Soft, Medium or Hard: Finding the Right Firmness

Hi, I'm Sleep Kit, and as a mattress consultant, I'm often asked by customers, "Should I choose a soft, medium, or hard mattress?" The answer may seem simple, but it's not always straightforward. Selecting the right firmness for a mattress is a subjective decision that depends on personal preference and logical considerations. In this blog post, we'll dive into the fundamental aspects of support and comfort, and how they affect your choice of mattress firmness. We'll also explore how factors like age, flexibility and durability play a role in determining the ideal firmness for your mattress. So, let's get started!

Support, Comfort, and Firmness

Support and Comfort are two key factors to consider when choosing the right firmness for your mattress. Support refers to the force that pushes you up, preventing you from sinking too deeply due to your body weight. Comfort, on the other hand, is the sensation you experience when your body is at rest on the mattress. Both support and comfort are essential for a good night's sleep.

The relationship between firmness and comfort is closely linked to the support provided by the mattress. A mattress with the right support can contribute to a comfortable sleeping experience. When a mattress lacks proper support, it can lead to discomfort, pain, and poor sleep quality, regardless of its firmness level. Therefore, it's crucial to ensure that the mattress you choose not only has the desired firmness but also provides adequate support for your body.

Childhood Influence

As grown-up adults, our preference for mattress firmness is often influenced by what we slept on during our childhood. For example, if we grew up sleeping on a hard coconut fibre mattress, we may tend to prefer a firm mattress as adults. Therefore, when choosing a mattress for your kids, it's important as a parent to consider what type of mattress you would like for your child. For instance, I chose a medium-firm mattress for my kid because resistance is crucial for bone development. While a soft mattress may be comfortable, a firmer mattress with resistance can encourage bone density while we sleep, potentially reducing the risk of bone loss in the long run.

Considerations for the Elderly

For the elderly, getting up easily from the mattress is an important factor to consider. Therefore, a firm mattress is often recommended as it provides better support for mobility and stability. A mattress that is too soft may make it difficult for the elderly to move and get out of bed comfortably, potentially leading to discomfort and increased risk of falls.

Landlord Recommendations

If you're a landlord renting out your property, the choice of mattress firmness also matters. Opting for a hard mattress, such as KITA ZEN PLUS, made with KITA Solid Foam can be a wise investment as it tends to last longer compared to typical spring mattresses. A firm mattress is also less likely to sag or lose its shape over time, making it a durable choice for rental properties.

Flexibility with Firm Mattress

When buying a mattress, it's important to note that you can always adjust the firmness level with the use of mattress toppers. For example, if you purchase a firm mattress, you can add a mattress topper made of natural latex or memory foam to make it softer according to your preference. However, if you buy a soft mattress, it's not possible to make it firmer. Therefore, it's worth considering the flexibility of adjusting firmness when making your decision.

In conclusion, choosing the right firmness for your mattress is both a matter of personal preference and logical consideration. Factors such as childhood influence, age, durability, and potential for adjustability should all be taken into account when making your decision. Remember to prioritize both support and comfort for a restful night's sleep. Whether you prefer a soft, medium, or firm mattress, consider your individual needs and preferences to make the best choice for a good night's rest.

At KITA, we understand that finding the right firmness for your mattress is crucial for a good night's sleep. Unlike traditional furniture stores that focus solely on selling brands, our KITA Sleep Studio in JB offers a unique experience for customers to try out a variety of mattresses and matching pillows to find their perfect sleep solution. You can trust our expertise and personalized sleep consultations to help you find the perfect mattress with the right firmness to suit your unique needs. Don't settle for anything less than a good night's sleep. Book your appointment with us today and experience the difference!