Padded Blog


Winter Harvest

With 2014 almost at an end, we wanted to provide a few updates on Padded Spaces.

  1. Prop 'n Go Slim and iBedside are available in more colors and patterns than ever before and are now available at Amazon US, Canada, and Europe with free shipping. All other countries can order via Paypal.
  2. Prop 'n Go Lite, Regular, and All-in-one are being discontinued from further production. This was a hard decision, but given the popularity of the Slim version, we wanted to focus all effort on making it the best possible.
  3. Keep an eye on Christmas shipping deadlines. Here are Amazon US, CA, and UK cut off dates. See below or the Purchase page for Amazon and Paypal shipping times.
  4. iBedside has been featured in a number of cool locations. See it on TV here. Read a fantastic Italian review here, if you know Italian that is.

Make sure to get your Prop 'n Go before Santa comes down the chimney.

United States: 
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/22 (1 p.m. PST) for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. 
From Amazon.com - View ordering deadlines

Europe: 
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/19 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. 
From Amazon Europe - View ordering deadlines

Canada: 
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/19 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. 
From Amazon Canada - View ordering deadlines

Worldwide: 
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/14 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

Update on iBedside: Wow

One week after a Daring Fireball-exclusive debut, iBedside sold out for 2013. Customers answered affirmatively: we need somewhere to put our gadgets in bed.

Unfortunately, for all who ordered iBedside after December 9th, your orders won't begin shipping until late January. We are ramping up production just like Prop 'n Go with the same keen attention to detail.

We are processing orders first-in, first-out. Those who ordered on Paypal will receive a USPS tracking number as each order ships.

Our #1 priority is to fulfill all orders with flawless products ASAP. Please do message us with any concerns or questions.

And finally, thank you for the patience and support it takes to launch a new product. It's much appreciated!

Announcing iBedside

Announcing iBedside

An elegant and convenient way to store gadgets in the bedroom, iBedside makes using gadgets a dream. Charge devices while keeping cables out of sight, all while within arms reach. And just as you begin to doze off, flip down the magnetic shelf and set your iPhone down. Rest and recharge.

Available now at PaddedSpaces.comiBedside.com, and Amazon (USCAEU) for $39.95 or 69.95 with Prop 'n Go Slim.

Features

  • Two full-size interior pockets
  • One full-size exterior pocket
  • Magnetic fold-out shelf
  • Two cord openings and stretchy cord loops
  • Breathable fabric and open air ventilation
  • Holds up to 7.5 lb of devices on most beds*

Color Options

  • Black/Gray
  • Black/Green
  • Black/Blue
  • Green Stripe

Specifications

3.5x12.75x14 in - 14 oz
8.9x32.4x35.6 cm - 397 g

Components

Man made and natural fabrics, foam core, plastic, silicone

*Beds, frames, box springs, bedding, and other factors impact how much iBedside can safely hold.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Make sure to get your Prop 'n Go before Santa comes down the chimney.


United States:
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/21 (3 p.m. PST) for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
From Amazon.com - View shipping deadlines here.

Europe:
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/17 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
From Amazon Europe - View shipping deadlines here.

Canada:
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/18 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
From Amazon Canada - View shipping deadlines here.

Worldwide:
From PaddedSpaces.com - Order by 12/15 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

5by5

We love podcasts. And if you love podcasts, you've heard of 5by5. They produce some of the best tech shows going. This week we are honored to sponsor the network. As longtime listners, it is rewarding to support such a smart venture.

Check out the shows we sponsored bellow.

O Canada

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. (John F. Kennedy, Address to Canadian Parliament, 1961)

And now Amazon Canada makes us free shipping traders.

 

✓ iPad mini

What Apple makes, it often makes smaller. And so is the case with the iPad mini, arguably the best tablet computer ever made. Nearly everything that makes the full-size iPad fun to use, the iPad mini makes funner.

Even with it's diminutive profile it can still feel heavy after awhile. Whether you want to watch movies in bed or play games on the couch, iPad mini fits comfortably on Prop 'n Go. See iPad mini resting on Prop 'n Go below.


