Adapted To Contact Mattress Patents (Class 5/499)
  • Patent number: 6463606
    Abstract: A hydroentangled nonwoven fabric exhibiting cross-direction extensibility and recovery comprises a nonwoven web of staple length fibers of about 0.8 to 3.0 denier having a basis weight of about 1.0 to 4.0 ounces per square yard. A polymeric binder composition substantially uniformly applied to the nonwoven web imparts desired elasticity to the web, with the fabric exhibiting at least about 50% extensibility in a cross-direction thereof, and at least about 90% recovery in a cross-direction. The nonwoven web may comprise synthetic fibers, natural fibers, and blends thereof, as well as continuous filaments. Patterned hydroentanglement of the web acts to entangle the fibers to provide the fabric with desired performance characteristics. A method of making the nonwoven fabric is disclosed. The nonwoven fabric is particularly suited for use in a mattress pad assembly, as also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Polymer Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa P. Barker, Wayne T. Rhodes, Michael J. Putnam
  • Patent number: 6381778
    Abstract: A fitted sheet, especially for use as a crib sheet for covering, for protecting a mattress and for completely and positively encasing and engaging the entire mattress such that a corner or any portion of the crib sheet can not be inadvertedly pulled loose by an infant and thereby significantly reducing the risk of an infant's chance of suffocation due to entanglement in the crib sheet. The fitted sheet includes a coverlet, generally conforming to the dimensions of the mattress, having a top panel spaced from and parallel to a bottom panel, a first end panel and a second end panel extending between the top and bottom panels and a first side panel and a second side panel extending between the top and bottom panels. The coverlet has a pad member formed of a liquid absorbent material, a base member formed of a liquid impermeable material, joined to a cover sheet, by sewing, to form an integral layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Jennifer R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6286163
    Abstract: A sheet construction adapted 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 first and second pouches include cooperating flaps that extend from the main panel and overlap. The pouches secures the sheet construction to the mattress. In an alternative embodiment, the pouches are sized and oriented to encompass the mattress sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Lynn Trimble
  • Patent number: 6272701
    Abstract: A fitted mattress cover is provided with a flat top panel and a knitted or woven fabric skirt attached to and depending from the periphery of the top panel. The lower edge of the skirt contains a band of longitudinally extending elastic yarns that were integrally incorporated into the edge during fabrication of the skirt fabric. The yarns of the elastic band provide sufficient tension to pull some of the skirt fabric under the mattress and provide a secure fit when the cover is installed on a mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Xymid L.L.C.
    Inventor: Dimitri Peter Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 6253398
    Abstract: A mattress cover, for covering a standard mattress, having a major portion and a minor portion. The major portion has a major pocket which defines a rectangular volume. The minor portion has a minor pocket which defines a rectangular volume. The major pocket and minor pocket are separated by a three edge split and are joined by a top sheet. One side of the mattress is inserted into the major pocket, and then the minor portion is pulled over the opposite portion, fully encasing the mattress therein. Fastener material joins the major and minor portions to keep the cover securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Kelly Yim
  • Patent number: 6243895
    Abstract: In the preferred embodiment, mattress/hook and loop cover (70) has side panels (72) and (74), and end panels (76) and (78) which correspond and removably attach to crib mattress (44) side panels (46) and (48), and end panels (50) and (52). Crib sheet (22) has side panels (24) and (26), and end panels (28) and (30) which contain loop fasteners (40). Loop fasteners (40) are sized and positioned to removably attach to corresponding mating hook fasteners (96) along the side panels (72) and (74), and along the end panels (76) and (78) of mattress/hook and loop cover (70). Mattress pad (62) has single panel (64) which contains loop fasteners (68). Loop fasteners (68) are sized and positioned to mate with hook fasteners (96) in coordination with loop fasteners (40) of crib sheet (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Armando Amin
  • Patent number: 6230352
    Abstract: A safety crib sheet and a safety crib sheet mattress assembly to reduce the risk of infant smothering and strangulation. Pieces of material are sewn such that the resulting sheet can not be installed or dislodged from the mattress without substantially destroying the sheet or deforming the mattress. In one embodiment, a mattress is formed in two subsections coupled along a fold line. The mattress must be folded in half along the fold line to install or dislodge the sheet. In another embodiment, a conventional crib mattress is used with a sheet that covers a substantial portion of the underside of the mattress and is sufficiently unelastic that the mattress must be significantly bent at least at the corners to permit the sheet to be installed or dislodged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Jean Kasem
