterproof Waterproof, machine washable
    Angskorn Lyocell/Cotton blend outer, Polyester filling Quilted Machine washable, additional comfort

    But should you get one?

    Let's consider.

    Do you need a mattress protector?

    A good mattress cover is recommended for everyone due to hygienic reasons.

    Mattress protectors also help lengthen your mattress's life.

    This makes them a great choice if you are investing in a new mattress. 🛏️

    In many cases, staining may invalidate a mattress’s warranty, so a mattress protector actually protects your investment. 🤑

    UK mattress protectors
    A mattress protector protects your mattress from stains.

    Waterproof mattress covers are particularly useful for small children and those suffering from incontinence.

    They are also a great way to protect your mattress if you have pets or sweat easily. 🐕

    Mattress protectors also offer protection against dust mites, and help prevent dead skin cells from reaching the mattress.

    This makes a mattress protector a great choice for allergy sufferers. 🤧

    Benefits of a mattress protector

    Padded mattress covers can also provide relief and additional comfort to those who are bedridden.

    UK mattress protector alternatives

    IKEA mattress protectors get the job done but they are fairly basic. 🤷‍♀️

    If you are looking for something that offers more features to protect your new mattress investment, we recommend you take a look at our UK mattress protector alternatives.

    Our favourite UK mattress protectors:

    IKEA baby and children’s bedding

    IKEA offers a range of bedding for babies and children. 👶

    IKEA children’s bedding products include bed linen, duvet covers, duvets, pillows, and mattress protectors.

    IKEA children’s bed linen is made from 100% sustainable cotton.

    They come in a wide range of patterns and different colours. 🌈

    IKEA offers good value for children’s bedding, which may need to be replaced frequently as they grow.

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    When shopping for bedding for babies and children, it is important to keep safety in mind. 🦺

    Most experts recommend babies sleep without duvets, blankets or pillows until they are 2 years old.

    Bedding for children and babies
    Children under two don't really need additional bedding.

    Most children will be comfortable with a lighter-weight duvet of about 4.5 togs.

    This is because children are smaller and duvets can trap more air, making them feel warmer overall.

    In general, children above the age of 6 can comfortably use adult duvets with lower tog ratings. 🧒

    Bedding for cot beds
    Cots need very specific bedding.

    Children sleeping in cots should use smaller duvets specifically designed for cot beds.

    IKEA bedding sizes

    IKEA bedding is designed to fit IKEA mattresses.

    IKEA mattresses use European sizing, which differs slightly from UK sizing. 📏

    The standard European sizing is:

    • European single: 90 x 200 cm (3’0” x 6’6”)
    • European small double: 120 x 200 cm (4’0” x 6’6”)
    • European double: 140 x 200 cm (4’7” x 6’6)
    • European queen/king: 160 x 200 cm (5’3” x 6’6”)
    • European super king: 180 x 200 cm (6’0” x 6’6”)
    • European emperor: 200 x 200 cm (6'6" x 6'6")

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    UK bedding sizes

    In contrast, the standard UK sizing is:

    • UK single: 90 x 190 cm (3’ x 6’3”)
    • UK small double: 120 x 190 cm (4' x 6'3")
    • UK double: 135 x 190 cm (4’6” x 6’3”)
    • UK king-size: 150 x 200 cm (5’ x 6’6”)
    • UK super-king-size: 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)

    So if you’ve purchased your mattress from some of our favourite mattress brands that use UK sizing, IKEA bedding may not be the best fit.

    IKEA bedding delivery conditions

    IKEA products are available to order via Amazon or directly from IKEA.

    Delivery is not free.

    When ordering from IKEA directly, delivery charges are based on your order size.

    IKEA offers 3 sizes of parcel deliveries:

    • Small parcels
    • Medium parcels
    • Large parcels

    Parcel deliveries are fulfilled by a courier and available 7 days a week. 📦

    bed in a box
    Many companies today operate on the bed-in-a-box principle.

    Delivery can be to your home or, for a reduced fee, to a courier pick-up point.

    If you have a larger order, there are two options for delivery:

    • Selected day delivery: You choose a specific date within 4 - 30 days of purchase.
    • Express delivery: Your order is delivered within 1 - 3 days.

    Both of these deliver to a room of your choice within your home. 🏠

    Ordering IKEA from Amazon

    Ordering IKEA products from Amazon can be a great alternative.

    Many items on Amazon are available with free delivery.

    If you are a Prime member, you could have your new bedding at your door the very next day. 📆

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    Should you buy IKEA bedding?

    IKEA offers some of the cheapest bedding on the market.

    They also offer a wide-range of product options to suit different needs.

    The low price point of IKEA bedding is great if you’re on a budget.

    We can recommend IKEA bedding for:

    • People on a budget
    • Occasional use
    • Children’s bedrooms
    • Student housing
    • Guest bedrooms or holiday homes

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    But if you're looking for high-quality bedding that will last you a long time, we suggest looking elsewhere. ⏳

    The top-of-the-line IKEA bedding is comparable in price to more premium brands, which offer higher quality and longevity.

    We can recommend the following options. 👇

    Contact IKEA UK

    Customer service: To contact IKEA UK directly for complaints, support, or queries, please call them on 0203 645 0000, visit their live online chat, or seek out the help of their customer service robot. The IKEA Customer Support Centre is available Monday - Saturday from 7 am - 8 pm, and Sundays from 7 am - 7 pm.

    Registered office: IKEA United Kingdom, 7th Floor, 100 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FH

    Frequently asked questions:

    • What sizes does IKEA bedding come in?


      IKEA bedding comes in a wide range of sizes. 

      The bedding is sized to fit IKEA mattresses.

      This means it comes in European sizing. 🇪🇺

      It is important to note that not all bedding options come in the full range of sizes.

    • How do you wash IKEA bedding?


      The majority of IKEA bedding is machine-washable. 🧼

      IKEA provides detailed product care instructions both with the product and on their website. 

      It is important to always check the specific care instructions for each product before washing. 

    • How good is IKEA bedding?


      Due to the size of IKEA’s bedding range, the quality varies greatly between products. 

      Customer ratings suggest that most people consider IKEA’s higher-end products to be of good quality. 

      We feel that IKEA’s higher-end products are comparable in quality to other mid-range brands. ⚖️

      The quality of the cheaper bedding is lower, as the price points suggest.

    • Is IKEA bedding sustainable?


      IKEA have a dedicated sustainability programme and are often recognised for their environmental commitments.

      Several of the products in their range are made from recycled or organic materials. ♻️

      IKEA states that currently 60% of the materials they use are renewable and 10% are recycled. 

      This percentage covers all of their products, including their shelving units and mattresses as well as their bedding. 🛏️

      If sustainability is a key consideration in your purchase, consider IKEA’s renewable and recycled options.

    Kim

    Let's be honest, writing and sleeping have always been my favourite activities. My favourite hoodie that I wore all through uni said 'All I want to do is drink coffee, create stuff and sleep' on it. Dreams really do come true! 

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