Supported On Or Removably Attachable To Another Mattress Patents (Class 5/691)
  • Patent number: 9339117
    Abstract: A foam mattress is provided having a body facing surface comprising a viscoelastic foam layer. The body facing surface further comprises a recess or cavity into which a layer including a core of springs may be provided. The foam mattress further having a layer of open cell foam beneath the viscoelastic foam layer. The open cell, or reticulated, foam layer provides increased breathability. Support for the mattress may further be provided by a bottom layer of conventional foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: William B. Limer, Danny G. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 9144320
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular pod mattress used for sleeping. The mattress includes a structural frame having bottom rails, guide rails and a dividing rail. A plurality of modular pods are secured to the frame to form the customized mattress that relates directly to the height and eight distribution of an individual's body parts to provide the maximum quality sleep environment unique to that individual. The modular pods include a plurality of spring members, which may have varying elasticity or resistant levels. The modular pods are supported by a support platform that prevents the pods from sagging or deflecting during use of the mattress. A horizontal scale system may be utilized to determine the specific weight of a particular body part, e.g., head, shoulders, thorax, buttocks, thighs, calves and feet, of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Baker
  • Publication number: 20150128351
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a washable mattress topper. The washable mattress topper typically comprises a cushion element and a fabric cover enclosing and attached to the cushion element in a manner which divides the cushion element into a plurality of compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph E. Blazar
  • Publication number: 20150121625
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device (10) includes an enclosure (20) and an indicating assembly (30) contained within the enclosure (20). The age indicating device (10) may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress (2) or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20150089747
    Abstract: An adjustable body support system for accommodating the needed or desired support of multiple users. The system comprises an enclosure for housing a first support member and a second support member in respective first and second chambers. The first support member has a first foam layer secured to a second foam layer, wherein the first and second foam layers have different support characteristics. The second support member has a third foam layer secured to a fourth foam layer, wherein the third and fourth foam layers have different support characteristics. The first and second support members are removable from and securable in the first and second chambers, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Guozhong NI, Feng CHEN, Steven James Romero
  • Publication number: 20150067967
    Abstract: The present invention is of foam mattress constructions made and engineered foams which contain additives for improved mechanical and thermal properties. In accordance with one aspect of the disclosure and inventions, there is provided engineered foam for use as a layer in a foam mattress construction having multiple layers including a top layer of foam and at least one additional layer of foam, and a coating of phase change material applied to a top surface of the top layer of foam. Surface application of phase change material to a top surface of a top layer of foam of a foam mattress provides more efficient transfer of heat away from a body on the mattress and reduced heat accumulation at the body-mattress interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sealy Technology LLC
    Inventor: Steve Tyree
  • Patent number: 8966688
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a washable mattress topper. The washable mattress topper comprises a cushion element and a fabric cover enclosing and attached to the cushion element in a manner which divides the cushion element into a plurality of compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph E. Blazar
  • Publication number: 20150040325
    Abstract: A waste collection assembly is provided, whereby urine and excrement from a bedridden patient can be collected without lifting or moving the patient, and without soiling the underlying mattress. The assembly comprises a mattress pad having an elongated layer of cushioning material and a central cavity disposed therein. The cavity is enclosed and supports a bed pan assembly therein. The bed pan assembly comprises an enclosed container, a flexible and replaceable waste collection bag, and a securement ring that secures the bag to the container. The container is disposed within the cavity, while the mattress pad covers the mattress. This allows waste to be collected without moving the patient or exposing the mattress to contaminants. Further provided is a cavity plug of cushioning material that can secure over the cavity when the bed pan assembly is not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Melinda Bennett
  • Publication number: 20150026894
    Abstract: An elevation structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having anti-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable risers are configured for selective placement in conditions of transverse, subposed, under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create substantially non-inclined, elevated, depth-supplemented regions at locations along the length of the overlay. The elevation structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: MJD Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Publication number: 20150026893
