Sofa Bed Patents (Class 5/12.1)
  • Patent number: 9642468
    Abstract: A seating unit having a foldable bed includes: a base with an internal cavity and a rear wall; a foldable bed that includes separate and distinct head, intermediate and seat sections, wherein in a folded position, the intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and positioned in vertically stacked relationship, and the head section is generally vertically disposed and positioned adjacent the rear wall of the base, and in an unfolded position, the head, intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and in serial alignment with each other; and a bed folding mechanism that is attached to the base and the head, intermediate and seat sections that controls the movement of the bed between the folded and unfolded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ultra-Mek, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus L. Murphy, D. Stephen Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9493240
    Abstract: A premium class passenger suite that includes a main seat positioned in the suite together with separate bed. The bed has a flexible mattress of predetermined dimensions and is movable between a stowed position to one side of the main seat and a deployed position above and separate from the main seat. A drive apparatus is provided for driving the bed between the stowed and deployed positions. The main seat is configured to be movable between a seating position when the bed is stowed, and a stowed position with a lowered seat back when the bed is deployed for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Round, Martin Darbyshire, Ollie Price, Lucas Tretout, Weiwei He, Tommy George Plant, Alexander Nicholas Pozzi, Glenn Allen Johnson
  • Patent number: 9468303
    Abstract: An articulated sofa bed has a compact profile while folded with the seat cushions residing at a comfortable and ergonomic height and an esthetically pleasing streamlined appearance. The sofa bed includes swinging members for controlling the configuration of the head and middle panel assemblies as the bed deploys or retracts between a folded configuration and a deployed configuration, including (i) a rear-swinging member and a mid-swinging member for pivotally attaching between a head panel assembly and a mounting arm and (ii) a front-swinging member for pivotally attaching between a middle panel assembly and the mounting arm. A locking mechanism is pivotally connected between a head panel assembly and a mid-swinging member and between the head panel assembly and a connecting arm operatively linked to the middle panel assembly to fixably maintain the head panel assembly in a generally horizontal position when the bed is in the deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: American Leather Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 9420892
    Abstract: A seat box assembly and method of fabricating utilizing a drop-in webbing assembly secured into a main box and back frame assembly. The webbing assembly has a rectangular frame with elongate members and shorter members and a central girder with a cutout extending between mid-portions of the elongate members. The central girder attachable to the seat box and a central vertical frame member of the back frame assembly. The elongate members having stub portions that fit into slots in the main seat box. A method of repair includes replacing a damaged drop-in assembly with a different drop-in assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Jon Lejcher, Timothy A. Brandtner, Aaron Boe
  • Publication number: 20150026881
    Abstract: A bed to a sofa conversion frame, without a seating area, a space reserved for the traditional bed, which is a conventional manufactured mattress, or ii) a conventional manufactured mattress and a box spring, or iii) a conventional manufactured mattress and a two rail frame, optionally with a box spring. The bed to a sofa conversion frame includes a backrest, a footer (optional) and a pair of armrests configured to be connected as a solid state and or assembled together to form a sofa frame around a traditional bed, wherein the backrest comprises a horizontally-extending backrest ridge configured to hold and secure, directly or indirectly, a conventional manufactured mattress and when used as an option the footer comprises a horizontally-extending backrest ridge configured to hold and secure, directly or indirectly, a mattress. The pair of armrests forms a base for mounting the backrest and the footer via corresponding mounting hardware and mounting slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: BED TO A SOFA CONVERSION COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Brian NAULT
  • Patent number: 8893322
    Abstract: A sofa configured to be converted into various positions, including a sofa, lounge, bed and chaise position. The sofa includes a seat deck and a backrest. Further, the sofa includes a first type of click-clack mechanisms placed between the seat deck and backrest which are used to convert the sofa to the lounge or bed position. Also, the sofa includes a second type of click-clack mechanisms placed throughout the seat deck and backrest. These are used to convert the sofa to one of two possible chaise positions. In particular, these click-clack mechanisms enable the sides of the seat deck and backrest to be raised to various levels (e.g., 20 degrees, 40 degrees). As a result, opposing sides of the seat deck and backrest can be raised at the appropriate level thereby providing two individual chaises facing one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Publication number: 20140304909
