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Publication numberUS20080222806 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/816,276
PCT numberPCT/US2006/005679
Publication dateSep 18, 2008
Filing dateFeb 15, 2006
Priority dateFeb 15, 2005
Also published asCA2597425A1, US8156584, US20120090092, WO2006089135A2, WO2006089135A3
Publication number11816276, 816276, PCT/2006/5679, PCT/US/2006/005679, PCT/US/2006/05679, PCT/US/6/005679, PCT/US/6/05679, PCT/US2006/005679, PCT/US2006/05679, PCT/US2006005679, PCT/US200605679, PCT/US6/005679, PCT/US6/05679, PCT/US6005679, PCT/US605679, US 2008/0222806 A1, US 2008/222806 A1, US 20080222806 A1, US 20080222806A1, US 2008222806 A1, US 2008222806A1, US-A1-20080222806, US-A1-2008222806, US2008/0222806A1, US2008/222806A1, US20080222806 A1, US20080222806A1, US2008222806 A1, US2008222806A1
InventorsSherry Lynn Hart
Original AssigneeSherry Lynn Hart
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bed Skirt Support
US 20080222806 A1
Abstract
A bed skirt support (10) comprising a relatively flat, central portion or decking (14) having at least on side support section (16,18,20) removably or fixedly attached thereto is disclosed.
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Claims(13)
1. A configurable bed skirt support comprising
a decking adapted to lie upon a box spring, wherein said decking has a perimeter;
at least one bed skirt support section attached along said perimeter of said decking and adapted to loftingly support a decorative bed skirt.
2. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 1,
wherein said decking comprises a substantially rectangular piece of material defining said perimeter, and wherein said perimeter has a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge; and
wherein said at least one bed skirt support section further comprises
a first side support section removably attached to said first edge of said decking;
a second side support section removably attached to said second edge of said decking; and
a third side support section removably attached to said third edge of said decking.
3. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 2 further comprising a fourth side support section attached along said fourth edge of said decking perimeter.
4. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 2, wherein said decking material is selected from the group consisting of cotton, muslin, and a polyester blend.
5. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 1, wherein said at least one bed skirt support section further comprises at least one decorative surface.
6. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 1, wherein said at least one bed skirt support section comprises a plurality of layers of lofting material.
7. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 6, wherein said lofting material comprises petticoat netting.
8. A configurable bed skirt support comprising
a decking comprising a substantially rectangular portion defining a perimeter having a first edge, a second edge, and a third edge;
a first side support section fixedly attached to said first edge of said decking;
a second side support section fixedly attached to said second edge of said decking; and
a third side support section fixedly attached to said third edge of said decking.
9. A configurable bed skirt support comprising
a decking comprising a substantially rectangular portion defining a perimeter having a first edge, a second edge, and a third edge;
a first side support section removably attached to said first edge of said decking;
a second side support section removably attached to said second edge of said decking; and
a third side support section removably attached to said third edge of said decking.
10. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 9, wherein
said first side support section is removably attached to said first edge of said decking by a first attachment means;
said second side support section is removably attached to said second edge of said decking by a second attachment means; and
said third side support section is removably attached to said third edge of said decking by a third attachment means.
11. The configurable bed skirt support of claim 10, wherein each of said first attachment means, said second attachment means, and said third attachment means is selected from the group consisting of a zipper, a hook, hook-and-loop material, a snap, and a pin.
12. A bed skirt support comprising
a decking having a left edge, a front edge, and a right edge;
a removable left side support section attached along said left edge of said decking;
a removable front support section attached along said front edge of said decking;
a removable right side support section attached along said right edge of said decking; and
a U-shaped zipper having
an inner one-half connected to said left edge of said decking, to said front edge of said decking, and to said right edge of said decking;
an outer one-half connected to
said left side support section;
said front support section; and
said right side support section,
whereby said U-shaped zipper thereby removably attaches said left side support section, said front support section, and said right side support section to said decking.
13. The bed skirt support of claim 12, wherein said U-shaped zipper is a coil zipper.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the benefit of U.S. provisional application no. 60/653,343, filed 15 Feb. 2005 (the '343 application). This application is also related to U.S. design patent application Ser. No. 29/223,625, filed 15 Feb. 2005 (the '625 application), now pending. The '343 application and the '625 application are both hereby incorporated by reference as though fully set forth herein.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

a. Field of the Invention

The instant invention relates to decorative bedding. In particular, the instant invention relates to a bed skirt support for supporting a bed skirt or dust ruffle.

