A: Although there are reports of ancient Persians snoozing on water-filled goatskin bags, the waterbed as we know it was born in San Francisco (where else?) in (when else?) the late 1960s. Originally called “the pleasure pit,” the waterbed prototype was a bean-bag-esque vinyl bladder that sat on the floor.
Popular with hippies and would-be ladies’ men, the bed truly broke into the mainstream when someone decided to add a bed frame. Of course, the puncture-proof liner also helped. By 1987, the beds had achieved full-fledged fad status, and they accounted for an astounding 22 percent of U.S. mattress sales. Unfortunately, poor quality control led to some decidedly un-groovy publicity, and the waterbed enthusiasm had completely drained by the early 1990s. So, where can you find waterbeds today? Well, you’d have to do some serious scouting. Today, the hydro-riffic beds constitute fewer than six percent of mattresses sold.Powered by Sidelines