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Publication numberUS3210779 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 12, 1965
Filing dateSep 11, 1961
Priority dateSep 11, 1961
Publication numberUS 3210779 A, US 3210779A, US-A-3210779, US3210779 A, US3210779A
InventorsHerbold Ted E
Original AssigneeHerbold Ted E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multiple position combination chair-bed
US 3210779 A
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Oct. 12, 1965 -r. E. HERBOLD MULTIPLE POSITION COMBINATION CHAIR-BED Filed Sept. 11, 1961 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 ATTORNEY Oct. 12, 1965 -r. E. HERBOLD MULTIPLE POSITION COMBINATION CHAIR-BED Filed Sept. 11. 1961 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR.

TED E. HERBOLD ATTORNEY Oct. 12, 1965 T. E. HERBOLD 3,210,779

MULTIPLE POSITION COMBINATION CHAIR-BED Filed Sept. 11, 1961 4 Sheets-Sheet s INV EN TOR.

r50 E. HERBOLD shy By EE'ML ATTORNEY Oct. 12, 1965 T. E. HERBOLD MULTIPLE POSITION COMBINATION CHAIR-BED Filed Sept. 11, 1961 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 INVEN TOR.

TED E. HERBOLD United States Patent Olfice 3,21%,779 Patented Get. 12, 1965 3,21%,779 MULTIPLE PGSITION COMBENATHQN CHAIR-BED Ted E. Herbold, 1909 E. 28th Ave, North Kansas City 16, Mo. Filed Sept. 11, 1961, Ser. No. 137,103 10 Claims. (Cl. -66) My invention relates to a combination chair and bed and particularly to such a device that can be readily disassembled and packed in a suitable container for carrying from one location to another.

It is a purpose of my invention to provide a combination chair and bed of the above referred to character, that can be adjusted to various positions to be used in a similar manner to an ordinary chair, as a bed that is in a horizontal position, as a bed that has the head end thereof inclined downwardly and the foot end inclined upwardly so that the head of the person occupying the bed is at a considerably lower level than his feet, and in a position in which the foot portion is elevated and the back is inclined in a similar manner to a reclining chair. For certain conditions it has been found desirable to provide a bed or bed-like member in which the body of the occupant is so located that the head is at a lower level than the trunk portion of the body and the feet at a higher level than said trunk portion. My improved combination bed and chair is capable of adjustment to provide a bed that extends in an inclined plane with the head portion lowermost, to provide for such a position of the body.

In order that the combination bed and chair, which forms the subject matter of my invention, can be readily assembled and disassembled and inserted in a container that will make a relatively small package, my improved bed and chair comprises a bed frame and a base member, which are separable from each other, and in which the base member is furthermore separable into relatively small sections that can be collapsed into a compact condition. Said base section is preferably provided with means that is simple and easily operated for holding the base sections in assembled relation to each other and to the bed frame, and which can be also easily disassembled by simple means that can be readily operated.

It is a further purpose of my invention to provide a simple operating means for adjusting the bed frame about a pivotal axis so that it can be positioned with the frame extending in a horizontal direction or in an inclined position with respect to the horizontal, particularly with the head end thereof downwardly. In order to make the operation of adjusting the angular position of the bed frame, as a whole relative to the horizontal, so that it requires no excessive amount of effort, the pivotal axis upon which the bed frame is mounted is nearer one end of the bed frame than the other end thereof, being nearer the head end of the frame than the foot end in order that the center of gravity of the body of the occupant lengthwise of the bed frame will be substantially directly over the pivotal axis about which the bed frame is adapted to swing on the base.

The operating means for adjusting the angular position of the bed frame with relation to the base member, is preferably of such a character that it can not only be readily adjusted with a small amount of effort on the part of the occupant of the bed, but will remain in adjusted position because of the character of operating means that is provided and the location of the pivot about which the bed frame swings. Said adjusting means preferably comprises a flexible member, which is referred to as a cord, but which may be of any suitable material that can be used for the purpose, such as rope, flexible wire or cable, which cord must be of a character such that it is substantially inextensible. Said cord is secured at its opposite ends to the bed frame at spaced points lengthwise of the frame, and has the intermediate portion thereof extending around a shaft a plurality of turns so as to be wound therearound, the shaft acting as a winding drum for exerting a pull on the flexible member to adjust the angular position of the bed frame upon rotating the shaft, rotation of the shaft in one direction tilting the bed frame about its axis in one direction and rotation of the shaft in the opposite direction tilting the bed frame about its axis in the opposite direction. In order to assure that there will be no movement of the bed frame about its pivotal axis after it has been adjusted in position, a brake may be provided for additionally holding the bed frame in its adjusted position, although the winding means provided will ordinarily serve this purpose without the necessity of using the brake.