  • Patent number: 6199231
    Abstract: A fitted mattress cover has a fabric skirt warp-knit from bulked yarns and elastic yarns. The skirt is elastically stretchable in the longitudinal direction by at least 50%, inelastically stretchable in the transverse direction by at least 60%, and regains its transverse stretch characteristics when laundered and dried in a relaxed condition and possesses important advantages over known stretchable stitchbonded skirts in wash durability, stretch/conformability, and puncture resistance, as well as in economy of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Xymid, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Dimitri Peter Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 6174584
    Abstract: A washable cover for mattresses and like objects, that is made from textile material and includes a water vapor permeable, allergen- and waterproof barrier layer, and an outer material. The cover includes at least one additional textile fabric and a voluminous batting at least 3 mm thick. The batting is arranged between the outer material and additional textile fabric. The outer material, batting, and additional textile fabric are joined together at least pointwise by threads. The barrier layer is laminated onto the additional textile fabric at least pointwise after the latter is joined to the outer material and batting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignees: Rudolf Neu GmbH, Sympatex Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Keller, Eugeniusz Maderek
  • Patent number: 6134730
    Abstract: Integrated bed covers for the mattress of a bed include an upper bed covering of one or more layer, for convenience referred to generically as a `cover`, e.g., a comforter or blanket, together with a mattress pocket adapted to fit around and enclose a lower portion of the mattress wherein the cover is expandably connected to the mattress pocket, that is to say, so that the bed cover (e.g., comforter or blanket) can be easily separated or expanded upwardly from the pocket and yet remained connected to it. I have found it possible to accomplish this objective by connecting to the pocket a base sheet or supporting sheet that extends laterally as well as beyond the end of the bed from the pocket and then securing the edges of this supporting sheet to the edges of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Marika Evanson
  • Patent number: 6122782
    Abstract: A fitted sheet includes a sheet body portion made of a flexible sheet material. The body is generally rectangular in shape, defining a first end, two sides and a second end opposite to the first end. A pair of generally triangular slots is formed in the first end. The triangular slots being disposed substantially symmetrically either side of a longitudinal axis (12) passing through the center of the first end and the center of the second end, and they are spaced apart a distance X. The triangular slots define an open end and two opposite sides, each side having an approximate length Y wherein the length Y is the same order of magnitude as length X. The opposed sides of each triangular slot (28A, 28B), (30A, 30B) are stitched to provide an engagement with the end of a suitably sized mattress. The area of sheet adjacent the engaged mattress end is not held against the upper surface of the mattress, so that the sheet can pivot away from the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Katie Chedid
  • Patent number: 6119290
    Abstract: A dust ruffle structure sized and shaped to be positioned on and around a lower supporting structure and underneath an upper mattress on a bed comprising: a sheet of dust ruffle material, the sheet of dust ruffle material being long enough to embrace sides of the bed, and a friction fastening structure. The friction fastening structure has a non-slip, friction surface, the friction fastening structure is secured along the length of the sheet of dust ruffle material at an upper edge thereof, whereby the upper edge of the sheet of dust ruffle material can then be tucked by a person's fingers a desired distance underneath the upper mattress in between the upper mattress and the lower supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: John F. Masoncup
  • Patent number: 6067677
    Abstract: A sheet designed to cover a crib mattress, in a way in which a child will not be able to unravel the sheet, thereby creating a potential safety hazzard to the child. The present invention comprises a casement style sheet that completely covers the entire mattress. It slides onto the mattress through an opening in one end of the sheet. The perimeter of the opening having a continuous elastic band disposed therein, thereby allowing the sheet to fit tightly and tautly over the mattress without any snagging. The sheet is secured by a flap, which is integrally attached to the open end of the sheet, and is pulled over the encasement opening whereby it is then secured by hook and loop closure means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventors: Marie Theresa Reen, Charlene Marie Reen
