US 1881454 A
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c. E. FRIESNER PROTECTIVE COVERING FOR ARTICLES OF FURNITURE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed July 13, 1931 Oct. 11, 1932. c. E. FRIESNER PROTECTIVE COVERING FOR ARTICLES OF FURNITURE Filed July 13, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 gin unto;
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CHARLES E. FRIESNER, OF TOLEDO, OHIO, ASSIGNOR TO THE HE TTRIOK MANUFACTUR- ING- OOMIE'ANY, OF TOLEDO, OHIO, A CORPORATION OF OHIO rao'rnorrvn covnnme son ARTICLES or FURNITURE Application filed July 13,
This invention relates to articles of furniture, but more particularly to coverings for chairs, couch hammocks, and the like, and an object is to produce an article of furniture having as a part thereof a covering which can readily and conveniently be unfolded into position of use, but which normally is in folded position and provides a finished appearance for a portion thereof.
For purposes of illustration, but not of limitation, the invention is shown on the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a porch chair embodying the invention;
Figure 2 is a rear perspective view of the chair shown in Fig. 1;
. Figure 3 is a perspective view of the chair with the back swung downwardly and the protective covering unfolded into position of use; and
Figure 4 is a plan view of the cover.
The illustrated embodiment of the invention comprises a chair adapted for use on porches, lawns, or other places either in the open or in partially enclosed places, such as porches. As shown, the chair comprises a frame work 10, from which is suspended through a pair of hangers 11 a seat frame 12. Connected to the seat frame 12 by a pair of hinge members 13 of L-shaped form is a back 14. The seat frame 12 and back 14 are covered with suitable upholstering. As shown in Fig. 3, the back 14 may be swung downwardly upon the seat 12, the connection between the back and seat being such that a space may be provided between the two members when the back is swung downwardly to accommodate cushions or other articles which it is desired to be protected from the elements.
Attached to the rear of the back 14 is a protective covering P, which consists of a sheet of relatively flexible fabric material, preferably of water-proof or semi-waterppgof material. A pair of reinforcing strips 15 are adapted to receive fastening devices therethrough for connecting the sheet to the rear of the back 14 at the upper and lower edges thereof. The reinforcing; strips 15 may be of fabric, and the attaching devices may be snap fasteners 16, although the sheet 1931. Serial no. 550,293.
may be permanently connected to the rear of the back 14 if desired- The covering- P is normally retained in 22. It will be-noted that the lower portion of the covering P extends below the lower edge of the back 14, and when in folded position the covering provides a neat and finished appearance for the back of the chair. The covering may be of a color to blend harmoniously with the color of the upholstery on the back and seat, and thus present a neat and attractive appearance In case of inclement weather, or to keep dust and dirt from the back and seat, the back may be swung downwardly to the position shown in Fig. 3 and the covering unfolded so that the side portions extend downwardly, thereby providin a satisfactory covering for the upholstered portions of the chair. It will be manifest that all upholstered portions of the chair are completely covered and protected from rain, dust, etc. The covering can be quickly and conveniently unfolded into position of use, and,
when desired, can as easily be folded into' normal position and the chair ready for use.
It is to be understood that the invention is not confined to a chair in which the back is collapsible, or may be swung downwardly because the covering may be of sufficient size to cover the back and seat when the back is rigidly mounted. It is further to be understood that the invention is applicable to gliders or couch hammocks, it being merely necessary to enlarge the size of the sheet. Changes in details of construction, arrangement and choice of materials may be efiected without departing from the spirit of the invention, especially as defined in the appended claim.
What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A. covering for furniture having a seat and back portion which latter is movable to lie upon the seat portion, composed of a fabric body of an area adapted to cover the top and sides of the seat and back portions of the furniture when the latter is in its folded position a pair of spaced reinforcing members for said body spaced inwardly from thetop and bottom and sides of the latter and having vertically alined ends, means to secure said reinforcing members and thereby the fabric body to thetop and bottom portions of the back on the rear face of the latter,the
upper of said reinforcing members defining lines of fold about which the top of the fabric body may be folded downwardly and the alined ends of the reinforcing members orming lines of fold about which the sides of the fabric body may be folded inwardly to have the edges of the latter overlap, and
means to removably secure the said overlapping edges together, the bottom of the body below the lower reinforcing member being of a width so as to project below the seat in all positions and the top and sides of the body when open projecting over the top and sides of the back and front of the seat whereby all of the corners of the seat and back of the furniture when in folded position are completely covered by downwardly extending portions of the fabric body. 7
In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name to this specification.
CHARLES E. FRIESNER.