Reverting Back Patents (Class 5/37.1)
  • Patent number: 9259093
    Abstract: A folding sofa bed comprises a bed frame, a seat mattress and a seat back. The bed frame comprises two armrest borders and a front horizontal bar and a rear horizontal bar connecting the two armrest borders. A central portion of the armrest border is disposed with a long sliding groove of backwardly disposed and downwardly inclined sliding groove, two hinges and two connecting bars. Each of the hinges comprises a front hinge plate and a rear hinge plate, the front hinge plate is connected to the seat mattress, the rear hinge plate is connected to the seat back, the front hinge plate is disposed with a guide bar, the guide bar is slidably disposed inside the sliding groove, the two ends of the connecting bar are respectively hinged to the armrest border and the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: NEW-TEC INTEGRATION (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 8997274
    Abstract: An adjustable furniture apparatus is disclosed. The furniture apparatus includes a frame, an internal support structure, an incline assembly having a first and a second inclinable section, a plurality of lifting devices configured to selectively incline and support the first and second inclinable sections, and a cover disposed over portions of the incline assembly to form a comfortable seating intimate activity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Edward Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150067963
    Abstract: A piece of furniture, convertible from sofa use to bed use and vice versa, having a framework that supports a bed member that can be tilted onto a sofa member in a day position, in which the bed member is vertical and the sofa member can be used for sitting, and a night position, in which the bed member is horizontal and surmounts the sofa member. The piece of furniture includes an articulated system that connects the bed member to the sofa and to the framework. The bed member forms a lying surface in the night position, while the sofa member forms a sitting surface in the day position. The lying surface of the bed member substantially corresponds to the sitting surface of the sofa member. The sofa member forms, in the night position, a retracted surface different from the sitting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Oscar Grimoldi
  • Patent number: 8893323
    Abstract: An articulated sofa bed has a compact profile while folded with the seat cushions residing at a comfortable and ergonomic height and an esthetically pleasing streamlined appearance. The sofa bed takes advantage of a deployment assembly having a support frame with swinging rear arms that, when the bed is folded, occupy a small volume within the back of the sofa. The sofa bed also takes advantage of a leg assembly that is anchored within the thickness of the bed panels so as to stack the foot and middle panels closer to each other. The deployment assembly also cooperates to position the middle and foot panels of the bed in a folded position at a low height above the floor and below the seat cushions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: American Leather Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 8881325
    Abstract: A convertible sofa-bed which is easy to convert between a sofa configuration and a bed configuration is provided. From a sofa configuration, a buttock-foot member may be pulled outward. Simultaneously, a head rest member and back rest member which are initially at a generally vertical position are traversed to a generally horizontal position. When the buttock-foot member is fully traversed outward (i.e., extended position), the head rest member, back rest member and the buttock-foot member are generally substantially coplanar and generally horizontal. This provides a firm bed. From the bed configuration, head rest member and the back rest member may be buckled to allow the buttock-foot member to be pushed inward. The buttock-foot member is then pushed fully inward (i.e., retracted position) until the head rest member and the back rest member are in the generally vertical position with the buttock-foot member and back rest member forming a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Cabrera, Louis Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8875321
    Abstract: A sofa hinge that provides easy conversion of a sofa convertible from one position to another while providing added safety by substantially reducing the risk of an injury to the operator's fingers. The sofa hinge includes a first and a second bracket rotatably connected to the sofa hinge at a bolt. The second bracket includes a semi-circular portion that covers a portion of the lever during the various positions of the sofa. The sofa hinge further includes a cover plate rotatably connected to the sofa hinge at the bolt. The cover plate includes a semi-circular portion and is adjacent to the semi-circular portion of the second bracket. The cover plate covers at least a portion of the semi-circular portion of the second bracket. By having the cover plate conceal the gear mechanism of the sofa hinge, the risk of injury to the operator's fingers is substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Publication number: 20140259388
