About Us

About Us

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Our Mission 


Everything we do is designed to provide you with great sleep. Each mattress, mattress topper, comforter, pillow, and pad we make is handcrafted with care from the finest organic and all natural ingredients we can find.  Plus, with more than 30 years of craftsmanship behind us, you can rest assured that we stand behind everything we make.

We're proud that Soaring Heart is a little different from any other mattress store you'll find. When others offer inventory sales and discounts we build to order. When others find new fabrics, less expensive fillers and new ways to comply with regulations we stick to the same all organic, toxin free materials that our customers rave about. We also work hard to insure you receive the best value for your buck. We take working for your business every day seriously. All of our orders have names on them, your names, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family.

Our suppliers are a huge part of our success and we strive to support their efforts and passion. We want our organic sheep ranchers and cotton growers to have an outlet for the best products they can produce. Our builders are proud to handcraft your mattress using time honored techniques developed over our 30 years in the industry. We also want everyone to know our products can be rebuilt, recycled and reused without damage to the planet or harm to you and your loved ones.

Our hearts soar when we hear from our customers. We want to know how you're sleeping, we love it when you send your friends to shop with us and we love your commitment to help us give back to our community. Thank you for joining our Soaring Heart community of great sleepers!

Boy enjoys organic bedding.

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 Our Commitment to You


Every time you curl up in one of our beds
we want your heart to soar!

- Mike Schaefer, Owner, Soaring Heart Natural Beds
with happy customer, Dr. Henry Kuheric

Three values define our work: comfort, craftsmanship and community. At Soaring Heart we care how our customers sleep. We're committed to matching your needs for comfort with the best in our hand-crafted products. We're confident that with our 30 years of experience and our national recognition for full disclosure of any and all of the natural and organic ingredients we work with, you'll be able to rest assured that every stitch we make is placed with care. We invite you to join our community of craftsman, suppliers, and sleep experts and feel your heart soar today.

We understand that there's a lot of green-washing in the marketplace today. Just when you think you've heard it all, someone else comes up with another creative way to redefine their products. Soaring Heart is committed to making your shopping experience as simple as possible. Yes, we have decades of expertise available to you, but we also have decades of testimonials from real customers who have successfully transformed their sleep experiences. By choosing any of our Soaring Heart bedding products you're also supporting organic farms, ranches, and mills that share our sense of stewardship. You can also rest assured that after a long life of providing comfort, our products return easily to nature.

Bottom-line: we believe it's our people that put the heart into Soaring Heart. You won't find any high-pressure sales pitch, commission driven specials, or gimmicks when you work with us. Instead you will find some simple tools to help you assess your comfort needs along with the highest quality handcrafted mattresses and bedding available. We believe that your bedding should last. All of our organic mattresses, organic futons, organic shikibutons, and organic bedding are handcrafted with care using time honored building techniques acquired over 30 years in the industry to provide you with comfort for years to come.

We are grateful for your business and look forward to helping you any way we can.

Experience the Soaring Heart difference for yourself.

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Our History

Soaring Heart is here today because of our belief that everyone's sleep can be better. Our 34 years of bed-building experience has convinced us that all organic and natural bedding is a part of healthy living that should not be taken for granted. After all, we spend 30 percent of our lives in bed, and all of that sleep should be restorative, deep and profoundly comfortable.

Soaring Heart has always been a little different from other mattress stores. From the beginning our customer service has been focused on finding folks the best sleep products they need -- whether we build them or not. We've studied everything from 2,000 year old Japanese bed-building traditions to the latest in consumer protection regulations in order to ensure our products will pass the test of time, comfort and top-notch craftsmanship.

Over the years a lot has changed and Soaring Heart has changed too. But what hasn't changed is our commitment to listen to our customers and provide you the best sleep choices we can. For 30 years we've been working out of the same location in Seattle's off-beat Fremont neighborhood (sometimes known as the Center of the Universe). Today our neighbors include craft beer makers, the best in local chocolatiers, high-tech firms and some of the finest research facilities in the world which makes us think people love to flock around us great sleepers.

Since 1982 everyone at Soaring Heart has worked hard to build our small business into a sustainable, healthy community partner that is here for the long-haul. With just 15 employees we're happy to call our neighborhood home, our coworkers friends (and family), and we try our very best to make every one of our customers an advocate. Like our products, you can rest assured that Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company is built to last at least for the next 30 years!

     

 

 

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Our People

 

Soaring Heart Employees

When we say we're a small company, we mean it. We have a total of fifteen members in our little Soaring Heart family - that's all. With 15 employees and shop hours from 10-7 seven days a week, we all wear a lot of different hats everyday. We're a diverse team - we have musicians, artists, writers, students, hikers and great cooks - but from whatever walk of life, we're all interested in how well we sleep.