b. Background Art

It is well known to use bed skirts or dust ruffles to make a bedroom more aesthetically pleasing and functional. Typically, a bed skirt or dust ruffle is used to cover an otherwise exposed box spring or lower mattress of a bed. For example, a decorative bed skirt may be attached to the bed so as to hang over and hide the sides of the box spring from plain view. In the past, the lower edge of such a decorative bed skirt hangs vertically along the vertical sides of the box spring, and extends straight down towards the floor (see, for example, FIG. 19). If not carefully installed, these drooping bed skirts can end up extending onto the floor adjacent to the bed and may end up being soiled or damaged by vacuums or people stepping on the bed skirts when getting into or out of the bed, or while making the bed.

Thus, there remains a need for a better system for hiding box springs in an aesthetically pleasing and function manner.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It remains desirable to have a system for hiding the box spring or lower mattress of a bed using a decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle. Preferably, the system allows someone to use an exiting decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle, and the system facilitates the desired hiding of the box spring in a manner that mitigates potential damage to the typically expensive decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle. In a first form, the present invention comprises a bed skirt support that underlies and supports a bed skirt by lifting the bed skirt away from the vertical sides of the box spring, providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance while also lifting the lower longitudinal edges of the bed skirt off the floor, thereby mitigating potential damage to the decorative bed skirt by individuals moving around the perimeter of the bed. In one aspect, the bed skirt support preferably makes it possible to change the overall appearance of the bed skirt by physically changing how the bed skirt hangs relative to the vertical sides of the box spring.

In another embodiment of the invention, a bed skirt support comprises a flat central portion adapted to lie on a box spring of a bed, and one or more side support sections that extend from the flat central portion. In one configuration, for example, each side support section may comprise one or more gathers or ruffles that extend at an angle from the side edge of the box spring toward the floor. When a bed skirt is placed over the bed skirt support, the side support sections loft the bed skirt sides away from the side edges of the box spring.

In a further configuration, the side support sections of the bed skirt support may be removable from the decking or central portion of the bed skirt support, such as via a zipper, hook and loop fasteners, snaps, or the like. In this configuration, a plurality of side support sections may be provided to support a bed skirt at a different angle or to create a different appearance of the bed skirt hanging from the box spring. In this configuration, for example, a user may select one or more of the side support sections and attach it to the central portion of the bed skirt support to provide varying support surfaces for a decorative bed skirt.

In another embodiment of the invention, a bed skirt is provided with an integrated bed skirt support. In this embodiment, a side support section is provided on a lower or upper side of a skirt section of the decorative bed skirt. The side support section, for example, may support the skirt section of the decorative bed skirt from below or may support the skirt section from above. However, a typical decorative bed skirt may still be used in combination with this embodiment to provide a user with an unlimited number of design options.

In yet another embodiment of the invention, a decorative bed skirt may be provided in which a decorative skirt side section of the decorative bed skirt extends from one or more sides of a generally flat central portion. In this embodiment, the bed skirt section of the bed skirt support is decorative and can be used to decorate a bed without requiring the use of a separate decorative bed skirt. Again, a typical decorative bed skirt may be used in combination with this embodiment to provide a user with an unlimited number of design options.

The foregoing and other aspects, features, details, utilities, and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from reading the following description and claims, and from reviewing the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an exploded, isometric view of a bed skirt support according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a schematic, cross-sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2, clearly showing the three-layered configuration of a support section according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4A is an enlarged, fragmentary, schematic view showing a first option for connecting the layers comprising a support section of a bed skirt support according to the present invention to one-half of a zipper.

FIG. 4B is an enlarged, fragmentary, schematic view, with a portion of material broken away, showing a second option for connecting the layers comprising a support section of a bed skirt support according to the present invention to one-half of a zipper.

FIG. 4C is an enlarged, fragmentary, schematic view showing one possible way of connecting the decking of a bed skirt support according to the present invention to one-half of a zipper.

FIGS. 5 and 6 schematically depict a possible manual technique for gathering the material comprising the layers of each support section before attaching that material to the decking.

FIG. 7 is a bottom plan view of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1, showing the three layers comprising each support section in this particular configuration.