    Abstract: A bed chair apparatus has a user support surface which includes a back section 1, a seat section 14, a lower leg section 15 and a foot section 16 that are configured to articulate relative to each other. The support surface is configurable in a bed configuration in which the support surface is substantially flat and in a chair configuration in which the foot section 16 is disposed beneath the seat section 14. Some embodiments of the apparatus require only a single actuator 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne Smeaton MANSON
  • Patent number: 8782825
    Abstract: An extendable system for sofas and armchairs uses a moveable seat and moveable head piece to travel along a curved head piece and stationary base. Frame members of the moveable seat and stationary base use a system of rails, ruler guides, notches and other wood components to facilitate the fluid movement and safe locking of the moving and stationary components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Fausto Barbero Schimmelpfeng
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8601618
    Abstract: A sliding subframe (130) mounted to the derriere-supporting section (50) of an adjustable bed (10) is adapted to translate the rotational axis (110) of the torso-supporting section (40) of the bed (10) toward the head end (12) as the torso-supporting section (40) is raised to an inclined position (44), and back toward the foot end (14) as the torso-supporting section (40) is lowered to a level position (42). This mechanism reduces compression of the lumbo-sacral area of the patient during bed articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Bedlab, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Rene Benzo, Rodolfo W. Ferraresi, Mario Cesar Eleonori
  • Patent number: 8468621
    Abstract: A furniture product includes a folding mechanism that folds into a seat frame. The folding mechanism includes a rear section, a middle section, and a front section, with the rear and middle sections being received in a cavity in the back of the seat frame when the product is in a stowed, seating position. Upon receiving a user input, a position motor deploys the folding mechanism into a sleeping position. Upon achieving the sleeping position, an inflation switch is engaged. An air pump disposed in or near the furniture product is activated in response to engagement of the inflation switch. To return the product to a stowed, seating position, a user input causes the air pump to deflate the mattress and the position motor to fold the folding mechanism into the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Charles Steers, Niels Mossbeck, Justin Brunnert
  • Patent number: 8332973
    Abstract: A bed to a sofa conversion frame includes a backrest, a footer (optional) and a pair of armrests adapted to be solid state or assembled together to form a sofa frame around a traditional bed and it base frame. The pair of armrests forms a base for mounting the backrest and the footer via corresponding mounting hardware and mounting slots. Both the backrest and the footer may be a solid state unit or an assembly and/or foldable to provide easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Bed To A Sofa Conversion Company, LLC
    Inventor: Clark M. Davis
  • Patent number: 8321971
    Abstract: A convertible sofa-bed which is easy to convert between a sofa configuration and a bed configuration is provided. From a sofa configuration, a buttock-foot member may be pulled outward. Simultaneously, a head rest member and back rest member which are initially at a generally vertical position are traversed to a generally horizontal position. When the buttock-foot member is fully traversed outward (i.e., extended position), the head rest member, back rest member and the buttock-foot member are generally substantially coplanar and generally horizontal. This provides a firm bed. From the bed configuration, head rest member and the back rest member may be buckled to allow the buttock-foot member to be pushed inward. The buttock-foot member is then pushed fully inward (i.e., retracted position) until the head rest member and the back rest member are in the generally vertical position with the buttock-foot member and back rest member forming a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph Cabrera, Louis Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8296877
    Abstract: A futon frame may include a seat platform and a back platform. The seat platform and the back platform may be nested together. The seat platform may have rails between which slats extend. The back platform having rails between which slats extend. A connector may be mounted on a rail of the seat platform to couple together the seat platform and the back platform in an assembled, non-nested condition. Recesses may be provided in two of the rails of the seat platform to accommodate a pair of stretcher rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Grossman Product Services SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter, Sin Keong Loo
  • Patent number: 8225439
    Abstract: A convertible sofa-bed which is easy to convert between a sofa configuration and a bed configuration is provided. From a sofa configuration, a buttock-foot member may be pulled outward. Simultaneously, a head rest member and back rest member which are initially at a generally vertical position are traversed to a generally horizontal position. When the buttock-foot member is fully traversed outward (i.e., extended position), the head rest member, back rest member and the buttock-foot member are generally substantially co-planar and generally horizontal. This provides a firm bed surface upon which a person may comfortably sleep. From the bed configuration, head rest member and the back rest member may be buckled to allow the buttock-foot member to be pushed inward. The buttock-foot member is then pushed fully inward (i.e., retracted position) until the head rest member and the back rest member are in the generally vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph Cabrera, Louis Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8196236
