Supports Patents (Class 5/127)
  • Patent number: 9066576
    Abstract: A system for securing a hammock in a vehicle bed. The system includes a hammock. The system also includes a bed support configured to attach to the vehicle bed and secure a first end of the hammock. The system further includes a hitch support configured to attach to a vehicle hitch receiver and secure a second end of the hammock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mattheu Theron Stassinos, Joshua Kevin Lindley
  • Patent number: 8931840
    Abstract: A composite frame includes a frame body including two support units, two lower connecting rods, two suspending units and an upper connecting rod that are removably connectable together so that the constructed frame body is structurally stable, while assembly and disassembly of the same are manually operable and convenient to allow for effective storage and cost reduction in terms of packaging and delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Yi-Chen Huang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8584276
    Abstract: Hammocks attachable to motorcycles, kits for assembling hammocks on motorcycles, and methods of utilization. The hammock includes two support members attachable to one of a front portion and a rear portion of the motorcycle, a safety support member attachable to the front portion or the rear portion of the motorcycle, and a flexible structure for supporting a person. The flexible structure has opposing ends which are attachable to support members such that the flexible structure is suspended in between the support members. The kit includes a front mounting structure attachable to a front portion of the motorcycle, a rear mounting structure attachable to a rear portion of the motorcycle, two flexible structure support members attachable to the front mounting structure and the rear mounting structure, a safety support member attachable the front portion or the rear portion of the motorcycle, and a flexible structure for supporting a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wiskybilt, LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130298327
    Abstract: A heavy-duty, load bearing, partially sun-screening, water-resistant, SUV soft-top for perpendicular suspension between two to four anchor points includes a rectangular panel flat-hemmed along two long sides joined by webbing for fastening around poles by means of metal tension buckles. Hemmed sleeves form each side of the soft-top and receive webbing that extends from the ends of the hemmed sleeves around parallel poles to be secured by a tension buckle. When human weight is applied: panel flexes down and both longitudinal webbings rise up to provide armrests/stabilizers for user. The SUV requires no modifications except for the temporary removal of the current hard or soft-top while in use by a human.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: James Richard Snoddy
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130117931
    Abstract: A hammock assembly which provides a lightweight and low cost support for a hammock which requires a medium or a higher tension than currently used. This allows the stand to carry a very low profile with upward arm elevation of only around 30 degrees. In a preferred use the support is easily folded and installed without tools, tensioning of the hammock can be provided by a single action overcenter device; also some pre-tensioning anti-flip ropes can provide extra safety. A hammock bed provides increased lifting at its mid length through a combination of X-shaped fabric formations with transverse strengthening band including dismantling of the straight and curved spreader bars. A second hammock support stand assembly which provides a hammock seat combination that allows indoor use, including a very strong asymmetric support formed as a horizontal X shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Rene Lemmens
  • Patent number: 8272085
    Abstract: The present invention includes apparatus and methods for installing a hammock upon a boat. A method of installing a hammock comprises the steps of: installing first and second hammock end mounting means upon the boat, the first and second mounting means each comprising one of a vertical mounting member and a suspending anchor to suspend ends of a hammock, where each vertical mounting member is affixed to a surface of the boat, the vertical member including a longitudinally extending member having a first end and a second end, the first end affixed to a surface of the boat, the second end being elevated above the first end, and where each suspending anchor is affixed to an elevated structure of the boat, the anchor having one or more mounting surfaces engaging the elevated structure and one or more ratchets each receiving a strap extending about the elevated structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Justin Finch, Gary Loomis
  • Publication number: 20120233771
    Abstract: Herein described is a hammock stand of improved strength comprising weight bearing structural members welded together in a manner that improves the strength of certain weight bearing joints within the stand to help avoid collapse and possible injury. Further described herein is a stronger, more durable weld between weight bearing structural members in a hammock stand and the process of producing the weld.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Lee
  • Patent number: 8214946
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Swimways Corporation
    Inventors: David Reeb, Paul Robinette
  • 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: 8065762
    Abstract: A hammock support is provided that includes an arched structure supported by tripod leg supports. The arched support is preferably a truss structure that provides multiple attachment points to support a hammock bed for varying the types, lengths, and heights of hammocks. In some embodiments, the arched truss structure includes multiple interlocked truss sections that can be assembled and disassembled without tools. The tripod leg supports provide stability for use in wet, uneven, or otherwise inhospitable terrain. The arched structure provides attachment locations for one or more accessories, such as mosquito netting, tents, tables, drink holders, lights, and other accessories. Additionally, the hammock support assembly of the invention is adapted to be used with one or more hammock support assemblies to create larger structures to create tents or bivouacs for camping or emergency shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Jay Ewing
  • 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
  • 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: 7926129
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Swimways Corporation
    Inventors: David Reeb, Paul Robinette
  • Publication number: 20110083268
