Extension Patents (Class 5/181)
  • Patent number: 9387140
    Abstract: A method for varying the width of a health care bed includes providing a health care bed having a floor engaging base frame and a bed frame, the bed frame including at least two bed sections hingedly connected to each other and each having a central frame portion and left and right wing sections, the wing sections having at least a retracted position and an extended position relative to the central frame portion, and wherein the central frame portion defines, for each wing section, at least inner and outer registration holes and the wing sections each define at least one wing hole that aligns with one of the at least inner and outer registration holes when the wing sections are in the respective retracted and extended positions, and for each wing section, at least one locking mechanism having at least one rocker bar with opposing inner and outer ends, at least one spring and at least one locking button for releasably locking the wing sections in the retracted and extended positions; unlocking the at least one
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Patent number: 9009888
    Abstract: A health care bed, including a floor engaging base frame and a bed frame including at least two bed sections hingedly connected to each other and having a central frame portion and left and right wing sections having at least a retracted position and an extended position relative to the central frame portion; and a locking mechanism with at least one rocker bar, at least one spring and at least one locking button for releasably locking the wing sections in the retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Med-Mizer, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Patent number: 8959677
    Abstract: A collapsible sofa bed movable between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration includes a frame including a plurality of scissor assemblies. Each scissor assembly includes a first frame member pivotally coupled to a second frame member at a pivot point. Frame members of adjacent scissor assemblies are coupled to one of a first connector assembly and a second connector assembly. At least two backrest support members are coupled to the frame. Each backrest support member is slidably coupled to a corresponding first frame member and has a lower end that is pivotally coupled to a corresponding second frame member. Each backrest support member is pivotally movable with respect to the corresponding second frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seina International, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Pil Yul, Huang Chang Jiu, Ye Zhengyi
  • Patent number: 8955176
    Abstract: An adjustable bed frame that includes a headboard, a footboard, a quartet of support posts associated with the headboard and footboard, and support frames that connect the headboard posts to the footboard posts. Both the headboard and footboard are fabricated from two equal halves that can be separated, exposing an internal leaf. Both the headboard and footboard, in conjunction with their internal leaves, can be adjusted to a variety of lengths to accommodate various-sized box springs and mattresses as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio J. Mullikin
  • Patent number: 8910327
    Abstract: An adjustable folding bed frame including a plurality of longitudinal beams spaced apart and parallel to each other. Each longitudinal beam is formed by a pair of longitudinal bars that are pivotally connected together. The bed frame also includes a plurality of transverse beams spaced apart and parallel to each other. Each transverse beam is formed by a pair of transverse bars that are pivotally connected together. Each transverse bar has a first sliding member slidingly coupled with a second sliding member for adjusting the bed frame to predetermined widths. The bed frame also includes legs connected to a corresponding lower side of each longitudinal bar free end. The longitudinal and transverse bars are coupled together to form a generally rectangular frame when the bed frame is in an open configuration, and are folded adjacent and parallel to each other when the bed frame is in a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ki Ho Jin
  • Patent number: 8856983
    Abstract: An adjustable bed frame includes a headboard, a pair of longitudinal side rails in spaced-apart, parallel relationship, and a telescoping slat assembly connecting the headboard and side rails together to define a rectangular bed frame that is adjustable between a first rectangular size and a second rectangular size smaller than the first rectangular size. The telescoping slat assembly includes a set of tubular members that telescopically receive a respective set of elongated members to form telescoping slats. The tubular members have one end secured to one of the side rails and extend away therefrom in parallel, spaced apart relationship. The elongated members have one end secured to the other one of the side rails and extend away therefrom in parallel, spaced-apart relationship. The side rails are slidably secured to the headboard to facilitate movement of the frame between the first and second rectangular sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Espacio, LLC
    Inventor: Sami Hayek
  • Patent number: 8844075
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is convertible between a bed position, having a generally horizontal sleeping surface upon which a person lies in a supine position, and a chair egress position, allowing a person to exit the support from a sitting position. The patient support comprises a deck, a foot panel coupled to the deck, and an inflatable bladder assembly coupled to the foot panel. The inflatable bladder assembly is coupled to the foot panel and both the foot panel and inflatable bladder assembly are removable from the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Patent number: 8677525