    Abstract: A convertible furniture assembly has a frame assembly including a base and a platform disposed over the base, the platform including a bottom platform portion slidably mounted to the base and a top platform portion pivotally connected to the platform and slidably guided by the guide plates, the platform being moveable between a seat position and a bed position. A pad assembly includes a bottom pad portion secured to the bottom platform portion and having a angled rear edge, and a top pad portion secured to the top platform portion and having an angled lower edge complementary with the angled rear edge. In the seat position, the angled lower edge of the extends over the bottom pad portion forward of the angled rear edge, and, in the bed position, the angled lower edge overlaps the angled rear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin J. Smythe
  • Publication number: 20120042448
    Abstract: A sofa hinge that provides easy conversion of a sofa convertible from one position to another while providing added safety by substantially reducing the risk of an injury to the operator's fingers. The sofa hinge includes a first and a second bracket rotatably connected to the sofa hinge at a bolt. The second bracket includes a semi-circular portion that covers a portion of the lever during the various positions of the sofa. The sofa hinge further includes a cover plate rotatably connected to the sofa hinge at the bolt. The cover plate includes a semi-circular portion and is adjacent to the semi-circular portion of the second bracket. The cover plate covers at least a portion of the semi-circular portion of the second bracket. By having the cover plate conceal the gear mechanism of the sofa hinge, the risk of injury to the operator's fingers is substantially reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Publication number: 20110214232
    Abstract: A bed to a sofa conversion frame includes a backrest, a footer (optional) and a pair of armrests adapted to be solid state or assembled together to form a sofa frame around a traditional bed and it base frame. The pair of armrests forms a base for mounting the backrest and the footer via corresponding mounting hardware and mounting slots. Both the backrest and the footer may be a solid state unit or an assembly and/or foldable to provide easy storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: Bed To A Sofa Conversion Company, LLC
    Inventor: Clark M. Davis
  • Patent number: 8011034
    Abstract: A sofa-bed includes: a frame with opposed arms; a backrest operatively connected to the frame; a seat; a subseat hinged to the seat and pivotable relative thereto; an extension-assist mechanism attached to the frame and at least one of the seat and the subseat; and a folding-assist mechanism attached to the frame and at least one of the subseat and seat. The frame, backrest, seat and subseat are configured to move between a folded position, in which the backrest is generally upright, the seat is generally horizontal, and the subseat is generally horizontal and positioned beneath the seat in a first inverted orientation, and an unfolded position, in which the backrest, subseat and seat are generally horizontal, and the subseat is positioned between the backrest and the seat in a second non-inverted orientation. The folding-assist mechanism is configured such that the sofa-bed is biased toward the folded position as the sofa-bed moves from the unfolded position toward a first intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: American Leather
    Inventors: D. Stephen Hoffman, Marcus L. Murphy, Douglas Gasal, Robert Barron Duncan
  • Patent number: 7945974
    Abstract: A convertible sofa-bed which is easy to convert between a sofa configuration and a bed configuration is provided. From a sofa configuration, a buttock-foot member may be pulled outward. Simultaneously, a head rest member and back rest member which are initially at a generally vertical position are traversed to a generally horizontal position. When the buttock-foot member is fully traversed outward (i.e., extended position), the head rest member, back rest member and the buttock-foot member are generally substantially co-planar and generally horizontal. This provides a firm bed surface upon which a person may comfortably sleep. From the bed configuration, head rest member and the back rest member may be buckled to allow the buttock-foot member to be pushed inward. The buttock-foot member is then pushed fully inward (i.e., retracted position) until the head rest member and the back rest member are in the generally vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph Cabrera, Louis J. Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20110016626
