Pillow Cover Patents (Class 5/490)
  • Publication number: 20030009827
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a cushion body having a medial region and two opposing arms that define a generally open well, with the cushion body having an outer periphery and an inner periphery adjacent the well. A shell encompasses and tightly conforms to the cushion body. A fabric cover is removably disposed over the shell such that the fabric cover conforms to the shell. The fabric cover defines an opening to permit the cover to be placed over the shell, and the fabric covering includes at least one fastener to close the opening once the cover has been placed over the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Applicant: The Boppy Company
    Inventor: Susan H. Matthews Brown
  • Patent number: 6499165
    Abstract: A safety device (2) for use in safely restraining an infant, particularly on a flat substrate, is described, the safety device (2) comprising a support portion (4) for supporting the body of the infant and a harness portion (20) for restraining the body of the infant in the supported position in which the harness (20) includes a number of flaps (16, 22, 24, 28) which co-operate with each other to envelop a part of the body of the infant, thereby restraining the infant. The device may be in the form of a U-pillow or in the form of a pillowcase for a U-pillow. In addition, the device is provided with a pocket (14) for storing the harness when not in use and for acting as a neck, head or shoulder rest by providing an extra thickness of padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Angelo Morgillo
  • Patent number: 6490743
    Abstract: An orthopaedic pillow cover for supporting a human neck and head includes a tubular fabric pillow band open in both of its respective ends for encircling a conventional pillow. Two neck support rolls are pivotally connected opposite one another to an inside surface of the pillow band and are positioned perpendicular to the respective ends of the pillow band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventors: Riyaz Adat, Kevin Mar
  • Patent number: 6453493
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a cushion body having a medial region and two opposing arms that define a generally open well, with the cushion body having an outer periphery and an inner periphery adjacent the well. A shell encompasses and tightly conforms to the cushion body. A fabric cover is removably disposed over the shell such that the fabric cover conforms to the shell. The fabric cover defines an opening to permit the cover to be placed over the shell, and the fabric covering includes at least one fastener to close the opening once the cover has been placed over the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventor: Susan H. Matthews Brown
  • Patent number: 6427268
    Abstract: A configuration for a unitary pillow sham (10a) to cover individually a plurality of pillows with a corresponding plurality of individual pillow pockets secured as one collective unit comprising an elongated one-piece length of fabric folded and secured at predetermined locations to define a plurality of pillow-receiving pockets configured in a side-by-side connecting, horizontal row and further to define vertical side flanges (36a-b). A selvage or hem first is secured about the perimeter of the one-piece fabric length. The fabric length is then folded about itself into three sections (14), (16), and (18) with first section (14) folded about a fold line (20) upon second section (16) so that first section (14) and second section (16) are in contact with each other, third section (18) folded about a fold line (22) upon second section (16) so that third section (18) is in partial contact with second section (16) and partially overlaps and contacts first section (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Dayle M. Davis
  • Patent number: 6367105
    Abstract: A device to comfortably support the body regions and body limbs of physically disabled children or adults. The device consists of a plurality of aesthetically shaped malleable pillows and a pillow case. The malleable pillows have a firm and pliable inner core and an outer layer that is soft and resilient, which makes the malleable pillow easy to mold to conform to a person's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Linda F. Farley
  • Patent number: 6363554
    Abstract: A head hugging pillow case including a ruffled extension which provides warmth to the head and shoulders while sleeping. The ruffled extension can be easily shaped to cover the head, face, neck and/or ears for maximum warmth and breathability. The ruffled extension can also be flipped over the top of the pillowcase when not needed for extra warmth. The ruffled extension also provides a light shield for one's eyes during sleep or resting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Julia A. Brown
  • Patent number: 6360388
    Abstract: A support pillow for assisting to position a person on their side. The support pillow has a cylindrical foam core and a foam exterior portion wrapped around the circumference of the core. The exterior portion has a plurality of projections extending radially from a longitudinal axis of the support pillow, each projection having a height selected in the range of 3.5 to 8 inches. The core has a higher density and a higher firmness than the exterior portion. The pillow can be coated with a layer of vinyl. The pillow can be part of a support pillow assembly also having a fabric cover, the cover being laminated with a polyurethane film and covering a semi-cylindrical portion of the pillow. Alternative embodiments used to support the lower leg extremities of a person are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Victoria A. Langer
  • Patent number: 6360387
