This application claims priority to and benefit of Chinese Patent Application Serial No. 2293818.4, entitled BM Table with Improved Center Handle, filed Dec. 27, 2002, which is incorporated by reference in its entirety. This application is also related to co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/669,740, entitled Blow-Molded Table with “H” Center Support Assembly, filed Sep. 24, 2003, and co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. ______, entitled Blow-Molded Table with Center Handle, filed Oct. 24, 2003 (attorney docket No. 15865.8a.1), each of which are incorporated by reference in their entireties.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention generally relates to furniture and, in particular, to a table with a center handle.
2. Description of Related Art
Tables are widely used almost every day at home and in the office. Conventional tables are commonly available in a number of sizes and configurations. For example, conventional tables are often four, six or eight feet in length and often have a width of two or three feet. Conventional tables, however, can be difficult to move and store because of there large size and outwardly extending legs.
Tables with folding legs have been developed in order to allow the tables to be more easily transported and stored. In particular, the folding legs are generally movable between an extended or use position in which the legs support the table top above a support surface, and a collapsed or storage position in which the legs are positioned next to or adjacent the bottom surface of the table top. When the legs are in the collapsed or storage position, the tables are much easier to move and transport because the tables are much less bulky and cumbersome.
When a conventional table with folding legs is transported, a person generally grips the edge or outer perimeter of the table top. Disadvantageously, gripping the edge or perimeter of the table top is often very difficult because it may be difficult to grasp and/or uncomfortable to hold for more than a few seconds. In addition, because the edge or perimeter is difficult to hold, the person may inadvertently drop the table and that may injure the person and/or damage the table. Further, because of the size of the table and the portion of the table that is being held, the person transporting the table must generally hold the table in an awkward, uncomfortable position and they must frequently change their grip on the table. Finally, when moving the table, the lower edge of the table has a tendency to collide frequently with the person's feet or legs.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A need therefore exists for a table that eliminates the above-described disadvantages and problems.
One aspect of the invention is a table with a lifting and transporting mechanism that enables a person to more easily carry and transport the table.
Another aspect is a table with a table top including a top surface and a bottom surface. A first leg assembly is preferably attached to the table top and a second leg assembly is also preferably attached to the table top. The table may also include a first connecting member that is attached to the bottom surface of the table top, and the first connecting member may have an outer side and an inner side. A handle is desirably attached to the inner side of the first connecting member and a space is preferably formed between the handle and the bottom surface of the table top so that a person can easily grip the handle in order to move or lift the table.
A further aspect is table may include a handle that is sized and configured to help transport or move the table. The handle may include a connecting portion and at least a portion of the connecting portion may be attached to the inner side of the first connecting member. The connecting portion may also include an angled L-iron and at least a portion of the angled L-iron may be connected to the inner side of the first connecting member. Thus, for example, the handle may be formed discretely from the first connecting member. On the other hand, for example, the connecting portion may be formed discretely from the handle portion.
The table may also include a second connecting member that generally faces the first connecting member. The table may further include a first connecting bar that is disposed between the first connecting member and the second connecting member. In addition, the table may include a first support assembly with a first end and a second end, and the first end is preferably connected to the first leg assembly and the second end is preferably connected to the first connecting bar. Further, a second connecting bar may be disposed between the first connecting member and the second connecting member to form a generally II-shaped connecting assembly. The second support assembly preferably has a first end and a second end, and the first end may be connected to the second leg assembly and the second end may be connected to the second connecting bar.
Another aspect is a table with a connecting assembly that has a generally II-shape. That is, in addition to the first and second facing connecting members, the table may include a third connecting member that is generally placed in the same plane as the first connecting member on the bottom surface of the table top, and a fourth connecting member that is placed in generally the same plane as the second connecting member on the bottom surface of the table top. Preferably the third connecting member faces the fourth connecting member, and a second connecting bar may be disposed between the third connecting member and the fourth connecting member.
Yet another aspect is a table with a table top that is constructed from blow-molded plastic. The table top, however, could be also be constructed from extrusion molded plastic, injection molded plastic, and the like. Preferably, at least a portion of the support is integrally formed in the table top as part of a one-piece structure. For example, the first connecting member may be integrally in the bottom surface of the table top as part of a one-piece structure. In addition, the first leg assembly and the second leg assembly may be pivotably connected to the table top.
Advantageously, when the table is in the folded position, one or more handles are located near the center of the table top. In addition, space is preferably provided for a person's fingers between the handle and the table top. Therefore, a person can easily lift the folding table and move it to a desired location. In addition, because the table is easily lifted from the ground, the person's feet are unlikely to collide with the table when it is being moved.
These and other objects and features of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, or may be learned by the practice of the invention as set forth hereinafter.