Fabric Hammocks Patents (Class 5/122)
  • Patent number: 9719200
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for suspending a substantial portion of a quilt or fabric for free-motion stitching during sewing operations is disclosed. The apparatus includes a planar frame with support poles extending from the frame feet, with a retainer for retaining a portion of the quilt or fabric attached to one or more support poles via a retainer block. The frame includes at least two frame base portions with frame feet on opposing sides of the frame base portions which form a secure base for the suspension assembly to rest upon a surface. A dowel spans between the frame feet of each frame base and serves to provide a sturdy structural connection to which the support poles are attached. The retention clips retain the quilt or fabric layers in the desired suspended position so as to form a partial paraboloid shape with the local area around the vertex of the partial paraboloid shape positioned in relative juxtaposition to the sewing machine needle where stitching occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Eileen Katherine Roche, Dave Jacob Martens, Marvin Leon Gardner
  • Patent number: 9636110
    Abstract: A fabricated component for providing desired structural support has plural strands of material extending between opposing gathering points, and free ends extending from the gathering points. The component is preferably fabricated from a single strand of material using an appropriate folding procedure which includes the formation of plural loops of the strand, one upon the other, and development of the gathering points in opposing regions of the looped strand by passing opposing ends of the strand around the loops of the strand, and then through the resulting throws, or using a separate knotting arrangement. The fabricated component can be used in medical procedures, such as the support of subcutaneous tissue, muscle and organs, and other non-medical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ALPHA SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Marshall S. Levine
  • Patent number: 9480613
    Abstract: A rectangular first sheet has a right side, a wrong side, and side edges. A pair of vertical straps are fabricated of an essentially inextensible strapping cord. Selective stitching couples each vertical strap to the wrong side of the first sheet with each vertical strap extending beyond the first sheet and parallel with and spaced a distance from an adjacent side edge. A pair of horizontal straps are fabricated of an essentially inextensible strapping cord. Additional selective stitching couples each horizontal strap to the wrong side of the first sheet with each end of each horizontal strap extending beyond the first sheet. A loop is formed at each end of each strap to create handles. A second sheet is in a rectangular configuration. Peripheral stitching couples the first sheet and the second sheet with the straps between the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Sheila Lackey
  • Patent number: 9032568
    Abstract: Drainable hammocks with an arrangement of drainage paths in the fabric of the hammock bed are disclosed, wherein the drainage paths are openings in the fabric of the hammock bed. In one example, the openings are formed by grommets that are positioned in the fabric of the hammock bed. A method of operation of the drainable hammocks includes, but is not limited to, the steps of water impinging the uppermost surface of the hammock bed, water flowing due to gravity from the high points in the hammock bed to the low points in the hammock bed, and water exiting the hammock bed through the drainage paths and onto the ground below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HATTERAS HAMMOCKS, INC.
    Inventor: Reid Roney
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8869326
    Abstract: A hammock design which provides increased lifting at its mid-length or medial portion through a combination of wide bands of fabric in a lengthwise X-shaped formation with a curved or bent spreader bar. In a preferred use, the spreader bar rises from a lower middle part toward higher raised ends. This hammock allows the user a comfortable positioning with nearly horizontal transverse support at the users shoulders and a nearly level position from head to toe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Rene Lemmens
  • Publication number: 20140310872
    Abstract: According to the teachings of the present invention there is provided a baby hammock apparatus adapted to support a baby in a leaning/lying position, the apparatus comprising: a baby support subsystem having a flexible/elastic cloth sleeve, the flexible/elastic cloth sleeve having a generally cylindrical shape, a longitudinal axis, and two radial edges; a hammock hanging subsystem adapted to provide a secure and substantially vertical connection for the baby support subsystem; and two retaining edges respectively disposed along the two radial edges, with each retaining edge having a cord having a length therein, wherein the length of the cord is adjustable to allow for a range of sizes of babies and positions of the baby to be positioned in and supported in the baby hammock apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tamar ROZMAN
  • Publication number: 20140289962
    Abstract: A hammock is supported by vertical supports connected to hammock spreader bars at the head end and the foot end of the hammock at two vertically displaced points. An intermediate support comprising a transverse flexible strap suspended between the vertical support members at a user's knee region of the hammock raises the hammock in the knee region so as to remove the concavity at the location and reduce backward knee joint stress on the person reclining in the hammock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: David R. Watkins
  • Patent number: 8806676