  • Patent number: 6065164
    Abstract: A removable nap mat cover is made of two fabric panels and has one end closed with an end fastener. The nap mat slips between the fabric panels. The end fastener secures the fabric panels together for about 2/3 of their width defining openings large enough for a person's hand to fit through. The end fastener prevents the nap mat cover from coming off the mat. The end fastener may be hook and loop fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventors: Christyne M. Swanger, Carole A. Yashus
  • Patent number: 6014782
    Abstract: A protective mattress cover for the foot of a mattress which can fit mattresses having varying thicknesses is disclosed. The mattress cover adjustably connects to itself underneath the mattress or to the box spring decking material beneath the mattress. In this way, the mattress cover can firmly wrap mattresses having various thicknesses. The mattress cover protects the mattress from soiling during testing by a consumer. The mattress cover is preferably made of a clear material so that the mattress appearance, product information, labels and logos are not obscured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Dream World Design
    Inventor: Anna Stevenson
  • Patent number: 6009579
    Abstract: The combination includes a featherbed and a relatively thin, down-filled top member which has a peripheral outline substantially identical to that of the featherbed. The top member is positioned on the upper surface of the featherbed. Attachment elements such as straps, ties and/or buttons or even a cover member are used to removably secure the top member in place on the upper surface of the featherbed and to prevent the top member from shifting position on the featherbed during use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Pacific Coast Feather Company
    Inventor: Samuel B. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 5970543
    Abstract: A comforter adapted to cover a mattress and which is formed of a quilted fabric that extends over the sides and foot end of a mattress and having a seam at the corners of the foot end of the mattress. The comforter has a fabric bottom section fastened to the quilted fabric at the end and detachably secured to the sides of the quilted fabric so that the lower third of the comforter is designed for holding the comforter onto the mattress. The detachable sides may have zippers or other fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: Dominic Barreca, Lori Barreca
  • Patent number: 5970544
    Abstract: A mattress cover comprising a top panel for fitting in overlaying relationship to the top surface of a mattress with the top panel having corner pockets secured to each of the corners thereof. Each of the corner pockets comprise first and second pocket portions with the first pocket portion having a general trapezoidal shape and with the second pocket portion having a generally triangular-shaped configuration. The upper edge of the first pocket portion is secured to the top panel and the side edges of the second pocket portion are secured to the bottom edge of the first pocket portion. An elastic member is secured to the side portions and the bottom portion of the first and second portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Virgil L. Kardell
  • Patent number: 5966759
    Abstract: A mattress cover is configured such that it is made differently at the top and bottom in that under a top side material is an allergen-proof barrier layer and the bottom material is made only mite-proof in order, on the one hand, to create an effective protection against allergens, but on the other hand, to provide long wear along with sufficient air and water vapor permeability as well as good laundering qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Gebr. Sanders GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Kurt Sanders, Hans-Christian Sanders
  • Patent number: 5901389
    Abstract: An improved bed sheet including a bottom form-fitted sheet for covering a mattress and a top sheet joined to the bottom sheet. The sheets are joined together by joining bottom and side edges of the top sheet to respective bottom and side edges of the bottom sheet. Elastic bands are sewn into top and bottom edges of the bottom sheet for enabling the bottom sheet to remain secured to the mattress. The top sheet is wider than the bottom sheet and is positioned relative to the bottom sheet to overlap only one side edge of the bottom sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Marianne Manner
  • Patent number: 5809593
    Abstract: A mattress cover includes a top panel, a skirt portion depending from the periphery of the top panel, and an elastic strip connected to the free edge of the skirt portion. The elastic strip has a width of between about 0.75" and about 3.0" so as to produce a strong elastic force holding the mattress cover in close conforming relationship on mattresses within a wide range of thicknesses. The elastic strip is sufficiently wide that ornamentation, including trademarks, logos and other symbols applied thereto, would be readily discernible when the mattress cover is not in use, but would not be plainly visible when the mattress cover is in use and therefore would not interfere with the aesthetic appearance of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Hollander Home Fashions Corp.
