Rear Of Back Patents (Class 297/125)
  • Patent number: 10390610
    Abstract: A workstation assembly configured to ergonomically, comfortably seat and provide workspace for a user, comprising a chair having a base portion on which a user sits, and at least one armrest; and a desk comprising a desk frame, a sliding assembly mounted on a desk frame, and a desktop mounted on a sliding assembly, wherein the desk is configured such that the desktop can be in a compact position with respect to the desk frame, or can be moved from the compact position to an extended position with respect to the desk frame, wherein, in the extended position, a distal portion of the desktop is positioned on the at least one arm rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: THE LOVESAC COMPANY
    Inventor: Shawn Nelson
  • Patent number: 10300934
    Abstract: A foldable wagon with steerable front wheels and foldable seats is disclosed. The wagon has a frame having a first end assembly and an opposing second end assembly, a floor assembly and 4 wheels. The wagon also has seat assemblies comprising a first seat, a front support, and a rear support, wherein the front support for the seat is pivotally connected to a second end of the first seat and pivotally connected to the wagon frame, and wherein the rear support for the first seat is pivotally connected adjacent a first end of the first seat and pivotally connected to the end assembly. The seat is positionable in a use position such that the seat is transverse to the end assembly, and a storage position such that the seat is adjacent and generally parallel to the end assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventor: Collin Ostergaard
  • Patent number: 10232747
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat operably coupled with a seatback. The seatback includes an adjustable headrest. A back panel is disposed on a rearward side of the seatback. The back panel includes engagement features removably coupled with a workstation. The workstation includes a plurality of connection features. The connection features includes a mechanical connector, a data connector, and a power connector. An upper support abuts a rear surface of the headrest. An open receptacle is disposed proximate the headrest. An intermediate compartment is disposed adjacent the open receptacle and concealed by first and second opposing doors. A lower compartment is concealed by a bottom door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin, David Frederick Lyons
  • Publication number: 20150130231
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat base and a folding seat back pivotally connected to the seat base. The folding seat back includes at least one of a contoured rear surface for retaining a child lying thereon when the seat back is folded onto the seat base in a fold-down position and a hinged panel pivotally attached to a rear side of the seat back that is moveable to an open position wherein an inner side of the hinged panel faces upward to provide an extended support surface for a child lying on the rear side of the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Derek Shane Lindsay, Kristy A. Gilkerson, Suzanne S. Miller, Chad E. Harrison, Daric J. Galden
  • Publication number: 20140375088
    Abstract: The invention is an article of furniture that can be used as either a sofa or a dining table with chairs. When in sofa configuration the furnishing contains a row of individual seating units resting in a frame. The frame provides the arms and back of the sofa. To change to dining configuration each seating unit is separated from the frame and raised to a higher seat elevation and shorter seat depth by lifting the seat top up and pulling the seat back forward. The sofa frame becomes a dining table by tilting it forward 90 degrees, rotating the arms 180 degrees, and unfolding the table flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: John Henry Laurence Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20140239680
    Abstract: The present invention is a convertible multifunction overbed table and chair, or more specifically, the present invention is a medical furnishing that serves as an adjustable overbed table in a first configuration and a wheeled transport chair in a second configuration. The present invention may also serve as a medical staff work station, provide storage of patient records and medical charts, storage for the patient's personal effects, personal mirror, IV stand, catheter bag stand, secure storage for portable oxygen, and serve as a patient walker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Brevis Corporation
    Inventor: J. Gordon Short
  • Patent number: 8276984
    Abstract: A furniture assembly maneuverable from a first position to a second position has a first seat portion having a channel formed in an end thereof, a second seat portion positioned below the first seat portion, a first back portion positioned adjacent the end of the first seat portion, and a second back portion having a front surface positioned adjacent a back surface of the first back portion when in the first position. The second seat portion has legs extending from a bottom surface thereof adjacent a side thereof. The second seat portion has legs extending from the bottom surface thereof adjacent an opposite side thereof. The first back portion has keyholes on the back surface thereof. The second back portion has mushrooms on the front surface thereof. The mushrooms are removably placed in the keyholes when the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Clark Benjamin Jamison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8167366
    Abstract: An automobile seat including a seating portion, a back that can be folded onto the seating portion and including a rear face at least partially covered by a member defining a tablet and that can be brought into a substantially horizontal position. The member defining the tablet includes a rotary tray mounted on the rear face of the back so as to pivot about a first axis substantially perpendicular to the rear face to be moved into a position in which a portion of the rotary tray laterally protrudes from the rear face of the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Bruno Charpentier, Jean-Christophe Riou
  • Patent number: 8109565
    Abstract: An automotive seat has a seat back and a seat bottom that are movable between a seating configuration and a work desk configuration. When moving from the seating configuration to the work desk configuration, the seat bottom pivots forwardly into a generally vertical orientation and the seat back pivots downwardly into a generally horizontal orientation. The seat bottom supports an end of the seat back when the seat bottom and the seat back are in the work desk configuration. The back surface of the seat back faces upwardly to provide a work surface when the seat bottom and the seat back are in the work desk configuration. Sufficient space is provided beneath the seat back when in the work desk configuration to accommodate a person's legs underneath the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignees: Bright Automotive, Inc., Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: John E. Waters, Daniel A. Friedman, David B. Busch, Rollin Nothwehr, Jonathan Peter Cansfield, Emery Jay Zadina
  • Patent number: 8096612
    Abstract: A releasing device for a table part of a seat system for passenger vehicles. In a releasing device for a table part of a seat system for passenger vehicles, in particular for aircraft, comprising seat components such as a seat structure, a seat part, a seat back and an armrest, the position of at least one of these seat components being adjustable, wherein the table part is arranged on the seat structure to be tiltable between an operative position and a stowed position, the table part can be secured in the stowed position by means of a locking device which, for releasing the table part into its operative position, can be actuated by the adjustment movement of at least one armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Schumm, Gerhard Klein, Branislav Miskovic, Oliver Schwarz
  • Patent number: 7967386
    Abstract: An armrest assembly for an automobile seat, in which an armrest protrudes from a foldable seatback such that a passenger rests his/her arm on the armrest when the seatback is folded, and comes into contact with the seatback when the seatback is folded out in order to take a seat. The armrest assembly includes an armrest, which is installed on a seatback of the seat via links so as to protrude from the seatback, an external force transmitting device, which is coupled with at least one of the links, and transmits external force to the coupled link such that the armrest protrudes from the seatback, and a pressing unit, which installed on one side of the seatback such that the external force is applied to the external force transmitting device when the seatback is folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seon Chae Na
  • Patent number: 7896432
    Abstract: A vehicle furniture system for use proximate to a vehicle driver's seat, the system comprising: a first post having a first post first end, a first post body, and a first post second end mountable to the floor of the vehicle; a primary support having a primary support longitudinal axis generally perpendicular to a primary support lateral axis, a primary support top surface, a primary support bottom surface, a primary support first longitudinal side rotatably and slidably engageable to the first post, a primary support second longitudinal side, a primary support first lateral side, and a primary support second lateral side, the primary support disposable in a first position, a second position, a third position, and a fourth position; a primary support rod; and a second support adjacent to the primary support with the primary support in the second position and the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Peter L. Dunkel
  • Patent number: 7735914
    Abstract: The ottoman recliner chair includes a pair of opposed side panels, a seat coupled between the side panels, and a back pivotably coupled to the seat. The back is pivotable between a stowed, horizontal position and a generally vertical position. A footrest is coupled to the side panels and seat with a footrest linkage. The footrest is movable between a stowed and extended position wherein the ottoman recliner chair is movable between a stowed ottoman position with the back in the horizontal position and the footrest in stowed position, and a reclined position with the back in the generally vertical extended position and the footrest in extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Cabot Longnecker
  • Publication number: 20100123338
    Abstract: An automotive seat has a seat back and a seat bottom that are movable between a seating configuration and a work desk configuration. When moving from the seating configuration to the work desk configuration, the seat bottom pivots forwardly into a generally vertical orientation and the seat back pivots downwardly into a generally horizontal orientation. The seat bottom supports an end of the seat back when the seat bottom and the seat back are in the work desk configuration. The back surface of the seat back faces upwardly to provide a work surface when the seat bottom and the seat back are in the work desk configuration. Sufficient space is provided beneath the seat back when in the work desk configuration to accommodate a person's legs underneath the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: John E. Waters, Daniel A. Friedman, David B. Busch, Rollin Nothwehr, Jonathan Peter Cansfield, Emery Jay Zadins
  • Patent number: 7703853
    Abstract: A chair with height adjustable armrests and a foldable back utilizes an engaging rod to control the height at which the armrest is positioned and a locking assembly to control the folding operation of the chair back, so that the user can adjust the height of the armrests as desired and fold the chair back for facilitating storage of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Yu-Ching Hung
  • Patent number: 7607726
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a seat bottom and a seat back, which pivots at a rear side of the seat bottom. Within the rearward-facing surface of the seat back, a seat back tray is housed. When in a front passenger seat that is folded forward, the seat back tray is easily assessable by a vehicle driver. To adjust the tray horizontally, a pivotable tray top pivots relative to and above a non-pivoting tray top. A track within the tray provides a guide for movement of the pivotable tray top. A scissor lift coupled to an adjustment mechanism including either a hand crank or electric motor, may raise and lower the tray from a retracted position to an extended position, and be fixed at any intermediary position. The tray may be equipped to be lifted to any intermediary position without a hand crank or electric motor in a low-cost, yet effective scissor mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Micheal Orlo, Christopher Scott Welch, Ronald Andrew Mueller
  • Publication number: 20090026811
    Abstract: In a seat with a table function, an upper portion of the backrest can be pivoted forward so as to bring a back surface of the backrest into a horizontal position so that it can be used as a table. A support structure (2) in the form of an articulated suspension is provided which provides support for upholstery of the seat and at the same time also gives the necessary freedom to the backrest to be pivoted forward. The support structure (2) comprises a first portion (2a) and a second portion (2b) which are connected so as to be pivotable with respect to each other. Both the first portion (2a) and the second portion (2b) are essentially formed of a wire framework consisting of a pair of lateral side wires (4a, 4b) and transverse wires (8a, 8b) extending between the lateral side wires (4a, 4b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: L&P SWISS HOLDING COMPANY
    Inventors: Maxime Samain, Jo Patlyn, Pierrot Catry, David Moyaert
  • Publication number: 20080296936
    Abstract: The invention relates to an item of transformable furniture, more particularly to an item of furniture transformable from a chair into a desk and vice versa, from a desk into a chair. The item of transformable furniture comprises a first plate (5) and a second plate (6), linked to each other by a hinge joint (4), where said two plates can rotate respectively round first and second horizontal (2, 3) axes so that the plates can be moved from a first position as seat and back, respectively, to a second position as front panel (17) and worktop (18), respectively, and vice versa. Said plates are linked by said first and second horizontal axes to a supporting construction, which consists of at least three interconnected folding elements (1, 1?, 19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: ORT JOINT STOCK COMPANY
    Inventors: Mladen Minkov Tsonev, Ilian Vladimirov Milinov
  • Patent number: 7328930
    Abstract: The seat includes a backrest (2) installed so as to pivot on the seat pan (1) and arranged to be placed in a table position where the rear wall of the backrest is maintained in horizontal position, more or less parallel to a seat support frame (3) arranged to be attached to the floor (5) of the vehicle, the seat pan (1) being itself installed on the said frame in a tiltable manner, so that it can be positioned, with a sufficient tilt angle, the rear of the seat pan being raised, so that the backrest tilted on the seat pan can be placed in the said table position. The seat pan (1) is attached to the frame (3) by a set of links (6, 7) forming, with the frame and the seat pan, a deformable quadrilateral (ABCD) such that a pivoting of the links leads to the deformation of the said quadrilateral to place the seat pan in the said sufficient tilt angle position, and locking means (10) are provided to lock the pivoting of the links in relation to the seat pan or the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Faurecia Sieges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Christophe Aufrere, Pierre Bequet
  • Patent number: 7300105
    Abstract: A passenger seat assembly for a vehicle includes a storage panel assembly. The seat assembly has a seat back foldable between upright and generally horizontal positions relative to a seat bottom. The seat back has a rear surface incorporating the storage panel assembly. The storage panel assembly has a platform and at least one sidewall moveable relative to the platform between a retracted position preferably generally flush with the rear surface of the seat back and an extended position inclined relative to the platform to facilitate receiving and retaining objects on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Chrysler LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence S Jasinski, II, Stephen J Sowinski, Scott A Endreszl, David L Dyle, Sean P Conway
  • Patent number: 7226125
    Abstract: A table includes a first table top section and a second table top section A magnet is positioned on the first table top section and a lock block is positioned on the opposing second table top section. The opposing first and second table top sections are magnetically locked together to form the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Biofit Engineered Products
    Inventors: James W. Frobose, Timothy J. Critton
  • Patent number: 7207625
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chair that includes a support assembly. The support assembly should have a seat that is positioned on its top and should also have a back rest extending upward from the support assembly adjacent a side of the seat. Also, at least one storage compartment can be in sliding communication with the support assembly. And the disclosed chair can also include a clothes-hanger positioned on a top portion of a back surface of the back rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Mooreco, L.P.
    Inventors: John C. Hardt, II, Rolland M. Low
  • Patent number: 7207624
    Abstract: An ottoman convertible to a seating unit includes: a body; a seat associated with the body; and a lid pivotally attached to the body, the lid having an underside. The lid is movable between a closed position, in which the lid overlies the body, the seat is beneath the lid, and the underside of the lid faces generally downwardly, and an open position, in which the lid is generally upright and located above a rear portion of the body, the underside of the lid faces generally forwardly and forms the backrest of a seating unit and the seat is accessible for a seated occupant. The seat is inclined from rear to front. Typically, movement of the lid and the seat (if any) is controlled by one or more mechanisms that couple the seat and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Ultra-Mek, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Stephen Hoffman, Marcus L. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7100990
    Abstract: A structure of seat back in vehicle seat, wherein a back board element is provided the said backward side of the seat back in such a manner as to normally provide a substantially flat plane rigid enough to withstand one load applied toward a backward side of the back board element, thereby to allow the back board element to be usable as a means for carrying load and cargo thereon, while being resiliently deformable in a backward direction of the vehicle seat by another load applied toward a seat occupant's back support side of said seat back. A plurality of crevices may be defined properly in one side of the back board element so as to effectively permit the back board element to be either in the substantially flat state or in a resiliently deformable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Kimura, Harutoshi Fujii
  • Patent number: 7052084
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing shampoos in cooperation with a counter-top sink has a chair seat, with legs hingedly attached for movement between a first extended, seat supporting position and a second, folded position for portability; a seat back hingedly attached to the chair seat for movement between an erect position and a folded, portable position, a bowl assembly with a drain adapted for being located over the counter-top sink and at least two extensible support members attached to the bowl at the underside thereof, for movement between a first, bowl supporting position and a second, portable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Elnora Sheri Gillespie
  • Patent number: 6883863
    Abstract: A folding combination chair and table assembly including a seat mounted on support legs and a back rest mounted on a support which is continuous with one of the legs; the back rest capable of rotation about said support such that in one position it forms a back rest and in another a bench or a table; wherein said back rest is supported by the support at a side edge of the back rest and wherein the support is disposed at a location which allows a person seated on the chair to adopt a first seated position in which the person back engages the back rest and a second seated position in which wherein the person may use the backrest as a table and rotate his or her legs from said first position to the second position without obstruction by said rest support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Edward William Ginns
  • Patent number: 6860550
    Abstract: A bucket seat fold out diaper changing table located within a vehicle. The table provides a surface for use while changing the diaper or clothing of an infant or for other activities and objects that require a surface area. The table is configured as a plastic molded seat back of a bucket seat. The table includes a surface member that provides a surface area, a first open end and a second open end. A first panel and a second panel are arranged within the surface member. The first panel slides out of the first open end of the surface member and retracts back into the surface member via the first open end. The second panel slides out of the second open end of the surface member and retracts back into the surface member via the second open end. The first panel and the second panel are used to provide additional surface area for facilitating the changing of an infant or other activity requiring table surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Francis Wojcik
  • Patent number: 6659544
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a reconfigurable chair for home or restaurant use for supporting a toddler or small child in a sitting position or an infant in an infant carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen M. Hollett, Joann I. Hollett
  • Publication number: 20030197402
    Abstract: A convertible bench comprises a seat, a backrest and a pair of armrests extending between the seat and the backrest. Each armrest has a first end portion extending from the backrest and a second opposed end portion pivotally mounted to the seat for allowing the backrest to be swung about the armrests between a backrest position and a tabletop position. A stopper cooperates with the second end portion of each armrest for supporting the backrest in the backrest and tabletop positions thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Michel McCutcheon, Michael Moliner
  • Publication number: 20030151276
