Headboard Or Footboard Patents (Class 5/53.1)
  • Patent number: 8997277
    Abstract: A playard having a floor and an upper frame is disclosed. The upper frame includes a first end supported a first distance above the floor, a second end supported a second distance above the floor, and at least two opposed sides. Each of the opposed sides includes a first rail, a second rail, and a joint joining the first and second rails. The joint is positioned in a first plane when the joint secures the first and second rails in an erected position, the first plane being transversely oriented with respect to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Thomas, Ken Zorovich
  • Patent number: 8955176
    Abstract: An adjustable bed frame that includes a headboard, a footboard, a quartet of support posts associated with the headboard and footboard, and support frames that connect the headboard posts to the footboard posts. Both the headboard and footboard are fabricated from two equal halves that can be separated, exposing an internal leaf. Both the headboard and footboard, in conjunction with their internal leaves, can be adjusted to a variety of lengths to accommodate various-sized box springs and mattresses as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio J. Mullikin
  • Patent number: 8931123
    Abstract: An assemblable mattress support can be shipped with all of its components compactly packed into the headboard. The mattress support includes a foldable longitudinal bar, a lateral bar, side panels, wooden slats, block legs and a footboard, all of which fit inside a compartment in the headboard. In an assembled state of the mattress support, a first connector at one end of the longitudinal bar attaches to a third connector on the outside of the headboard. A second connector at the other end of the longitudinal bar attaches to a fourth connector on the footboard. The middle of the lateral bar connects to the middle of the longitudinal bar. The block legs are attached to the bottom sides of the headboard and footboard. The slats are attached to one another by fabric ribbons and are placed in parallel over the longitudinal bar and support ledges on the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Zinus, Inc.
    Inventor: Suk Kan Oh
  • Patent number: 8898829
    Abstract: A bed frame end board that can be easily disassembled and reassembled to replace damaged components and reduce the cost and labor associated with refurbishment of dormitory beds including a vertically oriented rail configured to interlock with a bed frame side member, an outboard panel, and an inboard panel; and vertically spaced apart cross members having opposite ends fixed to the posts, wherein the outboard panels are releasably fixed to the rail by a fastening system having a slotted fastening clip on the rail and a stud on the outboard panel engaging a slot in the clip, and wherein the cross members are releasably attached to the posts with a threaded fastener and stabilized against rotational movement with respect to the post by dowels received in aligned bores extending into abutting surfaces of the panels and posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Case Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Cody D. Bartlett, Michael J. McKeon
  • Patent number: 8856983
    Abstract: An adjustable bed frame includes a headboard, a pair of longitudinal side rails in spaced-apart, parallel relationship, and a telescoping slat assembly connecting the headboard and side rails together to define a rectangular bed frame that is adjustable between a first rectangular size and a second rectangular size smaller than the first rectangular size. The telescoping slat assembly includes a set of tubular members that telescopically receive a respective set of elongated members to form telescoping slats. The tubular members have one end secured to one of the side rails and extend away therefrom in parallel, spaced apart relationship. The elongated members have one end secured to the other one of the side rails and extend away therefrom in parallel, spaced-apart relationship. The side rails are slidably secured to the headboard to facilitate movement of the frame between the first and second rectangular sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Espacio, LLC
    Inventor: Sami Hayek
  • Patent number: 8839469
    Abstract: A bunk bed system including a head board and a foot board assembled with corner posts and interconnecting slats including a modified mortise and tenon joint which includes a dado on a lateral face of the tenon in alignment with a vertical post channel and longitudinal pin channel which lock and fixedly holding the joint together. The vertical channel member cooperatively engages the dado to both fixedly hold the tenon within the mortise and to also hold the tenon perpendicular to the mortise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Anderson Wood Products Company
    Inventor: David S Anderson
  • Patent number: 8793823
    Abstract: A wall mounted headboard capable of storing and deploying a spring loaded table. The apparatus is comprised of a headboard pivotally connected to a first table section and assisted by a plurality of gas springs. The first table section is pivotally hinged to a second table section. The hinges between the table sections are hidden thus the table surface is free from anything disturbing a smooth surface. The weight of the second table section is offset by a plurality of torsion spring assemblies. The torsion spring assemblies are comprised of a torsion spring slidingly engaged in brackets mounted to each table section. The torsion spring assemblies allow a single user to move the second table section easily with minimal effort whether deploying or storing the table. The operation of storing or deploying the table can be performed from either side of the bed without walking around to the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Lamplight Development, LLC
    Inventors: Gene W. Baugh, Jayne A. Baugh
  • Patent number: 8656533
    Abstract: A furniture assembly may generally include a frame having legs for supporting the frame. The legs may generally define a space under the frame. A panel may be configured to be coupled to the frame to conceal at least part of the space under the frame. A furniture assembly may also, or alternatively, generally include a frame having a surface, and an overlay configured to be coupled to the frame to cover at least part of the surface of the frame. The overlay may provide a select appearance to the frame at the surface. A furniture assembly may further, or alternatively, generally include a frame having an opening, and an insert configured to be coupled to the frame at the opening. The insert may provide a select appearance to the frame at the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Mike Gallawa, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 8627523
