Folding Patents (Class 108/115)
  • Patent number: 10362860
    Abstract: A flat pack table comprises a first straight bar, a second straight bar, a first U-shaped bar, a second U-shaped bar, and a rectangular table top. The flat pack table is arrangeable into a compact state in which the first U-shaped bar and second U-shaped bar are nested around the table top and the straight bars. The straight bars, the U-shaped bars, and the table top have an identical width. In the compact state, the table is insertable into a packing box having an inner width no greater than the width of the table components. The flat pack table takes up a packing area within the box that is over ninety percent of the total packing area of the box. After removing the table from the box, the table is assemblable into an end table. Compact packing of the table provides for optimal storing, shipping, and transporting of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Zinus Inc.
    Inventor: Youn Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 10349737
    Abstract: A height-adjustable frame for furniture, such as a worktable or desk, is disclosed. The frame includes first and second height-adjustable leg elements pivotable about first and second pivot axes between folded-out and folded-in positions. A rotatable shaft is arranged between the first and second leg elements to synchronously drive first and second height adjustment arrangements. The shaft includes a middle section and first and second end sections pivotable towards the middle section about respective first and second joint axes. A locking structure is included that locks the first and second leg elements in a folded-out position, when the first and second joint axes do not run approximately parallel to the first and second pivot axes, and that unlocks when the first and second joint axes run approximately parallel to the first and second pivot axes to permit the first and second leg elements to pivot into a folded-in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: VITRA PATENTE AG
    Inventors: Stefan Keller, Helmut Schütt
  • Patent number: 10295311
    Abstract: The invention is a piece of furniture that can be converted into a ballistic shield wherein a surface of the furniture is pivotally attached to a frame and rotates between a traditional working position and a shield position. The piece of furniture has a front modesty panel mounted between the front legs where an edge of the pivoting tabletop overlaps the upper edge of the modesty screen when rotated into the shield position. Additionally, the pivoting mechanism comprises a lift speed restricting mechanism that prevents the user from lifting the surface too quickly and prevents toppling along with a biasing mechanism to help hold the surface in the shield position. The invention also has a unique color coded system to easily indicate to a user that the piece of furniture can be converted into a ballistic shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: First Line Furniture, LLC
    Inventors: Richard James Trubacek, Kyle Leonard Kostos, Alexander Roland Unger
  • Patent number: 10227162
    Abstract: A stackable wooden crate that can be assembled and disassembled without tools, and stored flat is provided. The crate may include: two sides with box joint tabs, two sides with matching box joint recesses, a bottom, and a lid. The sides may come together at box joints held together with strap binding that stretches tight when the sides are folded 90 degrees to each other. A modified strap binding on one corner of the box is held tight via a tensioner buckle. The bottom is held captive by the four sides. The lid rests between four tabs that extend upward out of all four sides. When the lid is removed, multiple crates can be stacked, the upper crate held in place by the lower crate's four tabs which interface with recesses on the bottom of the upper crate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Clark Evan Davis
  • Patent number: 10206494
    Abstract: Proposed is a table frame for a table comprising a tabletop (1), wherein at least one support device (7) for supporting the tabletop (1) is provided, wherein the support device (7) comprises at least one support element (7) having a longitudinal axis (14), wherein at least one pivoting unit (13), having at least one pivot axis (11), for pivoting the support device (7) is provided such that the support device (7) is pivotable between a first, substantially horizontally arranged table position and a second, raised table position, wherein a base frame (2), comprising at least one crossmember element (9) oriented substantially parallel to the pivot axis (11), for supporting the pivotable support device (7) is provided, wherein at least one first fixing unit (13) for fixing the support device (7) in the first, substantially horizontally arranged table position is provided, wherein at least one second fixing unit (33) for fixing the support device (7) in the second, raised table position is provided, wherein at lea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONRAD MERKT GMBH
    Inventor: Juergen Gretscher
  • Patent number: 10165853
    Abstract: An improved system and method of automatic folding and storage of furniture is disclosed. In one embodiment, an improved combination foldable table and seats system provides a mechanism for automatically raising the combination foldable table and seats system to a ceiling before automatically folding the legs of the table to which foldable seats are attached. In this manner, the combination foldable table and seats system can be folded, stored and again lowered to the ground without the need for a user to lift or move furniture and without the need for extra storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Reza Omidinejad