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a frame has a first expanded configuration, a second expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The frame includes a support member, a first elongate member, a second elongate member and a coupling member. A first end portion of the first elongate member is pivotally coupled to the support member. A first end portion of the second elongate member is pivotally coupled to the support member. The coupling member is coupled to a second end portion of the second elongate member. A second end portion of the first elongate member is coupled to the coupling at a first location of the coupling member when the frame is in its first expanded configuration. The second end portion of the first elongate member is coupled to the coupling member at a second location of the coupling member when the frame is in its second expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Swimways Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette
  • 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: 8770348
    Abstract: A sling-type seat that can be used by hunters as a replacement for conventional treestand seats. The seat is attachable to an external support and/or frame, such as a tree trunk and treestand frame. The attachment is not limited to predefined attachment points and is thereby adjustable. The seat can be attached to a wide range of supports and/or frames and is therefore universal. Further, the seat is portable and may be rolled up and easily carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Charles G. Springs, Nicholas Mullinax
  • Publication number: 20130269104
    Abstract: Drainable hammocks with an arrangement of drainage paths in the fabric of the hammock bed are disclosed, wherein the drainage paths are openings in the fabric of the hammock bed. In one example, the openings are formed by grommets that are positioned in the fabric of the hammock bed. A method of operation of the drainable hammocks includes, but is not limited to, the steps of water impinging the uppermost surface of the hammock bed, water flowing due to gravity from the high points in the hammock bed to the low points in the hammock bed, and water exiting the hammock bed through the drainage paths and onto the ground below.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Hatteras Hammocks, Inc.
    Inventor: Reid Roney
  • Patent number: 8453279
    Abstract: A sheet disposed in a chair underside and attachable to the legs of the chair is disclosed. The sheet is configured for forming a downward droop from the weight of a pet and is designed to provide a comfortable resting place for a household cat and other pets as well as provide storage for various household items. The sheet may be attached to the chair by straps connected to and protruding from the perimeter of the sheet. Stiffening bars may be used to reinforce the sides of the sheet. Flaps attached to the sheet perimeter and attachable to the seat may be used to provide a dark and concealed environment for the pet to rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory Ronald Hora
  • Patent number: 8443471
    Abstract: A rope assembly, according to various embodiments, comprises: (1) a braided rope comprising a plurality of braided strands; and (2) a rope fastener that is adapted to: (A) be attached to the braided rope adjacent a first end of the braided rope; (B) allow a user to selectively form a braided rope loop of a first particular circumference by fitting the rope fastener through the plurality of braided strands at a first particular location on the braided rope; and (C) allow a user to selectively form a braided rope loop of a second particular circumference by fitting the rope fastener through the plurality of braided strands at a second particular location on the braided rope. In various embodiments, the rope fastener is shaped for selectively preventing the rope fastener from returning through the plurality of braided strands after the rope fastener has been fitted through the plurality of braided strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: James R. McCurdy
  • 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: 8296880
    Abstract: A hammock having a self-closing bottom entrance slit is constructed with the slit substantially offset to one side of the center line of the hammock. This improves comfort by enabling one to lie in the hammock out of contact with the slit, and facilitates the addition of an insulating panel to the hammock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Hennessy Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Hennessy
  • Patent number: 8117691
    Abstract: An adjustable suspension sleep device is provided to suspend and individual while sleeping. The adjustable suspension sleep device has a body support assembly having a first and second longitudinally extending sides spaced apart by first and second ends. A first adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the first side of the body support assembly and a second adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the second side of the body support assembly. Further, a first suspension support assembly is in communication with the first end of the body support assembly and a second suspension support assembly in communication with the second end of the body support assembly. The first and second adjustable tensioning assemblies each include a tension adjustment device. A method of use for the adjustable suspension sleep device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Louis L. Bishop
  • Patent number: 8075464
    Abstract: A portable abdominal exercise mat apparatus is disclosed comprising, in one embodiment, an elongate, flexible mat having a relatively rigid elongate handle portion engaged at one end of the mat, the apparatus being sized and configured for providing adequate support for a user's back, neck and head while the user performs a wide range of abdominal exercises. In further embodiments, the handle portion is configured for removably accepting a variety of attachment accessories, some of which are designed to allow the user to selectively add resistance to their abdominal exercises. Other attachment accessories allow the user to perform various non-abdominal exercises using the apparatus. When the apparatus is not being used, it can be easily rolled up or laid flat for storage or transport with very little space or weight requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher Blake Hayes, Nick L. Payzant
