With Canopy Patents (Class 5/121)
  • Patent number: 9565924
    Abstract: A hammock formed by suspending a substantially rectilinear section of material by two diagonally-opposed corners to two respective anchor points. Preferably, the other two diagonally-opposed corners of the substantially rectilinear section of material are anchored to respective anchor points below the two suspension anchor points. The hammock preferably has a suspension line and a body, wherein the suspension line and body are separate. Preferably, the body includes the substantially rectilinear section of material, and an overlying rain-fly. A method of suspending such a hammock includes suspending the suspension line to the two suspension anchor points, and suspending the hammock body from the suspension line. Preferably, the other two diagonally-opposed corners of the substantially rectilinear section of material are then anchored to respective anchor points below the two suspension anchor points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Macaskill
  • Patent number: 9359786
    Abstract: A system to elevate an internal object in a tent above the ground is provided. The system includes tent wall structure having tent wall material that is in contact an internal attachment that is in contact with the internal object and the tent wall material is also in contact with an anchor external to the tent. The system provides a means to elevate a hammock or other object inside a tent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Calvin Lloyd Fenton
  • Patent number: 9316018
    Abstract: An easily set up structure that is suspended between objects consisting of a platform made up of geometrical shapes, allowing for the structure to be lightweight, portable, and versatile in the way it is constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Vaios Bozikis
  • Patent number: 9314090
    Abstract: A hammock tent preferably includes a hammock, a tubular tent and two pole anchors. The hammock includes a hammock portion, a first attachment structure and a second attachment structure. The tubular tent includes a tubular member and a cone member. The tubular member includes a tube portion, a first end portion, a second end portion and a spiral spring. The tube portion preferably includes a fabric tube, a fabric door, a bottom lengthwise screen and at least one screen window. The hammock is inserted through the tubular tent and the cone member. The first and second attachment structures are attached to first and second elevated structures. The user lies in the hammock and preferably pulls the normally collapsed tubular tent into an elongated orientation with the at least one pull string. The cone member is finally pulled into the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel James Manning, Justin Michael Weise
  • Patent number: 9226564
    Abstract: A surfboard bag hammock that is configured as a carrier receptacle and a hammock by having two different sized layers of material fastened together. The larger layer of material serves as the hammock and the smaller layer of material having a fastener lined opening serves as the carrier receptacle for an article, such as a surfboard. When the carrier receptacle is turned inside out the hammock is inserted and used as packing material before the article is placed within the carrier receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Cross
  • Patent number: 9192224
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a hammock made of a flexible piece of material whose ends can be gathered into endpoints where the suspension system is attached so that the hammock can be suspended between two points (trees/posts/etc). The hammock is covered with a flexible material (such as mosquito netting/fabric/etc) so that the hammock is enclosed. On one or both sides of the hammock an adapter panel is attached between the canopy and the hammock body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: WARBONNET OUTDOORS LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Brandon Waddy
  • Patent number: 9072367
    Abstract: A camp hammock in which the fabric of the hammock bed is cut in such a way that once the hammock is suspended between to points it allows areas of the diagonal axis of the hammock, where the occupants head and lower legs will be positioned, to hang lower than the opposing diagonal axis which crosses under the occupants lower torso. Once the fabric gives under the torso, the legs are now inline. This hammock can also be enclosed with a top enclosure to trap body heat and a bed liner that will hold an insulating pad with side pockets to hold clothing that will act to retain heat while camping in cold temperatures. This hammock may also have a gear loft attached to the ridgeline seam for storing gear. A rain fly with an adjustable peak and end walls with rain sleeves protects the hammock in wet weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Kramer
  • Patent number: 8936034
    Abstract: A hammock enclosure including a rain fly, insect netting, and a load-bearing gear sling for providing the user of the hammock protection from rain, wind, and insects, and for permitting gear suspended above the ground surface to be stored in the same protected area, while providing access to the gear from both inside and outside of the enclosure, is described. The enclosure further includes opposing tubular end portions disposed in the rain fly through which the load-bearing suspension lines of the hammock pass, whereby protection is provided without having to deploy the enclosure such that it is centered over the hammock, once the tubular end portions are tightened about the suspension lines. The tubular portions further permit the present enclosure to be used with any camping hammock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Richard G. Rhett, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140345049