    Abstract: Convertible seat which can be located in public places which seat comprises a seat part (1) and a back rest (3) in which case the back rest (3) can be turned in relation to the seat part (1), mechanism (9) in order to convert the seat essentially into a horizontal plane to become a resting surface, equipment in order to secure the items of the user, equipment in order to collect the use charge and equipment in order to cover the seat which has been converted to become at least a resting surface to become at least a partly closed resting space in which case the equipment in order to cover the resting space comprises a covering device (16) with a standard width which can be moved from the back part of the seat forward which covering device comprises control elements (7) which are installed at the both sides of the seat to such height that a needed resting space is formed underneath the covering device (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SHORT REST SOLUTIONS OY
    Inventors: Jussi Piispanen, esko Koikkalainen
  • Publication number: 20140283296
    Abstract: A set includes two blocks each of two seats convertible for lying down, wherein the two blocks are arranged with the seats of one block face-to-face with the seats of the other block inside a circumscribed rectangle. Each block includes a first seat and a second seat. The first seats of the two blocks are arranged along a first diagonal of the circumscribed rectangle and the longitudinal axes of the first seats are oriented so that their directions are close to the first diagonal and the first seats are substantially face-to-face. The distance between the two first seats is such that a foot area of a first seat of a block is superposed when seen from above with a foot area of the first seat of the other block. In the recumbent configuration, the planes to lie down on of the two first seats are at different heights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: EADS SOGERMA
    Inventors: Olivier JEROME, Laurent TEXERAUD, Gabriel MARTIN
  • Patent number: 8806672
    Abstract: A foldable sofa mattress and method for storing within low profile furniture. The mattress includes a transition section disposed between different collapsible sinuous spring sections. The sinuous spring sections are pivotably joined to the transition section and the sections are affixed to upper and lower grids for support. A method for storing a foldable mattress includes the steps of providing a mattress with a transition section disposed between two collapsible sections, extending opposing pairs of straps from the transition section to each of the separate collapsible sections, and bending the mattress. The method further includes the steps of flattening the two collapsible sections, placing the flattened sections on top of one another, and storing the folded mattress in a cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Axess Direct, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Raymond, W. Clark Rogers, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140215711
    Abstract: An improved passenger vehicle with an adjustable seat is described. The seat is provided with a frame which includes a back subframe having a backrest cushion, a seat subframe with a seat cushion and a fastening subframe. The fastening subframe is suitable for mutually fastening the back subframe to the seat subframe, and/or is suitable for attaching one of the back subframe and seat subframe, or both, to a floor of the passenger vehicle. The frame can be adjusted between a seating position and a sleeping position. The upper side of the seat cushion in the sleeping position is situated below the upper side of the seat cushion in the seating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Van Hool, Raf Vervoort
  • Publication number: 20140130253
    Abstract: An adjustable and transformative two or three sided sofa is provided with two backrests, a seat bottom, one or two motion systems and release systems and also two of the present methods have two or four folding legs which are used for its one or two beds. In the present sofa, another sofa is embedded under each sofa so that another sofa will be formed by 180 or 90 degrees rotation of each sofa. In the present methods a part of sofa such as backrest, seat bottom or legs need to be adjusted by the motion system before or after rotation. Each model includes two or three sofa. The motion mechanisms of the two or three sided sofa can be replaced by other systems such as the manual simple lockable systems, linear gear systems, accompanied by electromotor systems, pneumatic systems or any similar systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Saeed Sadeghi
  • Patent number: 8720120
