US 2627425 A
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Feb. 3, 1953 J. MCNAMARA 2,627,425
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Application January 19, 1950, Serial No. 139,485
This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in a device or appliance for facilitating the movement of furniture in homes, ofiices, apartments and like places.
One of the objects of the invention is to provide a simple, compact and inexpensive device of this character which functions as a carrier to readily enable a housewife or others to easily move various types and styles of furniture from room to room or from one location to another, and which is so designed as to effectually support and retain the furniture in a selective position thereon during its movement.
Another object of the invention is to provide a practical and free-moving furniture handling device which will roll in any direction without marking floors or rugs and which will not mar or scratch the furniture.
Other features of the invention reside in the construction and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and particularly pointed out in the appended claim.
In the accompanying drawings:
Figures 1 and 2 are perspective views of my improved handling device showing dilferent manners of its use. Figure 3 is an enlarged cross section taken on line 2--2, Figure 1.
Similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views.
In its preferred construction, my furniturehandling device is comparatively light in weight and small and of any suitable shape in plan, that shown in the drawings being substantially triangular in shape for the purpose of readily lending itself for convenient production, distribution and application with various types and styles of furniture found in the home, ofiice and like places.
The device comprises a platform Ill, made of wood or other suitable material, securely mounted on swivel-type casters H which are attached to the lower side and at the corners thereof to provide several bearings therefor which prevent accidental tipping of the device and allow rollingin any direction to thereby facilitate the easy placement of furniture where desired.
Applied to the top side of the platform II] and secured thereto by a suitable adhesive or other means is a cushion-like pad I2 of sponge rubber or like material which not only prevents relative slipping of the furniture from its selective position on the device during a moving operation but also protects the finish of the furniture against marring or scratching. In its top side and preferably centrally thereof the platform II] has a recess or depression l3 therein over which the cushion-like pad extends in a normally taut and fiatwise fashion and fitted in this recess is an insert IQ of resilient material providing a deepseated cushion for the purpose of receiving and accommodating the lower end of the leg or like portion of a piece of furniture, as shown in Figure 2. By this construction, any load imposed upon or transmitted to any portion of the pad or insert by an article of furniture will cause the same to be compressed so that the article will be effectually retained thereon and prevented from slipping off the device when propelling the furniture from one location to another.
I claim as my invention:
A furniture handling device, comprising a flattopped platform of comparatively small area adapted for supporting engagement with a portion of furniture to be moved, said platform having a depression therein substantially centrally of its top side, an insert of resilient material fitted in said depression and having its upper surface coplanar with the top side of the platform, a cushion-like pad applied fiatwise over the top side of the platform and said insert, and swivel casters attached to the lower side of said platform.
FRANK J. MCNAMARA.
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