The KCE Bed Story
Kind Cuddle Embrace Bed
How the Innovative Redesign of the Adjustable Bed for Lateral Sleep Positioning Came to Be!
At the time Gavin lived in a minimalist-style studio apartment with the sofa being the guest sleeping space. As I usually found myself sleeping on the sofa at home, rather than stay at a hotel, I slept on Gavin’s. His sofa was deep-seated with overstuffed removable pillows – and it was incredibly comfortable.
Awakening the next morning, after having slept so comfortably, the idea came to me and I said, “This needs to be a bed!“
Gavin and I started discussing why so many people we know, including ourselves, prefer to sleep on a sofa. We recognized the design actually creates an “embracing” effect while you sleep providing back support, body alignment, and comfort that encourages uninterrupted sleep.
We researched lateral sleep positioning and found several scientific studies that demonstrate this position is our anatomy’s natural sleep position. We also discovered there are many wellness benefits to lateral sleep positioning and to feeling embraced during sleep.
Upon returning home, I went on a search for a lateral sleep positioning adjustable bed base. The available adjustable beds all raised at the head and foot.
I thought “Think of how many people would benefit from this new bed design“. I got out my sketch pad and started drawing my design of the lateral sleep positioning adjustable bed base. And so, the KCE Bed story began.
There are several amazing people who contributed to bringing You the KCE Bed.
Gavin who graciously took on the role of business owner; moved across the country, developed and implemented a business plan, built a comprehensive internet presence; identified the perfect replacement patent representation, identified the appropriate composition mattress to function correctly with the bed base, and so much more.
Jose who recognized the potential of the invention and agreed to manufacture it in his family owned & operated manufacturing plant established by his grandfather in 1902.
Justin who understood the value of the invention and worked expeditiously to secure the patent.
Victoria J Vislosky, DC who understood the wellness benefits of the design and endorsed the invention.
Allen who provided the industry insight the product is best served to the Home Health market.
We continue to search the health benefits of the lateral sleep position published by the scientific community and are amazed as the list continues to grow!
Best regards, Mary Ann, humble inventor
The history and timeline of the adjustable bed:
1874 The Andrew Wuest and Son’s, Cincinnati Ohio bed company, medical moveable bed frame made its debut. The 1800s version elevated the head.
1909 Dr. Gatch creates Gatch Bed. The purpose was to prevent patients from the risk of infection, no longer in the single position of lying flat during recovery. The Gatch Bed split into three separate sections, each section able to be positioned as needed according to the patient’s specific needs.
1900s George Ryerson Fowler saw the need to allow for the bed to adjust to moving even more, up to a 90-degree angle, to what is now known as Fowler’s position. This position permits the head of the bed to be raised up to a 90-degree right angle to allow for easier patient feeding, breathing, and grooming, along with better drainage after certain procedures.
1974 as TV and reading in bed rose in popularity the adjustable bed was introduced to the residential consumer. The design promoted back sleeping, doing little to ease a myriad of health problems known to negatively impact sleep.
2017 The innovative redesign of the adjustable bed base for lateral sleep positioning, branded KCE Bed, Kind Cuddle Embrace Bed, was invented. This redesign of the adjustable bed was designed for home health use and the natural wellness benefits we experience while sleeping in a lateral position. Inventors, Mary Ann Schell and Gavin Wilson, Tampa, FL USA.