Ever since he was a kid, Kevin Gatlin has been bored by the monotonous environments of hospital rooms – so […]
Ever since he was a kid, Kevin Gatlin has been bored by the monotonous environments of hospital rooms – so as a means of making sure that his children were never forced to endure the same tedium, he came up with a simple solution to help with the hospital doldrums.
The entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina first got the idea for the bed sheets after he went to go visit his friend’s hospitalized child several years ago.
Gatlin then spent the next two years developing the sheets so that children could be entertained from the comfort of their own bed.
Gatlin worked with about six teachers to devise interactive bedsheets, pillowcases and covers that would serve not only a recreational purpose–but educational goals, too.
Gatlin explained: “We put together bedsheets and slumber bags that cover everything from Geography, Math, Science, Grammar, word find games, over-sized game boards… all on a three-piece set.”
Gatlin entered the business with a passion for children and a deep empathy for children who find themselves in otherwise dreary circumstances.
To date, Gatlin knows that his sheets are being used in 10 different hospitals across the country – but since his customers are able to donate bedsheets to their own local hospitals, that number could be much higher.
Parents can also buy the interactive sheets for their own children at home, but Gatlin hopes that his invention will soon make its way into hospitals around the world.