    Abstract: A support pillow for elevating the hips of a woman after sexual intercourse to facilitate entry of sperm into the uterus, the pillow including a generally wedge-shaped resilient body having a pair of generally triangular side surfaces, a sloping generally rectangular hip support surface extending between the sloping upper edge of the triangular side surfaces, a generally rectangular flat bottom surface, a rear surface connected generally perpendicular to the rear edge of the flat bottom, the wedge-shaped resilient body having a wedge-shaped piece of rigid material therein, the wedge-shaped resilient body having a soft cover thereon, the cover having a strap on each side thereof for grasping by the hands of user to position the pillow beneath the hips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Mirchana S. Everhart
  • Publication number: 20010047544
    Abstract: An improved, refillable pillow sachet made of a fancy-cloth cover (12) and having a re-closable flap (16) on back of outer cover along with a secure closure method (18). In addition, a refillable pillow insert (14) made of plain-cloth and having an overlapping and under-lapping slot (26 & 28) closure in back portion, that may also include a secure closure method. The fancy-cloth sachet cover (12) has a closure method (18) preferably of Velco, button, snap, zipper, etc., so that outer cover (12) can be opened and closed repeatedly, to insert scented matter and/or refillable pillow insert (14), without damaging the fancy fabric of the sachet cover (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventor: Margaret (Pegi) Catalano-Carriveau
  • Patent number: 6279185
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a cushion body having a medial region and two opposing arms that define an outer perimeter and a generally open well. A cover is disposed about the cushion body and comprises an outer section that extends about the outer perimeter and an inner section that extends about the open well. Further, the inner section has a width in the range from about 1 inch to about 6 inches. Such a configuration facilitates separation of the arms without tearing or damaging the cover while also permitting the pillow to return to its original shape upon release of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Susan H. Matthews
  • Patent number: 6267638
    Abstract: The present pillow case is comprised of a tubular bag with a closed end and an open end. The bag has a predetermined length such that, when a conventional pillow of a predetermined size is fully inserted into the bag against the closed end, a loose extension is provided on the side of the open end. A flat pocket for holding a child's article is attached to the bag near the open end at a position substantially overlapping an adjacent end of the pillow. An opening on the pocket is angled sharply toward the closed end to more directly present the article to the child, and to hold the article more securely. The positioning of the pocket overlapping the edge of the pillow causes it to be raised by the pillow to about the top plane of the pillow case, and thus places the article within sight of the child for providing enjoyment and companionship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventors: Sally Connolly, Paula Bittner
  • Patent number: 6256818
    Abstract: A heated massage pillow for allowing the massage packs to be removed and for keeping hair looking nice. The heated massage pillow includes a pillow. The pillow is comprised of a first pillow case and a foam rubber cushion. The foam rubber contains a heating means. A power supply means, adapted to fit inside the first pillow case adjacent to the foam rubber, is operationally coupled to the heating means. Vibrating means are adapted to fit inside the first pillow case adjacent to the power supply. The vibrating means are operationally coupled to the power supply means. An actuating means, located outside of said first pillow, is operationally attached to the vibrating means. The actuating means is adapted to activate the vibrating means and the heating means. A second pillow case of satin is adapted to fit over the first pillow case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Angela Y. Hughes
  • Patent number: 6256816
    Abstract: A method of forming a textile article and the resultant article has contained filling preventing penetration by allergens. A continuous rectilinear strip of air permeable material has parallel side edges and terminates at an edge transverse to the parallel side edges at substantial right angles to the parallel side edges. This continuous rectilinear strip of air permeable material is non-permeable to allergens. The continuous rectilinear strip of air permeable material is folded back upon itself at a fold such that at least the parallel side edges overlie one another and the edge transverse to the parallel side edges spans the continuous rectilinear strip of air permeable material between the parallel side edges. The continuous rectilinear strip underlying the edge transverse to the parallel side edges of air permeable material is cut to form the textile article having a fold and three pairs of overlying edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Richard Hudson and Sons Limited
    Inventor: John Richard Dudley Law
  • Patent number: 6233767
    Abstract: A portable support pillow suitable for use as a nursing pillow is disclosed. The support pillow has a generally crescent shaped configuration, having a central portion and two opposed arms projecting from the center. The support pillow includes an inflatable air chamber and a removable cover. For use as a nursing pillow, the device is inflated to approximately 75% capacity with air, and provides sufficient support from the air pressure within the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Priva Inc.
