As a mom of two, Playa Vista’s Stefanie Huber knows the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. But when her youngest kept waking up in the middle night, she become determined to find out why. That’s when she realized that when the sheets fall off, it often wakes the child, who then wakes their parents. Determined to find a solution, she got to work creating a new type of bedsheet that was comfortable, cozy and kept her kids cocooned all night and Tucked + Covered was born.
Read how this new entrepreneur is hoping her innovative sheets help the whole family feel more rested in this month’s business spotlight!
Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
A. My name is Stefanie Huber, mom inventor of Tucked + Covered bedsheets for kids. Living in Playa Vista with my supportive hubby, two beautiful children, and fun-filled pups for more than seven years, many of our closest friends reside in Westchester, Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey. The calming seaside landscape coupled with the Ballona wetlands and serene hillside villages breeds positive inner chi, just like my favorite hot yoga class! It’s easy to begin my work day with inspirational ideas amongst the dreamy surroundings we call home. Being an elementary school teacher before starting my own family, I’ve always had an innate soft spot for helping kids build self-esteem. And since my patented stretch and flow button design keeps our little ones comfy covered without a parents’ help, they fall asleep and awake feeling proud. Plus, with my neatly tailored button hold, children succeed in the traditional chore of morning bed making! All they have to do is simply smooth and straighten with no more tucking.
Q. When did you start Tucked+ Covered? What was your inspiration for starting this business?
A. Living on broken sleep close to a decade ago, my four-year-old son, Max, sparked the start of my innovative kids’ bedding design. Desperate to find the root cause of Max waking up throughout the night, I began searching his bed for clues. Finally, deciding to fasten his messy kicked off twin sheets together stopped his 2 a.m. risings, so I decided to develop my idea for market! Although building my business from the ground up with zero experience is challenging and a slow burn, my motivation fuels daily as I awake comfy covered in my fully functioning adult prototype. Yes, I have successfully ended the nightly tug of war over bedsheets with my hubby!
Q. Do you consider yourself a sleep expert? What are some of your best sleep tips for families?
A. Since my high-quality kids’ bedding design centers around giving families the very best rest, I guess some would say I’m a child sleep expert. Every week I research, write and post blogs on my website concentrated around getting children to sleep through the night with lots of tips and tricks for parents.
Q. What do you love most about what you do and being an entrepreneur?
A. Designing, creating and evolving bedsheet designs for all ages is my passion. I have an entire line of designs ready to be manufactured, but the hurdle of funding is still one I need to jump. It’s frustrating to see the same old traditional bed linen designs produced for the masses when they do not fulfill their intended purpose. After all, isn’t the job of bedsheets to keep us comfy and covered all night? Think about the broken sleep and messy morning beds we all experience from wrestling with untucked bed sheets and ask yourself, “Isn’t it time someone changes the face of bedding?” Well, I have!
Q. Is there anything else you would like people to know about your business?
A. If you would like to see in person how my bed sheet design can help you and your family sleep better, visit me at the Playa Vista Farmers’ Market. I’m there once a month, so email me at email@example.com for upcoming dates. With my family-first, community approach, I welcome any questions, comments or suggestions. It takes a village to build a solid business foundation!
Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses?
A. Having a small business, I realize firsthand the heart and soul family business owners feel with their community offerings. During the height of the pandemic, so many could not withstand the financial fall of closed doors. Experiencing this tragedy was heartbreaking since small businesses give our communities a creative hometown feel we crave like a breath of fresh air. Here’s a big shout out to some of my most visited local small businesses:
In Westchester: The Book Jewel and Tanner’s Sewing and Vacuum Center.
In Playa del Rey: Kinder Alchemy.
In Marina del Rey: Hot Yoga Los Angeles and Koyama Chiropractic and Acupuncture.
In Playa Vista: See You Monday Marketing Boutique and Brella Child Care Services.
To learn more about Tucked + Covered, visit tuckedcovered.com.
Posted January 2022.