Forward-turning Back Patents (Class 5/43)
  • Patent number: 8984680
    Abstract: A convertible sofa and sofa frame deployable between a sofa orientation and a bed orientation. The frame has a base frame with a seat extension frame comprising a seat frame and a mid-frame pivotally secured to the base frame. Cushioning is on one side of the base frame. A seat back frame is pivotally secured to the base frame, the second cushioning on what is a back side when in the sofa orientation. Removable seat back cushions engage the front side of the seat back frame in the sofa orientation. In the bed orientation, the seat frame is extended, the seat back portion is pivoted horizontally, and the removable seat back cushions are located on the mid-frame between the seat frame and the seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Smith, Jeremy Seniff
  • Patent number: 8739330
    Abstract: A convertible sofa and sofa frame deployable between a sofa orientation and a bed orientation. The frame has a base frame with a seat extension frame comprising a seat frame and a mid-frame pivotally secured to the base frame. Cushioning is on one side of the base frame. A seat back frame is pivotally secured to the base frame, the second cushioning on what is a back side when in the sofa orientation. Removable seat back cushions engage the front side of the seat back frame in the sofa orientation. In the bed orientation, the seat frame is extended, the seat back portion is pivoted horizontally, and the removable seat back cushions are located on the mid-frame between the seat frame and the seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Smith, Jeremy Seniff
  • Patent number: 8429770
    Abstract: A sofa is convertible to a bed. An air mattress normally stored in deflated condition in the sofa, is automatically deployed upon opening a folded framework into a bed. An electric pump inflates or deflates the mattress. A bag enclosing the bottom and sides of the mattress, is zipped onto the mattress, and has hook-and-loop fasteners securing it to strategic locations on the framework. The conversion from sofa to bed, and back to sofa, is done without removing any cushions and without moving the sofa away from anything behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Flair Interiors, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Hooley, Robert K. Swihart
  • Publication number: 20130019400
    Abstract: A furniture system (100) is disclosed which is movable between a sofa configuration and a sleep configuration. The system (100) includes a movable high back cushion (124) with a handle (122). Below the high back cushion (120) is an intermediate back cushion (124). A seat cushion (128) is also provided. Linkage mechanisms (134) are coupled to various components of the system (100). The linkage mechanisms (134) facilitate and guide movement of the back cushion assembly (120, 124) between the sofa and sleep configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: SAUDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven Stieglitz, Joel Derek Alberda, Martin J. Krause, Donald Newfer
  • Patent number: 8201290
    Abstract: A sofa is convertible to a bed. An air mattress normally stored in deflated condition in the sofa, is automatically deployed upon opening a folded framework into a bed. An electric pump inflates or deflates the mattress. A bag enclosing the bottom and sides of the mattress, is zipped onto the mattress, and has hook-and-loop fasteners securing it to strategic locations on the framework. The conversion from sofa to bed, and back to sofa, is done without removing any cushions and without moving the sofa away from anything behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Flair Interiors, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Hooley, Robert K. Swihart
  • Publication number: 20110023230
    Abstract: A convertible furniture unit constituted by a sofa having an exposed wall and that can be converted into a folding double bed or into two mutually separate single beds. The conversion from double bed to two single beds occurs in the day version, with the beds arranged vertically, by virtue of the sliding movement on a rail (6) of the two portions (2, 3). The spring-based balancing system, the levers (18) and the fulcrums (22) of rotation are inside the supporting structure. The shoulders (8, 9) of the piece of furniture that embed the sprung bases in the day position are fixed to the sprung bases themselves and, by rotation, become the side boards of the bed in the night position; in this manner, the unit does not have, in the night version, the appearance of exposed wall-mounted furniture. The unit also allows, in the day version, to join without gaps the two seats into a sofa and, in the night version, to join the two single beds to form a double sprung base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: CLEI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Pierluigi Colombo
  • Patent number: 7748061
    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 5° 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: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: JPD, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Pine
  • Patent number: 7607180
    Abstract: A seating furniture assembly that is convertible from a first position to a second position has a seat member and a back member pivotably connected to the seat member. The back member is pivotable from a first position in which the back member extends upwardly from the seat member to form a seat, and a second position in which the back member overlies the seat member and faces upwardly to form a bed. Movement of the back member from the first position to the second position translates the seat member forwardly to provide wall clearance and a support in which the seat member supports a forward area of the back member when the back member is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Griepentrog
  • Publication number: 20080189851