    Inventor: David Horowitz
  • Patent number: 6209156
    Abstract: The present invention is a pillow case pad having a plurality of disposable pillow sheets to receive a pillow. The disposable pillow sheets attached together to form the pillow case pad. Each disposable pillow sheet being attached such that a top sheet can be removed and disposed of after use. Each of the disposable pillow sheets include a front face and a rear face attached together to form a pocket for the pillow, whereby the front face faces outward from the pillow case pad and the rear face lays against the next disposable pillow sheet below. Each of the disposable pillow sheets include a flapped opening to receive the pillow into a pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Sally A. Hershey
  • Patent number: 6189169
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a novel, adjustable waterproof wrap which, among other uses, can be used to fold around a pillow for supporting a baby when nursing. The adjustable waterproof pillow wrap and enclosed pillow can be releasably attached or secured to a nursing mother and used to support the weight of the baby on the pillow while the baby is nursing. This relieves muscle fatigue on the upper body of the nursing mother. A pillow wrap comprising: (a) a flexible, soft web for encircling a pillow; (b) at least one elongated flexible member secured at one end to the web for encircling the waist of a mother; (c) a fastener associated with the elongated member for enabling the elongated member at a free end to be releasably secured to the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Sherri Melinda Marcotte
  • Patent number: 6189168
    Abstract: An air cell pillow comprised of an air cushion with independent air cells extending outwardly from a common base sheet, the air cushion encased by a cover, the cover having a top, bottom and four side panels arranged generally in a box shape, the top and bottom panels each having a first thickness and the side panels each having a second thickness, the first thickness greater than the second thickness, the first thickness providing a smooth, continuous surface atop the independent air cells of the cushion and the second thickness allowing the pillow to readily collapse upon application of a load to the top and panel panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Kurtis F. Graebe
  • Patent number: 6182309
    Abstract: A beach towel-pillow apparatus allowing a user to rest comfortably on a beach towel while his or her head is supported by a cylindrically-shaped pillow, permanently affixed to one end of the towel portion of the apparatus. One or more elastic securing straps are affixed to one end of the apparatus and are used to secure the towel portion when it is wrapped around the pillow thereby allowing for easy storage and transporting of the apparatus. An adjustable carrying strap, much like a belt, is affixed to one end of the pillow allowing for a user to sling the carrying strap over his or her shoulder for easy carrying of the apparatus once the towel has been secured around the pillow by the securing straps. A pillow covering with a zipper hidden from view by a portion of the covering encloses the pillow, allowing for easy insertion and removal of the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Fashion Towel Imports Corp.