FIG. 8 is an elevation looking directly toward the front support section of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1, which would be at the foot-of-the-bed end of a box spring when the bed skirt support is installed on a bed.

FIG. 9 is an elevation looking toward the optional rear support section of a bed skirt support, which would be at the head-of-the-bed end of a box spring when the bed skirt support is installed on a bed.

FIG. 10 is an elevation looking directly toward the right side of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1.

FIG. 11 is an elevation looking directly toward the left side of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1.

FIG. 12 is a fragmentary, isometric view looking downward toward the left side and front of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1, showing how the bed skirt support might be positioned relative to the top mattress (shown in phantom with a portion broken away for clarity) and the box spring.

FIG. 13 is similar to FIG. 2, but is a top plan view of a bed skirt support according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 14 is similar to FIG. 7, but is a bottom plan view of a bed skirt support according to the second embodiment of the present invention, showing the three-layers comprising each support section in this particular configuration.

FIG. 15 is similar to FIG. 8, but depicts the bed skirt support according to the second embodiment.

FIGS. 16 and 17 are fragmentary, isometric views of a woman removing the right side support section of a bed skirt support according to the present invention by unzipping it from the decking.

FIG. 18 is a fragmentary, isometric view showing how a decorative bed skirt or a decorative dust ruffle may look when mounted over a bed skirt support according to the present invention.

FIG. 19 depicts the decorative bed skirt or decorative dust ruffle shown in FIG. 18 in an unsupported, prior art configuration.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention comprises a configurable bed skirt support 10 constructed to support a decorative bed skirt or decorative dust ruffle 12 (see FIGS. 18 and 19) in an aesthetically pleasing manner that also provides various functional benefits that will be described further below. FIG. 1 is an exploded, isometric view of a bed skirt support 10 according to a first embodiment of the present invention. As shown in this figure, the bed skirt support 10 comprises a deck or decking 14 that supports at least one bed skirt support section. In the particular embodiment depicted in FIG. 1, the decking supports three support sections, including a left side support section 16, a front support section 18, and a right side support section 20 around an outer perimeter of the decking. These support sections 16, 18, 20, may be fixedly attached to the decking 14; or, as explained further below, these support sections may be removably or separably attached or connected to the decking by a connection means including, for example, one or more zippers, hooks, hook-and-loop material, snaps, tape, adhesives, pins, or any other type of anchors or fasteners.

In the embodiment depicted in FIG. 1, the decking 14 may be constructed from, for example, cotton, muslin, a polyester blend, or a variety of other materials. The decking is generally rectangular and sized to fit between a box spring 24 and a mattress 26 as shown to good advantage in, for example, FIG. 12. Since the decking 14 will generally be sandwiched between the top mattress 26 and the box spring 24 when the bed skirt support 10 is installed on a bed, the decking is designed such that its outer perimeter 22 will essentially match the outer perimeter of, for example, the box spring 24 on which it will be placed during use. The decking includes a top surface 28, an under side 30 (not visible in FIG. 1, but visible in, for example, FIGS. 3, 4B, 4C, and 7), a front edge 32, a left edge 34, a right edge 36, and a rear edge 38. In the particular embodiment depicted in FIG. 1, the inner one-half 40 of a U-shaped zipper (which may be, for example, a molded zipper or a coil zipper) is attached along the left edge 34, the front edge 32, and the right edge 36 of the decking 14. The outer one-half 42 of the zipper is connected to the support sections 16, 18, 20 so that they can be draped from the decking 14 when it is sandwiched between the top mattress 26 and the box spring 24. As explained further below, the U-shaped zipper makes it possible in this embodiment to completely separate the support sections from the decking. The U-shaped zipper depicted in FIG. 1, could be replaced by, for example, three straight zippers, one for the left side support section 16, one for the front support section 18, and one for the right side support section 20.

As mentioned above and as shown in FIG. 1, the bed skirt support 10 according to the first embodiment has three support sections 16, 18, 20 including the left side support section 16, the front support section 18, and the right side support section 20. In alternative configurations, one or more of these support sections could be left out, depending upon, for example, the desires of the person using the bed skirt support and the intended placement of the bed on which the bed skirt support will be used. The bed skirt support might also include an optional rear support section 44 (see, e.g., FIG. 9, which is discussed further below). As explained further below, each support section comprises a plurality of layers of material. In FIG. 1, an outer surface 46 of an outer or top layer 48 of the front support section is clearly shown. This top layer has a bottom edge or lower longitudinal edge 50, a top edge or upper longitudinal edge 52 (shown to best advantage in FIGS. 4A and 4B), a left lateral edge 54, and a right lateral edge 56. Similarly, the left side support section 16 comprises a rear lateral edge 58, a front lateral edge 60, a lower longitudinal edge 62, and an upper longitudinal edge 64. The right side support section is similar to, but a mirror image of, the left side support section.

