FAQs

1. WHO INVENTED THE WATERBED?

The earliest recorded use of a waterbed was over 3,000 years ago when Persians slumbered on sun-warmed goat skin water bags. Modern waterbeds were first devised by a British Physician, Dr. William Hooper, in 1851. He recognised the benefits of a pressure reduced surface in the treatment of a number of medical conditions and made a basic water filled mattress from rubber. Finally, in the 1960s an American, Charles Hall, refined the construction using hi-tech materials and sophisticated production techniques into the PVC-based mattresses we are familiar with today.

2. HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU REALLY NEED?

Sleep is the time our bodies demand to close down the nervous system and catch up with the growth processes and repairs. Although the amount of sleep varies from person to person, what really matters is not the QUANTITY of sleep we achieve, but the QUALITY. Some experts believe that the body requires only three to four hours of quality sleep each night. Briefly, scientists have identified three distinct stages of sleep. The first and lightest stage is known as Alpha sleep, then we move into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, when our mental processes are revitalised and most dreaming occurs. The third stage is Delta sleep; it is the deepest stage and the one which gives your body the greatest amount of rest and rejuvenation. Without the gentle overall support of flotation sleep, pressure on various parts of the body and lack of support on others causes each of us to toss and turn, awakening out of Delta sleep and robbing the body of its therapeutic needs. On a standard bed most people change position about 60 – 80 times a night to relieve uncomfortable pressure points and restore blood circulation, while gentle overall support of a waterbed relieves this pressure and reduces movements by at least 90%. A Flotation Sleep System is designed to cradle your body in relaxed comfort and provide you with the maximum amount of Delta sleep, the quality of sleep that enables you to wake up fresh and rejuvenated.

3. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF WATERBEDS?

There are basically two styles – the modern soft-sided waterbed and the older style timber-frame waterbed, also often referred to as hard sided. The soft-sided waterbed was developed to fit within existing bedroom furniture. They look very similar to conventional beds and as their name suggests they have a cushioned surround that allows you to sit comfortably on the edge of the bed. Modern designs combine the comfort, support and hygiene of traditional waterbeds with the convenience and easy bed making of conventional beds. At the Easysleep Waterbeds showroom, we display and retail only high quality brand name soft side waterbeds.

The pedestal base

The pedestal base


Ensemble base

Ensemble base


Drawer base

Drawer base


The timber-frame beds were the original waterbeds. The frame acts as the main support for the vinyl mattress and becomes part of the bedroom furniture. The frames were often made from natural woods (such as pine, oak, or cedar), or painted MDF (medium density fibreboard) or upholstered timber. The frame usually rests on a deck and pedestal which supports the whole bed.
Easysleep waterbeds stock a complete range of replacement heaters liners and Mattresses for these older style beds.

Go to Waterbed parts.

4. ARE WATERBEDS AVAILABLE WITH DRAWER UNITS?

Yes. At Easysleep Waterbeds we sell three models of drawer base units. These beds are fitted with high quality twin wheel castors. Sizes available are Single, King Single. These beds have 2 drawers. Double, Queen and King have 4 drawers.

The constant temperature of a waterbed means the drawers have the highly appreciated advantage of being used as mini-airing cupboards for storing night clothes, bedding etc.

5. WHAT TYPE OF BEDDING FITS A WATERBED?

A normal fitted sheet will fit soft-sided beds while corner flap bedding is recommended for timber-frame beds. At Easysleep we stock fitted sheets to suit soft sided waterbeds. We also stock waterbed valances/ruffle.

6. IS IT EASY TO GET IN AND OUT OF A WATERBED?

You will experience no difficulty with an Easysleep soft-sided bed they are manufactured at normal bed height with a comfortable foam edge support.

7. I AM HEAVIER THAN MY PARTNER; WILL WE BOTH BE COMFORTABLE ON A WATERBED?

Yes. A waterbed supports you both equally. Even if there is a weight difference an adjustment of water level will support you both comfortably. As a point of interest, the heavier you are the more water you displace and less water is required in the bed.

8. WILL THE WATERBED ENHANCE/RUIN MY SEX LIFE?

Answer is, it makes no difference, except that the waterbed offers more comfort and support than conventional mattresses.

9. WILL THE WATERBED SAG?

No. A water mattress is a very forgiving surface even if you jump on it. We recommend that you use your waterbed much as you would any other bed, secure in the knowledge that (unlike conventional springs) it will not sag or distort. Even a decade later your waterbed remains as comfortable and supportive as the first night you sleep on it.