  • Patent number: 10153656
    Abstract: A five-device-in-one solar-charging sun-visor foldable tiltable workstation comprises: an umbrella post, solar panels attached to the umbrella post, an electricity converter connected to the solar panels, a battery connected to the electricity converter for charging mobile devices, an electrical wire connected to the battery, a retractable extendable cable connected to the electrical wire, a spool rotationally connected to the retractable extendable cable, UBS connectors connected to the retractable extendable cable, an adjustable clamp attached to the umbrella post, having memory-stick and sunglass holders, a rotatable foldable tiltable table attached to the adjustable clamp, a foldable tiltable cup-holding system molded in the table for holding drinks in multiple angles, a waterproof transparent hooded pouch attached to the table for holding mobile devices in multiple angles while a user stands, sits, or swim in front of, or lays down under the pouch, and foldable tiltable sun-visors foldably hinged on the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Dee Volin
  • Patent number: 10111506
    Abstract: A display device for a walker is disclosed which has a panel having a front surface, a back surface, a left side, a right side, an upper side, a lower side, and printed matter printed on the front surface, a first left side attachment device and a second left side attachment device each extending out from the left side of the panel, a first right side attachment device and a second right side attachment device each extending out from the right side of the panel, an upper attachment device extending out from the upper side, a lower attachment device extending out from the lower side, and a back attachment device extending out from the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Michael J Brenner
  • Patent number: 10098449
    Abstract: A rotary engaging assembly includes a first fixed seat, a second fixed seat, a movable rotatable block, and an engaging block. The second fixed seat is fixedly connected with the first fixed seat and has a protruding portion facing the first fixed seat, and the protruding portion has an engaging block accommodating space. The movable rotatable block has a perforating hole and is sleeved on the protruding portion, and the movable rotatable block has a first groove and a second groove formed at an edge of the perforating hole. The engaging block is restricted within the engaging block accommodating space and movable within the engaging block accommodating space. The engaging block can be engaged with the first groove or the second groove, and the engaging block move within the engaging block accommodating space to be engaged or disengaged with the movable rotatable block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HANGZHOU DECHANG HARDWARE & FURNITURE CO., LTD
    Inventor: Dechang Chen
  • Patent number: 10064491
    Abstract: A folding chair comprising: a seat comprising a seat panel fixed to two seat supports, a backrest comprising a flexible backrest panel and two backrest supports having respective upper portions that engage respective side edges of said flexible backrest panel, a folding frame carrying the seat and the backrest and comprising a first structure including a pair of rear legs and a second structure including a pair of front legs, wherein the first structure and the second structure are articulated together about a first axis, a pair of joints each comprising a first half-coupling fixed to a respective rear leg and a second half-coupling fixed to a respective front leg, wherein the first half-coupling, the second half-coupling, and a respective seat support are rotatable relative to each other about said first axis, so that the first structure, the second structure and the seat are rotatable about said first axis between a position of use and a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: PRO-CORD S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 10039373
    Abstract: Disclosed are height adjustment devices and folding tables. A height adjustment device includes movably coupled inner and outer sleeves. The inner and outer sleeves are coupled to first and second legs of a table. The height adjustment device also includes an elastic positioning pin and a cord. The elastic positioning pin is disposed on an external side of the outer sleeve to selectively engage with the inner sleeve. The cord is coupled to the elastic positioning pin and configured to pull the elastic positioning pin outward to disengage the elastic positioning pin from the inner and/or outer sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Inno-Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwan Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 9950728
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collapsible furniture article. The collapsible furniture article comprises a horizontal support surface that articulates about a main support between an extended position and a collapsed position with respect thereto. A first primary leg is connected to the main support pivotally between an extended position and a collapsed position with respect thereto. A first secondary leg is pivotally connected to the first primary leg pivotally between an extended position and a collapsed position with respect thereto. The legs in the extended position are disposed to support the horizontal support surface in a horizontal position. In collapsed position, the primary legs are positioned between the collapsed support horizontal surface and the collapsed secondary legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KNOLL, INC.
