Will my floor support a Waterbed?

What's the difference between a Hardside and Softside water mattress?

How often should I change the water? 

Fiber, Foam, Coils, or Baffles?.

Full Motion or Wave Reduced?.

How do I drain my fiber filled water mattress?.

Will I get sea sick on a Waterbed?

"Burp Me!"... What's up with that?.

How do I install my new heater?

I noticed some moisture on top of my mattress...Do I have a leak?

Do I really need a heater?

How long does the bed take to heat up?

What if we want to move?  Is the waterbed very portable?

Are the heaters safe? how will my electric bill be affected?

Doesn't the water splash about and make a lot of noise?

What about algae growth? Does the water ever need changing?

Is there any maintenace required on a waterbed?

How many gallons of water are required? What is the weight?

What about leaks? won't the water gush out on the floor?

Why should I sleep on water?  



































Yes!...Any floor built to minimum building codes will support a Waterbed... If not, sorry, your building is condemned, bedder move....

There is less weight per square foot than a refrigerator, piano, washing machine, or ten people standing on your floor.

 A Hardside fiber filled water mattress or a Softside water mattress can weigh 14% to 75% less than a regular all water type mattress.

Yes... all Hardside and Softside water mattresses are safe on your floor.

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Normally, a comfortable temperature is around 90º Fahrenheit, perhaps a little warmer in the winter. a little cooler in the summer. If you fill the waterbed with cold water allow 2- 3 days to heat. It's best to fill  the waterbed mattress with warm water from your bathroom or kitchen facet ( all the way hot and cold at the same time ) to enjoy immediately. Never fill the mattress with hot water, this can stretch the vinyl .

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A King size hardside waterbed mattress requires only about 235 gallons of water, a Queen size waterbed mattress about 196 gallons. A King size can weigh up to 2000. pounds. All floors built to minimum building codes will support the weight of a waterbed. The softside waterbeds can weigh up to 1/4 th that of a hardside style.



Occasionally, leaks can occur, usually from small punctures that can be mended easily and quickly with a vinyl repair kit. The waterbed liner is designed to hold all the water in case of leaks or spills.


A Softside water mattress is constructed with a foam rubber frame and replaces the wood frame. The mattress looks like a conventional mattress. The Hardside waterbed uses a wood frame to support the water mattress.


There's no need to change the water if you add a water conditioner once a year to your mattress.

The only time you need to drain the mattress is when you move the bed.

Remember when draining or filling your water mattress to always unplug your heater! The only time your heater is plugged in is when your mattress is full.


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In over 40 years of selling Waterbeds I have seen many designs come and go...... In the beginning it was an easy choice to choose your water mattress, because you had no choice! They were all full motion......

 Today, you have many choices. There's a water mattress for everyone, from full motion, for those who love the feel of water, to no motion, for those who prefer something firmer, and for those in between, there's something for us too.

 Here are some designs. 

(A)...Baffles... which attach the surface of the mattress to the bottom...... Yes it feels good!  Over 400 inches of extra seams were introduced into this design......

 (B)...The Coil design works in much the same way as do Baffles. This design can add up to 1700 inches of extra seams...... In theory, the seams are the weakest area and are not reparable......

(C)...When fiber is introduced into the water mattress, you will have less displacement of water.The water is slow to move because it has to weave its way threw the fiber.

 With this design, you take water out to make the mattress firmer with less motion and you add water to make the mattress softer with more motion. ( When you take water out... you'll have less water compared to the ratio of fiber.which firms the mattress up resulting in less motion.When you add water. you'll have more water compared to the ratio of fiber which results in a softer mattress with more motion ).

Fiber  has excellent wet strength, good stiffness with compression recovery, excellent stability to heat and is resistant to microbial attack.

 Fiber filled water mattresses are constructed with zero extra seams which allows you to experience a more trouble free rest. 

The benefits of fiber filled designs are, less water...less weight, less water to heat, less vinyl fatigue, less stretching, no violent wave action, no extra seams . With less movement it's easier to keep the bed made. Fiber filled mattresses are most always filled level or lower then the height of the supporting frame.

