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IKEA MORGONGÅVA 23 Jan 2018 09:06 #1

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Hi Phoenix,
I am interested in the ikea MORGONGÅVA latex mattress for my daughter as it’s very reasonably priced and it’s available for us to try before purchase. I am weary about buying a mattress online that I am not able to try beforehand and that does not have a very good comfort guarantee as our bodies behave very differently after spending 8+ hours on a mattress in a state of sleep than awake in a showroom for 30 min. I understand that the MORGONGÅVA is 85% natural latex but are there any harmful VOCs with this mattress? I have read that most 100% Natural Latex advertised is actually a blend of natural rubber and synthetic latex aka ”styrene butadiene rubber" (SBR) which are two petroleum based chemicals, and are dangerous to health. Is this mattress safe for kids? Are there other stores in the Toronto area that sell a comparable (or superior) product for a reasonable price that we can try beforehand and have a good comfort guarantee?

Thanks so much for your help!

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IKEA MORGONGÅVA 23 Jan 2018 15:34 #2

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Hey MaryD,

I'm not Phoenix, but I think I can help with some of your questions.

I understand that the MORGONGÅVA is 85% natural latex but are there any harmful VOCs with this mattress?


"Harmful" has no exact definition in a situation such as this, but what I think your concern may be would be for testing for harmful substances and the like. There's a commonly linked post here that speaks about this directly and I'll copy it here for you as I think it may be helpful to you:

There is more about the different types of organic and safety certifications such as Oeko-tex, Eco-Institut, Greenguard Gold, C2C, and CertiPUR-US in post #2 here and more about some of the differences between organic and safety certifications in post #2 here and there are also some comments in post #42 here that can help you decide whether an organic certification is important to you for environmental, social, or personal reasons or whether a "safety" certification is enough.

The only reliable way to assess the "safety" of different materials in more general terms is based on lab tests and the certifications they have for harmful substances and VOCs (regardless of whether they are organic or natural or synthetic) so that you have some assurance than the VOCs are below the testing limits for the certification. If the materials in a mattress or the mattress itself has a reliable "safety" certification then for most people they would certainly be "safe enough" ... regardless of the type of material or the name of the manufacturer on the label.


I have read that most 100% Natural Latex advertised is actually a blend of natural rubber and synthetic latex aka ”styrene butadiene rubber" (SBR) which are two petroleum based chemicals, and are dangerous to health.


That unfortunately would not be accurate information you received. If a mattress is advertised as 100% Natural latex, it means that the latex (rubber) component is from the hevea tree and not synthetically derived. There are of course small amounts of other accelerants, antioxidants, gelling agents, etc., added to complete the finished foamed rubber latex piece. If a latex is listed as Blended, the latex (rubber) part would be a mix of natural and synthetic latex. Blended latex is still able to pass very strict safety certifications such as Oeko-Tex 100, level I (for infants and children), and would generally be considered to be a quite "safe" material as far as that testing goes.

Are there other stores in the Toronto area that sell a comparable (or superior) product for a reasonable price that we can try beforehand and have a good comfort guarantee?


Use the search feature here on the forum and type in Toronto and I know you'll get some results, as the greater Toronto area has been discussed quite a bit here on the forum. I'm 5 hours from Toronto, so I don't have any specific recommendations for you in that area.

I hope that information helps!

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IKEA MORGONGÅVA 23 Jan 2018 16:48 #3

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Thanks Jeff. This is helpful. I do not see any third party certifications listed online for the Morgongåva. Does this mean that the mattress is not certified and if not there is really no way to be sure of it’s safety, regardless as to whether they advertise “Natural”? I am not fussy about Organic or not but I do want a reasonable level of assurance that there are no/low VOCs.


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IKEA MORGONGÅVA 24 Jan 2018 09:55 #4

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I knew there was something I forgot to add in my previous reply. Ikea does not list any "safety certifications" on their web site for the latex used in this mattress. But if the latex is still supplied for this model by Mountain Top it would be Oeko-Tex and/or TFI-Germany certified.
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