How to Update a Teen Girl’s Bed


Ever since we renovated the loft last year and updated the bedrooms on the first floor, our eldest daughter has felt a little left out. Her bedroom was updated some time ago and didn’t get touched during this renovation, but it has started to look at little tired, and she was in desperate need of some new pieces for her bed.

In particular, she really needed a new mattress. Hers had been there for about 5 years and was a little thin and quite worn. She was telling us it was uncomfortable and she’d prefer something firmer but soft too. Huh. I knew what she meant though and so was really pleased when Sleeping Duck got in touch and asked us if we’d like to try one of their mattresses in a box.

Whilst she was away visiting her grandparents it gave me chance to give the bed a little makeover. It was looking a bit young and dated, cushions were falling apart and it was still covered in a myriad of soft toys, so this was the perfect chance to give it a more grown up feel.

Sleeping Duck Mattress

So first up is the mattress which arrived all wrapped up in a box. Yep, if you’ve not come across this before, you can now receive your mattress in the post all vacuum packed and ready to unroll and use.

Sleeping Duck packagingThe unboxing instructions are really clear, but to be sure we watched the welcome video explaining exactly what we needed to do.

After unpacking the mattress from the box, we cut through the first layer of plastic to allow it to unroll. Then we cut the final layer to allow air to penetrate and fill the mattress to a pretty normal size.

Unpacking sleeping duck mattressWithin 3 hours you’re able to sleep on it, and within 48 hours it has reached its full size.

Sleeping Duck mattress Sleeping duck mattress labelAs we have a single size we did all of this on the dining room floor, but I’d recommend unpacking a bigger sized mattress on the bed base itself to make life easier for yourself.

Sleeping Duck mattresses consist of 3 layers. A bottom layer designed with their 5 Zone Support system and individually pocketed springs. The middle layer, which can be changed at any time, offers the firmness, from a medium to a firm feel. We opted for medium as our daughter is lighter than an adult currently, although we could have changed it if necessary. Then the top layer is all about the comfort and is actually another 3 layers – bamboo fabric, natural latex and memory foam, giving the mattress its soft feeling.

What we immediately noticed is the depth and we certainly weren’t expecting that. at 31cms it’s much deeper than our previous mattress, and needs deep sided fitted sheets.

Putting it on the bed it looked enormous and I wasn’t sure how she might react, but the next stage was to dress it and check out the final look.

Budget Bedding

Hello cushionA young teen girl needs a bed that’s comfortable to sleep in, looks fun and cool, and can be used as a hangout space in the day when friends come to visit.

Bed updateWhen I spotted this brilliantly on-trend budget bedding from Primark, I knew she’d love it. Perfect for her bedroom colour scheme, the single duvet set was just a tenner and then another £5 each for the cushions. It works really well with a couple of other geometric cushions she already had, and once dressed the bed looked wonderful. We did have to invest in some new deep sided sheets (we always have M&S, the mister is a stickler for good quality sheets) but now that’s all done, everyone is happy.

Bed makeover

A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping duck single mattressThe mattress has been in use now for several weeks. At first she thought it was very firm and high, but after a few nights getting used to the difference she absolutely adores it. The top memory foam layer is really soft and moulds to her shape and keeps her cool. She sinks into it but it’s still supportive. We couldn’t be happier. I was really sceptical about receiving a mattress in the post, but the quality is excellent and the sleep experience wonderful.

You can find out more about Sleeping Duck here.

The single size retails at just under £400, with both UK and European sizes available too.

What do you think of our teen girl’s bed makeover?

The mattress was supplied by Sleeping Duck for the purposes of this review – all comments and opinions are genuine and honest. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the blog possible. 

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. Lins
    September 5, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    It looks great, she must be really pleased. I walked past our local Primark in Bromley the other day and saw the hello cushion in the window, I must say I was very tempted! X

    • Jen Stanbrook
      September 5, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Hey Lins, that whole little range in Primark is very cool, and not bad quality at all! x

  2. Vivian
    September 5, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    You made the perfect choice to decorate the girl’s bedroom. This mattress is really nice and I think that is comfortable.

  3. Karen- Making Spaces
    September 6, 2016 / 11:23 am

    That’s a proper “Princess and the Pea” bed. It looks so comfy!! I’ve been reading up about the Sleeping Duck mattresses and they do sound really good quality. Thanks for the intro Jen x

  4. Cate
    September 6, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Very interesting to discover sleeping duck, and great that you can pick the firmness and change the middle layer as you need, never seen that before, x

  5. Karen Clough
    September 7, 2016 / 10:41 am

    I’ve just bought the exact same bedding for the kiddy room at my mum’s house! It’s so cute isn’t it? And I’ve been really pleased with the Primark quality so far!

  6. Rachel
    September 7, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    The room update looks fab! I’ve not come across Sleeping Duck mattresses before, but they definitely seem like one to investigate further. I’m amazed at how thick the mattress is and the layer you can replace sounds intriguing.

  7. Stacey Sheppard
    September 7, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Blimey that is one thick mattress, looks so comfy. I’ve not heard of Sleeping Duck before, will investigate. Love that bedding and the cushions and so surprised it’s from Primark of all places. Looks really fab, I bet your daughter loves it.

  8. Candy Pop
    September 7, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Such an adorable room. I love the bedding set and cushions. x

  9. Lindsay
    September 8, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Those sheets look fantastic! I wouldn’t mind getting one for myself! lol

  10. Sam landscaping
    September 13, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    Nice bedding. I love the designs and the room look great.

  11. Jenna J.
    November 23, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I’d loved to have these mattresses for my teen girls. BTW beautiful decoration.

  12. Lisa
    April 21, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    The room looks so beautiful. I was actually searching for my son’s bedroom ideas and landed here. I hope you wouldn’t mind if I use some of your ideas 😛

  13. Zach Davis
    May 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Those bedsheets look fantastic! I love the designs and they look great. BTW the room also looks awesome

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