    Abstract: A hammock system according to one example embodiment includes an upper hammock bed with a length, a lower hammock bed with a length greater than the length of the upper hammock bed, a thermal insulating blanket configured to connect to the lower hammock bed, a gap between the upper hammock bed and the thermal insulating blanket, and an adjuster for altering the size of the gap between the upper hammock bed and the thermal insulating blanket. The lower hammock bed is configured to connect to the upper hammock bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander McKee Gash
  • Patent number: 8893328
    Abstract: A sleeping bag (10) has a top layer (25) containing insulation and a bottom layer (30) containing insulation. An opening on the head end (15) and an opening on the foot end (20) are wide enough to accommodate a hammock (50). Preferably, these ends and/or the areas around the openings are reinforced. Flaps (310) reduce cold air entering via the openings. Tabs (45A-45D) stabilize the sleeping bag so that it does not slide along the hammock. The hammock is routed through the sleeping bag and connected so that the sleeping bag is suspended. The insulation on the bottom layer is below the hammock and so is not compressed by the weight of the user. This helps to preserve the insulating qualities of the sleeping bag, even when used with a hammock. The hammock rings are connected to available support objects, such as trees or posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Herrick C. Kroeger
  • Publication number: 20140304911
    Abstract: A camp hammock in which the fabric of the hammock bed is cut in such a way that once the hammock is suspended between to points it allows areas of the diagonal axis of the hammock, where the occupants head and lower legs will be positioned, to hang lower than the opposing diagonal axis which crosses under the occupants lower torso. Once the fabric gives under the torso, the legs are now inline. This hammock can also be enclosed with a top enclosure to trap body heat and a bed liner that will hold an insulating pad with side pockets to hold clothing that will act to retain heat while camping in cold temperatures. This hammock may also have a gear loft attached to the ridgeline seam for storing gear. A rain fly with an adjustable peak and end walls with rain sleeves protects the hammock in wet weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Kramer
  • Publication number: 20140196209
    Abstract: A hammock formed by suspending a substantially rectilinear section of material by two diagonally-opposed corners to two respective anchor points. Preferably, the other two diagonally-opposed corners of the substantially rectilinear section of material are anchored to respective anchor points below the two suspension anchor points. The hammock preferably has a suspension line and a body, wherein the suspension line and body are separate. Preferably, the body includes the substantially rectilinear section of material, and an overlying rain-fly. A method of suspending such a hammock includes suspending the suspension line to the two suspension anchor points, and suspending the hammock body from the suspension line. Preferably, the other two diagonally-opposed corners of the substantially rectilinear section of material are then anchored to respective anchor points below the two suspension anchor points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: ANDREW MACASKILL
  • Patent number: 8756729
    Abstract: A hammock is disclosed. The hammock may include a bed portion having first and second ends spaced a distance from one another. The first end of the bed portion may be suspended from a first tether. The second end of the bed portion may be suspended from a second tether. The hammock may further include an upper portion comprising netting. The upper portion may cooperate with the bed portion to form an enclosure for housing an occupant. The hammock may also include a ridge line extending from the first tether, through the upper portion, to the second tether. The ridge line may have a length greater than the distance between the first and second ends of the bed portion. Accordingly, the upper portion may be suspended some distance above the bed portion, creating greater space for the occupant within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Clark Outdoor Products, L.C.
    Inventors: Gary L. Clark, Spencer D. Clark
  • Patent number: 8650679
    Abstract: A method for spreading a hammock is disclosed. The method may include selecting a hammock comprising a hammock base having a first end, a second end opposite the first end in a longitudinal direction, a first side, and a second side opposite the first side in a lateral direction. The method may further include suspending the first end of the hammock base from a first anchor and suspending the second end of the hammock base from a second anchor. Once suspended, the hammock base may be spread in the lateral direction using exclusively a dynamic spreader system. The dynamic spreader system may automatically adjust the amount of the spreading in response to changes in the weight, shape, or orientation of contents within the hammock base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Clark Outdoor Products, L.C.
    Inventors: Gary L. Clark, Spencer D. Clark
  • Patent number: 8356370
    Abstract: A method for spreading a hammock is disclosed. The method may include selecting a hammock comprising a hammock base having a first end, a second end opposite the first end in a longitudinal direction, a first side, and a second side opposite the first side in a lateral direction. The method may further include suspending the first end of the hammock base from a first anchor and suspending the second end of the hammock base from a second anchor. Once suspended, the hammock base may be spread in the lateral direction using exclusively a dynamic spreader system. The dynamic spreader system may automatically adjust the amount of the spreading in response to changes in the weight, shape, or orientation of contents within the hammock base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Clark Outdoor Products, L.C.
