Supplemental Body Support Positioned Forwardly Of Bottom Patents (Class 297/111)
  • Patent number: 10669029
    Abstract: Described are adjustable seats having a lower portion of a back rest attached to a seat frame having an upper frame and a lower frame. A pivot axis is positioned at an upper end of the lower portion of the back rest, and an upper portion of the back rest is pivotally attached to the pivot axis. The location of the pivot axis is configured to be positioned below a person's shoulders when the person is seated in the adjustable seat. The upper portion of the back rest is also pivotally adjustable relative to the lower portion of the back rest. A seat pan having a front portion pivotally coupled to a rear portion can be attached to the upper frame. An actuation mechanism is configured to simultaneously control a vertical height of the upper frame and a rotational position of the front portion of the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats
    Inventors: Christian Verny, Baptiste Demigny, Guillerault Martin, Kulig Kryzysztof
  • Patent number: 9655454
    Abstract: A system that makes up at least a portion of a utilitarian article and having: a first body; a second body; and a first linkage assembly acting between the first and second bodies and configured to allow the first and second bodies to be relatively positioned to thereby reconfigure the article into which the system is incorporated. The first linkage assembly has first and second linkage parts. The first linkage assembly is configured so that: a) the first linkage part is movable relative to the first body around a first axis; b) the second linkage part is movable relative to the first linkage part around a second axis; and c) the second linkage part is movable relative to the second body around a third axis. At least one of the first, second, and third axes is non-parallel to the other two of the first, second, and third axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Aaron DeJule
  • Patent number: 9420894
    Abstract: A convertible seating unit has noncoplanar sleeper-base sections. A mid-seat deck is highest, a back deck slightly lower and a seat deck considerably lower. The relative heights of the decks and corresponding thicknesses of their respective cushions provide a sleeping support surface for comfortably supporting a person's mass. With the unit in the sleeping configuration, the mid-seat deck is highest and its cushion thinnest (relative to those of the seat deck and back decks), and the seat deck is lowest and its cushion thickest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: FLEXSTEEL INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventor: Jerry Thurow
  • Patent number: 9144318
    Abstract: An inflatable furniture system. In one aspect, the disclosed system includes: a pair of interchangeable inflatable cushions, wherein a bottom surface of each cushion includes a plurality of attachment loops affixed thereto; a substantially H-shaped inflatable arm/back rest that includes a bottom surface having a plurality of attachment loops affixed thereto; a plurality of extension straps, each with two ends, wherein each end includes an attachment loop; and a plurality of S-clips, each configured to connect a pair of attachment loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: PIGRO FELICE LTD.
    Inventor: Julien Lagier
  • Patent number: 8465091
    Abstract: An adjustable office chair includes a base device, and a seat device disposed on the base device. The seat device includes a fixed seat section, a rear seat section connected pivotally to and disposed behind the fixed seat section, a front seat section connected pivotally to and disposed in front of the fixed seat, and an invertible seat section connected pivotally to a side of the front seat section distal from the fixed seat section. The invertible seat section is movable to a position directly above the fixed seat section to allow a user to sit thereon. The front and invertible seat sections are movable to align with the fixed seat section to allow the user to sit on the fixed seat section. The rear seat section is movable to an inclined position to allow the user to lie on the seat device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Ying-Chieh Su
  • Patent number: 8056978
    Abstract: A convertible seating unit for a motor vehicle is provided. The convertible seating unit comprises a seat having an upper surface, a front edge and a rear edge. The convertible seating unit further includes a back support comprising a first back support panel and a second back support panel. Each of the first and second back support panels has a first edge and a second edge, and an upper surface and a lower surface. The second edge of the first back panel is hingeably connected to the first edge of the second back panel to define a first hinge axis. The first edge of the first back panel is hingeably connected to the seat proximate the rear edge of the seat to define a second hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Sarah Shivers, Rex Lin, Juan Carlos Intriago Velez, Adina Klein, Sujoy Chandra, Randal Hong
  • Patent number: 7281760
    Abstract: A method and a device are provided for adjusting a vehicle reclining seat which can be moved together into a resting position, the backrest of a front passenger seat being able to be folded downward to the rear and forming a resting surface together with a backseat. Provision is made for the front passenger seat and the rear seat to be movable automatically into a resting position and back into the seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Klaus Braitmaier, Hans-Dieter Multhaupt, Bernd Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6857700
    Abstract: An adjustable child seat includes a seat body having a seat back and a seat portion. The seat portion has a first base and a second base movably mounted to the first base. The child seat further includes a seat adjusting mechanism for adjusting the length of the seat to customize to differently sized children. In addition, the child seat includes a recline mechanism connected to the first and second bases to selectively tilt the seat body. The child seat can also include two adjustable armrests, and adjustable headrest, and an adjustable shoulder belt clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Eastman, Robert J. Warner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6705675