In order to provide a simple structure that can be readily assembled and disassembled, the winding shaft for the flexible cord for adjusting the position of the bed frame about its axis also serves as a transverse frame member that is provided with clamping means for detachably securing separable side sections of the base member in position so that they can not be separated from the bed frame and from each other until said clamping means is released.

In order that the bed frame and base member can be collapsed into such a condition that they can be readily inserted into a suitable container, such as a large bag, for transportation from one location to another, the bed frame is made up of hinged sections, comprising a mid section, a foot section and a head section, which foot and head sections are hingedly connected with the mid-sec tion that is pivotally mounted on the base member, the hinging being such that the head and foot sections of the bed frame can be swung only in one direction with respect to the mid-section of the bed frame, the head section being swingable into position on the top side of the mid-section and the foot section being swingable into position on the under side of the mid-section. The base member is adapted to be separated into two side sections, each of which is provided with a pair of legs, that are swingable inwardly toward each other, and a top section that is rigid, to which the legs are connected at the upper ends thereof, and means detachable from the legs providing transverse bracing means between the corresponding legs on opposite sides of the base member.

More specifically my invention comprises a base that is made up of a pair of separable side sections, a bed frame mounted on the base for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of the base and frame, means for adjusting the angular position of the frame with respect to the base, comprising a shaft extending crosswise of the base and flexible members connected with the frame at longitudinally spaced points and having an intermediate portion wound around the shaft, operating means for rotating the shaft, and means for holding the side sections of the frame from separation comprising stop members on the shaft positioned to hold the side sections from movement away from each other. In order to provide for ready separation of the bed frame and the base frame or base member, the means for mounting the bed frame on the base member for angular adjustment comprises sockets on the bed frame receiving pivot pins on the base member, that are aligned with the sockets and with each other, that are mounted on the two side mem bers of the base frame and which extend into said sockets to provide a pivotal mounting of the bed frame on the base frame.

Other objects and advantages of my invention will appear as the description of the drawings proceeds. I desire to have it understood, however, that I do not intend to limit myself to the particular details shown or described except as defined by the claims.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a view in side elevation of my improved combination chair-bed in position with the bed frame horizontal.

FIG. 2 is a plan view thereof.

FIG. 3 is a view partly in elevation and partly in transverse section, the section being taken on the line 33 of FIG. 2, the hand wheels being shown in elevation and the arm rests being omitted.

FIG. 4 is a view on a reduced scale and somewhat diagrammatic, showing one adjusted position of my improved chair-bed.

FIG. 5 is a similar view, showing the same adjusted in position for use as a bed.

FIG. 6 is a similar view showing the same adjusted in position for use as a reclining chair.

FIG. 7 is a similar view showing my improved combination chair-bed in head lowered position.

FIG. 8 is a view on a reduced scale and somewhat diagrammatic, showing one of the side frames of the base member in its collapsed condition.

FIG. 9 is a fragmentary enlarged sectional view taken on the line 99 of FIG. 1.

FIG. 10 is a fragmentary sectional view partly in elevation taken on the line 10-10 of FIG. 1, on an enlarged scale.

FIG. 11 is a fragmentary detail sectional view taken on the line 1111 of FIG. 1 on an enlarged scale.

FIG. 12 is a fragmentary detail sectional view taken on the line 1212 of FIG. 1 on an enlarged scale.

FIG. 13 is a fragmentary side elevational view of the joint between the head end section and the mid-section of the bed frame on an enlarged scale.

FIG. 14 is a fragmentary detail view showing the detachable connection between one end of the flexible cord members and the bed frame.

FIG. 15 is a fragmentary detail side elevational view of the joint between the mid-section and the foot end section, and

FIG. 16 is a section taken on the line 1616 of FIG. 15.