    Abstract: A topper for use with a bedding or seating product, such as a mattress, comprises a casing surrounding a pocketed spring assembly and at least one cushioning layer. The topper has a skirt which may fit around the mattress. The skirt may have a drawstring or an elastic band which helps keep the removable topper on top of the bedding or seating product. The height of the springs in the pocketed spring assembly is typically less than the height of the bedding or seating product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: John A. Garrett, Joseph E. Lyon
  • Publication number: 20140366277
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a support system includes a cover sheet with pressure-sensing mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Niederkrom, John Youngdahl, John Vrzalik, Julie Burgett
  • Publication number: 20140352073
    Abstract: A semi-absorbent, semi-resistant, breathable fabric includes a single-layer having a first, hydrophilic side that absorbs water, and a second, hydrophobic side; wherein the first, hydrophilic side of the single-layer fabric quickly spreads out a liquid that is absorbed laterally to a wider area such that the absorbed liquid does not seep or pass through to the second, hydrophobic side of the single-layer fabric under gravitational force. A method of making a semi-absorbent, semi-resistant, breathable fabric includes: subjecting a first side of a single-layer fabric to a hydrophilic amino functional polysiloxane softener; treating a second opposite side of the fabric with a fluorocarbon compound under low pressure such that the fluorocarbon compound penetrates no more than half of the fabric thickness; and drying and curing the fabric, preferably at a temperature of about 145° C. to 155° C. for about three minutes to about five minutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: WELSPUN INDIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Dipali GOENKA
  • Publication number: 20140331412
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a force sensing array positioned thereon that includes multiple layers of material that are arranged to define an elastically stretchable sensing sheet. The sensing sheet may be placed underneath a patient to detect interface forces or pressures between the patient and the support structure that the patient is positioned on. The force sensing array includes a plurality of force sensors. The force sensors are defined where a row conductor and a column conductor approach each other on opposite sides of a force sensing material, such as a piezoresistive material. In order to reduce electrical cross talk between the plurality of sensors, a semiconductive material is included adjacent the force sensing material to create a PN junction with the force sensing material. This PN junction acts as a diode, limiting current flow to essentially one direction, which, in turn, reduces cross talk between the multiple sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Geoffrey L. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140283307
    Abstract: A mattress topper includes a pocket coil pad having a top surface and a bottom surface. The pocket coil pad includes a plurality of pockets, each pocket having a compressible coil that moves independently of the other compressible coils of the pad. The mattress topper includes a first foam pad overlying and connected with the top surface of the pocket coil pad, and a second foam pad overlying and connected with the bottom surface of the pocket coil pad. The compressible coils are joined together by a fabric covering that holds the compressible coils together as a unitary structure. The compressible coils have a height of about ¼ inch or greater. The pocket coil pad and the first and second foam pads cover an area that is the same size such as single, twin, queen, king, and California king sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Dimitrios Corodemus
  • Publication number: 20140259429
    Abstract: A support system including polyurethane layers having different indentation load deflection characteristics and a plurality of zones to vary the level of support in different regions of a reclining or sitting body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: JEFFCO FIBRES INC
    Inventor: Donald Clayton
  • Publication number: 20140237726
    Abstract: A topper for a patient support surface includes an actively-cooled region that is positioned to deliver air flow under a specific area to provide localized treatment and/or moisture removal to a patient supported on the topper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Luke Gibson, Joshua A. Williams, Rachel L. Williamson, Bryan W. Wuebker
  • Publication number: 20140208518
    Abstract: A bedding product, such as a mattress, mattress topper, or pillow case, includes a flexible gel panel having a cured gel layer with a top surface and a bottom surface, a flexible top layer overlying the top surface of the cured gel layer, and a fabric bottom layer overlying the bottom surface of the cured gel layer. The bedding product has a major surface and the flexible gel panel is integrated into the bedding product so that the flexible top layer of the flexible gel panel is juxtaposed with the major surface of the bedding product. The flexible gel panel is removable from the bedding product for laundering the bedding product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Comfort Revolution, LLC.