Production & Procurement

Soaring Heart beds require both craftsmanship and patience. First because our all organic, all natural raw materials demand perfect placement and layering. Second, because we stand behind everything we make, our builders must follow time-tested (and complex) build specifications assuring that your simple, elegant mattress is guaranteed to the core. We're also fortunate to have a team of expert seamstresses at Soaring Heart. With decades of experience we're confident that we can build pretty much any design our customers might demand. We know how to put the heart into every stitch we sew.

Production: Brian, Annan & Eric
Sewing: Re, Le, Nguyet, Cameron & Kirsten

 

Production Team

 Procurement is also a critical part of every product Soaring Heart sells. Over the decades we've built strong supplier relationships to help us certify the organic, all natural and non-toxic nature of our products. We want our customers to rest assured that they are sleeping on the best raw materials we can find and that we go out of our way to assure we meet or exceed all regulations for safe, healthy bedding. Part of everyone's job is to make sure we are ordering and building to exacting specifications as well as our customer's specific needs. While this might be challenging it's part of the fun of working here!

Sales & Customer Service

As our first line of customer contact everyone on our sales team is dedicated to being fully available to you whenever you need us. We are committed to a no hassle shopping experience. No question is out of order. We are here to educate our customers first. We believe our sales flow from understanding every customer's unique needs.

Sales: Jeff, Louis, Kim, Rob, Lynn & Eugenia
Logistics: Conner & Aaron

 

Soaring Heart Sales Team


 Our services don't end once you've picked your ideal bedding we want to make sure everyone can get their purchases home and set up where and when they need them. Whether it's a web order for a king size bed to be shipped across country or a pillow being picking up after work for a friend in the hospital, we want to be sure you get what you need. Our logistics & delivery team is constantly on the lookout for new ways to recycle old mattresses, ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and ways to package our products in ever more environmentally friendly ways. Logistics also helps us navigate any thorny service questions and/or freight claims.

Management & Administration
 - Mike Schaefer & Mindy

If there's anyone committed to keeping the heart in our work it's our Owner and President, Mike Schaefer. With a lifetime's commitment to hand-crafted products (as well as the more typical challenges like building his own house), Mike gets what it takes to build something with patience, the right raw materials and well, heart. He's also committed to continuing Soaring Heart's decades long support for community services ranging from public radio advertising to our quarterly Charity Pillow Builds on behalf of great organizations like Children's Hospital, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and homeless shelters, such as Seattle's Plymouth Housing Group. Soaring Heart believes we all sleep better knowing we are members of healthy, vibrant communities and when it comes to the personal touch side of the business, Mike wants to be sure we all have time to say thanks.

If you're doing business with Soaring Heart you're likely connected with Mindy McMahon, who handles everything related to our books and accounting. As they say, the buck has to stop somewhere and Mindy's desk (the cleanest one around) is set-up to keep us on the straight and narrow.

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Our Community


"At Soaring Heart we believe we all seep better knowing we are part of healthy, caring communities."

- Mike Schaefer, Owner, Soaring Heart Natural Bed Co.

Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company is dedicated to making our community as healthy as our mattresses and bedding. Whether we volunteer to build and donate bedding for good causes, or make direct year-end donations to causes supported by our team, we are grateful to be able to do our part.

1% Goal

One of Soaring Heart's goals is to direct 1% or our annual gross to charitable causes. 1% may sound like just another number, but for a small business like ours, this represents a huge commitment from our entire team, as well as our customers and suppliers, to volunteer time, increase efficiency, and take on community work.  For more information contact mike@soaringheart.com.

Events

Every quarter Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company holds a community event dedicated towards a charitable organizations such as Seattle Children’s Hospital or Fred Hutch Cancer Center’s Pete Gross House. These events are often pillow builds where volunteers and Soaring Heart employees build pillows for those in need or those who deserve our thanks (like the nurses at Seattle Children's' Hospital).

Scholarships

Soaring Heart has endowed several scholarships to fund students in a variety of areas of study.  The Soaring Heart Scholarship at Seattle's Pride Foundation funds students working in the area of mental health and compassionate care. At Bastyr University we fund a student in their naturopathic program who has an interest in studying sleep.  We also have long relationship with Seattle Central Community College where we support students studying sewing/apparel design as well as small business management.  While these institutions make all decisions regarding the award of scholarships, we are happy to support tomorrow's leaders! 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog to be kept up to date on event details and dates.

While we may not have the resources to help everyone, we are committed to doing our part to provide great sleep for many of those facing life challenges in the communities we serve.  We know the comfort you feel surrounded by our hand-crafted bedding may not cure all aches and pains – but we certainly hope your heart will soar when you know every stitch surrounding you has been placed there by someone who cares.

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Our Partners

 

Our sheep ranchers

Soaring Heart Natural Beds has been making the most comfortable handcrafted organic mattresses and bedding for over 30 years. Over those three decades we have worked hard to find a dedicated and passionate group of suppliers. Folks who understand our commitment to go the extra mile to meet our exacting specifications. Our goal is to make sure everyone who sleeps in our beds can rest assured that every stitch has been put in place by someone who cares.

