US 2883683 A
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April 28-, 1959 E, E BURK 2,883,683
MATTRESS EXTENSION Filed Jan. 17, 1958 INVENTOR.
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Application January 17, 1958, Serial No. 709,632
2 Claims. (Cl. 5-345) This invention relates to bedding devices, and more particularly to a device for extending the length of a mattress to make it conform with the length of the bed on which it is placed.
A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved mattress extension device which is simple in construction, which is easy to install on a mattress, and which is neat in appearance.
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved mattress extension device which is inexpensive to fabricate, which is durable in construction, and which may be readily pulled over the end of a mattress to be lengthened, so that the over-all length will conform more closely to the length of the bed on which the mattress is placed, whereby the mattress coverings and other articles employed to make up the bed will more nearly conform with the length of the bed and whereby the bed will present a neater appearance when made up and when covered by a bed spread, as well as providing additional mattress length.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description and claims, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a bed on which is placed a mattress provided with an improved mattress extension according to the present invention, for lengthening the mattress to make it conform with the length of the bed.
Figure 2 is an enlarged vertical cross sectional view taken on the line 22 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the mattress extension employed in Figures 1 and 2, shown prior to its use with a mattress.
Referring to the drawings, 11 generally designates a bed of conventional construction provided with a mattress 12. In many cases, the mattresses, as manufactured, are slightly shorter than the beds 11 with which they are to be employed, whereby an unsightly gap is left at the end of the mattress, between the mattress end and the adjacent end of the supporting portion 13 of the bed 11. For example, as shown in Figure 2, the mattress 12 may be substantially shorter than the subjacent supporting frame 13 of the bed, whereby a gap of as much as six inches and ordinarily at least two or three inches in width results. This makes it difficult to make up the bed neatly. In accordance with the present invention, an extension device 14 is employed, said extension device comprising an elastic sleeve member or receptacle 15 which may be made of any suitable resilient flexible material, such as woven elastic fabric material, the receptacle 15 being dimensioned so that it fits over the mattress 12 and grippingly engages same. Thus, the elastic receptacle 15 may be fabricated so that it has substantially the same transverse cross sectional area as the mattress 12 when it is in its stretched condition, whereby it may receive the mattress 12 and will thereafter grip the mattress to cause it 2,883,683 Patented Apr. 28, 1959 to closely engage the surface of the mattress in the manner illustrated in Figures 1 and 2. Preferably the receptacle 15 is provided with a hem portion 16 which is reinforced and which contains an elastic band, or the like, to provide an increased gripping action at said hem portion.
Disposed in the closed end of the receptacle 15 is a body of sponge rubber 17, or of any other suitable flexible yieldable resilient material, similar to that employed in the mattress, the member 17 corresponding in length to the width of the mattress and being of uniform thickness. Thus, as is clearly shown in Figure 2, the cushioning member 17 is of the same thickness as the mattress and is uniform in width, having a length, which as above stated, is the same as the width of the mattress. The member 17 thus defines a longitudinal extension of the mattress 12, and when disposed in abutment with the end of the mattress acts to extend the efiective length thereof.
When the extension member 14 is to be used, its open portion is spread and is engaged around the end of the mattress. the receptacle being then pulled over the mattress until the resilient body 17 is in abutment with the end of the mattress. The elastic sleeve-like receptacle is then pulled upon the mattress so that it presents a smooth surface, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, whereby the mattress may be covered in the usual manner and the bed may be made up.
As above stated, the cushioning member 17 may be made of any suitable resilient deformable material, such as sponge rubber, or the like. The receptacle 15 may be similarly made of any suitable elastic flexible material, such as rubberized fabric, or elastic, woven material. The receptacle is preferably of substantial length, for example, approximately two feet in length, and the cushioning member 17 may have a width of from three to six inches, depending upon the degree of extension desired for the mattress with which it is to be used.
While a specific embodiment of an improved mattress extension device has been disclosed in the foregoing description, it will be understood that various modifications within the spirit of the invention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention except as defined by the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A mattress extension comprising an elastic sleevelike receptacle engageable on an end portion of a mattress, a body of sponge rubber disposed in and filling the inner end portion of said receptacle and adapted to abut against the end of said mattress when the receptacle receives the end portion of the mattress, a hem portion on the receptacle, and elastic gripping means in said hem portion.
2. In combination with a mattress, an extension member comprising an elastic receptacle of Woven flexible References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 195,850 Shepherd Oct. 2, 1877 2,254,423 Gerry Sept. 2, 1941 2,271,601 Miller Feb. 3, 1942 2,537,652 Churchill Jan. 9, 1951