    Abstract: A seating furniture assembly that is convertible from a first position to a second position has a seat member and a back member pivotably connected to the seat member. The back member is pivotable from a first position in which the back member extends upwardly from the seat member to form a seat, and a second position in which the back member overlies the seat member and faces upwardly to form a bed. Movement of the back member from the first position to the second position translates the seat member forwardly to provide wall clearance and a support in which the seat member supports a forward area of the back member when the back member is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Dennis G. Griepentrog
  • 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: 6845531
    Abstract: A chair and bed combination in the cab of a vehicle, which chair comprises a seat part and a backrest which are pivotably connected to each other about a first substantially horizontal axis between the lowered sleeping position and a position in which it is folded up against a wall, and a first frame which is arranged in the vehicle cab and on which the chair rests. When the chair is in the folded-down position, the first frame and the chair are arranged under the bed when the bed is lowered into a substantially horizontal sleeping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Sture Kjellberg, Glen Barlow
  • Publication number: 20040083548
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat which can be converted into a bed wherein the back of the seat (4) can be pivoted onto the same level as the seating surface (2) by means of arms (3), said arms (3) being connected on one end to the seat frame (1) and on the other end to the back of the seat (4). Said seating surface (2) is covered with a removable upholstery fabric (15) when the furniture item is in a seating position. The upholstery fabric is joined to the front under surface of the seat frame (1) on one side and is joined on the other side to the underside of the back of the seat (4). A double positioning drill (17) is arranged underneath the upholstery fabric (15), extending exclusively along the seating surface which is preferably joined to padding, and is connected thereto on the front end of the seating surface (2). As a result, a simple way of placing the drill is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Ole Wiberg
  • Patent number: 6637819
    Abstract: A seat assembly for an automotive vehicle comprising a main support frame adapted to secure the seat assembly to the floor of the vehicle. A seat cushion is rotatably journaled to the main support frame for rotation between a seating position and a fold flat position rotated generally 180 degrees about the frame. A seat back is pivotally coupled to the main support frame for rotation between a generally upright seating position to a fold flat position aligned generally flush with the seat cushion in the fold flat position. A lower track is fixedly secured to the main support frame and an upper track is fixedly secured to the seat back and slidably secured to the lower track. An automatic fold mechanism is operatively coupled between the upper track and the seat cushion for automatically rotating the seat cushion between the seating position and the fold flat position in response to fore and aft sliding movement of the upper track along the lower track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Inc.
    Inventor: Omar D. Tame
  • Patent number: 6622321
    Abstract: A convertible article of furniture includes a primary cushion member supported by a support structure, and a backrest assembly which is movable relative to the primary cushion member between an upstanding rearward position and a lowered forward position. The backrest assembly has a sectional articulated construction, including an inner backrest member and an outer backrest member. When the backrest assembly is in the upstanding rearward position, the outer backrest member extends upwardly from the inner backrest member to support the upper back area of a user seated upon the primary cushion member. When the backrest assembly is moved to its lowered forward position, the outer backrest member is moved downwardly and inwardly relatively to the inner backrest member, to an unobtrusive stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: KI-ADD Specialized Support Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger K. Leib
  • Publication number: 20020108174
    Abstract: A new simple and inexpensive futon frame which can be converted from a bed to a sofa. The frame is fabricated in a three-section, tri-fold configuration with three sections hingedly joined together. When opened, the segments of the frame form a horizontal bed support frame. The hinge points of the frame are offset to allow for folding of the frame into the sofa and/or into a small, compact unit for ease in shipping. Each of the frame sections has support legs, some of which are foldably mounted to the frame. The back legs of the frame (when it is a bed) become a support for the back of the frame (when it is a sofa). The use of a steel mesh as the futon mattress supporting surface adds great benefit to the product in that it allows use of a much thinner (less costly) futon mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: John Widly, Mark S. Markos
  • Patent number: 6347418
    Abstract: A convertible daybed including a pivotable swing arm assembly attached between a support for a removable cushion assembly and a backrest assembly. The swing arm assembly includes a pair of brackets attached on either side of the cushion assembly and a pair of swing arms pivotably mounted between brackets at either end of the backrest assembly. The swing arm assembly allows the backrest assembly to be manually moved between a seating configuration, where the backrest assembly is positioned against a rear surface of the cushion assembly, and a sleeping configuration, where the backrest assembly is positioned against the front face of the cushion assembly. The backrest assembly includes a backrest shaped to conform with the front and rear surfaces of the cushion assembly, providing a comfortable seating arrangement in the seating configuration and a substantially flat sleeping surface in the sleeping configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: KI-ADD Specialized Support Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger K. Leib