Referring in detail to the drawings, my improved combination chair-bed comprises a base member 20 and a bed frame 21 pivotally mounted on the base member 20. The base member 26 comprises a pair of side frames each of which is provided with an upper rigid portion having a tubular frame member provided with an upper transverse portion 22 and downwardly obliquely extending end portions 23. Connecting the lower ends of the inclined portions 23 of the tubular member is a plate 24. Each of the plates 24 is provided with a pair of socket portions 25 and 26, which are similar in character, the socket 25 being shown more in detail in FIG. 12 as having a concavely curved portion 27, which extends partially around the tubular member 23 and terminates in a straight marginal portion 27', the tubular members 23 being secured to the socket members 25 by suitable fastening elements 28. A rigid upper frame portion is thus provided for each of the side members of the base member 20 made up of the tubular member having the transverse portion 22, the downwardly diverging portions 23 and the plate 24.

The sockets 26 are made the same as the sockets 25, but are not provided with any fastening elements, such as the fastening elements 28, each of the legs 29 being mounted pivotally on the plate 24 by means of a pivot member 30 that extends across the socket 26 and the leg 29. The pivotal mounting is such that the legs 29 can be swung inwardly toward each other to the position shown in FIG. 8. In order to permit such swinging movement of the legs 23 toward each other, the upper ends of the legs are cut away as at 31 to prevent interference of the socket members 26 with such swinging movement. The

socket members 26 will hold said legs 29 rigidly in the spread position shown in FIG. 1 with the same in alignment with the downwardly inclined portions 23 of the upper frame member. Each of said legs 29 is provided with an outwardly extending foot portion 32 to increase the stability of the base and extending from the foot portion 32 is an upwardly and transversely directed end portion 33, which provides a socket for the reception of a plug 34, provided on the opposite ends of each of the transverse bracing members 35, there being one of said bracing members for each pair of oppositely located legs 29 transversely of the base member. The side frames of the base members are thus detachably connected together by said transverse braces 35 and are held in properly spaced relation to each other at the lower ends of the legs 29 by said transverse bracing members 35. With the legs in their supporting position shown in FIGS. 1, and 3 to 7 inclusive, said legs together with the upper rigid section of each side member, form an inverted modified V-shaped structure that is of considerable strength.

Each of said transversely extending members 22 of the upper frame portion of the base, is provided with a depending ear 36 from which a pivot pin 37 extends inwardly, said pivot pins 37 extending toward each other is assembled relation of said base member and being in transverse alignment with each other. Each of the platelike members 24 is provided with a suitable bearing opening 38 for rotatably receiving a shaft 39, which has a hand wheel mounted thereon at each end thereof to rotate therewith, as by providing a square portion 41 on each end of the shaft 39 received in a similarly shaped opening in the hub portion 42 of each of the hand wheels 40. Each of the hand wheels 40 is also provided with an internally threaded opening 43, which receives the threaded stem 44 of a flanged clamping member 45 that is provided with a thumb piece 46 for rotating the same (see FIG. 11). It will be obvious that with a flanged screwthreaded member 45 in clamping engagement with the outer face of the hub 42 of each of the hand wheels 40 the inner projecting end of the hub 42 will be in engagement with the outer face of one of the plates 24 and that with both hand wheels in position and both clamping members 45 tightened up, the shaft 39 will act as a transverse bracing means securing the side frames of the base member together at substantially the middle thereof. The clamping members when tightened only draw the hub of the wheel 40 up against the plate 24 sufficiently to prevent separation of the side frames of the base member and to permit rotation of the shaft 39 by means of the hand wheels 40.

The bed frame comprises a mid-section that has a pair of tubular side members 47, a pair of transverse bracing members 48, and obliquely extending bracing members 49, both the members 48 and 49 being secured in fixed position to the longitudinally extending members 47.