    Abstract: The present invention is related to inflatable devices, and, more specifically, to inflatable devices in combination with rigid surfaces and a method for deflating an inflatable device. According to one embodiment of the present invention an inflatable device is provided. The inflatable device includes a substantially fluid impermeable bladder and an outlet in the bladder. The inflatable device also includes a first substantially rigid surface in contact with a first surface of the fluid impermeable bladder and a second substantially rigid surface in contact with the first surface of the fluid impermeable bladder. In this embodiment, the first and second substantially rigid surfaces collectively are in contact with more than half of the first surface of the fluid impermeable barrier. According to another embodiment of the present invention, a method of deflating an inflatable device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Robert B. Chaffee
  • Patent number: 8713726
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a linkage base adapted to be secured to a portion of a furniture sidewall, an elongate first linkage arm, and an elongate second linkage arm. The hinge assembly may also include an insert member assembly that includes an elongate first insert member, an elongate second insert member, a pivot assembly to pivotably couple the first insert member to the second insert member, and an insert linkage arm that is coupled to the first insert member. The first linkage arm and the second linkage arm are each pivotally coupled to the linkage base and the insert linkage arm. The first insert member may be releasably coupled to a first rear receiving member secured to a first furniture portion and the second insert member may be releasably coupled to a first front receiving member secured to a second furniture portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Handy Button Machine Co.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Erdman, Steve E. Connor, Mo J. Lin
  • Publication number: 20140101846
    Abstract: An articulated sofa bed has a compact profile while folded with the seat cushions residing at a comfortable and ergonomic height and an esthetically pleasing streamlined appearance. The sofa bed includes swinging members for controlling the configuration of the head and middle panel assemblies as the bed deploys or retracts between a folded configuration and a deployed configuration, including (i) a rear-swinging member and a mid-swinging member for pivotally attaching between a head panel assembly and a mounting arm and (ii) a front-swinging member for pivotally attaching between a middle panel assembly and the mounting arm. A locking mechanism is pivotally connected between a head panel assembly and a mid-swinging member and between the head panel assembly and a connecting arm operatively linked to the middle panel assembly to fixably maintain the head panel assembly in a generally horizontal position when the bed is in the deployed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: American Leather Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 8656527
    Abstract: A multifunctional furniture includes a stationary seat frame, a supporting frame, a back frame pivotally connected to the stationary seat frame to move between a sitting mode and a bedding mode, and a leg frame arrangement, which is provided underneath the stationary seat frame, the back frame and the supporting frame. When the back frame is in the sitting mode, the back frame is pivotally extended from the leg frame arrangement to form a predetermined angle of inclination with respect to the stationary seat frame while the leg frame arrangement is arranged to support the stationary seat frame, wherein when the back frame is in the bedding mode, the back frame is pivotally moved to align with the seat frame to form a sleeping area, while the leg frame arrangement is operated to provide extensive support to both the back frame, the stationary seat frame and the supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Furniture of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Lei Yang
  • Patent number: 8635727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a variable-size bed (10) comprising a mattress core (16) and a base (14), which base is adapted to support at least a portion of the mattress core, wherein the mattress core and base have adjustable widths or lengths and each of the mattress core and base is changeable between an expanded state and a contracted state corresponding to an expanded state and a contracted state of the bed, respectively, and wherein the bed further comprises a cover means adapted to provide covering over the mattress core in both the expanded state and the contracted state of the bed. The present invention also relates to a vehicle comprising such a variable-size bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Stjernfjadrar AB
    Inventors: Johan Dahlin, Claes Lindh, Olov Karlsson, Håkan Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8448314
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatuses relating to installation of a sleeper mechanism into a frame of a sofa sleeper are disclosed. In one embodiment, initially the frame is aligned such that an open bottom portion of the frame is upright and facing outwardly. The sleeper mechanism is then advanced towards the open bottom portion and hook apertures on the brackets are engaged with upper fasteners on the frame. The sleeper mechanism is then swung inwardly towards the top portion of the frame until notches on the bracket are passed lower fasteners on the frame and then swung back towards the open bottom portion to engage the notches with the lower fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy A. Brandtner