  • Patent number: 6341392
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a sofa bed (1) which can be used in sofa position and in bed position, and which sofa bed (1) comprises a frame (2) which comprises end sections (3,5), a seating section (9) connected to the frame (2), and a back section (7), which is pivotally connected to the frame (2) in at least two turning points and which comprises a back side (45) of the sofa at the end sections (3,5) of which is a turning guide (25) and preferably upwards orienting directing guide (27) and which turning guide (25) and directing guide (27) are generally elongated in form and substantially at an angle with each other a first turning point is arranged to travel back and forth the turning guide (25) and a second turning point in cross direction in a distance from the first turning point, is arranged to travel back and forth the directing guide (27) in order to change the position of the back section (7) between the sofa position and bed position and to turn the back side (45) of the back section (7) upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: I. S. Mäkinen Oy
    Inventor: Auvo Mäkinen
  • Patent number: 6286159
    Abstract: An improved sofa bed structure if provided which comprises a base frame, a back support frame and a rear back support frame that are sequentially assembled using pin connections to form an integral bedstead. Each frame is equipped with a net frame to form a bed board structure. The whole bedstead is fastened by the interlocking of a base frame to a fixed base. The bedstead functions as a fully opened bed board structure or a folded sofa structure. When the whole structure is folded as a sofa, the fixed foot bars of the rear back support frame are received in saddles of the fixed base. The end portion of the rear back support frame and foot portions of the fixed base are fully in contact with one another to achieve a transversal interlock effect and to strengthen the structural stability of the whole sofa base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Giant Century Inc.
    Inventor: I-Chung Yang
  • Patent number: 6163900
    Abstract: Folding furniture for recreational vehicles (RVs). The furniture includes a seating portion, a back portion, two sets of foldover arms, and a pair of hinging brackets. The seating and back portions have a front edge, left and right side edges, and a rear edge, and have an upper surface and a lower surface. Each set of foldover arms includes two non-straight arm portions, each with a seating portion connecting end and a back portion connecting end. The seating portion connecting ends are pivotally connected to the side edges of the seating portion, and the back portion connecting ends are pivotally connected to the side edges of the back portion, to form a pivotally attached together seating and back portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Edward Stevenson
  • Patent number: 5787522
    Abstract: A sofa-bed assembly in a recreational vehicle or van has a seat and a back. There is a storage space under the seat. The back can be moved in a simple roll-over action from an upright position at the rear of the seat to a horizontal, bed-forming position at the front edge of the seat. Two mounting brackets are fixed to the vehicle, one at each side of the seat. The back is connected to mounting brackets by two links on each side of the brackets and back to facilitate this action. The mounting brackets also serve to control the seat which is connected to the brackets by a pair of seat-connecting pivot links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Flair Interiors Incorporated
    Inventor: Keith L. Swihart
  • Patent number: 5652977
    Abstract: A settle bed construction (10) comprising a framework unit (11) having a pair of rocker panels (25)(26) formed on each end, and each rocker panel (25)(26) is provided with an arcuate rocker panel element (28); and each of the rocker panels (25)(26) are provided with an inner (31) and an outer (30) support panel pivotally connected to the respective rocker panels (25)(26); such that the construction (10) may be employed as a bench seat or as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventor: George T. Vayda
  • Patent number: 4639953
    Abstract: A convertible rollover back sofa-bed which includes a wedge member associated with its pivoting linkage system which allows the sofa-bed to swing outwardly as the back of the sofa-bed is pivoted from its sofa position into its bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Coachmen Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry J. McElmurry, H. Coleman Davis, William B. Leftwich, David Markel
  • Patent number: 4625347
    Abstract: A convertible rollover back sofa-bed which includes a wedge member associated with its pivoting linkage system which allows the sofa-bed to swing outwardly as the back of the sofa-bed is pivoted from its sofa position into its bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Coachmen Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry J. McElmurry, H. Coleman Davis, William B. Leftwich, David Markel
  • Patent number: 4521927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a davenport having two beds 1 and 2, which are disposed side by side on a supporting frame 3, the one bed being raisable to serve as the back of a sofa, while the other bed is superimposed evenly on the supporting frame 3. Furthermore, the bed forming the back rest can be placed over the seat bed 1 face-up and congruently therewith, and congruently with the frame 3. The beds are joined together at their end frame members 9 and 10 by means of coupling bars 11 and 12. Each coupling bar is mounted on the seat bed 1 by means of a pin 13 at a distance a from the rear edge of the seat bed 1, and by means of two pins 15 and 16, and 17 and 18, to the back bed 2. The bottom pin 15 and 17 of the back bed is extractable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Inventor: Oswald Brunn
  • Patent number: 4321717