    Inventor: William Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6175978
    Abstract: An inflatable, disposable covered pillow which can be conveniently carried and stowed by a user in a deflated state, and used as a comfortable, clean pillow in an inflated state. The inflatable pillow includes an inflatable airtight chamber sandwiched between first and second fabric sheets in one embodiment, and surrounded by a fabric sleeve in another. The airtight chamber and first and second fabric sheets, or the fabric sleeve, are joined by a seam to the airtight chamber. One of the fabric sheets may include an adhesive securing tab to facilitate wrapping the fabric sheets around the airtight chamber and keeping the fabric sheets in place. The inflatable pillow may also include a sanitary sheet, joined to the inflatable pillow along the seam. The sanitary sheet provides a cover for the pillow in a deflated state, and helps to keep the pillow clean by insulating the pillow from a seat, window, or other items upon which a user may place a pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventors: Marsha Nizzi, Anne R. Freiermuth
  • Patent number: 6073288
    Abstract: A training pillow to assist in teaching a person not to sleep face-down has base a portion for supporting the back of the head when lying face-up on a sleeping surface and two side portions which project substantially diagonally from the base portion and away from the sleeping surface. The pillow can make it awkward and/or uncomfortable for the person to sleep face-down and thereby arousing the person into a conscious state to remind the person not to sleep face-down. Additionally, flipping the pillow over will present an awkward and/or uncomfortable sleeping surface. However, when a person rolls to the side, the corresponding side of the person's head causes the appropriate side portion to move into contact with the sleeping surface, while the base portion and the opposite side portion are lifted away from the sleeping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Barry M. Berenstein
  • Patent number: 6067679
    Abstract: A prop to hold a patient on his/her side while in a hospital bed in which a standard-sized hospital pillow is stowed in a rolled condition within a launderable sleeve having a sleeve-attached flap of approximately eight inches tucked beneath the patient's side which allows limited patient rolling movement against the prop which contributes to patient comfort. The eight inch dimension of the flap keeps the prop close to the patient so that more drastic movement which could cause injury does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: John G. Rice
  • Patent number: 6061854
    Abstract: An adjustable pillow assembly for supporting objects on a wearer's lap. The height of the pillow assembly is adjusted by inserting different combinations of lap cushions into a cover member as appropriate for a given individual. The lap cushions may be of equal thickness, in which case three lap cushions would provide three different heights of the pillow assembly. As one alternative, a surface contour of an upper surface of the pillow assembly can be contoured by placing one or more elbow cushions within the cover member on top of the uppermost lap cushion. As another alternative, the lap cushions may be provided in different thicknesses, in which case three lap cushions would provide seven different possible heights to the pillow assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Sonia S. Crowley
  • Patent number: 6041458
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tubular pillow including a cover tube and method for enclosing the inside and outside surfaces thereof. The tubular pillow has a tubular body formed of a soft and resilient material with a central tunnel passing through longitudinally. The cover tube is a fabric tube having closure elements preferably of the snap fastener type. The cover tube is mounted onto the tubular body by passing through the central tunnel and bringing each end of the cover tube around the tubular body with a set of snap fasteners engaging a complementary set of snap fasteners on the tubular body. In a second embodiment, the cover tube has a set of closure elements mounted on each end, configured and mounted so as to connect to each other. When the cover tube is assembled to the tubular body, the tubular pillow of the invention simulates the appearance of a conventional pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Mark B. Vickers, Eric E. Vickers, Phreddie D. Popp
  • Patent number: 6029295
    Abstract: A pillow serving as a cervical support has a metal mesh material cover encasing a resilient padding material. The pillow has an annular shape, thus forming a ring-shaped body. The size of the body should be different, and may be varied, depending upon the age and size of the person using it. For example, a child will benefit from a pillow having a smaller size than would a full-sized adult. An object of the present invention is to provide a proper sleeping posture because of the ring shape, which tends to discourage sleeping in a face-down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventors: James P. Larmour, Mary L. Larmour
  • Patent number: 6023798
    Abstract: An adjuster (100) for use on a pillow, comprising a sheet-like flexible body (200) which is foldable up or down onto itself to provide different thicknesses and has, at or close to a lower edge, a central region (400). The region (400) has a zero or relatively much smaller thickness than that of the body (200) such that opposite sides of the region (400) provide a relatively larger thickness and hence firmer support than the region (400). The region (400) may preferably be a gap (400) formed between a pair of opposed flaps (300) protruding from the body (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Hotung Investment Limited