    Abstract: A patient lifting apparatus is provided and which is operative to lift an injured person or patient from a lower area to an elevated position where the patient or injured person can be easily and safely transferred to a stretcher or other support device. The patient lifting apparatus includes a pair of side sections that are interconnectable. Each side section includes a lifting device and a lifting bar which is movable up and down. In a connected mode, the two side sections are connected together and the lifting bars include attachments for attaching to a patient support. Once attached to the patient support, the lifting bars via the lifting device are operative to lift the patient support upwardly generally between the two side sections where the patient can be transferred to a stretcher or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Martin Manufacturing Co., LLC
    Inventor: Willis E. Martin
  • Patent number: 8635727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a variable-size bed (10) comprising a mattress core (16) and a base (14), which base is adapted to support at least a portion of the mattress core, wherein the mattress core and base have adjustable widths or lengths and each of the mattress core and base is changeable between an expanded state and a contracted state corresponding to an expanded state and a contracted state of the bed, respectively, and wherein the bed further comprises a cover means adapted to provide covering over the mattress core in both the expanded state and the contracted state of the bed. The present invention also relates to a vehicle comprising such a variable-size bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Stjernfjadrar AB
    Inventors: Johan Dahlin, Claes Lindh, Olov Karlsson, HÃ¥kan Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8474076
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus including a bed frame, an adjustable foot section coupled to a foot end of the bed frame, and a deck moveably coupled to the adjustable foot section. The deck defines a foot support surface having a length dimension defined along a longitudinal axis of the bed frame and a width dimension defined transverse to the longitudinal axis. The length dimension is a first length and the width dimension is a first width when the adjustable foot section is in a first position, and the length dimension is a second length and the width dimension is a second width when the adjustable foot section is in a second position. The second length is less than the first length, and the second width is greater than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 8464371
    Abstract: A patient lifting apparatus is provided and which is operative to lift an injured person or patient from a lower area to an elevated position where the patient or injured person can be easily and safely transferred to a stretcher or other support device. The patient lifting apparatus includes a pair of side sections that are interconnectable. Each side section includes a lifting device and a lifting bar which is movable up and down. In a connected mode, the two side sections are connected together and the lifting bars include attachments for attaching to a patient support. Once attached to the patient support, the lifting bars via the lifting device are operative to lift the patient support upwardly generally between the two side sections where the patient can be transferred to a stretcher or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Martin Manfacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Willis E. Martin, Rodney Barr
  • Patent number: 8122536
    Abstract: A frame including a plurality of connector assemblies and a cross-support unit coupled between the plurality of connector assemblies. The cross-support unit is movable between a folded configuration and an expanded configuration. The cross-support unit defines a substantially planar support structure in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: North Pole US LLC
    Inventors: Zhu Peixin, Lee Pil Yul
  • Patent number: 7644455
    Abstract: An adjustable bed frame includes a frame having a first retractable device in a horizontal direction for securing a first supporting unit. The first supporting unit includes a second retractable device for securing a first mattress. Second supporting units are provided at respective sides of the frame. Each second supporting unit has a third retractable device therein for securing a second mattress. The first mattress is connected with a soft pad. The second mattress is connected with a soft pad. The first supporting unit can be pulled outward in a horizontal direction. Both the first mattress and the second mattress can be lifted upward, and the soft pads can be turned for different purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Min-Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 7600278
    Abstract: A folding bed frame includes standardized right and left bed frame assemblies that are connectable by central connecting bars to form an adjustable bedboard frame that fits mattresses of differing widths. The bed frame is easy to transport when disassembled into the separate frame assemblies that are each less than half the width of a conventional frame for a double bed. The smaller and standardized frame assemblies reduce manufacturing cost. Foot brackets are pivotally connected to the bottom of the bedboard frame under each bed frame assembly and support the bedboard frame and mattress. Each central connecting bar has U-shaped slots on its ends that clip over the inner side edges of the right and left bed frame assemblies. Each frame assembly has a hinge at its middle axis at which a lower half folds over onto an upper half to allow the assemblies to fit in a packing box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Zinus, Inc.