    Inventors: Dimitrios S. Corodemus, Michael Fux
  • Publication number: 20140208517
    Abstract: A bedding component includes a top portion having a gel foam, a middle portion having a foam layer with at least one gel disc, and a bottom portion having a foam core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Gross, Leona Wightman
  • Publication number: 20140196216
    Abstract: A nonintegrated mattress topper comprises a cover at least part of which comprises a fabric having a variable vapor transfer property. When the fabric temperature is within a first range consistent with the presence of an occupant on the mattress the fabric exhibits a first vapor transfer rate sufficiently high that the fabric is permeable to vapor transport across the fabric, and when the fabric temperature is lower than the first temperature range and consistent with the absence of an occupant the fabric exhibits a second vapor transfer rate lower than that of the first vapor transfer rate. Also disclosed is an occupant support assembly comprising a mattress and a nonintegrated topper having the variable vapor transfer property. Also disclosed is an occupant support system comprising a mattress and an integrated topper at least part of which is made of a fabric having the temperature dependent vapor permeability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle E. Weitzel, Rachel Williamson
  • Patent number: 8776290
    Abstract: A turning platform having longitudinally extending side portions hinged to a central portion and hydraulic, or pneumatic, expansion means beneath each side portion operated by control means to raise and lower said side portions by rotating them about the hinges in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Genie Care
    Inventors: Mike Wilkinson, Robert Footitt
  • Patent number: 8769741
    Abstract: A cover for a sleeping assembly with a mattress portion (1) comprising a sheet material envelope having an opening into a first cavity which is capable of substantially enclosing a mattress (4) and a duvet portion (2) comprising a sheet material envelope having an opening into a second cavity which is capable of substantially enclosing a duvet (11) wherein the duvet portion (2) is attached along at least one edge to the mattress portion (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Raskelf Limited
    Inventors: Alan John Colleran, Elizabeth Rose Colleran
  • Publication number: 20140182063
    Abstract: Methods and combinations for making and using one or more graphite enhanced thermally-conductive foam (TC Foam) layers located on, under, or in cushioning foams and mattresses. Enhanced thermally conductive foam layers may be placed between on, under, within, or between other layering substrates to increase the overall cooling capability of the composite. TC Foam may be used in mattresses, mattress topper pads, pillows, bedding products, medical cushioning foams, and similar materials used in bedding applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Peterson Chemical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: MARK L. CRAWFORD, Bruce W. Peterson, Matthew D. Mcknight
  • Publication number: 20140183403
    Abstract: Methods and combinations of mattress support surfaces comprising one or more flexible polyurethane foam layers containing highly thermally-conductive solids, such as diamond or silicon carbide, and said layer combination is capable of transferring heat from a warm surface, such as a person sleeping on a bed, to a cooler region at a faster rate throughout the mattress than the thermal dissipation rate obtained from flexible polyurethane foam without highly thermally-conductive solids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Peterson Chemical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: BRUCE W. PETERSON, Gualtiero G. Giori, Mark L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8732880
    Abstract: A diaper changing station assembly includes a mat that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The peripheral edge includes a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. A top pad is attached to and covers a portion of the top side. A bottom pad has a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge. The bottom surface is attached to and covers a portion of the bottom side. A portion of the bottom pad is unattached to the mat adjacent to the peripheral edge to define a bag pocket extending between the mat and the bottom pad. The bag is removable from the pocket after the soiled diaper is changed to receive the mat. The bag is configured to receive the soiled diaper for disposal of the mat and the soiled diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Chante L. Carrothers-Smith
  • Publication number: 20140141233
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for making a novel liquid gel mixture comprising at least one flexible polymer carrier, parachlorobenzotrifluoride, optional thermally-conductive materials, and optional performance-enhancing additives; using the liquid gel mixture for making surface-infused layers on layering substrates; and using combinations of surface-infused gel layer and layering substrate in cushioning foams and mattresses. Layering substrates are surface-infused with a liquid gel mixture and may be compressed to increase the penetration depth of liquid gel mixture into the substrate layer surface. This compositions may be used in mattresses, mattress topper pads, pillows, bedding products, furniture upholstery, pet beds, medical cushioning foams, seat cushions and backs, automotive foam, sports cushioning, transportation cushioning, headrests, arm rests, personal protective equipment, toys, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Peterson Chemical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: MARK L. CRAWFORD, Bruce W. Peterson, Matthew D. McKnight, Jonathon M. Walker
  • Patent number: 8726438
    Abstract: The invention provides a corrugated mattress and method for making. The mattress comprises an corrugated foam core, a middle cushioning layer and outer cover layer. The corrugated foam core includes an upper substrate, a lower substrate and a fluted middle substrate the flutes fixed to the upper and lower substrates providing three-dimensional support for the user. The middle cushioning layer may comprise a second corrugated foam product, a cotton batting layer, densified polyester or foam including polyurethane, polyester, polypropylene or polylactic acid and the like. The outer cover layer may comprise cotton or laminated foam comprising, polyurethane, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene, polylactic acid and the like, the laminate comprising a film independently selected from polyurethane, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene or polylactic acid and the like. In various embodiments the polymers are food grade polymers such that the mattress is non-toxic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: BJ2, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Cik
  • Publication number: 20140123396
    Abstract: A composite material, method of making and articles formed thereby. The composite material can comprise a gel-infused foam material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Polyworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B Fox, Daniel M Wyner, Jack Waksman, James E Gaudet
  • Publication number: 20140096324
    Abstract: A composite material, method of making and articles formed thereby. The composite material can comprise a gel-infused foam material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: POLYWORKS, INC.