Wool

Wool is an integral part of our mattresses and we take it very seriously.  We source our wool from small family ranchers in New Zealand. We use a special blend of wool from 8 different breeds and then make sure all the washing, processing and handling meets exacting standards for purity. We are pleased to use certified organic wool in all our products and make sure members of our team have the time to visit the mill, help out with sheep shearing, and understand all the steps from the ranch to your bed.

 

Cotton

At the heart of every Soaring Heart bed and in the case of every mattress is top quality organic cotton. Our USDA certified organic cotton batting comes from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Coop (TOCMC) and is grown by a select group of farmers who are committed to growing cotton without synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides or harmful bleaching. Our organic fabrics come from suppliers around the world who certify their products and stand behind these guarantees. It's a pleasure for us to work with these conscientious suppliers and we're confident you will notice the difference when you cuddle up in our bedding!

Latex

Latex, processed from the sap of the rubber tree, provides us with a luxurious, resilient core bedding layer without the use of any petroleum based by-products. Our GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified Dunlap processed latex comes from Sri Lanka and you can watch every step of their manufacturing process right here. Sleep Comp West/Latexco is our US supplier and certifier of all our latex and we're confident that their diligence will provide you with both the most comfortable and highest quality organic latex mattress you'll find anywhere.

Recycling

Spring Back Recycling exists to create employment opportunities for disenfranchised men through a sustainable business model of waste diversion. Incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit organization in April 2012, Spring Back began in the spring of 2010 as a project by the Belmont University Enactus (then Students in Free Enterprise) team who explored mattress recycling as a means of achieving a triple bottom line by serving people, renewing the planet, and sustainably earning a profit. After a year of research, financial modeling, and experimentation, the Enactus team partnered with Belmont Church and their Isaiah 58 ministry to enact its model. The Nashville pilot was a great success: both holistically serving its employees and fully recycling thousands of mattresses, all while making economic sense. Today, Spring Back Recycling is expanding to other communities across the United States to multiply its impact as the first and only social enterprise to recycle mattresses fully. Spring Back hopes to change the way businesses and consumers react to the disenfranchised and to used materials. Rather than discarding people and disposing of waste, Spring Back is redefining recycling.

Each Spring Back Recycling location is unique.

 

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Our Certifications

At Soaring Heart Natural Beds we are proud to have one of only two Global Organic Textile Standard certified organic workshops, where we make mattresses and bedding from the best materials on earth. For over thirty years we have been an authority in the mattress and organic industry, setting the bar higher and higher for both ourselves and our partners.

You spend eight hours a day on your mattress and we want those to be the best eight hours of your day. That is only possible when you use the best, time honored, mattress crafting techniques and the highest quality materials. If you have any questions at all, please contact us and we will be happy to help you further.

 

 









 USDA Certified Organic Cotton, Wool, & Latex

All of our American grown long-fiber cotton, wool, and synthetic free latex is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. 





Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) Certified Organic Latex

All of our latex is certified organic and chemical free by the Global Organic Latex Standard, an organization that ensures all the latex, farming, and manufacturing processes meet strict global organic standards. GOLS is a globally recognized and respected certifier. Find us on Control Union's website.

                                                                    To view our GOLS certificates, Click Here



Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified Workshop

The Global Organic Textile Standard is Oregon Tilth's organic certification and is the most widely respected and most stringent organic certifications in the industry. We work out of one of only two GOTS certified workshops using 100% GOTS certified organic wool. Find us on Control Union's website

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Oregon Tilth Organic Certified Wool

All of our organic wool is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, one of the most--if not the most--respected organic certification agencies in the world. 

 To view our Oregan Tilth certificates, Click Here

 


Consumer Product Safety Commission 

Every Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company organic mattress, futon, and shikibuton has been tested by the CPSC and meet all federal, state, and Canadian flammability requirements without the use of any chemical or synthetic fire retardants. Our mattresses, futons, and shikibutons meet all flammability performance criteria under CPSC Statutes 1632 and 1633.

To view our burn test certificates, Click Here



Texas Department of Agriculture Certified Organic Cotton

All of our long-fiber organic cotton is grown in Texas by the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, which produces the majority of organic cotton in the United States. The cotton is certified organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture, who has been a leader in the development of organic standards and certifications in the USA.




 

Certified Non-GMO Cotton, Wool & Latex

All of our organic cotton batting, organic wool, and organic latex is certified non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) by the Global Organic Textile Standard and Global Organic Latex Standard, respectively. 

 

Made In Seattle

Soaring Heart Natural Beds is a founding member of Seattle Made, a collaborative initiative to support and grow Seattle's urban manufacturers and producers. All Soaring Heart Natural Beds products are handcrafted in our Seattle workshop.

To learn more about Seattle Made, click here


OTAThe Organic Trade Association (OTA)
is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 8,500 organic businesses across 50 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. Organic products represented include organic foods, ingredients and beverages, as well as organic fibers, personal care products, pet foods, nutritional supplements, household cleaners and flowers 

 

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