    Abstract: A sofa bed with the functionality of having its arm rests and back rest being placed in multiple positions. The sofa bed includes two sections of the back rest that may be in one of three positions, such as being in the upright, partially laid down or laid down position. Further, the sofa bed includes arm rests that may be positioned in one of three positions, such as being in the resting position, about 20 degrees or about 45 degrees above the level of the seat deck. In this manner, the sofa bed has the functionality of having different positions used for various activities, such as sitting, sleeping or resting, to add to the user's comfort and enjoyment of the sofa bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Patent number: 7861333
    Abstract: A slat connector for use with a futon sofa bed may be used for connecting a slat to a rail of a frame of the futon sofa bed. The slat connector may include a body having an opening for receiving an end portion of a slat, and a protrusion extending in a generally normal direction from an outer surface of the body. The rail of the frame may include an opening for receiving the protrusion of the connector for connecting the slat to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter, Sin Keong Loo
  • Publication number: 20100269255
    Abstract: A method and sofa for converting the sofa into a bed. A seat back of a sofa bed is pulled and rolled out using roll out wheels concealed underneath the seat back as they glide across a track mechanism (also concealed underneath the seat back) until the roll out wheels lock into place. The back rest is pushed down until the back rest is level with the pulled-out seat bed thereby forming a regular-sized bed. In this manner, a sofa bed may be easily converted from the “sofa” position to the “bed” position while forming a regular-sized bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Patent number: 7802329
    Abstract: A frame member supports a seat and a back and is movable between a horizontal position for supporting a user thereon and a vertical position for stowing the frame against the wall. Linkage secures the frame member to a wall mounting apparatus. The linkage includes oppositely disposed pairs of links that pivot the frame member relative to the wall to define a first distance between the wall and the frame member when the frame is in the vertical position and a second lesser distance between the wall and the frame member when the frame is in the horizontal position thus requiring less space between the frame and the wall. The frame assembly also has a leg pivotally connected to the frame member by linkage such that the leg moves beneath the frame between an upstanding supporting position and a collapsed storage position coincident with movement of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Shrock Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Shrock, Thomas W. Schrimsher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7685655
    Abstract: Convertible furniture in the form of a sleeper sofa is demonstrated without the complex mechanical mechanisms conventionally used. The seat is attached to a slide received within a slide support. A seat extension is affixed to the slide support and as the slide is moved forwardly during the method of conversion, for example to convert from sofa mode into the bed mode, the back pivots to lay on the slide support in horizontal alignment with the seat and seat extension thereby forming an extra wide bed. The seat, back and seat extension create a wide sleeping area, wider than that as would be formed by only the seat and back. A latch mechanism positioned behind the front panel secures the slide and slide support in the sofa mode until manually released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Fabio G. Delmestri
  • Patent number: 7591028
    Abstract: An automatically adjustable futon frame includes a back and a seat pivotally joined to one another for folding about a transverse axis extending between opposite sides of the frame. A single motor is mounted on the seat and includes a transversely extending drive shaft on which a pair of pinions are mounted. The pinions are arranged to mate with a pair of toothed racks fixed to the opposite sides of the frame. The drive shaft may be arranged to extend through opposite side members of the seat, and ends of the drive shaft may be received in channels in the sides of the frame. A pair of link arms are provided on each side of the frame to pivotally connect the back to the sides of the frame. The motor is operable to adjust the frame between a sofa position and a bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Otis Bed Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Roma, Paul J. Morgante, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090183308
    Abstract: An automatically adjustable futon frame includes a back and a seat pivotally joined to one another for folding about a transverse axis extending between opposite sides of the frame. A single motor is mounted on the seat and includes a transversely extending drive shaft on which a pair of pinions are mounted. The pinions are arranged to mate with a pair of toothed racks fixed to the opposite sides of the frame. The drive shaft may be arranged to extend through opposite side members of the seat, and ends of the drive shaft may be received in channels in the sides of the frame. A pair of link arms are provided on each side of the frame to pivotally connect the back to the sides of the frame. The motor is operable to adjust the frame between a sofa position and a bed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: OTIS BED MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: John K. Roma, Paul J. Morgante, JR.