Remember... when filling a fiber filled mattress for the first time, the mattress comes vacuumed packed from the factory, for shipping... If you desire to adjust the mattress...wait three days.

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No, a waterbed is very quiet. Splashes can only occur at the surface with contact between air and water. If your hear the water it say's burp me! Force the air from the surface of the mattress to the filler valve with a broom stick. Without air inside the mattress, no splashing sounds can occur.

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Once the bed has been filled and the temperature
has been adjusted, there is very little else necessary, other than the addition of algaecide.The surface of the waterbed can be cleaned easily with soap and water from time to time.

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With consistently high quality control practices and technological expertise, the manufactures of waterbed heaters produce extremely safe, reliable equipment. Standard waterbed heaters are rated at between 300 and 400 watts and are controlled thermostatically to reduce power usage. Softside waterbed heaters are about 1/2 the watts of the hardside waterbed heater.



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Without a heater the waterbed will assume the temperature of the room - 2 º,  in most cases 65 to 75 º ; that's at least twenty degrees below your body temperature. Since the water can absorb a great deal of body heat a unheated waterbed will feel very cold. The temperature must be brought up to within a few degrees of body temperature in order to be comfortable and relaxing. Some softside waterbeds use insulating mattress toppers that eliminate the use of a heater.


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The water in the waterbed mattress never needs to be changed. Algae growth can be effectively inhibited by the elimination of air in the mattress and by the addition of algaecide solution when the waterbed mattress is filled.

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With a full motion water mattress the water flows unimpeded throughout the entire mattress.

This is the water mattress that built the Waterbed industry, and still has a large following today. Full motion is preferred by those who enjoy the sensation of total flotation......

Reduced motion mattresses are achieved through the addition of interior fiber inserts that impede waves and confine the water to smaller areas.

Wave reduced mattresses are preferred by consumers who desire the benefits of flotation sleep with less movement. The wave reduced designs are available from 40% waveless to 99% waveless or no motion.

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With the exception of using a electric pump, you can achieve this goal with a garden hose and a hose extension
     ALWAYS UNPLUG THE HEATER ( when filling or draining your water mattress) .

NOTE:    If you are draining an all water type mattress.   (no fiber). skip steps. (3)...(4)...(5)...

(1)...The hose extension screws onto the male end of your garden hose (a hose extension is made of plastic and is approximately 2" in length) You must have this to fill and drain your mattress. It can be purchased at your local Waterbed store. Make sure the hose extension is submerged into the water.

(2)...Run the hose off the bed onto the floor and down your hallway, out your front or back door. Once outside hook up the female end of your garden hose to your outdoor faucet. Turn the water on full blast, let the water reach the mattress. Once the water has reached the mattress, turn the water off and quickly disconnect the hose from the faucet and lay the hose down. In a moment the water should start backing out of the hose, pulling the water from the mattress behind it.  (Your draining experience will go bedder when you work with gravity... Going out a high window with no drop can be a slow process).

(3)...As the mattress drains, the fiber compresses, trapping the water in the mattress. When the mattress is half drained, pull the hose from the mattress and let it breathe for about three minutes.  You will see the mattress breathe and the fiber expand, releasing the trapped water.

(4)... Next, repeat the draining process. As the last half of the water is almost drained, go to the head of the bed and grab ahold of the mattress while HOLDING the fiber in place, lift and fold the mattress to force the remaining water toward the filler valve.

(5)... Once the mattress has stopped draining it might require a helping hand to transport the mattress outside or to a bathtub to let the remaining water flow out. A wet-dry shop vac also works well to empty the remaining water when some water is left in the mattress. When using a pump or shop vac always be sure to plug and cap the mattress after vacuum packing, this will hold the fiber in place and keeps the mattress compressed for transport.

(6)...Use caution when transporting the mattress because this is the time when punctures may occur. This method works well for most of us but for those who cannot use a garden hose outside, you can purchase an inexpensive plastic pump that attaches to your kitchen or bathroom faucet. You can also rent an electric pump from your local rental store that will do a fast job.


