After 30 years of being a waterbed user I feel the time has come
to make a change. Number one on the list is a memory foam bed
likely from Costco.
The basic support for these mattresses calls for solid and flat,
which suggests that a waterbed frame should do just fine. But at
least one website claimed otherwise.
Has anyone here transformed a hard side wooden waterbed frame for
use with a memory foam mattress?
Not I. But just as a data point. We got the memory foam set &
the springs that came with it are very much like a regular set of bed
And BTW-- I love the mattress. We've had ours for 4-5 years now.
It's been 20 since we had the waterbed & every once in a while, on a
cold winter night, I miss it just a tiny bit. But the memory foam
is the most comfortable I've ever experienced. [and my bones and
muscles are older now than they were for the others.<g>]
The Costco systems I'm looking at would likely be considered the
upper assembly. Meant to be placed on existing box springs or
Hence my curiosity. Waterbed frames usually consist of a plywood
or particle board base. Suggests to me that should provide ample
Try it and see if your back likes it. If not, you can always go back and
modify it later- you won't hurt the mattress with a month of
solid-surface use. Sams and real bedding stores sell low-profile box
springs for the extra-thick mattresses, for people that don't like
climbing a ladder into bed at night. What a box spring does is allow
entire mattress to flex a little, which does matter for larger folks
like me. I can tell the difference between standard mattress on box
springs, and mattress on plywood.
I don't have an answer for you, but wanted to relate my experience with
water beds for those who have not used one. My message is: DON'T! It
ruined my last marriage. We got a water bed and we just started
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