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Publication numberUS20060162075 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/387,587
Publication dateJul 27, 2006
Filing dateMar 23, 2006
Priority dateJan 14, 2003
Also published asUS7028353, US20040168251
Publication number11387587, 387587, US 2006/0162075 A1, US 2006/162075 A1, US 20060162075 A1, US 20060162075A1, US 2006162075 A1, US 2006162075A1, US-A1-20060162075, US-A1-2006162075, US2006/0162075A1, US2006/162075A1, US20060162075 A1, US20060162075A1, US2006162075 A1, US2006162075A1
InventorsKenneth Waldman, Jerome Drobinski
Original AssigneeSimplicity, Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable bed rail
US 20060162075 A1
Abstract
An adjustable bed rail capable of gripping a mattress either alone or together with a bedspring to hold the protective side rail in place. A locking assembly is adjustable to adjust for the height of the mattress either alone or together with the bedspring. Friction pads and/or friction surfaces may be mounted along the bed rail to further enhance the locking of the side rail to the mattress. The bed rail may be provided with a rail that drops down to facilitate climbing on to or off of the bed and can be locked into the upright position.
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29. A bed rail comprising: a support portion joined to a rail portion; the support portion being adjustable to grip a member such as a mattress member; locking means for releaseably locking the support portion at a desired gripping position.
30. The bed rail of claim 29 wherein said rail portion is pivotally coupled to said support portion and is moveable between an upright position and a released position wherein the rail portion is pivoted toward a sidewall of the mattress member.
31. The bed rail of claim 30 further comprising second releasable locking means for locking the rail portion to said support portion at at least the upright position.
32. The bed rail of claim 29 wherein said rail portion has a substantially rectangular-shaped frame; and a net-like member joined to said frame and spanning a hollow region surrounded by said frame.
33. The bed rail of claim 32 wherein said net-like member is netting.
34. The bed rail of claim 29 wherein said support portion is comprised of upper and lower jaws; one arm of each of the upper jaws being joined to said rail portion; elongated members, each having one end joined to an arm of each of said upper jaws and having a lower end slideably engaging one hollow arm of an associated one of the lower jaws; said releasable locking means locking each elongated member to one of the lower jaws; and a pair of base members, each coupled to one of the lower jaws.
35. The bed rail of claim 34 wherein said elongated member has a plurality of openings arranged at spaced intervals along one surface thereof; wherein said releasable locking means is normally biased in a direction toward said openings and enters one of said openings when aligned therewith; and wherein said releasable locking means is moveable to a releasing position displaced from said openings to enable sliding movement of the elongated member relative to the lower jaw.
36. The bed rail of claim 34 wherein each of said elongated members is slidably inserted into a hollow interior of an associated one of said arms of said lower jaw.
37. The bedrail of claim 34 wherein each of said elongated members and associated said lower jaws is slidably received by the other of said elongated members and an associated arm of said lower jaws.
38. The bed rail of claim 34 wherein each base member has a surface for engaging in underside of a mattress, said surface having at least one portion thereof which is provided with a surface configuration that promotes gripping between the mattress and the base member.
39. The bed rail of claim 34 wherein each of said upper jaws has a surface for engaging a mattress, said surface having at least one portion thereof that is provided with a surface configuration that promotes gripping between the mattress and the base member.
40. The bed rail of claim 29 wherein said bed rail is selectively extendible.
41. A bed rail comprising: a support portion joined to a rail portion; the support portion being adjustable to grip a member such as a mattress member; and a lock coupled to and releasably locking the support portion at a desired gripping position.
42. The bed rail of claim 41 wherein the lock includes a push button for unlocking the lock.
Description
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION(S)

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/757,240, filed Jan. 14, 2004, which claims priority from provisional application Ser. No. 60/440,006, filed on Jan. 14, 2003, which is incorporated by reference as if fully set forth.

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to bed rails. More particularly the present invention relates to a bed rail assembly which is held to a child's bed in a manner so as to prevent dislodgement thereof.

