If you happen to have been raised in the 80s or 90s, I am sure that you are aware that waterbeds were one of the most desired types of beds at the time. However, they seem to have declined in popularity since then. In fact, it can prove very difficult to even find a furniture store that has any in stock. If you are looking to buy one, you are likely going to have to go to a specified waterbed store, or alternatively, order one online.Note that, before you commit to purchasing a waterbed, you are going to want to consider all of the pros and cons concerned, for your own benefit. Owning a waterbed might have sounded appealing when you were a child, but there are certain logistics you need to be aware of.
Pro: Fun & Comfortable
There is no denying it. Waterbeds are unbelievably fun! For those who have tried them before, majority like the feeling they get when lying on a waterbed. This is because it feels like you are floating in a pool, without any of the discomforts caused by actually being drenched in water. Some of the waterbeds even come with an in-built heating feature designed to keep the mattress at your preferred temperature, thus maintaining the nice and cozy feel.
Additionally, waterbeds instantly conform to the shape of your body. Therefore, if you struggle to get comfortable on traditional mattresses, a waterbed can greatly help keep you from tossing and turning. You will wake up refreshed and ready for each new day!
Con: Pops and Leaks
One of the downside to these waterbeds is that there is a chance that they may pop and leak. If your bed is punctured, the water that leaks may cause some serious damage when the floor gets soaked in it, depending on your type of flooring. In case the bed is leaking, the patching you are required to do, or replacing the bladder itself, can be considered relatively expensive. Whenever your bed leaks, you will need to completely drain it before it damages your floors, patch your bed, and fill it back up. Is it really worth the work?
The leak is also considered as a safety hazard. This is because you might not realize there is damage and end up tripping and falling, sustaining a major and/or minor injury.
Pro: Easy to Clean
Keeping a waterbed nice and clean is extremely easy. Unlike other mattresses, they do not absorb dust, which means you never have to worry about allergens. If the bed does get dusty for not being in use for a while, or if you accidentally spill something on your bed, all you need to do is wipe it down with a damp rag and it will be as good as new. Alternatively, you can also use a waterbed mattress pad, such as the ones featured on mymattresspads.com, to help keep your mattress clean. Mattress pads do not only help add some extra cushion to your bed, but they can also be easily removed and hand-washed, or thrown into washing machine.
Con: Challenging to Make
Most people do not realize this until they own a waterbed, but fitted sheets are may not be the most appropriate sheets to use on them. The pockets are not deep enough to fully go around the corners, thus they constantly slip off. Some people try to get around this by using oversized fitted sheets and tucking them under the corners. However, no matter what method you use, it can be hard to get the sheets to fit tightly on the mattress. This means that every time you toss and turn at night, you are likely going to pull the sheets off. If you want sheets that fit your bed properly, you will have to figure out how to make your own or you will have to order them from a specialty store as an easier option.
Pro: Spice Up Your Love Life
Waterbeds can be used as a fun way for couples to switch things up in their love life. Some couples find that the bounciness of a waterbed and the way the mattress moves allows them to experiment with different sex positions and new techniques. If you find yourself more or less limited and bored by your current mattress, a waterbed could help you reignite that old spark and set the right mood in your sex life. Of course, waterbeds are not very supportive – some couples experience neck and back problems as a result. Therefore, while a waterbed might be fun to experiment on, you might decide that it is not something you want to use all of the time.
Con: They’re heavy
Once you fill the bed with water, waterbeds become nearly impossible to move because of how heavy they are. The weight of a waterbed suggests that you cannot simply push it to where it needs to go, in line with your preference. If you’re redesigning your room, you will need to completely pull the bed apart, drain the water from the mattress, move it to your desired location, set the bed back up, and refill the mattress.
If you are one to redesign your room frequently, a waterbed is definitely not suitable for you, unless of course, you are up to the task. The heavy weight of a waterbed is also likely to damage the flooring, which is why you may find that some rentals restrict you from having them at all. In fact, some upper-level floors are not in the least bit able to support the weight of a waterbed at all.
I know sometimes we may really want to live out our childhood fantasies, and in this case it would be having your own waterbed. It will therefore really do you some good to make sure you know exactly what you are getting into! Waterbeds are those fun yet deadly inventions you need to constantly be cautious about.