    Inventor: Craig Edwards
  • Patent number: 5666680
    Abstract: A sheet and mattress apparatus includes a fitted sheet assembly which includes a fitted sheet portion and a first fastener strip attached to and substantially coextensive with an edge of the fitted sheet portion. A mattress assembly includes a mattress portion and a second fastener strip attached to sides of the mattress portion. The second fastener strip is substantially coextensive with the first fastener strip. When the first fastener strip is connected to the second fastener strip, the fitted sheet assembly is connected to the mattress assembly. The first fastener strip can be a first zipper strip. The second fastener strip can be a second zipper strip. A slider assembly is included for zipping and unzipping the first zipper strip with respect to the second zipper strip. In accordance with a second embodiment, the first fastener strip can be a first hook-or-loop material strip, and the second fastener strip can be a complementary second hook-or-loop material strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Inventor: Major Hackett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5655241
    Abstract: A mattress cover assembly for use with a zoned posturized mattress includes a cover with a stretchable top panel and a topper pad, lying generally loosely on the cover top panel. The mattress cover and topper pad are constructed so as to permit the direct application of and distribution of pressure from atop the mattress through the covering topper pad and cover and into the resilient mattress core without significant distortion of that pressure or weight and particularly without distortion which is not only caused by hammocking of the cover fabric or covering pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Larry Higgins, Earl W. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5642540
    Abstract: A cover includes a top panel and a bottom panel configured to encase a generally rectangular pad, leaving an opening at a first end of the cover. The cover further includes a flap having a communicating edge between the flap and the top panel, the communicating edge being positioned at the first end of the cover. The flap includes two sides substantially parallel to each other at the communicating edge, the sides extending in parallel relationship to each other for a distance at least equal to the thickness of the pad, the sides then extending in converging relationship toward a distal end of the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventors: Lorraine S. Culver, Gregory B. Culver
  • Patent number: 5638562
    Abstract: A fitted bed sheet foundation and a dust ruffle for placement onto a mattress and around a box spring of a bed. The fitted bed sheet foundation comprises: a sheet of material, the sheet is sized to fit on and around corners and edges of a mattress, the sheet is of a sufficient size so that when it is laid over the mattress a lower edge of the sheet extends downwardly below and alongside the mattress with a lowermost edge area of the sheet positioned in confronting relation to a box spring, and a first fastener, the first fastener is secured at outer edges on the lowermost edge area of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Inventor: John F. Masoncup
  • Patent number: 5636393
    Abstract: The invention comprises a mattress cover, mattress cover skirt material and methods of making the same, wherein the skirt material has inelastic stretch in the longitudinal and cross directions and the stretch in the cross direction is considerably greater than the stretch in the longitudinal direction. The mattress cover skirt material also includes a top edge comprised of elastic yarns for providing a reinforced attachment edge and a bottom edge comprised of elastic yarns for pulling the mattress cover skirt material under mattresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Pillowtex Corporation
    Inventors: Dimitri P. Zafiroglu, Robert H. Hart, Rhonda R. Boyter
  • Patent number: 5628077
    Abstract: A fitted sheet with draw string sewn in a hem on the peripheral edges. The edges are fashioned so that the final shape of the hem, when the sheet is installed on the mattress is not parallel to the edges of the mattress and forms a curve resembling an ellipse beneath the mattress providing for the enhanced distribution of the tension substantially throughout and across the sheet face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: Robert A. Briganti
  • Patent number: 5625912