  • Patent number: 7549182
    Abstract: A seating unit includes: a frame; a backrest section having a backrest cushion; body, hinge and foot sections sharing a common cushion; and a folding mechanism comprising a series of pivotally interconnected links configured and arranged to move the backrest, body, hinge and foot sections between folded and unfolded positions. In the unfolded position, the backrest, body, hinge and foot sections are generally horizontally disposed and serially aligned, with the backrest cushion and the common cushion facing upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Ultra-Mek, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus L. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7540042
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a sitting and sleeping furniture with arbitrarily adjustable inclination, comprising: a back (10), a sitting and sleeping platform (13), a plurality of back columns (2), a back column cross frame (5), and a plurality of sitting and sleeping platform frames (14), the back columns (2) is connected with the back column cross frame (5) to form back column framework, the sitting and sleeping platform frames (14) are connected with the back framework to form a sitting and sleeping platform skeleton, wherein a parallel mechanism is set at the position below the bottom of the back and above the sitting and sleeping platform (13) containing a lead screw or roundabout pulling rope (31), and a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder or a worm controller serving to control the supporting arm; and a synchronous lifting mechanism serving to cooperate with the parallel mechanism to keep the top of the back be parallel with the bottom of the back is set on the upper side of the back (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Fengchun Chen
  • Publication number: 20090031494
    Abstract: A sleep sofa includes a main frame, a seat unit, a back unit and a supporting linkage assembly that can move the back unit along an arc to the front of the seat unit when the sleep sofa is converted to a bed state, the supporting linkage simultaneously lifting the rear side of the seat unit, which is mounted in the main frame to slope downwardly from horizontal at about a 50 angle, up to horizontal. Once positioned in front of the seat unit, the back unit can be pushed downwardly so as to rotate into a locked parallel orientation with the seat unit. The seat cushion of the seat unit and the back cushion of the back unit form the bedding surface. Pushing a back release tube will unlock the back unit to allow it to be returned to a sitting positioning above the seat unit (tilted rearwardly to define an angle of about 115° with the seat unit). During its arc movement over the seat unit, the back unit will rotate around pivots on the side backs thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: James J. Pine
  • Publication number: 20090025142
    Abstract: A slat connector for use with a futon sofa bed may be used for connecting a slat to a rail of a frame of the futon sofa bed. The slat connector may include a body having an opening for receiving an end portion of a slat, and a protrusion extending in a generally normal direction from an outer surface of the body. The rail of the frame may include an opening for receiving the protrusion of the connector for connecting the slat to the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter, Sin Keong Loo
  • Publication number: 20080148478
    Abstract: Sofabed with innovative position adjustment mechanism and a fast assembly process, comprising padding elements, a base structure (1) a plurality of mutually hinged frames (2) supported by said base structure and supporting said padding elements, and a kinematic mechanism (3) to change the frames positions; moreover, the base structure comprises two identical elements, named “small legs” (4), a spacer (5), and is characterised by a “hinge” plate (6) consisting of two flat surfaces, fixed on the small leg (4), which consists of two flat surfaces with an almost rectangular hole (7); said hole is tapered on one side (8) to lodge the spacer (5). This assembly procedure removes the clearance in the coupling between the hinge (6) and the spacer (5) and obtains a perfect perpendicularity between the spacer and the “small leg” (4). According to a subsequent aim the base structure assembly is realised by only two bolts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Giuseppe Patella
  • Patent number: 7383596
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a futon sofa sleeper having a sofa frame, a folding mechanism and a mattress assembly. The a sofa frame has a back with a cavity and a pair of opposed arms. The folding mechanism folds into and out of the sofa frame and is extendable from a first position to a second position. The folding mechanism includes a frame with a rear section rotatably coupled with the sofa frame, a middle section pivotally coupled with the rear section, and a front section pivotally coupled with the middle section. The mattress assembly is supported on the folding mechanism and contains a shell and an inner support received within the shell. The inner support including an innerspring construction and an air bladder, wherein in the first position, the rear and middle sections of the folding mechanism are located within the cavity and the front section is used as a seating surface and wherein in the second position, the rear, middle, and front sections are used as a sleeping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: H. Keith James, Dennis E. Arft
  • Patent number: 7373675