  • Patent number: 8429770
    Abstract: A sofa is convertible to a bed. An air mattress normally stored in deflated condition in the sofa, is automatically deployed upon opening a folded framework into a bed. An electric pump inflates or deflates the mattress. A bag enclosing the bottom and sides of the mattress, is zipped onto the mattress, and has hook-and-loop fasteners securing it to strategic locations on the framework. The conversion from sofa to bed, and back to sofa, is done without removing any cushions and without moving the sofa away from anything behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Flair Interiors, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Hooley, Robert K. Swihart
  • Patent number: 8375482
    Abstract: A foldable mattress and removable pillow top with a means for releasable attachment is not damaged during excessive folding such as when used in a sofa bed. Fastening pairs comprising zippers affixed to the mattress and pillow top in opposing complementary fashion with a wide fold space defined therebetween allow the mattress and attached pillow top to be repeatedly folded and unfolded and avoid crimping and damage to the zipper halves, mattress and attached pillow top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Axess Direct, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Neil Owens
  • Patent number: 8375483
    Abstract: A daybed is disclosed that is convertible between a sitting configuration suitable for use, for example, as a sofa, and a lying configuration suitable for use, for example, as a bed. The daybed generally comprises a bed platform, a back panel connected to the bed platform, a mattress positioned at least partly on the bed platform, and a support member movable relative to the bed platform and back panel for use in at least partly helping convert the daybed. For example, in example embodiments the support member includes a storage container that may be positioned at least partly under the bed platform when the daybed is in the sitting configuration. And the storage container may be moved forward of the bed platform when the daybed is converted to the lying configuration so that at least part of the mattress may be also positioned on the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Ray, Howard Porter, Joel Grossman
  • Publication number: 20130026807
    Abstract: A furniture assembly supportable on a floor surface comprising first, second, and third structures. In a first configuration, the first, second, and third structures are detached from each other. In a second configuration, the first structure is detachably attached to the second structure and the first structure is detachably attached to the tertiary structure such that the at least three primary support portions, the at least one first secondary support portion, and the at least one first tertiary support portion engage the floor surface to support the primary base portion, the secondary base portion, and the tertiary base portion in a substantially planar arrangement to define a reclining surface. In a third configuration, the first structure is detachably attached to the second structure and the third structure is detachably attached to the second structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Welch
  • Patent number: 8332973
    Abstract: A bed to a sofa conversion frame includes a backrest, a footer (optional) and a pair of armrests adapted to be solid state or assembled together to form a sofa frame around a traditional bed and it base frame. The pair of armrests forms a base for mounting the backrest and the footer via corresponding mounting hardware and mounting slots. Both the backrest and the footer may be a solid state unit or an assembly and/or foldable to provide easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Bed To A Sofa Conversion Company, LLC
    Inventor: Clark M. Davis
  • Publication number: 20120297535
    Abstract: A sofa configured to be converted into various positions, including a sofa, lounge, bed and chaise position. The sofa includes a seat deck and a backrest. Further, the sofa includes a first type of click-clack mechanisms placed between the seat deck and backrest which are used to convert the sofa to the lounge or bed position. Also, the sofa includes a second type of click-clack mechanisms placed throughout the seat deck and backrest. These are used to convert the sofa to one of two possible chaise positions. In particular, these click-clack mechanisms enable the sides of the seat deck and backrest to be raised to various levels (e.g., 20 degrees, 40 degrees). As a result, opposing sides of the seat deck and backrest can be raised at the appropriate level thereby providing two individual chaises facing one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Publication number: 20120246823
    Abstract: One embodiment of an article of transformable furniture comprising movable and removable cushioned components that have specific relative dimensions and forms that allow for a minimum of three furniture configurations. Two of the components being wedge-like cushioned pieces (21a, 21b) designed specifically to be arrangeable in manner providing one configuration selected from the group consisting of a couch, a chaise longue, or a small bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: David Yépez Conley