10. WILL I FEEL SEASICK ON A WATERBED?

A common myth. Unless you move, a waterbed will not move. Any motion you give to the mattress tends to be gentle and soothing, and ceases as soon as you stop moving. If you select a wave reducing or baffled mattress there will be minimal movement at any time, even if your partner moves. Remember, the pressure reduced support of a waterbed also minimises the need to toss and turn while you are sleeping.

11. WILL THE BED LEAK?

Chances are very remote, particularly if you have selected a brand name quality bed. The technology producing today’s waterbeds is sophisticated. The seam welds are very strong. All mattresses are surrounded by a safety liner so that any spillage will automatically be held by this liner and will not fall on the floor. If a repair is required it only takes a few minutes to apply.

12. DO WATERBEDS BURST?

Never. A waterbed is a pressure-less system. A waterbed is not like an air mattress which is under constant pressure. Even in the unlikely event that the mattress is punctured; the water would only slowly escape and then is captured in the safety liner.

13. HOW EASY IS IT TO PUNCTURE THE BED?

Any really sharp object can be used to puncture the water mattress but it is not as easy as you might imagine. Unless you willfully set out to damage your waterbed you are not likely to puncture it.

14. HOW WOULD I REPAIR A PUNCTURE?

For all but the most severe punctures, the easy answer is to use a waterbed repair kit, which is available at our shop. It takes only a few minutes to apply and the bed can be slept on within 2 hours. (In most cases a simple repair can be completed without having to empty the bed.)

15. WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF A WATERBED?

It depends on the size of the bed. As the modern soft sided models are lighter than the old timber frame models. A Queen Size soft-sided bed is the equivalent weight of about four to five adults.

16. WILL IT FALL THROUGH THE FLOOR?

We do not know of any instance of a waterbed falling through a floor. The weight of a waterbed is well distributed and the pressure on the floor is less than that of a person in a bath or a free standing refrigerator. Because a waterbed rests on a purpose built base, the floor loading is not only well below the basic requirements of building regulations, it is often less that 10% of the contact pressure of a conventional bed on legs or castors.

Millions of waterbeds sold throughout the world have failed to penetrate a ceiling and the majority of those sales have involved the heavier timber-frame beds. Today’s modern soft side is less weight.

17. HOW DO THE HEATERS WORK AND ARE THEY SAFE

The waterbed heater system uses a low wattage pad that is placed on the base underneath the mattress and safety liner. A variable thermostat, controlling the on/off mode of the pad, constantly maintains the water temperature at your selected setting. Yes. They are safe. They are double insulated and designed specifically to warm your waterbed. As with all electrical appliances, they must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

18. ARE WATERBEDS NOISY?

We find the majority of customers choose to have the waterbeds installed by our staff.
The filling often takes the most time and that depends on your household water pressure.
We offer a complete professional installation service within the Melbourne metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas. Customers who choose to install themselves are provided with instructions.

19. HOW DO YOU INSTALL A WATERBED?

We find the majority of customers choose to have the waterbeds installed by our staff.
The filling often takes the most time and that depends on your household water pressure.
We offer a complete professional installation service within the Melbourne metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas. Customers who choose to install themselves are provided with instructions.

20. ARE THEY EASY TO MOVE?

Yes. In fact, once drained, the components of a waterbed are far easier to move than most conventional beds and even king size waterbeds can be carried into rooms that have limited access, narrow staircases etc.

Moving your bed only requires extra time (to allow for siphoning or filling). Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Should you not wish to move it yourself, we offer a complete
professional relocation service.

21. HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE WATER?

Only when you move the bed. The water is stabilised in the mattress by a conditioning fluid to prevent the growth of algae or bacteria. With regular care the same mattress of water will go on supporting you for years.

22. WHAT IS CONDITIONER?

The conditioner stabilises the quality of the water so there is no risk of bacteria or algae growth inside the mattress. It also helps maintain the level of plasticiser in the vinyl which enhances the suppleness of your vinyl mattress. We recommend adding Blue magic multi – plus conditioner every 12 months.

23. HOW LONG DO WATERBEDS LAST?

Some of the first vinyl mattresses are still in daily use. However, most manufacturers say eight to twelve years is average use expectancy and that the maximum life will depend upon how you care for your bed.

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