    Abstract: A mattress covering in the form of a fitted mattress pad or fitted sheet has a top portion, an inelastic side skirt extending perpendicularly from the top portion, an inelastic underskirt extending from the side skirt, a first elastic cord attached to the inelastic underskirt at its outer periphery remote from the top portion. At least a second, separate elastic cord attached to the covering at some place between the top portion and the first elastic cord. The top portion is dimensioned to fit a standard size mattress and the side skirt and underskirt are dimensioned to fit a range of mattress heights. The side skirt can be made of the same quilted or sheet material as the top portion for an attractive appearance, or it can be made of other material, such as a single layer of a non-quilted inelastic fabric to reduce cost. The inelastic underskirt can be made of the same material as that of the side skirt or, more typically, a single layer of an even less expensive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Perfect Fit Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricky A. McCain, John W. Whitley
  • Patent number: 5603132
    Abstract: A fitted mattress cover has a two-bar stitchbonded skirt that is stretchable by at least 50% and by at least 100% respectively in the longitudinal and transverse directions of the skirt, with at least 80% of the longitudinal stretch and at least 30% of the transverse stretch being elastically recoverable. The skirt is made with one bar forming tricot stitches with inelastic yarn and with the second bar forming a repeating pattern of 1-0, 0-1, 1-2, 2-1 stitches with elastic combination yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Dimitri P. Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 5528780
    Abstract: A fitted mattress pad has a flat top portion with a skirt portion depending from its sides and edges. At least part of the skirt portion has frictional holding means for holding the mattress pad securely in place over a mattress. The frictional holding means help to grip the mattress and keep the mattress pad from shifting during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Martha K. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5479664
    Abstract: A mattress cover consists of a top panel, a skirt, an edge elastic and a peripheral elastic. The top panel is adopted for covering of at least a substantial portion of a top surface of a mattress. The skirt extends outwardly from the top panel forming an enclosure for at least portions of side and end surfaces of the mattress. The skirt has a distal edge remote from the top panel. An opening situated at the distal edge is provided. The edge elastic forms a resilient boundary of the opening. The peripheral elastic urges the edge elastic and an adjacent portion of the skirt towards a central area of the opening, so as to pull the skirt away from said top panel and to provide a close fit between the mattress and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Hollander
  • Patent number: 5475881
    Abstract: A zoned posturized mattress which is longitudinally zoned to have at least three, and preferably four, zones of differing resistance to vertical deflection over the surface of the mattress comprises a resilient mattress core and a unique mattress cover. The mattress cover includes a covering topper pad so constructed as to permit the direct application of and distribution of pressure from atop the mattress through the covering topper pad and into the resilient core without significant distortion of that pressure or weight and particularly without distortion which is normally caused by hammocking of the fabric or covering pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Larry Higgins, Earl W. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5442822
    Abstract: A fitted sheet is formed from a sheet of fabric including a generally rectangular main panel. Extending from the main panel at its lower end are two side-extensions and a central-extension between the side-extensions. Each extension is generally rectangular and has two longitudinal edges and one lateral edge. The extensions are spaced apart providing an exposed edge-portion of the lower end of the main panel on either side of the central-extension. A pocket is formed in the fitted sheet by attaching to each longitudinal edge of the central-extension an adjacent edge-portion of the main panel and an adjacent longitudinal edge of a side-extension. The sheet is finished by folding each side-extension along a line corresponding to the lower end of the main panel, aligning the lateral edges of the side-extensions with the lateral edge of the central-extension, and stitching the side-extensions to the main panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Karen Alexander Biase
    Inventor: Clementina R. Diaz
  • Patent number: 5323501
    Abstract: Mattresses conventionally are covered by bed sheets having a size to extend beyond the borders of a mattress on which it is to be placed so that its projecting edges may be tucked under the mattress. It is often difficult to apply a sheet smoothly and, in particular when a person is resting or sleeping on the mattress, the sheet may be pulled out from under the mattress and be displaced. The invention suggests a mattress cover in the form of a sleeve, which includes a top sheet; two opposite end walls and two opposite elongated side walls joined to the top sheet. It has flaps extending from the end walls and side walls and a bottom sheet joined to the flaps. An elongated open section is provided between adjacent edges of the bottom sheet and a flap of one of the side walls and a flap of at least one of the end walls, defining an opening through which a mattress can be inserted into the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Gerhard H. Kuhangel