  • Patent number: 8201290
    Abstract: A sofa is convertible to a bed. An air mattress normally stored in deflated condition in the sofa, is automatically deployed upon opening a folded framework into a bed. An electric pump inflates or deflates the mattress. A bag enclosing the bottom and sides of the mattress, is zipped onto the mattress, and has hook-and-loop fasteners securing it to strategic locations on the framework. The conversion from sofa to bed, and back to sofa, is done without removing any cushions and without moving the sofa away from anything behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Flair Interiors, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Hooley, Robert K. Swihart
  • Publication number: 20120023659
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame and an endboard. The frame is configured to move between a substantially horizontal position and a chair position. The endboard assembly includes a base coupled to the frame and an endboard removably coupled to the base. The endboard is coupled to a first portion of the base in a first position to define a first portion of a perimeter edge of the frame and coupled to a second portion of the base in a second position to define a second portion of the perimeter edge of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, Jack Barney Sing, David W. Hornback
  • Patent number: 8091159
    Abstract: A convertible sofabed is a sofa when closed in a sitting position and a bed when opened in a sleeping position. A retractable support structure can be telescoped from the sofa to form, in conjunction with the sofa, a bed that is longer than the depth of the sofa in its sitting position. The mattress in the sleeping position is folded in three portions, a fixed portion, a central portion and an outer portion. The outer portion forms a sofaback in the sitting position and the central portion folds to lie on top of the fixed portion to form the seat of the sofabed. The support structure includes curved legs that travel easily over the floor without causing damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Anne Harris
  • Publication number: 20110214232
    Abstract: A bed to a sofa conversion frame includes a backrest, a footer (optional) and a pair of armrests adapted to be solid state or assembled together to form a sofa frame around a traditional bed and it base frame. The pair of armrests forms a base for mounting the backrest and the footer via corresponding mounting hardware and mounting slots. Both the backrest and the footer may be a solid state unit or an assembly and/or foldable to provide easy storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: Bed To A Sofa Conversion Company, LLC
    Inventor: Clark M. Davis
  • Publication number: 20110210204
    Abstract: A passenger seat system including a plurality of seat modules, in which each seat module may be configured to form a more or less flat bed. The seat modules are arranged side by side in longitudinally offset relative positions, and each seat module is configured to form a bed from a convertible seat and a fixed footrest. The footrest is integrated into a box structure, which includes an upper surface arranged as a fixed shelf for the passenger in the adjacent seat module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: AIRBUS
    Inventors: Alexandra Collins, Mark Collins
  • Patent number: 7962975
    Abstract: A mechanism for mounting a foldable-bed unit in an article of furniture is described. A pair of mounting plates each including a first and second bracket is mounted on opposite ends of a cavity in the article of furniture. The brackets include a U-shaped slot configured to accept a fixture having an enlarged head. A retaining tab is included within one or more of the brackets to retain the fixture therein. The first brackets are located rearwardly of the second brackets and at an angle such that the slot therein is tilted forwardly. The second brackets are oriented to provide a generally vertical orientation to the slots therein. A foldable-bed unit having fixtures corresponding to each of the brackets is installed into the article of furniture by inserting corresponding fixtures into the first brackets. The foldable-bed unit is rotated to insert the remaining fixtures into the second brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Michael F. Hartline, Kenneth R. Graham
  • Publication number: 20110083265
    Abstract: A mechanism for mounting a foldable-bed unit in an article of furniture is described. A pair of mounting plates each including a first and second bracket is mounted on opposite ends of a cavity in the article of furniture. The brackets include a U-shaped slot configured to accept a fixture having an enlarged head. A retaining tab is included within one or more of the brackets to retain the fixture therein. The first brackets are located rearwardly of the second brackets and at an angle such that the slot therein is tilted forwardly. The second brackets are oriented to provide a generally vertical orientation to the slots therein. A foldable-bed unit having fixtures corresponding to each of the brackets is installed into the article of furniture by inserting corresponding fixtures into the first brackets. The foldable-bed unit is rotated to insert the remaining fixtures into the second brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael F. Hartline, Kenneth R. Graham