    Inventors: Gary L. Clark, Spencer D. Clark
  • Patent number: 8161991
    Abstract: A covered hammock that acts as both a hammock and a ground tent is disclosed which has a plurality of curved support means for keeping the upper fabric off the user and also for supporting the device as a tent when used on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Wes Ryland Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120005827
    Abstract: A hammock is disclosed. The hammock may include a bed portion having first and second ends spaced a distance from one another. The first end of the bed portion may be suspended from a first tether. The second end of the bed portion may be suspended from a second tether. The hammock may further include an upper portion comprising netting. The upper portion may cooperate with the bed portion to form an enclosure for housing an occupant. The hammock may also include a ridge line extending from the first tether, through the upper portion, to the second tether. The ridge line may have a length greater than the distance between the first and second ends of the bed portion. Accordingly, the upper portion may be suspended some distance above the bed portion, creating greater space for the occupant within the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Gary L. Clark, Spencer D. Clark
  • Publication number: 20110231992
    Abstract: A portable, reversibly-extensible hammock has a foldable structure for supporting a substantially planar support surface. The hammock can be folded for transportation or storage, and can be shifted to an extended configuration to create a rectangular structure similar to a cot or hammock frame. A dual-purpose tensioning strap joins the support surface to the foldable structure and increases the structural integrity of the structure by urging top portions of leg members toward a center point of the rectangular structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey Alan Bernat
  • Publication number: 20110030139
    Abstract: A folding hammock has a frame formed of seven segments including elongated members connected in swivel connection to each other. The frame includes a front segment, a rear segment, a middle segment formed between the front segment and the rear segment and a pair of right segments and a pair of left segments. The pair of right segments and the pair of left segments join the front segment, the rear segment and the middle segment together. The pair of right segments includes a rear right segment and a rear left segment. The pair of left segments includes a rear left segment and a front left segment. Each segment is made of a crossing scissor structure having ‘x’ shaped configuration. A pair of front inside connection members is attached to a pair of front corner posts. The pair of front corner posts defines the bounds of the front segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Zhaosheng Chen
  • Patent number: 7735166
    Abstract: A multi-functional hammock assembly for providing user comfort and enjoyment may include first and second elongated rectilinear poles, a hammock, and first and second sleeves slidably positioned about the bottom ends of the first and second poles. The hammock assembly may further include at least one accessory and a mechanism for effectively anchoring the at least one accessory to the first and second poles. The assembly may further include a mechanism for synchronously rotating at least one of the first and second sleeves and the first and second poles about a centrally registered longitudinal axis passing through the one pole to thereby conveniently assist a user to penetrate the one sleeve into a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Jack Weeks
  • Patent number: 7699068
    Abstract: An improved tent covers a hammock suspended from a pair of upright members by suspending means at each end of the hammock. The tent is formed from top and bottom portions that interact to provide a tent opening that prevents the entry of atmospheric precipitation when the tent opening is open. The tent also provides improved visibility from inside the tent, by enabling a horizontal field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: David Helsdon
  • Patent number: 7627913
    Abstract: A double hammock configured to accommodate two persons, while providing independent stability to both persons occupying the hammock. The hammock includes a first elongate hammock base, a second elongate hammock base, and an elongate divider member attached to both hammock bases so that the divider separates at least the head sections of the hammock bases and extends between them. Each hammock base includes a head section at one longitudinal end, a foot section at an opposite longitudinal end, an outer side section at one side between the head and foot sections, and an inner side section at an opposite side between the head and foot sections. The divider member includes a first side attached to the inner side section of the first hammock base and an opposite second side attached to the inner side section of the second hammock base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: Gary L. Clark
  • Publication number: 20090065036
    Abstract: A covered hammock that acts as both a hammock and a ground tent is disclosed which has a plurality of curved support means for keeping the upper fabric off the user and also for supporting the device as a tent when used on the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Wes Ryland Johnson
  • Publication number: 20080236642
    Abstract: An improved tent covers a hammock suspended from a pair of upright members by suspending means at each end of the hammock. The tent is formed from top and bottom portions that interact to provide a tent opening that prevents the entry of atmospheric precipitation when the tent opening is open. The tent also provides improved visibility from inside the tent, by enabling a horizontal field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: David Helsdon
  • Patent number: 7383597
    Abstract: This invention relates to wilderness camping and backpacking, specifically to increasing the overall comfort of tent sleeping by elevating the sleeper and tent from ground contact and conditions while keeping pack weight comfort of the invention conducive to backpacking use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy L. Steiner
  • Patent number: 7367068
