US 2119023 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
31, 1938. c. H. PICKARD 2,119,023
SEAT PAD Filed Oct. 8, 1957 a en bow Patented May 31, 1938 warren stares was errant:
The S. E. Hyman Company,
corporation of Ohio Fremont, Ohio, at
, Application October 8, 1937, Serial Nb. 167,918
This invention relates to seat pads of the type used more particularly in connection with automobile seats, and which comprise a single unit having connected seat and back members and an anchoring tongue or wing projecting from the unit at the adjacent inner edge portions of said members for insertion into the space between the seat and back cushions at the lower edge of the latter.
An object of the invention is the provision of a seat pad of this class which has a frame of simple and novel construction including an integral or firmly connected anchoring tongue part and which frame, after the mounting of the fabric parts thereon, may be bent in suitable form to fit a, seat, and by which bending action the anchoring tongue is thrown into proper angular relation to the seat pad member for anchoring purposes.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will be fully described in the following specification, and one embodiment thereof is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of the seat pad frame embodying the invention, with the frame in bent position for use; Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the pad as a whole; Fig. 3 is a plan view of the pad in fiat position, with different portions of the covering material broken away, and Fig. 4 is a central longitudinal section on the line 4-4 in Fi 3.
Referring to the drawing, l designates the wire frame of the device, which frame is of oblong rectangular form adapted to be bent substantially centrally of its ends to form a seat portion 2 and a back portion 3 in angularly disposed relation. The frame is not bent, however, until the fabric or covering material has been secured thereon.
Each side member of the frame is provided at its inner side across its pending point with a stiffening and reinforcing part 4, preferably of wire, and of U-form, with its leg ends fixed to the frame wire as by electric welding.
The frame is provided substantially centrally of its ends with a cross member 5 which is of bowed or U-form in the plane of the frame, when in fiat position, and has the ends of its leg portions bent outwardly at 6, and preferably disposed in slightly offset relation to the bend line of the frame. The parts 6 are also disposed substantially midway of the leg portions of the reinforcing parts 4 electric welding or otherwise, to both the looped portions of the parts 4 and to the side members of the frame. The member 5 has its bow extendand are fixedly secured, as by ing away from the seat portion 2 of the frame in the plane thereof and is adapted to turn with the portion 2 when bent relative to the portion 3, as shown in Fig. 1. This cross member 5 cooperates with the fabric, which is provided thereon as hereinafter described, to form an anchoring tongue or extension for fitting into the space between the seat and back cushions with which the pad is associated.
The covering material H! for the frame is sewed 10 thereto and has at its rear side a pocket portion which receives the cross member 5 and cooperates therewith to form the anchoring tongue I I. The covering material Hl preferably comprises front and back fabric sections 12 and I3, respectively, 15 for each portion 2, 3, of the frame, and these are secured together and held to the frame portions by a binding strip l4 preferably of fabric which extends entirely around the frame and is sewed to the adjacent edges of the covering material. The sewing is at the inner side of the frame wire and securely retains the material in position on the frame. The fabric sections l3 have corresponding extensions l5 at their inner ends which are sewed together around their free edges and cooperate to form a pocket for receiving the bowed portion of the cross member 5 and these together form the anchoring tongue ll. Each of the top fabric sections I2 is sewed along its inner end edge to the back member 13, as shown at "5. The mounting of the covering material on the frame is accomplished while the frame is in flat position with the bowed cross member 5 extending in the plane of the frame, and the bending of the frame to fit a seat is not effected until the pad is completed ready for use. This bending may then be done at the factory before shipping, in which case the pads are shipped in nested form, or it may be done by the customer. If done by the customer, some instructions would have to be furnished so that he would know the point where bending should occur. In bending, it is desirable to bend the frame around a fairly sharp edge. While this bending is substantially in line with the end parts 6 of the cross member, it should be slightly in the back rest portion of the frame, so that the cross member 5 will remain in the plane of the seat member when bending occurs. This causes the tongue formed by the member 5 and its covering to project at an angle from the back portion of the cover, so as to extend rearwardly into the space between theback and seat cushions, as well understood in the art. The line of bend of the frame is across the members 4 and these members tend not only to stiffen the frame at the point of bend, but reinforce it against breakage at such point and reinforce the connections of the end portions of the cross member 5 with the frame.
In the embodiment of the invention shown, the wire from which the frame is formed is of non-spring type so that it will remain substantially set in a position to which it may be bent and the seat section 2 and tongue member 5 are made from a single piece of wire, as clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 3, with the ends of the wire welded together at some convenient point, such for instance as at I! (Fig. 1), while the back section 3 is composed of another section of wire bent into U-shape with its ends securely fixed to the inner ends of the side leg portions of the section 2, as by electric welding, so that the frame I is of integral one-piece construction. One purpose of the invention is to provide a connection between the seat section 2 and tongue member 5, so that when relative angular adjustment takes place between the back and seat sections, as by bending or otherwise, the tongue portion will turn with and remain substantially in the plane of the seat section.
I wish it understood that my invention is not limited to any specific construction, arrangement or form of the parts, as it is capable of numerous modifications and changes without departing from the spirit of the claim.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent, is:
A wire seat pad frame forming seat and back portions, each having side portions thereof integrally connected at their inner ends to permit bending of one portion relative to the other, a U-shaped reinforcing wire disposed at the inner side of each frame side with its legs fixedly connected to the frame sides and its loop portion extending across the line of bend of the connection between the seat and back portions, said frame also including a crosswise disposed tongue portion of bowed form with its ends turned outwardly and extending across and fixed to said U-shape members and the respective frame sides adjacent the point of bend, said tongue portion projecting outwardly from the inner end of said seat portion and remaining in substantially the plane of said seat portion.
CLESSON H. PICKARD.