    Abstract: The present invention includes apparatus and methods for installing a hammock upon a boat. A method of installing a hammock comprises the steps of: installing first and second hammock end mounting means upon the boat, the first and second mounting means each comprising one of a vertical mounting member and a suspending anchor to suspend ends of a hammock, where each vertical mounting member is affixed to a surface of the boat, the vertical member including a longitudinally extending member having a first end and a second end, the first end affixed to a surface of the boat, the second end being elevated above the first end, and where each suspending anchor is affixed to an elevated structure of the boat, the anchor having one or more mounting surfaces engaging the elevated structure and one or more ratchets each receiving a strap extending about the elevated structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Justin FINCH, Gary LOOMIS
  • Patent number: 7895686
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Zhaosheng Chen
  • 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: 7870933
    Abstract: A portable hammock (kit) with artificial limb assembly enables a user to selectively support a vertical load adjacent a select vertical support structure. The artificial limb assembly comprises a pair of compression members and first and second tension members. Each compression member has first and second compression ends. The first compression ends are drawn together such that the longitudinal axes of the members substantially intersect. The second compression ends are thus spaceable from one another. The first tension member interconnects the second member ends and receives a supportive outer surface of the vertical support structure. The second tension member interconnects the first compression ends with the vertical support structure at a superior portion thereof. The first compression ends at an opposite portion receive the vertical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Richard E. McInnes
  • Publication number: 20100287700
    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: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette
  • 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: 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: 7725965
    Abstract: A collapsible frame is movable between a closed configuration and an open configuration. The frame includes a first side support assembly and a second side support assembly. Each side support assembly includes a collapsible first support member including a first platform and a collapsible second support member coupled to the first support member at a plurality of pivot points. The second support member includes a support joint movable with respect to the first platform for facilitating moving the collapsible frame between the closed configuration and the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony Sanford-Schwentke
  • 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: 20090282612
    Abstract: This invention is a baby shower hammock which is designed to safely carry an infant or young baby in the shower. The hammock is designed in the shape of a cradle where an infant is placed. The hammock has one strap (there are two ends connected by a buckle). The strap is attached to the hammock by stitching (i.e. a basic straight stitch; using machine-cotton thread). The child will be placed horizontally in the “bed” of the hammock. The adult will place straps around the neck and/or shoulders, and place the infant in the hammock. The hammock has semi-permeable walls so that (while showering) the water will easily flow out of the hammock. In addition, the hammock is designed so that the baby's face is a close distance (approximately one foot) from the adult's face. The hammock is easy to wear. The adult simply buckles the straps and places the child inside. Safety of the child is of paramount concern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Andre Beckwith
  • Patent number: 7571499
    Abstract: An apparatus or support having a hammock member, a hammock support member, and a frame that can be disposed in an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The hammock member has a first end portion connected to a first end portion of the frame and a second end portion connected to a second end portion of the frame. The hammock support member extends from a first side portion of the hammock member to a second side portion of the hammock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, William G. Phelps, Jr., David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette, II, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner
  • Patent number: 7441287
    Abstract: A hammock stand has a plurality of legs, support rods, and a cross brace that couples at least one leg to at least one of the support rods such that the hammock stand collapses in a single movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Tofasco of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Zheng
  • Publication number: 20080256703
    Abstract: An apparatus or support having a hammock member, a hammock support member, and a frame that can be disposed in an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The hammock member has a first end portion connected to a first end portion of the frame and a second end portion connected to a second end portion of the frame. The hammock support member extends from a first side portion of the hammock member to a second side portion of the hammock member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, William G. Phelps, David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner
  • Patent number: 7406726
    Abstract: Four cross member struts, two on each long side of an open hammock frame, permit full collapse of the frame for closure and transportation when the cross member struts are composed of an unbroken tube pivotally connected with a second tube divided into two overlapping sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Jianrong Deng
  • Patent number: 7395561
    Abstract: An apparatus or support having a hammock member, a hammock support member, and a frame that can be disposed in an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The hammock member has a first end portion connected to a first end portion of the frame and a second end portion connected to a second end portion of the frame. The hammock support member extends from a first side portion of the hammock member to a second side portion of the hammock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, William G. Phelps, Jr., David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette, II, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner
  • Patent number: 7380880
