Waterbeds: They Were Cool But What Happened to Them?

Waterbed fail
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There was a time when waterbeds were the things to have. Everybody who was anybody had one in their home. They were loved and wanted by many people. Most stores don’t even sell them anymore. Why? Because they are a thing of the past. Like most other fads, the waterbed is a thing of the past.

No longer is it cool to spend the night sleeping on a full wave, heated mattress. We guess people got tired of carefully climbing into bed and avoiding all sharp objects while they were in bed. No sharp objects meant no eating in bed and definitely no pets sleeping with you. Their sharp claws could puncture your mattress and leave you sleeping in a puddle of water.

Waterbeds just aren’t practical. Today’s society is concerned with conserving the resources of the world. No one wants to run up their water bill filling up their mattress to get a good night’s sleep. They may have been cool back in the day, but now everyone knows they are bulky, heavy, cumbersome and so very, very old.

And did we mention the beds themselves, when fully filled could have weight northwards of 1600 pounds? So good luck re-organizing your bedroom or moving houses. How would you even “deflate” the bed? It just screams logistical nightmare.

Remember coming home late night after having one too many at the local club? You’d toss and roll like you were out at sea. If you didn’t keep one foot on the floor, you’d toss your cookies for sure. Ahh, yeah. Good times those were.

Not really.

We’re sure there are some people out there somewhere that swear by their waterbeds. We just don’t know who they are or where they live. Let’s face it. They are a thing of the past. The only thing we can hope for is that this is one trend that will not make a reappearance 15 or 20 years from now. Some things should be left in the past and the waterbed is definitely one of them.