    Inventor: Cheung Wing Hui
  • Patent number: 6018831
    Abstract: A pillow with cantilever supports for supplying comfortable support for a body part without supplying an undesirable pain generating force against a tender or pain prone body portion located adjacent to the supported body part. The pillow includes a pillow assembly that is positioned within a removable outer cover member. The pillow assembly including middle firmness density foam lower pillow layer member, two identical spaced, firmest density foam center pillow layer members, and two identical spaced, firmest density foam center pillow layer members. The outer cover member surrounds the pillow assembly and includes a pillow assembly insertion opening sealable with a flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Melanie D. Loomos
  • Patent number: 6017601
    Abstract: An improved allergen-barrier cover for completely surrounding an allergen-carrier article, such as bedding, is provided. The cover is formed from a multilayer fabric such as an SMS fabric that allows passage of air, but blocks the passage of allergens and liquid water. This fabric is formed into an enclosure by thermally welding any seams necessary to provide a enclosure which completely encases the allergen-carrier article except for an opening sufficient to allow insertion of the allergen-carrier article into the enclosure. The cover also includes a closure in the form of a plastic seal made up of two portions: a first portion having at least two parallel ridges spaced apart from one another by a first distance and a second portion comprising at least two parallel grooves spaced apart from one another by the same distance as the parallel ridges and sized to receive the at least two parallel ridges in sealing engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Allan D. Amsel
  • Patent number: 5996147
    Abstract: A sheet construction adapted to secure a pillow and to fittingly engage a mattress includes a main panel having a first pouch at a first end of the panel and a second pouch at a second end of the panel. The first pouch is sized and shaped to encompass a first end of the mattress, while the second pouch is adapted to encompass a second end of the mattress. The second pouch includes cooperating flaps that extend from the main panel and overlap. An auxiliary panel cooperates with the main panel to form a pillow-receiving concealment pocket. The pouches secure the sheet construction to the mattress, and the concealment pocket maintains a pillow in a desired location during use. In an alternative embodiment, the pouches are sized and oriented to encompass the mattress sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Lynn Trimble
  • Patent number: 5991945
    Abstract: A disposable pillow or cushion cover is formed by an envelope of air and moisture impermeable material. The envelope encases the pillow or cushion and provides an impermeable resting surface upon which a user may rest the head or other body part on a clean, comfortable, fresh, hygienic, fragrant resting surface without having to change pillows, cushion covers or envelopes. The envelope contains a vent to permit ingress and egress of air from the pillow or cushion. The envelope also includes a sealable opening to permit insertion and removal of the pillow or cushion. A facing layer of air permeable material extends over the resting surface and is secured to the envelope at spaced apart locations to allow air flow and a degree of relative movement between the facing layer and envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Hian Seng Pang
  • Patent number: 5953777
    Abstract: An adjustable pillow includes a stretchable pillow case having a plurality of removable pillow layer inserts. The pillow layer inserts come in various thicknesses and firmness to permit adjustment for overall pillow height, overall firmness, and surface firmness upon insertion into the pillow case. The total height of the pillow depends on the total height of the various inserts being used, the overall firmness depends on whether the inserts are soft, medium, or hard, and the surface firmness depends on the firmness of the topmost inside layer. The inserts adjust across the entire length and width of the pillow so that a sleeper will not experience changing height or firmness while sleeping. The adjustable pillow can be used in combination with a conventional pillow by placing the conventional pillow inside the stretchable pillow case and selectively adding the removable inserts as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 5950264
    Abstract: Bedding articles which are encased (or of which all or part of the upholstery is enclosed) in an allergen barrier. The allergen barrier comprises an elastic stretch knit substrate laminated with a monolithic, hydrophilic, moisture-vapor permeable elastic film made from at least one polymer and having a thickness of no more than 1 mil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Allergy Control Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Wyner, Annette H. Miller
  • Patent number: 5940909
    Abstract: A reversible pillowcase which is formed by folding a single piece of fabric into substantially three equal portions. The portions are attached together along two sides, thus forming first and second pockets with openings at opposite ends. Inverting the first pocket forms a pillowcase by exposing one decorative surface of the fabric and hiding the stitching used to attach the portions. Inverting the second pocket exposes a second decorative surface while also hiding the stitching. Thus a reversible pillowcase can be converted between two different decorative appearances while also hiding the unsightly stitching used in manufacturing the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Crown Crafts, Inc.
