Combination Furniture Patents (Class 5/2.1)
  • Patent number: 9370244
    Abstract: A cabinet has an upper panel assembly and a parallel lower panel assembly, a left side panel assembly and a parallel right side panel assembly, and an intermediate plate providing an upper and a lower central opening. The upper central opening engages a selection of a user's choice of inter-changeable box-shaped modular units. The lower central opening provide housing including housing for an associated mattress. The cabinet is movable between horizontal and vertical orientations. In the horizontal orientation the repositionable support panels of the cabinet provide support for a mattress. In the vertical orientation, the cabinet includes a cabinet, desk, and a computer work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Patent number: 9333131
    Abstract: A system and method for patient transfer, including patient transfer from a bed to a rollable chair and patient transfer from a wheelchair to a bed. A docking assembly can connect a rollable chair to a bed for transfer. The systems and methods can provide a safe, dignified, and comfortable transfer for patients. A transfer bed, a docking assembly, and a wheelchair can be used together as a system and can reduce the physical and psychological burden of bedridden patients and their caregivers. The transfer bed, docking assembly, and wheelchair can be appropriate for use within a patient's home, nursing home, hospital or any location where a patient is transferred between a bed and a wheelchair. The transfer bed, docking assembly, and wheelchair can be controlled such that a patient is transferred from a bed to a wheelchair or from a wheelchair to a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Next Health, LLC
    Inventors: Lee F Griswold, Edward A Gilchrest, Bruce Eidinger, David Beckstrom
  • Patent number: 9327833
    Abstract: An aircraft region having an aisle which leads into an aircraft door region and via which passengers can leave the aircraft or enter the aircraft. The aircraft region further has at least one monument, wherein one of the side walls of the monument is adjacent to the aisle in such a manner that the side wall forms one of the lateral boundaries of the aisle. A niche is formed in a portion of the side wall of the monument facing the aircraft door, which niche is so configured that it is able to accommodate a standing person wholly or at least for the most part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Ehlers, Mark Herzog
  • Patent number: 9226594
    Abstract: An easy-access over-the-bed bassinet especially useful in hospitals for new mothers that has a barrier to prevent the infant from rolling off a sleeping platform, wherein one wall may be lowered to permit a mother to reach in and cradle the infant. The convertible wall has a restoring mechanism to move it back to its original barrier position upon removal of the weight of the mother's arms. The convertible wall may translate vertically into a frame, or pivot about a bottom edge, or pivot or roll underneath the sleeping platform. The bassinet may include a strap that maintains contact of the mother against the bassinet while breast feeding the baby in the bassinet. The entire sleeping platform may tilt about a horizontal axis, and may rotate about a vertical axis for ease of positioning relative to the mother. The bassinets are mounted on sturdy frames that permit over-the-bed positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Patricia Long
  • Patent number: 9125496
    Abstract: A furniture system (600) includes an inner back (620) and a conversion mechanism (800) which operates so as to move the inner back (620) from a sofa configuration to a sleep configuration. A table assembly (700) is also provided which utilizes a table mechanism (710) so as to permit a user to manually adjust the height of a table top (701) among three functional positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Sauder Manufactering Co.
