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Publication numberUS1842208 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 19, 1932
Filing dateApr 3, 1931
Priority dateApr 3, 1931
Publication numberUS 1842208 A, US 1842208A, US-A-1842208, US1842208 A, US1842208A
InventorsStefan Schneider
Original AssigneeStefan Schneider
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable arm sofa
US 1842208 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Jan. 19, 1932. s, SCH'HDER 1,842,208


My invention relates to new and useful improvements in an adjustablev arm sofa, and has for one of its objects to provide an eX-l ceedingly simple and effective device of this 6 character whereby one or both arms of the sofa may be adjusted to different positions so as to be used as an arm in fact, as a head rest, and a foot rest or extension of the set of the sofa.

Another object of the invention is to provide an adjustable arm for an art-icle of furniture which may be adjusted to a number of positions and held in any of said positions.

Afurther object of the invention is to provide an arm for an article of furniture having means to automatically place it in holding condition upon adjustment to any one of a number of predetermined positions.

A still further object of the invention is to slidably and swingingly mount an arm of a sofa or other similar article of furniture upon a rod whereby said arm may be moved to and fro and up and down and to provide interengaging means on the sofa arm or frame thereof and the sofa or body frame to hold the arm in different adjusted positions and to further provide means for normally maintaining the interengaging means in engagement with each other.

With these ends in view, this invention consists in the details of construction and combination of elements hereinafter set forth and then specically designated by the claims.

In order that those skilled in the art to which this invention appertains may under.-

stand how to make and use the same, I will describe its construction in detail, referring by numerals to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this application, in which Fig. 1 is an end view of the framework of an article of furniture, such as a sofa, illustrating my invention.

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 likewise is a fragmentary sectional view on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 is a section on the line 4 4 of Fig. l, of one arm frame. Y

In carrying out my invention as herein em- 1931. Serial No. 527,477.

bodied, 5 represents the frame work of a sofa or other similar article of furniture including the usualA .front standards 6 providing the front legs and posts and a back 7 forming the usual rear posts and legs and said parts are connected with the usual rails 8 and 9. This frame carries the usual upholstery such as springs, padding and covering.

Between one or each of the forward standards 6 and thefback 7 is mounted a rod 10, which is round in cross section, by soclreting the ends directly in the parts 6 and 7 or otherwise.

' lOn this rod 10 is slidably and swingingly mounted the arm frame 11 which may consist of the end pieces 12 connected with a cross bar 13.

' In order to hold the arm frame in a number ofdilferent positions, as in upright and inclined positions said arm frame is te be temporarily connected with some suitable part of the body or sofa frame 5, as to the standards 6. To accomplish this, I provide one of the frames or members ,with a pin 14 and the other frame or member with a number of holes l5.

The pin 14 is preferably carried by the arm frame or one of the end pieces of said arm frame and said pin may project from a base plate 16 so that the pin may be readily secured in place by fastening devices 17, such as screws. Where the pinis carried by the arm frame the holes 15 are formed in the body frame, and more particularly one of the j standards 6 and in order to minimize wear upon the body frame where the latter is of wood, said holes may be actually formed in a metal plate 18 fixed in place by fastening devices 19, such as screws, or the holes in the i plate may align with holes formed in the body frame. Y

By sliding the arm fra-me in one direction along the rod 10 thevpin 14 may be disengaged from oneof the holes 15 and said arm frame then swung into any desired position after which said arm frame may be slid in the opposite direction until the pin 14 engages another of the holes'15 and when the pin 14 is in registration with one of the holes the arm frame will be held in the adjusted position.

In order to accomplish the registration of one of the interengaging elements with the other one of said elements automatically, a spring 2O is so mounted as to move the arm frame in that direction which will tend to move the interengaging members together and a preferred arrangement is to mount the spring 2O about the rod 10 between one of the end members 12 of the arm frame and a pin 2l or other anchorage on said rod 10.

lith the spring in use as shown, the arm frame is pushed rearwardly against the action of said spring until the pin 14 is disengaged from one of the holes 15 and after this, the arm is swung to approximately the position desired and the rearward pressure thereon released which will permit the spring 20 to move the arm frame Jforwardly and cause the pin to enter an aligned hole but if the pin holes are not in alignment the arm may be swung a short distance in one direction or the other until the pin does align with a hole and the action of the spring will immediately cause the pin to register therewith.

Vhile I have not shown a view of the complete article of furniture it is believed that the illustration is sullicient to disclose the invention since both arms are constructed and mounted alike. I prefer to use two adjustable arms on the one piece of furniture so that one can be utilized as a head rest and the other as an extension of the seat or foot rest. Also both arms can be used simultaneously as eX- tensions of the seat and other means, such as a pillow or cushion, used as a head rest.

Another advantage of having both arms adjustable, is that in locating a sofa in a room it is unnecessary to set it in any special place or position in an endeavor to have sufficient space to lower a particular arm to its fullest extent.

In mounting the arms, they are so arranged that when in a lowered position a continuous surface is provided, for all practical purposes, which is equal to the combined surfaces of the seat and arms.

Many sofas manufactured at the present time do not have sufficient space between the arms to permit a person, especially a tall adult, to lie at full length thereon, but with my invention this can be accomplished, upon lowering one or both arms, without inconvenience to the person, even though the feet may extend beyond the end of a lower arm.

Of course, I do not wish to be limited to the exact details of construction as herein shown, as these may be varied within the appended claims without departing from the spirit of my invention.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and useful is 1. A sofa or similar article of furniture consisting of a body frame including front standards located at the ends of said body frame and a back, a rod mounted between each front standard and the back, an arm frame slidably and swingingly mounted on said rod between the points where the rod is supported, and means to hold said arm in any selected adjusted position.

2. A sofa or similar article of furniture consisting of a body frame including front standards located at the ends of said body frame and a back, a rod mounted between each front standard and the back, an arm frame slidably and swingingl mounted on said rod between the points w 1ere the rod is supported, means to hold the arm frame in any one of a number of predetermined adjustments and including a pair of elements, one of said elements mounted on the rear surface of the standard and the other mounted ou the outside forward end of the arm frame, and a spring between the body and arm frames to slide the arm frame along the rod in a direction to cause the elements of the holding means to engage with one another after manual movement of the arm frame in the opposite direction.

3. A sofa or similar article of furniture consisting of a frame including front standards and a back, one of said standards being located at each end of said body frame, a round rod connected with each standard and the back, the standard having a plurality of spaced holes formed therein adjacent the rod and arranged in the arc of a circle concentric with said rod, an arm frame slidably and swingingly mounted on the rod wholly between the standard and back, a pin projecting from the arm frame for selective registration with the holes in the standard, said pin being moved into and out of registration with the several holes by the forward and rearward sliding movement respectively of the arm frame on the rod, an anchorage on the rod and a coil spring surrounding the rod between the anchorage and the front portion of the arm frame to normally move the latter forwardly for registration with one of the holes while permitting said arm frame to be forced rearwardly to disengage the pin from a hole for swinging the arm frame to a diii'erent angle relative to the body frame.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto affixed my signature:


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U.S. Classification297/116, 5/52
International ClassificationA47C17/00, A47C17/12
Cooperative ClassificationA47C17/12
European ClassificationA47C17/12