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Publication numberUS2615776 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1952
Filing dateApr 10, 1950
Priority dateApr 10, 1950
Publication numberUS 2615776 A, US 2615776A, US-A-2615776, US2615776 A, US2615776A
InventorsLorentzen Edward C
Original AssigneeLorentzen Edward C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Article of furniture
US 2615776 A
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' E. C. LORENTZEN ARTICLE OF FURNITURE Oct. 28, 1952 Filed April 10, 1950 fliimmmw Oct. 28, 1952 E. c. LORENTZEN ARTICLE OF FURNITURE Filed April 10 1950 2 SHEETS SHEET 2 /H//// r r M 3 a a fl a E J 7 a 3 Mm w I a F i F 4 n j a; @1 m w Z m a H M 1& v x l l lw hkhuul lfi' 2 n 0 Patented Oct. 28, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE ARTICLE OF FURNITURE Edward C. Lorentzen, Keokuk, Iowa Application April 10, 1950, Serial No. 154,922

g 2 Claims. 1

My invention relates to a newv article of furniture and more particularly to such an article designed to serve the purpose of a dresser, suitcase storage place, writing table, and typewriter table or the like in crowded living and sleeping quarters.

The conservation of space in living and sleeping quarters is an important factor not only in homes but especially in hotel rooms and the like. In the latter, certain items of furniture are almost a necessity in order to attract and accommodate the guests. Such items in addition to the bed usually include, a dresser, a writing desk and a small bench or the like onwhich to-place a suitcase or valise. Consequently, because the average hotel accommodations are not spacious, the necessary articles of furniture generally found therein usually tend to make the room more crowded and cramped and therefore, obviously, less attractive and inviting.

With these problems in mind it is an object of my invention to provide a single article of furniture that is designed to receive a suitcase, valise or the like and to hold it for storage or for using the contents thereof, to have drawer storage compartments, and to provide a plurality of slidable leaves capable of being used as a writing desk, and a typewriter support or the like. r

A further object of this invention is to provide an article of furniture of the above type wherein the slidable leaves are capable of being housed Within the framework of this article when not in use and when in operable position are held by suitable guide panels and stop members whereby they are capable of supporting a typewriter or the like and can not be completely withdrawn from the supporting framework.

A still further object of this invention is to provide an article of furniture having the characteristics above described that is refined in appearance, economical in manufacture, and designed especially to conserve space in limited sleeping and living quarters. V

These and other objects will be (apparent to those skilled in the art.

My invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and combination of the-various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. l is a perspective view of my invention with the broken lines indicating the open position of the various drawers and supporting leaves,

Figs. 1 and 2 my invention embodies generally the shape of an ordinary flat top dresser frame having the sides l0 and II and back [2, a flat top 13 and a front open portion between the front corner members 14 and [5. Between the corners l4 and I5 and secured thereto are the respective, spaced apart horizontal panel members l5, l1

and I8. As shown in Fig. 1 the panels l6 and I! extend between the upper portions of the corner members and the panel I 8 is arranged between the lower portions thereof. The numeral 19 designates a horizontal shelf supporting ledge suitably secured to the inside of the back l2 at a vertical point higher than the top of the lower panel. 18. 'A rectangular shelf member 20 is arranged within the dresser frame so that one end is supported by the ledge I9 and the opposite end is secured to the inside of the lower panel l8 at the bottom thereof in any suitable manner. Thus, arranged, this shelf 20 is slanted downwardly from the back l2 to thepanel l8 and is designed more particularly for supporting asuitcase, valise or the like. When used for this purpose, the insideof the panel [8 between the top thereof and the top of the shelf 20 serves as a stop means for preventing any forwardly sliding of the suitcase while on the tilted shelf 28.

The numerals 2| and 22 respectively designate two parallel vertically spaced apart guide panels that extendbetween the back l2 and panel I! and are secured thereto at a point substantially midway between the frame sides Ill and II as shown in Figs. 2 and 3. Between the end portions on each end of the guide panels 2| and 22 there. is transversely secured a block member 23 that serves tov strengthen and reinforce these by broken lines in Fig. 2. The numeral 34 desis nates a pair of like elongated bar membersthat are respectively used as guide bars and supports for the leaves 21 as follows: For.-each.leaf27 one of the bars 34 extends perpendicularly from.

the inside of the front member 30 along the underside of the supporting surface 28 and out? wardly therefrom as shown in Figs. 2 and 4.

Each bar is suitably secured to the respective leaf and as shown in Fig. 2 one end ofeach bar engages the inside of the front member 30 and one end of the reinforcing bar 32. In this respect it is pointed out that the space between the ends of the bars 32 and 33 is approximately the same as the combined cross-sectional width of the two bars 34 and theba-r 24. As shown in l and 2 each of the leaves 21 constructed as described is mounted through a suitable opening in the respective sides l and I! so that the free ends of the elongated bars 34 extend between and beyond the panels 2| and22 on oppcsite sides of the center bar 24. In this position one bar 4 is slidable between and guided by the bar 24 and guide and the other bar 34 is similarly arranged between the other side of the bar 24 and the guide 26. A stop member 35 on the bottom free end portion of each bar 34 engages the side of the panel 22 at times to limit their travel in one direction so the leaf cannot be accidentally pulled free of the dresser frame. The guides 25 and 26 and bar 24 restrict any lateral movement of the bars 34 and the panels 2| and 22 serve the same purpose against vertical movement thereof. As further shown in Fig. 2 the respective spaces between the secured end of the bars 34 and the reinforcing bars 33 serve to accommodate the outside end.

portions of the bar 24 when the leaves 21 are in closed position so that the front members 30 can be closed flush with the respective sides l0 and H.

