For Placement Below A Mattress And Above Its Supporting Structure (e.g., Bed Boards) Patents (Class 5/659)
  • Patent number: 9737155
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns a communication system adapted to communicate between a handheld remote control and a first adjustable bed controller of a first adjustable bed facility, and a second communication system adapted to communicate between the first adjustable bed controller of the first adjustable bed facility and a second adjustable bed controller of a second adjustable bed facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9408476
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for facilitating rotation of a mattress in a horizontal plane carried by a box spring or a platform. In order to facilitate rotation, slick surfaces between the mattress and the box spring or platform are selectively placed in contact in order to reduce the normal friction therebetween. The slick surfaces may be provided by two (2) separate covers; one cover for the mattress and one cover for the box spring or platform. A first cover is provided with a slick and non-slick surface. In order to further facilitate rotation, a second cover includes a slick surface on one side and forms part of a levitation device. The other side of the second cover may be formed with a slick or a non-slick surface. The levitation device creates an air cushion between the mattress and the box spring under the influence of an air supply which lifts the mattress and allows the mattress to be rotated in a horizontal plane virtually effortlessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Levitation Sciences LLC
    Inventor: William John Scarleski
  • Patent number: 9125500
    Abstract: An article such as a crib rail cover that can protect an infant or young child from ingesting wood and toxins or from impact injury, and the crib from bite marks or other damage, is described. Embodiments of the crib rail cover comprises: a cover sleeve including top fabric portion and a backing portion, an inside padding portion, and a plurality of attachment structures. The crib rail cover is adapted to fit on various make and models of cribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Ashleigh Farrell
  • Patent number: 9078527
    Abstract: Panel assemblies designed and configured to be installed into cushioned and other occupant-supporting furniture to increase the support provided to one or more occupants of the furniture. Each panel assembly is composed of interconnecting components, such as panels and slats. The components are interconnected in any one or more of a variety of manners, including side-to-side, overlapped, and stacked, and combinations thereof. Each panel assembly can be made from one or more kits of components that can be provided along with instructions, such as assembly instructions and installation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: HIP Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: James Pettingill, Timothy George
  • Patent number: 9066599
    Abstract: A mattress restoration assembly and method of use for filling in impressions formed into the mattress to be restored, providing additional support and improving user comfort. The mattress restoration assembly includes a mattress abutting cover member positionable on the mattress to be restored, at least one support member operationally coupled to the mattress abutting cover member; a top cover member positioned over the mattress abutting cover member and the support member; and a securing means for selectively securing the mattress restoration assembly to the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Justin James Waggoner
  • Patent number: 9032573
    Abstract: A bed vibration system to provide controllable vibrations beneath a mattress, which is located on a bed, the system comprising: a frame attachable to the bed by at least four suspension modules; at least two vibration modules, each vibration module having a rotatable element; at least two travel tracks attachable to the frame, the travel tracks configurable to have the at least two vibration modules respectively displaceable thereupon; and a vibration module control unit configurable to control vibrations and displacement of the respective vibration modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: David Mijan
  • Patent number: 9021630
    Abstract: Levitation devices are disclosed for use with beds. In one embodiment, the levitation device is configured to facilitate rotation of a mattress with respect to a box spring. In another embodiment, the levitation device is configured to facilitate making a bed which allows sheets and blankets to be tucked between the mattress and the box spring without the need to lift the mattress. In a third embodiment, the levitation device functions as a hybrid device and can be used for making a bed or rotating a mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Levitation Sciences LLC
    Inventor: William John Scarleski
  • Patent number: 9003583
