Not only are they bad for the back, but a king-sized waterbed can weigh up to 1600 pounds when filled. Owners are also urged to pour in Clorox to ward off algae, and most beds come with repair kits similar to those used for inner tubes. Who has time to devote that much energy to a bed?
Now, the waterbed is a joke. Seriously, do you know anyone (who isn’t on parole) with a waterbed in their house?
"They didn't adapt to what the consumer wanted," says furniture salesman Jim Hettinger. “People didn't want to slosh around in a bed any more. Even with the addition of baffles,which provided a more 'waveless' experience, that made the bed cost more and people weren't willing to pay."
Hettinger suspects he sold his last waterbed in 1999, and recognizes that there’s just no place for them in the bedroom anymore. Hall, however, believes the waterbed will make a comeback.
“People who don't remember waterbeds growing up are like: isn't that the '70s porn thing? I think they're really due for a comeback -- the comfort really is undeniable. Plus, they’ve evolved. They used to be a very simple bag full of water in a frame.” Still, that doesn’t change the fact that an improperly take care of waterbed could wreak havoc on one’s back.
Now we have companies like Casper and Leesa, who specifically bank on customers wanting a simple, comfortable, and -- most importantly -- light surface to sleep on.
"The clunky knotty pine used in the '70s probably added to the decline of waterbed," adds in Sonno Bed CEO Dino Corella. However, Charles Hall believes they're on the right track -- after all, he says, people are done sleeping on the uncomfortable surfaces of yesteryear. Does this change in comfort mean the waterbed could, indeed, become popular once again?
Hey, if JNCO jeans can do it, anything’s possible.
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