    Abstract: A portable variable-position headboard for a bed or the like is provided. The apparatus includes a bottom frame member having a first end and a second end, the second end including a hinge; a back support frame member having a first end and a second end, the first end having a complementary hinge for coupling the back support frame member to the hinge of the bottom frame member, the back support frame member being movable from a first, closed position to a second, open position relative to the bottom frame member; and a back board configured for supporting a back of a user, the back board being pivotably coupled to the second end of the back support frame member. In the open position, the bottom frame member can be horizontally disposed between a mattress and a support structure, e.g., a bed frame, to create a vertical headboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Todd Kaiser
  • Patent number: 8296882
    Abstract: A plurality of angled members that are positionable between a bed's mattress and box spring to prevent a pet from falling off or of being accidentally pushed off a bed. The angled member positioned at the foot of the bed extends from one side to the other whether twin, queen or king sized mattress with the side angled members positioned on opposing sides of the bed with each adjacently fastened to the foot member by means of at least one bracket. The vertical portion of the angled members sufficiently extends above the planar top surface of the mattress to form a barrier to prevent the aforementioned accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Esposito
  • Patent number: 8186744
    Abstract: A convertible bed for a recreational vehicle has a sliding section and an inclining section. The sliding section is engageable with a frame for sliding movement relative to the frame between an extended position and a retracted position. The inclining section is pivotally combined and slidable with the sliding section. The inclining section is positioned for movement relative to the frame between a substantially flat position when the sliding section is in the extended position and an inclined position when the sliding section is in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: HWH Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Edmund Hanser, Vincent D. Buls
  • Patent number: 8104119
    Abstract: A headboard and/or footboard cover for a bed comprised of a back panel with at least one cinch cord and at least one tie back on each side of said back panel; a front panel with at least one cinch cord and at least one tie back on each side of the front panel; wherein the front panel has at least one pocket which may be filled with foam, feather, polyester or other like material; and a top cinch cord; wherein the top cinch cord connects the back and front panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Dawn Truex
  • Patent number: 7971289
    Abstract: A portable self-contained bed-on-demand system is presented which includes a portable collapsible self-contained storage bed and support assembly and a portable self-contained peripheral support system, or headwall, adapted to the bed that supplies medical-grade power, ventilation, and an oxygen treatment system. The bed-on-demand system duplicates, in a self-contained package usable outside a hospital environment, the critical facilities provided to a patient in a traditional hospital room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Emerg, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Payne, Michael Carmagnola, Jr., Byron Scott Creasy
  • Patent number: 7934276
    Abstract: An end panel 312 for a patient-support apparatus 310 includes a main portion 316 and one or more movable portions 330, 332. The movable portions 330, 332 are movable to provide a barrier 318 in a gap between a siderail 360 of the patient-support apparatus 310 and the main portion 316 of the end panel 312.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Kenneth W. Meyer, John B. Wilker, Jr., Richard H. Heimbrock, James L. Walke, Robert M. Zerhusen, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Patent number: 7904976
    Abstract: An endboard such as a headboard or a footboard for a patient support is provided. The endboard is suitable for use in connection with care equipment, a service supply, and a service line operably coupling the service supply to the care equipment. The endboard includes at least one line support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Hakamiun, Thom Uzzle, Jon Mueller
  • Patent number: 7861334
    Abstract: A patient bed includes a patient support, with a headboard, a footboard, and a plurality of side rails. One or more surfaces of the side rails or of the headboard or of the footboard includes a gap and a sealing cover for sealing the gap to facilitate cleaning and disinfection of the patient bed. For example, the cover may comprise a membrane that is applied to the surface, for example, by an adhesive. The adhesive may be releasable so that the membrane may be removed for replacement or to provide access to the gap for example, where the gap is formed between a control interface that is located in the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Lemire, Marco Morin, Richard Paré, Francois St-Laurent, Steve Bolduc
  • Patent number: 7721366
    Abstract: A folding mattress support system replaces both a conventional box spring and the bed frame with rails. The mattress support system is lighter, quieter and easier to transport, and also provides more storage space beneath the mattress. The mattress support system includes bed frame assemblies, central connecting bars, edge attachments and a bed skirt. Leg brackets fold out from the bed frame assemblies, which themselves unfold in the middle. Central connecting bars connect inner side edges of the bed frame assemblies. Plastic edge attachments are attached at outer corners of the bed frame assemblies and hold a bed skirt taught around the frame assemblies when the frame assemblies are standing on the extended leg brackets. A mattress is then placed on top of the assembled mattress support system. Optionally, metal edge attachments at the head corners of the mattress support system both hold the bed skirt and support a headboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Zinus, Inc.
