Invented in the 1960s, the most iconic of all waterbed products, wooden-framed or hardside waterbeds’ popularity exploded in the 1970s and 1980s. Though greatly varied in appearance, all hardsides are, in fact, very similar. On the floor rests a pedestal or drawer unit that has a large footprint to distribute the weight to the floor over a greater area. On top of that lays plywood or OSB decking. A wooden frame rests on the edges of this decking creating a cavity in which the mattress, its liner and the heater rest. Most hardsides have a bookcase style headboard. Some have canopies, as well. Most are made of pine; however, oak, veneers, vinyl, and fabric can also be used.
Hardside Waterbed Options
Though not as popular as they once were, hardside waterbeds, their components, and accessories are still available if not in the variety they once enjoyed. SLEEP on it still supports these beds with complete beds and mattresses, liners, heaters, chemicals, linens, and other accessories. below are examples of different hardside waterbeds available. Contact us for specifics.
Hardside Waterbed Mattresses
While with proper care a waterbed frame will last nearly forever, the mattress needs to be replaced from time to time. A water mattress can lose its ability to offer comfort and good support just like any other type of sleep surface. The distinguishing factor between mattress comes down to the amount of material in the mattress. It is this material that provides support and motion reduction. The most basic water mattress is a full motion or free flow. This mattress has nothing in it other than water. Because it does not reduce motion or provide adequate support it is not recommended for anyone but small children.
- 1 layer of fiber, no lumbar support, strip reinforced corners, available in super single, queen, and king
1 layer of fiber, 1 layer lumbar support, patch reinforced corners, available in super single, queen, and king
2 layers of fiber, 3 layers lumbar support, molded top surface, patch reinforced corners, available in super single, queen, dual queen, king, and dual king
3 layers of fiber, 3 layers lumbar support, molded top surface, patch reinforced corners, available in super single, queen, and king
Drawers pedestals are a great way to increase storage without taking up floor or closet space. They come in a variety of sizes and finishes to best suit your needs. The three most common heights of drawers are 9″, 13″, and 18″
Sleep On It still has all of the support products for hardside waterbeds, including railcaps. The most basic of rails is the two-piece: one for each side. After that comes the three-piece which includes a piece for the foot as well.
Finally, there is a five-piece that has triangular corners that allow for seating. Most railcaps have vinyl material; however, each of the varieties are also available in a deluxe version. The deluxe version has more padding, nicer fabrics and some premium tailoring details.