Conveniently, the IKEA Hövåg comes in two different firmness levels:
These are better suited to different people and different sleep profiles.
Medium-firm IKEA Hövåg
The medium-firm version of the IKEA Hövåg is a tad more comfortable, especially for side sleepers. 👌
This is because side sleepers will sink into the foams a little deeper, which helps with optimal spinal alignment.
This is not the case with the firmer version of the mattress.
We've rated the medium-firm IKEA Hövåg at 5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
Firm IKEA Hövåg
The firmer version of the Hövåg is really firm. 😳
We've rated it at 8 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
This firmness isn't ideal for most people:
- Your body lies flat on the surface in most sleeping positions.
- It leads to a build-up of pressure points, and isn't really comfortable in any position.
The mattress is unsuitable for side sleepers. 😏
Front sleepers and back sleepers should technically do better on firmer mattresses, though we still found the bed uncomfortable in these positions.
That said, this firm mattress can adequately support heavier-weight sleepers.
Can I make the firm mattress more comfortable?
If you've bought the firmer IKEA Hövåg and want to add a touch of comfort, you could try using a mattress topper.
A mattress topper is an additional layer of padding you place on top of a firmer mattress to add more softness and comfort.
Good mattress toppers can significantly change the way your mattress feels.
We'd recommend the ones below. 👍
Stay away from IKEA mattress toppers, though - these often don't offer enough softness!
Our favourite UK mattress toppers: