Collapsible Chair; I.e., Relatively Folding Bottom, Back, And Legs Patents (Class 297/16.1)
  • Patent number: 10342351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable chair (1) having two front chair legs (2, 3), two rear chair legs (4, 5), two front chair arms (6, 7), two rear chair arms (8, 9), and two connection elements which are connected via a connection rod. The front chair legs and the rear chair legs each have a free end (2a, 3a, 4a, 5a) which is oriented towards an underlying surface (10), and the front chair arms and rear chair arms each have a free end (8c, 9c) which is oriented towards a seat surface (11) that is defined or can be defined by free ends (6a, 7a) of the front chair arms and free ends of the rear chair arms (8, 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LEKISPORT AG
    Inventor: Markus Sebastian Lenhart
  • Patent number: 10182655
    Abstract: The chair is an upwardly folding chair. It includes an upholstered seat cushion, a seat, and supporting legs. The upholstered seat is hung on the seat. The seat is supported by supporting legs. The supporting leg consists of four facades. Each facade consists of a pair of two diagonal bars which are crossed and hinged together in the center. The facade on each side consists of the front-tilting diagonal and the rear-tilting diagonal bar in the diagonal bar pair, a connecting bar and a supporting bar. The front-tilting diagonal bar is hinged to the front of the seat, and the rear of the seat is supported by supporting bars which include a left half and a right half, with corresponding or symmetrical seat bars, and it is formed by joining the front folding leaf and the rear folding leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Zenithen USA, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Frankel, Shi-Ping Zheng, Tian-Xia Zheng
  • Patent number: 10144321
    Abstract: A flexible cover assembly is disposed on a vehicle seat having an adjustable headrest assembly. The adjustable headrest assembly includes a headrest bun and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the headrest bun between extended and retracted positions. A trim component is disposed a seatback and includes a relief portion configured to receive a portion of the adjustment mechanism as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position. A flexible cover member is coupled to the trim component at the relief portion. The flexible cover member includes a plate member operable between extend and retracted positions. The portion of the adjustment mechanism received in the relief portion of the trim component is configured to abut an inner surface of the plate member to move the plate member towards the extended position as the headrest bun is driven towards the extended position by the adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Carol Casey, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 9936817
    Abstract: An infant high chair includes a standing frame, a seat assembly, and a lock mechanism operable to lock the seat assembly at a desirable height relative to the standing frame. The standing frame includes a latching part operable to lock the standing frame in an unfolded state, and a release actuator operatively connected with the latching part and arranged near a foot of the standing frame. The seat assembly is connected with the standing frame, and is vertically adjustable relative to the standing frame when the lock mechanism is unlocked. A downward displacement of the seat assembly relative to the standing frame to a predetermined lower position urges the release actuator in movement such that the release actuator actuates the latching part to unlock for allowing folding of standing frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Andrew J. Horst, Daniel A. Sack, Ryan N. Miller, Curtis M. Hartenstine
  • Patent number: 9642473
    Abstract: A baby rocking bed includes a pivot unit, a lower frame connected with the pivot unit, a connecting unit connected with the lower frame, and an upper frame connected with the pivot unit and the connecting unit. Thus, when the movable member of the connecting unit is moved upward on the elbow pipe of the connecting unit, the upper frame is disposed at an inclined state so that the rocking bed is disposed at an inclined state to facilitate the user feeding the baby safely, and when the movable member is moved downward on the elbow pipe, the upper frame is disposed at a horizontal state so that the rocking bed is directly lowered and returned to the original position, without disturbing the sleeping baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Way-Hong Chen
  • Patent number: 9346478
    Abstract: A collapsible golf cart comprises a frame member, a handle, and a carriage. The handle is pivotably coupled to the frame and the frame is pivotably coupled to the carriage. The carriage has a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels. The golf cart is moveable between an extended configuration in which corresponding ones of the front wheels and rear wheels are offset with respect to one another, and a collapsed configuration in which corresponding ones of the fronts wheels and rear wheels are substantially aligned with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Kimberley
  • Patent number: 9102246
    Abstract: An actuation system for concurrently actuating a first mechanism and a second mechanism from a first state to a second state includes an actuator and a sliding member operatively engaged with the actuator and movable from a first position to a second position in response to actuation of the actuator. A connecting member has a relaxed state and a taut state. The connecting member includes a first end coupled to the first mechanism, a second end coupled to the second mechanism, and a medial portion cooperative with the sliding member. Movement of the sliding member from the first position to the second position changes the connecting member from the relaxed state to the taut state, whereby the tension is increased in the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: LEGGETT & PLATT CANADA CO.
    Inventors: Horia Blendea, Robert J. McMillen, Paul Tindall
  • Patent number: 9033410
    Abstract: A folding chair capable of being moved between a folded position and an unfolded position, includes: two units, each of which includes first and second tubes hinged together via a hinge pin; and a canvas sheet, where each assembly of two tubes includes a rigid part at the hinge pin thereof, said rigid part being arranged between two tubes and having: a groove for receiving a tube of the assembly without any degree of freedom; first and second cradles arranged on either side of the hinge pin, such that when the chair is in the unfolded position, the first cradle bears against the upper section of the other tube and the second cradle bears against the lower section of the other tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: LAFUMA MOBILIER S.A.S.
    Inventors: Corrado Roani, Jean-Noël Pernet
  • Publication number: 20150115667
    Abstract: A foldable bearing structure includes a set of coplanar wheels and a folding device including a set of lower arms; at least a rear upper arm; an antiparallelogram deformable in a vertical plane, the antiparallelogram including two crossed segments; at least a first sidebar located in the vertical plane; the antiparallelogram deformed by folding between a first position, corresponding to an unfolded of the structure and a second position corresponding to a folded position, the transition from the first position to the second position reducing the wheelbase of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Herbault
  • Patent number: 9016796
    Abstract: A portable stool for providing convenient seating comprising: a base, where the base is placed on a surface during use of the stool; a support post, where the support post extends vertically from the base; a telescoping post connected to the support post, where the telescoping post is vertically adjustable; openings along the telescoping post; seat posts, where the seat posts extend vertically from the openings; and a nylon seat attached to each distal end of the seat posts. The telescoping post may include three openings and a seat post extends from each opening. In one particular embodiment, the posts extend at an angle from each opening. The support post may include an adjustment slot. Inherently the portable stool further includes a collapsed position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Erwin Portis
  • Publication number: 20150091335
    Abstract: A compact collapsible chair includes upper tubes, leg tubes, a central tube connector and a seat back. The upper tubes are formed from detachable sections. Lower ends of the upper tubes are inserted into upper holes in the central tube connector, and upper ends of the leg tubes are inserted into lower holes in the central tube connector. Upper ends of the upper tubes fit into tube receptacles in the seat back. No part of the upper tubes other than the upper and lower ends contacts any part of the collapsible chair. The upper holes are disposed in an upper portion of the central tube connector that swivels over a lower portion into which the lower holes are bored. The upper portion and the attached upper tubes swivel about a cylinder that passes through the upper and lower portions but does not extend above or below the central tube connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: Zinus, Inc., FIMAX International Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Youn Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 8991920
    Abstract: A collapsible infant bouncer comprising support assembly configured with a pair of intersecting support rods pivotally articulated to one another, each support rod configured with at least a top link and a bottom link foldable about a folding joint, and a flexible seating member mounted on the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Tiny Love Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoshana Oren, Giora Shachal
  • Patent number: 8991913
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a portable folding tattoo chair comprising a left part (100) and a right part (200), the left part (100) of the chair comprising a left cushion (101), a left fixing plate (102), a left fixing frame (103) and a left footing support (104); the right part (200) of the chair comprising a right cushion (201), a right fixing plate (202), a right fixing frame (203) and a right footing support (204); the left part (100) and the right part (200) of the chair being rotatable so as to be folded together, the left footing support (104) and the right footing support (204) being rotatable to be folded up. The tattoo chair in unfolding states may provide various auxiliary modes for different tattoo positions. The chair can also be folded after use to save space and transportation cost. The chair can be used as a pushcart to add functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Chen, Billy Chen, Wen Wei
  • Patent number: 8960784
    Abstract: An inclined chair assembly includes a foldable seat that may support a user on an inclined support surface. A leg is coupled to the foldable seat so the leg may abut the inclined support surface. A support is coupled to the foldable seat so the support may support a user's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Roderick De Berry
  • 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: 8955904
    Abstract: A moon chair structure comprising a seat ring tube, a front leg tube, a rear leg tube and back supporting rods; the front leg tube, the rear leg tube and the back supporting rods form a frame for supporting the seat ring tube; the rear leg tube and the front leg tube intersect with each other to form a supporting leg; slidable sleeves are provided at top ends of the rear leg tube; the slidable sleeves sleeve on the back supporting rods for forward and backward sliding movement on the back supporting rods; the slidable sleeves disposed at the top ends of the rear leg tube are slidable with respective to the back supporting rods; dynamic and variable triangular structures are formed by coordination between the rear leg tube, the front leg tube and the back supporting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Xiaohui Zhu
  • Publication number: 20150021958
    Abstract: Vehicle seat including: a seat back pivoted to a side of floor; a seat cushion pivoted to the seat back; and a front leg element having an upper end pivoted to the seat cushion and a lower end pivotally locked to the side of floor in a releasable manner, thus normally providing a four-pivotal-point linkage in the seat. Maintaining the four-pivotal-point linkage adversely restricts design and actions of the seat. Inequality conditions are therefore set in that four-pivotal-point linkage, such that folding down the seat back by an angle exceeding a predetermined angle results in unlocking of the lower end of the front leg element from the side of floor, thereby destroying the four-pivotal-point linkage. Hence, a freedom of design is increased for the seat and floor. Further, leverage mechanism(s) may be provided to facilitate the ease of unlocking the front leg element from the side of floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Minoru FUKUTANI, Norito AKIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8936305
    Abstract: A lounge chair comprises a chair frame and a headrest. The chair frame includes a first seat section extending between a first section first end and a first section second end, a second seat section extending between a second section first end and a second section second end, the second section first end being pivotably connected to the first section second end such that the first and second seat sections are movable into a coplanar configuration, and a plurality of legs supporting the chair frame to elevate the first and second seat sections above an underlying surface. The headrest includes a headrest frame support extending from the first section first end, a headrest frame carried by the headrest frame support, and one or more headrest cushion sections releasably secured to the headrest frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Skursky
  • Patent number: 8925681
    Abstract: A ultra-light, concealable toilet or chair apparatus (10) configured to be suspended from an object to suspend the apparatus above ground is provided. The apparatus comprises of a suspension system (12) configured to be coupled to the object to suspend the apparatus above the ground. The suspension system includes at least one securing device (12) (14) coupled through the primary tensile support member (20) which extends downwardly and sub-divides into left linear side (20a) and right linear side (20b) portion that transitions into a concaved seat when human sits there on, provided, adjustable interlocking latch (22a) is coupled to corresponding ridged interlocking latch (30e), and adjustable interlocking latch (22b) is coupled to corresponding ridged interlocking latch (30f), forming a pair of loops that will surround left and right legs of the human operator, completing structural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Victor Raymond Mattingly
  • Publication number: 20140368002
    Abstract: A collapsible seat and storage apparatus converts from a closed position to an open position. The apparatus includes a seat, a shelf, at least one leg, and carrying parts to allow a person to support the apparatus on his or her shoulders. In a partially open configuration, the apparatus provides a seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Carl Furman Parton
  • Patent number: 8899686
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collapsible chair including a cylindrical main body 101 which is a major component of a collapsible chair, front and rear support poles 111 and 131 which support the main body 101 at a predetermined angle on front and rear side, respectively, seat back poles 121 and seat support poles 141 which are connected to the main body 101 to extend forward and upward, and a seat 151 whose opposite end portions are fixed by the seat back poles 121 and the seat support poles 141. The main body 101 has coupling holes 102 formed on opposite end portions thereof at a predetermined angle, first insertion holes 103 formed on opposite end portions thereof at a predetermined angle and an interval with the coupling hole 102.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Osung Duralumin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun-Gil Kim
  • Publication number: 20140346817
    Abstract: A foldable chair includes a seat frame unit, a leg frame unit, and a leg frame assembling unit. The leg frame unit includes two leg frames and is pivotable relative to the seat frame unit to change between an unfolded use state and a folded state. The leg frame assembling unit includes at least one resilient fastener and at least one pusher. The resilient fastener has a locking head to immobilize the one of the leg frames in the unfolded use state. The pusher has a protruding portion to push the locking head that is retracted inwardly from the seat frame unit, thereby releasing the one of the leg frames from the unfolded use state relative to the seat frame unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: CHIN JWU ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsien TSENG
