Waterbed Sheets – Hard-Sided vs Soft-Sided Waterbed Sheets

Despite coming into vogue during the ’80s, waterbeds have been popular for several decades. They are available in two basic styles: hard-sided and soft-sided.

The traditional hard-sided waterbed is recognized as a water-containing mattress inside of a wooden rectangular frame.  The soft-sided waterbed looks like a conventional mattress, and is designed to fit most standardized bed frames, making it a perfect compliment to your pre-existing bedroom furniture.

A waterbed mattress can help improve posture, add back support, and may increase blood and oxygen circulation throughout the body. These mattresses are also by nature hypoallergenic, ideal for preventing allergies and irritations, thereby providing maximum comfort.

Like any bed, it’s natural that waterbeds come in various sizes. Although the width varies with each size, most waterbeds measure 84” in length. The most common sizes are Super Single (48 x 84), Queen (60 x 84), and King (72 x 84), but there is also the Single Size (39 x 84) and Full (54 x 84), to fit the needs of everybody.

What you should know about Hard-Sided Waterbed Sheets:

Hard-sided waterbeds require specially designed sheets for a proper fit. Unlike conventional bed sheets that typically have elastic around the entire edge of the fitted sheet, hard-sided waterbed sheets have triangular corner pockets which the corner of the liner fits into. Hard-sided waterbed sheets come in three styles:

Attached Waterbed Sheets, also referred to as the ‘Four Pocket Style’ are designed with the top flat sheet and bottom sheet sewn together with an approximate eighteen inch seam at the center of the bottom sheet. Since the flat sheet is ‘attached’ to the bottom sheet, there is no need for the flat sheet to have the triangular corner pockets to hold it in place, hence, there are only the four pockets on the bottom sheet.

Unattached Waterbed Sheets, also called ‘Six Pocket Style’, are made with a separate flat sheet and bottom sheet. The flat sheet has two triangular corner pockets at the bottom of the sheet to accommodate the liner and hold the sheet in place, and the bottom sheet has four corner pockets, hence together there are ‘six pockets.’

Attached Waterbed Sheets with Stay-Tight Poles, also called ‘Pole Pocket Sheets’ or ‘Waterbed Sheets with Poles’ , are the Attached Style with an additional feature which helps to keep the pockets securely in place under the liner. Each triangular corner pocket has a cylindrical piece of fabric sewn to its edge which holds an actual short pole or tube. When the waterbed liner is placed in the pocket, the weight of the pole on the underside of the bottom sheet helps to keep the sheet securely tucked in.

Soft-Sided Waterbed Sheets:

Since soft-sided waterbeds look like conventional beds and can be used with traditional bed frames, conventional deep pocket sheets are the best choice for this style of waterbed.  These sheets are typically made with elastic around the entire edge of the fitted sheet. The flat sheet can either be attached or unattached at the foot. When shopping for soft-sided waterbed sheets or conventional bed sheets, first measure the depth of the mattress. You will want the pocket of the fitted sheet to be at least two or three inches deeper so that you have some fabric for tucking under the mattress. This style of sheets works quite well for soft-sided waterbeds.

Now that you know the different options, the question is, “Where do I find waterbed sheets?”  Cozytown Linens is proud to offer waterbed sheets in all styles. Available in complete sheet sets as well as separate waterbed bottom sheets, there are several different fabrics to choose from and colors galore to match your décor. And best of all, they are made right here in the USA.

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