    Abstract: A hammock/hanging bed with a web stretched across a typically round support frame and supported via tension member lines/rods/material to one or more overhead points. The device is extremely stable and has excellent strength to weight ratio. The web can be drawn taut, without compromising stability or strength, providing the user with an effectively flat, comfortable area to sleep or relax. The invention allows freedom of motion, has aesthetic appeal (and thereby marketing value), is safer than prior art, and is suitable for either a single user or more than one person at a time. Means for disassembly of the hammock/bed into components via connectors such as hinges and/or joints are also comprised by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: John Huff
  • Patent number: 7020915
    Abstract: A hammock has a bed formed from a blank of flexible fabric. The blank is defined by opposed ends and opposed sides, the ends and sides of the blank coinciding with opposed ends and opposed side edges of the hammock respectively. Each side of the blank tapers inwardly from the ends, each end of the blank has a notch having opposed edges of equal length. The opposed edges of each notch taper inwardly from the end towards an apex. The opposed edges of each notch are attached by a seam to form the bed from the blank. Cross-braces proximal the ends of the hammock are connected to the side edges of the hammock at connection points opposed across the bed from one side edge to the opposite side edge. The fabric hangs underneath the cross-braces so that an occupant may rest level on the bed fully under the cross-braces. The hammock is suspended between upright structures, such as trees or posts, using a special connection involving a cargo hook having a hook portion and a ring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: David Helsdon
  • Patent number: 6842920
    Abstract: A stand is described for supporting a hammock, the stand having a set of two legs on each end. The two sets of legs are joined together by a covering arch which extends up and over the hammock providing shade therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Hatteras Hammocks, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse A. Branch, III
  • Patent number: 6829792
    Abstract: A sun visor is described for mounting on the front spreader bar of a hammock, so that it extends up from and over the front spreader bar. It includes a stabilizer spar operatively connected to the front spreader bar and extending outward therefrom through and under the ropes of the hammock's clew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Hatteras Hammocks, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford B. Braly
  • Patent number: 6711763
    Abstract: An ultra lightweight hammock for suspension between two trees includes a rectangular top panel joined along at least three side and end edges to a bottom panel. An elongate opening permits access between the top and bottom panels. Tubular sleeves form each end of the hammock and receive elongate webs which extend from the ends of the tubular sleeves around an adjacent tree to be secured by an adjustable buckle attachment. An option pocket may be formed in the bottom panel to receive a sleeping pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Crazy Creek Products
    Inventors: Robert F. Batchelder, Robert D. Hart
  • Patent number: 6665896
    Abstract: A hammock assembly includes a left frame and a right frame opposite to and pivoted to the left frame such that the left and right frames are rotatable relative to each other between an unfolded position, in which, mounting ends of the left and right frames are moved away from each other, and a folded position, in which, the mounting ends of said left and right frames move toward each other. A bedding sheet is disposed above the left and right frames, and has two opposite ends respectively connected to the mounting ends of the left and right frames such that the bedding sheet will be stretched when the left and right frames are disposed at the unfolded position and that the bedding sheet will be folded when the left and right frames are disposed at the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Shin Yeh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuen-Jong Tseng
  • Publication number: 20020166171
    Abstract: A hammock assembly has a bed net, a pair of support frames to support the bed net, and a connection tube set. The connection tube set has a first tube and a second tube engaging with the first tube. The first tube has a distal protrusion. The second tube has a through hole to receive the distal protrusion of the first tube. Each support frame has a joint and three support rods. The joint has a transverse round hole to receive the connection tube set, three lower circular holes to receive the support rods, a first threaded hole communicating with the transverse round hole, and three second threaded holes each communicating with the corresponding lower circular holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Shiu-Feng Ke
  • Patent number: 6421851
    Abstract: A hammock includes a bed made of a rectangular piece of fabric, whose ends are gathered together and secured to ropes which can be tied to respective trees. A ridge cord extends between the gathered ends, this cord being shorter than the fabric bed, so that the bed sags somewhat no matter how much tension is applied to the ropes. An entrance slit extending about half the length of the hammock allows one to enter from below. The hammock has a lozenge shape when it is viewed from the top and may be covered by a lozenge-shaped canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas F. Hennessy
  • Patent number: 6389620
    Abstract: A hammock includes a bed made of a rectangular piece of flexible, breathable material, whose ends are gathered together and secured to ropes which can be tied to respective trees. A ridge cord extends between the gathered ends, this cord being shorter than the bed, so that the bed sags somewhat no matter how much tension is applied to the ropes. An entrance slit extending about half the length of the hammock allows one to enter from below. The hammock has a lozenge shape when it is viewed from the top and may be covered by a lozenge-shaped canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: The Hennessy Hammock Co.