    Inventor: Suk Kan Oh
  • Patent number: 7523515
    Abstract: A patient support is disclosed having an adjustable length deck and a mattress positionable on the deck. The mattress includes a foot portion having an adjustable length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: E. David Allen, Kenneth L. Kramer, Peter M. Wukusick, Eric R. Meyer, Gregory W. Branson, David J. Ulrich, James M. C. Thomas, Paul M. McDaniel, III, Denis R. Zwink
  • Publication number: 20080178385
    Abstract: An adjustable bed frame includes a frame having a first retractable device in a horizontal direction for securing a first supporting unit. The first supporting unit includes a second retractable device for securing a first mattress. Second supporting units are provided at respective sides of the frame. Each second supporting unit has a third retractable device therein for securing a second mattress. The first mattress is connected with a soft pad. The second mattress is connected with a soft pad. The first supporting unit can be pulled outward in a horizontal direction. Both the first mattress and the second mattress can be lifted upward, and the soft pads can be turned for different purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Min-Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 7000269
    Abstract: An adjustable base is utilized with articulated or adjustable beds of different widths and includes first and second pairs of support brackets with each pair including first and second support brackets in opposing aligned relationship to each other. Each pair of support brackets is fastened at one end to a bed foundation and a second end of each support bracket has an elongated slot for fastening thereto cross rails of a bed-adjusting mechanism. The latter permits the utilization of a single size bed-adjusting mechanism for beds of different widths, permits mixing/matching bed foundations and bed-adjusting mechanisms of different manufacturers, and effects facile assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: German Borda
  • Patent number: 6836912
    Abstract: A furniture item includes at least a pair of members defining a dimension in one direction of the item, the members of the pair being connected together by adjustable connecting elements, the arrangement and construction being such that the dimension in one direction can be adjusted by the adjustable connecting elements. The furniture item also includes a second set of members that are also connected by adjustable connecting elements in another direction. With the above arrangement, the furniture item can be adjusted both longitudinally and laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Danny Morris
  • Patent number: 6810540
    Abstract: A bed base is disclosed that that has an integrated locking and release crossbar mechanism to enable adjustment of the width of the bed base to correspond to the width of the bed mattress and/or box spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Harrow
  • Patent number: 6269498
    Abstract: A bed support mechanism. The mechanism includes at least two substantially identical L-shaped support members each including a top section and a leg section, the top sections being adjacently positioned to one another and each of the leg sections extending downward at opposite ends of the adjacently positioned L-shaped support members to support the bed. In the preferred embodiment, an adjustable foot is connected to the distal end of each of the leg sections to provide adjustment for beds of different heights. Also, in the preferred embodiment, the L-shaped support members are connected together by bolts and wing nuts which extend through a plurality of apertures spaced along the length of the top section wherein the apertures align at pre-selected positions along the length of the L-shaped support members for inserting the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Landon E. Perkins
  • Patent number: 6209155
    Abstract: An adjustable cross bar for bed rails and frames with at least two relatively movable cross bar members and a clamp positioned over the inboard ends of the cross bar members and entrapping their edges in tracks. The clamp has depending lances formed in a horizontal surface aligned with and engagable with openings formed in one of the cross bar members to lock the clamp and cross bar together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Fredman Bros. Furniture Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew U. Epstein, Aaron Fredman
  • Patent number: 6202231
    Abstract: An extender board for use on a surgical stretcher is disclosed. The surgical stretcher includes a pivotable back section, and an actuator that locks to prevent the back section from pivoting and that unlocks to permit the back section to pivot. The extender board includes a frame, a panel coupled to the frame, and a releasing assembly coupled to the extender board frame. The releasing assembly is adapted to lock and unlock the actuator while the extender board is coupled to the back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Patrick J. Minnelli, James L. Walke
  • Patent number: 6161231
    Abstract: A sleeper sofa incorporating an air mattress including a telescoping mattress frame for supporting a mattress support subassembly consisting of hinge panels. The hinges used to connect the panels limit the angular range of motion of adjacent panels to plus or minus 90.degree. from a coplanar arrangement. The "panel" that defines the seating surface on which seat cushions rest when the sofa is in the seating position may be supported in the seating position by a pair of side rails that lack significant structure in the seating plane. This "panel" may also include a set of sinuous springs clad in padding similar to the seat-cushion support surface of a conventional non-sleeper sofa. The air mattress used in the sleeper sofa can be a multi-chamber design in which the outer edges of the mattress are inflated to a higher pressure to prevent the user from rolling off the edge of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: SleepTec, Inc.