    Inventor: William Sapp
  • Patent number: 5920931
    Abstract: A pillow blanket (10) comprising a broad flat pliable sheet (12) and a pocket member (14) onto the broad flat pliable sheet (12) at one corner (18), with an open mouth (20) of the pocket member (14) facing inwardly on the broad flat pliable sheet (12). In a first instance, the broad flat pliable sheet (12) when unfolded can be utilized as a blanket. In a second instance, the broad flat pliable sheet (12) when folded up and tucked into the open mouth (20) of the pocket member (14) after the pocket member (14) is turned inside out can be utilized as a pillow and seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Christine Zuehlke, Angie J. School
  • Patent number: 5920932
    Abstract: A pillowcase insert, comprised of a wedge member resting on a sheet member, and an enlarged horizontally opening pillowcase, which when assembled with an ordinary sleeping pillow, will reduce the incidence of snoring and improve the sleep of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Hershgordon
  • Patent number: 5904406
    Abstract: A foam-core fabric-covered headrest snaps in place over the top tube of the frame of any of a wide variety of lawn or beach furniture. The core is a resilient foam cylinder into which is cut or molded a radially directed longitudinal slit leading to a cylindrical axial channel. A cylindrically looped one-piece fabric shell covers the side surface of the foam core--slit, channel and all. Preferably, a tether is provided with which to secure the device to the chair frame. The tether prevents accidental dislodging of the device while the chair is being transported. It also tends to discourage theft and other forms of inadvertent loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: John G. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5898962
    Abstract: A new pillow with photograph displays for displaying favorite photographs on a pillow for viewing. The inventive device includes removable cover for receiving a foam rubber padding within an open end thereof. A plurality of clear pockets are secured to a front surface of the removable cover. The pockets each have a clear front window and peripheral side walls and a bottom wall. The pockets each have an open upper end for receiving photographs therethrough for displaying through the clear front window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Ella J. McNeal
  • Patent number: 5887300
    Abstract: A mat cover is constructed of an upper and lower panel having a mat therebetween, and a pillow containing pouch overlaying the upper panel, with the pillow containing pouch defined by a folded flap attached to the top edge and side portions of the lower panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Emma Pond
  • Patent number: 5864904
    Abstract: A sectioned pillow having two pillow covers, which are connected by a fabric tether, inner pillows, and a decorative pillow case for each of the tethered inner pillow covers. The tether prevents separation of the two pillows beyond a predetermined maximum distance. The space created between the two pillows provides a cradle for the head in a supine sleeping position. In a prone sleeping position, the space between the two pillows acts as an air channel allowing for the free flow of air to and from the sleeper's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Maly Rudick
  • Patent number: 5848448
    Abstract: A pillow that does not promote facial wrinkling or earaches including a solid foam body. The body is sculptured to have hollows or cutouts positioned and specifically shaped on its longitudinal axis for receiving the facial tissue of a user so as to prevent wrinkles to the facial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: UltraDerma, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ardis M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 5839138
    Abstract: An adjustable cushioned pillow includes a set of cover panels, preferably circular, forming a closed volume, which is packed with a filler material. A sleeve with a hollow interior is disposed in a loop, also preferably circular, on one of the cover panels. The sleeve contains one or more openings allowing access to the sleeve's hollow interior. A drawstring having two ends is threaded through the sleeve's hollow interior with each end of the string protruding from one of the sleeve's openings. The pillow is adjusted for firmness by pulling the ends of the drawstring together with one hand while holding the pillow with the other hand or by pulling the ends of the drawstring in opposite directions. When the drawstring is pulled, the sleeve constricts and reduces the surface area of the cover panel on which the sleeve is located. In turn, the reduction of surface area reduces the volume of the pillow, compressing the filler material and increasing the firmness of the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventors: Edward Weidman, Nancy Hassell
  • Patent number: 5802637
    Abstract: An improved dust ruffle or fabric skirt design is provided, which is readily placeable about and removable from a bed or other structures in the home. The skirt comprises an elongated fabric sleeve having a first end and a second end and includes an outer fabric wall and an inner fabric wall. The fabric walls define an elongated passage in which an elongated elastic tape member is received intermediate the two walls. The tape member is elasticized in order to provide, when stretched and in place around a box spring or other structure, an inwardly directed force against the inner fabric wall in order that the skirt or ruffle can be fixed in place on a bedding assembly, a furniture piece, or some other home fixture. The tape member may be removed from the passageway of the fabric sleeve before washing or laundering the skirt or dust ruffle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Nancy Bordo
  • Patent number: 5787527