    Inventor: Thomas Hennessy
  • Patent number: 6353946
    Abstract: This invention relates to wilderness camping and backpacking, specifically to increasing the overall comfort of tent sleeping by elevating the sleeper and tent from ground contact and conditions while keeping pack weight comfort of the invention conducive to backpacking use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy L. Steiner
  • Patent number: 6276008
    Abstract: A hammock includes two parts each have a post and two connecting tubes extending radially outward from each post. Each post has two collapsible legs pivotally connected to one of two ends thereof and a tube connected to the other end of each post. Two beams composed of two sections are connected between the two pairs of the connecting tubes. A sun-shade is detachably connected between the two tubes of the posts. Each post has a hook so that a bed is connected between the two hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Fu-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 6220264
    Abstract: This invention provides in an article of manufacture having a fabric support surface: a fabric support surface; a peripheral frame for the support surface, said frame having opposed base sections and opposed flexible arch sections extending between the base sections; and arch flexing means for moving the opposed base sections towards each other to flex the arch sections outwardly of each other and for maintaining the base sections from separation whereby to tension the fabric support surface between the arch sections and form a firm support for weight placed thereon and to restrain the effect of weight thereon from moving the opposed arch sections inwardly of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Terrelogic, Inc.
    Inventor: Duncan Newman
  • Patent number: 6185763
    Abstract: A hammock which comprises a bed having an entrance slit, situated in the same vertical plane as its longitudinal axis of symmetry and located on one side of its center of symmetry. The bed is provided with a self closing feature for the entrance slit. This feature is located at the mid point of the bed's short side, where the entrance slit begins. The bed has a bundle of gathered folds, situated at both its ends. The bundle is made of each short side of a rectangular sheet which forms the bed. A ridge line goes through each opposite bundle of gathered folds, where it is connected to each suspending rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas Francis Hennessy
  • Patent number: 6108833
    Abstract: A bi-fold futon frame includes force spreading mortise plates positioned at a junction between various wooden members. The mortise plates and the wooden memebers are held together by fasteners such as screws. The wooden members form the frame of the futon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Elite Furniture, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Justin A. Kumar
  • Patent number: 6042186
    Abstract: The present invention provides exemplary inflatable seating apparatus, systems and methods of use. In one embodiment, an inflatable seating apparatus (10) includes a first inflatable mattress (12) and a second inflatable mattress (14) rotatably connected to the first mattress by a hinge (16). The hinge has at least one passageway (20) to permit the passage of an inflating fluid between the first and second mattresses. The inflatable seating apparatus further may include a third inflatable mattress (22), forming a back of the seating apparatus, that is removably attached to the first mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: CO.sub.2 UCH, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Kojic, Alison J. Ferber
  • Patent number: 5970538
    Abstract: A pantographic support control mechanism (10) for use with furniture includes one or more pantographic linkages (16). The or each linkage (16) is mounted between a forward end (104) and a rearward end (26, 106). Extension of the linkage(s) (16) causes relative movement of the forward and rearward ends (104) (26, 106) away from each other whereas contraction of the linkage(s) (16) causes relative movement of the forward and rearward ends (104) (26, 106) towards each other. One or more support means (14) are pivotally mounted with respect to and at or near respectively one or more of the pantographic linkages (16). One or more corresponding urging means (12) are arranged to act between a pantographic linkage (16) and a respective support means (14) in a manner such that extension of the or each linkage (16) causes the or each urging means (12) to respectively act on its respective support means (14) to cause it to pivot from an inoperative position to an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Borthwick Industries Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Dale Norman Walker
  • Patent number: 5970537
    Abstract: A folding bed frame structure comprises spaced apart folding side frame assemblies connected with transversely extending cross members by a combination of mating frictionally interfitting "swaged" and tongue-and-slot connections which do not require or utilize fasteners, thereby permitting the structure to be shipped and stored in disassembled condition. Side frame elements of the bed frame structure have an angled base portion with an arcuate portion extending therefrom to simulate the appearance of tubular elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Fred E. Hanes, Allen M. Williams, Michael L. Cope
  • Patent number: 5953778
    Abstract: An articulated mattress comprising an articulated spring core, a mattress pad and an upholstered fabric covering encasing the articulated spring core and the mattress pad. The articulated spring core comprises at least two sections of spring core hingedly connected to each other with a foam hinge. The foam hinge may extend longitudinally or transversely. A plurality of fasteners secure the foam hinge to the end turns of the coil springs proximate the foam hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Sidney A. Hiatt
