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Everything You Need To Know About Waterbeds

How it all started
Sometime in the late 60's Charles Prior Hall had a school project in which he filled a bladder with water. When he presented it to the class, the students loved it so much that they couldn't stop using it. This gave the idea to Hall to eventually mass market the waterbed.

The popularity of waterbeds
Waterbeds were quite the rage in the 70s and 80s because not only were they the latest thing, but they also offered a unique, interesting and healthy way to sleep. Although their popularity has changed in the intervening years, there are still many who not only love their waterbed, but wouldn't think of sleeping any other way. In fact, waterbeds are gaining in popularity again and are on their way back.

Waterbeds and health
Waterbeds are good for back problems and back support.
Waterbeds are hypoallergenic.
Waterbeds are not as susceptible to bed bugs or dust mites.
Waterbeds can help relax your aching muscles and joints.
Waterbeds apply less pressure on the body which can help with arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, joint pain and back pain.
Waterbeds allow you to control the temperature of your bed, thus helping you with joint, back and body pain as well as circulation.

Waterbeds and the human body's pressure points
Many waterbed sleepers enjoy the fact that waterbeds spread out the pressure points of the human body, rather than putting the most pressure on the hips, shoulders and back.
Waterbeds conform to the body without leaving space between the mattress and the contact points of the body. This means that your whole body is supported equally, unlike a traditional mattress.
Because there is less pressure on the hip, shoulders etc., you will experience a more restful night's sleep.

The endurance of waterbeds
If you perform minor maintenance on your waterbed, it can last you your entire life.
Minor maintenance means using waterbed conditioner on both the inside and outside of your waterbed bladder.
If you use the conditioner on the inside of the bladder every 6 months or so, you shouldn't ever have to change the water.

Waterbed mattress wave action
Many people think that waterbeds will produce too much movement, thus making them feel seasick or finding it hard to sleep at night.
However, if you think you won't like a waterbed with a lot of motion, there are also waterbed mattresses that are available with much less 'wave action'.
Many are not aware that you can get a waterbed in just about any 'wave action' you want, including full-wave to no wave at all. Waterbeds can also have 90% wave action, 80% wave action, 60% wave action and so on.

Types of waterbeds
Softside waterbeds these types of waterbeds look exactly like a conventional mattress. The difference of course is that softside's are filled with water instead of filled with springs and padding.
A big advantage of softside waterbeds is they are available in the same sizes as are conventional mattresses so you can utilize your existing box spring and frame, in most cases.
Another advantage is that you can use regular sized sheets and bedding.....even the same ones you are using presently with your traditional bed.
Hardside waterbeds are the type of waterbed that resembles the original style of waterbeds when they first became available way back when. They have wooden frames and are available with headboards, shelves, drawers, lighting etc.
If it's the traditional look of waterbeds that you like, then a hardside is what you are after.

Dual waterbed mattress
Have a partner that can't stop moving around in their sleep?
This can be a major problem for many who need a good night's sleep.
One answer is to get a dual waterbed mattress.
This type of mattress is essentially two mattresses in one, which will greatly reduce the wave movements of a waterbed, giving you a great night's rest.

Waterbed sizes
Softside Waterbed:
Twin (Single) - 39x75
Full (Double) - 54x75
King - 76x80
Queen - 60x84
California King - 72x84

Hardside Waterbed:
King (California King) - 72x84
Queen - 60x84
Single - 48x84

Waterbed weight
A waterbed can weigh up to 1500 lbs.
It should be noted that modern homes are built so strong that there is no worry of a waterbed falling through the floor. If you search the internet for an example of that actually happening, you will be hard pressed in finding one. It simply doesn't happen.
Waterbeds weigh less than does a refrigerator per square foot.

How much water does a waterbed use?
As an example, a King sized waterbed will use approximately 230 gallons of water.

Leaking waterbeds
The fear of a waterbed leaking water everywhere is unfounded. The bladder of a waterbed mattress isn't suddenly going to burst and spill water everywhere.
If a waterbed does start leaking, it will most likely be a pin prick only. This type of leak can easily be repaired with a repair kit for the waterbed bladder. Many will remember fixing a flat tire on their bike as a kid. The process of fixing a leak on a waterbed is similar to that.
By the way, if you are worried that your dog or cat will spring a leak because of their claws, you needn't worry. Waterbed bladders are built tough enough to not be penetrated in this manner.
Another thing to consider is that most waterbeds come with a safety liner which will stop any water from making it to the floor.

If you would like to buy a waterbed, or if you have any questions, call us at 1-800-428-7083.

 
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