Mounted in the upper portion of this dresser. frame and designed to slide outwardly to the front thereof are the drawers 36 and 31 and the flat leaf 38. As shown in Fig. 1, the drawer 31 extends across the entire front of the dresser between the corners I4 and I5 and is suitably mounted between the panels l6 and I1. drawer 36 is smaller in depth and width thanthe drawer 36 and is slidable through an opening in the panel [6 and arranged therein in any suitable manner. The leaf 38 is. slidably mounted through the upper portion of the panel. l6. so that the relative. positions of the drawers 36 and 31 and leaf 38 are as illustratedin Fig. 1.

In actual use, this utility dresser is ideal for use in hotel rooms and the like because by reason of its many uses it eliminates the need. for separate pieces of furniture and thereby conserves valuable space. Hotel. guests as a rule are transients and a considerable amount of business done by hotels involve one and two night stopovers; On such occasions, the guest The.

will not completely unpack his suitcase and yet he desires many conveniences such as drawer space, easy access to his suitcase, writing table and so forth. These are items of considerable expense which has been materially reduced by the use of my invention.

The drawers 36 and 31 in the upper portion of this dresser provide adequate and convenient drawer space for such things as a hotel guest should wish to unpack for a; short stay. The pullout leaf 38 is also located high enough from the floor to provide a suitable writing surface when needed.

The leaves 21 are located at points just below the'level of the drawer 36 and have special utility forrsuppOrting suitcases or valises when they are first carried into the room. When this is done they-are off the floor and in a convenient place: to. unpack whatever is desired. Afterwards, the suitcase cansbe placed on the tilted shelf 20 which by its construction permits the case to; be opened if necessary without removing it. The leaves 21 are also positioned at a suitable height foruse as-typewriter tables and for this purpose both the usual dresser top and writing table are too high to be-so used without causing discomfort and unnecessary fatigue. Thus; it is apparent that this article of furniture combines uses and has utility that could otherwise be obtained only by using'several different pieces that would occupy valuable space.

Some. changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of my article, of furniture without. departing from the real spirit and purpose of'my invention, and it is my intention to cover by my claims, any modified forms of structure or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included within their scope.

I claim:

1. In an article of furniture, a frame having two vertical. spaced apart sides, a vertical back securedto correspondingends of said sides, a flat top secured to -the.top edges of said sides and back and an open. front, a pair of horizontal panel members disposed. in close vertical spaced relationship extending across the upper portion of saidopenfrontand secured to said frame sides, a third panel member similarly arranged across the lower portion of said open front, a plurality of drawers suitably slidably mounted in the upper portion. of said frame, a flat leaf member similarly mounted as said drawers, a shelf member mounted withinthe lower portion of said frame so that its forwardly edge is lower than its rearwardly edge, a pair of like parallel vertically spaced apart guide panels extending between said back and the lowerv frontv panel of said first men tioned panels and secured thereto at a point midway betweensaid sides, an elongated guide bar extending transversely between said; guide panels at their longitudinal center and having its respective ends secured to said frame sides, a pair of like guide members arranged transversely between said guide panels and respectively secured therein. on opposite sides and spaced from said uide bar, a pair of like pull-out leaves, each comprising, a fiat supporting surface, side members and an upri ht front member provided with a hand grip, an elongated guide and support bar extending perpendicularly from the inside of said front member on said pull-out. leaf along the underside of said. leaf and outwardly therefrom and secured thereon; said pull-out leaves constructed and, arranged to be oppositely disposed on said frame-sides and slidable through suitable openings therein in such a manner that each of said elongated guide and support bars is slidable on opposite sides of said elongated guide bar between said bar and said respective guide members so that said guide members and elongated guide bar limit the lateral movement of said elongated guide and support bars and said guide panels limit the vertical movement thereof, and stop members on each free end of each elongated guide and support bar to limit their horizontal movement in one direction.

2. In an article of furniture, a frame having two vertical spaced apart sides, a vertical back secured to corresponding ends of said sides, a flat top secured to, the top edges of said sides and back and an open front, a pair of horizontal panel members disposed in close vertical spaced relationship extending across the upper portion of said open front and secured to said frame sides, a third panel member similarly arranged across the lower portion of said open front, a plurality of drawers suitably slidably mounted in the upper portion of said frame, a flat leaf member similarly mounted as said drawers, a shelf member mounted within the lower portion of said frame so that its forwardly edge is lower than its rearwardly edge, a pair of like parallel vertically at their longitudinal center and having its resupporting surface provided with a hand grip, an elongated guide and support bar extending perpendicularly from the front edge of each pullout leaf along the underside thereof and outwardly therefrom and secured thereon; said pullout leaves constructed and arranged to beoppositely disposed on said frame sides and slidable through suitable openings therein in such a manner that each of said elongated guide and support bars is slidable on opposite sides of said elongated guide bar, so that said elongated guide bar limits the lateral movement of each of said elongated guide and support bars in one direction and said guide panels limit the vertical movement thereof, stop members on each free end of each elongated guide and support bar, and one of said guide panels engageable by each of said stop members to limit the horizontal movement of said elongated support and guide bars in one direction.

EDWARD C. LORENTZEN.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 562,727 Hooper June 23, 1896 2,492,912 Womack Dec. 27, 1949 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 495,018 Great Britain Nov. 3, 1948

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Classifications
U.S. Classification312/289, 312/334.44
International ClassificationA47B67/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B67/00
European ClassificationA47B67/00