The head end section of the bed frame is constructed similarly to the mid-section, having longitudinally extending tubular side members 52, transversely extending frame members 53 and diagonally extending frame members 54. Said tubular side members 52 may be provided with reduced end portions 55 for pivotally mounting the head rest section 56 thereon, said head rest section having a reduced portion 57 connected with the reduced portion 55 by means of a bolt 58 and wing nut 59. It will thus be obvious that the head rest portion 56 can be adjusted angularly with respect to the head end section and clamped in such adjusted position. Various possible adjusted positions of the head rest 56 are shown in FIGS. 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The mid-section and the head end section of the bed frame are hingedly secured together by means of the hinges 60, which are provided with plug portions 61 that are fitted in the tubular members 47 and plug portions 62, that are fitted in the tubular members 52. The hinges 69 are so mounted that the head end section of the bed frame can be swung upwardly out of the position shown in FIG. 1 into a position adjacent the upper face of the mid-section of the bed frame, with the tubular members 52 in position on top of the tubular members 47. However, the head end section of the bed frame cannot be swung downwardly beyond the position thereof shown in FIG. 1.

It will be noted that the ears or brackets 50 and the brackets 36 on the base member, and thus the pivot pins 37 and the axis about which the bed frame will pivot are offset from the mid-section of the bed frame lengthwise thereof toward the head end section of the frame. This will place the pivotal axis of the bed frame more nearly under the center of gravity of the weight of the individual occupying the bed. It is desirable to have this pivot point as near the center of gravity of the weight imposed on the bed by the body of the occupant, as it is possible to determine in advance. This is desirable because, if a balanced load is provided about the pivot point of the bed frame, the bed can be more easily adjusted from one position to another and will more easily remain in adjusted position without the necessity of providing braking means to prevent movement out of adjusted position.

The foot end section of the bed frame is constructed in a similar manner to the head end section, having tubular side frame members 63, transversely extending frame members 64 and diagonally extending frame members 65. Said frame members 63, 64 and 65 are secured together in the same manner as the members 47, 48 and 49 of the mid-section of the bed frame. The foot end section of the bed frame is connected with the mid-section by means of hinge members 66, which are provided with plugs 67 and 68 that fit into the tubular members 47 and 63, respectively. The hinge members 66 are mounted with their hinge pins down so that the foot end bed frame section hinges or swings downwardly with respect to the midsection of the bed frame instead of upwardly, thus making it possible to swing the foot end bed frame section downwardly into a position under the mid-section with the tubular member 63 engaging the under side of the tubular member 47, when the bed frame is detached from the base member. The foot end bed frame section is provided with a foot rest 69, which is mounted on the same in a similar manner to that in which the head rest is mounted on the head end bed frame section, reduced portions 70 on the tubular members 36 and reduced portions 71 on the foot rest 69 being adjustably secured together by means of the bolts 72 and wing nuts 73.

Each of the bed frame sections is provided with a fabric member secured to the longitudinal side members of the frame to provide a support for bedding, the fabric member of the mid-section being indicated by the numeral 74, the fabric member of the head end section by the numeral 75 and the fabric member of the foot end section by the numeral 76. All said fabric members are secured in position on the tubular members in the manner illustrated in FIG. 9, for the fabric member 75 and the tubular member 52, fastening elements 77 being provided for securing the fabric member to the tubular frame member 52. The mid-section of the bed frame is provided with pairs of sockets 78, which align with paired openings in the fabric covering 74, said sockets 78 receiving depending leg portions 79 of arm rests 88 so that the arm rests 80 may be detachably mounted on the bed frame when it is desired to utilize the same, as when the device is being used as a chair, as shown in FIG. 4. A collar or flange 81 may be provided on each of the legs 79 to limit downward movement thereof in the sockets 78. The sockets 78 are mounted in any suitable manner on the longitudinal frame members 47.

Suitable means, such as the eyes 82, may be provided on each side of the mid-section of the bed frame for detachably connecting one end of each flexible cord member 83 to said bed frame. The eye 82 shown in FIG. 1 and in FIG. 14 is secured in depending relation from one of the cross members 48. The eyes for securing the other ends of the cords 83 to the frame are secured in depending relation to the longitudinal frame members 47 in any desirable manner. The opposite ends of each flexible member 83 must be offset transversely of the bed frame because the shaft 39 is to be used as a winding drum for said flexible members 83 and the end mountings of said flexible members 83 must be such that the opposite ends of each member 83 are spaced transversely so that a plurality of turns 84 of each flexible member 83 can be wound around the shaft 39 in side by side relaiton, as shown in FIG. 3. The opposite ends of the flexible members 83 may be provided with snap hooks 85 for engagement with the eyes 82 to detachably connect the ends of the flexible members with the bed frame. The flexible cords 83 must be of such a character that they do not stretch appreciably upon being tightened up. In order that the slack in the flexible cord members 83 can be taken up, a turnbuckle 86 is provided at one end of each of the flexible cord members 83. It is necessary that the flexible cord members 83 be drawn tight so that the intermediate portions 84 thereof will snugly engage the shaft 39.