    Inventors: Dieter H. Kraft, Darren M. McKim, Troy W. Larson, James A. Flanegan
  • Patent number: 6134724
    Abstract: An extendable bed assembly that is movable between a first stowed position and a second sleep position includes a mattress, a base panel for supporting the mattress, a bed platform for slideably supporting the base panel and allowing it to slide between the stowed position and sleep position, and a bolster cushion for filling a gap formed between the mattress and the bed platform when in the sleep position. A locking assembly is associated with the bed platform and base panel for selectively restricting movement between the bed platform and base panel. Bed side panels are attached to the base panel for laterally aligning the mattress on the base panel and for guiding relative movement between the base panel and bed platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Sue E. Brown
  • Patent number: 6135545
    Abstract: A furniture assembly includes four furniture units that can be assembled to form a bed, a table, or a chair. First and second furniture units are mounted juxtaposed to other yet allowing sliding movement relative to each other. Third and fourth furniture units are mounted juxtaposed to each other and behind the first and second furniture units, respectively. The third and fourth furniture units are also slidable relative to each other. The third and fourth furniture units may be pivoted relative to the first and second furniture units and then positioned to form a length-adjustable chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Chin-Hsi Liao
  • Patent number: 6059364
    Abstract: A seating unit (1) comprises a fixed housing (10) containing a primary seat with a reclinable back arranged to recline in such a manner that it remains within the housing. The seating unit is suitable for a aircraft cabin and may further comprise a leg-rest arranged to cooperate with the seating portion to form part of a substantially flat surface when the back is reclined in a substantially horizontal position. The seating unit may further comprise a secondary seat (3) positioned to face the primary seat, the secondary seat having a seating portion positioned to cooperate with the leg-rest of the primary seat to form a portion of the substantially flat surface when the back of the primary seat is reclined in the substantially horizontal position. Privacy between seats and use of available space within an aircraft cabin may be optimised by arranging at least some of the seats in an echelon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: British Airways PLC
    Inventors: Ian Dryburgh, Simon Lunn, Russel Mulchansingh
  • Patent number: 5988749
    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. Several different seat frame embodiments are disclosed. In addition, a unique cable-based actuation assembly is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Absolute Comfort, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Williams
  • Patent number: 5920928
    Abstract: The sofa according to the invention can be converted into bed by drawing forwardly the supporting structure until it reaches an elongated condition in which the mattress lies down thereon. In the retracted condition for use as sofa, the mattress is folded under the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Desital Holland B.V.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 5913770
    Abstract: A folding sofa-bed frame includes a horizontal base frame section, a planar backrest frame section, a planar connecting frame section, a horizontal foot frame section, and a variable-length telescopic unit. The backrest frame section is disposed above the base frame section and has a rear end mounted pivotally on the base frame section. The connecting frame section has a rear end connected pivotally to a front end of the backrest frame section. The foot frame section has a rear end connected pivotally to a front end of the connecting frame section. The telescopic unit has one end mounted on a front end of the foot frame section, and an opposite end coupled to the base frame section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Shin Yen Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuen-Jong Tseng
  • Patent number: 5794283
    Abstract: A convertible furniture that in one configuration is a bed and in another is a chair, coach or sofa, depending on its dimensions. Telescopically mounted housing members extend out a sufficient amount to define an upper surface over which cushions are positioned to provide a suitable horizontal resting surface. The upper surface is defined with hingedly mounted closure members that cover a storage cavities below. One of the closures at one end includes a frame with one of its sides being slidably mounted to the underside of the closure. The opposite side of the frame is hingedly mounted to the inner wall of the cavity of the largest housing member. The underside of the closure includes a stop member against which the sliding side of the frame engages when it reaches a predetermined position. Two cord or flexible elongated members are attached to the upper end of the frame so that a user by pulling it causes the collapse of the closure back to the horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventors: Jose E. Vila, Elina M. Vila
  • Patent number: 5771510
    Abstract: A bed with movable bedposts mainly including a bed plank which cooperates with two sliding rails, two sliding rail bearings with extended plates, two steel cords, a fixing member, and a motor and transmission gears and chain to move two bedposts relative to the bed plank to either a receded position or a normal position. Different kinds of frills or curtains round a canopy frame on the bedposts can be folded or extended along with the movable bedposts to give different sights in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Chung-Chuan Sun
  • Patent number: 5682629
    Abstract: Divan-bed includes a fixed frame resting on the floor, a backrest and a seat, in which at least two longitudinal sides of the frame are formed by rails guiding a carriage movable in translation along a horizontal plane, the carriage having pivotably hinged on it the backrest and a shaped lever, the opposite ends of which are rotationally connected, respectively, to the backrest via a rod and to the seat, there also being provided a mechanism cooperating with an adjusting device for fixing the relative position of the backrest and seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Flou S.p.A.
