How to Buy an IKEA Bed
Buying an IKEA bed in the US
Buying an IKEA bed in the US might be something you are unfamiliar with. It will have a few parts, assembly will be necessary, and I think a lot of people do not get all the parts on the first try. So this article offers a little guidance on all the parts necessary and advice on choosing which parts to buy.
To Boxspring/Foundation or Not to Boxspring/Foundation?
Well, first of all, let me explain what a boxspring/foundation is. They are actually two different items, although they look the same from the side and serve the same purpose of raising your mattress. There is one major difference, however: The foundation has wood boards to hold up the mattress, while the boxspring, like its name suggests, has springs where it meets the mattress.
So what does this mean, you ask? Well, a boxspring will give you a plusher, bouncier feeling, while a foundation will feel firmer and more solid.
Do I need a boxspring or a foundation? No, you can place your mattress right on the slats if you want.
Looking for a simple bed?
You also have the option of buying legs and attaching them directly to a foundation, making a simple bed support for your mattress. This of course won't include a headboard, but is an option for a simple bed that might fit your price point/ budget.
A boxspring has springs = softer
A foundation is all wood inside = firmer
But you might not need either with an IKEA bed
Slats: What Are They Good For?
Slats are the wooden boards that the mattress, boxspring, or foundation rests on. The advantage of an IKEA bed is that you can use slats and a mattress alone, eliminating the need for a boxspring or foundation. This is very useful if you are trying to move a bedframe into a tight location, like up a narrow staircase or through a small doorway. What you should consider when buying a frame is if it has adjustable
What you should consider when buying a frame is if it has adjustable bedsides. It will say it on the tag and it means you can set your slats lower if you want to use a boxspring or a foundation to make the bed higher.
Which Slats Should I Choose?
There are three types of basic slats to choose from:
- Luroy (Luröy) are curved a little and made of birch wood. You would use these with a mattress alone, and they provide a softer feel.
- Lonset (Lönset) slats are the plushest-feeling, and you would also use these with the mattress alone. Note: These come with their own wood frame, are adjustable, and need to be assembled. They are a lot of work, but if you like the softer feel, they are worth it.
Each slat or slat and boxspring/foundation combo can work with any mattress, be it spring, foam, or latex. The thicker the mattress (standard mattress thickness is about 8 inches), the less you feel the slats; the thinner the mattress, the more you have to pay attention to the slat choice. Alright sound good, am I missing anything else?
The Skorva Midbeam - DON'T forget it!!
The Midbeam is included in the price of the bedframe, but is a separate part from the bed and comes from a different location in the warehouse. It is a universal part for all the larger IKEA beds (full, queen, and king) that is adjustable to the size of the bed. This is what lies underneath the slats and what supports them. It is a very important piece to the puzzle as the bed can't be assembled without it. There is only one type of midbeam to choose from, but just don't forget it at the store. If you are ordering online, the midbeam, if needed with your model bed, is included from the IKEA website.
Most IKEA beds need the following:
Now You Are Ready
Now that you are ready with all your necessary parts, you will be able to build your bed. I hope you found this breakdown of the key pieces of the bed helpful. Remember that IKEA beds in the US are all standard US sizes, so you can purchase a mattress elsewhere to go with your IKEA bedfram, or purchase an IKEA mattress for a frame you already own.
Good luck building and enjoy your new bed!!
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