Frequently Asked Questions about Waterbed Part VII

How big should a water bed be?

If you look around the waterbed market, you will quickly see that the sizes offered hardly differ from the sizes of conventional sleeping systems with slatted frames or box springs and mattresses.

When choosing a softside waterbed, you have to consider that the wedge-shaped foam frame that surrounds the bed means that the effective lying area is “lost”. Assuming about 7.5 cm on each side, which must be removed from the lying surface of the water mattress, a 160 cm wide double bed still leaves 145 cm as the actual lying surface. If you divide this up between both users in the sense of a dual system, each user has just a little more than 70 cm available for themselves. This is very little for an adult – for comparison, regular single beds usually start from a width of 80 cm, with widths of 90 cm and 100 cm being much more in demand.

Based on the findings just made, the question “How big should a waterbed be?” Can be roughly answered in such a way that the choice of a larger format is definitely recommended for a softside model. If a double bed is desired, a width of at least 180 cm or 200 cm should be selected – based on standard bed dimensions. Each user has a lying surface width of about 82 cm or about 92 cm available.

Since the foam frame on the Softside waterbed runs all the way around, it also has a shortening effect on the length of the lying surface. Instead of the standard length of 200 cm, a waterbed then only offers an effective length of the lying surface of around 185 cm. Assuming that a bed length is usually recommended that corresponds to the height of the user plus 15 or better 20 centimeters, the loss of length in the case of a waterbed can be used to deduce that it can also be useful for people of normal height to have a waterbed in Buy extra length. Softside waterbeds with a reduced foam frame in the head and foot area are also available in stores, which increases the length of the lying surface by around 10 centimeters.

How to insure a waterbed?

Anyone who thinks carefully before purchasing a waterbed will probably ask themselves questions such as “Water damage from the waterbed, who pays?” Or “Leaked waterbed, who pays?”.

Water damage caused by a water bed is usually covered by normal household insurance. The water mattress as such is not insured. The insurance cover relates to damage to the substructure and the floor on which the waterbed is placed. It is advisable to inform your insurance company about the purchase of a waterbed. This normally does not lead to an increase in the insurance premium, since waterbeds generally do not represent a higher risk. Under certain circumstances, however, it is also advisable to adjust the specified maximum amount of compensation, which in turn can affect the amount of the contributions. Incidentally, most insurers rate waterbeds like aquariums, although the risk of leakage with the waterbed is significantly lower due to the safety tub.

However, there are also insurance companies that have excluded waterbeds from their insurance coverage in the household contents insurance and instead offer a separate insurance policy to protect the waterbed (waterbed insurance). As a consumer, you should take a closer look and compare the offers of different insurers. If the current provider of home contents insurance blocks the inclusion and protection of the waterbed, you should consider changing.

If the waterbed is “destroyed” by tap water damage, this is also normally regulated by the waterbed owner’s household insurance. In addition, the contents insurance also takes effect if the waterbed is “destroyed” in the context of general fire damage in the house. Incidentally, there are no known cases in this context where the heating of a water bed was the cause of an apartment fire.

Water beds or damage caused by water beds can also be covered by the residential building insurance. It is important that you deal with your insurance provider or insurance providers and inform them that a water bed will be purchased (see above) and that the conditions of the respective insurance policy clearly define that damage caused by a water bed is covered.

In addition to the household contents insurance that is usually available anyway, it can make sense for waterbed owners to take out additional insurance against overvoltage. If electronic equipment is damaged by lightning or thunderstorms, this insurance applies. In connection with the waterbed, this also covers possible overvoltage damage to the heater.

Will the partner be disturbed in the double waterbed?

If one person has already lay down to sleep and the second person comes later, it does not normally happen that the person who is already asleep is woken up. With a waterbed with a dual system, the movements from one side of the bed are hardly or not at all transferred to the other side of the bed. If a UN system has been chosen, it is quite possible that the sleeper will be “set in motion” by the entry of the second person. This can also be the case when changing sleeping positions during the night. However, this is not perceived as disadvantageous or annoying by many waterbed users.

Where can I buy waterbeds?

Nowadays, waterbeds are no longer only available in specialized shops (in almost all larger cities), but also in more and more classic furniture stores.

In addition, there are various offers and online shops for waterbeds on the Internet. Some manufacturers also offer their products on the web in direct sales, so to speak, in online factory sales.

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