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No! you will not get seasick. Not even on the original full motion water mattress... For example, some customers can get sea sick, car sick and motion sickness, but never on their Waterbed mattress.

The Waterbed's gentle motion quickly subsides and the total support provided leads to relaxed, sound sleep. Tossing and turning is greatly reduced because the Waterbed's even support creates no pressure points to disturb the sleeper.

The mattress only moves when you do.

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If you hear the water inside the mattress it's saying "Burp Me!" You want your mattress to be quiet. An air bubble floating on top of the water will make an annoying sound and subtract from the floating sensation.

Water is made up with air so it's normal on occasion to accumulate an air bubble, certainly after filling your mattress with a 50 foot garden hose......

(A)... To burp your mattress just throw it over your shoulder and pat it on it's back......No, use a broom stick!...... Open the filler valve and pull it up a few inches...... I like to wrap a towel around the filler valve just in case you spill some water......

(B)...Next go to the head of the mattress and using the broom stick...... Gently push and force the air bubble toward the filler valve...... When I add my yearly conditioner to the water, I will check my mattress for any air bubbles. That's about all the maintenance to your waterbed mattress other than cleaning the mattress with a little soap and water.


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If you are replacing an existing heater, always remember
to UNPLUG YOUR HEATER WHEN FILLING OR DRAINING your mattress, (see how to drain your mattress). Your waterbed conponents are to be installed in this order...

1st, heater...

2nd, safety liner...

3rd, mattress...

 Place the heater pad on the decking toward the center of the bed to heat the mattress more evenly.

The thermostat unit has a sensor made of copper or rubber and is usually a few feet in length... It's placed no closer than 12" to the heater pad... The sensor tells the thermostat when to turn on an off...

Next, install the safety liner...Take an extra moment and walk around the bed to make sure all four corners of the safety liner are neatly tucked into all four corners of the frame.

Be sure not to have any wrinkles or folds in the liner over the heater pad, because this can trap some air and could cause a hot spot!.

Next install the mattress. Take an extra moment and walk around the bed to make sure all four corners of the mattress are neatly tucked into all four corners of the frame.

Fill mattress, burp any air out and add a water conditioner to the water.

Lastly, plug heater in and set the thermostat to 90 degrees... This setting is the norm but can vary...If you fill your mattress with cold water prepare to wait two to three days to heat, so cover your mattress with a few extra blankets.

Never put hot water into your mattress because it can stretch the vinyl. It's always best to add warm water from your faucet...( you will need a faucet adapter )All the way cold and all the way hot at the same time so you can enjoy The warmth of your waterbed immediately.


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Empty of all water, disassembled, and folded, a waterbed is easily transported, much more easily than a bulky stuffed mattress ( dead bed ).

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It is possible upon occasion to develop moisture on top of your water mattress. On almost all occasions this occurs in Softside Waterbeds used with the absence of a heater...

When there is a sudden temperature change to colder weather your water temperature will fall. The water temperature stays a few degrees below room this happens, your body's temperature is constant...

When the difference between your body temperature and your water temperature are great, this may cause a sweat...(condensation)...

Although this can occur more often in some area's then others, it is rare...All conditions must be right and depend  greatly on the time of year...type of floor...and how well made and insulated you keep your mattress...

To keep condensation form ever occurring the remedy is to add a UL approved hybrid waterbed heater.

The softside heater is smaller than a regular waterbed heater, It's designed for use with Softside Waterbeds that use much less water.

If condensation should ever occur.....un-zip the cover to the softside mattress, fold it back and air it out, spray a disinfectant on any moist areas in the cover. a fan works well to dry and kill mold. Place a towel ( to absorb any moisture ) on the area of the vinyl  mattress where the  warmest part of your body  (back area)  would lay. until the temperature is once again stable.

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Besides being the most comfortable sleep there is...a water mattress is also healthy to sleep on.... To learn more click on me!.You spend 1/3 of your life in might as well take care of yourself!


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