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NOV. 9, 1954 v I J LUTTIQ 2,693,846
CONVERTIBLE OTTOMAN Filed Jan. 12, 1952 3nnentor I Mag/L; J 11/7770 -61 4 W (Ittomeg United States Patent 2,693,846 CONVERTIBLE OTTOMAN Merrill J. Luttio, Los Angeles, Calif. Appiication January 12, 1952, Serial No. 266,186 2 Claims. (Cl. 155-169) components readily rearranged to comprise an ottoman. 4
The invention also has for its objects to provide such means that are positive in operation, convenient in use, easily installed in a working position and easily disconnected therefrom, economical of manufacture, relatively simple, and of general superiority and serviceability.
The invention also comprises novel details of construc-- tion and novel combinations and arrangements of parts, which will more fully appear in the course of the following description. However, the drawing merely shows and the following description merely describes one embodiment of the present invention, illustration or example only.
In the drawing, like reference characters designate similar parts in the several views.
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of an article of furniture embodying features of the present invention and shown arranged as an ottoman.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of said article of furniture arranged as a television seat.
which is given by way of Fig. 3 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional view showing details of construction.
The illustrated embodiment of the invention comprises a generally rectangular structure of substantially cubical form, the same being comprised of a base part 5, an upper part 6, and a hinge 7 connecting said parts.
Base part 5 is advantageously constructed of a wood frame having a bottom 8, a front wall 9, and side walls 10. Upper part 6 is similarly formed of a wood frame and has a preferably padded top 11, a rear wall 12, side walls 13, and a front wall 14. The height of wall 12 is f equalled by walls 9 and 14 at the front and by walls 10 and 13 at the sides.
The sides that are formed by walls 10 and 13 are each divided by a parting line 15 that starts at about the middle of the front at 16, angles slightly upwardly toward the back as at 17, and then downwardly as at 18 to the lower back corner, at which point side part 10 is rounded as at 18 and side part 13 is formed to fit therearound. Thus base part 5 is higher at the front than at the back and the upper part 6 shallower at the front than at the t2.
In the present case, front wall 9 is provided with a wall part 19 which, on a horizontal hinge 20, is connected to wall 9 and fits in a recess 21 formed in wall 14.
In this manner, walls 9, 14 and wall part 19, together comprise the front wall of the ottoman; Tabs 22 on wall part 19, by means of snap fasteners 23a, hold said part in place, as seen in Fig. 1.
It will be seen from Fig. 2 that the above-described ottoman can be opened by dropping wall part 19 down on its hinge and then swinging upper part 6 90 on hinge 7 so that back wall 12 is aligned with bottom 8.
The open structure thus formed is provided with means 23 for supporting a person in a rearwardly inclined seated position. To this end, a foldable cushion 24 supported on transverse slats 25 is provided. Said slats generally follow the directions of parting line 15, as shown in Fig. 3 so that said cushion is so supported as to have a rearwardly and downwardly sloping part 26 to support the legs, and an upwardly and rearwardly sloping part 27 f.
to support the body. The upper end 28 of the cushion 2,693,846 Patented Nov. 9, 1954- is generally vertical and constitutes a head-supporting part. The means 23 may, of course, be varied providing the person-supporting means substantially follows the disposition of cushion parts 26, 27 and 28.
The cross slat 29 at the front of the structure is advantageously mounted on a horizontal hinge 30 so that the same may be raised, as in Fig. 3, together with the portion of the cushion covering it, to expose a storage chamber 31 in the interior of the base part 5. Various items may be stored therein. For instance, a post 32 and a table 33, of knockdown construction, may be made available for use in connection with the present structure when used as a seat. By slightly displacing a side edge of cushion part 26 so that post 32 may be inserted through an opening 34 in one slat 25 adjacent one side 10 and held erect by engagement in an aligned socket 35 provided in the lower portion of base part 5, a support for table 33 is provided. When not in use, parts 32 and 33 are stored in chamber 31.
The seat thus provided is particularly adapted for use by children for viewing television. The same is low and, therefore, easy to get in and out of, and provides a comflortable and safe support for a child that may fall asleep t erem.
The structure may be upholstered as desired and, to aid moving the same about, pull and lift tabs 36 on both the front1 and back Walls may be provided as indicated in Fig.
While the invention that has been illustrated and described is now regarded as the preferred embodiment, the construction is, of course, subject to modification without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. It is, therefore, not desired to restrict the invention to the particular form of construction illustrated and described, but to cover all modifications that may fall within the scope of the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
l. A convertible article of furniture comprising a generally cubical structure having a base part and a front recessed upper part, said parts being divided by a parting line that extends from the front to substantially the lower rear corner of the structure, a hinge substantially at said lower rear corner connecting the parts for swinging move- 1 ment of the upper part to a position alongside the base part and substantially ninety degrees from its initial posi tion, and a hinged wall part on the base part fitting the recess in the upper part and swingable on its hinge out wardly and downwardly from the recess.
2. A convertible article of furniture having a generally cubical structure, comprising a base part and an upper part divided by a parting plane that extends from the front to the lower rear corner of the structure, a hinge at the lower rear corner connecting the parts for swinging movement of the upper part to a position alongside the base part and from its initial position, and folded body-supporting cushion means on each side of the meniioned parting plane and generally following the contour of such parting plane, the fold of the cushion being along an axis adjacent said hinge, said means comprising two folded portions connected to and movablewith the respective base and upper parts, and transverse slats in each said base and upper part to support said folded portions, one of said slats in the base part being mounted on a hinge and the same constituting a cover for a storage chamber beneath the remaining slats of the base portion.
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