1: Build the Frame
Lay out your frame and
hardware. NOTE: The footboard and
backboard have grooved bottoms that should face inward toward each
other. Also the finished side of the frame boards should face the floor.
Assemble the frame with the corner
brackets and screws provided. Note that the side frame boards extend
past the backboard. The extended portion of the frame will support your
bookcase headboard. A sure way to insure correct internal spacing from
head to foot is to use one of the deck boards (see Step 2), as a
measure. Lay the 1 piece of deck into the groove at the foot, now bring
the head frame board in between the side rails until the deck fits in
the groove. Mount at the point. Now remove the deck board and go to Step
Position your assembled frame exactly where you want it in your room.
1: Build the
Frame Panel Headboard or no Headboard
Lay out your frame and
should face in
toward each other. Make sure all frame
facing down on
If your frame includes a
attach it to the back frame board using the slats and screws provided.
the frame board
inward once the
Assemble the frame with
brackets and screws provided. Note the finished top to the frame is
(Some pedestals vary in
configuration.) Lay one of the large drawer sections inside the frame,
recessed as pictured.
Lay the second large drawer
assembly sections in on the other side of the frame, as pictured.
Next, tilt the frame on to one
side. Avoid moving the drawer sections. After Step 3 you will lower the
frame onto the deck boards which will be mounted on the pedestal.
Now, slide in or attach the
door section and wood pieces in the appropriate slots. These should be
snug to assure proper support.
Be certain the assembled
Captain’s pedestal is accurately centered within the frame and in its
final position, before moving to step 3.
2: Build the
Lay out the pieces of your
standard pedestal inside of the frame as pictured. The finished sides
when assembled are to face outward.
Slide the brown corner brackets
corner of the pedestal. Slide the corner bracket on to each pedestal
board at an angle, to start, for easiest assembly.
Firm pressure is generally
required to slide the corner brackets all the way on and lock the corner
Assemble the two sets of the
center support systems, by inserting the slotted pieces into one
another. Position the two internal supports in the center of the
pedestal, head to foot and side to side. You may receive a center
support system of one longer piece and two shorter pieces that are
slotted. Position down the middle of the pedestal.
The pedestal should be
accurately centered within the frame in its final position.
Next, without letting it slide
place, tilt the frame on to one side. Avoid moving the pedestal. After
Step 3 you will lower the frame onto the deck boards Which will be
mounted on the pedestal.
3: Lay Deck
Boards on Pedestal
King size-position the three 24 inch deck board pieces so that the
pedestal is equally recessed on all sides. The cut corners on the deck
boards should be positioned at the four corners. If the corners are not
cut simply trim off 1” - 2” from the corners at the head, nearest an
outlet, to accommodate heater and massage unit cords. Cut all four
Queen size – position the two 24 inch deck boards, with the one 12 inch
deck board in the middle, so that the pedestal
recessed on all sides. The cut corners on the deck boards should be
positioned at the four corners
Super Single size – position the two 24 inch deck boards so that the
pedestal is equally recessed on all sides. The cut
corners on the
deck boards should be positioned at the four corners.
4: Mount the
Frame to the Deck
Lower the frame onto the deck. Make sure the grooves on the bottom of
the footboard and backboard overlap the deck boards. Re-check that the
pedestal is centered and in
This detail photo shows how the
grooves overlap the deck.
Attach the “L” bracket into the
middle of each frame board and deck to secure the deck to the frame. To
protect liner and mattress from metal burrs, cover all inside metal
with duct tape.
If your waterbed features a
bookcase headboard, mount it to the frame now. Secure the headboard to
the frame with the flat brackets screwed in from underneath the
the frame. This step may not be necessary.
The padded rail caps slip over
the frame edges.
Temperature Control Unit
UNPLUG HEATER BEFORE FILLING OR DRAINING YOUR WATERBED.
FOLLOW SPECIFIC HEATER MANUFACTURER’S GUIDELINES FOR DETAILED
Place the heating pad in the center area of the deck avoiding the cracks
in the deck boards. For Queen or Super Single place heating pad to one
side or the other. DO NOT PLACE OVER CRACKS.
Run the thermostat control's sensor tube through the corner hole inside
the frame onto the deck. The sensor tube should be positioned midway
the frame and
the heating pad, preferably twelve inches away from the heating pad.
To test the temperature control system, plug it in, turn the thermostat
up and place your hand on the heating pad.
As soon as you
feel it start to warm up, UNPLUG THE CONTROL FROM YOUR
Safety Liner and Mattress
If you purchased a “Stand-Up”
safety liner, you simply need to spread it out inside your frame. It
will stand-up inside the frame by itself. Smooth out the wrinkles,
especially over the heating pad.
Lay out your water mattress
inside your safety liner with the valve at the front. Carefully avoid
shifting any of the baffle inserts, if you bought a motion reduced
mattress. Remove the wrinkles on the bottom and make sure the mattress
is evenly centered. Unscrew cap and remove plug now.
Align the corners of the mattress
with the corners of the frame. If your safety liner, heating pad, or
thermostat sensor tube shifted during this process, reposition it now.
the Water mattress
From your bathroom faucet, remove
the aerator by unscrewing it. (If your bathroom faucet does not have an
aerator, you will have to use your kitchen faucet or an
Attach the faucet connector you
purchased with your waterbed maintenance kit into your faucet. Next
attach in a garden hose to the faucet connector. Make a tight fit to
avoid spray leakage (a towel placed over the faucet while filling will
keep any leakage from spraying.) To help eliminate unclean water in your
bed, flush running water through the garden hose for a minimum of 10
filling your bed.
Attach the waterbed hose
connector onto your garden hose. Insert it into your “popped-up” valve
and attach the hose connector and valve securely together to avoid
leakage. Wrap a towel around this
soak up any unavoidable leakage.
Pour in your waterbed
conditioner. Fill your waterbed with mild to warm water approximately
one quarter to one half inch below the side of the frame boards. Shut
off the water
and remove the hose.
Remove the air bubbles inside the
mattress. Do this by “pushing” them with a broomstick towards the valve
which is “popped-up”. Remove all the bubbles or they will create a
“sloshing” sound. You will have to remove air bubbles again in
about three days
and also occasionally thereafter.
Insert the plug and securely
screw on the cap. Plug in your temperature control system according to
specific manufacturer’s instructions and turn the thermostat to 85.
Within 3 days, you can more accurately adjust up or down to your
This close up photo shows how to
insert your cap and plug without allowing air to get in the mattress and
without allowing water to spill out. Your cap and plug may be a one
piece design. Not separate as shown.
8: Add Your
Place your mattress pad onto the
filled water mattress. By placing your knee in the corner of the filled
mattress, it simplifies slipping the pad pocket or elastic band over the
mattress pad is very important to your waterbed. Not only will it make
it more comfortable, but it will also soak
up any normal
body oils that can deteriorate your mattress over time
Properly installed, your
waterbed sheets will not come off because of the large corner pockets.