Suitable locking members 87 and 88 are provided for holding the end bed frame sections in adjusted position with respect to the mid-section of the bed frame. The locking member 87 is pivoted to the mid-section at 89 and the locking member 88 is pivoted to the mid-section at 90. Said locking members 87 and 88 are duplicates and accordingly the same reference numerals are applied to corresponding parts thereof. Each of said locking members is provided with a longitudinal slot 91, which is provided with a plurality of offsets or notches 92 spaced along the slot 91. A pin 93 projecting from the head end frame member 52 is adapted to engage in a selected one of the notches 92 to hold the head end section of the bed frame either in an angular position with respect to the mid-section, one such position being shown in FIG. 13, or in horizontal alignment therewith, as shown in FIG. 1. A pin 94 projecting from the foot end frame member 63 is similarly adapted to engage with the notches 92 of the locking member 88.

While the flexible cord members 83 will ordinarily hold the bed frame from rocking on the base, in order to assure that any slight vibrations of the bed frame relative to the base will not annoy a sleeping occupant of the bed, means is provided for locking the bed frame to the base member in the horizontal position thereof shown in FIG. 1, comprising a pin 95, which may be provided with a suitable head or eye portion 96, and which is adapted to be passed through aligning openings in the frame member 47 and the transversely extending top portion 22 of the base member. To assure that the bed frame will not swing on the base out of any adjusted position thereof, a brake 97 may be provided, which has a shoe 98 adapted to engage the peripheral surface of the wheel 40, which may be pivoted at on one leg 23 of one side frame and may be provided with a handle 99 for moving it into and out of braking position.

To disassemble my combination chair-bed for packing into a compact package to transport it from one location to another, if the arm rests are in position, they should be first removed. Next the ends of the flexible cord 83 should be detached from the mid-section of the bed frame and removed from the shaft 39. Then the clamping members 45 should be removed so that the hand wheels 40 can be removed and the side frames of the base member separated from each other. Upon separation of the side members of the bed frame from each other the pivot pins 37 will be drawn from the sockets 51, permitting the bed frame to be removed from the base member. Also the transverse bracing members 35 can be removed by pulling the side members laterally away from each other. In order to make a compact unit of each of the side members of the base, the legs 29 are swung toward each other into the position shown in FIG. 8. The head end section of the bed frame is swung toward the top side of the midsection and the foot end section of the bed frame is swung downwardly under the mid-section. The device is now ready for packing into a suitable container, as there will be no parts thereof of any extremely large size. Furthermore the tubular members of the frame are preferably made of aluminum tubing and all the other metal parts are preferably made of aluminum so as to provide a light structure that can be readily carried from one location to another.

It is desirable to provide positive locking means in addition to the member 88 for holding the foot end section of the bed frame from swinging downwardly from the position in alignment with the mid-section shown in FIGS 1, and 7, when the apparatus is being used as a bed. The hinge members 66 are accordingly preferably provided with not only the hinge ears 101 and 102 for the pivot pins 103, but with similar aligning eyes 104 and 105 for receiving a locking pin 106, as shown in FIG. 16, which may be provided with an eye 107 for use as a finger piece.

The shaft 39 is preferably made in two sections, as will be obvious from FIGS. 2 and 3, which are adjustably connected together so as to adjust the effective length of said shaft, whereby a close fit can be provided between the side frame members of the base frame and the hubs of the hand wheels 40 to assure against any spreading of the frame when the clamping members 46 have been tightened up, but the adjustment being such that the clamping members 46 will not clamp the hubs of the wheels so tightly against the plates 24 that rotation of the shaft 39 by means of the hand wheels 40 will become difficult. Said adjustable connection is shown in FIGS. 2 and 3 as comprising a sleeve 108, which is provided with oppositely internally threaded portions which receive the oppositely threaded end 109 of the shaft portion so that rotation of the sleeve 108 in one direction will draw the sections of the shaft 39 toward each other while rotation of the sleeve 108 in the opposite direction will move the sections of the shaft 39 away from each other. Set screws 110 are preferably provided for locking the sleeve in adjusted position with respect to the shaft sections.

