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Publication numberUS1065740 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 24, 1913
Filing dateJan 30, 1913
Publication numberUS 1065740 A, US 1065740A, US-A-1065740, US1065740 A, US1065740A
InventorsTheodore E. Soklien
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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, APPLICATION FILED JAN. 30, 1913. 1,065,740. Patented June 24,1913.


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APPLICATION I'IliED JAR. 30, 1913. 1,065,740.

Patented June 24, 1913; 3 SHEETS-SHEET 2 ATTORNEYS T. H. SORLIEN.



Patented June 24, 1913.




Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented June 24., 1913.

' Application filed January 30,1913. Serial Ho.. 745,118.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, THEODORE H. Son- 'LIEN, av citizen of the United States, and a resident of Granite Falls, in the county of Yellow Medicine and State of Minnesota, have made certain new and useful Improvements in Beds, of which the following is a specification.

My present invention is an improvement in that class of beds to be elevated or hoisted to the ceiling of a room so that they will not take up any of the floor space, the object of my invention being to provide an arrangement wherein the bed enters an opening in the ceiling and is so constructed that, with the decorations of the ceiling and the bed conforming to one another, the presence of the bed in disuse will ordinarily pass unnoticed.

A further object of my invention is to provide an arrangement wherein the bed is guided to and from its position within the ceiling opening whereby to obviate marring or breaking the ceiling, and a further object of my invention is to provide such an arrangement as will prevent the bed from falling'from its raised position should one of the counter-balancing weights become detached. s

\Vith the above in mind, my invention resides in the details of construct-ion and arrangement to be now described with respectto the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification, and in which Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the interior of a room in which my improved bed has been installed. Fig. 2 is a vertical section taken through a portion of the room longitudinally of the bed. Fig. 3 is a vertical section taken substantially on the line 33 of Fig. 2-and partially broken away to more clearly illustrate certain parts. Fig. a is a detail plan View of the bed frame. Fig. 5 is a vertical transverse section therethrough taken on line 55 of Fig. 4, and Figs. 6 and 7 are details of the bed legs to be hereinafter specifically referred to.

Referring now to these figures, a represents an.opening formed in the ceiling A of a room, preferably adjacent the wall A, the opening a being adapted to receive the bed B therein. The bed B essentially consists of a frame comprising sides and ends 6 and a base I), the lower surface of the latter of which I prefer to decorate to conform to p the decoration of the ceiling A of the room,

it being my intention to panel the ceiling A as sho n in Fig. 1,-making each panel of substantially the dimensions of the base of the bed 5'. Atone end, the sides 6 of the bed frame are provided with horizontal slots immediately'-above the bottom 'or base 6,

through which slotsthe angular legs may be moved outwardly and then turned downwardly from the folded position shown in Fig. 4 to the operative position as shown in either of Figs. 2 and 5. As will be seen particnlarly in Fig. 7,the legs 6 are hollow and have tubes 6 rigidly fitted within their inner ends, said tubes having squared bores and enlarged exterior ends I) provided with annular grooves b. Within the grooves b loosely extend yokes I, the stems 'z' of which are swiveled in the ends of'toggle arms J which arins are pivotally connected at their inner contiguous ends to the opposite ends of a toggle lever K centrally pivoted to a portion of the bed frame between the legs I). Thus when one leg is withdrawn or folded, the other leg is givena similar movement. the legs being movable on the opposite end portions of a square faced bar L which adjustably connects the legs. From the foregoing it will be seen that when the legs 6 are folded and disposed within the slots 6 the bedmay be raised to the position shown in Fig. 1 and effectively concealed while in disuse through the means just described. The opposite end of the bed B is 'provided-with guide members 6 projecting endwise from its base I) and adapted to slidingly engage and bearing on rigid uprights C preferably secured at their lower ends in the floor to rigidly upstand along the side wall A in the position shown in Fig. 1, said uprights being provided adjacent their lower ends with rigid'stops 0 arranged at substantially the height of the guide members 6 when the bedls lowered in position for use and supported at its opposite ends by the legs b In this way both ends of the bed will be rigidly held against lowerin Mounted witgin the ceiling A above its opening at area pair of pulleys a and from these pulleysextend chains D and D, connected at one end to opposite ends of the bed B, the other ends of these chains extending over sprocket ulleys e mounted upon the horizontal driving shaft E journaled in the upper portion of the side walls A,which shaft receives its rotation to raise and lower the bed through a vertical connecting shaft l and crank shaft G with connecting bevel gears f and g, and a handle G adapted for detachable engagement with the crank shaft.

The opposite ends of the chains D and D are connected to counterbalance the weights H which are slidable vertically in the side walls A. In view of the fact that chain connections D and D are provided for the bed and in view of the further fact, as it 'will be seen from Fig. 3 that the sprocket pulleys e are provided with recessed peripheries so as to receive the links of the chains in such recesses, it may be seen that the chains will be eiiectively prevented from slipping and the bed consequently held against lowering movement it something is placed thereon tending to overbalance the parts or in case one of the weights H should for any reason become detached.

The structure of the several parts renders room, of pulleys mounted within the ceiling,

flexible connections extending over the said pulleys, a bed suspended by said flexible connections, said bed comprising side and end walls and a base, the former of which are provided with slots adjacent one end of the bed, angular legs normally positioned with-.

in the bed, a connection between the said legs and upon which the legs are movable outwardly in relatively opposite directions and with which the legs are rotatable to an upright position, other connections extending between the legs and adapted to cause movement of one leg when the other leg is a noon-"Mo moved, guide members extending from the opposite ends of the bed; means which the said guide members are engageable whereby to form a support for the end of the bed when lowered in operative position, and means for manipulating the said flexible connections whereby to raise and lower the bed substantially as described 2. in combination with a ceiling and side Wall of a room, the former OfWlllCll. is pro vided with a bed receiving opening, of a pair of guide rods secured in anupright position along the side wall and adjacent to the ceiling opening, a bed frame hav' g a pair of uide members slidablyengaging the rod, pulleys mounted in the ceiling over its opening, flexible connections extending over the said pulleys and secured at one end to the bed for suspending the same in position, the

said bed comprising a frame, folding legs at one end ol the frame, rigid stops carried by the upright rods adapted to receive the guide members thereagainst whereby to form a support tor the opposite end of the frame, and means the said flexible connections for ranipulating the same to raise and lower the bed frame.

3. The combination with the side walls and the ceiling of a room the-latter of which is provided with a bed receiving opening, of a guide rod secured in an upright position along one side wall adjacent the opening, a bed frame having a guide member slidably engaging the rod, pulleys mounted in the ceiling over its openin chains connected at one end to the bed frame and extending over said pulleys, a shaft mounted in upper portion of one of the side walls, sprocket pulleys secured on said shaft and having recessed peripheries over which the-chains also extend whereby they are prevented from slipping, weights in the side walls to which the opposite ends of the chains are fastened, and a crank shaft having connection with the said pulley shaftfor rotating the latter,


U. H, Sonornn, THURMAN Gvnnsorn

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U.S. Classification5/10.2
Cooperative ClassificationA47C17/84
European ClassificationA47C17/84