The bed skirt support according to the first embodiment of the present invention is configured for use on a conventional bed 66 (see FIGS. 18 and 19) or a four poster bed (not shown). In particular, the left lateral edge 54 of the front support section 18 is attached to the outer one-half 42 of the zipper at a first terminus 68, and the front lateral edge 60 of, for example, the left side support section 16 is connected to the outer one-half 42 of the zipper at a second terminus 70. As clearly shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, for example, the first terminus 68 is offset from the second terminus 70 so that the bed skirt support may be used in connection with a four poster bed.

As shown to best advantage in FIG. 2, which is a top plan view of the bed skirt support 10 depicted in FIG. 1, the first terminus or connection point 68 is separated from the second terminus or connection point 70. The distance between the first terminus and the second terminus along the portion of the outer one-half 42 of the zipper is indicated by an edge separation distance line 72. If this edge separation distance is approximately six inches, the bed skirt support 10 can both accommodate the corner posts of a four poster bed and still support a decorative dust ruffle or decorative bed skirt 12 in a lofted configuration.

FIG. 2, which is a top view of the bed skirt support 10 depicted in FIG. 1, includes a variety of dimensional information. The decking 14, for example, may have rounded corners as shown in FIG. 2. These rounded corners may be designed to match the shape of the rounded comers of a typical box spring or bottom mattress. In one embodiment, each corner of the decking has a radius of curvature 74 of approximately 2.75 inches, but the radius of curvature 74 of these corners could have a different value; or the corners could be square. As mentioned above, in one particular configuration of the bed skirt support 10 according to the present invention, the distance along the outer perimeter 22 of the decking 14 between the first terminus 68 and the second terminus 70 is approximately six inches. Further, in this particular configuration, this six inch distance is equally split by a line 76 bisecting the curved corner of the decking.

In this first embodiment of a bed skirt support according to the present invention, the front support section 18 has a width 78 between its left lateral edge 54 and its right lateral edge 56 that varies depending upon the size of the bed on which the bed skirt support is going to be used. For example, for a twin bed, this dimension may be 39.0 inches, for a double size bed this dimension may be 54.0 inches, for a queen size bed, this dimension may be 60.0 inches, for a king size bed this dimension may be 78.0 inches, and for a California king size bed, this dimension may be 72.0 inches. Similarly, the left side support 16 section and the right side support 20 section each has a longitudinal length 80 between its front lateral edge 60 and its rear later edge 58 that varies depending upon the size of the bed on which the bed skirt support is being used. For a twin size bed, this length may be 75 inches; for a double size bed, this dimension may be 75 inches; for a queen size bed, this dimension may be 80.0 inches; for a king size bed, this dimension may be 80.0 inches; and for a California king size bed, this dimension may be 84.0 inches.

As shown to best advantage in, for example, FIG. 3, which is a schematic, cross-sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2, the width 82 of each layer of material comprising each support section according to the first embodiment of the present invention is approximately 13.5 inches. In the embodiment depicted in FIGS. 1 and 2, the corner configuration of the bed skirt support 10 has been defined by the edge separation distance 72 along the corner edge of the decking 14 and the radius of curvature 76 of the corner edge of the decking. Alternatively, a front-support edge setback 84 and a side-support edge setback 86 may be used to define the gap 88 between the lateral edges of the front support section 56, 60, respectively, and each side support section that accommodates a corner post of, for example, a four poster bed. A zipper pull 90 is also visible in the upper right hand portion of FIG. 2. As explained further below, and as alluded to above, the right side support section 20, the front support section 18, and the left side support section 16 are all detachable from the decking 14 via the U-shaped zipper 92 mentioned above and explained further below. Also clearly visible in FIG. 2 is the stitching 94 that may be used to attach the inner one-half 40 of the zipper to the decking 14.

