US 1817878 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. H. CLEMENTS, JR
ARTICLE OF FURNITURE Filed Nov. 2. 1929 Aug. 4, 1931.
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Patented Aug. 4, 1931 UET STATS PATET @FEQE JOSE-PH H. CLEMENTS, JR., 013 SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR TO PECKHAM, WOLF & 00., F SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK, A CGRPOR-ATION OF NEW YORK ARTICLE or FURNITURE Application filed November 2, 1929. Serial No. 404,353.
The present invention relates to improvements in furniture, and has for its object to provide an article which may be used for various purposes. By the invention I provide an article adapted to serve as either a table, a stool or seat, and a step-ladder, the several parts being so arranged as to provide an attractive and neat appearing article of furniture which can be readily adjusted to serve any of the several purposes for which it is adapted.
l/Vith the foregoing and other ends in view, the invention consists in the construction and arrangement of parts that will be hereinafter described and claimed in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention showing the parts positioned to serve as a step-ladder.
Figure 2 is a vertical section with the parts in a different relation from that shown in Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a section substantially on the line 33 of Figure 2.
Figure 4: is a perspective View of a portion of the article with the stand member thereof detached.
Referring to the drawings, in the several views of which like parts are designated by corresponding reference characters, the improved article of furniture comprises a main body including a top 1, shown as being of substantially rectangular form, and suitable supports or legs 2. V
In the embodiment of the invention illus trated, in which, as noted, the top 1 is of rectangular form, there are four legs 2, and these are connected by parallel end frames 3 and a rear frame member 4.
As shown, the end frame members 3 are provided on their inner faces with guide rails 5 which are engaged by grooves 6 formed in the outer faces of opposite members of the depending sides of a top 7 of an auxiliary body.
By this arrangement the main and auxiliary bodies are so connected that the auxiliary body may be moved to and from a position in which it will be entirely below the top 1 of the main body or within the space marked by the supporting legs 2 of the main body.
The auxiliary body is shown as having two legs or supports 8 which, when the parts are positioned as shown in Figure 1, are some distance from the adjacent legs 2 of the main body and serve to provide a firm support for the top member 7 so that the latter constitutes a step-like tread of a ladder including the main and auxiliary bodies.
The main body is also provided with a slide 10 which is shown as supported by guides 11 so that it may be projected beyond one end of the top 1 of the main body as shown, or can be moved inward so as to be entirely beneath and concealed from view by the top 1.
As shown, this slidelO is provided with two sockets 10a situated relatively close to the edge of the top 1 when the slide is projected from the main body and in the outer edge of said slide is formed a notch 12.
A stand comprising a top 18, two relatively short supports 14, and a relatively long support or standard 15, is adapted to be engaged with the sockets 10a and notch 12 of the slide 10 to provide a stand at one end of the top 1 of the main body which, when the article is being employed as a step-ladder, for example, may serve as a support for a pail or other receptacle.
Preferably, as shown, the supports 14 and 15 are connected by hinges 16 with the top 13 so that when the stand is detached the supports maybe folded against the top 13 and in its collapsed form the stand will occupy a minimum amount of space' The shorter supports 14 are shown as being reduced in size at the lower ends to fit in the sockets or apertures 10a and a latch or hook 17 is provided for retaining the longer'support 15 within the notch 12.
To strengthen the construction when the stand is in use, a spring brace 20 is shown as connected with the longer support or upright 15 and the spaced ends thereof are adapted to be engaged with suitable sockets or fittings on legs 2 of the main body.
It is believed that the advantages and uses of the improvements will be readily understood from the foregoing description and the drawing. WVhen the stand is detached and the slide and auxiliary body are in position beneath the top 1 of the main body, a neat and strong table is provided which can be used for various purposes.
By making the legs 2 of proper length the table-like article is adapted to serve as a seat or stool for use in a kitchen or at the end of a breakfast nook, for example.
By adjusting the main and auxiliary bodies into the relative positions shown in Figure 1, a strong step-ladder is provided, and by the addition of the detachable stand a pail or other utensil can be securely supported in position for easy access by a person using the ladder.
When it is desired, the collapsible stand can be easily detached and, as before noted, its parts folded so that it will occupy a minimum amount of space.
1. A combined seat and step-ladder comprising a main body including a top and suitable legs, an auxiliary body including a step tread member, connected with the main body and bodily movable to and from a position beneath the top of the main body, a stand arranged at one end of the main body and con- 9 sisting of a top and a plurality of uprights depending from said top, and independent of the legs of the main body, one of said uprights being detachably connected to the main body and another extending to the floor on which the main body Stands, and a brace detachably connecting the last said upright with two of the legs of the main body.
2. A combined seat and step-ladder comprising a main body including a top, suitable legs, a step tread bodily movable to and from a position beneath the top and a slide adapted to be projected from one end of the body beneath the top thereof, and a stand comprising a top' and a plurality of uprights depending from said top, one of said uprights having its lower end detachably engaging said slide and another extending past said slide to the floor on which the main body stands.
3. A combined seat and step-ladder comprising a main body including a top, suitable legs and a slide adapted to be projected from one end of the body beneath the top thereof, said slide having a recess or notch formed in its outer end, and a stand comprising a top and a plurality of uprights depending from said top, one detachably engaging said slide and another extending through said notch in the slide to the floor on which the main body stands. 00 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand.
JOSEPH H. CLEMENTS, JR.