One of the reasons waterbeds fell so far from the fashionable furniture throne was their appearance as pieces of equipment with a ton of maintenance required. While it is true that the waterbeds of old were large and heavy the modern waterbed doesn't look that different from a traditional mattress. These new redesigns have made it much easier to maintain the waterbed without any hassle but with all of the wonderful benefits.
Often featured in movies and television, pop culture has created a lot of misconceptions about waterbeds. Extremely popular from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, Waterbeds were on the forefront of promoting specialty sleep. While many waterbeds have disappeared from the mattress stores, waterbeds still have large following among those who swear by its therapeutic properties.
Whatever Happened to Waterbeds?
No mattress has ever been able to be as ‘cool’ as the waterbed. The popularity in the 1970’s deemed them the Bed of the Sexual Revolution. By 1986, waterbeds represented 20% of the bed market but then it became a victim of its own success. While waterbeds were associated with being trendy and fun, they weren’t associated with sleep. Older waterbeds also had technological problems; springing leaks, heaviness, excessive maintenance, and compilation.
However, waterbeds have come a long way since then. Newer beds used air and water pockets to reduce the wave sensation but still allowed the bed to maintain its benefits. Vinyls have become more sophisticated and refined, solving many of the earlier complaints and allowing waterbeds to become more specialized to sleep.
With the waterbed’s fall from the fashion world and other specialty sleep options entering the market such as memory foam, latex foam and air beds, waterbeds are increasingly hard to find.