    Inventor: Guido Bortoluzzi
  • Patent number: 5644804
    Abstract: A sofabed which includes a first base frame serving as the seat of a sofa or the bed piece of a bed and defining a space for keeping pillows, quilts, etc., a second base frame retractably connected to the first base frame and moved between the retracted position received inside tile first base frame and the extended position to serve as the base frame of a second bed, a seat frame supported on the first base frame, a second seat frame pivoted to the first base frame and set at the desired angle to serve as the back of the sofa the bed piece of the second bed, and two armrest frames adjustably connected to the first base frame at two opposite ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Chung-Chin Chen
    Inventor: Chi-Jung Wang
  • Patent number: 5600858
    Abstract: A patient support mechanism for use in a medical examination or therapy apparatus for supporting a patient has a frame on which a patient support plate is carried, the frame having substantially horizontally aligned surfaces laterally disposed at longitudinal sides of the support plate. The support plate has regions along its longitudinal sides which extend over and at least partially cover the horizontally aligned surfaces of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Baer
  • Patent number: 5570485
    Abstract: A bed assembly (10) having a generally rectangular frame (22) and a mattress support (62, 64, 66, 68), the mattress support including a hinged head section (14) movable between raised and lowered positions, and an extender (76) supported by the hinged head section for extensible and retractable movement, the extender bridging the space between a headboard assembly (18) and the hinged head section when the hinged head section is in a raised position. An extender operating assembly (112) is provided for causing the extender to be extended towards the headboard assembly when the hinged head section is raised and for causing the extender to retract when the hinged head section is lowered. The extender operating assembly includes a sheave assembly preferably in the form of a pulley block (114) carried by the hinged head section, and a cord (116) having spaced apart ends and an intermediate section, the intermediate section (116.1) of the cord passing over the pulley block, one end (116.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: NK Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman V. Kurlander, Gregory A. Fry, Dennis J. Pomietlasz
  • Patent number: 5535466
    Abstract: A surgical table for animals has a basic flat top which can serve for the smaller species. To accommodate large animals, extensions are fitted in the form of rigid panels having tongue and groove engagement with selected edge parts of the basic top. They can be clamped in position. The top is carried by folding legs enabling it to be lowered virtually to floor level and raised to operating height. The legs are in variable X-form with a scissor action, the top of one leg being hinged to the underside of the top and the top of the other leg having a sliding or rolling engagement. The adjustment is by hydraulic actuators, the main one, which aligns with the legs when fully folded, being assisted by a starter actuator which acts vertically between the legs and the table top at the beginning of each lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas B. Snell
  • Patent number: 5394573
    Abstract: An upholstered sofa bed for mounting on a substantially horizontal surface comprising a frame member including right and left spaced vertical arm frame sections each having side support members, a back frame section interposed between the right and left frame sections, and a front frame section interposed between the right and left arm frame sections. A platform member is provided which includes a front platform section having at least one support leg retractably attached thereto, and a back platform section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: JBG Original Designs Incorporated
    Inventors: Glenn M. Laughlin, Frank Jeffrey A., Bruce Hirschhaut
  • Patent number: 5392475
    Abstract: An extensible article of furniture suitable for use as a convertible sofa bed or an extensible bed having a pair of substantially identical frame members with end boards and side rails being interlocked with surface slats affixed to the side rails of each frame member and being alternating with one another to form a slat surface of substantial rigidity providing suitable support for sofa and bed applications of the unit. Each of the frame members may provide four-point support from a supporting floor and contains markings for ease of selecting the desired positions of the frame members for use as a sofa or a bed of particular size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventors: Gene W. McCall, Pat Jones
  • Patent number: 5335384