    Abstract: Disclosed is a convertible sofa bed including a seat frame, a back frame, a support structure, a first and second linkage assembly pivotally coupling the seat frame to the back frame pivotally coupling the seat frame to the support structure and pivotally coupling the back frame to the support structure, and an electrical drive assembly coupled to the first and second linkage assemblies. The electrical drive assembly includes a motor mounted to the support structure, a first and second cable drive rotatably coupled to and extending from the motor, first and second threaded drive screws having an external thread, and first and second right angle gear boxes mounted to first and second aft portions of the support structure. The electrical drive assembly also includes first and second drive nut assemblies mounted to respective first and second linkage assemblies and respective threaded drive screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Flexsteel Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry A. Thurow
  • Patent number: 7350850
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bed that is configured to move between a sleeping configuration and a seating configuration. The bed is also configured to move vertically between a use position and a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20070271696
    Abstract: The present invention is a simple convertible futon sofa-bed. In particular the convertible futon sofa-bed is comprised of a pair of armrest sub-assemblies, a front stretcher rail and a back stretcher rail connecting the pair of armrest assemblies, a seat-deck, a back-deck and a ratchet connecting means to convert the convertible futon sofa-bed from a sofa position to a bed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Tony Harsono Tan
  • Patent number: 7168111
    Abstract: A combination jackknife bed and couch for a mobile vehicle. The jackknife bed and couch allows drivers to wake up and fold their sheets and pillow away from a seamless sleeping surface without the need to remove the sheets, blankets, pillows or other bedding materials. The sheets stay made within the folded up bed now turned into the couch. The couch may be unfolded with the sheets fully made so the driver may catch some well deserved post socializing rest without having to re-install the sheets. These features are made possible by folding the bed in and half and keeping it in the backrest of the couch. The sheets are held in place by stretchable retaining surface that may be extended over the bedding materials. When returned to the bed mode, the stretchable retaining surface must be released and potential energy in the winder may be used to retract the retaining surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: William M. Bernstein, Derek Blitz, Andrew Kilb, Megan M. Stanton, David M. Wynne, Deepshikha B. Antes, Edwin K. Chan, Benjamin G. Morris, Scott Raven
  • Patent number: 7134153
    Abstract: A cradle conversion system having a cradle moveable between at least one sofa position and a bed position. The system comprised of a cradle having a first and second deck and a locking mechanism for selectively securing the decks in a set angular position to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Patent number: 7093336
    Abstract: The futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for fitting the back-deck into position between the arm panels. A futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for attaching the seat-deck to the back-deck that may be converted between seating, lounging, and bed positions while standing at the front of the futon frame and the method of assembling a futon sofa bed that is easier to manipulate and is more durable in operating than conventional futons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Grossman Product Services Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 7073217
    Abstract: A folding multimodal sofa bed for use with recreational vehicles. The folding multimodal sofa bed has a front facing backrest section, an intermediate section, and a rear facing backrest section. A front pair of rollover arms connect the front facing backrest section to the intermediate section, and rear pair of rollover arms connect the rear facing backrest section to the intermediate section. The rollover arms permit rollover of the front or rear facing backrest section from horizontal bed mode, wherein the front and rear facing backrest section are adjacent to the horizontal intermediate section, to either a front or rear facing sofa mode, wherein the front or rear facing section is pivoted to be above the top surface of the intermediate section in a generally vertical, slanted back orientation facing forwardly or rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Edward F. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 7039967
    Abstract: A furniture frame comprising a backrest section having a first side and a second side with the backrest section having at least one wheel rotatably secured to the backrest section and at least one backrest support member secured to the backrest section for supporting the backrest section on a support surface, a prop bar secured to the supporting member, a seat section connected to the backrest section with the seat section having a first side and a second side and including at least one seat support member for supporting the seat section on the support surface, and at least one catch member secured to one of the side of the backrest section with the catch member having at least one notch for engaging a portion of the prop bar therein for supporting the furniture frame in a couch condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Peter W. Dodge
  • Patent number: 6986175
    Abstract: A convertible sofa bed for recreational vehicles having a storage compartment under the seat bottom provides access to the storage compartment by enabling the raising the seat bottom and supporting the seat bottom by a ratcheting mechanism enabling the seat bottom to be raised to a storage access position, and raised again to unlock and then lowered to a seating position, this motion being accomplished without the use of a separate release for a dead bolt type lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Flexsteel Industries, Inc