    Abstract: A folding combination chair and table assembly (1) including a seat (2) mounted on support legs (3, 4) and a back rest (5) mounted on a support (6) which is continuous with one said legs; the back rest capable of rotation about said support such that in one position of forms a back rest and in another a bench or table; wherein said back rest is supported by said support at a side edge (9) of the back rest and wherein said support is disposed at a location which allows a person seated on the chair to adopt a first seated position in which the person's back engages said back rest and a second seated position wherein the person may use the back rest as a table and rotate his or her legs from said first position to said second position without obstruction by said rest support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventor: Edward Williams Ginns
  • Patent number: 6464297
    Abstract: A load floor seat assembly for an adjustable seat is disclosed movable from a normal position to a load floor position. A seat base is adapted to be attached to a motor vehicle floor, at least one seat back arm is pivotably mounted to the seat base about a seat back pivot, and a seat back is pivotably attached to the seat back arm about a load floor pivot. A load floor assembly is attached to the seat back so that in the normal position the seat back is generally perpendicular to the seat base, and in the load floor position the seat back is generally parallel with the seat base and rotated about the load floor pivot, so that the load floor assembly covers the seat back and the seat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies
    Inventors: Pascal E. Garrido, Andrew W. Guthrie, Gregory J. Andrigo, Keith C. Horsfield
  • Patent number: 6428094
    Abstract: A furniture unit includes a base, a horizontal panel having front and rear edges, and a vertical panel having upper and lower edges. A support is provided with a center pivot connected to the base, a front pivot connected to a front edge of the horizontal panel, and a rear pivot connected to a lower edge of the vertical panel. The support is movable to a first position where a front surface of the vertical panel is located generally rearwardly of and above the rear edge, and is movable to a second position where the vertical panel is located generally rearwardly of and below the rear edge. The support moves the vertical and horizontal panels with a counterbalanced motion. In one form, the arrangement forms an adjustable sit/stand chair. In another form, the arrangement forms a desk with a height-adjustable worksurface and adjustable-height backboard. Notably, the backboard can be a functional panel, and may include an erasable surface, a grooved surface for supporting accessories, or a tackable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventor: Joey Ruiter
  • Patent number: 6283059
    Abstract: A convertible seat and deck apparatus includes a frame having a first guide wall and a second guide wall. The first guide wall has a first elongated slot and a second elongated slot. The second guide wall has a third elongated slot and a fourth elongated slot. A seat back has a first seating surface, an opposite second deck surface, a first side and a second side. A first guide pin and a second guide pin project from the first side. A third guide pin and a fourth guide pin project from the second side. The seat back is moveable with respect to the frame between a first seating position and a second deck position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Elwood J. Scully, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6241312
    Abstract: A support frame for use in a convertible bench/table apparatus. In one presently preferred embodiment of the present invention, the support frame includes an upper portion movably mounted to a lower portion. In such preferred embodiment, the lower portion includes a first leg, a second leg, and a seat mount, where the seat mount is comprised of an upper surface and a lower surface defining a space therebetween which is capable of receiving one or more seat members to form a seat. Further in such embodiment, the upper portion preferably has a backrest mount which includes a first surface and a second surface that define a space therebetween which is capable of receiving one or more backrest members to form a backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Premiere Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Watts, M. Brent Norton
  • Patent number: 6059358
    Abstract: A seat back mounted fold down auto office having a bin portion mounted to the seat back of a vehicle seat assembly on the rear side thereof including a recessed storage area therein. A cover is provided for the recessed storage area and is rotatable upon a hinge to move the cover from a closed position to an open position to access the recessed storage area. Additional features include a fold out support panel that can rotate out from the storage bin toward a user after which the storage bin can be closed while the support panel extends from the storage bin. The support panel can be used to attach a notepad or and/or cellular telephone. In addition, the cover can be equipped with a light to illuminate the storage area in the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Demick, Howard R. Nordlund, Larry E. Halse
  • Patent number: 5882069