    Abstract: A mattress-retention mechanism is provided that prevents a mattress from moving on an adjustable bed during articulation. The mechanism includes a rod held between two retainer ends. The rod is held on the mattress bottom within a tube. The retainer ends have a downwardly extending leg that passes through a corresponding hole in the bed base. Each leg has a toothed rack that can be engaged by a latch. Each retainer end is held in place by a latch assembly coupled to the bottom of the adjustable bed base. The latch assembly has a retainer block that holds a latch, and a biasing mechanism. The biasing mechanism operates to move the latch into engagement with the leg of the retainer end. The mechanism maintains the mattress in place relative to the adjustable bed base, while being hidden from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Christopher John Schnake, William Robert Rohr
  • Patent number: 8984689
    Abstract: A spring mattress structure comprises a mattress body with a top bed surface and a bottom bed surface developed by a plurality of shaft levers which are regularly arranged and separated by a spacing: each of the shaft levers on which a plurality of springs are installed allows each spring's two bottom ends to be positioned at two adjacent springs; each of the springs has a hollow space corresponding to the spacing developed by two adjacent shaft levers and makes its bottom fixed on a shaft lever with a spring-loaded locating piece; the spring-loaded locating piece comprises a locating part on which a shaft lever is fixed; the locating part has elastic fasteners extending from both sides and used to clamp spring coils of springs so that the springs are stably connected to shaft levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Han-Chung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8918931
    Abstract: A bed accessory, for use with a bed having a mattress and a base for the mattress, includes a bed cover retainer having a first portion adapted to fit between the mattress and the base for the mattress. The first portion defines a wedge that is configured to produce a separation force between the mattress and base to hold the retainer in position. The first portion may further define a bed-cover-engaging member, such as a high-friction surface, to hold the bed cover in position. A sleeper attendant may be supported at a second portion. The sleeper attendant is adapted to support an object in a manner that the object is accessible to a sleeper on the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: SimpleIdeas, LLC
    Inventors: Randal S. Baker, Arlyn J. Boorsma, Bryan J. Roodvoets
  • Publication number: 20140283306
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support element (11) for a bed rest, in particular with slats (12), comprising a central portion (13) with a mainly vertical extension, that is connected to the bed rest and that is provided with a free end (15), and an arc-shaped and elastically yielding portion (14), which is slidably connected to the free end (15) of the central portion (13); in particular, the free end (15) of the central portion (13) has a first seat (23) for housing a pulley or sliding guide (16) and the elastically yielding portion (14) has a second seat (25), for each side, for housing respective pulleys or sliding guides (18), motion transmitting elements (19) being also placed on the pulleys or sliding guides (16, 18). The invention further relates to a bed rest equipped with a plurality of the above mentioned support elements (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Stefano Gandolfi
  • Patent number: 8832878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for supporting a person in an upright position while sleeping or resting in a bed such that the person can avoid sliding down into a horizontal position as a result of natural forces of gravity and normal movement during sleep. According to an aspect, an apparatus includes a harness configured to hold a person, an anchor to secure the harness to a bed, and a tether having one end connected to the harness and another end connected to the anchor. The anchor can include a support member and an insert extending from the support member such that the upper surface of the insert comes into contact with a mattress and the lower surface of the insert comes into contact with a bed-base. The apparatus can hold the person in the same position on the bed allowing them to remain upright while sleeping or resting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Andrew McGann
  • Patent number: 8800079
    Abstract: Bed cover holders having first sections that slide under and between a mattress and a box spring and second sections including upturned ends that are slidably secured to the first sections permitting the holder to telescope between extended and retracted positions are described. The upturned ends of the holders are positioned flush against the end of the mattress when retracted. The holders can be extended to form a shelf where bedding including pillows can be placed when the bed is in use. In at least one variation, the first and second sections comprise nesting tubular structures to facilitate the telescoping arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Doreen Eubank
  • Patent number: 8776294
    Abstract: A bracket, which is adapted for retaining a mattress, includes two hinge bases for being mounted on a bed frame, two rotating members and a connector. Each of the rotating members has a pivot and a first coupling portion extending from the pivot and being substantially perpendicular to the pivot. The pivots are respectively connected with the hinge bases rotatably. The connector has a transverse portion and two second coupling portions respectively provided at two ends of the transverse portion and coupled with the first coupling portions. As a result, the connector can be easily dismounted from and mounted to the rotating members. When the connector is dismounted from the rotating members, the bed frame is conveniently wrapped and transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Philip Woods McCarty, Philip Reid Sherman, Chuan-Hang Shih, Liang Liu
