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The Sleep Experts

How many times do you wake up in the morning feeling like you haven’t had a wink of sleep all night?

If that’s the case and you’re serious about getting a good night’s sleep, then maybe you need to have a chat with the sleep experts at Forty Winks.

With 100 stores Australia wide, Forty Winks is Australia’s largest independently owned and operated bedroom retailer.

Forty Winks have over 30 years in the business and their proven track record has seen them grow into a widely recognised and reputable Australian brand.

North Coast Forty Winks franchise owner Lawrence Louez has over 20 years experience in the bedding and bedroom furniture industry. Lawrence opened his first store in Coffs Harbour in 2000 which was followed by Ballina in 2010 and Grafton in 2017.

Lawrence has a great rapport with his staff, continually providing them with the latest training opportunities and ensuring they have a happy work environment which is crucial to staff morale.

The Independent recently caught up with the staff from Forty Winks in Grafton, to get a bit of an insight into what they enjoy most about their jobs, and their lives outside of work.  

TYNE WINDON – Manager, Forty Winks

“I was born and bred here and currently live in Grafton with my partner,” said Tyne.

“When I’m not at work, I’m busy being a mum, looking after my kids and making sure they’re happy and healthy and enjoying life. They are involved in hockey (Sailors), soccer (South Services) and football (Rebels), so I’m always busy running around after them.

I’ve worked in retail for four years and been store manager since June last year. I love my job because it’s a locally owned and operated business, which is Australian backed.

We offer our customers a good night sleep with the right support, so they won’t be tossing and turning, so that they wake up in the morning feeling a lot happier and fresher.

What sets us apart from others is our Australian made mattresses – We back what we sell and have confidence in what we sell. We know our stuff.


I was born in Grafton and raised in Maclean. I lived in Lismore for about 15 years and recently returned to the valley with my husband of two years and we’ve got a house over in South Grafton, which we’ve recently renovated.

In my spare time, I love to get out in the local area, especially during summer and enjoy camping and going to the beach.

I enjoy travelling, but at the moment it’s all about setting roots back in the Clarence Valley as we are really close to our entire family.

I’ve been with Forty Winks for four months, but I already know what is right and how to assist a customer with quality support in a mattress, using our bed match service, which takes the guess work out of providing proper postural support for customers. I think above and beyond that’s what makes Forty Winks stand out to its competitors. It’s a tried and true system that actually works.


Corrina grew up on the South Coast of NSW and has lived in Grafton for the last 13 years, having moved here from Perth.

“I’m part of a blended family so I have three boys who have all played junior football for the Grafton Ghosts from the under 7’s through to the under 18’s,” Corrina said.

“In my spare time I like to catch up with good friends and enjoy dining out. Good food, good wine, good company.

Here at Forty Winks we listen to our customers and don’t force our opinions on them. We bed match them and ask them relevant questions and give them the choice of what it is that they need.

We’re always asked, what’s the best mattress?

Well that’s not up to us to decide; that’s up to the customer.

We pride ourselves on giving our customers good service and what they need.

So, just like our fingerprints, we are all different with different personalities, body types and needs, especially when it comes to what we need in a bed.

So if you’re struggling from a lack of sleep, drop in and have a chat with the friendly local team at Forty Winks in Grafton and discover the perfect solution to a good night’s sleep.

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Forty Winks bedMATCH

The Forty Winks bedMATCH system is a patented diagnostic system that matches you with the mattress best suited to your body type and sleeping position.

This system is exclusive to Forty Winks and only takes about five minutes, to help identify what mattresses best suit your individual needs.