Referring next to FIGS. 3, 4A, 4B, and 7, the three-layer configuration of the first embodiment of a bed skirt support according to the present invention is described next. FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2, looking from the foot of the bed toward the head of the bed. As shown to good advantage in FIG. 3, this embodiment of the present invention comprises three layers of material including a bottom layer 96, an intermediate layer 98, and the top layer 48. In this particular embodiment, the layers are each made from what is commonly referred to as “petticoat netting” or “can can netting,” which is a mid-grade or mid-weight netting. This type of netting has been found to provide desirable volume control and puffiness or loft to achieve a desired finished look. A variety of materials could, however, be used for these layers including, for example, bridal veil netting or crinoline.

As shown schematically in FIGS. 5 and 6, this netting material may be gathered and then attached to the outer perimeter of the decking. FIGS. 5 and 6 are explained further below. The gathers 100 comprising the top layer of material are clearly visible in FIGS. 1, 2, and 7, for example. The bottom layer gathers 102 are clearly visible in, for example, FIGS. 4A, 4B, and 7; and the gathers 104 of the intermediate layer are visible in, for example, FIG. 7. Each layer comprising each support section need not include gathers. In other words, one or more layers comprising each support section of the bed skirt support may comprise relatively flat, ungathered material.

As shown schematically in FIG. 3, the gathered layers of material 48, 96, 98 (e.g., petticoat netting) tend to stand off, or loft away from, each other as result of the gathers. For example, an inner loft 106 may be present between the bottom layer 96 and the intermediate layer 98, and an outer loft 108 may be present between the intermediate layer 98 and the top layer 48. This inner loft 106 and outer loft 108 together comprise the total loft 110 of each support section. As explained further below, the present invention makes it possible to adjust the inner loft, outer loft, and thus the total loft. As shown in FIGS. 3, 4A, and 4B, the upper longitudinal edge 52 of the top layer 48 is connected to the upper longitudinal edges of the intermediate layer 98 and the bottom layer 96. As explained further below, FIGS. 4A and 4B are enlarged, fragmentary, schematic views showing, respectively, a first option for connecting the layers 48, 96, 98 of a bed skirt support 10 to one-half of a zipper 92, and a second option for connecting the layers of a bed skirt support to one-half of a zipper.

As shown in FIG. 4A, the top layer 48, the intermediate layer 98, and the bottom layer 96 of a support section 16, 18, 20 are connected to the outer one-half 42 of the zipper 92 using a strip of grosgrain 112 that has been folded into a U-shaped configuration. Alternatively, any type of binding tape could be used to attach these three layers to the outer one-half of the zipper; or the three layers 48, 96, 98 could be attached directly to the outer one-half 42 of the zipper 92 without the use of any grosgrain or binding tape. In this particular embodiment, the upper longitudinal edges of the layers have been laid one on top of the other. These three stacked layers of material have subsequently been gathered (see, e.g., the manual or hand-gathering technique depicted in FIGS. 5 and 6) and then attached to one another via stitching 114 through the section of grosgrain 112. Alternatively, the grosgrain may be placed on top of the stacked layers of petticoat netting, and that stack may be fed through, for example, a sewing machine having a differential feeding apparatus, which is capable of creating the gathers and attaching the grosgrain to the layers in a single pass.

In the particular embodiment 10 depicted in FIG. 4A, the layers of material 48, 96,98 are gathered rather than hard folded or pleated, but pleating or folding could also be used. The “gather ratio” used depends on the desired loftiness, the desired adjustability of that loftiness, and the type of material being used for the layers. If, for example, adjustable volume or loftiness is desired and a mid-grade netting (e.g., a petticoat netting) is used, a gather ratio of 4.5:1 may be desirable. In other words, if a length 116 (FIG. 5) of netting before gathering is 4.5 inches, the length 118 (FIG. 6) of the gathered netting would be one inch. This gather ratio may vary fairly broadly from this particular 4.5:1 ratio. For example, a gather ratio of 7:1 works for some applications, but may have a few drawbacks. For example, if a gather ratio of 7:1 is used with petticoat netting, the support sections may be more lofty than desirable and the amount of excess material required to manufacture the support sections may undesirably drive up the cost of the overall bed skirt support.

