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The Difference Between Softside and Hardside Waterbeds


Shopping for a waterbed and confused about the difference between a hardside waterbed and a softside waterbed?
You're not the only one.
People shopping for a waterbed for the first time are experiencing a variety of options. There are a plethora of types, styles and comfort levels out there to choose from.
This article will tackle the most basic of waterbed inquires: what the heck is a hardside waterbed and a softside waterbed? And what is the difference between the two?

Hardside Waterbeds

If you dig the 60's and 70's, you may prefer a hardside waterbed.
The modern waterbed was born in 1968 and used a vinyl bladder filled with water, surrounded by a wooden frame (hence the term 'hardside') which sits upon a deck or pedestal. The frame itself is what allows the mattress to keeps it form.
Today, a hardside mattress can come with a full motion feel of water displacement like the traditional hardside, or if you prefer less waves there are also more motion reduced and waveless mattresses available.
The wooden frames come in many different styles and include a fine array of accessories including dressers, end tables and more.
The unique style of a hardside lends itself well to having a bookcase headboard (perhaps with a mirror) or even with drawers beneath.
Hardsides generally come 7 feet long (84 inches) and in a variety of widths including 4 foot (48 inches), 5 foot (60 inches), or 6 foot (72 inches).
You can opt for the traditional look of an original hardside waterbed, or choose one that has a more modern look to it.
You can keep your hardside waterbed frame over the years, and simply purchase a new replacement mattress for it as time goes by.
Maybe you prefer the nostalgic look for your bedroom, or you may simply just enjoy the look of the hardside, which lends itself well to a 'rough wood' or 'western' look.
Whatever your reason, if you like the look and feel of the original waterbed, than a hardside is the one for you.

Softside Waterbeds

If you prefer the contemporary look of beds and bedroom furniture, or you want a bed that conforms to your existing decor and bedroom furniture, you may wish to purchase a softside waterbed.
A softside waterbed looks like an ordinary bed, but of course is filled with water.
They are made to imitate the style of traditional mattresses and beds by looking the same as a mattress and box spring, and are easier to climb in and out of then a hardside is.
With this option, you can use your existing bed frame and your own bedding including sheets, covers, comforters etc.
A softside makes it easy to decide what to purchase, as they come in standard sizes, the same as conventional mattresses: king, queen, full or twin.
Softside waterbeds also come in single or dual (separate mattresses in one mattress) for the total comfort of both you and a partner.
Dual mattresses even come with separate heaters and also separate foundations to maximize support, which conveniently also makes for easier moving.
A softside comes in different variations including waveless and semi-motion waves, for those who prefer less 'wave action' than what an original-type hardside waterbed provides.
Top quality softside waterbeds come with 'pillowtop' containing memory foam for an even better sleeping experience.
You can also buy softside waterbed replacement mattresses.

Whichever type of waterbed you prefer, they both provide unique benefits that a regular drab and boring 'ol mattress cannot muster, including contouring to your body for less strain on pressure points (including back, hips, shoulders, or physical injury), better weight distribution, dust mite resistant, and temperature control (jump into a nice warm bed!).

Good luck with your purchase! Call us at 1-800-630-5889 if you have any questions.

 
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