US 2560708 A
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.fiufly W, 31511 w. E. TITUS SLIP-SEAT FOR HIGH CHAIRS Filed March 22, 1945 IN V EN TOR. Z JZZfiWdEYZZw Patented July 17, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT @EFEQE SLI-B- SEAT FOR HIGH CHAIRS Wilford E. Titus, Oklahoma City, Okla. Application March 22, 1945, Serial No. 584,203
2 Claims. 1
The present invention relates to furniture, and more particularly to a Inulti-purpose high chair.
Heretofore it has been not uncommon to provide a plurality of pieces of furniture for use with children and infants such as a high chairQa nur sery seat, and an automobile seat. To provide such different articles of furniture requires appreciable expenditure of money and requires the necessity of storing the various different articles when not in use. It, therefore, would be desirable to provide an article of furniture which would combine the functions of several of the articles heretofore menti-oned.
In accordance with the present invention a multi-purpose high chair is provided toserveas a high chair, a, nursery seat, an automobile chair or ,seat, and a kitchen stool. All thesepurposes in a ,single article of furniture may be accomplished :inaccordance with the present invention without sacrificing any of the advantages which might-be found in the individual furniture items for each .of the various purposes. Furthermore this isaccomplished with a minimum of parts and hardware, yet the construction is rugged and the-peration is simple while providing the maximum :safety and stability.
It, therefore, is an object of the present invention to provide an improved multi-purpose high chair.
It is a further object ofthe present invention toprovide a multi-purpose high chair which is of rugged and economical construction, simple in operation, and safe and stable-muse.
Other and. further objects of thepresent invention subsequently will become apparent byreference to the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein Figure 1 is a perspective View of the invention when used as a high chair;
Figure 2 is a cross sectional view through aportion of Figure 1 as seen in the direction of the arrows along the line 22;
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the lower portion of the chair shown in Figure l when used as a kitchen stool;
Figure 4 isa view of the upper portionzof-the chair shown in Figure 1 when used as. a seat or chair in an automobile;
Figure 5 shows the use of the upper portion of the chair as a nursery seat; and
Figure 6 is a perspective view of a portion of the apparatus used for the automobile seat use in Figure 4.
Referring more particularly to Figures 1 and 2 there is shown a high chair having four legs ll secured to a subseat I2 which seat forms the main seat of the kitchen stool when the lower portion is used for this purpose. Immediately above the subseat is positioned the chair seat l3 which is provided with a suitable aperture 10 so that .the upper portion of the chair may be used as a nursery seat. Secured to the seat i3 is a back I4 which has a pair of arms [5 interconnected with the seat I 3 by a plurality of rods [6. The arms I 5 .on each side may be provided with a groove I! or an analogous structure to accommodate a cooperating part 50 secured underneath a one-piece tray IS. The tray 59 which serves as a table top andfeeding tray may be provided witha recess 2! forretaining in position a childs plate or dish. The subseat i2 is provided with a plurality of apertures for receiving dowels 22 which are secured to the chair seat 13. The dowels22, which maybe three in number, are of sufiicient size to prevent any relative movement between the upper and lower portions of the chair except in a vertical direction. The dowels will prevent any separation of the two portions of the chair by movement of the child in the seat.
-When the chair is to be used as a high chair a .false seat 23 having opposite sides provided with notches 24 is provided to cover the aperture It. The notches 2 1 fit between opposite sets of rods [6 to retain the false seat 23 in position.
Immediately beneath the stool seat l2 there is provided a foot rest formed of a board 25 pivotally fastened between two of the legs II by suitable pins 26. The lower portion of the board 25 may be recessed as at 21 for the lower portion 28 of the foot rest which is pivotally secured by a plurality of pins 29 to the main board 25. Underneath the board 25 is provided a pivoted support bar 3| with one or more notches 32 adapted to engageone of the rungs 33 which interconnect the legs I I. When the lower portion of the chair is tobe used as a stool in the kitchen, the bar 3| isdisengaged from the rung 33 by an upward movement which closes the bar in back of. the board 25. The lower portion 28 of the foot rest isfolded into the recess 2i whereupon the entire foot rest is in a plane parallel to a plane joining the legs. 5 I on one side of the chair. From Figure 3 is will be seen that the top l2 of the lower portion of the chair is provided with a plurality of apertures 34 each of which is adapted to receive one of the dowels 22 which are secured to the up per seat portion It.
