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Publication numberUS2291377 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 28, 1942
Filing dateMar 22, 1940
Priority dateApr 13, 1939
Publication numberUS 2291377 A, US 2291377A, US-A-2291377, US2291377 A, US2291377A
InventorsGeorge Clark Frederick
Original AssigneeGeorge Clark Frederick
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Settee and armchair
US 2291377 A
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3 sheets-smet 1 July 28, 1942. F. G. CLARK SETTEE AND ARMCHAIR Filed March 22. 19.40

July 28, 1942 F. G. CLARK SETTEE AND ARMCHAIR Filed March 22, 1940 July 28, 1942. F. G. CLARK SETTEE AND ARMCHAIR Filed March' 22, 1940 3 SheetsLSheet 3 Patented `luly 28, 1942 UNTE STATESy PAlPl Appiication March 22, 1940, Serial No. 325,444 In Great Britain April 13, 1939 6 Claims.

This invention relates to settees, armchairs, and like articles of furniture, and the object of the invention is to so construct such an article of furniture as to provide additional seating accommodation which can be readiiy brought into y use when required.

With this object in veiw, the invention provides a settee or like article of furniture having one or both of its ends movable as a whole in relation to the main body of the settee orthe like, to cover and uncover a portion of the seating surface and so vary the seating space available between the arms.

In carrying out the invention, the one or each movable end prefarbly is made of hollow construction so as to be capable of receiving, in the position of smaller seating space, an end portion of the seating surface of the main body.

For a ready understanding of the invention, reference is to be had to the following description and accompanying sheets of drawings illustrative of a preferred embodiment of the invention, wherein:

Figure 1 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view of the settee, one end or arm thereof being shown in its extended position.

Figure 2 is a sectional plan View taken on line l', :c of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a vertical sectional View taken on line y, y of said Figure 1.

igure 4 is a front elevational View ci the said settee.

Like numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several figures.

In carrying out the invention and referring to the drawings, each arm, which is indicated by reference numeral la, as a whole, consists of a verticaliy disposed upholstered box-like member comprising a front wall I, a top 2, and end wall 3 and a gapped rear wall is, and in said arm la is normally housed the extended end portion 5 of the seating member 5.

To both ends of the seat framework which comprises front and rear members Il, I2, cross bars 2l) and a center cross rib 2l, including the bottom support 2Ia there is xedly secured a plywood or other diaphragm 6a having a curved edge l, said diaphragm 6a being of such a size and shape that it blanks olf the gap which would otherwise occur between the arm Ia and the end of the extended portion 5 of the seat B, as shown in the right hand end of Figures 1 and 2, when said arm la is drawn out, whilst the gap in said rear wall t permits the extended portion 5 of the seat 6 to enter into said arm la of the settee.

To the end wall 3 of each arm la. and at the lower part thereof there is xedly secured a horizontal and inwardly extending frame, the same being constituted by two spaced-apart side members or legs 8 xedly secured at their inner ends to the upper face of a transversely disposed bar 9, and with their outer ends normally seated on a transversely disposed resting bar IG which is xedly connected to the front and rear members II and I2, see Figures 1, 2 and 3, of the seat framework.

The seat B and backrest B together with the front and rear members II and I2 and the diaphragms or side walls 6a constitute in effect a body structure which retains a iixed position relative to the arms or end members la, 2, 3 and IIV which are movable relative thereto. The side walls or diaphragms 6a of the body structure, below the seat 6, are provided with openings Eb which accommodate the means for movably connecting the end members or arms to the body structure, and which means will now be described more in detail.

Projecting fixedly and inwardly from the upper face of the rear part of each leg or slider 8 aforesaid is an eyed lug I3 in which is pivoted the upper end of a shackle or link I4 whose lower end is pivoted in an eyed lug I5 xedly extending from the resting bar IS which is disposed adjacent the outer ends of the sliders 8 so that said shackles or links are normally upwardly and inwardly inclined. These links, when swung to their respective limits, that is in the positions shown in Fig. 1, hold the end members, viz., the end wa1ls 3 and associated parts, in the selected positions so that they will not be accidently displaced during normal use.