  • Patent number: 7996935
    Abstract: A light and credible foldable hanging bed having a frame and a fabric attached thereto. The frame has seats and successive supporting arms linked thereto. Linking poles are provided to move the supporting arms and sponge sleeves may be used for holding by hands of a user. With the successive first and second supporting arms, the joint and check element are saved and the risk of break of the joint is diminished and a weight will be able to be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 7934275
    Abstract: A collapsible suspension bed comprising a bed bottom, a bed wall including at least one end wall and at least two side walls, at least one support structure for the bed, and at least one suspension means connected to the support structure for suspension of the bed. The distinctive characteristic of the bed is that the volume of the bed is adjustable for volume-adjustment of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Mari Design, Mari Helgeland
    Inventor: Mari Synnove Ullensvang Helgeland
  • Patent number: 7832037
    Abstract: A stowable baby changing system including a housing having a mount connectable to a first automobile seat, a sheet extendable from the housing over and above a seating surface of a second automobile seat, a locking mechanism for fixing the sheet in an extended position, and one or more attachments on a distal end of the sheet to secure the sheet over the seating surface, wherein the sheet is suspended above the seating surface in the extended position providing a clearance between the sheet and the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Rachel G. Overton
  • Patent number: 7788745
    Abstract: A hammock for supporting a load above a surface by a support structure is disclosed. The hammock includes two preferred embodiments, one being a complete hammock and the other that converts an existing hammock to the improved device. The hammock includes a flexible sheet which includes a plurality of cord engagement means. The first hammock embodiment includes a pair of rigid rods attached to the flexible sheet at the cord engagement means with an elastic cord. The hanging means fixes each rod to the support structure. In the second embodiment, the elongated support means is a non-elastic elongated transition member which includes a plurality of cord engagement means and a pair of hammock support attachments. The hanging means includes an elongated rigid member fixed to the support structure by a non-elastic tensile member. As such, the pair of elongated transition members and elastic cords may be added to existing hammocks in order to make the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Jonathan Beaton
  • Publication number: 20100024124
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a frame has an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The frame includes a support member that has a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The first end portion of the first elongate member is pivotally coupled to the second end portion of the support member. A second elongate member has a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The first end portion of the second elongate member is pivotally coupled to the support member. A third elongate member has a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion of the third elongate member is pivotally coupled to the second end portion of the second elongate member. The third elongate member is pivotally coupled to the second end portion of the first elongate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: David Reeb, Paul Robinette
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7627914
    Abstract: An easy to assemble hammock stand is made up of three support members which are connected together. To facilitate connection, plates are located at each end of the support members which include a base and two upwardly extending end members having a plurality of key slot shaped openings with an upward larger entry section. The other of the members to be connected to the key slot shaped opening include corresponding lugs with large head portions which fit in through the larger portion of the key slot openings and then slidably engage securely in a narrower portion of the key slot opening to hold the three members together. Foot members are connected at the joints between the hammock stand member and connected with a combination of a similar key slot shaped arrangement, and conventional screws. The hammock stand components are preferably made of light weight metal tubing and covered with a covering such as wicker mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Hatteras Hammocks, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse A. Branch, III
  • Publication number: 20090265851
    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: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Gary L. Clark
  • Publication number: 20090165205
    Abstract: A thermally insulated hammock is provided with a pair of insulation retaining panels, one secured to either side of the hammock bed. The panels can be drawn across the bottom surface of the hammock and fastened so as to hold one or more insulation pads against the bottom surface of the hammock bed in cold weather. The retaining panels may be rolled up out of the way and tied at the edges of the hammock when insulation is not needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: HENNESSY HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventor: Thomas Hennessy
  • Patent number: 7178182
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suspended sleeping bag comprising upper and lower parts and fixing elements which are arranged on the foot and head ends thereof, thereby making it is possible to fix at two points which are distant with respect to each other and embodied in the form of a rope, strap, ribbon, a cut fabric strip or a strip of another tensile strength material. The lower part, in contrast to the upper part, absorbs tensile forces in a longitudinal direction and leads them to the fixing points along the lines which radially converge in the area of an assembly point or fixing point, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventors: Rainer Brenner, Ralph Singler