  • Patent number: 7827629
    Abstract: A folding furniture structure for converting between a folded seating condition and an unfolded sleeping condition comprises a floor-supported base, and plural frame sections supported on the base. The frame sections include a first seat section fixed to the base in a horizontal orientation, a second seat section having one side pivotally connected to a forward side of the first seat section, and a seat back section pivotally connected to an opposite side of the second seat section. The frame sections are movable between the folded seating condition with the second seat section pivoted into overlying superposed face abutment to the first seat section and the seat back section extending angularly upwardly from the second seat section for use as a seat, and the unfolded sleeping condition with the second seat section and the seat back section aligned horizontally with the first seat section for use as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Edmond Paul Guillot
  • Publication number: 20100269255
    Abstract: A method and sofa for converting the sofa into a bed. A seat back of a sofa bed is pulled and rolled out using roll out wheels concealed underneath the seat back as they glide across a track mechanism (also concealed underneath the seat back) until the roll out wheels lock into place. The back rest is pushed down until the back rest is level with the pulled-out seat bed thereby forming a regular-sized bed. In this manner, a sofa bed may be easily converted from the “sofa” position to the “bed” position while forming a regular-sized bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Publication number: 20100264791
    Abstract: A universal furniture system may include a front side of the back side opposed to the front side, the front side may include a convertible sofa bed to convert to a sofa or bed, a first set of drawers at a first end of the front side, a second set of doors at a second end of the front side, and the back side may include a closet for clothes, a first set of drawers at a first end of the back side, and a second set of drawers at a second end of the back side. A first side section may include the first set of drawers at the first end of the front side and the first set of drawers at the second end of the front side and a second side section may include the second set of drawers at the first end of the front side and the second set of drawers at the second end of the back side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Lakshman Rajeswaran
  • Publication number: 20090205129
    Abstract: A lie-able sofa comprises a seat having a seat frame; in side the seat frame of the seat having at least one an oblong frame and at least one short frame; a hollow space being formed between the oblong frame and the short frame; a back frame uprightly installed to a backside of the seat; each bridge unit being formed by two connecting sheets being arranged at an upper side and a lower side; a nut and a stud serving to lock the two connecting sheets together; each connecting sheet having two cambered sheets at two sides thereof; as the two connecting sheets are combined, the cambered sheets of different connecting sheets being formed with a space for receiving the main support tube. By above structure, the oblong frame and the short frames are retained to the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Tung-Yuan Shih
  • Patent number: 7451504
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a sofa sleeper mechanism having a head section, a main middle section, a secondary middle section and a foot section. The head section has a head end and an end opposing the head end. The foot section has a foot end and an end opposing the foot end. The opposing end of the head section is pivotally connected to the main middle section, which is pivotally connected to the secondary middle section, which is pivotally connected to the opposing end of the foot section. The sofa sleeper mechanism is movable from a stowed position to an extended position, wherein, in the stowed position, the uppermost edge of the head end does not extend substantially above the folded foot section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Dennis Arft
  • Patent number: 7444692
    Abstract: A multi-angle hook fastened to an extension member, that is used to stop the extension from completely pulling out of the frame it sits in. When fully extended, the multi-angle hook allows at least three different holding positions, seen as three different angles that the extension sits at while using the multi-angle hook as its fixed point of pivot. The multi-angle hook is a metal, plastic, or wood plate bent along several parallel lines, across its width, at varying angles. An L-shaped hinge which is used to secure a side rail-less frame member to another frame member, to avoid undue stress on the side rail-less frame member. The L-shaped hinge is a metal, plastic, or wood plate which substantially conforms to a portion of a side rail-less frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Grossman Product Services Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 7360261