  • Publication number: 20140327277
    Abstract: A removable tray device is disclosed that offers a simple and easy way to eat or drink when sitting outside. The removable tray device comprises a tray component, an attachment assembly for securing the tray component to a folding chair, and a swivel component secured to the tray component for allowing the tray component to rotate horizontally or vertically. The attachment assembly is typically a spring and latch mechanism permanently secured to the front leg of the folding chair. The swivel component is typically a swivel joint which affixes the tray component to the spring and latch mechanism and allows the tray component to rotate horizontally about the front leg with the spring and latch mechanism, and rotate vertically down when not in use. The tray component further comprises a pair of opposing cut-out notches to further secure the tray component to the folding chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jill Dudik
  • Patent number: 8876203
    Abstract: A chair operable between an extended configuration and a collapsed configuration includes one or more legs, a handle and a locking mechanism. The one or more legs support a seat and the handle extends away from the seat opposite the one or more legs. The locking mechanism includes a lock plug disposed in an elongate trough. Movement of the handle between the extended and collapsed configurations involves depressing the lock plug and flipping the trough to an opposite side of the lock plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Abida LLC
    Inventors: Roland A. Haertl, David E. Gilman
  • Publication number: 20140284970
    Abstract: A chair includes a seat, a back rest, a frame having a curved rail, and a runner moveable along the rail. The seat and back rest are carried by the runner such that the seat and back rest can be moved together along the rail, and the position of the back rest relative to the seat changes in a horizontal direction as the seat and the back rest move along the rail. Additionally, the height-adjustable seat can be folded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Simon Radclyffe
  • Publication number: 20140265459
    Abstract: A chair comprises a seat, a back, a pivotal connection between the back and the seat, a pair of arms, each in a pivotal connection with the seat and the back, plurality of legs, a rotational connection between the seat, the back and the pair of arms relative to the plurality of legs and a pivotal connection between one end of each leg and the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: CARLO GAMBINO
  • Publication number: 20140265458
    Abstract: A chair assembly includes two first side rods, two second side rods connected pivotally and respectively to the first side rods, and a seating unit including a loop frame connected pivotally to top ends of the first and second side rods, at least three first elastic cords each having two opposite ends respectively retained on the loop frame by two first retaining members, and two second cord units each including at least three second elastic cords each having two opposite ends respectively retained on the loop frame by two second retaining members. The first and second elastic cords are interwoven with each other to define a seating area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN SHIN YEH ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: TAIWAN SHIN YEH ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8814261
    Abstract: Collapsible chairs and related chair systems. An exemplary chair includes a base member comprising a seat surface configured to support a user sitting thereon, a back supporting member behind the seat surface configured to support a user's back when a user is seated, and parallel first and second side members each including first and second fulcrums. The first fulcrums connect the side members to the base member disposed therebetween. The second fulcrums connect the side members to the back supporting member disposed therebetween. The side members define a frame within which the back supporting member and the base member may be rotated about their respective fulcrums. The fulcrums allow the chair to be collapsed to a more compact configuration (e.g., for storage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen L. Chamberlain, Amber D. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8801095
    Abstract: A chair including a fold down seat which is closed against the side or rear of a stroller or wheelchair for transit or storage, but which is deployable to rotate outwardly therefrom for sitting upon when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Philip D Moody
  • Patent number: 8784225
    Abstract: A collapsible, portable infant swing having a foldable base movable between an unfolded, extended position and a folded, collapsed position, a lock mechanism for selectively locking/unlocking the foldable base, and support arms supported by the foldable base. Swing arms are pivotally coupled to the support arms for pivotal, back and forth motion and an infant support seat coupled to the swing arms for supporting and swinging an infant. A multi-function handle is provided for housing the lock mechanism for locking/unlocking the foldable base, for grasping the foldable base to fold the foldable base, and for carrying the swing when the foldable base is folded. The multi-function handle is positioned substantially centrally below the seat to make it generally inaccessible by the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Burns, Alex Soriano, John Matthew Thomson
