US 1527919 A
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Feb; 24, 1925.-
E. E. ROBB ET AL DISAPPEARING BED Filed Aug. 4, 192.;
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UNITED STATES 1,527,919 PATENT OFFICE.
EUGENE EARL ROBB AND WILLIAM SAMUEL POINDEXTER, DETROIT, MICHIGAN.
Application filed August 4, 1923;
T 0 all whom it may concern Be it known that'we, EUGENE EARL Rose and. WILLIAM SAMUEL PoINDExTER, citizens of the United States, residing at Detroit, in the county of Wayne and State of hlichigan, have invented new and useful Improvements in Disappearing Beds, of-whichthe follow 'ing is a'specification;
This invention relates 7 to beds, particularly those of the folding or disappearing type, and has for its object the provision of a novel bed structure so constructed and arranged as to be foldedup into and stored away Within a cabinet or closet so as to be entirely concealed from View when not in use and consequently not mar the appearance of a room when used for purposes other than a bed room, an additional feature of advantage being that it is entirely out of the way soas to leave the maximum space for use for other purposes.
An important and more specific object is the provision of a bed structure and a peculiar mounting therefor which will permit the bed to be readily extended for service or folded into its enclosing cabinet orother compartment without'involving any great expenditure of time or labor. An additional object is the provision of a bed of this character which will be simple and inexpensive in manufacture and installation, highlyelficient in service, and a general improvement in the art.
With the above and other objects and advantages in view,'the invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter more fully described and claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which vFigure 1 is a longitudinal vertical section through a bed constructed in accordance with our invention and also through the enclosing cabinet, this view showing the bed in extended or operative position.
Figure 2 is a similar view showing the bed folded up into the cabinet Figure 3 is a detail section on the line 3-3 of Figure '1.
Figure 4 is a 44 of Figure 1.
Figure 5, is a detail view showing the mounting for one of the braces, the view being taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 1.
Figure 6 is a horizontal section through the cabinet, showing a plan view of the bed.
detail section on the line Serial No. 655,647. 1
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the; numeral '10 designates a cabinet which might be built in wardrobe style or which might be a closet forming a permanent part of a house, this detail being absolutely immaterial. It is intended that the. cabinet or closet be equipped with a suitable door 11 for closing the front thereof when use of the bed contained within the cabinet is not desired. Mounted within the cabinet and suitably secured upon the side walls thereof are brackets designated broadly by the numeral 12, each of which includes an upstanding frame 13 formed at its upper portion with a substantially semicircular slot 14 at the edges of which are overhanging flanges 15. In connection with these stationary brackets we provide an op erating structure which includes an elongated carrier iron or bar 16 at each side of the closet or cabinet, which carrier iron has secured thereto a bracket 'or plate 17 from which projects a: stud or trunnion 18 having journaled thereon a roller 19 which travels within the slot 14. At the end of this stud is a retaining block 20 which fits within the bracket behind or beneath the overhanging flanges 15 thereof'so asto be retained in place thereby while being capable'of'sliding movement. 'Pivotally connected at 21 with each carrier iron is an inclined brace bar 22 which is pivoted at 23 upon the lower portion of the adjacent or associated bracket 12. J ournaled at spaced points along the carrier irons, as shown at 24, are rollers 25 which project above the upper surface through suitable slots. While it is not absolutely necessary, the ends of the carrier irons within the cabinet are preferably connected by a cross bar 26 which strengthens the same.
