Update #2: A reader commented that Tuft & Needle are discontinuing this mattress. That really sucks to hear since we loved this mattress and it was perfect for this Ikea bunk bed. I was asked for alternatives and I found another 5 in mattress that is also highly rated. I do not own this personally but the reviews are good. Check it out on Amazon here.
Update #1: We’ve since had the mattress for over 6 months now and LOVE it. I highly recommend this mattress for the Ikea Kura. It’s the perfect size and is super comfy despite it’s low height. It’s a great quality mattress for a great price. You can pick yours up at Amazon.

We recently bought an Ikea Kura Bunk Bed for Emma to transition out of our bed (we have been cosleeping with her pretty much since birth). The reason I like this bunk bed is because it’s low to the ground and appears to be safer for younger kids. The bottom bed is actually a floor bed which I’ve always wanted to try ever since I read about it from Montessori blogs. And it will be great for when our other kid grows up and they can share a room.

This bunk bed is very versatile in that you can either use the top, bottom, or both as a bed. Some people use the bottom as a play area instead. After my husband put together the bed, I was tasked with finding a mattress for it. One of my mommy friends told me about this highly rated mattress from Walmart called Mattress In A Box which you can get for under $200. Luckily I found out right before I bought it that it was a little too tall for the Ikea bunk bed. It is 8 inches and since the Ikea bunk bed is so low they suggested using a mattress that is 5 inches or shorter. Luckily, I had another highly rated mattress bookmarked that I had been looking at as well by Tuft & Needle. If you’re interested, there is a short article here about the mattress industry scam and a little bit about the Tuft & Needle mattress and how they are trying to change how we shop for mattresses. You can buy the mattress on their website or Amazon (same price). They also sell queens and kings and a thicker 10 inch mattress. Their customer service supposedly is amazing and if you don’t like the bed they have a free return policy which involves them just having Salvation Army picking up the mattress so you know it doesn’t just go to waste! I love the idea behind this company. I wasn’t too worried about the quality of the mattress when I bought it though because it is rated 5 stars on Amazon with over 300 reviews!

Anyways, if you are looking into the bunk bed…there are countless “hacks” you can also do to make the bunk bed look nicer. We ended up painting ours white and I am thinking of cutting out some decals for the panels but we’ll see. For some inspiration, check out this post on Hellobee: 35 Ikea Kura Hacks

Oh, one last thing that I discovered during my research is that if you decide to do a floor bed, the mattress is prone to getting moldy on the bottom since there is no room for circulation and bodies sweat a lot. To combat this you should really put some slats underneath the mattress or flip it onto its side once a week to let it air out. I discovered Ikea sells this platform for $20 bucks so I think we will just use that.

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14 Comments on A Mattress For the Ikea Kura Bunk Bed

  1. Hi- I’m curious if you bought the Tuft and Needle mattress for the Kura bed, and if it fit? If looks like it may be a bit too wide/tall for it, so wanted to confirm before I order it. Thanks!

  2. Niki – we did and it fits perfectly! We bought the 5 inch one and love it. Don’t forget to use my link for $50 off too

  3. Hi – This post is exactly what I have been searching for! We bought the Kura bed for our son and are looking for a mattress that would fit (not Ikea). When I looked at the Tuft and Needle site, the measurements are listed as 39 x 75 x 5 inches for the twin mattress. The Kura direction booklet states that it requires a mattress that is 38 x 74 3/8 x 5. I noticed you said that it fits perfectly. Do you remember if the Tuft and Needle twin measurements were the same (39 x 75) when you ordered the mattress? I’m afraid of ordering it and then having too tight a fit (width wise). Any help you could offer would be much appreciated!! Thank you.

    • Hi Rachel – I can’t seem to find any confirmation on the size in my emails from when I ordered it. I can’t imagine that the size has changed though…I only bought it less than a year ago! To make sure, you could try emailing customer service and see if their size has changed in the past year….they have great customer service!

  4. thank you so much for this post! i’m pretty set on getting the kura and needed information on what kind of mattress to get. thanks for sharing your research and experience!

  5. I was so happy to find your post! Unfortunately, I just chatted w/ customer service at Needle & Tuft and they are discontinuing the 5″ mattresses. Amazon has some but no twins. Bummer! Any ideas where I can get a comfortable alternative? Not crazy about Ikea mattresses but that seems to be the only option…

  6. FYI – I used Fakespot to check the reviews on both the Tuft & Needle mattress and the Lucid mattress:

    Tuft and Needle Fakespot grade: C

    Lucid Fakespot grade: A

    • Tom – I honestly think it has a bad review because most people buy the mattress through the website and review it on Amazon so it is not a “verified” purchase giving it that bad grade. We honestly love our Tuft & Needle mattress! They stopped their referral incentive years ago so I don’t see why people would write fake reviews!

  7. Hi! Could I please trouble you to let me know the height from the floor to the bottom of the upper bunk? I am trying to fit a book case inside the open area on the bottom, but I don’t know will it height wise. Thank you so much for your help!

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