  • Publication number: 20140189957
    Abstract: A bed vibration system to provide controllable vibrations beneath a mattress, which is located on a bed, the system comprising: a frame attachable to the bed by at least four suspension modules; at least two vibration modules, each vibration module having a rotatable element; at least two travel tracks attachable to the frame, the travel tracks configurable to have the at least two vibration modules respectively displaceable thereupon; and a vibration module control unit configurable to control vibrations and displacement of the respective vibration modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: David Mijan
  • Publication number: 20140157519
    Abstract: Panel assemblies designed and configured to be installed into cushioned and other occupant-supporting furniture to increase the support provided to one or more occupants of the furniture. Each panel assembly is composed of interconnecting components, such as panels and slats. The components are interconnected in any one or more of a variety of manners, including side-to-side, overlapped, and stacked, and combinations thereof. Each panel assembly can be made from one or more kits of components that can be provided along with instructions, such as assembly instructions and installation instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: HIP Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: James Pettingill, Timothy George
  • Patent number: 8745787
    Abstract: A sheet anchoring system is provided to restrain the periphery of a fitted sheet on a bed, where the sheet anchoring system includes a plurality of pivotable clips each having a first end and a second end with engaging friction surfaces to grasp between the surfaces a portion of the periphery of the sheet without the need for a spring or other force-biasing mechanism. The second end also has engaging surfaces forced into engagement by the weight of the mattress on top of the second end when the second end is placed between the mattress and a box spring below the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan Richard Heimlich
  • Patent number: 8707487
    Abstract: A cane holder comprising one or more horizontal perpendicular plates, optionally one or more horizontal parallel plates, and a pair of support members for holding a cane, wherein the distance between the support members can be adjusted to fit the length of the cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Universal World LLC
    Inventor: F. Marc Kullman
  • Patent number: 8533876
    Abstract: A pistol supporting device having a base and a support post. The base is shaped to be disposed between a mattress and a box spring so that the base is maintained in a generally horizontal orientation. The support post is constructed of a material that is softer than the material of the bore of a pistol and is preferably formed of a carbon fiber material. The support post is attached to the base and extends in a direction that crosses, but is not perpendicular to, a plane associated with the base. The support post is constructed to be received in a bore of a pistol and oriented to align a grip of the pistol with a palm of a prone user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: David L. Bonk
  • Publication number: 20130232698
    Abstract: Sheets on a mattress having a sleeping surface and a lower surface disposed opposite the sleeping surface may be changed using a fluid container. The fluid container has an outer surface including a resilient material that may be displaced in response to a pressure similar to the pressure of fluid contained in the fluid container. The fluid container is provided with a predetermined quantity of fluid and disposed such that the resilient outer surface is adjacent to a portion of an outer perimeter of the lower surface of the mattress. The resilient outer surface is displaced by a volume, allowing a portion of a sheet to be inserted between the outer surface and the lower surface of the mattress. The outer surface is allowed to refill the displaced volume and thereby engage the portion of the sheet against the lower surface of the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Billy Walter Ward
  • Patent number: 8482424
    Abstract: A display device for use with a mattress in a showroom environment for presenting information regarding the mattress to a person. The display device comprises a base and standard extending generally upwardly from the base and including an upper display portion. The base is selectively placeable in association with the mattress whereby information concerning the asserted mattress will be visible to a customer considering the mattress. The stand includes a media player on the display portion for presenting product information regarding the mattress. The display stand includes a sensor in electronic communication with the media player. The sensor activates the media player responsive to the approach of a person to the digital display stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Wright of Thomasville, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Wright, Greg Wright