Surf's Up

Microsoft Surface RT is out. It is a fun Windows 8 tablet with unique features like a built-in kickstand and optional Touch Cover keyboard.

We've tested and found that it works great with Prop 'n Go, both in landscape and portrait orientation at all 14 angles. You can even turn Prop 'n Go around and use Surface with the keyboard cover. Prop 'n Go makes it comfortable to use Surface in bed and on the couch.

 

Comfy & Cute: Introducing Polka Dots!

We are happy to announce the release of a limited edition Prop 'n Go with a brand new look—the Prop 'n Go Slim with Polka Dots. 

With the classic comforts of memory foam and 14 easily adjustable angles provided by all versions of Prop 'n Go, Prop 'n Go Slim now comes with a stylish new pattern of black accentuated with fun and brightly colored polka dots. Along with the two original Prop 'n Go Slim colors of black and blue, this third Polka Dot option is perfect for those in need of comfort and a little extra flair.

Available for $34.95 at PaddedSpaces.com/Purchase and Amazon.com with free shipping.


Feeling fancy?

Have you heard of Fancy? It's a neat new site that like Pinterest has collections of cool products and things. Unlike Pinterest, you can buy items directly from the site.

Today we launched a special Fancy store. Check it out. "Fancy" Prop 'n Go and unlock exclusive deals and discounts.


Hi Europe + iLounge Review = Cool week

Great news! Prop 'n Go is now available in Europe with free shipping from Amazon.co.uk.

United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Iceland, Andorra, Gibraltar, San Marino, and Vatican City.

Also this morning, iLounge reviewed Prop 'n Go Slim. A terrific review and recommendation from the most trusted iDevice site.

...we find that the streamlined design looks and feels much better. The new pillow is particularly comfortable, and fits well on the lap.

We’re happy to see that Padded Spaces refined what was a pretty good idea and ended up with a more impressively executed solution. The fact that it’s accommodating to all iPads, and supports most cases is certainly a big plus.

 

Introducing Prop 'n Go Slim

From Macworld Expo 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

Introducing Prop 'n Go Slim - a super thin, luxuriously comfortable, conveniently portable, and universally compatible iPad and tablet stand. 

Don't be afraid to let go

Prop 'n Go Slim contours your lap while your favorite gadget rests at the perfect angle. The slim, sensuous profile and memory foam base lets you use your tablet anywhere, comfortably. A simple one-finger angle adjuster finds your ergonomic sweet spot.

Keep your hands to yourself

Tablet stands are a dime-a-dozen. Prop 'n Go Slim stands above the rest by being the most comfortable to use on your couch or while relaxing in your bed. Watch Netflix, play Scramble with Friends, and browse Safari, all hands-free. 

Future Proof design

Upgrade and switch devices anytime. Prop 'n Go Slim is made to fit tablets and gadgets of all shapes and sizes. iPad, Kindle, Nook, Galaxy Tab - they all fit. Prop 'n Go Slim also works with cases like the iPad Case, Smart Cover, and almost all other third-party covers.

New and improved grip surface 

Push, type, and swipe without fear of your device moving a millimeter. The anti-slip surface and rock-solid angle adjuster keep your device firmly in place. Prop 'n Go slim makes use of a special non-slip silicon for maximum durability and grip to keep your tablet exactly where you want it.

Truly accessible

Arthritic wrists, fused necks, muscle fatigue, and weary bones all benefit from Prop 'n Go Slim. Hands are optional to enjoy your gadget. If you have special needs Prop 'n Go Slim is here to assist.

Features:

  • Thin flat memory foam contour base
  • Universal tablet support including iPad 1 & 2, Kindle, Nook, and many more
  • 14 easily adjustable angles
  • Upgraded anti-slip surface
  • Breathe-easy premium fabric

Specifications:

External dimensions: 10.5"x10"x1" (LxWxH)

Weight: 1 lb

Color choices: Black, Blue

Pricing:

Prop 'n Go Slim - $34.95 msrp

Availability:

Shipping from PaddedSpaces.com beginning Feburary 3rd and Amazon.com on Feburary 9th.

