70s and 80s Kids Can Now Relive Their Childhood Dream Because Waterbeds Are Back

70s and 80s Kids Can Now Relive Their Childhood Dream Because Waterbeds Are Back

You cannot deny daydreaming about floating atop the comfy mattress that you weren't allowed to use as a child. Well, Afloat mattresses change that.

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If you are a child of the 70s or 80s, you may recall your parents and older family members sleeping on a waterbed that was strictly restricted for you. Of course, parents were not wrong to think you would end up jumping on them and causing more trouble than they could have handled. You cannot deny daydreaming about floating atop the comfy mattress or even trading your current one with the old-fashioned one. Well, those days of just fantasizing about these waterbeds are gone because its creator Charlie Hall has made a comeback.



Hall invented the waterbed in 1968, according to Business Insider, and it managed to become a $1.9 billion industry ($4.3 billion in today's dollars). In addition to helping people sleep better, the waterbed was sold for its unique bouncy nature - if you know what we mean. The sales pitch for the first water bed, which was called "The Pleasure Pit," was: "Two things are better on a waterbed, and one of them is sleeping." The product was originally a part of Hall's thesis project at San Francisco State University in which he was looking for a piece of furniture that could form the contours of a person's body without creating any pressure points. "I always liked furniture and I wanted to address human comfort. I talked to doctors, physical therapists, even some psychiatrists, trying to put together elements of comfort that work," he told the Seattle Times. Hall initially tried to fill a chair with Jell-O and another with a kind of viscous corn starch but it didn't seem like a "practical" plan.



"It was not practical. It weighed 300 pounds, and you couldn’t move it unless you had a forklift. And you kept sinking deeper and deeper into it until it was hard to get out of," recalled Hall. "I also decided that a bed was more important. It’s the piece of furniture used most in the house." This is when he had the epiphany of switching the corn starch with water and using it to fill a vinyl bladder, which was created for him by a company that specialized in PVC. After receiving an "A" on the thesis, Hall set out to perfect his creation until the water bed was born. Eventually, celebrities began noticing this fad and placing orders. 




Back then, these wobbly beds accounted for 12 percent to 15 percent of the American bedding market. Unfortunately, today, it only makes for a measly 5 percent of mattress sales. The reason for its disappearance could be the fear of having one's bedroom flooded. In California, landlords could not discriminate against people who owned water beds as long as they had insurance, however, in many other places like Seattle, some rental agreements either prohibited them due to lack of waterbed legislation or required proof. "Probably bad marketing," said Hall. "It got to be price wars. Retailers were presenting $99 specials and selling a very crappy product. It spiraled down from there."



Debunking some of the myths that waterbeds could crash through the floor due to its extremely heavy weight, he continued, "Forty pounds per square foot is a normal building load on a residential floor. Waterbeds don’t even come close. It’d be a third or less." Speaking about leaking issues, he said, "They have safety liners that take care of any leak issues." Some didn't like the fact that it generated waves whenever one rolled over it. This disturbed the partner sleeping beside them as the waves would travel to the other side. Seems like Hall has found a solution to the problem with his new Afloat mattresses which have a "wave-suppression system so that when one person moves, it doesn't have an effect on the other person."




According to the website, the improved version reduces pressure points "instantly" so you can enjoy an uninterrupted sleep cycle. It also comes with a temperature control pad, a fabric cover, and has an impermeable membrane that prevents bed bugs from infesting your favorite place. The fabric provided by the company is fully machine-washable too! The price of the pure flotation version starts at $1,995 and the firm flotation begins from $2,399. Maybe, it's time for you to get some new furniture for the house, surely you'll not be disappointed by the experience!



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