The volume or loft 110 of the support sections 16, 18, 20 may be adjusted before or after the bed skirt support is manufactured. As just discussed, the gather ratio may be adjusted before or during the manufacturing process to change the “default loft” of the final product. After the bed skirt support is fully constructed, the volume or loft of the support sections may be adjusted by, for example, separating the material between the gathers by hand to spread and smooth the netting, thereby reducing the overall volume or loft 110 of each support section. It may also be possible to reduce the volume or loft of the finished bed skirt support by pulling on the bottom edges 50, 62 of the layers to smooth and flatten the netting around the entire perimeter of the decking.

Referring again to FIG. 4A, a line of straight stitching 114 is shown holding the grosgrain and netting to the underside 120 of the outer one-half of the zipper, adjacent to the lower edge (as shown in FIG. 4A) 122 of the outer one-half 42 of the zipper 92. Although the grosgrain and layers are depicted in FIG. 4A as being attached to the underside 120 of the outer one-half of the zipper, the layers of material may, alternatively, be attached to the top side of the outer one-half of the zipper.

Referring next to FIG. 4B, an alternative technique or construction for connecting the layers of a bed skirt support to one-half of a zipper are described next. In this configuration, the top layer 48, the intermediate layer 98, and the bottom layer 96 of a support section are connected to the outer one-half 42 of the zipper 92 using a strip of grosgrain (or other material) folded into a serpentine or sigmoid configuration including a trapped layer 124 attached to an underside of the bottom layer 96 of the support section, a lowest layer 126 attached to an underside of the trapped layer 124, and an upper layer 126 sandwiched between the outer surface of the top layer of the support section and the underside of the outer one-half of the zipper. An inner stitch 130 and an outer stitch 132 are visible in FIG. 4B. In particular, since a portion of the lowest layer 126 of the serpentine strip of grosgrain is broken away in FIG. 4B, the inner stitch 130 through the trapped layer of grosgrain and through all three layers of the support section is clearly visible. The outer stitch 132, on the other hand, attaches all of the following to the underside 120 of the outer one-half 42 of the zipper 92: the lowest layer 126 of grosgrain 124, the trapped layer of grosgrain, the bottom layer of netting 96, the intermediate layer of netting 98, the top layer of netting 48, and upper layer 128 of grosgrain. Although alternative techniques and configuration could be used (e.g., techniques involving surging the upper longitudinal edges of the netting layers) to attach the three layers of netting to the outer one-half of the zipper, the described configurations have been found to provide desired stability to the finished product.

FIG. 4C is an enlarged, fragmentary, schematic view showing one possible way of connecting the decking 14 of the bed skirt support according to the present invention to the inner one-half 40 of a zipper. As clearly shown in this figure, a longitudinal edge 134 of the decking may be aligned with a longitudinal edge 136 of the inner one-half of the zipper. A first line 138 of stitching may be applied to hold the decking and the inner one-half of the zipper in place. Subsequently, the decking material may be folded back onto itself, and a second line 140 of stitching may then be applied to securely attach the decking to the inner one-half of the zipper. Again, this is merely one representative configuration for attaching securing the decking to the inner one-half of the zipper.

FIG. 7 is a bottom plan view of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1, showing the three layers comprising each support section in this particular configuration. Although more or fewer layers could be used for each support section, the three-layered configuration depicted in, for example, FIGS. 3, 4, and 7 has proven advantageous. This three-layered configuration has been found to provide adequate support to the decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle that will be placed on top of the top layer of the support sections 16, 18, 20 (see, e.g., FIG. 18) and provides the ability to adjust the loft or puffiness of the bed skirt support.

FIG. 8 is an elevation of the bed skirt support according to the first embodiment of the present invention, looking essentially straight at the front support section 18 which, upon installation of the bed skirt support on a bed, would be at the foot of the bed. The top layer 46, the intermediate layer 98, and the bottom layer 96 of the front support section 18 are clearly visible in FIG. 8. The total loft 110 of the right side support section 20 is also clearly visible in FIG. 8. The zipper pull 90, which in this embodiment would be near the head-of-the-bed end of the decking when the left side support section, the front support section, and the right side support section are all fully in place around the perimeter of the decking, is also clearly visible in FIG. 8.