Our Company

Designed and manufactured by Padded Spaces, LLC in Seattle, WA, makers of the highly acclaimed Prop 'n Go. Reviewed by The Unofficial Apple Weblog, featured in MacWorld, and purchased around the world. Padded Spaces was founded in 2010 by Ben and Cathy Palmer.

Gripper Strips v4

"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." - Thomas Edison

It turns out that taping grippy PVC to ABS plastic is hard, very hard. PVC becomes grippy by adding plasticizers. Wouldn't you know it, plasticizers love to eat-away acrylic adhesive. In short, that's why some gripper strips fail and peel up.

We've tried 3 different adhesives so far, but none have met our standard of uniform perfection. 

Now with the engineering help of 3M and other expert companies, we've discovered the strongest, longest lasting adhesive tape along with a more reliable manufacturing process.

We're happy to share today that all new Prop 'n Go's come with the new enhanced gripper strips. For all previously purchased Prop 'n Go's, if they exhibit any peeling issues whatsoever, new strips will be shipped immediately free of charge. Please email or call to report any troubles.

Conclusion: Perfection isn't attained through satisfaction. Perfection is an enduring pursuit. We at Padded Spaces have only begun our pursuit.

Ben Palmer

CEO - Padded Spaces

Inspired.

I remember watching the series finale of Seinfeld back in 1998 and a commercial came on that was like nothing I'd seen before. Think Different it proclaimed. I had long forgotten about Apple Computer. That night they recaptured my focus. Soon thereafter I purchased my first laptop, an iBook. I never switched back.

What drew me to the commercial were the visions of creators. The designers of our spaces. The thinkers of our science. The artists of our beauty. The engineers of our tools.

Steve Jobs inspires me.

His vision and execution have provided me the tools and platform to make my neighbors lives a bit more comfortable. For that and so much more, I carry a heavy heart today. Not of merely sadness, but of deep appreciation and respect. Thanks, Steve.

Ben Palmer

Issue Resolved or: Please call or email us if you have problems

This week we are sending out the last gripper strip fixes to customers. It is has taken longer than we had planned and hoped for. Thankfully our customers have responded with patience and resiliancy while we figured out the problem, solution, and logistics.

If you received replacement strips and are still having issues, please email or call us (872-222-PROP) right away. We promise to resolve any issues from this debacle.

Now that we have worked out the production kinks, production for the holidays is ramping up. Last year we simply couldn't meet demand, leaving store shelves empty for far too many days in December. Our #1 goal for the rest of the year is simple... STAY IN STOCK! It's easier said than done, especially considering we continue to have the #1 best selling iPad lap stand on Amazon.com. We are up for the challenge. Given what we've quickly learned in the last few months since debuting Prop 'n Go, we're game!

Talk to you soon. Safe proppin'.

Delivering new gripper strips

Starting today, we began shipping replacement gripper strips to Prop 'n Go users. The packages contain two strips per Prop 'n Go and installation instructions.

To speed up the process, we are shipping the new strips as each production batch is ready, in order of purchase date.

Thanks for your extended patience. The fix is on the way.

And the winner is... #3

Hello again. We have great news. After extensive testing of many different types of adhesives, we've found a much stronger tape. They withstood a week of extreme temperature flucuations in an enviromental chamber, which effectively speeds up the aging process.

Now that we have gripper strips that will last years, we are ready to mass manufacture and ship out the replacements. Our goal is mail out the replacement strips by Friday 8/26.

Take a look at the pictures below to see the testing results.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

A quick update on the replacement gripper strips. Our partners have prototyped various samples to compare adhesive strength and longevity.

These prototypes are now resting in a refrigerator, hot box, and a humid room. In a few days we will again inspect the strips to see if there are any signs of failure. Once we are sure they're ready, we will begin shipping out replacements immediately.

Thanks for hanging tight with us. The fix is on the way.