BACKGROUND

Bed rails are typically utilized to protect children, elders, or injured persons from falling off a bed. The current technology of bed rails is quite basic in that most bed rails have either metal or plastic parts which protrude from the bed rail and are placed under the mattress and typically between the mattress and bedspring or between the mattress and other support. Traditional bed rails rely upon the friction between the mattress and the box spring to keep the bedrail in place. Quite often this is insufficient to retain the bed rail in place on the bed. It is therefore extremely advantageous to provide a bed rail which substantially avoids if not eliminates the danger of a bed rail slipping away from its intended position and use.

SUMMARY

An adjustable bed rail capable of squeezing a mattress either alone or together with a bedspring to lock the protective side rail in place. The locking means is adjustable to adjust for the height of the mattress either alone or together with the bedspring. Friction pads and/or surfaces mounted along surfaces of the bed rail engage the mattress to further enhance the locking of the side rail to the mattress. In one preferred embodiment the rail portion drops down when unlocked the facilitate climbing onto or off of the bed. The rail is adjustable in length to accommodate different bed lengths and different occupants.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING(S)

The present invention will be understood from a consideration of the detailed description and drawings, wherein like elements are designated by like numerals and, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a first embodiment of a bed rail designed in accordance with the principles of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a latch assembly employed in the bed rail of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a sectional view of the latch assembly looking in the direction of arrows 3-3′ of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a detailed, partially sectionalized view looking in the direction of arrows 4-4 of FIG. 2, of one embodiment of a latch assembly for adjusting the height of the bed rail to firmly grip the mattress.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the presently preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 6-8 are perspective views showing different views of the embodiment of FIG. 5 to facilitate an understanding of various aspects of the invention.

FIGS. 9 and 10 are sectional views of FIG. 7 through the line 9/10-9/10 showing the portion in two different positions.

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT(S)

FIG. 1 shows a bed rail assembly 10 embodying the principles of the present invention, the upper rail portion protecting a person, i.e., an adult or a child, from falling off the bed and is comprised of two horizontal bars or tubes 11 and 12. Upper bar 11 is curved at 11 a and 11 b to form vertically aligned portions 11 c and 11 d. Tubular member 12 has its ends secured to the vertical portions 11 c, 11 d of member 11. If desired, additional horizontal bars may be placed above and/or below member 12. Also, the length (i.e. “height”) of portions height 11 c and 11 d and the lengths of the bars 11 and 12 may be increased if desired without departing from the scope and spirit of the present invention. Members 11 and 12 are preferably formed of a suitable light-weight material such as tubular steel or aluminum or a suitable plastic. If desired, the members 11 and 12 may also be formed of wood or other solid material which is preferably light-weight and yet sturdy. Bar 11 also bends outwardly at 11 e and 11 f and extends into assemblies 13 and 14, respectively.

Each of the assemblies 13 and 14 has a pair of elongated, bifurcated arms 13 a, 13 b and 14 a, 14 b secured to the lower ends thereof. In addition thereto, each of the assemblies 13 and 14 has a movable, lockable end 16, 17, which is vertically aligned, each receiving one of the vertical arms 16 a, 17 a. These lockable arms 16 a and 17 a may be hollow or solid.

FIG. 2 is an enlarged view of the mattress holding portion of the bedrail of FIG. 1. FIG. 3 is a sectional view of FIG. 2 looking in the direction of arrows 3-3′ and FIG. 4 is partially sectionized view of the structure of FIG. 2 looking in the directions of arrows 4-4′ and further showing brackets B1 pivotally mounting locking arm 15 by means of a pivot pin P, only one assembly being described for purposes of simplicity. Hollow tubular member 16 has an opening 16 b for receiving a projection 15 a of the locking arm 15. As locking arm 15 is moved to dotted line position 15′, the forward tip T of projection 15 a moves away from opening 16 b, enabling the arm 16 a to be moved relative to tubular portion 16 to adjust to the height of a mattress M.

