The padpod has been a great success. Well-priced and available in shops or online, padpods are a must have tablet accessory.
Ellie, then 13, created the padpod for her grandmother. But everyone else wanted one of these neat little pyramid-shaped beanbags so she had to keep making more.
They proved so popular that the family decided to take the plunge and manufacture them commercially. Everyone got involved. Ellie’s Mum Jenny, an occupational therapist and ergonomics consultant, had the skills to ensure that that the padpod was designed for comfort and good posture and also that it met approved Australian Standards. One thing that the whole family was definite about was that the padpod had to be Australian-made.
A high-quality spandex suede was chosen and a Melbourne manufacturer commissioned to cut and stitch. Family members worked together to fill, finish and pack but soon assistants were hired. Jenny says that marketing has been limited but that padpods just sell themselves.
padpods are sold in shops in an impressive triangular box while online customers get theirs neatly bagged and ready to use or wrap as a gift. The boxes unfortunately don’t survive mailing.
Company names and logos can be embroidered onto padpods at a very reasonable cost too. A health-care range has just been added, for use in hospitals and residential facilities, in a hard-wearing fabric that can be wiped clean with disinfectant.
padpods make ideal Christmas gifts for anyone of any age who works, reads or plays on an electronic device. They can be purchased online from www.padpod.com.au, or found in stores. Or look up the list of stockists to find a store near you.