    Inventors: Allan Weiser, Michael David Beltz, Adam Joseph Kessler, Conrad M. Marini
  • Patent number: 9918548
    Abstract: A multitier collapsible stand provides enhanced lateral stability while supporting an object, such as a television, on multiple tiers, and also presents an aesthetic décor that enhances the appearance of the object. The stand utilizes a collapsible support frame that supports multiple tiers of support panels in a tiered relationship. The support frame also collapses for enhanced portability and stowage. The support frame comprises three arms that are traversed by a pair of cross bars for enhanced structural integrity. A rear panel positions coplanar to the arms. Left and right lateral members hingedly join the arms to the rear panel. The lateral members carry multiple support panels. A hinge enables hinged articulation between arms, lateral members, and the rear panel for collapsing the stand. A buckle hinge allows for hinged articulation and separation between arms, lateral members, and the rear panel for collapsibility. An attachable vertical stand supports a television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Harry Kai Lee
  • Patent number: 9874012
    Abstract: A module for mounting within a ceiling panel assembly. The module includes an upper mounting frame that includes a main body portion that defines a central opening, a lower mounting frame that is at least partially received in the central opening of the upper mounting frame, and a latch assembly. The main body portion of the upper mounting frame includes a flange extending outwardly therefrom. The lower mounting frame is pivotable with respect to the upper mounting frame between a first position and a second position. The latch assembly is associated with a first end of the upper mounting frame and the lower mounting frame. When the latch assembly is released the lower mounting frame pivots from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Shimizu, Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 9689168
    Abstract: A modular system for setting flooring transitions with adequate pressure during setup and curing of adhesive. The floor-transition-setting system includes a plurality of members such as a connector-body, a plurality of extension-bodies, a plurality of leg-members, and a plurality of pressure-feet. The connector-tubular-body being in functional and adjustable combination with each of the plurality of female-push-button-couplers. Each of the plurality of extension-bodies has a male-push-button-adjuster-coupler and an extension-tubular-body. The system may include one or more assemblies and may be configured without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Ryan Shawn Corness, Roger James Grafstrom
  • Patent number: 9642451
    Abstract: Provided is a folding table for which a work of installing leg units on a tabletop is simplified, and squeaking and rattling are prevented even when the tabletop is used for a long period of time, so that the tabletop can be rotated smoothly. A protruding portion that protrudes in a horizontal direction is integrally formed on a bracket. By providing, on an upper portion of the leg units, a fitting hole into which the protruding portion fits and fitting the protruding portion into the fitting hole while crimping a distal end of the protruding portion in the horizontal direction, the bracket is connected to the leg units, and the tabletop is rotated using the protruding portion as a rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: OKAMURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoyuki Okuda, Kenji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9629451
    Abstract: An article of furniture can include a base attached to a frame to support the frame on a floor. A tabletop may be attached to the frame. The frame and/or the tabletop may be attached to a folding mechanism so that first and second sections of the tabletop are moveable so that the tabletop is adjustable from an unfolded position to a folded position and vice versa. The folding mechanism may include a plurality of spring elements connected to a plurality of hinges that are configured to help control an amount of force needed for adjusting the tabletop's position and the rate of speed at which the tabletop is rotatable between its folded and unfolded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Harper
  • Patent number: 9560911
    Abstract: A configurable table, comprises a first element link frame, a second element link frame, a first connection node, a second connection node, and a plurality of magnetic elements. Each of the connection nodes comprises a channel, the channel have a plurality of holders. The plurality of magnetic elements are disposed in the plurality of holders and connecting to the first element link frame and the second element fame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Eleven23 Marketing, LLC
    Inventor: Armen Sevada Gharabegian
  • Patent number: 9538839
    Abstract: A furnishing element, such as a table, a stool, or a desk includes a support structure having at least one support leg defining a vertical axis, a support shelf, supported by and connected to the support structure by a connector. In a use configuration, the support shelf is parallel to a horizontal plane. The connector includes a first joint and a second joint independent of each other. The first joint identifies a first hinge axis parallel to the horizontal plane to permit rotation and folding of the support shelf towards the support structure, to position the support shelf perpendicular to the horizontal plane in a folded configuration. The second joint identifies a second hinge axis which permits rotation of the support leg towards the support shelf, to position the support leg parallel to the horizontal plane in a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ARPER S.p.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Favaro
  • Patent number: 9451824
    Abstract: A television support assembly that provides enhanced lateral stability and hinges that pivot up to 90° and separate for facilitated collapsibility and assemblage. The assembly provides elongated arms, legs, connecting bars, and a rear frame that hingedly interconnect through separable buckle hinges and simple hinges to easily move between an expanded position and a collapsed position. The assembly also provides a pair of support shafts disposed transversely across the assembly for enhancing lateral stability in the expanded position. The rigidity of the support shafts enhances lateral structural integrity for supporting the weight of the television. An attachable vertical bracket can be detachably fastened to hold a flat screen television. Shelves can be installed between the arms for storage or additional entertainment components. Doors and windows may also be added for functionality or aesthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Harry Kai Lee