    Inventor: POLYWORKS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140096325
    Abstract: A mattress for a bedding unit. The mattress comprises a body having a first support surface and a second support surface. Each of the first support surface and the second support surface is configured to support a user thereon and each of the first and second support surfaces have a different level of firmness. At least one top portion is removably attachable to either of the first or second support surfaces of the body. The at least one top portion has a level of firmness less than the level of firmness of the first and second support surfaces such that when the top portion is attachable to either of the first or second support surface, the level of firmness of the first or second support surface is reduced. An overall level of firmness of the mattress can be altered by the user selecting either the first or second support surface alone or in combination with the at least one top portion to provide the overall level of firmness of the mattress that is acceptable to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SELECT-O-PEDIC BEDDING PTY LTD
    Inventor: George GIANNOPOULOS
  • Patent number: 8671485
    Abstract: An infant apparatus includes a top panel and a bottom panel having securing means that form an aperture between the top panel and the bottom panel. A longitudinally extending wall connects the top panel and the bottom panel forming at least a first leg holding section and a second leg holding section. The bottom panel further includes a sleeping surface securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Derek Smallman, Susan Smallman
  • Publication number: 20140068868
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a bed linen that is a unified and reversible mattress topper cover and bed cover. A mattress topper cover includes a first sleep surface defining a first peripheral edge, a second sleep surface defining a second peripheral edge, and a gusset extending between the first sleep surface and the second sleep surface along their respective first and second peripheral edges to define a cavity therebetween for receiving a mattress topper. A bed cover includes a skirt affixed at and along substantially the horizontal midline of the gusset for securing to a mattress. The bed linen is reversible by flipping the mattress topper to expose one of the first sleep surface or the second sleep surface and adjusting the skirt in an appropriate direction to cover the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Sleep Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer M. Morzano, Michael Loomis
  • Publication number: 20140013505
    Abstract: A bedding element including a first large principal face opposite a second large principal face and divided lengthwise into portions that define. on the first large principal face, first successive receiving areas (A1 to A7) of which a first succession (A1 to A7) defines a first resting area and of which a second succession (A7 to A1) opposite the first defines a second resting area; and on the second large principal face, second successive receiving areas (B1 to B7) of which a first succession (B1 to B7) defines a third resting area and of which a second succession (B7 to B1) opposite the first defines a fourth resting area. The portions of the bedding element that define these receiving areas have differentiated mechanical characteristics so that the four resting areas have four different receiving profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Fabienne Sportis, Fabrice Requet, Olivier Laurent
  • Patent number: 8621687
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski
  • Patent number: 8601624
    Abstract: This invention relates to mattresses such as a pressure relieving mattress and in particular ones for profiling beds. The mattress comprises a base portion 11, a carriage portion 12, an upper portion 13 and an inflatable pressure relieving underlay 14 disposed between the carriage 12 and the upper portion 13. The facing surfaces 15 and 16 of the base portion 11 and the carriage portion 12, respectively, are coated with a low friction material so that the two slide easily relative to one another. This sliding movement is restricted to longitudinal relative movement by the engagement of co-operating formations 17, 18. The combination provides particularly flexible mattress arrangement which also avoids the problem of the leg section of the mattress kicking upwardly when a profiling bed is articulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Jan Anthony Lewis, Ian Robert Mahoney
  • Publication number: 20130298335