  • Patent number: 7089610
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible hammock for outdoor use has a body support surface being suspended on a position above and not touching the ground. The hammock also has a support frame comprising a pair of inclined upright arms, between which there is at least one X-scissor linkage connecting the arms. There are two connecting means disposed over the upright arms providing connections to the scissor linkage and a pair of legs. One means is a slidable connector disposed over the upright arms and the other means is fixed at the bottom end of the inclined upright arms. There is a leg/upright arm interface provides a three direction hinged joint for the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignees: Jianwei Zhong, Zhongmin Cui
    Inventor: Jianwei Zhong
  • Patent number: 7051385
    Abstract: A portable, suspendable cot used in rock climbing and the like includes a collapsible frame supporting a webbing therebetween. The frame includes linkages that pivot from a parallel orientation in a closed position to an orthogonal angle (for rectangular frames) or an acute angle (for trapezoidal frames) in an open position. The linkages further comprise couplings that complete the framework and use gravitational forces to enhance the linkages, forming a secure platform that resists warping. Cabling connects the respective linkages and supports the frame so as to be suspendable from a central apex vertically displaced from the frame. The cabling can pass through a free end of the pivoting links to guide the free end to the coupling, and preserve a closed loop for the respective elements of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Bryan J. Gardner
  • 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: 6973687
    Abstract: A foldable stand, which is for suspending a hammock above the ground, includes a base unit and a supporting unit. The base unit includes an elongate base, and a pair of lateral members, each of which is coupled pivotally to the elongate base. The supporting unit includes an arcuate rod that is mounted on the elongate base and that is capable of supporting the hammock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Taiwan Shin Yeh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuen-Jong Tseng
  • Patent number: 6957453
    Abstract: A washable hammock is described, having a spreader bar which can be readily removed, allowing the hammock to be laundered. The spreader bar can be reinserted after the hammock is laundered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Hatteras Hammocks, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse A. Branch, III
  • Patent number: 6954950
    Abstract: A foldable hanging bed includes a hanging bed fabric, main support tubes, pillar support tubes, pillars tubes, side support tubes, transverse connecting tubes, iron check elements, hanging chain fitting elements, and shoes. The upper portion of each of the main support tubes is connected to a pillar tube, and is provided with an iron check element. At the upper end of the pillar tube is provided a hanging chain or rope fitting element. At the lower ends of the side support tubes are provided shoes. Around the side support tubes are provided sponge sleeves, which are easier for hand operation when the bed is supported or folded. At both ends of the fabric are provided lining tubes, on which the hanging chains or ropes are disposed. The bed fabric is sleeved over the hanging chain or rope fitting elements via the hanging chain or rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 6948206
    Abstract: An inflatable hammock mattress includes a body defining an inflatable cavity and being removably positionable onto a hammock. The body has an arcuate bottom portion and a non-planar top portion integral therewith. A plurality of side rails are connected to the top portion and extend around the perimeter of the body for assisting a user to maintain stability during operating conditions. The mattress further includes a plurality of valves disposed at one end of the body and a power-operated device including a plurality of toggling switches for automatically inflating and deflating the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Jose Valencia
  • Patent number: 6931678
    Abstract: A water-swung hammock includes a floatable body for supporting a main body frame including at least one leg support for securing the main body frame to the floatable body. A staging platform may be coupled to the main body frame and capable of supporting a user. A swingable sheet may be provided for supporting the user and includes a support for swingable suspension of the swingable sheet relative to the main body frame. A water-swinging pendular assembly may be coupled to the main body frame for receiving water movement and thereby imparting motive power to the swingable sheet of the water-swung hammock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Peter Dunbar Boyd
  • Patent number: 6912744
    Abstract: A suspended furniture assembly includes a suspended chair assembly and a suspended hammock assembly. The suspended chair assembly comprises a chair including a back support, a bottom support and arm support members, suspended from a chair suspension frame assembly by suspension elements, the chair suspension frame assembly including opposed laterally spaced horizontally extending front and rear base frame members, an upstanding frame member at each side of respective base frame members, and laterally extending vertically spaced upper and lower frame members and connecting opposed front and rear upstanding members on respective assembly sides. The chair is suspended on respective sides from the chair suspension frame assembly by suspension elements connected to the lateral frame members. The suspended hammock assembly comprises a frame assembly having a base frame comprising a first longitudinal frame member and parallel thereto, a frame member, a hammock strung between hammock support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Beaumont Gregory Lyons