What I claim is:

1. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of separable side sections, a bed frame mounted on said base for angular adjustment about a fixed axis extending transversely of said base and frame, said axis being offset longitudinally of said frame from the middle thereof, means for adjusting the angular position of said frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base in downwardly spaced relation to said axis, flexible members each connected at opposite ends thereof with said frame at longitudinally spaced points located on opposite sides of said axis and having an intermediate portion wound around said shaft and operating means for rotating said shaft, and means for holding said side sections assembled with said frame comprising detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side sections against movement away from each other, and bracing members extending between said sections and detachably connected therewith to limit movement of said sections toward each other.

2. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of separable side sections, a bed frame mounted on said base for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of said base and frame, said bed frame comprising a middle section pivotally mounted on said frame and head and foot end sections hingedly connected with said middle section, and means on said sections for independently holding said end sections in a plurality of angular positions relative to said middle section, said axis being offset lengthwise of said middle section toward said head end section, means for adjusting the angular position of said frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base, flexible members each connected at opposite ends thereof with said middle section at longitudinally spaced points located on opposite sides of said axis and having an intermediate portion wound around said shaft and operating means for rotating said shaft, and means for holding said side sections assembled with said frame comprising detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side sections against movement away from each other, and bracing members extending between said sections and detachably connected therewith to limit movement of said sections toward each other.

3. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of separable side sections having upper transverse portions, a bed frame mounted on said base for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of the upper portion of said base and frame, means for adjusting the angular position of said frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base in downwardly spaced relation to said axis, flexible members each connected at opposite ends thereof with said frame at longitudinally spaced points located on opposite sides of said axis and having an intermediate portion wound around said shaft and operating means for rotating said shaft, locking means connecting said frame with one of said upper transverse portions to hold said frame from movement about said axis out of horizontally extending position, and means for holding said side sections assembled with said frame comprising detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side sections against movement away from each other, and bracing members extending between said sections and detachably connected therewith to limit movement of said sections toward each other.

4. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of separable side sections, a bed frame mounted on said base for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of said base and frame, said bed frame comprising a middle section pivoted on said frame to swing about said axis head and foot end sections hingedly connected with said middle section to swing toward opposite sides of said middle section, a foot rest section angularly adjustably mounted on said foot end section having a transverse frame member on the end thereof adjacent said foot rest section and said foot rest section having a transverse member spaced from said transverse frame member of said foot end section to provide a continuous opening elongated transversely of said frame, a head rest section means for adjusting the angular position of said frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base, flexible members each connected at opposite ends thereof with said middle section at longitudinally spaced points located on opposite sides of said axis, and having an intermediate portion wound around said shaft and operating means for rotating said shaft, and means for holding said side sections assembled with said frame comprising detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side sections against movement away from each other, and bracing members extending between said sections and detachably connected therewith to limit movement of said sections toward each other.

5. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of separable side sections, a bed frame mounted on said base for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of said base and frame nearer the head end of said frame than the foot end thereof, means for adjusting the angular position of said frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base in parallel downwardly spaced relation to and out of vertical alignment with said axis, flexible members each connected at opposite ends thereof with said frame at longitudinally spaced points located on opposite sides of said axis and having an intermediate portion wound around said shaft and operating means for rotating said shaft, and means for holding said side sections assembled with said frame comprising detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side sections against movement away from each 9 other, and bracing members extending between said sections and detachably connected therewith to limit movement of said sections toward each other.

6. In a combined chair and bed, a base frame comprising a pair of separable side members, a bed frame, means for mounting said bed frame on said base frame for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of said frames comprising sockets on one of said frames and oppositely directed pivot pins on the other frame engaging in said sockets, means for adjusting the angular position of said bed frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base frame, means connecting said bed frame with said shaft to swing said bed frame about said axis upon rotation of said shaft and means for rotating said shaft, and detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side members against movement away from each other and said pivot pins in said sockets, and bracing members extending between said side members and detachably connected therewith to limit movement of said side members toward each other.