The bed proper includes a pair of channel irons or bars 27 upon which are suitably secured head and foot members 28 which are preferably of the open construction shown and which in actual practice might be tubing of any desired cross section,it being well known that such material is durable and rigid yet light. The outer ends of these bars 27 are connected bya cross bar 29 which will prevent them from movement toward or from each other. These channel iron bars 27 are slidably engaged upon and substantially enclose the carrier irons 16, the upper flanges riding upon the rollers 25 so that the bed proper will be capable of sliding movement upon these rollers toward or from the back of the closet or cabinet. As illustrated, the bars 27 are of substantially U- shape in cross section with their lower edges extended under the lower edges of the carrier irons 16 which are likewise of inverted U-shape in cross-section, these lower edges of the channel irons 27 being represented by the numeral 30 and operating to prevent separation of the channel irons 27 and 16. At a point comparatively near the brackets 12, the outer flanges of the channel irons 2'? must be cut away, as indicated at 31, so as not to interfere with the movement of the carrier irons with respect to the brackets 12. It is of course apparent that the two channel bars 27 may have a spring structure mounted thereon or may have the springs connected directly therewith. The spring structure is indicated by the numeral 32.
To support the outer corners of the bed proper, we provide a pair of legs 33, one for each corner, which legs may be of any desired specific construction but pivotally mounted at 34: within the channel bars 27. The shape of the pivoted ends of the legs is such that they cannot swing outwardly beyond a vertical position shown in Figure 1, the legs having shoulders 35 which preventsuch swinging.
In Figure 2 the bed is shown as entirely contained within the cabinet or closet. To render it ready for use, the door 11 must be opened, after which the operator may grasp the rails 28 and swing the bed outwardly and downwardly with respect to the cabinet into the horizontal position shown in Figure 1. During this swinging movement the blocks 20 ride within the curved track-like brackets the rollers 19 traveling in the slots 14 until the blocks 20 engage against the'upper ends of the slots. Upon reaching this position the braces 22 will operate to effect a partial supporting action. The bed proper is then slid along the carrier irons 16 until it pro iects the desired or proper distance away from the front of the cabinet or closet, the rollers 25 facilitating the action. The legs 33 are swung downwardly into vertical position, as shown, until they engage the floor or other surface and support the free corners of the bed. The reverse operation of folding the bed into the enclosing cabinet is very simply effected and requires no particular skill, time or labor.
From the foregoing description and a study of the drawings it will be apparent that we have thus provided a simple and consequently inexpensive disappearing or folding bed structure which may be readily disposed within a suitable enclosure when use is not desired and which is easily extensible for active service. Owing to the fewness of the parts it is apparent that there is very little to get out of order so that the device should have a long life and satisfactorily perform all of its functions.
While we have shown and described the preferred embodiment of our invention, it is of course to be understood that we reserve the right to make such changes in the form, construction and arrangement of parts as will not depart from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the subjoined claims.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim as new and desire to secure by Let t ers Patent, is:
1. In a folding bed structure, the combination with an enclosing cabinet, of upright brackets mounted within the cabinet at the sides thereof, said brackets being formed with substantially semi-circular slots having overhanging flanges, a frame including side bars carrying rollers operating within said slots, brace arms pivotally connected with the brackets and'wit-h said frame bars, channel bars slidably engaged upon said first named bars and carrying end rails, and supporting legs pivotally connected with said second named bars, said first named bars being of inverted U-shape in cross section, and said second named bars being of substantially inverted U-shape with one side longer than the other and terminating in an inwardly directed flange engaged beneath one side of the first named bars.
2. In a folding bed structure, the combination with an enclosing cabinet, of upright brackets mounted within the cabinet at the sides thereof, said brackets being formed with substantially semi-circular slots having overhanging flanges, a frame including side bars carrying rollers operating within said slots, brace arms pivotally connected with the brackets and with said frame bars, channel bars slidably engaged upon said first named bars and carrying end rails, and supporting legs pivotally connected with said second named bars, said first named bars being of inverted U-shape in cross section, and said second named bars being of substantially inverted U-shape with one side longer than the other and terminating in an inwardly directed flange engaged beneath one side of the first named bars, said first named bars being formed with spaced openings, and rollers journaled within the first named bars, projecting through said openings and supporting the second named bars.
In testimony whereof we afiix our signatures.
EUGENE EARL ROBE. WILLlAM SAMUEL POINDEXTER,