US 2541438 A
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Feb. 13, 1951 w. RossMAN FOLDING RACK OR BED FRAME Filed Nov. 4. 1946 INVENTOR WILL IAM RISISMA/Y QRNEY Patented Feb. 13, 1795i' UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE FOLDING RACK R BED FRAME William Rossman, Pecos, Tex.
Application November 4, 1946, Serial No. 707,564
Y 4 Claims. 1
This invention relates to folding supports or frames and particularly to that type adapted to be folded into and concealed within a'recess or the like in a wall of a house, bungalow or prefabricated building, especially where space is at a premium. f
One of the objects of the present invention is to provide a supporting rack or frame of any desired size suitable for the style of building which kmay be easily and conveniently folded into compact vertical relation in between the two surfaces of the wall of the building in such a manner that it can be easily and quickly lowered into usable position, as for example, as a rack or frame for supporting a sample case or large suitcase.
Another object is to provide a folding cot or the like for the above use which can be compactly hidden in arecess in the wall until ready for actual use. v p j A- further object is toprovide a folding rack or frame compactly arranged and associated with various sound-proof features and material applicable to buildings of the above character.
Other objects will be in part obvious from the annexed drawings and in part hereinafter indicated in connection therewith by the following analysis of this invention.
This invention consists in the features of construction, combination of parts, and in the unique relation of the members and in the relative proportioning and disposition thereof, all as more completely outlined herein.
To enable others skilled in the art fully to comprehend the underlying features of this invention, drawings depicting the invention as applied to a folding bed form a part of this disclosure and in such drawings like characters of reference denote corresponding parts throughout the several views, in which:
Figure l is a horizontal sectional View taken transversely through the middle of a wall recess, showing the bed and its surrounding partsy in plan View, the bed being in open position as shown in full lines, the dotted lines indicating its position when folded into the wall space;
Fig. 2 is a front elevational view showing the lbed in unfolded position in full lines and in folded position in dotted lines; and
Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken on the line 3-3 in Fig. 1, showing the bed in end elevation, the bed being shown in open position in full lines and its folded position being indicated in dotted lines.
Referring now to the drawings, wherein a small portion of the wall 5 of the building is shown, such as anyinside wall of substantial thickness separating two rooms, the wall may be solid or cellular, as desirable, and made of any suitable material, such as insulating or sound-proof slabs or blocks, provided with a recess 6 adapted to receive the folded bed. In the construction illustrated this recess is framed by top and bottom and end members connected to a slab 8 of sound-proof board substantially coextensive with the recess and completely lling the opening in the wall adjacent to one room. The slab and frame members advantageously constitute a unit which may be prefabricated and builtinto the wall. The opposite side of the wall recess is normally closed by a door formed of two parts 9, as shown in Fig. 1, which may be folded back upon itself in two halves, whereby, when the bed Il) is folded up into the recess about the bottom supporting hinges Il, as shown in Fig. 3, then the door 9 may be swung inwardly, as indicated by the dash-dot line in Fig. 1, and simultaneously extended thereby to completely close the recess into which the bed is mounted.
The bed may be of any desired size and construction so as to be conveniently housed in the recess 6 and concealed by the two parts of the closed folding door 9. are hinged in any-suitable manner so as to be swung upwardly and inwardly under the springs of the bed simultaneously with the raising of the bed as it is swung into the recess. Preferably the legs I2 are formed integrally with the head and the foot of the bed, and move therewith, being secured to the bed I0 by means of pivoted links I3, I4, hinged to the side rails by means of pivots l5, as is well known in cot bed construction. Then when the door 9 is swung to closed position, all of the parts -of the bed, which may be suitably arranged with the necessary bed clothes, are compactly stowed in the wall recess. Conversely, the opening operation is equally simple. The two-part door 9 is swung to open position and the legs l2 moved outwardly and downwardly into supporting position for the bed,
To this end the legs l2 3 after which the bed is made up and used in the usual manner.
While it will be apparent that the illustrated embodiments of the invention herein disclosed are well calculated adequately to fulfill the objects and advantages primarily stated, it is to be understood that the invention is susceptible to variations, modifications and changes within the spirit and scope of the following claims.
1. A unitary wall receptacle and folding leg supported article comprising a frame adapted to Ibe secured in a recess in a wall spaced above the floor, a panel member closing one side of said frame and a door member hinged to yopen outwards from the opposite side of said frame, said panel member and door enclosing a space of substantial width between them, a bed frame tted with a spring and having two pairs of folding legs hingedly secured to the sidemembers of said bed frame near each end thereof, each said pair of legs being of integral construction no wider than said bed frame and connected thereto by pairs of links hinged to said legs and to said side members at spaced points lengthwise thereof whereby said legs are adapted to be folded lengthwise to lie completely under said bed frame, said bed frame with said spring and legs folded thereunder being of less thickness than the depth of said space, hinges connecting one side member of said Ibed frame and the bottom member of said wall frame at laterally offset points with respect to the inner edge oi said bed frame whereby the hinge axis thereof is spaced within the wall receptacle to permit swinging the bed frame and folded legs into said space to clear the door, said bed frame in open position being supported clear of said wall frame by said pairs of legs resting on the floor.
2. A combined wall receptacle and folding leg supported article comprising an open rframe adapted to be secured in a recess in a wall spaced above the floor, a panel member closing one side of said frame, and a door member hinged to open outwards from the opposite side of said frame, 4
said panel member and door enclosing a space within said frame of substantial width, a quadrangular flat support comprising a supporting frame and not less than three folding legs secured thereto at points spaced longitudinally and transversely to form a unitary self-supporting structure, hinges for securing said legs to said supporting frame permitting folding thereof completely under said supporting frame, said supporting frame with legs folded thereunder being of less thickness than the depth of said enclosed space, laterally off-set hinges connecting said supporting frame and the bottom member of said open wall frame at lengthwise spaced points on the inner edge of said supporting frame, the pivot axis of said hinges being spaced away from said edge and within the wall receptacle to permit swinging the unitary supporting frame and folded under legs into said space to clear the door, said support in open position entirely clearing said Wall receptacle and resting on .its .legs upon the oor.
3. A unitary wall receptacle and folding leg supported article as described in claim 2 wherein the panel and door members are for-med of sound insulating material.
4. A unitary wall receptacle and folding leg supported article as described in kclaim 1, wherein the axis .of the hinges for pivoting the bed frame is located nearer to the front -or door side of Athe frame than to the back or panel side thereof, whereby the weight of the bed frame and attached parts may be centered inside said space and tends to retain them in folded position in said receptacle.
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