    Abstract: A kit (100) for constructing a support surface (10) for a sleeping person. The kit (100) comprises: an air-permeable layer (20) having at least one pair of opposing layer-edge portions stretchable at least in the direction between the layer-edge portions (11, 12, 13, 14) to form the support surface; at least one pair of parallel opposing frame sections (30, 32, 34, 36) fixedly disposable at a distance therebetween for forming at least a portion of a frame (15) supporting the support surface; at least a first of said frame sections (30, 32, 34, 36) comprising a layer-edge engaging portion (31, 33, 35, 37) configured for fixedly engaging a corresponding layer-edge portion (11, 12, 13, 14); and a tensioning mechanism configured for moving the layer-edge engaging portion (31, 33, 35, 37) together with the layer-edge portion (11, 12, 13, 14) relative to the opposing frame section (30, 32, 34, 36) to at least partially tension the air-permeable layer (20) between the frame sections (30, 32, 34, 36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: AIRNETTRESS LTD.
    Inventor: Shlomo Abadi
  • Publication number: 20130269113
    Abstract: A mattress is disclosed comprising a flexible frame for bearing uniaxial compressive stress from a human body pressed onto the frame. The frame traverses the breadth and length of the mattress in evenly-spaced repeating patterns which defines hollow recesses filled with materials like silicone gel, memory foam, coils, and springs. The flexible frame in some embodiments, has a higher compressive strength than does the traditional material(s) filled the recesses defined by the frame. The indentation force deflection (IFD) rating varies slightly across small, repeating regions the surface of the mattress. These regions provide lumbar, thoracic, and pelvic support to a user. A user may move about on the mattress during the night to adjust the areas of the small regions pressing most firmly against the body, selectively adjusting both the position of the body and the pressure points of the mattress to maximize comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Robert WOOD
  • Publication number: 20130224458
    Abstract: An integral latex foam having a first layer foam and a second and/or subsequent layer of latex foam is disclosed. The first layer foam contains an additive that is applied in the form of a solution, emulsion or dispersion. The first layer has a thickness from 0.01 to 9 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander Bolliou
  • Publication number: 20130212808
    Abstract: A topper (38) for a bed extends in longitudinal and lateral directions and includes a fluid flowpath (60) for channeling fluid through the topper from an inlet (62) to an outlet (64). The flowpath is configured to distribute the fluid to a preferred target region (50) of the topper. A bed which includes the topper has a blower (72) connected to the topper inlet for supplying air (88) to the flowpath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Rachel Williamson, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Christopher R. O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 8512854
    Abstract: A composite material, method of making and articles formed thereby. The composite material can comprise a gel-infused foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Polyworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Fox, Daniel M. Wyner, Jack Waksman, James E. Gaudet
  • Patent number: 8510885
    Abstract: A method and structure for furnishing pressure-evenized, dynamic-reaction anatomical support. The method includes (a) supporting the anatomy with a 100% open cell viscoelastic foam, and (b) within the foam, reacting to both static and dynamic, anatomically-produced foam indentations to expand and contract cell-openness size, whereby deeper/sharper indentations result in greater-size cell-openness. Such reacting includes laterally stretching and flowing regions of the foam adjacent such an indentation The overlay structure features (1) a dynamic-response core expanse formed of a 100% open-cell, compressible and flowable, polyurethane, viscoelastic foam possessing a compressed, relaxed-state volume, and (2) an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing coating, load-transmissively, bonded to the entirety of the core expanse's outside surface to function as a dynamically-responsive unit with the expanse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Casey A. Dennis, Michael R. Dennis
  • Publication number: 20130205506
    Abstract: A bed comprises a mattress and a topper resting atop the mattress and extending in longitudinal and lateral directions. The topper has a fluid flowpath having an inlet and an outlet. The flowpath exhibits a nonuniform resistance to fluid flow in at least one of the longitudinal and lateral directions. The bed also includes a blower connected to the inlet for supplying air to the flowpath. The resistance may be a monotonically varying resistance to fluid flow in at least one of the longitudinal and lateral directions and configured to preferentially drive fluid flow through the topper so that a larger proportion of the fluid flowing through the topper flows under a target region and a relatively smaller portion bypasses the target region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Rachel Williamson, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Christopher R. O'Keefe
  • Publication number: 20130192001