  • Patent number: 8479331
    Abstract: A mattress mount gun holster is described for storing a firearm adjacent to a mattress for easy access by the occupant of the mattress. The mattress mount gun holster may be removed from the mattress and stored in a flat configuration during travel or when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Crossbreed Holsters, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Craighead
  • Patent number: 8381333
    Abstract: To accommodate safe, convenient, and effective sleeping arrangements perhaps with mothers and babies, the present invention entails a co-sleeping apparatus and methods having a simple support which may be affixed by friction in a bed and uses a cantilever design to support various forms of baby, pet, and doll baskets (or other sleeping receptacles of choice) at close proximity and convenient locations near a resting parent. This simple cantilever design may provide three important advantages: an immediate arms' reach access to an infant without ever having to leave a bed; interference free design perhaps with no floor supports or bulky stands; and an extremely simple method for single-handed mounting, adjusting, and dismounting of an infant, pet, and doll sleeping receptacle and the like. Embodiments may provide stowing the apparatus in a virtually disappearing condition and the apparatus may be easily disassembled or even folded linearly for convenient long term storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Friedman
  • Patent number: 8370976
    Abstract: A folding headrest apparatus for massage consisting of an upper plate with a cushion attached thereto for the purpose of placing a massage receiver's head face-down. A rotatable mounted mechanism attached to an upper plate and an upwardly extending base portion for the purpose of rotating said upper plate generally 180-degrees. A lower plate portion for inserting between a mattress and box spring of a typical bed that meets said upwardly extending base portion at a generally 90-degree angle. A removable spacer element(s) sandwiched between the cushion and upper plate for the purpose of adjusting height of the cushion relative to a lower plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: David J Matt, Kevin Gard
  • Patent number: 8321975
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bed sheet and to an apparatus for securing a bed sheet or fitted sheet to a mattress. The bed sheet and apparatus, namely a bed sheet retainer set, preferably comprise a fitted bed sheet having four corners and a flat sheet. Both the fitted sheet and flat sheet are placed on a mattress above a box spring. The bed sheet retainer set preferably comprises a fitted sheet restrictor having cylinder with a slot and a base for placement between the mattress and box spring, four corner grips for use on the fitted sheet and two flat sheet grips for use with the flat sheet. The corner grips and flat sheet grips are preferably made of machine-washable foam with a rougher surface. The corner grips preferably each have a semi-circular base and a rounded corner wall. The flat sheet grips preferably have an hour-glass shape and rounded edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy A. Lindberg, Alicia Lindberg
  • 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: 8176587
    Abstract: A folding headrest product for massage consisting of an upper plate with a cushion attached thereto for the purpose of placing a massage receiver's head face-down. A height adjustment and locking element located on a downwardly extending male portion that is attached to said upper plate with a rotatable mounted mechanism for the purpose of rotating said upper plate generally 180-degrees. A height adjustment and locking element located on an upwardly extending female portion that receives said downwardly extending male portion. A lower plate portion for inserting between a mattress and box spring of a typical bed that meets said upwardly extending female portion at a generally 90-degree angle. A hanger element located on said upwardly extending female portion for the purpose of hanging said product on a closet pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: David J Matt, Kevin Gard
  • Patent number: 7917979
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting a mattress to an optimal work level so as to facilitate the bed making process. A generally rectangular size specific inflatable member is disposed between a mattress and box springs in an unsecured manner so as to create a functional space between the mattress and inflatable member into which the bed linen can be secured during the bed making process. A fluid communication means is engageable with the inflatable member and an air pump is engageable with the fluid communication means for providing air for inflating the inflatable member. A power means provides power to operate the air pump and a switch activates and deactivates the air pump. A valve controls inflation and deflation of the inflatable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: Fred R. Amsler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7832033