    Abstract: A multi-functional bench seat. The bench seat has a base to which one or more seat sections are attached. Each seat section has a complementary support arm also attached to the base. A back section is attached to each support arm. Both the seat section and support arm are capable of being rotated relative to the base. The back section is capable of being rotated relative to the seat support arm. Consequently, the bench seat may be positioned in a number of different positions to serve as either a seat or a support table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University
    Inventors: David Gunnett, Bryan M. Fox, Dmitry Azrikan, Roman J. Rabiej
  • Patent number: 5833306
    Abstract: A convertible chair having a board (2, 36) inside the frame of a chair or arm-chair to which the seat (0, 35) has been previously removed. This arrangement provides that the seat (0, 35) will act as a support for the board (2, 36) when the latter is used as an ironing table or a bar table. To this effect, a frame is deployed so that the board (2, 36) passes from the back or vertical position to the horizontal or table position , Additionally, the panel of the seat (0, 35) moves from the horizontal position to the vertical position as a support for the board (2, 36) when the latter is in the table position. In the version of the seat assembly transformable into a table and bar, the latter is incorporated into the seat body. The invention finds application in household furniture, fair stands and commercial shows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Matilde Barbed Breto
  • Patent number: 5658047
    Abstract: A foldable seat includes a seat member having a pair of generally upwardly opening elongate slots, and a backrest having a pair of hingeblades received with the slots. The hingeblades are pivotally connected to the seat member for rotation about a pivot axis. The hingeblades include bearing surfaces which engage stop surfaces located inside the slots on the seat member to prevent backward rotation of the backrest beyond the normal upright position. The pivot axis, bearing surfaces and stop surfaces are all located below the upper seating surface of the seat member and forward of the rear edge thereof, so that major pinch points are generally inaccessible, whereby the risk of injury on account of inadvertent placement of a finger between the bearing surfaces of the hingeblades and the stop surfaces of the seat member are substantially eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Attwood Corporation
    Inventors: Clifton J. Ratza, Roger J. Quinlan, James J. Betcher
  • Patent number: 5609391
    Abstract: A convertible bench/table container apparatus is disclosed in one presently preferred embodiment of the present invention as including a support container assembly having an internal storage chamber disposed therein for storing children's toys, clothing, blankets, for use as an ice chest, etc. The support container assembly is formed having a base board member and one or more openable seat members which provide means for facilitating access to the internal storage chamber of the support container assembly. Preferably, the seat members are hingeably attached at a first end to the base board member and operably disposed in alignment with the raised rim of the upper portion of the support container assembly to provide structural support when in the seat members are in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Premiere Products
    Inventors: Stephen P. Watts, M. Brent Norton
  • Patent number: 5551105
    Abstract: An apparatus combining an overbed table, IV stand, walker, and optionally a wheeled chair is described. The IV stand portion of the apparatus can be raised for administering intravenous liquids or lowered for concealment. The table portion can be detachable so that the stand can be attached to a patient's bed. The apparatus contains a wide wheelbase for stability as a walker, yet furnishes easy maneuverability. The apparatus also contains mechanisms for attaching oxygen bottles, catheterization equipment, infusion pumps, and the like. An embodiment containing a wheeled chair functionality combines the table and wheeled chair functionalities so that one or the other can be selected for use. This multifunctional apparatus reduces the amount of occupied floor space in a patient's room and reduces the need for storage space for IV stands, walkers, wheeled chairs and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Brevis Corporation
    Inventor: J. Gordon Short
  • Patent number: 5531506
    Abstract: A seating unit includes a seat frame, a foldable table assembly that includes a foldable panel pivotally attached to its rear edge, a four bar linkage which moves the table assembly between an open position and a closed position, and a roller which controls the rotational movement of the foldable panel about the rear edge of the table assembly. The seat frame includes a seat having a generally horizontal seat surface and a backrest having a recessed area and mounting panels positioned laterally of the recessed area. The foldable table assembly includes a decorative surface and a support surface generally opposed to the decorative surface. The foldable panel has an upper surface and a lower surface generally opposed to the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Action Industries
    Inventor: Donald G. Scott
  • Patent number: 5524959