    Inventors: Youn Jae Lee, Suk Kan Oh
  • Patent number: 7712162
    Abstract: A toddler bed frame system is convertible for use with either a twin or full size bed, and includes a toddler side wall having detachable components for this purpose. A first supporting leg is connected to one end of the toddler side wall, and a toddler headboard is detachably and pivotally mounted about the first supporting leg. A second supporting leg is connected to the opposite end of the toddler side wall, and a toddler footboard is detachably and pivotally mounted about the second supporting leg. A third supporting leg is connected to the opposite end of the toddler headboard, and a side rail panel is detachably and pivotally mounted about the third supporting leg. A fourth supporting leg is connected at a free end of the side rail panel. A fifth supporting leg is connected at a free end of the toddler footboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Delta Enterprise Corp.
    Inventors: Sam I. Shamie, Ely Louis Shamie
  • Patent number: 7694363
    Abstract: A bracket system for attaching a headboard to a bed foundation. The bracket system includes a foundation bracket affixed to the bed foundation and a slide bracket affixed to the headboard. Each of the brackets is generally U-shaped having a pair of side plates extending outwardly therefrom. The dimensions and spacing of the side plates enables one bracket to interfit or nest within the other bracket. A securing device passes through both the foundation bracket and the slide bracket to secure the brackets together and affix the headboard to the bed foundation. In an alternate embodiment, the foundation brackets have a lower plate and side plates extending upwardly therefrom and are affixed to the head corners of the bed foundation. The slide bracket is affixed to the headboard and then to the directly to the bed foundation through the foundation bracket. In a further embodiment, the foundation bracket is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Finger Lakes Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Polevoy, Paul Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 7681259
    Abstract: A ready to assemble, expandable headboard that is capable of fitting different size mattresses and is packaged compactly so that a store and the resulting customer can easily carry the packaged headboard. A ready to assemble headboard and kit where the headboard is expandable yet easily assembled to result in a cushioned, fabric slipcovered headboard with a custom look.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: E & E Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Edmund Jin
  • Patent number: 7679888
    Abstract: A modular container (2) for a flat display panel (3) has a mounting shelf (55) for the panel and power means (48) for selectively raising and lowering the mounting shelf and vertical channels (108) or geared tracks in the container positioned to receive side edges of the panel and adjustable laterally to accommodate panels of different widths. A modular container for a flat display panel has a mounting shelf for the panel and power means for selectively raising and lowering the mounting shelf and remotely controlled power means (32, 76), for moving said container with respect to a seated or recumbent person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Mitchell Kirschner, Ethan Schuman
  • Patent number: 7644457
    Abstract: A patient support (10) is provided for supporting a patient. Patient support (10) includes a frame (12), a deck (16), a mattress (18) and siderails (24 and 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hensley, Jean Bernard Duvert, Sebastien Gemeline, Patrick Weizman, Gary S. Siegle, Barbu Olivier, Le Boeuf Guenael
  • Patent number: 7487558
    Abstract: An end panel for a patient support apparatus such as a hospital bed has a frame, a housing covering the frame, a roller mounted on the frame which rotates relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Risk, Jr., David W. Williams, Matthew C. Visca, Peter M. Wukusick, James K. Findlay, Robert M. Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 7418747
    Abstract: A furniture member adapted to act as a versatile headboard is disclosed. The furniture member has a substantially vertical back member, two side members, a substantially vertical, lower front member and an angled front member collectively defining an interior space with the angled front member extending upward at a slope between the front lower member and a top edge of the vertical back member. The furniture member is placed against a mattress and box spring arrangement allowing people on the mattress to sit up by leaning against the angled front member. Adjustment of the angled front member is also disclosed. Use of the furniture member permits people to comfortably read, eat, use a laptop and conduct various other activities while in seated in bed. The furniture member also provides storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Jason D. Myers
  • Patent number: 7360260
    Abstract: A bed frame may include a footboard. The footboard may have two corner posts and at least one cross member that may extend between the corner posts. A platform may be pivotally coupled to the footboard for movement between a stowed position and an extended position. The platform may be pivotally coupled to the corner posts and/or the cross member. A support member may be pivotally coupled to the footboard for movement between a stowed position and an extended position in which the support member may support the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Mike Gallawa, Joel Grossman
  • Patent number: 7200880