  • Patent number: 8764105
    Abstract: A folding chair having at least one offset pyramid hinge, two chair legs, a chair-backing, and a seating member which can fold substantially flat in a closed position, and can substantially lock open in an opened position. The offset hinge of the chair promotes the chair remaining in either a flattened or open position by positioning the intersecting junctions at apices which are offset from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Gendell
  • Publication number: 20140138990
    Abstract: A collapsible chair may include a frame comprising a pair of Y-brace frames, a pair of X-brace frames arranged generally orthogonally relative to the Y-brace frames, and a foldable seat side member. A collapsible article of furniture may include a pair of Y-brace frames where each of the Y-brace frames includes a pair of Y-shaped assemblies and each assembly includes a crossing member and a support brace member pivotally intersecting the crossing member along its length and the crossing members of each of the Y-shaped assemblies may pivotally engage one another and extend to opposing support brace members and the crossing members may be slidably coupled to the opposing support brace members. A collapsible chair may include a pair of arching wire supports and a back rest, comprising a membrane stretched between the pair of arching wire supports and providing lumbar support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Curtis J. Chesness
  • Publication number: 20140138989
    Abstract: The present invention relates to lightweight collapsible portable chairs. In one embodiment, the portable chair has a sling and a chair frame which includes a first pair of bars and a second pair of bars. Each bar of the first pair of bars includes a joint configured to contact a ground surface. In another embodiment, the chair frame includes a front of bars, a back pair of bars, a pair of joints and a center bar configured to securely couple the pair of back joints to each other. In some embodiments, the chair frame includes a front support assembly. In other embodiments, the chair frame includes a pair of lower bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Samuel B. Homans, Tae Wan Kim, Kang S. Lim
  • Publication number: 20140132037
    Abstract: A portable seat is provided for use typically in outdoor environments, such as hunting, camping, sporting events, and the like. The portable seat includes a seat base with one or more internal storage chambers, some of which may remain open for convenient access, and some of which may be fitted with removable drawers or storage compartments that may be opened and closed as needed. A collapsible leg assembly allows the seat base to be positioned at a comfortable height above a support surface, and the legs may be collapsed to a stowed configuration in which they are positioned against or generally along a bottom portion of the seat base. A strap is used to attach the seat to a user for hands-free transport, and may also secure the storage drawers or covers (when so equipped) in their closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Cal G. Niemela
  • Publication number: 20140123455
    Abstract: A portable sport footwear lacing chair is described herein. Specifically a chair that can be easily expanded to a usable position, which contains a platform for placing a player's footwear thereon to allow for a person sitting in the chair to tie the player's footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Lace a Skate LLC
    Inventor: Jason Mishica
  • Patent number: 8702162
    Abstract: A portable chair provides multiple comfortable sitting positions for various outdoor uses. In one position, a spear fisher may comfortably and safely lean over a hole while having support for the back, neck and arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Myron Isaacson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140084641
    Abstract: A chair including a fold down seat which is closed against the side or rear of a stroller or wheelchair for transit or storage, but which is deployable to rotate outwardly therefrom for sitting upon when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Philip D. Moody
  • Patent number: 8678700
    Abstract: A foldable furniture includes a retention structure including a left retention coupler and a right retention coupler coaxially and overlapping with the left retention coupler side-by-side in a rotatably movable manner via a pivot joint. The left retention coupler includes at least a left retention member protruding towards the right retention coupler. The right retention coupler includes at least a right retention member protruding towards the left retention coupler, wherein when the foldable furniture is pivotally folded at an unfolded position, the left and right retention couplers are coaxially rotated at an opposite direction until the left and right retention members are biased against each other. Therefore, the retention structure enhances the structural supportive force of the foldable furniture to evenly distribute the loading force on the foldable furniture so as to enhance the stabilization of the foldable furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Tsai
  • Patent number: 8678489