  • Patent number: 9377813
    Abstract: A supporting structure is for supporting a portable electronic device, the supporting structure includes a holder and a plurality of supporting portions. The holder is configured to be extendedly adjusted along a length of the holder. The supporting portions are defined in a back of the portable electronic device. The holder is configured to detachably engage with one of the supporting portions to support the portable electronic device at a predetermined supporting angle related to a placing spot of the portable electronic device. A portable electronic device employing the supporting structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Cheng Liu, Hsiao-Ping Chiu
  • Patent number: 9364078
    Abstract: A folding table has a plank member having a plank member forward end and a plank member rearward end. A substantially vertical member is pivotally connected to the plank member. The substantially vertical member has a substantially vertical member upper end and a substantially vertical member lower end. The plank member is pivotally connected to the substantially vertical member upper end. A first leg has a first leg upper portion telescopically connected to the first leg lower portion so that the first leg upper portion slides relative to the first leg lower portion. The first leg upper portion has a first leg upper portion upper end and a first leg upper portion lower end. The first leg upper portion upper end is pivotally connected to the substantially vertical member upper end. The first leg has a first leg stowed position which is telescopically retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Jennifer Ying Lai, Jiaxun Cao
  • Patent number: 9226572
    Abstract: A folding table has a plank, a substantially vertical support member, and a first leg having a first leg first section and a first leg second section. The first leg first section slides relative to the first leg second section when the table is folded between a deployed position and a stowed position. The first leg has an adjustable length. The first leg has a first leg upper joint allowing the first leg to fold between a first leg deployed position and a vertical stowed position. A second leg has a second leg first section and a second leg second section. The second leg first section is jointed to the second leg second section. The second leg has a second leg upper joint connected to the plank or the plank frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jennifer Ying Lai, Jiaxun Cao
  • Patent number: 9179766
    Abstract: A folding table has a plank, a substantially vertical support member, and a first leg that can have a first leg first section and a first leg second section. The first leg first section slides relative to the first leg second section when the table is folded between a deployed position and a stowed position. The first leg has an adjustable length. The first leg has a first leg upper joint allowing the first leg to fold between a first leg deployed position and a vertical stowed position. A second leg has a second leg first section and a second leg second section. The second leg first section is jointed to the second leg second section. The second leg has a second leg upper joint connected to the plank or the plank frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Jennifer Ying Lai, Jiaxun Cao
  • Patent number: 9149111
    Abstract: An adjustable tray table having a tabletop, a tabletop support connected to the tabletop, and a base assembly attached to the tabletop support and configured to allow the tabletop to move from a substantially vertical orientation to a substantially horizontal orientation. The base support includes a spring-biased squeezable latch, which has a squeezed position and a released position. The latch is configured to engage an engagement opening in the tabletop support, which fixes the tabletop support in a desired orientation corresponding to the engagement opening. The latch is also configured to disengage from the engagement opening and to slide along a slot in the tabletop support until it reaches a different engagement opening corresponding to a different orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Zhuhai Shichang Metals Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9101209
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and a leg assembly. The leg assembly may be moved between use and storage positions, and the movement of the leg assembly may move a cross member between a first position in which the cross member resists folding of the table top and a second position in which the cross member facilitates folding and unfolding of the table top. The table top may include first and second sections with portions that overlap and/or interlock when the table top is unfolded. When the table top is in the unfolded position, movement of the leg assembly towards the use position may move the cross member towards the overlapping and/or interlocking portions, which may move the overlapping and/or interlocking portions towards each other. When moved towards each other, the overlapping and/or interlocking portions may be securely connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Bennett, Kent Ashby
  • Publication number: 20150122158
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tray device in a sports action pose. The device includes a body, a tray, and a base. The body includes a front, a back, and a head. The device's sports action pose contributes to a more stable tray than conventional trays, which is beneficial when multiple objects are unevenly placed on the tray or when the tray is bumped. In additional to a food/beverage tray, the device may also include a cup holder, which is especially useful for tailgating parties. The tray can be disassembled or folded which makes it easier to transport and store the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Basement Dad Sports
    Inventors: Kenneth L. St. Cyr, Catherine D. St. Cyr, Peter Michaelian, Lucas Saule
  • Patent number: 8997662