    Abstract: A system for implementing a modular structure having two or more cot places, characterised in that the modular structure is implemented by the mutual interconnection of single units (1) made of a pair of posts (2) and of at least one crosspiece (3) assembled in a sandwich arrangement blocked in position by fastening means (4). The system has the main advantage of providing a variable structural modularity to assume a plurality of different conditions, both with regard to the combinability thereof in terms of number of cot places and with regard to the overall dimensions thereof, while maintaining the same number of cot places, according to the varying of the user's needs over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventors: Tommaso Mazza, Alfredo Salerni
  • Patent number: 7181784
    Abstract: A bedding storage system for storing pillows and bedding includes a headboard being positioned adjacent to a head of a bed. The headboard includes a peripheral wall defining an interior space of the headboard. The peripheral wall includes a pair of side edges each defining one of a pair of side open ends. The side open ends permit the pillows and the bedding to be inserted into the interior space. A medial wall is attached to the peripheral wall and positioned in the interior space to divide the interior space into an upper portion and a lower portion. Each of a plurality of shelf assemblies is positioned in the interior space. Each of the shelf assemblies is extendable from one of the side open ends of the headboard to receive pillows and bedding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Sandra L. Geilear
  • Patent number: 7178186
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress with an inflatable headboard and/or footboard. Inflatable side supports may also be included. The mattress is particularly suited for infants or toddlers in that the side and end supports prevent a child from rolling or sliding off the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Spin Master Ltd.
    Inventor: Stuart Harris
  • Patent number: 7159253
    Abstract: A modular headboard for a bedstead includes an upper headboard section and a lower headboard section selectively coupled together for convenient storage and transportation. The upper headboard section includes laterally-spaced, vertically-extending upper post sections and a headboard panel extending therebetween. The lower headboard section includes corresponding lower post sections, with cross rails extending between the lower post sections. A laterally-extending slat overlaps adjacent edges of the upper and lower headboard sections to facilitate alignment of the upper and lower headboard sections, and is secured to the headboard sections to form a stable headboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: American Signature, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Shuikuan Yang
  • Patent number: 7118179
    Abstract: A headboard that includes a cushioning member and a flexible cover substantially enclosing the cushioning member. The flexible cover includes at least first and second opposite panels. The first panel is formed of a fabric that has a plurality of loops. A support includes a fastener disposed thereon. The fastener is formed of a plurality of hooks that engage the plurality of loops of the first panel, thereby releasably engaging the first panel with the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventors: Stephanie W. Wilson, Colleen E. Tompson
  • Patent number: 7111342
    Abstract: Interior design structures and lightweight furniture formed from a felted fibrous material such as needle punched felt as the material of construction in replacement for wood. The felted fibrous material is adapted to provide adequate strength to permit construction of three dimensional structures by use of standard joining techniques such as screws, nails, glue and the like. At the same time, the nature of the felted fibrous material affords the opportunity to bend and shape the material thereby allowing additional freedom in construction and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: The Felters Group
    Inventors: Jerry W. Owens, Jr., Joseph C. Moon, Susan K. Crow
  • Patent number: 7062803
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bedstead board having at least one recess near a first or a second side. The at least one recess is configured to removably receive a roller of a patient transport system. In use, two bedstead boards are connected to a bed frame. Each of the two bedstead boards includes at least one recess, with the at least two recesses aligning to receive a roller of the patient transport system to be parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bed. Preferably, the at least one recess is tilted from vertical such that the roller will not tend to dislodge from the at least one recess during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Barton Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. McMahan
  • Patent number: 7036160
    Abstract: A footboard desk designed to extend over the foot of a bed to provide for an efficient use of space while maintaining the aesthetically pleasing aspects of a room's décor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Deborah S. Pecoraro
  • Patent number: 6986176
    Abstract: A combination headboard and stowable tray characterized as having a vertically extending front surface and vertically extending back surface being spaced apart from one another to create a tray stowing compartment. A tray is pivotally appended to the bed headboard oriented substantially in a vertical orientation when stowed within the headboard and between the vertically extending front and back surfaces. The tray is rotatable about a first pivot to extend the tray outwardly from between the vertically extending front and back members while maintaining its vertical orientation. A second is pivot is provided for rotating the tray to a substantially horizontal orientation for its deployment as a tabletop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Terry Kang Lin