    Abstract: A hunting chair with several user-selectable configurations for hunting on hillsides includes a seat and back rest. A pair of support arms falls generally on the same plane as the seat and have a user-selectable length in a forward and a rearward direction. A cross brace may connect the support arms. Elongated extension members may define the user-selectable length. The elongated extension members or a pair of spikes may selectably define a pair of downwardly-extending legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: David Skinner
  • Publication number: 20140070574
    Abstract: A linkage for a foldable high chair is capable of keeping in a use position by a locking mechanism, and then foldable by rotation of its chair back frame forward and downward. The foldable high chair comprises at least a front strut frame, a rear strut frame, a chair back frame, a seat support frame, a pair of arm rests, a first link, a second link and third link assembled by pivot means with each other and a locking mechanism capable of keeping the foldable high chair in a use position. The seat support frame is capable of driving by the chair back frame and then drives the first slidable connector through the first link and the third link, and then the first slidable connector drives the rear strut frame through the second link, so as to rotate the rear strut frame to close to the front strut frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: WEI-YEH LI
  • Publication number: 20140054935
    Abstract: A collapsible, compactable chair or seating apparatus having a pair of rigid frames fitted to one another to form an A-frame configuration. Both frames may be collapsed so that the frame dimensions of the chair in an operational, deployed configuration may be reduced in two dimensions (i.e., height, length) when collapsed into a compacted configuration for storage or transport. The collapsible frames are held together with an internal elastic ban. The novel chair may be compacted into a thin bundle that may be rolled up in and contained within fabric forming a portion of the chair. In its compacted, rolled up state, the novel chair is suitable for transportation within a backpack or other such enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Loney
  • Publication number: 20140042779
    Abstract: A chair that is reconfigurable between a folded and an unfolded configuration includes a first leg having an intermediate portion located between a first end and an opposite second end of the first leg and a second leg having an intermediate portion located between a first end and an opposite second end of the second leg. The intermediate portion of the second leg is pivotally connected to the intermediate portion of the first leg. A support member has a first end pivotally connected to the first leg and an opposite second end. A seat frame has a first portion pivotally connected to the second end of the support member and a second portion pivotally connected to the second end of the second leg. The second end of the support member is adjacent the first end of both the first and second legs in the folded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: IDEA NUOVA, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin AKKAD
  • Patent number: 8646835
    Abstract: The present invention relates to lightweight collapsible portable chairs. In one embodiment, the portable chair has a sling and a chair frame which includes a first pair of bars and a second pair of bars. Each bar of the first pair of bars includes a joint configured to contact a ground surface. In another embodiment, the chair frame includes a front of bars, a back pair of bars, a pair of joints and a center bar configured to securely couple the pair of back joints to each other. In some embodiments, the chair frame includes a front support assembly. In other embodiments, the chair frame includes a pair of lower bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Alite Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel B. Homans, Tae Wan Kim
  • Publication number: 20140028060
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable chair includes a main body including a backrest, a seat, and legs; the backrest and the legs are connected to the seat; the seat includes a seating pad ring and a seating pad; the seating pad is placed on the seating pad ring; two folding parts extending upwards are formed on two sides of the seating pad ring; the folding part is provided with a receiving groove; two supports of the backrest are fixed to the folding parts; one end of the support is inserted into the receiving groove and detaches from the receiving groove when the support is moved; the folding part is provided with an opening, where the opening supports the support when the backrest is folded onto the seating pad. The foldable chair requires no bolt for use and packing, and does not occupy large storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SHENZHEN ZHISHAN DINING MANAGEMENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Ngai Mui Candy Kwok
  • Publication number: 20140021749
    Abstract: A folding chair capable of being moved between a folded position and an unfolded position, includes: two units, each of which includes first and second tubes hinged together via a hinge pin; and a canvas sheet, where each assembly of two tubes includes a rigid part at the hinge pin thereof, said rigid part being arranged between two tubes and having: a groove for receiving a tube of the assembly without any degree of freedom; first and second cradles arranged on either side of the hinge pin, such that when the chair is in the unfolded position, the first cradle bears against the upper section of the other tube and the second cradle bears against the lower section of the other tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: LAFUMA S.A.
