The Best Way To Moving Water Beds!


There are two methods for moving a waterbed: rolling or folding. Once you have successfully drained your mattress, you can choose either method for moving. There are several types of mattresses and even more problems that can confuse someone who does not know how to properly move these items. We have taken the time to explain the most common problems found, along with helpful solutions to these problems.

Floating Mattress – The mattress floats freely in the frame. You will have ot hold the mattress while draining in order to make this a little easier to move.
Fiber Mattress – Considerable care must be taken during draining and packing. Do not fold this mattress. If the internal layers of fiber become wet, you could have permanent damage to the baffling system.
Chambered Mattress The mattress cell contains several individual cells. Folding will damage these cells. After draining your mattress, use the roll technique to prepare for packing.
Cellular Mattress- This mattress has long individual tubes made of plastic. When the tubes are placed side by side, they form the foundation of the mattress. The top quilting is placed over the tubes, and the unit appears to be an ordinary mattress. This type should be rolled, not folded.

If you plan to store your waterbed, it is recommended to add the proper solutions after emptying the mattress. This will help eliminate bacterial growth.
Always follow the manufacturer’s disassembly and draining instructions when available.

Rolling – After you have drained the majority of the water from your waterbed, start “rolling”. This means to start at one end and roll the mattress gently to force any extra water out of the drain valve. After that, place an object over it to prevent it from unrolling until you are ready to transport it.
Folding – Starting at one end, fold the waterbed about every foot and a half. Be careful to hold the internal vinyl so it does not shift while folding. Once completed, this system is not as compact as rolling but does not allow the mattress to unroll.

Still don’t feel comfortable? Any waterbed dealer can assist in further prepping of your mattress.

  • If you’re going to be storing your waterbed mattress for more than 30 days, add a recommended all-purpose waterbed cleaner to reduce bacterial growth and maintain freshness.
  • If your mattress has frozen, do not attempt to handle, unfold, or unroll it. Let the mattress thaw out for 24 to 28 hours at room temperature. You will reduce the chance of cracks or leaks.
  • Be sure to grasp all internal layers with external vinyl to prevent the shifting of internal baffle structures.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s disassembly and draining instructions when available.


  1. Disconnect waterbed heater.
  2. Connect a standard garden hose to hose fitting on the drain pump.
  3. Connect the male end of the garden hose to the hose adapter.
  4. Direct hose/faucet hookup: Run water rapidly into garden hose before attempting to drain bed. Detach hose from faucet and place on a lower level than bed to drain. Water should continue to flow out; if not, repeat this step. When almost empty, gently lift corners of the mattress to direct water toward the valve.
  5. Be sure to keep the valve at the lowest point of the draining process. 
  6. Once the mattress is drained, fold or roll.  We prefer rolling, for it is gentler on the mattress.
  7. Pack in a box and wrap with blankets. Be sure to place in a box alone to prevent other objects from puncturing.
  8. Disconnect the heater pad and wrap by itself.

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