by Wirnani Garner
Water beds, as their name suggests, are beds with mattresses filled with water. The modern water bed was first devised in the 1850s before being refined in the 1960s into the water bed that we know today. Look below to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about water beds.
Why should I choose a waterbed over a regular bed?
There are many health benefits to be gained by using a water bed as opposed to a regular mattress. Water beds support body weight evenly by conforming to a person's exact shape. This means that there are no pressure points on your body when you're lying on a water bed. For those experiencing back pain or arthritis, this can relieve much of the discomfort usually experienced when lying on a regular mattress. Lying on a water bed also results in your legs being elevated when you sleep, which facilitates good circulation. In addition to this, water beds don't absorb dust and can be easily cleaned. This makes them better than normal mattresses for people with allergies or asthma.
How should I take care of my waterbed?
Your water bed doesn't require any fancy regular maintenance to stay in good shape. You should treat the water inside the bed occasionally with conditioner, cleaner or tablets, which purify the water inside and keep it from developing odors. You may have to top off the water inside the mattress once a year, but as a general rule, you don't have to refill the mattress after the first time until you have to move the bed. If, by some unfortunate circumstance, your water bed springs a leak, you will have to patch it with a water-bed repair kit. This process is fairly simple and only takes about 30 minutes.
What different types of waterbeds are on the market?
As with normal mattresses, you can get water beds of varying firmness and depth. The main difference between water beds is whether or not they are hard-sided or soft-sided. A hard-side water bed has a standard water-bed mattress but is surrounded by a rigid frame that is usually made of wood. As this is a single fitting, you may find it difficult to incorporate into the furnishings of your bedroom. However, hard-side water beds can be customized to have different features such as drawers under the bed. Soft-side water beds just look like conventional mattresses on a metal frame and are much easier to shift about. Temperature-controlled water beds are also available. These beds are thermostatically controlled to stay at a constant temperature, which keeps them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.