7. In a combined chair and bed, a base frame comprising a pair of separable side members, a bed frame, means for mounting said bed frame on said base frame for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of said frames comprising sockets on one of said frames and oppositely directed pivot pins on the other frame engaging in said sockets, means for adjusting the angular position of said bed frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base frame, means connecting said bed frame with said shaft to swing said bed frame about said axis upon rotation of said shaft and means for rotating said shaft, and detachable stop members on said shaft positioned to hold said side members against movement away from each other and said pivot pins in said sockets, said side members each comprising an upper rigid portion having a transverse plate at the bottom thereof, each of said plates having a socket portion at each end thereof, and a pair of tubular legs pivotally mounted on each of said plates to swing inwardly toward each other about transverse axes and outwardly into engagement with said socket portions, and transverse bracing members detachably connecting the legs of one side member with the legs of the other side member at the lower ends of said side members to limit movement of said side members toward each other.

8. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of side frames, said side frames each having an upper rigid portion including a plate having a central bearing opening therein, and having a socket portion at each end thereof, a pair of legs mounted on each of said plates to swing inwardly toward each other about transverse axes and outwardly into engagement with said socket portions, transverse bracing members connecting each leg on one of said side frames with a leg of the other side frame at the lower ends of said legs to limit movement of said side frames toward each other, a pivot pin on each of said side frames adjacent the upper end thereof, said pivot pins being aligned transversely of said base and extending toward each other, a shaft rotatably mounted in said bearing openings and having end portions extending outwardly beyond said side frames, hand wheels mounted on said outwardly extending end portions of said shaft to rotate therewith, clamping members on said shaft engaging said hand wheels to hold said hand wheels in position adjacent the outer sides of said plates and said side frames from movement away from each other, a bed frame having socket members thereon receiving said pivot pins and means connecting said bed frame with said shaft to swing said bed frame about the axis of said pivot pins upon rotation of said shaft.

9. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of side frames, said side frames each having an upper rigid portion including a plate having a central bearing opening therein, and having a socket portion at each end thereof, a pair of legs mounted on each of said plates to swing inwardly toward each other about transverse axes and outwardly into engagement with said socket portions, transverse bracing members connecting each leg on one of said side frame with a leg of the other side frame at the lower ends of said legs to limit movement of said side frames toward each other, a pivot pin on each of said side frames adjacent the upper end thereof, said pivot pins being aligned transversely of said base and extendiing toward each other, a shaft rotatably mounted in said bearing openings and having end portions extending outwardly beyond said side frames, hand wheels mounted on said outwardly extending end portions of said shaft to rotate therewith, clamping members on said shaft engaging said hand wheels to hold said hand wheels in position adjacent the outer sides of said plates and said side frames from movement away from each other, a bed frame having socket members thereon receiving said pivot pins and a pair of cords each having its ends connected with said bed frame at longitudinally spaced points and an intermediate portion wound around said shaft.

10. In a combined chair and bed, a base comprising a pair of separable side sections, a bed frame mounted on said base for angular adjustment about an axis extending transversely of said base and frame, means for adjusting the angular position of said frame comprising a shaft extending crosswise of said base, flexible members each connected at opposite ends thereof with said frame at longitudinally spaced points located on opposite sides of said axis and having an intermediate portion wound around said shaft and operating means for rotating said shaft, and means for holding said side sections assembled with said frame comprising detachable stop members on said shaft positioned relative to said side sections to hold said side sections against movement away from each other, said shaft comprising a pair of axially aligned sections having said stop members mounted on the remote ends thereof and having an adjustable connection between the adjacent ends of said sections to adjust the spacing of said stop members.

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210,469 10/57 Australia. 1,201,097 7/59 France. 1,239,918 7/60 France.

872,089 7/ 61 Great Britain.

FRANK B. SHERRY, Primary Examiner. CHANCELLOR E. HARRIS, Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/610, 297/19, 5/618
International ClassificationA47C17/00, A47C1/031, A47C1/035, A47C17/16
Cooperative ClassificationA47C17/163, A47C1/035
European ClassificationA47C1/035, A47C17/16G