    Inventors: Blair Wieland, Steven Stieglitz, Anthony J. Warncke, Martin J Krause, Jr., Joel D. Alberda, Donald E. Newfer
  • Patent number: 9084489
    Abstract: A modular wall includes a plurality of inter-connectable and interchangeable wall modules. At least one of the wall modules includes a recessed, extendable piece of furniture, such as a bed, desk, table, work surface or chair. When in a closed configuration, the furniture folds into or otherwise resides within a recessed pocket in the modular wall. When in the closed configuration, the outer surface of the furniture forms an exterior surface of the wall module; thereby, concealing the furniture seamlessly into the modular wall. The exterior surface can comprise one or more exterior interchangeable tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens F. Smed, Colin V. Blehm, Gregory Gordon Charles Olsen
  • Patent number: 9066588
    Abstract: A selection of inter-changeable box-shaped modular units is comprised of a plurality of combination shelving assemblies and box-shaped shelving assemblies. A cabinet has an upper plate and a parallel lower plate, a left side plate and a right side plate, and an intermediate plate providing a right and a left central opening. The right central opening engages a selection of a user's choice of inter-changeable box-shaped modular units comprised of shelving assemblies and box-shaped shelving assemblies. The left central opening provides housing including housing for an associated mattress. The cabinet is movable between horizontal and vertical orientations. In the horizontal orientation the repositionable support panels of the cabinet provide support for a mattress. In the vertical orientation the cabinet includes a desk and a computer work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Patent number: 9027178
    Abstract: A furniture system (400) includes a furniture back (408) having a back front surface (410). A desk (414) having an upper work surface (434) extends forwardly from an upper central portion of the front back surface (410). The system (400) also includes a pair of bases (426) with a pair of seats (424) positioned above the bases (426). A spatial interior area (427) exists between lateral sides of the seats (424), and the desk (414) is centered laterally between the seats (424). The furniture system (400) is movable between sitting configurations and sleeping configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sauder Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Blair Wieland, Steven Stieglitz, Anthony J. Warncke, Martin J. Krause, Jr., Joel D. Alberda, Donald E. Newfer
  • Patent number: 9003580
    Abstract: A mattress display includes at least one primary test bed including a head portion and a foot portion; at least one secondary test bed including a head portion and a foot portion; a wall, wherein the at least one primary and secondary test beds are in a spaced apart parallel relationship and positioned perpendicular with respect to the wall, wherein the at least one primary test bed is oriented such that the head portion is distally located from the wall and the foot portion 20 is proximal to the wall, and wherein the at least one secondary test bed is oriented such the head portion is proximal to the wall and the foot portion is distal to the wall; and a barrier disposed in close proximity to the head portion of the primary test bed, wherein the barrier is configured to provide an end user of the primary test bed with at least partial privacy, noise reduction, and/or light reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Dreamwell, Ltd.
    Inventor: James P. Ross
  • Publication number: 20150082537
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a first seat portion and a second armrest rotatably fixed to a first support portion of the first seat portion, a first rotation axis of this second armrest is arranged on an imaginary plane perpendicular to a back bottom support surface and parallel to the front and rear direction of the first seat portion so as to make a predetermined angle with respect to the back bottom support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Akihiro Ohta, Shohei Tsukada, Mizuho Sakakibara, Yohei Kume, Tomohiro Shimoda, Hideo Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8978177
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a bed having an integrated, hidden pet ramp. The bedframe may include a headboard, a footboard, a first side rail, and a second side rail, the bedframe configured to support a mattress. A ramp support/attachment rail may extend along a length of the footboard and may support a ramp configured to support an animal. The ramp may include a ramp landing and a ramp side extending from an upward facing surface of the ramp to the floor, wherein the ramp side may abut the mattress. In embodiments, the first side rail may be shorter than the second side rail to accommodate a ramp entry, and the ramp may extend from the ramp entry upwardly to the ramp landing. Additionally, the footboard may extend upwardly past the upper surface of the ramp to hide the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Scott Peele
  • Publication number: 20150052832
    Abstract: A hotel room with furniture arranged for optimal television viewing from a bed and another location, such as a sofa or second bed. Furniture pieces are connected or closely aligned together and are arranged so that they provide premium viewing for a television, regardless of a location of a person within the hotel room. To this end, embodiments utilize furniture arrangements where the bed and/or sofa are turned at an angle to the walls of the room, and the room is laid out efficiently to account for this different design affect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew James McLoughlin, Sangeetha Ramkumar, Thomas Zachary Lloyd, Sally Kyoko Halls, Luke Neil Pearson, Nick Stanley Borg Carpenter, Jack Charles Cheatle, Timothy Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 8943624