FIG. 9 is an elevation looking toward the optional rear support section 44 of a bed skirt support, which would be at the head-of-the-bed end of a box spring when the bed skirt support is installed on a bed. If a bed were positioned, for example, such that it is important to be able to hide the head-of-the-bed side of the box spring, this optional rear support section may also be included and zipped to the head-of-the-bed end of the decking. As depicted in FIG. 9, this rear support section has little to no loft, which is evident since only the top layer 48 of the rear support section is visible in FIG. 9. In fact, the rear support section in this particular configuration may only include a decorative top layer. If the head of the bed were to be placed near a wall, this rear support section may be completely removed or eliminated since it would not be required. The total loft 110 of the left and right support sections is clearly visible in FIGS. 8 and 9.

FIG. 10 is an elevation looking directly toward the right side of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1. In this particular view, the three layers comprising the right side support section are clearly visible. The total loft 110 of the front support section is also clearly visible in this figure. FIG. 11 is an elevation looking directly toward the left side of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1 and clearly shows the three layers 48, 96, 98 comprising the left side support section 16. FIG. 11 is similar to, but is a mirror image of FIG. 10.

FIG. 12 is a fragmentary, isometric view looking downward toward the left side and front of the bed skirt support depicted in FIG. 1, showing how the bed skirt support might be positioned relative to the top mattress 26 and the box spring 24. The top mattress is depicted in FIG. 12 in phantom with a portion broken away to reveal the placement of the decking 14 between the top mattress and the box spring (or bottom mattress). The left front corner 142 and the right front corner 144 of the box spring may be seen in FIG. 12. As it is clearly shown in FIG. 12, the decking 14, which is the flat central portion of the bed skirt support according to present invention, is sandwiched between the bottom surface of the top mattress and the top surface of the box spring when the bed skirt support is installed. The U-shaped zipper 92 connecting the decking to each of the left side support section 16, the front support section 18, and the right side support section 20 is clearly visible in this figure. Advantageously, and as described further above and below, this zipper makes it possible to completely remove the support sections from the decking without the need to disturb the top mattress or the box spring. As mentioned above, the gaps 88 between the side support sections and the front support section make it possible to use the bed skirt support according to the first embodiment on a four poster bed. For example, one of the vertical corner posts of the four poster bed could ride in the gap between the front lateral edge of the left side support section and the left lateral edge of the front support section.

As mentioned above, the loft or puffiness of the left side support section, the front support section, and the right side support section may be adjusted either during manufacturing (e.g., by changing the gather ratio or the type of material being used) or after the bed skirt support 10 is installed on a bed. FIG. 13 is similar to FIG. 2, but is a top plan view of a bed skirt support 10′ according to a second embodiment of the present invention. In this embodiment, the total loft 110′ of the support sections is less than the total loft of the corresponding sections of the first embodiment. This may be clearly seen by comparing, for example, FIG. 2 to FIG. 13, or FIG. 7 to FIG. 14 (see next paragraph), or FIG. 8 to FIG. 15 (see paragraph after the next paragraph).

FIG. 14 is similar to FIG. 7, but is a bottom plan view of a bed skirt support according to the second embodiment of the present invention, showing the three-layers 48′, 96′, 98′ comprising each support section 16′, 18′, 20′ in this particular configuration. Although a bed skirt support according to the present invention may have more or fewer layers than the three depicted in the figures, the second embodiment again comprises three layers as shown in FIG. 14.

FIG. 15 is similar to FIG. 8, but is an elevation looking directly at the portion of the bed skirt support according to the second embodiment that would be draped over the portion of the top mattress and box spring at the foot of the bed. Again, the three-layered configuration of the second embodiment is clearly visible in FIG. 15, where each of the three layers comprising the front support section is visible. The total loft 110′ of the left support section and of the right support section of the bed skirt support according to the second embodiment is also clearly visible in FIG. 15. The total loft of the front support section may be the same as or different from the total loft 110′ of the left and right support sections. By comparing the total loft 110 depicted in FIG. 8 to the total loft 110′ depicted in FIG. 15, it is clear that the total loft of the embodiment depicted in FIG. 15 is less than or less puffy than the total loft of the embodiment depicted in FIG. 8. Again, the loft may be adjusted during manufacturing by, for example, changing the gather ratio or type of material comprising the layers; or the loft may be adjusted while the bed skirt support is installed on a bed by, for example, separating the material between gathers by hand to spread the netting in the finished product or by pulling on the bottom edge of the layers to smooth and flatten the netting around the entire perimeter of the bed skirt support.