    Abstract: A sofa bed is described herein which is converted from a seating mode to a bed through manual operation. The movable part of the bed forms the back of the sofa when disposed in a vertical mode and serves as the bed when disposed in a horizontal mode. The converting mechanism is simple and jam proof, resulting in a highly reliable sofa bed operation. Further, the sofa bed is capable of being manufactured almost entirely of wood, thereby limiting the metal requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: Luis F. Segarra Boerman
    Inventor: Felipe S. Serra
  • Patent number: 4170800
    Abstract: A convertible couch or chair has a stationary frame that stands on the floor and which has an upper support surface with a front and a back, and a guide inclined upwardly toward the front. A movable frame has a pair of front legs which rest in the floor at all times, and a back end which can move along the guide between an out position with this back end supported on the front of the stationary frame and an in position with the back end at the back of the stationary frame. A seat cushion is held on the movable frame and a backrest is secured to the stationary frame by a pair of arms that allow pivoting of this backrest on the arms between a seat position erect at the back of the stationary frame and a bed position in front of the front leg of the stationary frame. A back leg on the backrest stands in the floor in this bed position and a loose cushion that normally rests atop the seat cushion is positioned on the frame in the out positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Inventor: Ole Wiberg
  • Patent number: 4135264
    Abstract: A convertible couch comprises a mobile, spring supporting frame mounted on a fixed base and extending between two like lateral frames of the base. The mobile frame is divided into two frame parts having a length not exceeding the length of the lateral base frames and an intermediate frame part therebetween which has a length less than the height of the lateral base frames. The frame parts are interconnected by hinges so that the intermediate frame part may be pivoted in relation to a first one of the frame parts and a second one of the frame parts may be pivoted in relation to the intermediate frame part through an angle not exceeding 90.degree. about axes extending parallel to the head board of the couch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1979
    Assignee: B & B Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ambrogio Busnelli
  • Patent number: 4123811
    Abstract: A convertible sofa bed and cover particularly adapted for use in recreational vehicles. The bed includes a frame, a seat portion including a seat cushion, a back portion including a back cushion and adapted to be moved between a horizontal bed position and an upright sofa position, and a pivot apparatus for pivoting the back portion between the bed position, in which the seat and back cushions abut, and the sofa position, in which the lower terminus of the back cushion is located above and forwardly of the rearward terminus of the seat cushion. The bed includes a flexible cover attached to the upper or support surfaces of the seat and back cushions to cover the juncture or crevice between them in their bed position. The cover is attached to the seat cushion forwardly of the juncture and extends rearwardly to form a flap which covers the lower face of the back cushion when the back cushion is in its sofa position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1978
    Assignee: Kustom Fit Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Elphious Aldana
  • Patent number: 4106137
    Abstract: A sofa bed wherein the backrest portion is pivoted down to constitute the bed and which is characterized by simple pivot connections positioned at the opposite ends of the backrest-bed unit and allowing readily disconnection of the backrest-bed unit from the base for separate transportation and moving of these sofa components. This sofa-bed includes a base, opposite end and armrest structures, the backrest-bed unit, and a single pivot pin and slot connection between each end of the backrest-bed unit and the corresponding opposite end and backrest structure for readily disconnection of the backrest-bed unit by were sliding of each pivot pin out of the corresponding slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Inventor: Real Leclerc
  • Patent number: 4074371
    Abstract: A motorized actuating mechanism for attachment to sofabeds, hide-a-beds and the like in order to make the opening and closing operation of said beds fully automatic. The mechanism is installed into the existing frame of the sofabed and a switch is installed on the outside of the sofa in order to activate the mechanism. The mechanism includes a main support frame which is attachable to the main frame of the sofa, a reversible drive motor mounted upon said main frame for actuating a threaded lead screw, a cross drive member driven by said lead screw in a reciprocating manner, double parallel slotted track members for constraining and guiding the cross drive member in a desired manner, a pair of linkage connectors, pivot arms, lower frame pivot arm mounts, upper frame cross rod, and upper frame mount for attachment to the bed portion of the sofa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1978
    Assignee: Christian Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John L. Lindbloom
  • Patent number: 3986218
    Abstract: A convertible settee-bed iss particularly designed for use in motor homes and other recreational vehicles, and especially as the forward settee of a motor home dinette unit which has two settees facing each other with both back rests arranged for about 275.degree. roll-over movement from facing settee positions to abutting horizontal bed positions coplanar with each other and with the seats. A locking arm pivoted on a fixed base and a spring loaded, digitally manipulable latch button on the back rest cooperate to lock the back rest either in a rearwardly facing dinette position or in a forwardly facing riding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1976
    Assignee: Master Mfg. & Equip. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Ned W. Mizelle