    Abstract: A bed is disclosed including first and second platform portions, the first including drawers and slideout features that are vertically offset to serve as chairs and a desk. The second platform portion supports a portion of a mattress and a panel for supporting the mattress. The second platform may include vertical supports flush with lateral panels of the first platform portion and may include laterally extending shelves and a horizontal support positioned to support the mattress. The drawers and slideout features may be mounted in modules positioned in rows to define the first platform. A slideout platform may slide out from a foot of the bed and may include a vertical panel that is flush with a back panel of the second platform portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Youngstrom
  • Patent number: 8844071
    Abstract: A self-contained convertible bed and storage system is disclosed herein to accommodate the needs of various users by transforming into an assembly fit either for crib use or an assembly fit for bed use with storage capabilities. The self-contained convertible bed and storage system preferably comprises: a crib framework assembly; a mattress platform assembly; and a support system having a fourfold corner-support-system, a front sidewall support, and a rear sidewall support. The crib framework assembly and the mattress platform assembly are releasably attached one to another to form a multi-purpose changeable bed arrangement. The crib framework assembly, mattress platform assembly, support system may be arranged in combination to form a crib. Alternatively, the mattress platform assembly and support system may be arranged in combination to form a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: David Samuel Alexander
  • Publication number: 20140259387
    Abstract: A collapsible bed system is disclosed that may comprise a first bunk, a second bunk, a first frame member, and second frame member. The collapsible bed system may be moved between a stowed state and a deployed state. The first bunk may comprise a container and a platform, the platform being hingedly connected to the container over a top opening of the container, enclosing a volume within the container. In the deployed state, a mattress may be positioned on top of the platform and in a stowed state, the mattress may be positioned in the enclosed volume. The collapsible bed system may include a foldable drawer configured to be received by a foldable drawer opening arranged on the first bunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BERG COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventor: Travis Tully
  • Patent number: 8832873
    Abstract: The components of the furniture system, in a vertical orientation, have a cabinet with a central opening in an upper section and a plurality of support panels stacked in a laterally oriented position within the central opening. The cabinet is adapted to be placed against a structure such as a wall. Engaging items include a television. The cabinet further has a horizontal orientation with a top opening and alternate configuration and function such as a bed or sofa. In this configuration the support panels are repositionable to span the entire horizontal top opening of the cabinet. The repositioning of such components is done by mechanisms such as hinges, rails and/or manually repositioning the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20140237717
    Abstract: A three-in-one sofa bed including a bedstead assembly; a sofa cushion and sofa seat assembly fixedly connected to the bedstead assembly; a moveable coffee table; a mattress and mattress frame assembly a proximal section of which is pivotably connected to a rear section of the bedstead assembly to enable the mattress and mattress frame assembly to be rotated with respect to the bedstead assembly between a horizontal position and a vertical position. In the horizontal position, the mattress and mattress frame assembly straddles the sofa cushion and sofa seat assembly and the movable coffee table to form a bed. In the vertical position, the sofa cushion and sofa seat assembly and the movable coffee table are exposed. Balance weights are provided for the mattress frame between adjacent pulley grooves, to make torque in front of central axes of the pulleys be equal to that behind the central axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Cheung Sing WONG
  • Publication number: 20140130252
    Abstract: A pneumatic bed system with an integral table and headboard is disclosed. The pneumatic bed includes a bottom panel of air barrier material and top panel of air barrier material connected by a side panel of air barrier material which extends around the perimeter of the top and bottom panels; the panels being welded or otherwise fused together to define an air chamber. A valve or valves are secured to the panels in an airtight fashion for the introduction of air into the air chamber for inflation of the pneumatic bed. Additional features such as pockets, perimeter pneumatic support tubes, flocked top surface and the like may also be incorporated onto the panels for additional functionality. In at least one embodiment, a side table is integrated to the sidewall panel. The internal cavity of the side table can be in fluid communication with the internal cavity of the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Global IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Carlin, Arien Hoogerwerf
  • Publication number: 20140082835
    Abstract: A bench with a height adjustable top assembly that functions both as a massage platform when in the raised position and a bench for seating when in the lowered position and is designed with the aesthetic characteristics of furniture that can be left in place when not in use as a massage platform. The massage platform is raised into position by lifting the ends of the massage platform top assembly. The manual power assist assembly provides assistance when raising the top assembly. When not in use as a massage platform the top assembly can be lowered to rest on the base assembly and can be used for seating. Further, a portion of the top assembly massage platform can be raised providing a back rest with multiple reclining positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Husslage