  • Patent number: 6895612
    Abstract: This is a hammock for a sailboat. This invention allows the user of this specially designed hammock to maximize the space above the cabin top. It is attached at three points of attachment as described in the application and may be attached using a variety of means. Embodiments of this invention have been disclosed and described. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications may be made to this invention without departing from the spirit of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Claiborne Hamilton
  • Patent number: 6865757
    Abstract: A hammock includes a bed made of a piece of flexible material gathered by folding at opposite ends. Ropes are attached to the gathered ends whereby the bed can be suspended from trees. The edges of the bed are drawn apart along a tension axis which is diagonal to the suspension axis, giving the bed the shape of a non-equilateral polygon so that one can lie diagonally across the suspension axis, whereby the back is well supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Hennessy
  • Patent number: 6851137
    Abstract: A hammock is provided with a pair of tubular sheaths which can be drawn toward one another to furl the hammock while it is suspended from trees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Hennessy
  • Publication number: 20040205893
    Abstract: A foldable hanging bed includes a hanging bed fabric, main support tubes, pillar support tubes, pillars tubes, side support tubes, transverse connecting tubes, iron check elements, hanging chain fitting elements, and shoes. The upper portion of each of the main support tubes is connected to a pillar tube, and is provided with an iron check element. At the upper end of the pillar tube is provided a hanging chain or rope fitting element. At the lower ends of the side support tubes are provided shoes. Around the side support tubes are provided sponge sleeves, which are easier for hand operation when the bed is supported or folded. At both ends of the fabric are provided lining tubes, on which the hanging chains or ropes are disposed. The bed fabric is sleeved over the hanging chain or rope fitting elements via the hanging chain or rope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 6782570
    Abstract: A hammock is described which has a bed surface of quilted strips contiguously interwoven into a surface that is soft and relatively smooth. Each strip comprises an interior fill layer of polyester fiber stitched in place between a top layer and bottom layer of weather resistant fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Hatteras Hammocks Inc.
    Inventor: Dhananjay S. Bhatt
  • Publication number: 20040154098
    Abstract: A hammock is described which has a bed surface of quilted strips contiguously interwoven into a surface that is soft and relatively smooth. Each strip comprises an interior fill layer of polyester fiber stitched in place between a top layer and bottom layer of weather resistant fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Dhananjay S. Bhatt
  • Publication number: 20030101511
    Abstract: A device having an equipment cover configuration and a sleeping apparatus configuration is provided for protecting equipment when the device is in the equipment cover configuration and for protecting a user from the elements when the device is in a sleeping apparatus configuration. The device can contain both an outer layer and an inner layer with padding sandwiched between the outer and inner layer. In addition, the device can, contain an insulation layer to increase the comfort level of the device when used as a sleeping apparatus. The device can also contain a liner that prevents contaminants from the equipment from staining the interior of the device. In an alternative embodiment, the device can have a plurality of suspension structures for suspending the device above the ground when used as a sleeping apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Bradley L. Gotfried
  • Publication number: 20030079283
    Abstract: A hammock and a hammock bag are combined to permit use of a hammock on cooler days. The hammock has a generally rectangular body section with given dimensions, an upper surface, parallel side edges, and parallel top and bottom edges. The hammock bag is adapted for releasable attachment to the upper surface of the hammock rectangular body section with side ties that attach to the side edges of the hammock body section. The hammock bag has a flexible rectangular center section with dimensions generally corresponding to the dimensions of the hammock body section, and parallel side edges positioned adjacent the body section side edges; first and second side sections extending inwardly from the center section side edges over the center section; and releasable ties extending from the center section side edges to attach the bag to the body section side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventor: Angela Sue Vann
  • 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: 6314594
    Abstract: An improved spreader bar for spreading apart the cords which connect the body supporting member of a hammock to a support structure and suspend it therefrom is disclosed. The spreader bar is positioned adjacent each of the longitudinal end portions of the body supporting member and is provided with spaced apertures which receive the cords therein. The spreader bar is curved outwardly relative to the body supporting member in order to evenly distribute the suspension forces exerted on the aperture walls by the cords. The spreader bar is also split proximal to or at the apertures into upper and lower members to provide access to the apertures through top portions thereof when the upper and lower members are separated and thereby facilitate insertion of the cords therein when the upper and lower members are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: E-Z Sales & Manufacturing
    Inventors: Rudy B. Meoli, Jr., Armando Padilla
  • 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