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Old 10-03-2007, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I bought my waterbed in 1984 and it is the only piece of furniture I have ever bought brand new. I still use it and wouldn't trade it for anything. I do have an extended riser under it so it stands about low hip height. I have had to replace the bladder (mattress) 2 times and the heater about 4 times. This bladder now does not move when your partner moves you can't feel it. It reminds me of a cushion top or feather tick mattress.

Bedroom One still sells waterbeds and parts.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:53 PM
 
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I had a waterbed for about 2 years while I was in high school. Used to love the warmth of it. When I was a senior it sprung a leak, so took it apart & put the frame in my parents garage. It ended up on the curb several years later. Yeah it's funny, eveyrone used to have these, now you never hear about them or see them.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:07 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have wanted a waterbed since the 70's Long time, huh? Now that I am divorced it seems like a nice way to treat myself. I am confused by what I am reading here. I have a lot of lower back isses, sciatica etc. From what I am gathering the consensus seems to be divided on whether the water bed has helped vs, aggravated back conditions. Which is it?
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I have back and nerve damage from a wreck and I can't sleep on anything but my waterbed. I would suggest you don't get a full motion mattress, get one that has baffles that will help stop the motion. Also one that either has the drawers or a riser under it will make it easier to get out of too.

jhf2140 I have seen people make bookcases out of the headboards that are really cool. Too bad you couldn't find another use for the wood frame because it is really sturdy wood.
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:20 PM
 
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Default Your post brought back some weird memories

I used to work for a waterbed store in Sacramento called La Bries Waterbeds. This was way back in the early 80's. I delivered and set up waterbeds for the "Waterbed King" of northern CA. I can tell you that waterbeds were bought for "doin the dirty deed" back then. I used to see all kinds of things in peoples beds that were not there when they bought it. Huge bolts screwed in to the frames with rope & pulleys, the "marital toys" that they thought they had lost would pop out when the mattress was drained or they'd be stuck between the frame & mattress. It was hilarious when we'd find something and the customer was standing there like "OH that isnt mine".The best was the sticky Poloroids that we peeled off the inside of a bedframe. I'd start talking about "Frame stress and water displacement" as if I were a safety engineer warning them that the overhead mirror support really wasnt meant to hold a human.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Well who did they think "it" belonged to in their bed??? What a hoot.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Default Need mattress help...

Ok...I brought this thread back for a good reason...

Hubby & I have been sleeping on the "ORIGINAL-TYPE" waterbed, with NO BAFFLES for 30 plus years. Yes it's heated, couldn't have it without it. It's raised with drawers underneath it & have padded rails. By the way I had to laugh when I read it was hard for some of you to get out of the waterbed. I am an aputee above knee, for almost 6 years now & I get out with no problem. I can only get out on the left side of the bed, though.

ANYWAY...
We think it's time to grow up LOL !!! My back is starting to bother me plus were putting in new flooring thru out the house.

We've checked out 1 custom mattress store so far. $ 600.00 for he mattress (nice pillow top) Talking to close friends they said that was a good price.
What advive do you have for us ? Type to look for ??? Price ???
This is going to be tough. How in the world do you know what the mattress is going to feel like to actually sleep on, when you only can check them out in a store (???)
We only need the mattress. Hubby is putting the new mattress on top of the platform.

Thanks in advance for your 2 cents worth.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:27 AM
 
Location: middle of everywhere
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Man, now I'm bummed I never got a chance to do the wild thing on a waterbed! I only knew one relative who had one, it was king size and I got to sleep on it a few times when I was a kid. It seemed like so much fun back then although I'm sure it would get tiring after a while.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Where did the Waterbed go?
Into the dumpster with the 1980 Pacer and Bellbottom jeans?

No, seriously, with memory foam, latex, and air filled sleep number beds, there are more alternatives that are less maintenance.

I had a waterbed as a teenager. I remember waking up one morning in a pool of water up to my ear lobes. It was a strange feeling.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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My parents gave me their waterbed when i was a teen,I think they had it from..
The late 70's.I think they are a pain to move and not very comfortable.
Maybe they went away because they suck lol
As for the wild thing,imagine the sound of waves crashing instead of springs..
And coils squeaking lmao.
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