  • Patent number: 8677523
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a seating bottom portion, a chair back bottom support member supporting a chair back bottom member, and a chair knee bottom support member supporting a chair knee bottom member. A chair leg first bottom support member is bendably coupled to the chair knee bottom support member. The chair leg first bottom support member supports a chair leg first bottom member, a chair leg second bottom support member is bendably coupled to the chair leg first bottom support member, and the chair leg second bottom support member supports a chair leg second bottom member. A chair base portion bendably couples the chair back bottom support member and the chair knee bottom support member and supports a chair waist bottom member, a first link portion coupling the chair back bottom support member and the chair knee bottom support member, and a second link portion coupling the chair back bottom support member and the chair leg first bottom support member to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shohei Tsukada, Yohei Kume, Hideo Kawakami, Tohru Nakamura, Toshihide Ueda
  • Patent number: 8656527
    Abstract: A multifunctional furniture includes a stationary seat frame, a supporting frame, a back frame pivotally connected to the stationary seat frame to move between a sitting mode and a bedding mode, and a leg frame arrangement, which is provided underneath the stationary seat frame, the back frame and the supporting frame. When the back frame is in the sitting mode, the back frame is pivotally extended from the leg frame arrangement to form a predetermined angle of inclination with respect to the stationary seat frame while the leg frame arrangement is arranged to support the stationary seat frame, wherein when the back frame is in the bedding mode, the back frame is pivotally moved to align with the seat frame to form a sleeping area, while the leg frame arrangement is operated to provide extensive support to both the back frame, the stationary seat frame and the supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Furniture of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Lei Yang
  • Publication number: 20140047638
    Abstract: Several embodiments of a new concealable bed system, which comprises a new combination of a folding bed assembly (112), a drawer assembly (110), and a drawer support-and-control assembly (120). The embodiments allow the space-savings and convenience of sleeper sofas to be extended to a wide variety of other furniture types or other constructions, including but not limited to desks, entertainment centers, cabinets, closets, etc. In the closed position, the embodiments can look like any other drawer in a piece of furniture, custom millwork, etc., but when opened the folding bed assembly is exposed and can he easily deployed. Thus the new concealable bed system provides a more efficient, durable, and flexible option for concealing a bed than sleeper sofas, Murphy beds, trundle beds, roll-away beds, or inflatable beds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: John Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8544124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to multipurpose furniture which combines a bed and a desk, and is positioned between furniture facing each other. Since a turning apparatus for the multipurpose furniture is simplified, there is a reduction in all kinds of work processes and the work load required for turning of a turning member, of which a table surface and a mattress respectively used as a desk and a bed are formed on top and bottom, and manufacturing cost is decreased. In addition, when the multipurpose furniture is used as a bed, stability during sleep is increased and sleeping in comfort is doubled through minimization of the height from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Choon Bae Yoon
  • Patent number: 8522374
    Abstract: Infant-care furniture includes a playyard and a playyard accessory unit coupled to the playyard. The playyard accessory unit includes an accessory frame and a case coupled to the accessory frame, and further includes a changer shell coupled to an upper pedestal section that is coupled to the playyard. The accessory unit further includes a storage shell and a hamper shell coupled to the changer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: David Sousa, John Huntley, Michael Degrace, Gregg Espenshade
  • Patent number: 8505133
    Abstract: A bed/desk combination wherein the desk is disposed above the bed and unneeded space above the foot of the bed is used for the sitting portion of the desk and unneeded space below the desk surface as well as further space unneeded by the desk function is used for the space above the head of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Albert C. Pollard, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130102842
    Abstract: An article of reconfigurable furniture is provided including a plurality of cushions, at least some of which are generally triangular in cross-section, the cushions being dimensioned to be stackable in a cube. A cube shaped cube cover is provided for covering said cushions when said cushions are stacked into said cube. The cushions are covered by cushion covers having interactive engagement elements for releasably securing said cushions one to another to provide at least one contoured support surface for supporting a user thereon in at least one selected pose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Shane Zwezdaryk
  • Patent number: 8418282
    Abstract: “The Fold Up Dormitory” is intended for use in situations where living and working quarters for a small or large number of people are required on short notice or irregular intervals. The apparatus is made of wood, steel and premanufactured hardware, and comprises components for sleeping, working and storage of small items. It is mobile, simple to operate and offers many options to those who use it. The apparatus comprises: a central core; a pair of folding frames, each pivotally connected to the central core on opposite sides thereof, for rotation about vertical frame-to-core axes of connection; a bed platform pivotally connected to a first side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal bed-to-core axis of connection; a desk surface pivotally connected to a second side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal desk-to-core axis of connection; and storage shelving within the central core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael E. Luft-Weissberg
