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What Happened To Waterbeds?

Of course, the great selling point was sex. One ad said the waterbed is very good for two things; one of them is sleeping. Another ad claimed that she’ll admire you for your car, respect you for your position, and love you for your waterbed. devil

But then waterbeds were nothing new. The Persians had them in 3600 BC when they filled goatskin bags with water. During the 1800s medical doctors used something similar for patients with bedsores and/or TB. They were reinvented during the late 60s and became popular during the 70s. During the late 80s, nearly one in four mattresses sold were water bed mattresses, and in the 90s they quietly went out of fashion leaving thousands of water mattresses in warehouses. Most dealers will tell you that it is years since they last sold one. mumbling

By the 80s, at the height of its popularity, waterbeds were available in a variety of styles, from four-post Colonials to Victorian beds with carved headboards to simple, sturdy box frames. Allergy sufferers liked having a dust-free mattress, while back pain sufferers were drawn to the beds’ free-floating quality. sleep


So what happened? How did our enthusiasm for sleeping on liters of pure H2O go down the drain so quickly?confused

These beds were probably just too cumbersome. Apart from the constant possibility of a flooded bedroom, they were prohibitively heavy; not just the mattress but also the supporting framework. It was a problem filling or draining the mattress. doh

During the early 90s when I decided to buy a new bed, a salesman tried very hard to sell a waterbed to me but he had to settle for the sale of a normal bed. I was not going to risk a woman getting seasick on my bed.grin
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Comments (35)

germanspitz
Hi catfoot,wave

Now there's a face I haven't seen in a long time.hug
Waterbeds are great, especially those that are baffled to reduce the wave motion a bit.
Dongg
In the 70s I built an octagonal wooden frame for a giant round waterbed. It was a huge chick magnet!

The only problem was that it was so big that when the bedroom door in my dorm room opened, it hit the bed! You had to squeeze in the room.

BUT! I discovered the perfect formula! I put a fish tank right next to the bed and then, when we got to my apartment after a date I asked her... "Hey! Want to see my fish tank?" when she said "Sure!" we'd go into the bedroom and of course there was not place to fit except on the bed! BRILLIANT!

By experimentation I determined that the maximum capacity of the bed was three chicks and me. Don't say I never made any contributions to science!

Yay college!

Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll baby! head banger
A sensible industry looked at that stupid hippy idea and came up with better mattress technology. Like so many of their ideas that are dangerous and unstable, frankly obscene without a lot of editing.
The best bed I ever slept on especially when I was pregnant. Had to get rid of it because we moved and the floors wouldn't take the weight.
capricorn62
Hi ya Bob,

Good to see ya wave

Never liked the waterbed.I. Get nauseous.
Guess I am sensitive.wine
It was probably the burping once a month, however one pump and the waves did the rest was semi truth rolling on the floor laughing tongue they really were easy on positioningwink
usha123
I am happy to see you Cat. Hope all is good with you.

I know nothing about water beds.

Stay safe!

bouquet hug
Hey cat, with the current drought in the eastern Cape, all water beds have been hi jacked..
Good to see you.handshake
timotie
Respected CF thumbs up
Good to see you healthy and happy. hug
Water bed is old fashioned now use medical bed.
Stay Safe bouquet
teddybear peace
Catfoot
Hi GermanSpitz,
Hmm, it's been awhile. Actually, I only showed my face to say that I'm still alive and well and living in Cape Town.
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Catfoot
Hi Jim,
hell! you're talking about technology that never reached us. We were at least ten or twenty years behind the rest of the world during those years.
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Catfoot
Hi Dongg,
Gee!! You were a very busy student. Did you get good academic results as well?
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Catfoot
Hi Chesney,
Perhaps so, but for a stupid idea, they made a lot of money. One in four is a hell of a lot of beds.
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Catfoot
Hi Emmy,
Can I assume that you got pregnant on that bed as well? You must elaborate a bit. We're all sitting here on the edges of our chairs. We cannot wait to hear about it.giggle
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Catfoot
Hi Capri,
I won't know, I have never slept on one but I did not grab the topic out of the air. I intend to try one shortly, I just need to find a suitable co-pilot.
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Catfoot
Hi Bentlee,
I see a lot of experience here. I'm preserving your comment for later use.
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Catfoot
Hi Usha,
I knew very little about them but I got tons of advice from these comments. But I'd like to inform you that I acquired one such bed in perfect condition. It only had one previous owner; a 98-year-old gentleman and his 99-year-old wife. I wonder if the bed had something to do with their simultaneous departure. I got it for a bargain. Actually, the heirs paid me to get rid of it. I intend to use it as soon as I can find a venue large enough to accommodate the waterbed and a fish tank.