The arm 16 a is positioned relative to tubular member 16 preferably so as to “squeeze” mattress M between the horizontal member 13 c and bifurcated arms 13 a, 13 b. When the mattress M is adequately “squeezed,” locking arm 15 is moved to the dotted line position 15″. In this position, projection 15 a enters into opening 16 b and tip 15 b of projection 15 a thereof presses against an adjacent side of arm 16 a. The tip 15 b assumes an over-center position relative to center line CL. This over-center position is retained by the lower edge of the locking arm 15 to lock the arm 16 a within hollow tubular member 16.

The assembly 14 operates in a substantially identical manner.

In order to further enhance the holding force applied to the mattress by the bed rail assembly 10, friction pads (not shown) may be placed on the underside 13 d, 14 d of horizontal members 13 c, 14 c and/or on the upper surface of arms 13 a, 13 b and 14 a, 14 b.

FIGS. 5-11 show a presently preferred embodiment 20 of the present invention which is comprised of a rail portion 22 and a supporting portion 24. The rail portion 22 is generally comprised of a pair of side posts 25, 26 and upper and lower cross pieces 27 and 28 coupled to the side posts at each corner thereof.

The supporting portion 24 is comprised of a pair of base members 33 and 34 which are substantially identical in design and function to one another and only one of these base members will be described herein for purposes of simplicity. The base member 33 has a portion 33 a at its inner end extending into a hollow L-shaped bracket 35. Fastening member 36 extends therethrough to hold base member 33 pivotably in place. The opposite end 33 b of base member 33 is of increased width and has an upper surface 33 c provided with a V-shaped or sawtooth configuration to facilitate providing a firm grip upon a mattress.

The free-end of base member 33 is tapered as shown at 33 d to facilitate sliding of the base member beneath a mattress and typically between a mattress and a boxspring. A rugged, flexible fabric or plastic web 37 extends through an elongated slot 33 e provided in the end having a sloping surface 33 d. Web 37 is provided with a locking element 64 for snap-fitting within a cooperating locking element 65 coupled to one end of a web 62, the opposite end of which is coupled to a preferably flat plate 63 which may be placed against a sidewall of the mattress opposite the sidewall along which the rail is mounted to provide additional means for holding the side rail in place. Alternatively, as is shown in FIG. 11, a Y shaped web 70 may be coupled at one end to base members 33, 34 and at the apex 70 a to a web 71 provided with a locking member 64′ similar to locking member 64. A web 72 is threaded through plate 63′ at an end and is coupled to a locking member 65′ similar to locking member 65 for releasably locking with locking member 64.

L-shaped bracket 35 (and its mirror image 55) is hollow and has a substantially rectangular-shaped cross-section. The upper end 35 a telescopingly receives an elongated arm 38 whose upper end extends into a hollow opening a second L-shaped bracket 39, the upper end of member 38 being provided with an opening (not shown) that cooperates with openings on opposite sides of member 39 for receiving fastener 40 to secure members 38 and 39 to one another.

Member 38 (and its mirror image 58) is also preferably hollow (as shown in FIG. 9), and has a rectangular-shaped cross-section similar to that of the upper end 35 a of L-shaped bracket 35. Member 38 is slideable within bracket 35. One side surface of member 38 is provided with a plurality of step openings 38 a. Bracket 35 is provided with a spring loaded locking knob 41 in which an internal bias spring (not shown) normally causes the locking knob 41 to be urged inwardly into bracket 35 in the direction shown by arrow A. Although not shown, the opposite end of locking knob 41 is provided with a tip that mates with and engages an associated one of the openings 38 a. By lifting or lowering member 38, one of the openings 38 a may be selected to be aligned with the locking knob 41 which is normally pulled out to permit the member 38 to freely slide with bracket 35. When the member 38 reaches the desired position, locking knob 41 is released, causing its tip to enter one of the openings 38 a and thereby lock the supporting structure in a selected position.

The arm portion 39 a of L-shaped bracket 39 (and its mirror image 59), is provided with openings on opposite sides thereof which cooperate with openings on opposite sides of a projecting portion 30 a of corner bracket 30. The fastening member 42 extends through the openings in projecting portion 30 a as well as through the opposite sidewalls of bracket portion 39 a of L-shaped bracket 39 to pivotally couple these members together.