  • Patent number: 8407830
    Abstract: A back plate has upper, lower and side edges. A central section and two laterally spaced side sections with spaces separating the sections. Shelves are coupled to the back plate in the sections. A cabinet has upper, lower, left side, right side, left, right, left intermediate, and right intermediate plates, a central opening between the left intermediate plate and the right intermediate plate, a left side opening between the left side plate and the left intermediate plate, and a right side opening between the right side plate and the right intermediate plate. A plurality of support panels are coupled to the cabinet and are re-positionable for spanning the openings when the cabinet is in a horizontal orientation whereby the panels will totally cover the openings and provide full support for an inflated mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20130019399
    Abstract: A pull-down bed assembly including a movable frame which constitutes the bedspring and is pivoted to a fixed frame so as to define a closed vertical position, in which the movable frame is substantially in a vertical position, and an open horizontal position, for use as a bed, in which the movable frame is in the horizontal position; the assembly has a balancing system, which is adapted to control the movement of the movable frame with respect to the fixed frame. The balancing system is constituted by springs with a respective transmission mechanism, which are arranged within the fixed frame and the movable frame and are not visible from the outside both in the closed position and in the open position of the movable frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: CLEI S.R.L
    Inventor: Luigi Colombo
  • Publication number: 20130019547
    Abstract: A desk according to one embodiment of the present invention includes an upper panel, a support leg, a support member, a movable panel and a vertical panel. The upper panel is coupled to an upper end of the support leg. The support member extends from the upper panel. The movable panel has an upper end movable along the support member and a lower end movably placed on the upper panel. The movable panel is movable between a first position inclined with respect to the upper panel and a second position vertical to the upper panel and between the first position and a third position parallel to the upper panel. The vertical panel is rotatably joined to the support member. A lower end of the vertical panel is movably placed on the movable panel. The vertical panel moves along with the movement of the movable panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Sung Yoon Kim, Chong Jae Kim
  • Publication number: 20120318918
    Abstract: A flexible-usage travel suite that includes an enclosure having a floor, surrounding walls defining a predetermined area and an egress/ingress opening. A seat is positioned adjacent a first side of the enclosure and is moveable between a deployed seating configuration and a stowed storage configuration against the first side of the enclosure. A bed is positioned adjacent a second side of the enclosure and is moveable between a deployed lie-flat configuration when the seat is in its stowed storage configuration, and a stowed storage position when the seat is in its deployed seating configuration. A utility chair and utility table are positioned within the enclosure and are moveable among a stowed position and a use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: BE AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Glenn A. JOHNSON, Tommy G. PLANT
  • Patent number: 8286280
    Abstract: A boxing ring bed device for use as a bed, a boxing ring, and a wrestling ring comprising a base designed to rest on the floor and function as a platform for a futon, support posts disposed in the corners of the base, and perimeter ropes that form a ring around the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Manuel Matos
  • Publication number: 20120204346
    Abstract: The invention is an interlocking, modular system utilizing reconfiguration and repositioning of two basic elements which together comprise the basic “Modular Metamorphosis Base-Pair Unit™.” The basic “base-pair” unit is composed of one horizontal support platform and one vertical support pedestal whose design enables repositioning the elements of the Base-Pair Unit™ into multiple functional units (furniture and storage) as well as aesthetic (design or decorative) entities, in a parsimonious and space-saving fashion. Accessory elements that further extend, subdivide, enhance, or embellish the invention may be stored within the integrally configured and interchangeable storage units contained in the hollowed out base-pair elements. The interlock assembly system is accomplished without tools and predicated on the inherent complimentarily of the architectural design of the base-pair elements, as the invention does not use legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Barbara Pfeffer Billauer
  • Patent number: 8209797
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a deployable bed assembly and associated method for using the deployable bed assembly with a conventional sofa, chair, and the like. The deployable bed is configured to rest upon and/or connect to the conventional sofa, chair, and the like with the conventional sofa, chair, and the like providing support and acting as a head board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Scott T. Swierski, Dawn M. Swierski
  • Publication number: 20120159705