    Abstract: An adjustable child seat includes a seat body having a seat back and a seat portion. The seat portion has a first base and a second base movably mounted to the first base. The child seat further includes a seat adjusting mechanism for adjusting the length of the seat to customize to differently sized children. In addition, the child seat includes a recline mechanism connected to the first and second bases to selectively tilt the seat body. The child seat can also include two adjustable armrests, and adjustable headrest, and an adjustable shoulder belt clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Eastman, Robert J. Warner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6648407
    Abstract: A system converting seats into couches, characterized in that it comprises—with at least one set of seats (1, 2) comprising at least one base (d) and one backrest (f) connected by a linkage (e) allowing to move said seat into the seating mode, the base and the backrest assuming a first relative angular position or into the couch mode, the base and the backrest then assuming a second relative angular position—a support (3) for said seats, a conversion mechanism driving each linkage of each seat to convert each seat (1, 2) into a couch in such manner that at least two consecutive seats within a column of the set of seats shall be moved from the seating mode one behind the other into the couch mode one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Adder S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Michel
  • Patent number: 6588837
    Abstract: A chair is adapted to form a sitting surface and a sleeping surface and comprises a chair back and a seat. The chair back and seat are relatively movable to form the sitting surface and the sleeping surface. In the event that there are any questions related to this amendment or to the application in general, the undersigned would appreciate the opportunity to address those questions directly in a telephone interview to expedite the prosecution of this application for all concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Schultz, G. Brent Fagan
  • Patent number: 5868460
    Abstract: In the so-called `ski-coaches` special chairs are used, the back rests of which can be swung up to form an upper row of bed elements. Mostly, particularly the back rests are of such a special design that in fact the chairs are unusable as normal coach chairs during the entire period outside the skiing season, and it is customary, therefore, to change out the entire seat installation before and after this season. According to the invention the chairs are adapted such that they will be universally usable, i.e. by way of a conventional front side profile and by an upper carrier element mounted inside the back rest, whereby the rear side of the back rest will exhibit no visual sleeping fitting. The carrier element is located spaced underneath the top end of the back rest, whereby the sides of the uppermost portion of the back rest may be designed in an attractive, upwardly converging manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Ole Vagn Christensen
  • Patent number: 5358306
    Abstract: In the so-called `ski-coaches` special chairs are used, the back rests of which can be swung up to form an upper row of bed elements, while the seat portions are completed with filling-in-elements so as to form a lower row of bed elements. Mostly, particularly the back rests are of such a special design that in fact the chairs are unusable as normal coach chairs during the entire period outside the ski-ing season, and it is customary, therefore, to change out the entire seat installation before and after this season. According to the invention the chairs (4) are adapted such that they will be universally usable, i.e. by way of a conventional front side profilation and by an upper carrier element (12) mounted inside the back rest, whereby the rear side of the back rest will exhibit no visual sleeping fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: V. Brondum A/S
    Inventor: Ole V. Christensen
  • Patent number: 5123705
    Abstract: A sofa apparatus comprising a sofa section including opposite end portions each having a nonlinear, nonsymmetrical, forwardly facing surface portion, the forwardly facing surface portions being mirror images of each other, and an invertible ottoman section including opposed, generally horizontal first and second surfaces, and a nonlinear, nonsymmetrical, rearwardly facing surface portion extending between the first and second surfaces, the ottoman section being positionable in a first position wherein the first surface faces upwardly, the second surface faces downwardly, and the rearwardly facing surface portion is positioned in closely adjacent complementary relation with one of the forwardly facing surface portions, and the ottoman being positionable in a second position wherein the second surface faces upwardly, the first surface faces downwardly, and the rearwardly facing surface portion is positioned in closely adjacent complementary relation with the other of the forwardly facing surface portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Schweiger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Maynard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4925245
    Abstract: A device, include at least two stackable frames, can be converted from a chair into a flatbed, stool or table. The top frame provides a housing for telescoping legs or a telescoping plate and includes vertical and horizontal openings for removably receiving a backrest in a horizontal or vertical orientation. A seat plate, which can support a seat, is attached to and within the first frame. When the telescoping legs or plate are extended forward, the device can be converted from a chair into a flatbed or table by moving the seat to the base formed by the telescoping legs and attaching the backrest horizontally to the first frame. A third frame can be stacked between the first and second frames and the second and third frames can house drawers. The present invention is particularly useful in service station garages. The bottom of the second frame has rollers attached for mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventors: John H. Pendleton, James Gabriel
  • Patent number: 4866795
