Which style of waterbed is right for you?

Soft Sided Waterbed

Soft Sided Waterbeds...
A soft sided waterbed has a specially engineered foam cushioned edge surrounding the water mattress which makes it easier to get into and out of bed making it the most popular type of waterbed. In many ways it can look just like a conventional sprung bed and can be upholstered in many colours.

Hard side frames...
The traditional hard sided frame is usually made from wood, MDF or upholstered in fabric. They are just as comfortable as soft sided waterbeds and offer the same support except they can often be a little difficult to get in and out of with a solid frame which houses the vinyl mattress.

Hard Side Frames


Soft Sided Waterbed

The Conversion...
This clever design allows the best of both worlds. A hard sided frame with a soft sided waterbed inside it. The frame itself will enhance any bedroom as it becomes part of the furniture. The side rails are lowered or shaped to expose the foam side cushions making it easier to get in.


Existing conventional frames...
In many cases it is possible to convert a regular conventional frame into a waterbed.  This allows you to keep your bed frame which might already compliment existing bedroom furniture.

Existing conventional frames



Soft Side 9inch cushionThe Traditional standard soft sided waterbed is made up of a triangular foam cushion to house the mattress. In nearly all cases, the cushion is 9" deep and has the sloping edge towards the inside.

The mattress is then shaped to follow the contour of the cushion. This maximises the sleeping surface area of the bed. Depending on the manufacturer, the 'flat' edge on top of the cushion can vary in width, on average this is about 2" - 2 ½" We call this "a 9''cushion".


Softside Split CushionMany manufacturers now offer a 'split cushion'. This is where the traditional 9'' cushion is divided / split horizontally forming a two part cushion of the same depth. The top part of the cushion has a zip casing attached to allow the top zip cover to be fitted.

The lower part of the cushion is normally upholstered in a fabric for colour coordination to the bedroom furnishings. This design also makes it a lot easier to dress the bed with normal bed linen (fitted or flat sheets). We call this "a split cushion on cushion".


Softside Split CushionThe other type of 'split' cushion is usually a little more sophisticated in design, although much more versatile, and longer lasting. The upper cushion gives the bed a soft sided edge making it more comfortable to get in / out and has the zip casing attached. The lower part is of a solid construction and upholstered to a vast range of colours.

In some cases these fabrics (upholstery) can be changed at a later date if you wish to change your colour scheme. Bed linen is fitted in the normal way with flat or fitted sheets. As there is less cushion, the cushions tend to retain their shape better, and should the need ever arise they can be changed individually. We call this 'a split cushion on base'.


Choosing your water mattress

On average, there is usually a choice of 5 mattresses, all are made to the same very high standard and give the same support. Adding water makes the mattress firmer, taking water out, makes the mattress softer. Inside the 9" (23cm) mattress are layers of fibre that dampen the movement of the water. However, some manufacturers have recently introduced a new range of mattress known as the 'Mudbed' (or the very new Memory Fibre Mattress*) which has more fibres inside to reduce any movement to an absolute minimum, especially beneficial for the slightly heavier person.

This new type of mattress has a unique fibre infill. Due to the way the fibres are laid inside the mattress, it re-acts in almost exactly the same way as a memory foam mattress. This has the great advantage for those who like memory foam and have all the benefits of a waterbed with temperature control. The delayed re-action of the mattress movement means there is NO disturbance to either partner. The temperature control means you do not get 'over hot' in bed like you do with many memory foam mattresses as you are cocooned in the foam.


Free Flow

Free Flow
Contains no fibre, and as the name suggests, it will move for at least 15-20 seconds before settling.
Traditionally, this is how a waterbed was made, giving rise to the image that a waterbed will make you seasick.

Semi Motionless

Semi Motionless (50%)
Stops moving after about 8-10 seconds.  With only a small price increase as you step up through the range.


Waveless (75%)
With about 4-6 seconds movement, this mattress still has the feel of sleeping on a waterbed, but you are no longer disturbed by the movement of the water.


Motionless (95%)
The mattress has a little movement and it readjusts to your body shape. The motionless is a popular mattress.

Fully Stablised

Fully Stabilised (99%)
The mattress is filled with layers of fibre (baffles) which will absorb nearly all the waters movement making this mattress fully stabilised.

 Fully Stablised 8 Layer

The New 8 layer mattress with additional fibres.

Dual System

Dual System
With your choice of motion
1. Water displaced by one person does not affect the other. (Important if one person is of above average weight.
2. Although movement is slightly transmitted from one mattress to the other, it is greatly reduced.
3. Each mattress has its own temperature control.

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