    Abstract: A hospital bed has a frame. A horizontal plate is pivotally mounted on a vertical axis to swing from an inoperative position underlying the frame to an operative position extending from the head end of the bed. A pillow can be placed on the extender so that the patient can be shifted toward the head end of the bed with the patient's head comfortably supported on the pillow which is in turn supported on the extender. A basin is adapted to be used in conjunction with the extender and is a shell having a head receiving cavity with a pedestal projecting upwardly from within the cavity for resting the patient's head thereatop while providing clearance completely around the head so that a care provider can shampoo the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Dale Foster, Ryan A. Reeder
  • Patent number: 5195193
    Abstract: A convertible sofa includes a rectangular supporting frame provided with a supporting feet resting on the floor and with rigid vertical perimeter structures forming the back and arms, two pairs of rectilinear guides parallel to each other and carrying the arms on the traverse sides, between each pair of slides are mounted free-running rollers with horizontal axes capable of supporting and guiding a respective bar-shaped member which is freely slidable between the pairs parallel guides and which are integral at their front ends with a longitudinal bar provided with supporting wheels resting on the floor so as to enable two stable positions, one of which corresponds to a single bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Flou S.p.A.
    Inventor: Vico Magistretti
  • Patent number: 5182824
    Abstract: A wrestling bed provides a defined and restricted area for childrens's vigorous activities, thus serving to protect other articles from accidental damage due to such vigorous play. The wrestling bed is solidly constructed in order to resist damage from active play, which might damage standard bed frames. The wrestling bed includes a platform sized to provide a central area fitting a mattress of standard configuration and includes peripheral tread pads, corner posts and padding, peripheral ropes, and steps at one side of the platform. The wrestling bed has the general appearance of a wrestling or boxing ring, thereby lending some realism to children's wrestling or play therein, while providing copious padding and protection for children playing therein. The mattress, although substantially softer and more resilient than a real wrestling ring surface, provides greater protection and further doubles as a standard bedding mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: Nickolas A. Cipriano
  • Patent number: 5101524
    Abstract: A sofa that is convertible into a platform bed has a transversely extending stationary frame. A left arm assembly, a right arm assembly and a back assembly are attached to the stationary frame. The sofa seat and back cushions are removable from a support surface located above the stationary frame. A plurality of laterally spaced telescoping slide assemblies have their rear ends secured to the stationary frame. The telescoping slide assemblies each have an elongated rear telescoping member, at least one elongated intermediate telescoping member and an elongated front telescoping member and all of the telescoping members have a top wall surface that remains in substantially the same horizontal plane when they are in their retracted position and when they are in their extended position. The cushion support platform assembly may take one of several forms but they all stow in a position above the stationary frame and below the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Daniel B. Brandschain
  • Patent number: 5083332
    Abstract: A hospital bed has a frame mounted on a base. Articulating head, seat and leg patient support panels are mounted on the frame. Side guards are mounted on the panels. Patient support panels have longitudinal edges that are collapsible to narrow the bed for transporting a patient. The side guards are inwardly movable to contribute to the narrowing of the bed while still protecting the patient from falling out of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Dale Foster, James H. Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 5038423
    Abstract: A motorized convertible seat-bed to electrically shift the seat-bed from between its seat position and its bed position. The seat-bed including a drive unit and a pair of mounting plates connected to a seat support and back support pivotally interconnected by a pivot pin. The drive unit including a worm gear and slide assembly having a worm gear follower wherein rotation of the worm gear causes the slide assembly to shift along a longitudinal track carried by the frame side of the seat bed. A pivoted drive arm is interconnected between the slide assembly and the pivot pin such that as the slide assembly is shifted from its fully extended position to its fully retracted position the drive arm applies an upward force on the pivot pin to pivot the plates and supports into a bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Shrock Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Rex D. Hall