    Abstract: A cover for a child's rest mat includes an upper cover section and a lower cover section that conforms to the upper cover section and is interconnected thereto along respective peripheral edges of the upper and lower cover sections to form an interior space. An opening is formed into the interior space through one of the upper and lower cover sections exclusively. A child's rest mat is inserted into the interior space though the opening and the upper and lower cover section have a size and shape such that the cover snugly engages the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Robin L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5787523
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a low friction bed sheet or the like for facilitating changing the position of a person or part of a person in prone position. The low friction bed sheet includes at least a low friction surface comprising a material with low friction and adjacent to the low friction surface are high friction surfaces comprising materials with high friction. The low friction surface is placed only on the side against the person in bed while the underside against the bed is mainly comprised of at least one high friction surface. The width of the low friction surface is less than the width of the bedding for which the low friction bed sheet is intended. In the transition between the low friction surface and the high friction surface there are transition zones at least lengthwise in the bed which can be perceived by the person in the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Eva Lindberg
  • Patent number: 5745939
    Abstract: A leg rest for supporting a patient's legs while the patient is lying on a bed and during turning or otherwise managing the patient. The leg rest includes a pair of trough portions for receiving the patient's legs and a raised central portion and a pair of raised side portions for keeping the legs apart and restraining sideways leg movement. The central and side portions extend beyond the trough portions for restraining sideways movement of the patient's feet as the patient's legs rest on the trough portions with the patient's feet projecting beyond the trough portions for pressure relief of the patient's heels. The leg rest may be inflatable so that it may be inexpensively produced and disposable and so that its pressure may be adjusted for patient comfort. The leg rest may be contained within a case which has a bib for underlying the patient's upper legs to prevent slippage of the leg rest out of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Gaymar Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland E. Flick, John K. Whitney
  • Patent number: 5727266
    Abstract: A disposable pillow or cushion cover is formed by an envelope of air and moisture impermeable material. The envelope encases the pillow or cushion and provides an impermeable resting surface upon which a user may rest the head or other body part on a clean, comfortable, fresh, hygienic, fragrant resting surface without having to change pillows, cushion covers or envelopes. The envelope contains a vent to permit ingress and egress of air from the pillow or cushion. The envelope also includes a sealable opening to permit insertion and removal of the pillow or cushion. A facing layer of air permeable material extends over the resting surface and is secured to the envelope at spaced apart locations to allow air flow and a degree of relative movement between the facing layer and envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Hian Seng Pang
  • Patent number: 5697112
    Abstract: A therapy pillow comprising a wedge-shaped resilient foam element having a planar recess in the medial portion of the top surface thereof. A flexible plastic container adapted to be sealingly filled with a fluid snugly fits into the planar recess of the foam element so as to be substantially coplanar with the top surface thereof when filled with a suitable fluid such as water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Glaxo Wellcome Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara J. Colavito, Pieter Muntendam
  • Patent number: 5678262
    Abstract: The article includes first and second fabric sections which are sewn together around their peripheries, with sections of cording in between. Four successive separate sections of cording extend cumulatively around the periphery of the tick, between the two fabric sections, extending somewhat outward from the periphery of the tick. The cording is covered with a bias tape material which is sewn between the first and second fabric sections, providing a stable physical relationship between the first and second fabric sections and the covered cording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Pacific Coast Feather Company
    Inventor: John D. Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 5659911
    Abstract: Synthetic polyester fiber pillows have improved ticking fabrics of continuous filament polyester yarns, particularly of microdenier, and that may be sanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: James Frederick Kirkbride, Adrian Charles Snyder
  • Patent number: 5644810
    Abstract: A pillow for supine and side-oriented sleeping positions comprises a pillow casing for a pillow having opposed horizontal side head end support units and a central head back support unit there between comprising vertically opposed neck-bones' support sections separated by an overall central head back rest section. The respective units and sections are segregated into attached, compartmentalized areas where the head back support unit is lower than the horizontal end support units, and the head back rest section is lower than the vertically opposed neck-bones' support sections. A first side head support unit is constructed at the end of horizontal end section of the pillow casing of the pillow. A second side head support unit is constructed at the opposed horizontal end section of the pillow casing. A head back support unit is placed between the first and second side head support units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Inventor: Katsuya Kato