The pairs of sliders 8 and their connecting bars 9 normally extend under the ends of an anchorage constituted by two spaced-apart horizontal and longitudinally disposed bars I@ xedly supported on bar 2l between the front and rear members I I and I2 of the main body of the settee, and under and spaced from the seat. FiXedly extending from the ends of the aforesaid bars I6 are eyed lugs I'I in which are pivoted the upper ends of links I8 whose lower ends are pivoted in eyed lugs I9 xedly extending from the connecting bars 9 of the sliders 8 so that said shackles or links i8 are upwardly and outwardly inclined.

The arrangement above described is such that, when an arm Ia of the settee is outwardly moved the sliders 8 of the arm are, by their links or shackles I4, first upwardly moved at their root ends while their inner ends are moved downwardly by shackles i3. When the shackles have passed beyond their vertical positions the legs 8 become tilted back again and re-seat themselves on their resting bar l0, so that said arm la is positioned adjacent the end of the extended part 5 of the seating 6, see Figures 1 and 4, and With the curved edge l of the diaphragm 6a closing the gap between said arm la and the extended end 5, see Figures 1 and 2. But, when the arm la is returned into its normal position, the sliders 8 are tilted by being lifted at their root ends and lowered at their inner ends, and become tilted back again as the shackles pass beyond their vertical positions, the legs re-seating themselves on the resting bar l0. VEach pair of links or shackles I4 may form part of a transversely disposed rod Ida, and each pair of links or shackles I8 may also form part of atrans- Versely disposed rod 18a, as shown in Figures 1 and 2 aforesaid.

I claim:

1. An article of furniture comprising, in combination, a body structure provided with a seat, an end member having an opening on its inner face normally for receiving and housing an adjacent end portion of the seat of the body structure, the side walls of the body structure below the seat having openings to accommodate means for movably connecting said end member to the body structure whereby said end may be shifted outwardly to expose the portion of the seat which is normally housed in the said end member.

2. An article of furniture according to claim 1 wherein the means for movably connecting the end member to the body includes means for holding the end member in both its inner and outer positions.

3. An article of furniture according to claim 1 wherein the end member is provided with a front facing, said front facing overlapping the front of the housed end portion of the seat when the end member is in its innermost position.

4. An article of furniture comprising, in combination, a body structure provided with a seat, a pair of end members of less length than the transverse depth of the seat and situatedat the respective ends of said body structure and each having seat clearing openings on their inner and rear faces which receive the end portions of the seat of the body structure, the side walls of the body structure below the seat having openings to accommodate means arranged beneath the seat for permitting slidably shifting said end members toward and away from the body structure to expose the end portions of the seat which are normally housed in the recesses.

5. Anr article of furniture constructed according to claim 4 wherein the seat is upholstered and formed with a sloped-01T rear end, and the said side walls of the body structure constitute a closure between the seat and the upper boundary of the opening in the inner face of the associated end member, when said end member is drawn out.

6. An article of furniture according to claim 4, wherein the means for slidably shifting the end members includes a pair of legs beneath the seat and having connections with the body and end members, said connections comprising, a shackle movable about a point of fixed location on the body structure and connected to the free ends of said legs, and a shackle movable about a point of fixed location on the body structure and connected to the root ends of said legs, one of said shackles depending and the other upstanding to engage the legs, and both shackles turning through and beyond a vertical position in moving the associated end member from one of its positions to the other.

FREDERICK GEORGE CLARK.

Referenced by
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US2798231 *Oct 3, 1955Jul 9, 1957Bebry Bedding CorpChair bed with expandable sides
US3086224 *Feb 13, 1961Apr 23, 1963Allen LaytonConvertible article of furniture
US6076768 *Feb 12, 1999Jun 20, 2000Alstom Transport SaSecond-class two-seater seat that can be converted into a first-class single-seater seat and vice versa and method of converting such a seat
US6343839 *Dec 17, 1999Feb 5, 2002Steelcase Development CorporationFlexible armrest construction
Classifications
U.S. Classification297/411.37, 5/52, 297/115, 297/411.45
International ClassificationA47C17/13, A47C1/023, A47C1/022, A47C17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47C1/023, A47C17/134
European ClassificationA47C1/023, A47C17/13B2