    Abstract: A device to prevent a person lying on a bed from falling off the bed, while allowing the person freedom to change sleeping positions and to enter and exit a bed without assistance. This device consists of a washable fabric cover with four cylinder sleeves on each longitudinal side of cover. An elongated support member is inserted into one of the cylinder sleeves on each side of cover. The elongated support member and cover are removably held in place along each longitudinal side of a mattress by brackets. The brackets are anchored between a box springs and a frame of a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Glen Berkshire
  • Patent number: 7810194
    Abstract: A mattress for use with an adjustable bed frame having a carriage, a head support section and a thigh support section connected to the carriage and a foot support section connected to the thigh support section includes a foam layer, a rigid planar retainer member fastened to an underside portion of the foam layer, a fabric layer arranged to cover the retainer member and a fastener connected to the retainer member for connecting the retainer member to the carriage. The mattress may include a plurality of channels formed in the foam layer and arranged to allow airflow through the foam layer. A fan may be mounted in the foam layer to force air through the channels. Loudspeaker system components may also be mounted in the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Alain Clenet
  • Patent number: 7784129
    Abstract: A recumbent therapeutic mattress support in the form of a plurality of interlocking wedges positionable between the box spring and the mattress of a bed, the user selectively interlocking two or more wedges to achieve the desired therapeutic elevation for either the head, neck and torso, or the legs in order to achieve the desired degree of support, comfort and relief from pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Russell Javaruski, James Bergdoll, Paul Gurbapri
  • Publication number: 20100175195
    Abstract: The bedsheet-tucking tool kit consists of at least one bed-mattress lifter and at least one bedsheet tucker. The lifter has a handle and an insertable portion, the distal end of which tapers in the direction away from the handle. A stopper provided between the handle and the tapered portion limits insertion of the lifter to a position in which the bedsheet can fall behind the inserted portion. At its bottom, the lifter has a flared wing-like portion that maintains stability of the lifter in the inserted position. In order to increase friction between the bottom of the lifter and the boxspring mattress, a small portion of the bottom surface of the lifter is coated with a thin rubber-like coating. This protects the lifter from popping out from the inserted position. The handle may be coated with a rubber film. The tucking tool is made in the form of a spade with a rounded knob-like handle and a flat tucker blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Carisa Harris Adamson, Stefan Schulz, Bret Baumgarten, Kaveh Soofer
  • Patent number: 7707669
    Abstract: A mattress lift for elevating a bed mattress and tucking in sheets or bed covers beneath or under the bed mattress between the bed mattress and a box spring or other supporting surface comprising a lift device including a base or body having a longitudinally disposed substantially oblong recess formed in the upper surface thereof with a longitudinally disposed oblong slot formed in the base or body symmetrically disposed within the longitudinally disposed substantially oblong recess, a lift handle formed or coupled to a proximal portion of the base or body configured to be grasped by the user, a lift ramp including an inclined surface formed or coupled to a distal portion of the base or body configured to slide between the bed mattress and box spring to tuck the sheets or bed covers therebetween and a lift support device including an upper lift coupler movably or slidably disposed within the longitudinally disposed substantially oblong recess interconnected or coupled to a lower lift support member disposed b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: BBE R&D L.L.C.
    Inventor: Barrie Richardson
  • Patent number: 7584514
    Abstract: An infant sleeping apparatus for providing an infant sleeping enclosure that can rest on top of a mattress comprising an enclosure component having an open top, a base, a front rail, a back rail, and a first and second side rail; and a mattress securing mechanism comprising one or more U-shaped support bars attached to the base of the enclosure for allowing the apparatus to be attached to the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Whinston Salas
  • Patent number: 7581270
    Abstract: A device for separating a mattress from a corresponding mattress support, the mattress lifting device comprising a stationary member, and a lifting member. The lifting member includes a lift plate adapted to slide in and out between the mattress and mattress support and a handle for moving the lift plate with respect to the stationary member. When a force is applied to the handle, the lift plate moves with respect to the stationary member and exerts a force sufficient to separate at least a portion of the mattress from the mattress support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Mary E. Levesque
  • Publication number: 20090056019