    Abstract: A connector system includes at least one mattress connector that is coupled to a mattress. The mattress connectors are coupled at the head end and at the foot end of the mattress. A topper connector is coupled to a topper at a head end and a foot end of the topper. A plurality of straps are employed to couple the mattress to the topper, with the straps being coupled to the mattress connectors and the proper connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Denver Mattress Co., LLC
    Inventors: Bob Rensink, Jonathan Amendola
  • Patent number: 8458837
    Abstract: A self-forming mattress cover including a mattress gusset with a drawstring is provided. The gusset includes a sleeve attached to the gusset along a fold location. A drawstring is disposed within the sleeve. Ends of the drawstring are pulled into tension, thereby reducing the perimeter of the gusset at the fold location and drawing the gusset inward toward the center of the mattress. The gusset is formed to corner positions of the mattress by stretching and/or bunching of gusset material as tension is applied. The ends of the drawstring are secured to retain the tension state. A cushioned quilt top is attached to a free edge of the gusset. The self-forming mattress cover conforms to corner positions of a mattress without the need for mitering, ruffling, pleating, or sewing seams at the corner positions. The self-forming mattress cover also ensures proper alignment of the cushioned quilt with the mattress body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Steven Marcangelo, Steve Wall, Justin R. Bloyd
  • Publication number: 20130086752
    Abstract: An elevation structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having anti-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable risers are configured for selective placement in conditions of transverse, subposed, under engagement with the sides of an overlay to create substantially non-inclined, elevated, depth-supplemented regions at locations along the length of the overlay. The evelation structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Publication number: 20130086751
    Abstract: A bolster structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having and-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable bolsters are configured for selective placement in conditions of lateral under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create inclined, lateral side elevations of these sides at locations along the length of the overlay. The bolster structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Publication number: 20130074272
    Abstract: An occupant support (20) includes an intermediate layer (26, 30, 120) and a wicking layer (52) atop the intermediate layer. The wicking layer comprises a first region (62) having a lower moisture wick rate (W1) and a second region (64) having a higher wick rate (W2). A moisture management cover (52) for use with an occupant support article has discrete higher (64) and lower (62) wick rate regions. A related method for transporting moisture away from a target region of an occupant support comprises distributing the moisture over an area beyond area A and exposing the distributed moisture to a fluid stream capable of receiving the moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Timothy J. Receveur, Rachel Williamson
  • Publication number: 20130074273
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a washable mattress topper. The washable mattress topper comprises a cushion element and a fabric cover enclosing and attached to the cushion element in a manner which divides the cushion element into a plurality of compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: JIAJING USA, INC.
    Inventor: Jiajing USA, Inc.
  • 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: 8375482
    Abstract: A foldable mattress and removable pillow top with a means for releasable attachment is not damaged during excessive folding such as when used in a sofa bed. Fastening pairs comprising zippers affixed to the mattress and pillow top in opposing complementary fashion with a wide fold space defined therebetween allow the mattress and attached pillow top to be repeatedly folded and unfolded and avoid crimping and damage to the zipper halves, mattress and attached pillow top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Axess Direct, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Neil Owens
  • Publication number: 20130025065
    Abstract: A mattress assembly includes an inner core comprising a base core layer comprising planar top and bottom surfaces, and at least one comfort layer comprising planar top and bottom surfaces disposed on the top surface of the base core layer; a side rail assembly disposed about a perimeter of the inner core; and a plurality of air channels extending from a central region of the inner core to the side rail assembly configured to permit the flow of fluid from and to the inner core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: DREAMWELL, LTD
    Inventor: Christopher F. Chunglo