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a piece of seating furniture convertible to bed, comprising a stationary body (1) and at least one articulated frame (2) attached to the body and consisting of a rear back part (3) and a front back part (4) and of a seat part (5) carried on a carriage (14) by means of levers (7, 13). The invention is characterized in that the rear part (3) of the back of the articulated frame (2) is significantly shorter than the front part (4) of its back and, by the intermediate of a further frame part (9), pivotably attached to the stationary body (1) around a transverse shaft (10) provided in the rear part of the body (1), the said further frame part (9) being prevented by stop members (11) from being pivoted to below the horizontal plane. At the front end of the seat part (5), a foot rest (8) in itself known is provided, which can be affected and folded out by means of the position of the levers (7, 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: OY BD Produkt AB
    Inventor: Bjarne Dahlqvist
  • Patent number: 4487450
    Abstract: An armchair is formed of four frame elements joined together. The central frame, comprising the seat, is hinged to the rear frame, which forms the back, at the top of which sits a head rest divided into two independent parts able to assume two secure positions, upright or turned back. The central frame is linked at the front with a lower frame that serves as a base when the chair is closed and as a footrest when turned up in front to convert the chair into a chaise longue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Cassina SpA
    Inventor: Rodrigo Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 4480344
    Abstract: A divan-bed (10) has a frame (11) cooperating with side walls (14) and with a crosswise element (15) that connects said side walls, whereby the frame (11) consists of five consecutive, articulated leaves (12) covered with a one-piece mattress (13) and the two end leaves (12) are placed next to each other to form, in the divan position, the seat (20) and seat back (21) respectively of the divan. The intermediate leaves (12) with their relative portions of mattress (13) are folded and stored in crooked succession within a hidden zone in the base of the divan underneath the zone wherein said end leaves (12) are placed next to each other, all leaves and the mattress being extendable to form the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Alfio Padovan
  • Patent number: 4473254
    Abstract: A convertible lawn chair having a modular frame construction with each module formed from wire rod, rods on adjacent modules being interconnected by clamping members having a pair of rod receiving channels. The chair has a pair of nested U-shaped extendable members readily extendible from a retracted disposition beneath a seat support module. A cushion pad having a number of hinged folds is foldable into a cushion seat and back and can be unfolded into the chaise lounge position onto the extendible members. The hinge folds are provided by a covering over a number of separate cushion sections, the various sections providing substantially continuous surfaces in both the chair and lounge configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: The Sherwood Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Secon
  • Patent number: 4377309
    Abstract: A supporting device for use in a kneeling-like sitting posture having means for simultaneously supporting the seat and ankle portions of the user. Means are also provided to support the leg portions of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: Hans C. Mengshoel
  • Patent number: 4292697
    Abstract: Furniture for sitting and reclining with which on a carriage which is movable from the frame, in the seat position two cushions are laid down one above the other and in the reclining position they are placed one behind the other. A back cushion preferably is fixedly connected with the frame. A wedge cushion is displaceably and swingably guided on the frame from a maintaining position in the seating position behind the back cushion into a use position in the reclining position in connection with the two cushions which are laid one behind the other on the carriage. By a suspension the upper edge of the wedge cushion preferably is connected swingably with the back cushion and the lower edge is swingably connected with an inner part of the carriage, the inner part being formed as a bedding box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Inventor: Alfred Alembik
  • Patent number: 4236754
    Abstract: A leg support pillow for use on a recliner chair of the type having an extendible leg rest with a pad on the terminal end which is spaced from a chair seat cushion when the leg rest is extended, defining a space between the leg rest pad and the seat cushion, a leg support pillow having an upper surface sized to span the distance between the leg rest and the seat cushion and including a downwardly extending body sized to snugly nest between the leg rest pad and seat cushion and having therein a laterally extending rigid reinforcing sheet sandwiched between an upper and lower body portion of compressible material encased within an outer pillowcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Inventor: Eugene J. Ehlers
  • Patent number: 4226470
    Abstract: A convertible couch or chair has a normally stationary main frame, a primary seat frame pivotal and slidable on the main frame, a secondary seat frame slidable on the primary seat frame, and a back pivoted on the main frame and on its primary seat frame. The primary seat frame slides at its rear end in upwardly and forwardly inclined guides and links connecting it to the back automatically displace this back on displacement of the primary seat frame away from the main frame from an up position behind a stack of two cushions supported on the primary seat frame into a down position level forming a horizontal continuation of the upper surface of the lower cushion. The secondary frame is formed as a bedding-storage compartment and when pulled drawer-fashion out of the pulled-out primary seat frame serves as a support surface onto which the upper seat cushion can be flopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Assignee: Franz Wittmann Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Wittmann, Franz Mitterbauer
  • Patent number: 4007961
    Abstract: A convertible sofa-chair is disclosed as including a pair of hollow bases operatively connected by hinged platform pieces which are foldable to permit conversion between a sitting device and a sleeping device; the two bases are spaced from each other when used as a sleeping device and are telescoped together when used as a sitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1977
    Inventor: Tarsis Octavio Costa