    Abstract: A retractable toe tent device is provided to elevate the covers at the foot of the bed so that a person may sleep comfortably without the weight of the covers on their feet, thereby preventing pain or discomfort in their toes, feet, ankles, or knees. The device is comprised of a base and a telescoping support which can be raised while in use, or lowered while not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Alston
  • Publication number: 20080256715
    Abstract: A mattress shaping device that is placed below a mattress to allow a sleeper to customize the shape of substantially the entire mattress. The mattress shaper having a plurality of individually inflatable cells that may correspond with integral inlets that are accessible while the shaping device is placed underneath the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: JONES UNLIMITED
    Inventor: Michael F. Jones
  • Patent number: 7296311
    Abstract: A tray is supported by a tubular frame residing between a mattress and box spring. The frame is a single continuous loop of tubing having a substantially horizontally residing supported portion, a vertical center portion, and a substantially horizontal tray support portion. The tray is rectangular with a raised edge and includes clips residing on a tray bottom to snap onto the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Philip F. Navarrette
  • Patent number: 7131153
    Abstract: The bed skirt guard is designed to fit between the mattress and box spring wherein the sides form a box around the top of the box springs. This prevents the bed skirt from getting caught and pulled under the mattress when changing the sheets on the bed or tucking in the covers. The bed skirt guard is comprised of a flexible plastic material that allows the sheets and or blankets to slide easily. Since the bed skirt guard hangs over the sides of the box springs it keeps the bed skirt in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Shirley D. Charles
  • Patent number: 7103933
    Abstract: A bed assembly provides an enlarged sleeping surface area as compared to a standard Queen sized bed. Specifically, in the disclosed bed assemblies, the sleeping surface area is about 64 inches to about 68 inches wide and about 77 inches to about 82 inches long. This can be accomplished by providing both a mattress and a foundation having the appropriate, enlarged sleeping surface area, or by combining an enlarged mattress with a foundation having at least one standard Queen sized surface. The mattress and foundation can be fit into a bed frame made of a suitable size to fit the bottom surface of the foundation (i.e., either “enlarged” or standard Queen size). The enlarged sleeping surface of the bed may be between about 65 inches to about 67 inches wide and about 78 inches to about 80 inches long. This enlarged sleeping surface area provides a more comfortable and restful sleep for two occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Dreamwell Ltd.
    Inventors: Rick F. Gladney, Kurtis A. Ling
  • Patent number: 6886203
    Abstract: A mattress lifter having a base member and tubular lifting elements pivotably supported thereby. Handles at opposite ends enable the homemaker to lift the mattress with ease and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventors: Louis J. Drakos, John P. Drakos
  • Patent number: 6871369
    Abstract: A kit composed of several thin approximately paraboloid shaped foam inserts (14) of various thickness (20, 22 and 24), firmness (30, 32 and 34) and base size (40, 42 and 44) adapted for correcting the contour of a sagging mattress (11) and box spring (12) and, modifying the mattress (11) top firmness. One, or more, inserts (14) are inserted between the box spring (12) and mattress (11) and/or placed on top of mattress (11) until desired comfort is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Kevin John Long
  • Patent number: 6795989
    Abstract: An assist device for facilitating bedding changes on a mattress includes an inflatable pneumatic bladder adapted to be positioned under a mattress. The bladder has a length and width somewhat less than those of the mattress. The pneumatic bladder is enclosed and is provided with an opening which is in fluid flow communication with a source of compressed gas, preferably a compressor. A switch is provided for controllably activating flow of compressed gas from the source into the bladder. The bladder may be configured with recessed sections so that the volume of air or other gas required to inflate said bladder is minimized. An opening to enable escape of compressed gas from the bladder may be provided in the compressor or may be valve extending through a surface of the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: William G. Fairchild, Virginia L. Fairchild
  • Patent number: 6772462
    Abstract: A tilting bed assembly is disclosed having a horizontal base frame and second frame hinged at one end to the base frame and an inflatable bag adjacent the other end to raise and lower one end of the tilting frame relative to the base frame. A hand-held three-position switch is connected through a relay to a three-position electrically operated solenoid valve and to an air compressor to selectively raise and lower the one end of the bed at the will of the person lying in the bed. The tilting frame is rigid to avoid articulation between its ends. Alternatively, instead of an inflatable bag, an electric actuator may be provided to raise and lower one end of the tilting frame relative to the base frame. A conventional foundation is received on the second frame with a stop on the second frame to prevent it sliding off when the frame is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Claflin Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Joyce Claflin Harrell
