Algae - A growth of
bacteria that forms inside an untreated waterbed.
Algaecide – A chemical that helps to prevent the growth of
Baffle – A material inside a water mattress that helps
restrict the motion.
Bladder – The vinyl mattress that holds the water.
Burp – The term used to describe the release of air from the
valve of a water mattress.
Cap & bulb – A heating system for waterbeds that uses a
capillary and bulb system rather than solid state.
Cap & plug – The screw cap and seal that prevents water
from escaping the valve of a water mattress.
California King – A bed that measures 72 inches wide by 84
Conditioner - A chemical that helps to prevent the growth of
Decking – The platform that sits on top of the pedestal of a
Drain kit – A venturi pump that assists in the draining of a
Drawer pedestal – A series of drawers that sit under a
Extruda – The metal or plastic clips that join the four
corners of the pedestal.
Fiberfill - A material made of polyester fiber inside a
water mattress that helps restrict the motion.
Fill kit – A plastic fitting that allows a waterbed to be
filled with a standard garden hose hooked up to an indoor faucet.
Foundation – The base that a waterbed sits on.
Foam rails – The mattress enclosure that holds a water
mattress in a softside waterbed.
Frame- In the case of a hardside waterbed, the side supports
that hold the water mattress. In the case of a softside waterbed it refers to
the metal frame that the foundation sits on.
Free Flow – A waterbed mattress that has no baffles. This
type of mattress is very wavy.
Hardside – Refers to a waterbed that has a wooden frame that
the mattress sits in.
Heater – The unit that allows for the waterbed to be heated.
Heater control – The dial that allows a user to set a
Heater pad – The vinyl pad that goes under the water
mattress and produces heat.
Headboard – The decorative fixture at the head of a hardside
Lap Seam – A seam that has two pieces of vinyl overlapping
each other to form a seal.
Latex foam – natural foam made from rubber trees that are
used in the pillowtop’s of high end softside waterbeds.
Leak – The unfortunate problem of water escaping the water
Liner – A vinyl sheet that goes under a water mattress. Used
to prevent water escaping the bed if a leak occurs.
Mattress – The vinyl bladder that holds the water.
Mattress pad – A cotton cover that goes over top of a water
Memory foam – pressure and temperature sensitive foam that
is used in the pillowtops of high end softside waterbeds.
Motionless – A water mattress that has virtually no motion.
Motion reduced – unlike a free flow mattress, a motion
reduced mattress has a baffle that helps to prevent motion.
Padded rail caps – A padded bumper that goes around the edge
of a hardside waterbed to cushion the sides.
Pedestal – The foundation for a hardside waterbed.
Pillowtop – The padded upholstery that covers the top of a
Repair kit – A vinyl patch and blue used to repair a leak.
Safety liner - A vinyl sheet that goes under a water
mattress. Used to prevent water escaping the bed if a leak occurs.
Softside – A waterbed that looks like a traditional box
spring and mattress.
Solid state heater – Unlike a cap and bulb heater, a solid
state heater uses an electronic diode to control the temperature.
Tuck control – Refers to heater that has a control that
tucks under a water mattress.
Topper – A piece of convoluted foam that is sometimes placed
over a water mattress.
Valve – The area of a water mattress where the water
is put in and taken out.