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13th September 2015

Medium or Firm? How to Choose the Right Mattress

Choosing the right mattress for you is one of those decisions that can keep a person up at night. After all, you’re going to spend upwards of seven hours each night lying on it, for the the next 8-10 years. So you want to get it right, right?

Your standard mattress store doesn’t make the decision any easier. Do you go for the plush, ultra-plush or double-ultra-plush? And what do those things even mean?

At Sleeping Duck we’ve worked hard to simplify this decision. Through extensive research and development we’ve created a mattress that provides the perfect amount of support, softness and comfort to suit almost all sleepers.

So the only choice you have to make is: medium or firm.


For those who sleep on their sides or like things a little softer. Our medium mattress option is designed to sink slightly, giving you that soft, cozy feeling, without losing back support.


Do you sleep mostly on your back? Do you like things a little firmer? Are you a ninja who needs to be able to leap out of bed at a moment’s notice? Our firm option has much less give so you won’t sink into it as much. We’ve found this option is better for those with back issues or who like the feeling of sleeping on top of their mattress.


Couples and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde types will appreciate our half-half option. Like your Friday night pizza, you both get exactly what you want as one side of the mattress will be medium, the other firm.

Of course the most important thing is to get the right mattress for you. You’ll be the one sleeping on it, so don’t worry too much about what we or anyone else says. Even if you’re a back sleeper, you may very well find that a medium firmness suits you better.

The key to figuring out what works for you is to test. There’s no way you can figure out if a mattress is going to be comfortable for the next few years after a 15-minute lie down. That’s like choosing a car because you like the ‘click’ the seatbelt makes. To really get a feel for it, you’ve got to take it for a decent test drive – that goes for cars and mattresses.

Don’t worry if you get it wrong. We’ve made it easy to change out the firmness of our mattress with the pull of a zipper so you can find what works for you. And we give you 100-nights to really test your mattress out. If it’s not the most comfortable sleep you’ve ever had, we’ll gladly refund your money.

Find out more about the Sleeping Duck mattress here.

Torin DidenkoBedroom connoisseur

Torin loves all things about the bedroom and given that we spend a third of our lives in bed, it’s therefore all the more crucial that our bedroom should be as beautiful – and practical – as possible.

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Hatched in 2014, Sleeping Duck was founded by Melbourne-based engineers Winston Wijeyeratne and Selvam Sinnappan. Frustrated by the expensive, tedious, and confusing process of buying a bed, the duo took on the mattress industry.

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