  • Patent number: 5287574
    Abstract: A fitted bed sheet or mattress pad with elasticized head and foot panels comprising a first panel including a top portion and first and second side portions for covering the top and sides of the mattress. Elasticized head and foot panels are secured to the head and foot ends of the top portion with the head and foot panels defining a trapezoidal shape. The head and foot panels are comprised of a highly elasticized material with the design of the panels being such that it permits the bed clothing to accommodate various sizes of conventional innerspring mattresses or waterbed mattresses for any given size classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Restful Knights
    Inventors: Virgil L. Kardell, Janet L. Kardell
  • Patent number: 5249322
    Abstract: A fitted mattress cover for enveloping the top surface side and end surfaces of a mattress constructed to drastically minimize the shifting of the cover relative to the mattress. The fitted mattress cover includes a top panel for fitting in overlaying relationship to the top surface of the mattress and a peripheral skirt depending from the peripheral edge of the top panel for fitting an overlaying relationship to the sides and ends of the mattress. The depending skirt includes a layer of fabric material and a plurality of parallel, spaced-apart elastic cords stitched into the skirt fabric to gather the fabric material into folds perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elastic cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Louisville Bedding Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Seago
  • Patent number: 5230111
    Abstract: A method of constructing fitted sheet corners that cause the upper corners of the fitted sheet to draw more closely to the mattress than is designed into the regular plane of the fitted sheet seam. The recessed effect of this invention causes a slight depression in the softer, more pliable area of the mattress corner. The rigid characteristics of the top of the mattress corner act as a deterrent to the fitted sheet movement in an upward direction. A fitted sheet with this invention interacts with the mattress corners as the fitted sheet and mattress are distorted when used in the intended use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Davis
  • Patent number: 5173976
    Abstract: A mattress cover/fitted bed sheet which consists of a substantially rectangular blank of textile material with opposed sides and opposed ends. A pair of generally triangular pieces are cut out of the opposed sides adjacent the ends. Each of the triangular cut outs has a pair of opposed sides, an apex directed inwardly on the textile material and a base coincident with one of the sides of the textile material. The sides of the triangular cut outs are joined to form a biased side seam such that, when placed on a mattress, textile material is drawn under the end of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Enerbase Foundations Ltd.
    Inventor: Gisele B. Jubinville
  • Patent number: 5142718
    Abstract: A fitted bed sheet includes a full-width pocket at at least one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Trident Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: J. W. C. Anderson, Frank G. Lauyans, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5125121
    Abstract: A cushion protection system for incontinent individuals is disclosed, including a moisture impervious flexible base sheet. The sheet includes a raised panel extending about the side edges and projecting above a top seating surface thereof such that moisture is not permitted to seep through the sheet. Attachment provisions allow securement of the base sheet to a seating device. A moisture absorbent pad is provided with fasteners that will facilitate secure yet releasable attachment of the pad to the flexible base sheet. The pad may be provided of washable, reusable material, or may be supplied as disposable units, formed of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Ida B. Wroble
  • Patent number: 5081729
    Abstract: A disposable fitted birthing sheet is provided for a mattress which consists of a covering having a contoured shape to fit about the mattress. A first mechanism is in the bottom surface of the covering for providing an access so that the mattress can fit into the covering. A second mechanism is in the top surface of the covering, for keeping a patient dry and infection free during a pre-birthing and birthing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: Elisa C. Menday
  • Patent number: 5042099
    Abstract: A bed sheet system which includes a mattress cover, a bottom sheet and a protective panel. The components of the system are releasably securable to each other so that they can be conveniently removed, washed and replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Heirloom Creations, Inc.