  • Patent number: 6948199
    Abstract: A bed foundation is provided by a rectangular panel having a flat upper face and downwardly depending side and end walls to form an open box-like structure. Downwardly facing mounting bores are provided at least at the corners of the foundation, and support legs are engaged in the bores to support the foundation at a spacing above a floor surface. The foundation is made entirely or substantially entirely from an expanded rigid plastic foam material with high flame retardancy. In an alternative, the side and end walls are eliminated and the legs are supported directly at the corners of a single flat panel, with springs tacked to the upper surface and surrounded by a suitable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Global Advanced Systems, LLC
    Inventor: William W. Hooper, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6931676
    Abstract: A corner headboard formed of a three sided structure that may be positioned in a corner of the room with the bed extending angularly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: E. Patrick Henley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6910234
    Abstract: A collapsible headboard for providing a headboard for a mattress to inhibit pillows falling off of the mattress. The collapsible headboard includes a frame assembly being selectively actuated between a collapsed position and a deployed position. The frame assembly is designed for receiving the mattress when the frame assembly is in the deployed position. The frame assembly is actuated to the collapsed position for facilitating storage of the frame assembly when the frame assembly is removed from the mattress. A panel member is coupled to the frame assembly. The panel member is designed for being positioned against the mattress whereby the panel member is for inhibiting pillows from sliding off of the mattress when the frame assembly is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Steve Thulin
  • Publication number: 20040237190
    Abstract: An interchangeable furniture system for providing an interchangeable furniture element having faces with different appearances. The desired face may be selected and the interchangeable furniture element selectively oriented to make that face visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: Lane Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James DeRose
  • Publication number: 20040194209
    Abstract: A rotary valve operationally connected to a rotary shaft is housed so as to be slidably rotatable in an accommodation hole formed in a cylinder block. A suction valve mechanism functions so as to introduce refrigerant gas in a suction chamber into a compression chamber. A gas suction passage leading from the suction chamber to the compression chamber can be opened and closed in synchronism with rotation of the rotary shaft. In an outer circumferential surface of the rotary valve is formed a groove constituting a part of a gas vent passage for introducing the refrigerant gas in a crank chamber into the compression chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Masaki Ota, Tomoji Tarutani, Yoshinori Inoue, Hisato Kawamura, Kenji Mochizuki, Shigeki Kawachi, Junichi Takahata, Masahiro Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20040181871
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bedstead board having at least one recess near a first or a second side. The at least one recess is configured to removably receive a roller of a patient transport system. In use, two bedstead boards are connected to a bed frame. Each of the two bedstead boards includes at least one recess, with the at least two recesses aligning to receive a roller of the patient transport system to be parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bed. Preferably, the at least one recess is tilted from vertical such that the roller will not tend to dislodge from the at least one recess during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Applicant: BARTON MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert L. McMahan
  • Patent number: 6751815
    Abstract: A hospital stretcher includes a patient support deck having an upwardly-facing patient support surface, and at least one sideframe adjacent to a first side of the stretcher, and movable between (i) a first raised position where the top of the at least one sideframe is generally disposed above the patient support surface at a first adult patient-restraining height, (ii) a second fully-raised position where the top of the at least one sideframe is generally disposed above the patient support surface at a second pediatric patient-restraining height greater than the first adult patient-restraining height, and (iii) a third out-of-the-way down position where the top of the at least one sideframe is generally disposed below the patient support surface. Sideframe locking mechanisms are provided for selectively locking the at least one sideframe in the first adult patient-restraining raised position and the second pediatric patient-restraining fully-raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Donald E. Smith, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 6637052
    Abstract: The wooden bed frame shown in the figures is designed to reduce the effect of the house dust mite upon a sleeper allergic to such mites. The bed incorporates a number of features each of which contribute to reduce asthma attacks for sleepers sensitive to the house dust mite. The bed frame includes a footboard (2) and a headboard (1) outwardly inclined at an angle of between 5° and 25°, preferably at 15°, to the vertical. The headboard (1) and footboard (2), both extend beyond the width of an air mattress (not shown) lying between stringers (3 and 4) to ensure good circumjacent air circulation even when located against a wall. The mattress is supported on slats (6) mounted between the stringers (3 and 4). In use the air mattress may be covered by a quilted cotton material that is readily washed and dried so that it does not act as a natural host for house dust mites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: The Pilgrim Bed Limited
