The IKEA Hövåg is available in two different firmness levels: medium-firm and firm. We would rate the mattresses at 5 and 7 out of 10 respectively on our Sleep Hero firmness scale.
The mattress is indeed very firm and does not provide for much sinkage - the body lies firmly on the surface and doesn’t sink into the mattress. One of the reasons for this is because the upper layer of the mattress is made of polyether foam, which is usually reserved for the firmer base layers.
Due to its firmness, the mattress does not provide adequate pressure relief and lying down on it can be somewhat uncomfortable and cause pressure points, especially if you’re lying down on your side.
If you like sleeping on your side, then you should definitely look for a slightly softer mattress that adapts better to the contours of your body. This is necessary for your spine to remain in healthy alignment. We would recommend the Otty mattress.
If you like sleeping on your back or stomach, then the IKEA Hövåg does offer sufficient stability and support.
Some positive features of the IKEA Hövåg: It does have very good elasticity due to its integrated springs. And it is firm enough to support even heavier-weight sleepers. The mattress also has very good breathability. As a spring mattress, it is a good choice for people who sweat heavily or prefer a cooler sleeping climate.
The medium-firm version of the IKEA Hövåg has similar features, though it does allow for better sinkage when sleeping on the side. This makes this version of the mattress much more comfortable. However, heavier-weight sleepers may prefer the firmer version and perceive the medium-firm version as too soft.