    Inventors: Claire Brenner, Donna Bernstein, Alex Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5029353
    Abstract: A bed sheet 10 is comprised of a first panel 14 with at least one corner defined by a first highly stretchable insert 34 and a pocket defined by a second highly stretchable insert 50 in cooperation with the first highly stretchable insert 34. The fitted bed sheet 10 is capable of fitting the form of a conventional innerspring mattress and also a waterbed mattress for any given mattress size classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Kimlor Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce H. Kimball, Thomas C. Heh, Dwight A. McKeithan
  • Patent number: 4985953
    Abstract: A fitted mattress cover for enveloping the top surface side and end surfaces of a mattress constructed to drastically minimize the shifting of the cover relative to the mattress. The fitted mattress cover includes a top panel for fitting in overlaying relationship to the top surface of the mattress and a peripheral skirt depending from the peripheral edge of the top panel for fitting an overlaying relationship to the sides and ends of the mattress. The depending skirt includes a layer of fabric material and a plurality of parallel, spaced-apart elastic cords stitched into the skirt fabric to gather the fabric material into folds perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elastic cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Louisville Bedding Co.
    Inventor: Michael E. Seago
  • Patent number: 4980941
    Abstract: A fitted sheet is adapted to fit conformingly over a mattress. The fitted sheet comprises a top panel having a general shape and size similar to that of the top surface of the mattress. Side panels depend from the edges of the top panel. Portions of the side panels are made of an elastic material, each elastic portion extending from the bottom hem of the side panels to the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Perfect Fit Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Albert Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 4916766
    Abstract: The present invention entails a mattress and mattress support set specifically adapted to enable a bed sheet to be quickly and easily attached to the underside of the mattress. In particular, the underside of the mattress is provided with a plurality of spaced fasteners that are adapted to be connected to cooperating fasteners secured to the bed sheet. Easy access is provided to the fasteners stationed to the underside of the mattress by the provision of a series of recesses formed around the side wall structure of the mattress support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Malcolm B. Grandy
  • Patent number: 4912790
    Abstract: A fitted bed sheet includes a substantially rectangular main body portion of substantially the same dimensions as a selected mattress. Side portions extend from the sides of the main body portion and terminate in longitudinal edges. End portions extend from the ends of the main body portion and terminate in end edges. Substantially vertical corner seams join the side portions to the adjacent end portions, each seam extending from an inner end at a corner of said main body portion to an outer end at the junction of a longitudinal edge and an end edge. The side edges and end edges are thereby joined together to define a perimeter. There is elastic in at least a portion of the perimeter, to permit the sheet to fit snuggly around a mattress. The present invention is particularly characterized in that the vertical corner seams are at least partly elasticized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventor: Robert Macdonald
  • Patent number: 4815156
    Abstract: A bedspread with a panel attached to one end thereof to overlay pillows at the head of the bed, wherein the bedspread and the panel are provided with aligning tabs at the head end spaced apart a distance corresponding to the width of the mattress to thus enable centering the bedspread and the panel with respect to the mattress and pillows so that equal lengths thereof hang down at opposite sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: Linda E. Williams
  • Patent number: 4802250
    Abstract: Bedding for use a rectangular mattress which defines indicia thereon for alignment with the mattress to facilitate making the bed. The indicia includes a first transverse mattress foot alignment indicator and a mattress centering indicator. The foot alignment indicator is spaced inwardly from and extends parallel to the foot end of the bedding such that upon properly positioning the bedding on the mattress, the foot indicator is disposed over and extends parallel to the foot of the mattress and the centering indicator is disposed over a portion of the mattress so as to superimpose the central longitudinal axis of the bedding over the central longitudinal axis of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventor: Richard S. Farr
  • Patent number: 4781966
    Abstract: A laminate which is elastic in at least one direction, includes an elastic sheet having at least one nonelastic nonwoven web joined thereto at least at two areas. The nonelastic web is gathered between the two areas. The elastic sheet is formed from a polyetherester and the nonelastic nonwoven web includes spunlaced hydraulically entangled polyester fibers. The nonelastic nonwoven web may also include rayon or wood pulp fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: Jack D. Taylor