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M. EHRLICH DETACHABLE FURNITURE AND PACKING CASE Aug. 15; 1950 2 Sheeizs-Sheet 1 Filed June 2:5, 1945 Fig. 4
IN VEN TOR: Naurifids Ehr/ith ATTORNEHS ATTORNEHS 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR:
' Haurifius E/zr/icb M. EHRLICH DETACHABLE FURNITURE AND PACKING CASE E E E :4
Aug. 15, 1950 Flled June 23 1945 Patented Aug. 15, 1950 l DETACHABLE FURgITURE AND PACKING v ASE Mauritius Ehrlich, Zurich, Switzerland Application June 23,1945, Serial No. 601,196
. In Switzerland June 24, 1944 c '1 This invention relates to a set of furniture, the individual pieces of which are capable of being disassembled and conveniently transported from place to place. I 'An object of the present invention is toprovide furniture of this type which can be made inexpensively on a massproduction basis and which can bepacked in minimum space.
Another object is the provision of a furniture set which can be conveniently used by campers or by families whose permanent homes have been destroyed.
' Other objects of the present invention will become apparent in the course of the following specification.
Theobjects of' the present invention may be realized through the provision of two bedsteads which, when placed one on top of the other and held together by connecting members, form a container, the bottom and top of which are formed by spring mattresses. The space within the container is sufficiently large to receive other disassembled pieces of furniture, such as the feet of the bedsteads, a table with removable legs and at least one drawer, four stools also with removable legs, a dismountable cupboard, and possibly other utensils.
The invention will appear more clearly from the following detailed description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings showing, by way of example, a preferred embodiment of the invention idea.
In the drawings: 9 Figure 1 is a perspective view, illustrating two bedsteads set up for use.
Figure 2 illustrates a table.
Figure 3 illustrates one of the stools.
Figure 4 shows the cupboard.
Figure 5 is a section through the cupboard along the line V-V of Figure 6.
Figure 6 is a longitudinal section through the cupboard along the line VIVI of Figure 5.
Figure 7 shows a partially packed set of furni- ZCIaims. (-01. 5-2) suitable members lb. edges 2a and lower edges 217.
A removable board 3 is mounted upon a frame 2 by means of pegs 3a. A similar board 4 is fitted in the same manner to the opposite end of the bed. Obviously, the board 4 may be dispensed with and then the beds may be used as a couch.
A spring mattress 5 is attached to the upper edges 2a of the frame 2. The spring mattress 5 also serves as a cover for the container when the furniture is disassembled.
The end sides of the frames 2 are provided with round knobs I8a carrying elastic loops l8, which are used to connect the two frames 2 one to the other, by passing over the knobs of the suitable means not shown in the drawings.
A stool shown in Figure 3 includes a seat l2,
a frame I20. and legs I4, which are removably mounted in the frame [2a by any suitable means not shown in the drawings.
The'cupboard shown in Figures 4 to 6 includes two hinged doors 22 and 25, a top 24, a bottom 23, sides 21, a back wall 28 and legs 29.
An inner wall 26 divides the interior of the cupboard into two compartments. One of these compartments is provided with horizontal shelves [5. The other of these compartments may be used for clothes and carries a rod IS.
The entire cupboard consists of separate pieces which are joined by screws or the like and which fit one into the other. Since the manner of disassembling the various pieces of furniture does I not constitute the subject matter of the present invention, it is not described in greater detail in the drawing.
The manner of packing the furniture is apparent from Figures 7 to 9. The feet I and the boards 3 and 4 are removed from the frames 2 and one of the frames is placed on the floor with a spring mattress downward so as to constitute the base for the container. A sheet of paper is preferably placed upon the spring mattress inside the frame 2 and then a mattress I9 is placed upon it. Then, the table top 8 with the frame 9 uppermost is placed within the frame 2. To one side of the frame 9, are placed six bedstead feet I and one table leg H. To the other side of the frame 9, are placed three other table legs ll. Head and foot boards 3 and 4 are placed within the table frame 9. The rest of The frame 2 has upper the space within the frame 9 and the drawer l may be filled with various kitchen utensils.
A board 20, constituting a part of the back wall 28 of the cupboard, is placed between the frame 9 of the table and a side of the frame 2.
The stools are arranged in pairs, one pair on top of the other pair, upon the mattress [9. It should be noted in this connection that the height of two stool seat frames I2a should not exceed the height of the frame 9.
The four cupboard shelves I5 are placed be-* tween the table top 8 and the stool seats 12 upon the mattress l9 and sixteen stool legs [4 and two feet I are piled up thereon. I The empty space left within the frame 9 and in the stool frames [211 may be filled with various household 24 fife'pled thereon. The second deer 25', the
partition 26, one side wall 27 and a half or the real wan 23 are placed one on top of the other. The feet 29 are loat'ed at op osite ends of the frame 2 and the rod i6 is placed close to one side. Then, the second frame 2 is placed over the as sembly, with the spring mattress on top, and the two frames 2 may be tied one to the other by cords passing over the members In and I8} Figure 10 shows a modified construction Wherein each of the frames 2- is provided with angle irons 32 which are slideable in rails 33.
The spring mattress 5 is attached to the angle irons 32, In the portion shown in full lines in Figure 10, the angle irons. 32, with the spring mattresses 5, are located close to the outer edges of the: frame 2, so that the spring mattresses 5 serve as the top and bottom" of the container constituted by the frames 2. The irons 32, however, may be conveniently moved toan innermost portion shown by broken lines in Figure 10.
This lower portion is used when the frames 2' are ready for use as bedsteads.
The package shown in Figures 8 and. 9 is about forty centimeters in height, two meters in length and ninety centimeters in width; This package can be conveniently loaded upon a truck or may be. transported by wheelbarrows or conveniently carried by two men. The package contains all articles necessary for an emergency home and is particularly suitable for victims of ravished or bombed out areas.
It is apparent that the described set of furniture can be supplemented by further household articles, or replaced by others within the scope of the pres nt invention.
What I claim is:
1. A case for disassembled furniture pieces, comprising two bedsteads, each of said bedsteads comprising a rectangular hollow frame having outer and inner edges, and a spring fabric attached to said frame and located close to the outer edges of the frame to form the bottom of an open container, the sides of which are constituted by said frame, said bedsteads being adapted to be placed one over the other with the inner edges of the frames engaging each other, and means carried by said frames for jointai-her te receive dis' "Sembled' furniture pieces. 2; A- case 'ror disassembled furniture pieces accordance with claim 1, wherein each of said bedsteads further "comprises means said frame an carrying said spring fabric,
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