    Inventor: Patrick Maas
  • Patent number: 6976732
    Abstract: Modular convertible furniture systems include a pair of similar open-ended box frame assemblies which are nestable one within the other. A pair of slotted support rails are attached pivotally at respective opposing corners of one of the box frame assemblies so as to be movable between raised and lowered positions. When in a raised position, the rails provide a support for a solid board plank thereby becoming a seat back (e.g., for a chair, love seat, or sofa-type arrangement). When the rails are in a lowered position substantially parallel to the ground, the two box frame assemblies may be oriented back-to-back so as to provide a support for a mattress thereby converting the structure into a bed arrangement, for example. The box frame assemblies can be positioned on different sides and ends thereby allowing formation of tables and/or shelving as may be desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventors: David L. Thomas, Mark D. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20040221387
    Abstract: The futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for fitting the back-deck into position between the arm panels. A futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for attaching the seat-deck to the back-deck that may be converted between seating, lounging, and bed positions while standing at the front of the futon frame and the method of assembling a futon sofa bed that is easier to manipulate and is more durable in operating than conventional futons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 6807693
    Abstract: A multi-angle hook fastened to an extension member, that is used to stop the extension from completely pulling out of the frame it sits in. When fully extended, the multi-angle hook allows at least three different holding positions, seen as three different angles that the extension sits at while using the multi-angle hook as its fixed point of pivot. The multi-angle hook is a metal, plastic, or wood plate bent along several parallel lines, across its width, at varying angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Grossman Project Services Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventor: Joel Grossman
  • Publication number: 20040177440
    Abstract: A multi-angle hook fastened to an extension member, that is used to stop the extension from completely pulling out of the frame it sits in. When fully extended, the multi-angle hook allows at least three different holding positions, seen as three different angles that the extension sits at while using the multi-angle hook as its fixed point of pivot. The multi-angle hook is a metal, plastic, or wood plate bent along several parallel lines, across its width, at varying angles. An L-shaped hinge which is used to secure a side rail-less frame member to another frame member, to avoid undue stress on the side rail-less frame member. The L-shaped hinge is a metal, plastic, or wood plate which substantially conforms to a portion of a side rail-less frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: Grossman Product Services SDN.BHD.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 6785919
    Abstract: The futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for fitting the back-deck into position between the arm panels. A futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for attaching the seat-deck to the back-deck that may be converted between seating, lounging, and bed positions while standing at the front of the futon frame and the method of assembling a futon sofa bed that is easier to manipulate and is more durable in operating than conventional futons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Grossman Product Services SDN.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 6782569
    Abstract: The futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for fitting the back-deck into position between the arm panels. A futon sofa bed frame featuring a quick assembly system and method for attaching the seat-deck to the back-deck that may be converted between seating, lounging, and bed positions while standing at the front of the futon frame and the method of assembling a futon sofa bed that is easier to manipulate and is more durable in operating than conventional futons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Grossman Product Services SDN.
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Publication number: 20040158921
    Abstract: A futon includes a support mechanism for a pivotally interconnected back frame and seat frame which includes left and right linkage subassemblies attached to the left and right end members of the futon main frame to cause the back and seat frames to shift from a couch positioning to a bed positioning and vice versa, each linkage subassembly including an arm mounting plate attached to an adjacent end member of the main frame, a seat link pivotally connected to the arm mounting plate and the seat frame, and upper and lower back links pivotally connected between the arm mounting plate and the back frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: James Pine
  • Publication number: 20040107498
    Abstract: A convertible sofa bed for recreational vehicles having a storage compartment under the seat bottom provides access to the storage compartment by enabling the raising the seat bottom and supporting the seat bottom by a ratcheting mechanism enabling the seat bottom to be raised to a storage access position, and raised again to unlock and then lowered to a seating position, this motion being accomplished without the use of a separate release for a dead bolt type lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick Maas