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How Full Should You Fill a Water Bed?

Updated February 21, 2017

Waterbeds provide a number of benefits, such as offering a great sleeping surface (especially for people who can't sleep on firm mattresses) and heated water for cold nights. Unfortunately, filling a waterbed up is a chore. Knowing how full your waterbed should be helps in the process of getting the bed ready for a good night's sleep.

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Filling the waterbed

Make sure you are filling the bed correctly. Remove the aerator from the spout you are using to fill the waterbed, if it has an aerator. Aerators are small mesh caps on the end of a spout or faucet that make air bubbles. You don't want these bubbles in your waterbed.

Fill the waterbed with warm water one quarter at a time. After each quarter remove the hose from the intake valve and roll a broom handle over the mattress from top to bottom. This will help remove any air bubbles. Repeat this process after each quarter and then again three days later, just to be sure.

Once you've got the hang of the filling process you're ready to determine how full you want the waterbed.

How full should the waterbed be?

In the end, the fullness of a waterbed is really a matter of personal preference.

Once the mattress is full lie on it on your back with no pillow. If two people will be sharing the bed, you should both lie on it at the same time. Ideally your body will be parallel to the floor when you lie on the bed. If you feel like your head is lower than your midsection, or if you are rolling off the bed, there's too much water in the mattress and you will need to drain some out. If you feel like you are lying in a hammock and your midsection is lower than your head and feet, there's not enough water in the mattress and you will need to add some.

Once you have achieved the parallel position you can make small adjustments to your preference. And once your preference is achieved you can look forward to a restful night of sleep.

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About the Author

Ariel Phillips

Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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