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What Is a Waterbed Mattress

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Two distinct types of Waterbeds:

Softside Waterbed

soft side mattress example
 
Wood Frame or Hardside Waterbed

hard side waterbed

A softside waterbed holds the mattress shape using foam bolsters. The waterbed mattress and bolsters are then further contained by a fabric casing or cover.

The whole assembly sits on a foundation - an upholstered box made to look like a box spring.

 

A hardside waterbed holds the mattress shape using a wood frame.

This frame may be a softwood like pine or it can be hardwood. Headboards can be a simple board or have a complex bookcase or cabinetry design.

Advantages:

  1. Single and Dual Mattress versions Available
  2. Choose with or without Lumbar Support
  3. Choose your comfort level by mattress selection i.e. firmer, softer, lumbar support, no lumbar
  4. Easy to get on and off bed
  5. Lasts for many years with great sleep quality compared to innerspring
  6. Uses conventional linens
  7. Comes with a padded top for additional comfort
  8. Can use heater so going to sleep in winter is much faster and relieves back and leg muscle pain
  9. Heat is therapeutic

tubesVariation - There is also a softside waterbed that uses tubes. These are usually shallower than the beds with bladders and often less expensive.




Advantages:

  1. Single and Dual Mattress versions Available
  2. Choose with or without Lumbar Support
  3. Lasts for many years with great sleep quality
  4. Choose your comfort by mattress selection i.e. firmer, softer, lumbar support, no lumbar
  5. Uses California linens i.e. Cal. King, Cal. Queen, Super Single
  6. Can use heater so going to sleep in winter is much faster and relieves back and leg muscle pain
  7. Heat is therapeutic