So I wondered if you perhaps had enough dough sitting doing nothing to cover your airfare to Cape Town so I can show you my fish tank. cool
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Catfoot
Hi Lukie,
Yep, the confounded droughts. This time we have plenty, or so it would appear. After the drought, the water runs unused from leaking taps.
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Catfoot
Hi Timotie,
Yes, you're right but I cannot help wondering if it would offer all of the available conveniences.
confused dunno wave
Hi Cat ~ Good to see you. I slept on a Waterbed once. It was like being on the back of a large jelly creature that kept moving. I found it grotesque and uncomfortable but they were all the rage and supposed to be sexy !!confused
Catfoot
Hi GG,
Good to see you too.

But to come back to sleeping on the waterbed, would you say it was a kinky experience?
dunno wave
usha123
I'd be glad to see your fish tank Cat, and even help you with positions in the waterbed if you ask me to. I mean lying on your back and sideways an all. wink

Africa is where my heart beats right. I don't have any travel plans there as of now. I wouldn't want to leave if I come. There is nothing like hearing the rains down in Africa. All in good time.

Take care and at least show up here once in a way with a blog please. I miss the good ones.

bouquet
blushing yes cat I got pregnant on it. The only reason you'll feel sea sick on it is because there's not enough water in it. Best..nights sleep you'll ever have rolling on the floor laughing
Catfoot
Hi Usha,
Oh, what a wonderful incentive to go digging in my blog box but there is nothing like a good or a bad blog. It's all a matter of how it is received on a given day and how the first few comments shape the blog. You see, the feathers make the bird. But I think the blogs improved in my absence. When I left only politics and religion were trending. And least we have a very worthy mumbling third contender now in COVID-19.rolling on the floor laughing
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Catfoot
Hi Emmy,
Thanks for confirming what we already knew, but where is the detail. We want to hear the juicy bits as well.devil
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July012
Long time no see. Glad to read your interesting blogs again,Catfoot.
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Catfoot
Hi July,
Hi and thanks for the compliment. I'll try to get in two or three blogs before I'm off again. I'm very busy with other stuff lately.
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loulou77
Cat

Nice to see you...what a wonderful event...you are still here...cheering dancing
Catfoot
Hi Lou,
Great seeing you too. conversing
wine wave
Nice to hear you are still with us Cat. thumbs up

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Catfoot
Hi Johnny,
In my mother's tongue, we have a proverb that translates to: Weeds don't perish.laugh
cheers wave
VivianLee2
The weight, mainly, I think, and the fuss of changing the water.

Plus, for me, I wasn't that keen on sleeping on the things. It gets silly when you need a bed to play on and then another bed to sleep on laugh
ooby_dooby
@Vivian,
"The weight, mainly, I think, and the fuss of changing the water." Yes, I'm in the process of draining a queen size waterbed right now and when done I'm going to hopefully sell it for whatever I can get. I did some calculations and the bed and water come out to 1582 lbs or 717 Kilos. I damn sure don't want that amount of weight sitting on the floor in my back bedroom. I never heard of changing the water, what is the rational behind that?
Orzzz
I remember when they came out. Took mom into a head shop in Madison. They had one set up. I sat on it, wave one, told mom to try it. She was shy, no, so I pushed her down onto it. She said it was kind of nice. Then she couldn't get out of it. laugh I grabbed her arm and tried to pull her up. No go. No one else in the store and the guy clerk came over and helped. Mom was embarrassed. He said no worries, he had to do it all the time.laugh
We went to visit husband's brother. He said we should try his water bed, he would sleep on his sofa. Said turn the heater on when we went up.
We laid down, sank like rocks! He turned, I waved. I turned he waved. Cold bed!doh very mad Finally hubby said that is it, taking one blanket and sleeping on the floor. Maybe I would have a fighting chance alone. I tried. Went to foot and asked, is there room on the floor. He said come on down. So we slept on the floor. Agreed no idea how his fat brother could get out of that sink hole.In the am we went downstairs and bro asked how did we sleep. Told him fine, he had a comfortable carpeted floor.wow What?! Told him we couldn't stand his water bed. Like waves in the ocean.
We found out later you never turn the bed off. Takes all night to warm up. Just lower it for days.
Too many horrors stories too, apt floors failing and falling, leaks, gushers. Stick to toppers thank you.thumbs up

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