    Abstract: A sofa has a first frame fixed to first and second side members and a mattress with a first section secured to the first frame and a second section located over the first section by a hinge to define a seat that is rotated about the hinge to define a first sleeping surface. A second frame is pivotally attached to the first and second side members with a second mattress attached thereto to define a back for the sofa. A rail is secured to the second frame and engages a beam that extends between the first and second side member to set an incline for the back. The rail is rotated to define a barrier when the second frame is positioned a horizontal plane to define a second sleeping surface. Legs that extend from the second frame engage the side members to retain the second mattress in the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Progressive Design Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Sheliga
  • Publication number: 20080066227
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a futon sofa sleeper having a sofa frame, a folding mechanism and a mattress assembly. The a sofa frame has a back with a cavity and a pair of opposed arms. The folding mechanism folds into and out of the sofa frame and is extendable from a first position to a second position. The folding mechanism includes a frame with a rear section rotatably coupled with the sofa frame, a middle section pivotally coupled with the rear section, and a front section pivotally coupled with the middle section. The mattress assembly is supported on the folding mechanism and contains a shell and an inner support received within the shell. The inner support including an innerspring construction and an air bladder, wherein in the first position, the rear and middle sections of the folding mechanism are located within the cavity and the front section is used as a seating surface and wherein in the second position, the rear, middle, and front sections are used as a sleeping surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: H. Keith James, Dennis E. Arft
  • Patent number: 7331074
    Abstract: An inflatable pad assembly includes a connecting unit for interconnecting pivotally and detachably first and second inflatable pads such that the second inflatable pad is operable so as to pivot relative to the first inflatable pad between a first position, where one of opposite first and second sides of the first inflatable pad abuts against one of opposite first and second sides of the second inflatable pad, and a second position, where the second inflatable pad is superposed on the first inflatable pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Tasi Wu
  • Patent number: 7269865
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a sofa with a flip-up deck. The sofa has a sofa frame with a back, a front, and a pair of opposed arms. The deck is rotatably coupled between the pair of opposed arms at a position intermediate the front and the back. Further, the deck is adapted to move between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: H. Keith James, Dennis E. Arft
  • Patent number: 7246393
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress for storage within and use in combination with a furniture member includes a main body portion having a lower surface supportable on a surface such as a floor and an upper surface. An extending end of the mattress includes an extension of the upper surface co-planar with the upper surface, and a support surface which contacts a mating support surface of the furniture member. At least one fluid inlet valve and at least one fluid discharge valve are distributed about the inflatable mattress. A plurality of attachment devices connected to the inflatable mattress are used to temporarily or permanently attach the inflatable mattress to the furniture member. The inflatable mattress is collapsible for storage within a furniture member interior envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: West & Knowles Design and Engineering, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David J Westendorf, Kevin J Knowles
  • Patent number: 7198325
    Abstract: Piece of seating furniture, such as an armchair, includes a basic body on which a seating area is provided. Armrests, such as left and right armrests, are disposed laterally of the seating area. The armrests may be adjusted from a seating position into a lying position in which surfaces of one or more of the armrests form a lying area or a portion of a lying area. In that manner, the piece of furniture may be used for lying down on when the armrests are in there respective lying positions. One or more of the armrests may be pivotably attached to the seating furniture so that the armrests may individually or collectively be adjusted to various positions, so as to provide a variety of seating and lying options for a user of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Deon AG
    Inventor: Eckhart Dewert
  • Patent number: 7188379