  • Patent number: 5038421
    Abstract: A convertible sofabed is a sofa when closed in a sitting position and a bed when opened in a sleeping position. A retractable support structure can be telescoped from the sofa to form, in conjunction with the sofa, a bed that is longer than the depth of the sofa in its sitting position. The mattress in the sleeping position is folded in three portions, a fixed portion, a central portion and an outer portion. The outer portion forms a sofaback in the sitting position and the central portion folds to lie on top of the fixed portion to form the seat of the sofabed. A pillow folds in two to support the sofaback and the seat at their junction when the sofabed is closed in the sitting position, and unfolds to serve as a pillow for the bed when the sofabed is opened into the sleeping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Anne M. Harris
  • Patent number: 4953242
    Abstract: A convertible article of furniture presenting a sofa in one arrangement and a bed in the other. Both sides and the back of the furniture flare out horizontally to form a ledge useful for supporting objects. A retractable bottom member is slidably withdrawable from the sofa to projectably form, in conjuction with that sofa, a bed of increased width. An enclosed storage area is formed between the vertical back of the furniture and a back cushion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Anne Harris
    Inventor: Anne Harris
  • Patent number: 4937905
    Abstract: A bed extender device having a pair of opposed vertical leg members and a horizontal extender board affixed to the leg members and maintaining them in an opposed fixed relationship is positioned between and supported on conventional bed rails to provide added length to the conventional bed. The leg members are formed in a manner such that the extender board can be adjusted vertically on the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: John W. Thaxton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4841586
    Abstract: A new system of waterbed frame and component construction which enables pedestals, frames and padded caps to be put together to form any size waterbed. A pedestal is provided which is extendable by means of inserting extension pieces using special connecting joints in the front and back boards. The insertion of such extension pieces in the front and back boards converts a super single size waterbed pedestal to a Queen or King size bed. Similarly, specially designed padded caps and extension pieces makes the end rail padded cap adjustable to fit any size of waterbed. Furthermore, the same concept of extension pieces is used to form the frame as well. Thus, this new system of waterbed component construction reduces the cost and problems of shipping and inventory involved with prior waterbed frame construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventors: Andrew S. Juster, Scott R. Pilato
  • Patent number: 4682376
    Abstract: A delivery bed has a seat part supported on raisable and lowerable side-pieces. A leg-support has side tubes which are journalled for axial movement on forwardly and rearwardly located pairs of support rollers journalled on bolts attached to the side-pieces. Mounted on the side-pieces are guide bars which present along the bottom edge surfaces thereof a plurality of circle-segmental latching recesses intended to co-act with circular latching flanges on the rearwardly located support rollers in selected latching positions. The position of the leg-support is adjusted by lifting the support and axially moving the same to a desired latching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Landstingens Inkopscentral Lic, Ekonomisk Forening
    Inventor: Mats Feldt
  • Patent number: 4679261
    Abstract: An easily assembled bed structure adjustable in length and width comprises head and foot members each including a pair of side posts and parallel slidably telescoping multielement tubular cross pieces extending laterally between and separably joined at their ends to respective side posts, a pair of parallel, longitudinally extending side beams each including slidably telescoping tubular elements and separably coupled at their ends to respective posts and longitudinally spaced parallel stringers each including slidably telescoping tubular elements and separably coupled at their ends to opposite respective beams or a third longitudinally adjustable beam intermediate and parallel to the side beams extends between and is joined to the lowermost of the head and foot member cross pieces or bracket members project inwardly from the side beams for supporting a mattress. Foot pieces depend from the stringers or third beam. The components of the structure are secured in their assembled condition by separable fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Inventors: Smith B. Stanley, Yoram A. Alroy