As with other bed systems, you also need a suitable blanket, a pillow and a sheet in the waterbed, which additionally protects the mattress or the top plate and also has a decorative effect. In the following we explain what you should pay attention to when selecting the individual components for bed equipment for waterbeds:
Duvet in the water bed
In contrast to the conventional bed system with springs and mattresses, the greatest evaporation of the heated water bed takes place on the surface of the skin, with the resulting moisture largely coming from the duvet must be included. This means that the duvet must be able to absorb moisture and to conduct it away from the body to the outside. The classic duvet with a down or feather filling can hardly meet these requirements, which can lead to an uncomfortably clammy bed climate after just a few nights. Microfibre duvets, for example, are ideal here, as they can store heat on the one hand and reliably “transport away” moisture on the other. Since the duvet is subject to greater hygienic demands due to the high exposure to moisture, it should be ensured that the duvet can be washed in the washing machine at at least 60 ° C.
No special duvet format is required for use in the water bed, so that one of the two standard formats 135 x 200 cm or 155 x 200 cm can be used here.
Pillow in the water bed
The pillow should be rather flat for use in the waterbed and be designed for ergonomic storage. Therefore specially shaped neck support pillows are particularly recommended here. If you want to optimally adapt your pillow to your needs, you can use a pillow that can be individually adjusted in height using insert plates.
When it comes to the material, you should ensure good breathability and moisture regulation, as moisture is also released through the head when you sleep. Pillows with a down or feather filling are therefore less suitable for use in the waterbed. In terms of format, pillows in 40 x 80 cm are usually more useful than large pillows in 80 x 80 cm. After all, the pillow is primarily used for ergonomic positioning of the head and neck and not as a pad for the shoulder.
Sheets for water beds
For additional protection and a more pleasant look, the top plate of the waterbed should be provided with a sheet. For comfortable handling and a good fit, it is advisable to use a fitted sheet or sheet. Fitted sheets are usually equipped with an all-round rubber, which ensures that the sheet stays securely in place even on restless nights.
Fitted sheets for water beds should be made of a material that absorbs and transfers moisture well. A proportion of elastane is also advantageous, as it makes the sheet more elastic and flexible. This not only simplifies pulling it up onto the water mattress or over the top plate, but also has a beneficial effect on the mattress function. Waterbed sheets should also be washable at at least 60 ° C.
Fitted sheets suitable for water beds are available in all common formats in standard lengths as well as excess lengths, which are very common in softside water beds due to the lost lying surface due to the foam wedges.
When buying a fitted sheet for the waterbed, in addition to the size of the lying surface, you have to pay attention to the footbridge height, as this is higher than with most regular mattresses. Since box spring beds, due to their higher structure consisting of topper and mattress, also require fitted sheets with more bar height, box spring bedsheets can be usedoften also used for making waterbed mattresses. The key is the height of the bar, which can be easily measured with a ruler or tape measure at the corner of the water mattress. The question “Why an extra sheet for a waterbed?” Can therefore be answered by the fact that the mattress on a waterbed is usually higher than normal mattresses, which is why regular sheets either cannot be opened at all or if you use them again and again the mattress slip.
What does a waterbed weigh?
How much weight a waterbed brings on the scales depends, of course, on its size. In general, there is also a big difference between a hard-side waterbed and a soft-side waterbed. Since the water surface of the softside waterbed is reduced by the circumferential foam edge, it is always significantly lighter than a comparable hardside waterbed. However, most of the filled softside waterbeds, for example 200 x 200 cm in size, weigh between 650 kg and 800 kg.