    Abstract: A wheelchair including a seating bottom portion, a chair back bottom support member supporting a chair back bottom member, a chair knee bottom support member supporting a chair knee bottom member, a chair leg first bottom support member bendably coupled to the chair knee bottom support member, the chair leg first bottom support member supporting a chair leg first bottom member, a chair leg second bottom support member bendably coupled to the chair leg first bottom support member, the chair leg second bottom support member supporting a chair leg second bottom member, a chair base portion bendably coupling the chair back bottom support member and the chair knee bottom support member and supporting a chair waist bottom member, a first link portion coupling the chair back bottom support member and the chair knee bottom support member, and a second link portion coupling the chair back bottom support member and the chair leg first bottom support member to each other, the wheelchair forms a bed capable of being chan
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Shohei Tsukada, Yohei Kume, Hideo Kawakami, Tohru Nakamura, Toshihide Ueda
  • Publication number: 20120131745
    Abstract: A furniture system (400) includes a furniture back (408) having a back front surface (410). A desk (414) having an upper work surface (434) extends forwardly from an upper central portion of the front back surface (410). The system (400) also includes a pair of bases (426) with a pair of seats (424) positioned above the bases (426). A spatial interior area (427) exists between lateral sides of the seats (424), and the desk (414) is centered laterally between the seats (424). The furniture system (400) is movable between sitting configurations and sleeping configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Blair Wieland, Steven Stieglitz, Anthony J. Warncke, Martin J. Krause, JR., Joel D. Alberda, Donald E. Newfer
  • Publication number: 20120110730
    Abstract: Infant-care furniture includes a playyard and a playyard accessory unit coupled to the playyard. The playyard accessory unit includes an infant changer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: COSCO MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventors: David Sousa, John Huntley, Michael Degrace, Gregg Espenshade
  • Publication number: 20120079655
    Abstract: A central bed having a single longitudinal bed frame and a bed section mounted to the frame for rotation about a substantially vertical axis between a home position aligned with the bed frame and an away position and with a lower leg bed section that is movable away from the central bed section to enable rotation of the central bed section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Publication number: 20120054958
    Abstract: A recliner assembly that can be deployed within a cab of a truck is disclosed. The recliner assembly includes a seat apparatus having a rear portion recliner mechanism. Additionally, the recliner assembly includes a drop down table/support assembly that enables a lounge-like position. Further, a complementary seat/footrest apparatus can be employed to enhance the recliner/bed position when deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: CVG MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: William E. Stimel, Keith A. Overton
  • Patent number: 8104116
    Abstract: A sleeping unit or apparatus which is convertible between a low and high cot, toddler bed, a bed and/or a sofa, which sleeping unit comprises one or more walls, said one or more walls comprising one or more upholstered protective panels. Also provided is a sleeping unit or apparatus which is convertible between a low and high cot, toddler bed, a bed and/or a sofa, into which one or more upholstered protective panels may be incorporated, an apparatus for reversibly attaching an upholstered panel to a solid wall of a sleeping unit and a sleeping unit comprising such a reversibly attachable upholstered protective panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mr. Smiles Ltd
    Inventor: Emily Johnson-Jones
  • Publication number: 20110197356
    Abstract: A changing table for a playard has a flexible platform sized to support a child and a changing table mount arranged to releasably engage the platform to the playard. The changing table mount can have a plurality of straps each having a fastener and removably received in corresponding slots of the playard. The changing table mount can comprise a zipper releasably connecting the changing table to the playard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Jeffrey David Swan, Neil C. Penza, Todd D. Sorzano, Matthew J. Ransil, Thomas J. Pollack, Jonathan M. Pacella, Robert T. Pike, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Publication number: 20110197795
    Abstract: A wall mounted headboard capable of storing and deploying a spring loaded table. The apparatus is comprised of a headboard pivotally connected to a first table section and assisted by a plurality of gas springs. The first table section is pivotally hinged to a second table section. The hinges between the table sections are hidden thus the table surface is free from anything disturbing a smooth surface. The weight of the second table section is offset by a plurality of torsion spring assemblies. The torsion spring assemblies are comprised of a torsion spring slidingly engaged in brackets mounted to each table section. The torsion spring assemblies allow a single user to move the second table section easily with minimal effort whether deploying or storing the table. The operation of storing or deploying the table can be performed from either side of the bed without walking around to the opposite side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Gene W. Baugh, Jayne A. Baugh
  • Patent number: 7979930
    Abstract: A quiet, non-binding collapsible spring mechanism for resiliently supporting a mattress includes a system of collapsible, sinuous springs, each having hooked ends for silencing the mechanism during use or collapse, as well as central offset portions for enabling the sinuous springs to compress to a greater extent than heretofore. Both rigid and yieldable support structures connect the spring mechanism to an item of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignees: Item Development Inc.