  • Patent number: 5947559
    Abstract: A seating unit, such as a sofa, chair or love seat with a movable seat section includes a main frame arranged for support of a back rest in fixed relation thereto and a seat frame for supporting a seat. Support tracks slidably support the seat frame from the main frame. The seat frame can be moved from a retracted position to an extended position in relation to the main frame. A locking device secures the seat frame in relation to the main frame in a plurality of positions between the retracted position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: James A. Williams
  • Patent number: 5913772
    Abstract: A hammock which has a netted fabric covering and a tarp suspended above it, form a structure similar to a tent suspended above ground. The tarp, made of waterproof lightweight fabric, is attached to the netted fabric in the middle and hangs down on either side of the hammock. The tarp can also be pulled out by the corners to form a canopy over the hammock by means of ropes tied to a branch of a tree or other support. Pockets attached to the underside of the hammock are large enough to hold clothing and other gear. These pockets also provide insulation from the cold. The main support comes from a single rope for each end attached through a sleeve which gives extreme stability. Elastic straps connected to the ends of the tarp adjust for stress to the tarp and netting as weight is applied to the hammock. A section of webbing sewn to the top of the head end of the netting and to the underside of the tarp provide a drop space between the tarp and netting which allows for condensation run off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: Gary L. Clark
  • Patent number: 5903939
    Abstract: A sofa sleeper foldable sofa bed assembly having pivotally interconnected head, body, intermediate and foot frame sections each including a pair of opposed side rails. The frame sections are extendable to form a bed and foldable to form a sofa seat. The frame is supported laterally by at least one generally U-shaped cross brace which is biased in an upwardly raised position by at least one resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Dennis E. Arft
  • Patent number: 5893182
    Abstract: A combination ottoman, table or desk and a foldable sleeper bed comprises upper and lower wooden frame sections, the lower frame section being configured as an open top box, atop which the upper frame section is located. The two frame sections are interconnected by a pair of opposed four-bar linkages which permit the upper frame section to be moved between a first position in which it rests atop and encloses the lower frame section, and a second raised position in which it is spaced upwardly and rearwardly from the lower frame section. Contained within the enclosure defined by the upper and lower frame sections, there is a foldable sleeper bed having pivotally interconnected head, body, intermediate and foot sections, which sections are extendable forwardly from the lower frame section when the upper frame section is in the second raised position to form a bed and foldable to fit and be contained within the enclosure when the bed is collapsed and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Mark Sutherland, Peter Weisz
  • Patent number: 5855030
    Abstract: A folding sofa bed frame structure has a TV control link and an associated toothed ratchet element connected thereto, by which the rear end section of the structure can be selectively positioned in two differing "TV" positions. A cam portion on the ratchet element automatically effects disengagement from either TV position upon pivoting of the rear end section into a substantially perpendicular relation to the main intermediate section of the structure. The ratchet arrangement is effective to automatically engage into and disengage from either TV position without manual manipulation, other than manual lifting of the rear end section, and is automatically effective to disengage when the bed frame structure is folded into the sofa frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Allen M. Williams
  • Patent number: 5768724
    Abstract: A modular RV furniture apparatus includes a platform, a U-shaped frame having enlargements formed at its leg extremities for insertion through selected socket openings of the platform. A key panel movable under the platform has key openings formed therein for locking the frame in place with the enlargements blocked by the key openings. The leg extremities of the frame are spaced at a distance D, pairs of the socket openings also being spaced at the distance D for permitting the frame to be selectively engaged with the platform and locked in place in a plurality of fixed positions. At least some socket openings are spaced at a center spacing S that is a submultiple of the distance D, a back-support on the frame having a width W being the distance D plus a multiple of the spacing S. A manual or powered locking device holds the key panel in the locked position, an electrical interlock deactivating a vehicle ignition circuit when the key panel is not in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: V. Donald Buell
  • Patent number: 5740564
    Abstract: A furniture piece comprises: a sofa frame; a plurality of seating sections connected to and associated with the sofa frame, one of which is a reclining seating section; and a foldable bed. The configuration described hereinabove provides both reclining seat and sleeping capability, and does so in the same furniture piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Action Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Doug Hankins, Lance Foster