US 2321394 A
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June 8, 1943. A. C. KING BEDCLOTHES CONTROL' Filed Jan. 51, 1940 INVENTOR Mhz, C. I BY Patented June 8, 1943 rieles BnncLo'rnEs 4contraer.
Alice o. King, East Orangen. J., assigner to Hobar SalesCo., New York, N. Y., a copartnership consisting Samuel J. Baril of Lawrence Hechheimer and Application January 3l, 19M, Serial No. 316,494
This invention relates to a bedclothes control-and more specifically =to a device for positioning bedding.
In general, it is an object of the invention to provide a device of the character described which will eciently perform the purposes for which it is intended, which is simple and economical of construction, which can be expeditiously and conveniently manipulated, and which can be readily manufactured and assembled.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device for preventing a bedclothes article from slipping sidewise away from that position on a bed in which it is desired to have it stay.
Other objects of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part appear hereinafter.
The invention accordingly comprises an article of manufacture possessing the features, properties and the relation of elements which will be exemplified in the article hereinafter described and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the claims.
For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention, reference should be had to the following detailed description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a device embodying one form of the invention; and
Fig. 2 is a perspective View of said device shown in connection with an article of bedclothing.
It is well known that bedding and bed clothes have a tendency to slip away from the position in which they are originally placed. The motion is usually toward one side of the bed. This occurs while the bed is being occupied and the action may be so complete as to leave the oceupant of the bed uncovered entirely, the bedding having fallen completely olf one side of the bed. The smoother the covering articles are, the less friction there is and the more rapidly this undesired action takes place. Certain covers such as silk puns are harmed by being caught along their edges under the mattress because of the delicacy of their fabrics. These are the very fabrics which cause the most difficulty.
The present invention contemplates a device which overcomes the before-mentionedslippages. In the drawing, IB denotes a flat object which may be covered with any desired material. l2 is a clamp operated by a spring Id. The latter is connected to the former by a resilient cord l5 which may pass through loops in the spring `lll and through holes I8 in' thefelement Ill'. The article is used, in one way, in accordance Awith the showing in Fig. 2, wherein 20- denotes a lower mattress or box spring and 22 denotes a cover enclosing an upper mattress. 'Ihe element Il) is inserted between the two mattresses and is held in position by the friction between its surfaces and the surfaces of the mattresses. The clamp I2 is attached to a puif, coverlet, sheet or other similar article Z4, preferably along the edge thereof. The cord I6 is sufficiently long to reach up to the top of the upper mattress and as far beyond as may be desired.
The periphery of element l0 may have any convenient shape and the sides of the element need not be flat if the surfaces of the element are proper to give sufficient friction to prevent it from being pulled out by a tug of the cover 24. The cord may take the form of any connector and it is not necessary that it be resilient.
A plurality of the articles described above may be used simultaneously on different sides and at different points of the bed.
Since certain changes may be made in the above article and different embodiments of the invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawing shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
It is also to be understood that the following claims are intended to cover all of the generic and specific features of the invention herein described and all statements of the scope of the invention which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween.
Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A device for maintaining bed clothes in position comprising, in combination, means adapted to be frictionally retained by bed elements when inserted therebetween, said means comprising a relatively rigid flat structure of such shape as to be readily insertable between bed elements, means for gripping only bed clothes, and highly flexible and flaccid linking means connecting the rst and second mentioned means, said flat structure presenting sufficient flat substantially unobstructed surface portions to provide friction to overcome the normal pull exerted by the gripped bed clothes whereby elements for attaching said flat structure to said bed elements may be dispensed with, said flat lng clothes clamp adapted to grip only bedV clothes and a highly exible and flaccid linking connection between said piece and said clamp and of suicient length to reach from said piece to a point appreciably above the bottom Yof an upper mattress, said flat piece presenting suicient flat substantially unobstructed surface portions to provide friction to overcome the normalf pull exerted by the gripped bed clothes whereby elements for attaching said at piece to'said bed elements may be dispensed with, said flat substantially unobstructed surface portions being small compared to the surface of the bed clothes to bie gripped whereby said friction Vmay be overcome by a greater than normal pull exerted by a user upon said bed clothes.
3. A device for maintaining bed clothes in position comprising, iin combination, means adapted to be frictionally retained by bed elements when inserted therebetween, said means comprising a retatively rigid flat structure of such shape as to be readily insertable between bed elements and having substantially unobstructed surface portions, means for gripping only bed clothes, highly iiexible and iiaccid linking means connecting the first and second mentioned means, and a layer of friction providing material on the substantially unobstructed surfaceportions of said flat structure to provide friction to overcome the normal pull exerted by the gripped bed clothes whereby elements for attaching said flat structure to said bed elements may be dispensed with, the area of said friction providing material being small compared to the surface of the bed clothes to be gripped whereby saidfriction may be overcome by a greater than normal pull extended by a user upon said bed clothes.
ALICE C. KING.
CERTIFICATE oF CORRECTION. Patet No. 2,521,59`LL. a June 8,1915.
ALICE c. KING.
It is hereby certified thet error appears in the printed. specification of' the above numbered patent requiring correction as follows: Page 2, first column, linel 8, claim 2, for relative read --re1ative1y; and second column, line 7 Claim 5, for retatively read relativ`elyg line 25, same claim, for "extended" read exerted; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may oo nform to the record of the case. in' the Patent Office.
Signed and sealed this 27th dey of July, A. D'. 1914.5.
I* Henry Ven Arsdale, (Seal) Acting Commissioner of Patents.