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Waterbed FAQ

Are waterbeds still a thing?
Although waterbeds are not as popular as they were in the 70's and 80's, they are on their way back again.
Even if the number of brick and mortar shops for waterbeds are hard to find these days, they are still widely available via the internet and are popular with many people.

What is a hardside waterbed? What is a softside waterbed?
A softside waterbed looks just like a traditional bed. You can simply put a softside waterbed mattress on your existing bed frame and even use your existing sheets and bedding. A softside waterbed comes in the same sizes as does traditional mattresses.
A hardside waterbed is the older type of waterbed that you are probably most aware of. They have the old traditional look of a waterbed with a wood frame and big headboard.

Besides sleeping, what are the advantages of a waterbed?
Waterbeds support all areas of your body evenly and place less stress on body points such as shoulders and hips, as well as other parts of the body.
This means that waterbeds help relieve pain on stress points. Waterbeds help to relax muscles and are great for lumbar or back support.
Turning up the temperature on a waterbed heater can help with the healing process as well.
If you suffer from conditions like Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Rheumatism, joint pain etc., then waterbeds can help because of the minimal pressure they put on the human body.

What sizes do waterbeds come in?
Softside Waterbed Mattress Sizes:
Twin (Single) - 39x75
Full (Double) - 54x75
King - 76x80
Queen - 60x84
California King - 72x84

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

What is the best temperature for a waterbed?
The best answer is to set your waterbed heater to the temperature you like the most.
Some people prefer their waterbed temp hot, while others like to keep it cooler.
Conventional wisdom calls for an average of around 85° to 90° (Fahrenheit), but it's totally up to you. Certainly a little experimentation is in order to find the best temperature for you.
Remember, waterbed heaters come in dual modes too, so your partner can actually set their own desired temperature.

How much water does it take to fill a waterbed?
Using a King size waterbed as a barometer, it takes around 230 gallons of water to fill it.

What if I don't like a lot of motion?
Waterbeds are available in any motion level you want, from full-wave to no wave at all as well as everything in between including 90% wave action, 80% wave action, 60% wave action etc.

How much does a waterbed weigh?
Although a waterbed can weigh up to 1500 lbs. you needn't worry about it falling through the floor.
Did you know that a waterbed weighs less per square foot than a refrigerator?
All modern homes can handle the weight of a waterbed just fine.

Do waterbeds leak?
If severely punctured or pricked, a waterbed can leak. However, the waterbed mattress itself can be easily repaired with a repair kit.
Besides, waterbed bladders are incredibly durable these days, and the seams (the most vulnerable part) are stronger too.
Having pets isn't a worry either, since the bladder is built strong enough to endure claws.
Anyway, if your waterbed does spring a leak, it has a safety liner to catch the water before it does damage to your floor.

How long do waterbeds last?
The average life span of a waterbed is 12 - 15 years, but if properly cared for a waterbed can easily last your lifetime.

How often does the water need to be changed on a waterbed?
You don't have to change the water at all as long as you use a good waterbed conditioner, which should be added to the water every 6 months.
This prevents algae and bacteria from forming.

Do you have to clean a waterbed?
Of course washing the sheets and bedding is always a good idea, just like with a traditional bed. The key to cleaning a waterbed is making sure the outside of the vinyl bladder stays free from mold. You can simply clean the outside of the bladder using the same conditioner you use for the inside when treating the water.

What is included in a complete waterbed package?
Waterbed Mattress
Waterbed Frame
Waterbed Sheets
Waterbed Heater
Waterbed Mattress Cover
Waterbed Padded Rail Caps
Waterbed Conditioner
Waterbed Safety Liner
Waterbed Repair Kit
Waterbed Drain and Fill Kit

My partner does a lot of tossing and turning, will that effect my side of the waterbed?
If you have a waterbed with a lot of 'wave action', then you may be effected by your partner's movements at night.
However, there are dual waterbed mattresses available, which there are two mattresses in one.
This can help greatly with this sort of problem.

What started the original waterbed craze?
In the late 60's Charles Prior Hall filled a bladder with water for a school project. The other students loved it so much that he decided to share it with the world.

Have any questions about waterbeds? Give us a call at 1-800-428-7083.

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