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Publication numberUS1532417 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 7, 1925
Filing dateSep 13, 1924
Priority dateSep 13, 1924
Publication numberUS 1532417 A, US 1532417A, US-A-1532417, US1532417 A, US1532417A
InventorsWilliam T Letts
Original AssigneeWilliam T Letts
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Convertible table settee
US 1532417 A
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April 7, 1925. 1,532,417

w. T. LETTS CONVERTI BLE TABLE S ETTEE Filed Sept. 13, 1924 e, an; L

WILLIAM-T. LETTS, or JQSEPH, ia ssonnr.

oonvnn'rrena Application filed September To oiZ whom it m (4,7 (0716472 2 Be it lznown that I, Winnmnr T. Ln'rcrs, a citizen of the United States, residing at St. Joseph, in the county of Buchanan and State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Convertible Table Settees, of which the following is a specification,reference being had to the accompanying drawings.

This invention relates to. convertible furniture, and particularly to benches or set tees.

One of the objects of the invention is to provide a convertible settee provided with a back so mounted upon the, bodyof the set tee that it will in one position constitute'a back for the settee and in another position will constitute a table. 7

A further object is to provide a construction such that two settees each with its back disposed as a table may be put together, thus forming a table which may be used; fora ionic table or for any other purpose Other objects will appear in the course of the following description. 7

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein z- Figure 1 is a perspective view of atable settee constructed 'n accordance with my in vention;

Figure 2 is a vertical sectional transverse view thereof showing the section 18 arranged as a table and showing in dotted.

lines the manner in which another bench may be so disposed that the two benches together will form a relatively largebench and two settees Figure 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of the hinge. joint bet-ween the member 16 and the member 11, the two members being separated from each other;

Referring to these drawings, it will be seen that my improved bench or settee comprises the supporting members 10 at opposite ends of the bench, each of these supporting members being formed of a single strip of metal bent into U-shape to provide legs 11, these legs being connected by a U- shaped brace 12 and being bolted or otherwise attached to base strip preferably of wood, designated 13. Resting upon the cross bar of the U-shaped supporting members 10 are the longitudinally extending slats 1e constituting the seat; This seat is braced by the upwardly and medially inclined braces 15.


13, L924. Serial No. 7375547.

-Hinged to the upper corners of the supporting members 10 by a fo -1 1 hinge When the straps 16are turned down flat upon the seat 14, as shown in Figure '1, the member 18 extends vertically, upward and forms a. bacir for the settee or bench When, however, the members 16 are turned so as to ext-end upward at right angles to the plane of the seat let, themember 18 will extend horizontally and constitute a shelf or table. The hinges which connect the members 16'to the supports :10 are provided with stops which will prevent the members 16' from turning beyond a ver ical position in one direction so that when the members 16 are' turned upwardto this vertical position the shelf or table 18 will be supported firmly in place. 7

settee with thistable or shelf, the user sit-s upon the seat 1 1 with the legs extending beneath the member 18. If desired, twoof these settees of benches may be placed to gether, as illustrated in Figure 2, so as to bring both of the members 18 in the same plane and into edge contact with each other, and thus a relatively wide table is provided disposed between two benches.

I have illustrated in Figure 3 the specific construction of the hinge which I preferably use. In order to form this hinge,v the cross piece of each member 10 at one end is carried beyond the member 11 and bent around to form a bead 19. Each of the members 16 at its lower end is angularly bent and then formed to provide a bead 20 which is disposed in alignment with the bead 19, and a pintle 21 passes through these two beads, the pintle having heads holding the beads in contact with each other. The head 19 is formed with stops 22 and the corresponding member 16 is also formed with a stop 23 which engages this stop 22, and thus the outward movement of the supporting member 16 from an approximately vertical position is prevented. Of course, when the member 16 is turned downward fiat acrossthe top of the table, it is sup-' When it'is desired to use the bench or movement so that two stops are provided, one for limiting the movement of the members 16 beyond a horizontal position and the other limiting the movement of the members 16 beyond an approximately vertical position.

It will be understood, of course, that the members 16 are so angled attheir hinge ends that they will fit over flush upon the seat 14 and that this angular bend 22 at the hinge end of the iron 16 disposes the member 18 with its inner edge in advance of the adjacent edge of the seat l-i, as shown in Figure 2, so-that su'tdcient room will be provided and the table will not be jammed up against the user.

It will be seen that I have provided a table settee as it may be termed, which is particularly adapted for use in parks, playgrounds, tourists camps and pleasure resorts, and that while this has the general outlines of a park bench it has advantages thereover because the seat or settee can be instantly converted into a seat and table and by placing two of these seats or benches together a table can be formed with seats particularly adapted for picnic parties and like uses.

While I have illustrated a particular form of hing which I design to use and particular details of construction, I do not wish to be limited to this, as it is obvious that many changes might be made without departing from the spirit of the invention.

I claim:

1. A table settee of the character de scribed comprising a seat having support ing means, a. section constituting either a back or a table, irons pivotally connected to the supporting means for the seat on one side thereof and adjacent the ends and adapted in one position to rest upon the seat and in the other position to extend vertically upward from the seat, the irons being angularly bent at their free ends, the section being attached to the inner faces of said angularly bent portions and the angtr larly bent portions extending across the section, the section beingthus disposable either in a vertical plane on one edge of the seat to thereby constitute a back or in a horizontal plane adjacent to but in a plane above at one end to the front legs of the seat and.

angularly cut at their free ends, the irons being thus disposableacross the face of the seat or in a vertical position with relation thereto, the section being attached to said angularly bent ends and the angular-1y bent ends extending across the outer face of the section, the section being thereby disposable either in a vertical plane on one edge or" the seat or in a horizontal plane adjacent to but in a plane above the opposite edge of the seat, said irons and the supporting means for the seat having stops limiting the movement of the irons to an approximately vertical position in one direction but permit ting the movement of the irons downward against the seat in the other direction.

3. A table settee of the character de scribed comprising a seat having supporting means at opposite ends thereof, each supporting means including a front leg. irons each being offset at one end and formed to provide an eye, the front legs having coacting irons disposed slightly below the level of the seat, a pintle engaging the eye of each iron with the corresponding eye on the leg and the hinge thus permitting the irons to be disposed over the top of the seat or in a vertical relation thereto, the ends of the irons being angularly bent, a section constituting either a back or a table and disposed against the inside faces of the angularly bent portions of tho irons and attached thereto, the eyes on the irons and the eyes on the legs being formed toprovide coacting stops limiting the n'iovement ofthe irons to a vertical position in one direction but permitting the movement of the irons downward against the seat in the other di rection.

In testimony whereof I hereunto aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification297/126, 297/121, 5/57.1
International ClassificationA47B39/04
Cooperative ClassificationA47B2220/07, A47B39/00, A47B39/04
European ClassificationA47B39/04