    Abstract: A free standing frame for suspending a seat therefrom and for relative back and forth swinging thereto, comprises a support base wherein a pair of rear legs are longer than a pair of front legs to provide stability, a pair of frame sections that are assembleable to form a banana or C-shaped frame centered above the rear legs and having an upper end for suspending a seat and a lower end, and means for connecting the lower end of the frame to the base and orienting the frame and the center of gravity relative to the rear legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Roger Vander Molen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20070277310
    Abstract: A collapsible frame is movable between a closed configuration and an open configuration. The frame includes a first side support assembly and a second side support assembly. Each side support assembly includes a collapsible first support member including a first platform and a collapsible second support member coupled to the first support member at a plurality of pivot points. The second support member includes a support joint movable with respect to the first platform for facilitating moving the collapsible frame between the closed configuration and the open configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Anthony Sanford-Schwentke
  • Patent number: 7272865
    Abstract: An apparatus or support having a frame that can be disposed in an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The frame includes a first end portion, a second end portion, a first side portion, a second side portion, and several connectors. Each of the connectors are disposable at a first position when the frame is in its expanded configuration and are disposable at a second position when the frame is in its collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, William G. Phelps, Jr., David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette, II, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner
  • Patent number: 7243383
    Abstract: A system of tripods, bipods and/or unipods is used to support a polygonal array of horizontal spars joined by connector hubs. The array may be extended indefinitely, in order to support a desired number of hammocks. As few as three different stock components are required. Each hammock is suspended from the structure by connecting its ends to a pair of the connector hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Hennessy Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Hennessy
  • Patent number: 7213277
    Abstract: A rocking bed includes: a bed frame including two curved rods, each of which has first and second ends, a first section extending from the first end, and a second section extending from the first section to the second end, the first section having a curvature greater than that of the second section, and two connecting rods, each of which interconnects the curved rods; and a body-supporting member mounted securely on the bed frame and extending between the curved rods and between the connecting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Habitex Corporation
    Inventor: Duan-Cheng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7152258
    Abstract: A stand is described for supporting a hammock, the stand comprising several tubular members which can be assembled into an arc shaped stand having a support hook on one end and two horizontally spaced support hooks on the opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Jesse A. Branch, III
  • 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: 7082629
    Abstract: A hammock stand is described that can be assembled from a plurality of tubular members. The tubular members are of similar dimensions and to some extent interchangeable. This allows the stand, in disassembled form to be contained in a relatively small box for shipping and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Hatteras Hammocks, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter George Clark
  • 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: 7010819
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a hammock support includes a helically shaped support member having a first end and a second end, the support member adapted to rest on a base and a pair of stability members coupled to the support member and adapted to prevent the support member from rotating around the axis of the support member. The support member is adapted to couple a first hammock to the support member at the first and second ends and a second hammock to the support member adjacent the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Benjamin Michael Lee
  • 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: 6966084
    Abstract: An apparatus or support having a frame that can be disposed in an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The frame includes a first end portion, a second end portion, a first side portion, a second side portion, and several connectors. Each of the connectors are disposable at a first position when the frame is in its expanded configuration and are disposable at a second position when the frame is in its collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, William G. Phelps, Jr., David L. Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette, II, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner
  • 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: 6934983
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for hanging a hammock with opposing ends using a single vertical support, comprising: an elongated arm having opposing ends and a longitudinal axis; a butt plate fixedly connected to one end of the arm so as to be substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the arm; a suspension mechanism having a first portion, for circumferentially extending around the vertical support, and a second portion for extending downwardly from the first portion to the arm for connection thereto at first and second longitudinally spaced connection points to thereby securely support the arm, with the butt plate abutting the vertical support such that the arm extends outwardly and substantially horizontally from the vertical support; a gripper belt for circumferentially extending at least partially around the vertical support so as to securely hold the butt plate in its position abutting the vertical support; and a hammock hanging mechanism for connection of the opposing ends of the hammock to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Johnny R. Johnston
  • 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: 6931679
    Abstract: A foldable hammock stand includes an elongate base that has opposite left and right end portions, a pair of first lateral members coupled pivotally to the left end portion of the elongate base, a pair of second lateral members coupled pivotally to the right end portion of the elongate base, and a pair of posts coupled pivotally and respectively to the left and right end portions of the elongate base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Taiwan Shin Yeh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuen-Jong Tseng
  • 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