  • Publication number: 20040133978
    Abstract: An assist device for facilitating bedding changes on a mattress includes an inflatable pneumatic bladder adapted to be positioned under a mattress. The bladder has a length and width somewhat less than those of the mattress. The pneumatic bladder is enclosed and is provided with an opening which is in fluid flow communication with a source of compressed gas, preferably a compressor. A switch is provided for controllably activating flow of compressed gas from the source into the bladder. The bladder may be configured with recessed sections so that the volume of air or other gas required to inflate said bladder is minimized. An opening to enable escape of compressed gas from the bladder may be provided in the compressor or may be valve extending through a surface of the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: William G. Fairchild, Virginia L. Fairchild
  • Patent number: 6760938
    Abstract: A bed board includes a plurality of distance bars each having a “]” or generally “C”-shaped configuration with two ends, each end having a distance bar rabbet; a plurality of trips each having a “V” shape with an outer flank having a groove and an inner flank having a protrusion configured for engaging a corresponding one of the ends of the distance bars; and a plurality of side pillars each having a plurality of side pillar rabbets, each of the side pillar rabbets is configured for receiving a corresponding one of the plurality of trips and one of the ends of the distance bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 6715172
    Abstract: There is provided a bedrest including an inflatable bladder, a compressor assembly and a microprocessor based controller for inflating and deflating the bladder. The compressor assembly has several stages reducing the volume of air. The compressor assembly includes a housing having an air intake, a motor and a centrifugal blower for passing air into a valve assembly. When inflating, the air passes under pressure through the centrifugal blower, past the motor and through a check valve into the valve assembly and through air outlet that is connected to an air supply tube. In a preferred embodiment, the valve assembly is equipped with a solenoid relief valve for use when deflating the bladder. The microprocessor based controller enables an individual to inflate or deflate the bladder to any desired amount with a simple control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Banyan Licensing LC
    Inventors: Robert Leventhal, Paul Thomas
  • Publication number: 20040031103
    Abstract: A therapeutic mattress assembly comprising a mattress having a substrate assembly that includes a plurality of cylinders positioned side by side over the length of the mattress. Each cylinder is configured as a low air loss system to allow air to flow into the cylinder from a source and out of the cylinder through small holes located on the top of each cylinder. An overlay assembly provides a foam cushion that provides a supporting surface above the substrate assembly for the patient. A calf lift bladder operates to effectively raise or lower the patient's feet to prevent pressure related injuries. A lateral rotation assembly selectively raises and lowers a selected half of the mattress to turn patients in a lateral direction. A bolster inflates in response to the lateral rotation assembly to secure the patient within the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Charles C Wyatt, Ricky J Fontaine
  • Patent number: 6681425
    Abstract: There is provided a bedrest including an inflatable bladder, which is in general a triangular shaped structure when inflated and a microprocessor based hand controller for inflating and deflating the bladder. The bladder contains an interior baffle which extend for primarily the length of the bladder fixed to interior walls of the bladder to form an inverse triangle inverse to the triangle formation of the bladder when inflated. The interior baffle therefore enables the structure to form more precisely into the desired triangular shape in order to perform a more effective position when inserted under the mattress in the head location of the bed. The microprocessor based hand controller enables an individual to inflate or deflate the bladder to any desired amount with a simple control. In addition, the hand controlled microprocessor permits computer programming so that the mattress can be automatically raised and lowered to different levels during different periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Banyan Licensing LC
    Inventors: Robert Leventhal, Paul Thomas
  • Patent number: 6665898
    Abstract: A Device for Correcting a Sagging Bed is disclosed. The device may be configured to be placed under the center region of a sagging or new mattress, after which the device is inflated to correct the sagging portion, or to provide additional support. The device may further be divided up into two or more chambers in order to prove additional control and adjustment. The device further may include between two and four lobes extending outwardly at ninety degrees from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce Gordon