    Inventor: John Miller
  • Patent number: 7971289
    Abstract: A portable self-contained bed-on-demand system is presented which includes a portable collapsible self-contained storage bed and support assembly and a portable self-contained peripheral support system, or headwall, adapted to the bed that supplies medical-grade power, ventilation, and an oxygen treatment system. The bed-on-demand system duplicates, in a self-contained package usable outside a hospital environment, the critical facilities provided to a patient in a traditional hospital room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Emerg, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Payne, Michael Carmagnola, Jr., Byron Scott Creasy
  • Patent number: 7971290
    Abstract: A bunk bed having a staircase and chest unit that can be mounted to either end of the bunk bed frame. The staircase opens to the front side of the bunk bed whereas drawers pull outwardly in a direction from the end of the bunk bed. The drawers may be mounted to either end of the bed frame with the drawers being reversible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Woodcrest Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Woodhams
  • Publication number: 20110088163
    Abstract: “The Fold Up Dormitory” is intended for use in situations where living and working quarters for a small or large number of people are required on short notice or irregular intervals. The apparatus is made of wood, steel and premanufactured hardware, and comprises components for sleeping, working and storage of small items. It is mobile, simple to operate and offers many options to those who use it. The apparatus comprises: a central core; a pair of folding frames, each pivotally connected to the central core on opposite sides thereof, for rotation about vertical frame-to-core axes of connection; a bed platform pivotally connected to a first side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal bed-to-core axis of connection; a desk surface pivotally connected to a second side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal desk-to-core axis of connection; and storage shelving within the central core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Luft-Weissberg
  • BED
    Publication number: 20110030138
    Abstract: A movable bed of the present invention, which includes a mat portion of a bed to lie thereon, and is composed of a fixed portion and a moving portion, is designed as a wheel chair in such a manner that the moving portion can be separated from or joined to the fixed portion and be transformed from a lying posture state to a sitting posture state, and when the moving portion is joined to the fixed portion so as to form the movable bed, an upper surface of a resting portion, allowing a person to carry thereon, of the moving portion and an inner surface of an armrest portion are configured to form a mat surface of the mat portion of the movable bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Hideo Kawakami, Yohei Kume, Tohru Nakamura, Mizuho Sakakibara, Toshihide Ueda
  • Patent number: 7874026
    Abstract: A new and useful system and method of raising and lowering a bed is provided. A bed system comprises a bed, and a balanced movement system for raising and lowering the bed and for maintaining the bed in a stopped position when application of force to the bed is stopped. The balanced movement system is (i) configured to enable the bed to be raised or lowered by application of force to the bed in a selected direction, and (ii) configured such that when application of the force ceases the bed will come to a stopped position and be maintained in the stopped position by the balanced movement system. In order to raise or lower the bed, a relatively modest force is applied (preferably manually) to the bed in a selected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Double Space Bed Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Gudenkauf
  • Publication number: 20110010846
    Abstract: A furniture unit containing a foldable bed includes: a base including a storage cavity; a seat section; an intermediate section; a head section; and a mechanism having pivotally interconnected links, the mechanism interconnecting the base with the head, intermediate and seat sections. The mechanism controls the movement of the head, intermediate and seat sections between a folded position, in which the head, intermediate and seat sections are generally horizontally disposed and positioned in vertically stacked relationship, with the head section below the intermediate section and the seat section above the intermediate section, the head and intermediate sections being positioned in the cavity of the base, and an unfolded position, in which the head, intermediate and seat sections are horizontally disposed and serially aligned to form a sleeping surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Marcus L. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7869903
    Abstract: An bedding apparatus is provided that allows a user the ability to control a bedroom environment using one selectable control. The apparatus includes an adjustable bedding unit and a computing unit coupled to the adjustable bedding unit. A number of controllable electronic appliances, having an effect on the bedroom environment, are electrically coupled to the computing unit. These electronic appliances are capable of being controlled by the computing unit. A user interface control unit is coupled to the computing unit. The user interface presents the user with a number of user-selectable settings that cause an adjustment in the position of the adjustable bed and at least one of the electronic appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Jason Turner, Niels S. Mossbeck, Andy Schembs, Ryan Chacon, Mark A. Quinn, Thomas W. Wells