What does it take to get the proper waterbed mattress replacement for your waterbed? Waterbed owners know the wonderful benefits of sleeping on this type of mattress, so they typically want to replace one that has lived out its usefulness with another waterbed mattress.
Soft side waterbed mattresses are not manufactured in a standard size, so it's vital that you take measurements of your waterbed and the mattress in order to properly fit it into your soft side bed.
This is also a good time to check your liner for rips, tears, or leaks. You could also add lumbar support at this time too. The lumbar support is one to three layers of padding that's inserted in between the shoulders and hips, providing support for the heaviest part of your body.
What types of soft side mattress replacements are available?
Soft side waterbeds are designed with a single bladder or double bladder. The single bladder is great if you and your spouse like the same mattress firmness. The double bladder comes in handy if the two of you prefer different firmness levels.
Should you replace your heater? A little troubleshooting will help you decide whether or not your heater should be replaced. Make sure it's plugged in and that the sensor isn't too close to the heating pad. Make sure the temperature is set to your preference correctly. If the bed still feels cold two or three days after re-filling your bed, then you may need a new heater. Note: dual bladder beds will require two heaters whereas a single bladder bed requires only one heater.
Measure your hard side mattress to make sure you get the right size replacement mattress.
What types of hard side waterbed mattress replacements are available?
You can get a single waterbed mattress or a dual waterbed mattress to fit a hard side waterbed. The dual is nice for two people who prefer sleeping on different firmness levels.
Heaters for hard side waterbeds require at least 8 inches of water in order to work properly. One has a dial-operated temperature setting and the other has a digital setting. Either one will work well with a hard side waterbed.
A quilted mattress cover encasing your waterbed mattress will help retain heat, help control moisture, puncture-proofs the mattress, provides a barrier between body oils and the waterbed mattress and provides another plush layer on your mattress that will feel just like a traditional mattress cover.
Some waterbed mattress covers feature a pillow top layer too! All of them are lined with a safety liner to control moisture. These can be used on both hard side and soft side waterbed mattresses.
Another option available to waterbed owners is to replace their waterbed mattress with an airbed mattress. Select Comfort offers a Sleep Number waterbed mattress replacement that will fit right into your existing frame or on top of your existing foundation. The one drawback is that they only offer two sizes: Super Queen with dimensions of 60" x 84" and a Super King with dimensions of 72" x 84". The price for the queen is around $1,899 and the king size price is $2,200.
Waterbeds can develop strange odors if you don't maintain your waterbed properly. Here are some tips for keeping odors at bay.
Some of the drawbacks of waterbeds include: weight, difficulty transporting or moving, energy consumption due to heaters, finding the right sheets to fit, bacteria build-up inside the waterbed mattress, potential leaks that could damage your floor or carpet, and condensation build-up on the mattress.
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