When the upper portion of the chair is to be used as a seat in an automobile, the false seat 23 is employed as may be seen from Figure 4.
The upper portion of the seat is placed against the back 35 of an automobile seat, and retained in this position by a frame 31 which extends over the top of the back of the seat 35. The seat 23 of the high chair is supported a short distance above the seat 36 of the automobile seat so that the automobile seat may serve as a foot rest for the child The bracket 31 is shown in perspective in Figure 6 and has two hooked portions 38 which extend over the top of the seat 35 and which are interconnected by a straight rod portion. The hooks 38 extend downwardly and then are bent forwardly as at 39 and then inwardly at 40. Thereupon the hook extends downwardly at M and in a reverse direction at 42. The forwardly extending portions 39 engage the edges of the back It of the seat just above the arms l5. The horizontally extending portions 40 engage the top of the arms l and the horizontally extending portions 42 engage the bottom of the arms H5. The vertically extending portions 4| are positioned to the inside of each of the arms l5. The entire apparatus 31 has sufficient inherent resiliency so that the apparatus may be snapped in and out of position.
Figure 5 shows the manner in which the top portion of the high chair is used as a nursery seat. The false seat or bottom 23 is removed so as to expose the aperture M. The dowels or pins 22 fit within the inner edge of the toilet seat opening 43 in the toilet seat 44. As will be remember-ed the dowels 22, which may be three in number, are preferably so spaced as to fit with reasonable snugness within the opening 03 in the average toilet seat 44. The dowels 22 are of sufficient length to firmly retain in position the seat for the purpose intended and hence the dowels 22 may extend a short distance beneath the stool seat l2 as is apparent from Figure 2. This additional length of the dowels 22 does not in any way impair the operation of the high chair for the other uses while maintaining stability and safety when the upper portion of the chair is used as a nursery seat. It will also be observed that the legs l l of the lower portion of the high chair preferably are set at such outwardly extending angles as to provide great stability for the assembled chair when used as shown in Figure 1.
From the foregoing description it will be seen that a multi-use chair has been obtained without the use of complicated hardware. The absence of complicated hardware insures safety since there is no possibility of improperly operating the hardware nor the possibility of breakage which otherwise might reduce the safety of the chair. The only hardware thus far shown or mentioned in the description is that hardware or cooperating apparatus I8 used underneath the one-piece tray l9. Preferably the member !8 is a relatively simple hardware device spring biased so as to lock itself in position whenever the tray I9 is placed upon the arms i5 and moved a short distance toward the back Id of the chair.
While for the purpose of illustrating and describing the present invention, a preferred embodiment has been disclosed, it is to be understood that such variations in the embodiment are 4 contemplated as may be commensurate with the spirit and scope of the invention defined in the following claims.
This invention is hereby claimed as follows:
1. In a multi-purpose chair comprising an apertured nursery seat, a back rigidly connected thereto, a pair of arms interconnecting said seat and said back, each arm including a horizontal mem' ber extending outwardly above the surface of said seat and at least one vertical member ex tending downwardly from each horizontal meniber and secured to the upper surface of the seat and a tray resting on said horizontal members, the combination therewith of a seat cover for said apertured seat comprising a relatively fiat rigid panel substantially coextensive with the surface of the seat having notches on opposite edges to interlock with the vertical arm members to resist relative movement in a horizontal direction between said seat and said cover, and means slidably supporting said tray on said horizontal members whereby said tray may be entirely removed from said horizontal members to thereby permit the removal of said seat cover from said apertured seat in a vertical direction.
2. In a multi-hurpose chair comprising an apertured nursery seat, a back rigidly connected thereto, a pair of arms interconnecting said seat and said back, each arm including a horizontal member extending outwardly above the surface of said seat and at least one vertical member extending downwardly from each horizontal member and secured to the upper surface of the seat and a tray resting on said horizontal members, the combination therewith of a seat cover for said apertured seat comprising a relatively fiat rigid panel substantially coextensive with the surface of the seat having notches on opposite edges to interlock with the vertical arm members to resist relative movement in a horizontal direction between said seat and said cover, and means slidably supporting said tray on said horizontal members, said supporting means comprising a groove on each horizontal member and cooperating parts on said tray whereby said tray may be entirely removed from said horizontal members to thereby permit the removal of said seat cover from said apertured seat in a vertical direction.
WILFORD E. TITUS.
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