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an object, such as a table, has at least four legs and an interconnection means connecting the legs. Each leg has a beam portion with an inner end and an outer end. The beam portion of each leg is connected to the interconnection means by a respective pivot having a pivot axis located between the inner and outer ends of the beam portion. Each respective pair of adjacent legs has a protrusion fixed to one of the legs of that pair of adjacent legs and extending from that one leg to act on the other leg of that pair of adjacent legs. In use, the outer end of the beam portion of one leg moves in an upwards direction and the outer end of the beam portions of the adjacent legs moves in a downwards direction to accommodate uneven ground surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: No Rock Café Tables Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Heyring, Jonathan Ramsey Beames, John Gerard Catoni, Toby William Heyring, Richard Monk
  • Patent number: 8960817
    Abstract: A folding base for counters having a left side panel, a left front panel hingedly connected to the left side panel, a right front panel hingedly connected to the left front panel, and a right side panel hingedly connected to the right front panel. The base further includes a left door hingedly connected to the left side panel, and a right door hingedly connected to the right side panel. The base has an upright position, in which the doors are opposite the front panels, while the side panels are opposite one another. The base also has a collapsed position, in which the side and front panels and the doors are arranged adjacent to one another. The base optionally includes a cover that can be separate from or hingedly mounted to one of the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Ricardo Ceballos-Godefroy
  • Publication number: 20150048656
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to hinge mechanisms. Many of the hinge mechanism embodiments may be used in foldable furniture. The foldable furniture may be a foldable seat or table. The hinge mechanism may include a central cylinder with a body defining a hinge axis. The central cylinder may have rotate channel(s) transverse to the hinge axis and locking channels extending axially from the rotate channel(s). Collar(s) may couple with the central cylinder and may include pin(s) that protrude inwardly into the rotate channel(s) and locking channel(s) of the central cylinder. In some embodiments, an intermediate cylinder may be disposed between the central cylinder and the collar(s). The intermediate cylinder may have slots corresponding to the rotate channel(s) of the central cylinder. When pin(s) and locking channel(s) are aligned, the central lock cylinder may move axially to lock the collars in a desired angular position (e.g., a deployed or folded configuration).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Barry McCullough
  • Patent number: 8919715
    Abstract: A folding shelf holder is strong and folds easily. A wall side member has a pin as a rotational axis of a shelf side member relative to the wall side member and a rotation limiter limiting rotation of the shelf side member relative to the wall side member. The shelf side member has a long groove for inserting the pin of the wall side member. When the folded shelf side member is opened to be approximately orthogonal to the wall side member and the shelf side member is slid toward the wall side member and in a direction where the long groove extends, the shelf side member abuts, at a back side of the pin, to the rotation limiter of the wall side member, preventing rotation of the shelf side member relative to the wall side member. Then, the shelf side member cannot fold relative to the wall side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Terada
  • Patent number: 8915195
    Abstract: A portable collapsible table, having a foldable supporting frame that supports a table top, the frame including a plurality of legs that are positionable in a first position that positions the table top in a first relatively low position and that are positionable in a second position that positions the table top in a second relatively raised position, the table top including a plurality of wells disposed therein, the wells, the frame and the table top being collapsible so that the table may be folded for ease in storage or transport thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 8870278
    Abstract: A reinforcing arrangement for reinforcing a joint portion between two support units of a foldable furniture object, comprising a first mounting unit which comprises a first mounting body and a first guiding member outwardly protruded from the first mounting body mounting on the first support unit; a second mounting unit which comprises a second mounting body and a second guiding member or a second guiding groove complimentary to and moveably engaging with the first mounting unit to define a maximum extending angle of movement, thereby the first and second support unit are guided to lock into position at an unfolded position at the maximum extending angle and to unlock at a folded position; and a connecting unit pivotally connecting the first support unit and the second support unit between which the two mounting units are positioned, thereby the joint portion is reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Tsai
  • Patent number: 8857352
    Abstract: A folding table assembly having both a tabletop and legs that fold into smaller sizes. The tabletop has a main panel, a first side flap panel, and a second side flap panel. The side flap panels are joined to the main panel with hinge connections. The hinge connections enable the side flap panels to rotate from open positions that are coplanar with the main panel to folded positions that are under the main panel. The folding legs are coupled to the side flap panels. The folding legs can move between extended positions, where the legs support the tabletop, and retracted positions, where the legs are folded flush against the side flap panels. This enables the legs to fold flush against the side flap panels so that the legs are interposed between the main panel and the two side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Warren Cohen
  • Patent number: 8857350
    Abstract: The modular folding table includes a collapsible truss framework that supports a folding table top and a folding utility shelf, and includes legs that can be connected horizontally or vertically to the legs of one or more similar modular folding tables, to provide desired table and shelf space with a structure that is foldable, strong and stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Publication number: 20140261093
