Top 10 Problems With Dual Waterbed Mattresses

Hardside vs. Softside Mattresses

It’s no surprise that more and more people are seeking a more supportive, comfy bed that is good for them to sleep on. The fact is today, with people’s lives getting busier and busier, the the amount of sleep the average person gets per night is rapidly decreasing. With this decrease in sleep, it does not give the body a very long opportunity to recover.  People are seeking out a real solutions and a bed that has more to offer them in short time they do sleep. Those people who want to live healthier and feel more rejuvenated insist on a mattress to help them achieve deep relaxing sleep. There are literally hundreds of various types of beds that “promise” to give you the best sleeping experience of your life, however these same beds often leave their users with a lack of support, no comfort and feeling incredibly sleep deprived. There is a type of bed that has proven itself time and time again and it has be around for over 5 decades.  In the mattress wars the waterbed stands alone. These waterbeds provide their users with a nearly pressure-free, temperature controlled sleeping surface and this can be customized for each sleeper since the 1960s.

These waterbeds are available in two primary types of styling. Old school waterbed and new school waterbed.  If you’re searching for a new waterbed, then you will be introduced to a Softside waterbed, or for the old throwback design look no further that a Hardside waterbed, but how are they different?

What’s the Difference?

If you want to understand the differences between these two waterbeds, then it’s as easy as simply reading their names. Hardside waterbeds was the first design to hit the market back in the early 70’s. It has a 4 board side frame that is usually constructed of a 2 x 10 anchored together in the corners with heavy duty corner brackets that rests on and is connected the decking. The deck or floor of the bed is made up of plywood or OSB, which supports the water mattress. This entire design is often called an extended sandbox frame, which is really what it is. The extensions as the name implies are a few inches long and the headboard rests on and connects to them. Often a drawer pedestal underneath the sandbox frame offers abundant storage.

Hardside Waterbed Pros-

Give owners lots of bang for the buck

Short of termites the frames are very solid, in fact they are built like a tank.

Low cost

Replaceable parts. No need to buy an entire new bed.

Hardside Waterbed Cons-

The bed is harder to get in and out of

Hard to make up in morning.

They are not very customer friendly for the non-handy person when it comes to moving them and the time it takes to move them.

Softside waterbeds on the other hand really seem to have it all. You may instantly think that the frame is going to be, well, soft. And if you think this, then you are right, because unlike the Hardside waterbed, the Softside waterbed do not use wood in the surrounding frame. They do still offer support for the waterbed bladder and act as the transition zone, when getting in and out of the mattress. The supporting side use very high density and high quality foam edging. These seat edges typically go buy a couple different names. It can be called a tub, race track edge, or foam side rails, but in all cases they are the part of the bed that makes up the sidewall support.

The softsided waterbed design is quite modern looking, if you were walking through a furniture showroom you probably wouldn’t even notice it. Visually, they look just like a mattress and box spring. The best part it it has several real advantages over old waterbeds.

Softside Waterbed Pros-

Getting in and out is a breeze

Easy to make up in the morning

Uses regular bedding. NO MORE special sheets!

Works with your existing bedroom furniture, even new modern furniture for mattress and boxsprings.

Conventional sheet sizes and everyday headboards and footboards designed to fit mattress and box springs adapts to softsides with ease and are simple to make. These beds boast quicker setup, breakdown, and drain & fill times. This waterbed really does have it all and last but not least it keeps up with the 21rst Century by being politically correct, it’s earth friendly with replaceable parts and is extremely  efficient.

If you are considering a waterbed, give STL Beds a try. They have of 3 decades of experience and can help you find just the right mattress to fit your comfort, support and durability needs. Shop waterbeds here.