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Publication numberUS2462579 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 22, 1949
Filing dateFeb 1, 1946
Priority dateFeb 1, 1946
Publication numberUS 2462579 A, US 2462579A, US-A-2462579, US2462579 A, US2462579A
InventorsLester W Warner
Original AssigneeLester W Warner
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2462579 A
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'Feb.22,1949. I WWARNR 7 y `2,462,579

v MATTRES S kFiled Feb. 1, 1946 INVENTOR.

LESTER W. WARNER v BY A T7' ORNE Y Patented Feb. 22, 1949 UNI-TED STATES PATE OFFICE' Lester W. VJarner, Miami, Fla.v

Application February 1, 1946, Serial No. 644,756

v 2 Claims. y 1

The invention relates to mattresses for beds, andmorer particularly to a reversible mattress having two sleeping surfaces, one of which is of conventional form, and the other is provided adjacent the head end thereof with one or more indentations for receiving one or more ller sections and/or pillows or the likey the indentation or indentations preferably terminating short of the end of the mattress, whereby when the mattress is reversed so that the normal sleeping surface is presented the head end will be fully supported. The hollowed out portion or portions may be provided'with one or more filler sections, preferably made of material similar to that oi which the mattress is composed, whereby the height of the pillow may be adjusted as desired.

An object of this vinvention` iste provide means for obtaining the advantages of sleeping without a pillow by furnishing a mattress with hollowed out places,l or indentations, sunken places or pits in which pillows may be placed so that a soft surface may be provided for the head at any desired level by enabling the pillow to be lowered to the level of the mattress or above or below it as desired.

As all forms oi mattresses are too hard for the head to rest in comfort thereon this method will enable users to retain the pillow and still enjoy the advantages that come from sleeping without pillows.

The advantages of sleeping without a pillow, or with a pillow which enables the user to rest the head on a level with the mattress, are many. Better circulation in the eyes, ears, sinuses, scalp and all parts of the head is provided, thereby aiding eyesight, hearing, and preventing sinus diseases and loss of hair due to poor circulation. Beauticians everywhere advocate lowering the head every day as a great aid to greater beauty because of better complexions, brighter eyes and more lustrous hair because oi better circulation. The bending of the neck, caused by the use of pillows, is believed to be the greatest cause of wrinkling of the skin of the neck, as weil as cansing deformities of the upper chest, and is thereby apossible contributing cause of tuberculosis and other chest diseases.

Only a few people have the fortitude to sleep without a pillow, with the head resting en a mattress. This invention will enable the user to have comfort at any height desired. Sleeping without a pillow also aids in keeping the spine f straight one of the most .mportant elements .v ofgoodhealth.

` Foam rubber mattresses may be moulded, lef-aya ing indentation's of a depth in which one or more sections of varying thicknesses may be placed as desired. These sections, of any desired thickness according to thenumber desired, Aand or the standard size of pillows, or of any shape or size found to be most suitable for pillows, may be used to ll the indentation as desired:`

Innerspring mattress pillow pits may be forned by omitting coils to form the-inf Tufted and tuftless mattress 'g be formed by omitting cotton cr felt lining; or layers thereof.

Single size and baby mattresses, as well as larger` sizes, may have only one pillow pit.

In the event it is desu-oi that indentation be left open and without rei iceable sections, the mattress may be reversed or turned over so as not to interfere with normal use of mattress when indentations are not in use. Y

Mattresses with pillow pits may be adjusted to the desired height by the insertion or with; drawal of one or more sections which willrai'se or lower the pillow to the desired height.

By replacing all the sections in the pillow pit the surface of the mattress will be normal and level, and used as though no pillow indentations existed; thus the mattress may be utilized for raising or lowering the pillow, or not, as desired.

In its simplest form the pillow pit will have only one removable section, this section being shaped like a pillow or as nearly like a pillow or of a shape that will best accommodate a pillow. This removable section may be lifted out to make room for the pillow or be replaced at will. When replaced the surface of the mattress will be smooth.

This invention is particularly valuable to babies. Most mattresses, of varying degrees of hardness, actually tend to flatten the backs of babies heads. To provide a soft place for babies heads at mattress level appears desirable.

The invention will be more readily understood by reference to the accompanying drawings, in which are set forth by way of illustration specic embodiments of the inventive thought.

In the drawings:

Fig. 1 is a perspective View of a mattress having a pair of pillow shaped indentations formed therein;

Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section of the same through one of the indentations, showing the indentation provided with ller sections and a pillow at the top;

Fig. 3 is a similar view but with the ller sections completely lling the depression; and

Fig. 4 is a longitudinal sectional View showing a modication in which an indentation adapted to receive a single filler section is disclosed.

Referring to the drawings, reference numeral III denotes a mattress preferably formed of foam or sponge' rubber having parallel sleeping surfaces II and I2 on opposite faces thereof. As shown, one sleeping surface I l is unindented as in a normal mattressh whereasthe otherk surface I2 is provided with a pair of indentations I3 at the head end thereof which, when the mattress is formed of foam or sponge rubber, may be moulded in the mattress during the formation thereof.

In accordance with .my invention the indentations may be lled to any desired level with one or more ller sections I4, which may be formed of the saine material as the mattress,- as for example, foam or sponge rubber. These sections are adapted to interflt one with another and the topmost section isV adapted to receive -a pillow I5 which maybe adjusted to any desired heightV by the use of a desirednumber of ller sections. Where desi-red the pillow I5 may be omitted in caseJthetsleeper wishes to sleep on a hard surface, in which event the ller sections will extend Yto the' level of the'surface I2 of the mattress, as

in Fig. 3.

Obviously the 'indentations maybe of any desiredshape or depth, and in its simplest form shown'in Fig. :4,ithe indentation Il!a will be of a -depthito receive a single fillersection Illa which may be removed and replaced by a pillow.

It vwillbe obvious that where it is desired to use the mattress inthe ordinary manner' the ller sections may be removed from the indentations and theplain surface II may be'placed uppermost. In such event the portion or portions I6 below theihollowed out portion or portions I3 will be more ilexiblethan usual by reason of such 'hollowed outvportions on the opposite sides, and Athe flexible portion I6 can then serve the purpose of apillowf While the invention has been particularly described with reference to foam rubber mattresses it will be obvious that the invention may be adapted to mattresses of any sort, as will be apparent to those `skilled in the art.

Various modiiications and variations will be apparent to those skilled in the art.

I claim:

l. A mattress made principally of sponge rubbei' and having an indentation of substantial size in one face near one end, and removable sponge rubber filler sections each `substantially fitting the indentation, a plurality of the filler sections when placed one on top of the other substantially completely filling the indentation or partly lling it, according to the number used, and thereby providing an adjustable head-supporting surface,

2. The invention as defined in claim 1 wherein a sponge rubber pillow of the approximate size of the indentation is placed on top of the pile of filler sections within the indentation.


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U.S. Classification5/722, 5/733
International ClassificationA47C27/14
Cooperative ClassificationA47C27/20, A47C27/146
European ClassificationA47C27/14C4, A47C27/20