    Inventors: Corrado Roani, Jean-Noël Pernet
  • Publication number: 20130313864
    Abstract: A swivel stool includes a foldable leg arrangement having a plurality of leg frames pivotally connected to each other to form a receiving cavity defined within the leg frames, a seat unit including a seat frame and a back frame pivotally connected to the seat frame. The swivel stool is arranged to operate between a folded position and an unfolded position, wherein in the folded position, the back frame is overlappedly folded toward the seat frame, while the seat unit is pivotally and downwardly folded with respect to the leg frames to receive into the receiving cavity of the foldable leg arrangement, wherein in the unfolded position, the seat unit is pivotally and upwardly unfolded with respect to the leg frames while the back frame is pivotally unfolded with respect to the seat frame for allowing a user to sit on the seat unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Fermi Chi Hung Lau
  • Publication number: 20130313865
    Abstract: A portable chair, configured to accommodate a seated user, includes a front pair of collapsible bars, a back pair of collapsible bars, a pair of joints, a center bar, a first set of lower bars, a second set of lower bars, and a sling. The center bar configured to securely couple the pair of back joints to each other. In some embodiments, at least one of the first set of lower bars has a first end permanently fixed to one of the joints, and a second end of first lower bars is configured to provide a point of contact with a ground surface. At least one of the second set of lower bars having a first end configured to be coupled to one of the joints, and wherein a second end of second lower bars is configured to provide a point of contact with a ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Alite Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Alite Designs, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130307297
    Abstract: A foldable chair has front and rear legs are interactive by using pivotal units. After expansion, top ends of the rear leg are positioned to the rear lower end of the handles of a back cushion. It is stable and safe. After the chair is closed, the front leg is alternative arranged with the rear leg. After a plurality of chairs are closed and overlapped together, the volume for storing the chairs are greatly reduced and the overall height is reduced. In close state, the legs of the chairs are alternatively arranged with a stable and safe structure. In overlapping of a plurality of chairs, ground retainers of the chairs have the function of slide-proof so that a plurality of chairs can be overlapped stably. As a plurality of chairs are overlapped for storage, they will generate a horizontal resisting force so that the chairs are overlapped stably and safely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: TSUNG-CHIEH HUANG
  • Publication number: 20130234476
    Abstract: An apparatus for seating a child comprising a seat and a foldable frame for supporting the seat. The frame comprises on left and rights sides: a first and a second frame member connected by a hinge assembly and relatively pivotal through substantially 180 degrees between an unfolded condition and a folded condition, and a third frame member connected to the hinge assembly and pivotal relative to the first and second frame members by less than 180 degrees between an unfolded condition and a folded condition. The first and second frame members are aligned and on opposite sides of the hinge assembly when unfolded and parallel and on the same side of the hinge assembly when folded. The third frame member is parallel with the first and second frame members when folded to provide a compact folded apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: MAMAS AND PAPAS (HOLDINGS) LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Smith