How our company became a reality, told by Mary Ann Schell.
The KCE bed idea come to me one weekend while I was visiting my son in California. I lived across the country in Florida at that time. On the first night of my visit I decided I would stay at his place instead of a hotel. Doing so allowed us to spent more time together during my visit. My son, who is a minimalist, was living in a small studio apartment. The only place available for me to sleep in his studio was the couch.
The couch my son had was a custom built apartment sized couch with a deep base and removable, overstuffed pillows. About the size of a short twin bed with the pillows removed from the back. It was very comfortable.
I slept really well on my son’s couch that I woke up in the same position I went to sleep in all three nights. After the third night of sleeping better than I normally did at home, I began to wonder why. What did the couch offer that my expensive mattress at home did not. My son and I debated over this topic during breakfast that morning. Debating different topics to understand cause and effect is something we did often. We concluded that the design of the couch offered an embracing effect. The added comfort of this effect allowed me to sleep on my side uninterrupted. This added effect is probably why I ended up slept on my couch a lot at home. The embracing effect a quality couch offers is most likely why a lot of people end up sleeping on their couch. Especially when people are stressed, lonely, sick or are having sleep discomforts. I decided it would be great if I could have a bed that would offer this embracing effect as an option. People could then sleep in their bedroom all the time.
When I got back home to Florida I researched availability of beds that would offer this effect. I could not find any. All the adjustable beds sold to the general public raised only at the head and foot. These adjustments force you to sleep on your back. Having a bed that offered a embracing effect while you slept on your side could be a great benefit to a great number of people. I decided then that I would invent such a bed.
Step one in the development of my idea would be obtaining the patent. With some research and a little help I was able to acquire the patent rights. Finding someone to help me design and build the bed was next. A huge furniture trade show in Las Vegas would be my target. I figured I would find someone there in the furniture industry to help me. There I met a wonderful man who specialized in the design and manufacturing of beds. He recognized the potential of my idea and agreed to work with me on making the bed a reality. After the first concept bed was made my son, who specializes in Business Operations, decided to help bring the KCE bed onto the retail market.
Between the three of us the Kind Cuddle Embrace, KCE, adjustable bed had become a reality. Offering a unique embracing effect, we hope the KCE Bed will help many people get a good night’s rest.
Mary Ann Schell
Inventor, Owner, CEO
VP, Business Operations, Sales, Marketing
Design & Manufacturing
- OHCA – Oregon Health Care Association