    Abstract: A seating unit comprises a seat frame, a foldable table assembly that includes a foldable panel pivotally attached to its rear edge, a four-bar linkage for moving the table assembly between an open position and a closed position, and a roller and cloth hinge combination for controlling the rotational movement of the foldable panel about the rear edge of the table assembly. The seat frame, which comprises a seat and a backrest, includes a recessed area in the backrest with laterally positioned mounting panels. The foldable table assembly comprises opposed decorative and support surfaces and the foldable panel. The four-bar linkage is attached to the table assembly and to the mounting panels of the seat frame and moves the table assembly between a closed position, in which the table assembly is nested within the recessed area with the decorative surface facing forward, and a generally horizontal open position, in which the support surface faces upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Action Industries
    Inventor: Donald G. Scott
  • Patent number: 5342108
    Abstract: A convertible table with a separable child-supporting chair releasably located within a recess in the top panel of the table. The chair is arranged to be stowed in a first orientation within the recess in the table in such a manner that the recess in the table's top panel is closed, with a portion of the chair being flush with the top surface of the top panel, thereby providing a smooth table top surface. The chair is slidable out of the recess so that it can be reoriented to a second orientation and then slid back into the recess so that it can support a child thereon adjacent the top panel. A locking mechanism is provided to prevent the chair from accidentally sliding out of the recess when it is in the second orientation. A restraining strap is provided in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: John Housekeeper
  • Patent number: 5292172
    Abstract: A convertible bench/table apparatus in one embodiment of the present invention as including a seat member, a means for supporting the seat member, and a backrest/tabletop member. Connected to the means for supporting the seat member is an armrest assembly that provides structural support to the backrest/tabletop when the convertible bench/table is pivoted from the bench position into the picnic table position. A hinge means accommodates for the pivotal movement of the convertible bench/table into either the first or second position, and is rigidly attached to the armrest assembly and the seat member providing a point of rotation thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: Stephen P. Watts, M. Brent Norton
  • Patent number: 5234224
    Abstract: Multi-function baby support and transport apparatus including a wheeled, vertically-extensible frame, the uppermost member of which is adapted to carry a baby seat. The frame includes locking means for locking it in several different configurations, in each of which configurations the uppermost member is at a different elevation from a horizontal plane surface which bears the apparatus. A propelling handle is pivotably mounted on the uppermost member and can be positioned in an upright propelling position or in a horizontal position in which it is closely juxtaposed to the uppermost member. A folding diaper changing table is affixed to the propelling handle, and thus can be used for changing diapers when the propelling handle is in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: Chung B. Kim
  • Patent number: 5193765
    Abstract: An aircraft seat convertible in situ for economy class and business class usage is described herein. In the case of a two-seater convertible seat, arm dividers are movably mounted on a seat frame for positioning thereon according to required widths of seating positions and to eliminate a middle seating position for business usage. Seat backs of two outer seating positions may be provided with mechanisms, such as slidable panels, which operate to vary the widths of the seat backs in the business class position. Alternatively, the seat backs are bodily movable on the seat frame and provided with hinge-mounted side bolsters of a compressible foam material which can be opened outwardly to increase the widths of the backs of the two outer seats with those backs moved to the two-seater business class configuration on the seat frame and the middle seating position eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Magerik Ltd.
    Inventors: Leslie J. Simpson, Brian S. Bayliss
  • Patent number: 5098153
    Abstract: A folding item of furniture of the box-bench type possesses an operating device for a member which is movable in rotation relative to a frame. The movable member comprises a first panel alternately forming the backrest of the bench in the open position and the lid of the box in the closed position, and a second panel, perpendicular to the first, forming a seat part in the open position. A third panel forms the other seat part and is articulated relative to the second. An operating member mounted pivotably on the movable member has an active locking position in which it maintains the movable member in the open position. Three cushions are provided, the first and second cushions being fixed respectively to the first and thirst panels and the third cushion lying on the second cushion so as to be slidable relative thereto. The seat outfitted with cushions can thereby be closed with the cushions stored under the first panel, without the cushions being crushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Jacques Antoine