The projecting portion 30 a has a locking/release button 44 shown in FIGS. 6, 9, and 10. When the rail portion 22 is in the upright position as shown in FIGS. 5 and 7, a locking button 50 that is spring loaded by internal spring bias means 51 (both shown in FIGS. 9 and 10) locks arms 39 a and 30 a in the upright position by engaging hole 52 in arm 30 a. In order to facilitate climbing onto and off of the bed, buttons 44 (on both supporting portions) are pressed in to remove button 50 from the opening 52 in corner bracket 30 to enable rail portion 22 to freely pivot about pivot pin 41, enabling the rail portion to pivot in the counterclockwise direction shown by arrow C in FIG. 5 so as to move the rail portion to a downward position whereby the sides 25 and 26 are substantially aligned with the slideable members 38. In this lowered position, the button 44, which is biased downward by an internal bias spring 45, engaged an angled holding hole 47 that holds the rail in the lowered position. The button 44 can be released from this holding hole 47, allowing the rail portion to be raised by pivoting the rail assembly about pivot members 41. When the rail assembly reaches the upright position, the locking button 50 automatically locks into position through hole 52 by pressing the button 44 back through hole 52. As can be understood, the force exerted by spring 51 attached to the button 50 is greater than that exerted by spring 45 attached to button 44.

As is best shown in FIG. 5, a lightweight and yet rugged netting 61 is placed across the opening in the rail frame formed by members 25, 26, 27 and 28. The netting 61 may be provided with upper and lower sleeves 61 a, 61 b which receive the upper and lower crosspieces 27 and 28, the netting being placed upon members 27 and 28 before assembly of the rail portion.

The netting 61 is also provided with side sleeves 61 c, 61 d for slideably receiving the side frames 25 and 26. The netting may also be provided with a storage pocket 61 e, open at its upper end and having a stretchable edge 61 f for storage, for example, of bed clothing or any other items which a user may desire to place in the pocket.

The upper and lower members 27 and 28 are preferably comprised of a pair of tubular members 27, 27 a and 28, 28 a. Members 27 and 28 telescope int members 27 a, 28 a to adjust the length of the frame. If desired, the frame members 25, 26 may be similar in design to adjust the height of the rail.

The bed rail is mounted to a bed by placing the base members 33 and 34 beneath a mattress and moving the base members further beneath the mattress until the upright portions of L-shaped brackets 35 and 55 are either in engagement with or nearly in engagement with an adjacent sidewall of the mattress. Each of the locking buttons such as locking button 41 is released, enabling each of the slideable members such as slideable member 38 to be moved downwardly until the mattress is firmly gripped between the undersurface of bracket portion 39 a and the base member 33. The locking member 41 is released whereby the pin-shaped free end of the locking member enters one of the openings 38 a to hold the assembly in the desired position preferably at least slightly squeezing the mattress between the undersurface of arm 39 a and base member 33.

FIG. 7 shows a view of the underside of arm 39 a of L-shaped bracket 39 as being provided with a pad 57 having a saw-tooth like pattern of V-shaped grooves, further cooperating with base member 33 and the V-shaped grooves, provided there-along to firmly grip the mattress therebetween.

In the event that further holding forces are desired, the fastener 38 coupled to the free end of web 37 may be snapped-fitted into a cooperating locking member coupled to one end of the second elongated web 62 whose opposite end is coupled to an elongated plate 63 which may be positioned to engage a sidewall of the mattress M on the opposite side of the mattress from that along which the rail is mounted. The lower end of member 63 engages a sidewall of the box spring BS, thereby holding the bed rail assembly in place. Either web 37 or web 62 or both, are adjustable to adjust the distance between L-shaped bracket 35, engaging one side-wall of the mattress and member 63 engaging the opposite side wall of the mattress. Base member 34 may be provided with a similar structure.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/426, 5/430
International ClassificationA47C21/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47C21/08, A61G2007/0518, A61G7/0507, A61G2007/051
European ClassificationA47C21/08, A61G7/05S
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