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Publication numberUS1432793 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 24, 1922
Filing dateJan 3, 1921
Publication numberUS 1432793 A, US 1432793A, US-A-1432793, US1432793 A, US1432793A
InventorsA. J. Schubert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Folding bed
US 1432793 A
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A. 1. SCHUBERT AND1. L. Bram.v


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1,432,793. Patented Oct. 24, 1922.


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Application filed January 3, 1921. Serial No. 434,418.

To all 'whom t may cof/mera:

Be it known that we, ALBERT J. SCHUBERT and J AMES L. BERRY, citizens of the United States, and residents of Kansas City, county of Jackson, State of Missouri, have invented a. certain new and useful Improvement in Folding Beds, of which the following is a complete specification.

This invention relates to folding beds adapted for storage in a closet, if desired,`

produce a bed which is of economical, strong,

and rigid construction, and which is of attractive appearance.

Tothese ends the invention consists in certain novel and useful features of construction and combinations of parts as hereinafter `described and claimed; and in order that it may be fully understood reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, in which Figure l is a side elevation of a bed embodying the invention.

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the bed in open position, with the mattress fabric broken away to disclose underlying parts.

Figure 3 is a vertical cross section taken on the line III-III of Figure 2.

Fi re 4 is a vertical section on the line of Figure 3.

Figure 5 is a detail perspective view of certain features, part of whichare employed for securing the body of the bed in upright or folded position.

Figure 6 is a fragmentary perspective view disclosingr how the body portion of the bed is locked in upright or folded position.

Figure? is an enlarged fragmentary view showing the connection between the foot rail portion of the bed and the braces for securing the same in proper position relative to the body portion of the bed.

'-. Figure 8 is a vertical section on the same scale as Figure 7, taken on thel line VIII- VIII of Figure 1. s

Figure 9 is an enlarged verticalv section showing the type of caster connection for the head and foot frame.

In the said drawings, where like reference characters identify corresponding parts in all of the figures, 1 indicates the side rails of the body portion of 'the bed, and .2 and 3 the head and foot rails thereof. l indi cates the foot frame of the bed, the leg portions thereof being tubular as customary, as shown by Figure 8, and fitting within the leg portions of said foot frame, are bars 5 terminating near their upper and lower ends in inwardly projecting studs 6, which project through openings da in the legs, and said bars are fastened in place against longitudinal movement by shouldered bolts 7 eX- tending through said legs and said bars, and nuts 8 engaging the ends of the bolts. Folding braces 9 and 10 are pivoted at their foot ends upon the studs G, reference tov Figure 7 showing that at the pivotal points of connection, the bars 9 and 10 are provided with key-hole slots 10a and that the studs are provided with lugs 6a, which overlap said slots when the braces occupy their operative positions, and thereby arevent disconnection thereof with the said studs, as shown clearly by Figure 7.

The opposite ends of the braces 9 and 10, are pivotally connected to the foot and head ends respectively of brackets l1 secured to the respective side bars or rails 1, and stretched across the body and attached in the customary or any preferred manner to the head and foot rails 2 and 3, of the body, is the customary wire fabric 12, as a resilient support for the mattress, (not shown). To prevent the mattress coming in contact with the head frame hereinafter referred to, when the body is swung upward to folded or closed position, a rigid frame 13 is secured to the head rail 2. The frame 13 terminates short of the ends of rail 2 so as to be capable of swinging between the legs of the head frame, when the bed is being closed or opened. To prevent the corners of the mattress from coming into contact with the leg portions of the head frame during the operation of closing and opening the bed, pivoted guards 14 are mounted on the head rail 2 at opposite ends of the ,fixed frame 13, said pivoted guards being capable of swinging back against the leg portions of said head frame and sliding thereon during the said operations, as will be readily understood by reference to the fully and dotted line positions oi the parts in Figure l, it beingv understood however with respect to the last-named positions, that when the body portion is in vertical or closed position as shown by dotted lines in said figure, the pivotcd trames .lilwill occupy a substantially horizontal position.

The head frame may be oit any pre- Vferred contour with its marginal portion preferably ot tubing. and the leg portions ot said head trame like the leg portions of the i'oot iframe, are equipped with suitable casters 16, and said legs of the head trarne are also preferably braced by a cross bar 1T.

Arranged at the inner side ot each leg portion of the head Ytrame and bolted thereto or otherwise secured, are vertical inwardlybowed brackets 1S, provided near their upper and lower ends with inwardly-projecting perforated ears or lugs 19 for pivotal'engagement by hooks 2() formed on the rear legs of Yforwardly-projecting lfshaped frames Ol' the 'ti-ont legs o't said trames being pre ably oi wide and skeleton forni and equipped with tubular posts :2Q mounted on castersr Sumner-ting arms 2li are secured in any suitable manner to the upper ends oi the wide arms ot' said side trames, and the upper ends oil.I said arms are biiurcated toreceive and are pivoted to the side rails l of the body portion as at 25. A pair oii retractile springs are connected at 2T to the said side rails l, and at their opposite ends to the clamp-brackets employed in securing` the posts Q2 to the front arms of the said side 'frame l the function ot said springs be ing to act as ycoiinter-balances For the body portion, so that the latter may be more easily raised and lowered. lt will be noted that the said sprinn's extend in planes nearly intcrsectin the pivotal points so that when the bed is in unfolded position, the springs shall exert practically no pressure tending to move the body portion to a closed position, but that shortly after the 4toot end oit the bed is manually raised, the action oi the springs is brought into play for the purpose oit aidingsuch lifting` operation.