FIGS. 16 and 17 are fragmentary, isometric views showing how the left side support section 16, the front support section 18, and the right side support 20 section may be removed from the decking. In particular, FIGS. 16 and 17 depict a woman 146 removing the right side support section 20 of a bed skirt support 10 according to the present invention by unzipping it from the decking 14. FIG. 16 shows the woman kneeling along the right side of a bed adjacent to the corner of the right side of the bed and the head-of-the-bed. The woman has grabbed the zipper pull 90 and is starting to detach the right side support section from the decking. The zipper pull 90 is depicted in the same location in, for example, FIGS. 2 and 8. Although FIGS. 16 and 17 are drawn with the top mattress removed from the top surface of the decking for clarity, the top mattress need not be removed before the support sections are detached from the decking. In particular, the top mattress need only be removed if the decking itself needs to be removed from between the bottom side of the top mattress and the top side of the box spring. In FIG. 17, the zipper has been advanced toward the foot of the bed as the right side support section 20 is unzipped from or removed from the right edge 36 of the decking. As previously mentioned, although a coil zipper is depicted in the figures, any fastening or connection means could be used to facilitate attachment to, and detachment from, the decking.

FIG. 18 is a fragmentary, isometric view of a bed 66 showing how a decorative bed skirt or a decorative dust ruffle 12 may look when mounted over a bed skirt support according to the present invention. In particular, FIG. 18 depicts a headboard 148, a number of pillows 150, a decorative bed spread 152, and a decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle 12. The decorative bed skirt depicted in FIG. 18 is being supported by a bed skirt support 10, 10′ (not visible in this figure) according to the present invention. As clearly shown in this figure, the loft of the support sections of the bed skirt support are holding the decorative bed skirt at a flowing angle from the lower edge of the bed spread 152 towards the floor of the room, providing a dramatic and aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

The particular bed depicted in FIG. 18 is not a four poster bed. The decorative bed spread includes an ornamental fold 154 in the corner where one of the vertical posts of a four poster bed would otherwise reside. As shown in this figure, the decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle may comprise a substantially continuous piece of fabric that extends around the lower perimeter of the bed, or at least around three sides of that lower perimeter. Noticeably, the gap 88 (see, e.g., FIG. 2) between, for example, the right side support section 16 and the front support section 18 of the bed skirt support does not affect the presentation of the decorative bed skirt. In particular, the bed skirt support may be constructed without the gap (FIG. 2), or the material comprising the three layers of the front section and the material comprising the three layers of the right side support section may be pulled into the gap that would otherwise exist, thereby supporting the decorative bed skirt throughout the corner section. The right lateral edge 56 of the front support section may even be permanently or temporarily attached to the front lateral edge 60 of the right side support section to better support the decorative bed skirt in the corner.

FIG. 19 is similar to FIG. 18, but depicts the decorative bed skirt or decorative dust ruffle shown 12 in FIG. 18 in an unsupported, prior art configuration. In other words, the decorative bed skirt shown in FIG. 19 is not being supported by a bed skirt support according to the present invention. As shown, without the bed skirt support of the present invention, the decorative bed skirt or dust ruffle hangs nearly vertically toward the floor. In this limp, droopy configuration, the decorative bed skirt is not only less attractive, but also is more likely to be damaged by someone inadvertently stepping on the decorative bed skirt or sucking a portion of it into a vacuum.

Although multiple embodiments of this invention have been described above with a certain degree of particularity, those skilled in the art could make numerous alterations to the disclosed embodiments without departing from the spirit or scope of this invention. For example, more than three layers of material or fewer than three layers of material may be used for the support sections. An important feature of this invention is how the support sections support the decorative bed skirt, holding the decorative bed skirt away from the vertical sides of the box spring or lower mattress. All directional references (e.g., upper, lower, inner, outer, upward, downward, left, right, leftward, rightward, top, bottom, above, below, vertical, horizontal, clockwise, and counterclockwise) are only used for identification purposes to aid the reader's understanding of the present invention, and do not create limitations, particularly as to the position, orientation, or use of the invention. Joinder references (e.g., attached, coupled, connected, and the like) are to be construed broadly and may include intermediate members between a connection of elements and relative movement between elements. As such, joinder references do not necessarily infer that two elements are directly connected and in fixed relation to each other. It is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative only and not limiting. Changes in detail or structure may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/493
International ClassificationA47C21/06
Cooperative ClassificationA47G9/0292
European ClassificationA47G9/02S
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