    Abstract: A portable collapsible table, having a foldable supporting frame that supports a table top, the frame including a plurality of legs that are positionable in a first position that positions the table top in a first relatively low position and that are positionable in a second position that positions the table top in a second relatively raised position, the table top including a plurality of wells disposed therein, the wells, the frame and the table top being collapsible so that the table may be folded for ease in storage or transport thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 8833272
    Abstract: A table is provided that comprises a composite table top including a honeycomb core and a laminate layer on a top surface of said core and a plurality of ribs arranged substantially parallel to each other along a length of the core, the ribs including a top plate affixed to the core, a bottom beam opposite the top plate, and a web structure connecting the top plate to the bottom beam. The web structure defines a plurality of openings therethrough. The table further includes a leg assembly including a center beam extending parallel to the length dimension of the core perpendicular to the plurality of ribs, with support legs engaged to the opposite ends of the center beam and configured to support the table top. The table is provided with at least two pivot mechanisms, each pivot mechanism connected between the center beam and the composite table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ditto Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Hendershot, Mark Dilger, Timothy Hedinger, Jeff Jahn, Burgess Heberer, Jeremiah Thompson, Shlomo Haviv
  • Patent number: 8822885
    Abstract: This invention is related to the conservation of energy. The energy sources are limited and energy usage can cause environmental problems. This invention introduces a method of heating which is small and effective. In this method instead of heating the whole house which expensive and at times uncomfortable a limited heated space under a table means covered with a cover means is introduced that allows a person to warm up his/her body. Also, heating a smaller space can be done quickly and uses a limited energy, which is thus more cost-effective. This unit is designed to fold to a smaller unit for easy storage. In this method, an adjustable table means holds an electrical heating means under a cover and allows the person to use that limited space as heating source. The heating means has its control means and thermostat in order to keep the temp in a desired level. The table is very versatile and allows its dimensions to be changed easily so that the user has the option of choosing a size that fits its need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yousef Daneshvar
  • Patent number: 8789477
    Abstract: Table frame that can be adapted to table tops of different dimensions and shapes, of the type that comprise a structure formed by a plurality of cross members supported by a plurality of supporting legs on which the table top is mounted, which comprises a first cross member and a second cross member joined together at an intermediate point of intersection that comprises an joint, said joint allowing the rotation of the first cross member and of the second cross member with respect to the point of intersection in a horizontal plane of rotation parallel to the surface of the table top, it being possible for said frame to adopt a position that may be selected from: a closed position in which the first cross member and the second cross member are positioned in parallel; and an open position in which the first cross member and the second cross member are positioned in the shape of a cross.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sellex, S.A.
    Inventors: Miguel Jimenez Mangas, Carlos Tiscar Ribeiro
  • Publication number: 20140165884
    Abstract: A WorknStand is an apparatus which quickly unfolds and sits on an existing desk structure. It permits the user to stand while working. It folds perfectly flat, allowing easy transportation and shipping. Its hinge structure is designed in such a way that it will resist folding when open and can be leaned on with a sturdy feel. It also securely locks in both the folded and unfolded positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Tadhg James O'Gara
  • Publication number: 20140150696
    Abstract: A folding table may include a table top and a supporting frame. The supporting frame may have a leg portion, an interconnecting portion and a central supporting structure; and the table top that is detachable from the supporting frame may have a plurality of connected table pieces. The leg portion includes a plurality of legs and the interconnecting portion is used to connect the legs of the leg portion, and the central supporting structure is located at center portion of the supporting frame to provide additional support to the supporting frame and is configured to start a table folding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: CHENG PENG
  • Patent number: 8726817
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and a leg assembly. The leg assembly may be moved between use and storage positions, and the movement of the leg assembly may move a cross member between a first position in which the cross member resists folding of the table top and a second position in which the cross member facilitates folding and unfolding of the table top. The table top may include first and second sections with portions that overlap and/or interlock when the table top is unfolded. When the table top is in the unfolded position, movement of the leg assembly towards the use position may move the cross member towards the overlapping and/or interlocking portions, which may move the overlapping and/or interlocking portions towards each other. When moved towards each other, the overlapping and/or interlocking portions may be securely connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Bennett, Kent Ashby
  • Patent number: 8695513
    Abstract: A folding reading desk formed by a support structure with two boards, with an intermediate cavity in-between wherein a worktop board can be introduced and extracted, wherein said worktop board is coupled, in a sliding assembly with a braking system, to a board arranged in the mentioned intermediate cavity between the facing boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Figueras International Seating, S.L.