    Inventor: Helen Louise Nockles
  • Patent number: 6618876
    Abstract: A bed headboard assembly that is entirely independent of support associated with any other part of a bed structure such as the mattress, spring or bed frame, embodies a generally soft, panel-like member having length and width dimensions that are substantially greater than its thickness. A fabric container encloses the panel and has an access opening for inserting and removing the panel. The access opening can be dosed with a zipper or hook-and-loop closure device. A rigid support member is coupled to the panel member parallel to one edge, so that the panel can be suspended from the support when said support is hung on a wall next to a bed. Decorative patterns on the outer surface of the fabric container and pocket recesses in either the fabric or the panel or both, enhance the functions of the headboard for visual appeal and for the convenience of a user of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen Murphy, William R. Grose
  • Publication number: 20030145377
    Abstract: A system for replacing furniture panels which includes a frame secured to a piece of furniture and a panel which may be inserted or otherwise slid into the frame and secured therein is disclosed. The panel has front and rear surfaces having different appearances and either surface can be exposed. This allows the decor of the furniture to be easily and quickly changed at will.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Stewart Paul
  • Publication number: 20030135928
    Abstract: A bed headboard assembly that is entirely independent of support associated with any other part of a bed structure such as the mattress, spring or bed frame, embodies a generally soft, panel-like member having length and width dimensions that are substantially greater than its thickness. A fabric container encloses the panel and has an access opening for inserting and removing the panel. The access opening can be closed with a zipper or hook-and-loop closure device. A rigid support member is coupled to the panel member parallel to one edge, so that the panel can be suspended from the support when said support is hung on a wall next to a bed. Decorative patterns on the outer surface of the fabric container and pocket recesses in either the fabric or the panel or both, enhance the functions of the headboard for visual appeal and for the convenience of a user of the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen Murphy, William R. Grose
  • Patent number: 6564401
    Abstract: A bracket is provided for use in pairs to secure a headboard to a bed frame. The bracket includes a first bracket assembly defined by relatively U-shaped pivotally connected first and second bracket members and a second bracket assembly defined by pivotally connected relatively shallow U-shaped third and fourth bracket members. The second and fourth bracket members are interconnected by relatively slidable first and second connector members of a connector assembly which can be fixed in selective positions of relative adjustment. The first and third bracket members are secured to a respective bed frame and headboard and the relative pivoting and sliding connections allow two such brackets to be utilized for any sized bed, be it single, queen, king, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: American Bedding Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Michael Weinman
  • Publication number: 20020124311
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses various sport-shaped bed designs consisting of a frame 26, mattress 14, motion sensors 32, rechargeable battery cell 36 and dimmer night light 42. The designs have shapes such as a football, baseball, soccer, basketball, and other sport shapes. The bed also comprises storage drawers 28 located in various positions according to the design. Each bed contains battery-operated motion sensors 32 which trigger a night dimmer light 42. When the sensor 32 indicates a child has laid down in the bed, the dimmer 42 responds to the signal and the light 18 goes on. Within a short period of time, the light slowly dims until it is fully out. If the child 12 should sit up, the sensor 32 will react and the light 18 will go on. The mattress 14 fits down inside a recess 16 in the frame 26 and the headboard 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Paula Peftoulidis
  • Patent number: 6256811
    Abstract: A fiber optic illuminated starlight scene on a headboard. By using a plurality of optical fibers (22) lighted by an illuminator (20) and the optical fiber/visible end (16) are positioned flush with front panel (12) decorative scene (14) a realistic rendition of a starlight scene is created. The optical fibers/visible ends (16) placement and dispersion in the decorative scene (14) along with the distance and angle of the optical fibers (22) to the illuminator makes each individual optical fiber/visible end (16) appear as starlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Eric S. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6182307
    Abstract: A headboard for a bed provided with cleats is removably mounting the headboard on a wall above the bed. The headboard has a frame receiving a paneling with a cane cushion, over which a fabric can be drawn and held in place by adhesive strips on the back of the panel. Swivels can lock the panel in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Julius Rutrick