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a mattress assembly for use in a sofa sleeper. The mattress assembly has an outer shell and an inner support received within the outer shell. The shell includes a lower panel, a sidewall, and a cover that fit together to form a cavity to receive the inner support. The inner support includes an air bladder and an innerspring portion. The air bladder has a valve that is adapted to allow air into and out of the bladder. The air bladder is deflated when the mattress is stored to provide a compact configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Keith James, Dennis Arft
  • Patent number: 7039968
    Abstract: An improved hinge assembly for connecting the inner end of conventional folding dinette furniture in a position against the side wall of a recreational vehicle or other structure by locating the pivot point of the hinge of the hinge assembly at the top of a hinge support frame mounted at the inner end of conventional folding dinette furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Mark Warmoth
  • Patent number: 6964134
    Abstract: The present invention is related to inflatable devices, and, more specifically, to inflatable devices in combination with rigid surfaces and a method for deflating an inflatable device. According to one embodiment of the present invention an inflatable device is provided. The inflatable device includes a substantially fluid impermeable bladder and an outlet in the bladder. The inflatable device also includes a first substantially rigid surface in contact with a first surface of the fluid impermeable bladder and a second substantially rigid surface in contact with the first surface of the fluid impermeable bladder. In this embodiment, the first and second substantially rigid surfaces collectively are in contact with more than half of the first surface of the fluid impermeable barrier. According to another embodiment of the present invention, a method of deflating an inflatable device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Robert B. Chaffee
  • Patent number: 6857142
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a mattress assembly for use in a sofa sleeper. The mattress assembly has a first mattress that has an inner-spring construction. Disposed above the first mattress is a second mattress that has an air bladder construction. The second mattress further includes a cover border coupled to an edge of the first mattress and extending upwardly therefrom; and a top cover removably coupled to the cover border, the top cover and cover border forming a cavity for receipt of the air bladder. The air bladder of the second mattress has a valve, which is located adjacent the head end of the mattress. The valve is adapted to selectively allow air into and out of the air bladder. The mattress assembly thus provides the combination of an innerspring mattress with an air mattress. The location of the valve allows the air mattress portion to be deflated properly and allows convenient access to the valve for inflation or air pressure adjustment purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Larry Frugé
  • Patent number: 6848127
    Abstract: The invention aims to provide a folding sofa bed wherein a sofa can be made compact and which gives a stable bed that is comfortable to sleep on, and moreover where converting between a sofa and a bed is very easy. The folding sofa bed of the invention comprises a mat section divided lengthwise into three parts, namely a front mat, a center mat and a rear mat, a support frame for supporting part of the rear mat and center mat, and a movable storage container which supports the rest of the center mat and most of the front mat. Furthermore, each mat is secured to an upper edge of the support frame or the movable container, so as to be rotatable up and down, and the movable container can be stored within the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Maruhachi-Mawata Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 6826789
    Abstract: A sofa equipped with a radiant heating mattress for fomentation and/or massage, wherein a bed part equipped with the radiant heating mattress and a heating system internally built therein is mounted on one side of a seat part of the sofa, thereby allowing a user to rest comfortably and to enjoy fomentation and health massages by anions and far infrared rays from the radiant heating mattress of the bed part, with the use of sofa. The sofa has the seat part, a back part, an arm part and a frame, wherein one side of the seat part constitutes the bed part which is formed of a flat board having a wide area and is equipped with the radiant heating mattress produced with a board made of jade, gold-coated board, stone, mixture of yellow earth and hardwood charcoals, or ceramics so as to emit anions and far infrared rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignees: Jang Soo Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 6807693
    Abstract: A multi-angle hook fastened to an extension member, that is used to stop the extension from completely pulling out of the frame it sits in. When fully extended, the multi-angle hook allows at least three different holding positions, seen as three different angles that the extension sits at while using the multi-angle hook as its fixed point of pivot. The multi-angle hook is a metal, plastic, or wood plate bent along several parallel lines, across its width, at varying angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Grossman Project Services Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventor: Joel Grossman