    Inventor: Jose Figueras Mitjans
  • Publication number: 20140084765
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a modular furniture system in which a flat-foldable or easily assembled and disassembled rigid base structure composed of rectangular-cross-sectioned pieces each with specific dimensions serves variously, once assembled, as the supporting framework for a flat-foldable chair seat-and-backrest module, which configured together with the base structure serves as either an upright dining chair with armrests or as a lower and more reclined lounge chair with armrests, or alternatively as configured for supporting the connectable or foldable components of a flat planar surface module to be used for dining or to serve as a desktop, or alternatively as configured for supporting a storage cabinet module with drawers or doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Riley
  • Patent number: 8671852
    Abstract: The modular folding table includes a collapsible truss framework that supports a folding table top and a folding utility shelf, and includes legs that can be connected horizontally or vertically to the legs of one or more similar modular folding tables, to provide desired table and shelf space with a structure that is foldable, strong and stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 8661990
    Abstract: A tray apparatus is described. The tray apparatus includes a collapsible tray. The collapsible tray includes an inner horizontal support. The tray may also include a plurality of outer horizontal supports. The tray also includes a plurality of collapsible extensions. The collapsible extensions are configured to lock into a perpendicular position from the horizontal supports. The tray also includes a plurality of hinged connectors. The hinged connectors connect the inner and outer horizontal supports with the collapsible extensions. Additionally, the apparatus includes a vertical support. The vertical support is connected to the tray assembly by a tray clutch assembly. The tray apparatus may be attached to a chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Reed Crowe
  • Patent number: 8661991
    Abstract: A foldable stool or table having hinges comprises a plurality of support members. In one embodiment, a foldable device comprises three legs. In another embodiment, the foldable stool or table comprises two foldable support members and two non-foldable support members. Relative to the top and bottom of the device, embodiments of the present invention may comprise one or more intermediately located steps or shelves, wherein the steps or shelves are located along at least one of the non-foldable support members. The one or more intermediately located steps or shelves may be forwardly-offset relative to a front surface of the non-foldable support members. A method of using the stool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley R. Eveleth
  • Patent number: 8656844
    Abstract: A cover for a base of a counter is disclosed; the cover is mounted on the base; in the cover it is inserted at least one post that supports a board; the cover comprises a lower section that has a lower face provided with a recess where the base is coupled when it is in upright position; and an upper section with an upper face, where it is provided at least one hole where the post is inserted; the upper section being hingedly connected to the lower section in such a way that they close with each other so that the cover becomes a housing where the base may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Ricardo Ceballos-Godefroy
  • Patent number: 8651031
    Abstract: A multi-configuration voting booth is disclosed which includes a voting tabletop assembly having a bottom cavity and a top surface. A plurality of support leg holders are movably coupled within the bottom cavity such that the holders may be positioned within the cavity or extending outward from the cavity. Coupled to the outward end of the holder is a telescopic support leg that is adjustable in length. The support leg is coupled to the holder such that the width of the space between the support legs may be adjusted to accommodate a wheelchair therein. A privacy panel assembly is provided that is foldably coupled to the top surface of the voting tabletop assembly. The voting tabletop assembly is configured for nesting two booths together to facilitate storage and transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mohamed S. Pazhoor
  • Publication number: 20130333595
    Abstract: An article of furniture has a main body, a floor-engagement frame, a plurality of non-rolling floor-engagement members connected to the floor-engagement frame, and a plurality of rollers that are also connected to the floor-engagement frame. These rollers do not engage the floor when the article of furniture rests upon the floor in an ordinary state of usage but do engage the floor when the article of furniture is tilted at least fifteen degrees. The article can further comprise a pedestal that pivotally couples to the floor-engagement frame and that supports a table surface. A user interface can control a latch that holds the table surface perpendicular to the pedestal. Another user interface can control a latch that holds the table surface at a present vertical height when latched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Cotey