A.. brace between the side frames inentioned. comprises a pair ot triangular-shaped brackets 9,9 having alined inwardly-projecting arms 30 connected by an angle bar 3l, the angle brackets being 'formed with downturned hooks engaging loops 33 integral with the front arms of the said side iframes, the connection with the said side trames being substantially the same as the connection ot the said side trames with the ears or lugs 19.

For locking the body portion of the bed in upright or closed position as indicated by dotted lines in Figure l, the following inechanism is provided:

34 is a bracket bolted rigidly to and upon the brace bar 31, and bolted rigidly to bracket 34 at 35, is a horizontal quadrantshaped bracket 36 provided with a horizontal slot 37 receiving the horizontal brace arm 38 terminating at its front end in a depending leg-portion 39 equipped with a caster 40, said brace arm 38 being pivoted for swinging movement in a horizontal plane, to the bracket 3G at point 4l. Connecting the said bracket 36 with the said arm 38 beyond the pivotal point /ll thereof, is a retractile spring 42, the same tending to either1 hold the brace arm 38 longitudinally of the bed as shown in Figure 2, or transversely thereof as indicated by the dotted line a in said last-named gure. 1When the said brace arm stands in the lsaid longitudinal position. its acts as a brace to pre- 'vent the head traine from toppling over upon the body portion when the latter is in opened position, or is being folded or unfolded. When the said brace is swung to the transverse position mentioned, it actuates latch mechanism to lock the body portion ot the bed in vertical or inoperative position, and to accomplish this, the brace 38 is pivotally connected by a link 4-3, with a swinging catch 44 pivoted on cross brace 3l and provided at its free end with a tooth 45, adapted for engaging a catch arm 46 secured to the head rail 2 of the body portion ot the bed. When the body portion of the bed is swung to closed position as stated. the operator by applying foot pressure on brace 38, swings the same from thel position shown by full lines in Figure 2 to the .dotted line position a, this action causing the catch del to swing to the position indicated in Figure 6, where it will be noted the tooth y of said catch is disposed between the head rail 2 and the catch arm i6, and thus interlocked with the latter, holds the bed body portion ot the bed in upright position. To unlock the said body portion of the bed preliminary to opening the same, the operator swings the brace bar 38 from the dotted position mentioned to the full line or longitndinal position shown by Figure V2, and in the last named position said brace acts to guard againstl any possibility oi the head trame toppling over upon the body portion when the bed is in unfolded or opened position. lt will also be noted that the spring l2 tends to hold thebrace in its longitndinal position or in its transverse position, as in the swinging movement in either direction, the spring passes the pivotal point il,

lt will thus be seen that the mechanism described acts to secure the body portion of the bed in upright position, and also acts when the bed is in opened or unfolded position, to guard against any possibility ot' the head frame tilting over upon the body position.

position, that is with the body portion hori- For the purpose of locking the bedin open zontal, a catch 47 is pivoted to one of the side rails l of the body portion and is connected thereto by a retractile spring 48, the 'action' of which is to hold the catch 47 en* gaged with the front end of the top of the adjacent side bracket where said top portion projects as a flange 49 over the top of the corresponding post 22, as shown most clearly in Figure 1, and said catch is connected to a pull-cord 50, which extends beneath the mattress fabric 12 and through the same at its foot end, and hangs over the foot rail 3 and is equipped with a hand ring 5l, so that the operator by grasping said ring and pulling upon the said pull-cord, can trip the catch 47 and thus unlock the body portion and permit the same to be swung upwardly to closed position, it being noted in this connection that the link braces 9 and l() uniting the foot `frame with the body portion, assume a position which permits the foot frame to fold flatly against the normally underside of said side rails, as shown clearly by Figure l, and that when ythe bed is opened by pulling upon the foot frame, the latter Will swing away from the body portion and at the same time through the connections described, effect the lowering of the body portion, the catch 47 automatically engaging the said flange portion 49 of the said bracket So as to lock the bed in its unfolded or operative positions. t

From the above description it will be apparent that we have produced affolding bed embodying the features of advantage set forth asdesirable in the statement of the object of the invention, and which is susceptible of modification in minor particulars without departing from the principle of construction or mode of operation involved.

We claim:

1. A folding bed, comprising a head frame, a pair of parallel side frames projecting from the head frame, a body `portion pivotally supported from the side frames at points spaced from the head frame, retractile springs connected at one of their ends to the side frames and at their other ends to the body portion, a brace bearing a pivoted relation to and disposed between the side frames and engaging the floor at one end, and a retractile spring bearing a fixed relation at one end to the side frames and connected to the said brace at the opposite side of the pivotal pointthereof from the end engaging the floor.

Q. A folding bed, comprising a head frame, a pair of parallel side frames projecting from the head frame7 a body porpii/'otally supported from the side frames at points spaced from the head frame, retractile springs connected at one of their ends to the side frames and at their other ends to the body portion, a slotted bracket supported between the side frames, a horizonn tally swinging brace extending through said bracket and pivoted thereto near one end and extending downward at its opposite end for engagement with the ioor, and a spring for holding said brace extending longitudinally of the bed or transversely thereof.

8. A folding bed, comprising a head frame, a pair of parallel side frames projecting from the head frame, a body portion pivotally supported from the side frames at points` spaced from the head frame, retractile springs connected at one of their ends to the side frames and at their other ends to the body portion, means connecting the side frames and acting as a brace therefor, a pivoted catch mounted on said connecting means, a catch arm secured to the body portion, a swinging brace linked to the pivoted catch, and a spring to prevent accidental movement of the brace and pivoted catch.

In testimony whereof we hereunto affix our signatures.


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U.S. Classification5/168, 5/178, 5/162, 5/164.1
International ClassificationA47C17/40, A47C17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47C17/40
European ClassificationA47C17/40