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1968 G. c. VANHENTENRIJK ETAL 3,386110 TIP-UP BED Filed 0012. 10, 1966 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 June 4, 1968 G. C. VANHENTENRIJK ETAL TIP-UI BED 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Oct. 10, 1966 FIG.5.
United States Patent O 3,38611 TIP-Ui BED Georges Charles Vanhentenrijk, Molenbeelc-St.lean, and Andr Emile Blairon, Grimbergen, Belgium, assignors to Ets. A. & L. Verhaegen Societe Anonyme, Brussels, Belgiurn Filed Oet. 10, 1966, Ser. No. 585,629 Claims priority, application Belgium, Dec. 3, 1965, 673,263 7 Claims. (Cl. -3)
ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLGSURE A tip-up bed and table combination having a pivotally mounted spring mattress movable between a substantially horizontal use position and a substantially vertical storage position. At least one panel is movably mounted between a first position concealing the stored bed and a second substantially horizontal position wherein the panel serves as a table.
The present invention has for its object to provide a tip-up bed comprising a spring-mattress pivotally mounted in order to be able to take up a substantially horizontal position when in use and a substantially vertical posi tion for storage, at least one panel being mounted on this spring-mattress in order to conceal it when it takes up its storage position The invention ain1s at provicling a table combined with a tip-mp bed. This eombination of a bed and a table is of particular interest when furnishing premises of limited space, wherein it often proves diflicult to fit in essential pieces of furniture, this combination afiording the great advantage of permitting the storage of two pieces of famiture, of large dimensions, within a very small volume and to provide thereby, when these pieces of furniture are not used, a considerable free space in the premises where they are available.
For that purpose, according to the invention, at least one part of the said panel is artieulated on the spring-mattress so as to be able to take up a postion substantially at right angles to the latter when it is in the storage position. Means are provided, on that part of the panel to support it when it takes up its position at right angles to the spring-mattress this part of the panel being intencled to be used as a table.
According to a form of embodirnent of the invention, the said panel comprises two parts extending on either side of a transverse rnember fastened to the sprngmattress this transverse rnernber beng parallel to the longitudinal axis of the latter. Each of the parts of the panel are mounted on a hinge on the transverse member so as to be able to pivot, in opposite directions, to take up a position substantially at right angles to the spring-mattress. The top part of the panel, looking at the bed in the storage position, being intended to take up its position at right angles to the spring-mattress, to support the latter, when the sprng-rnattress is turned down in the hoizontal position for use. The lower part of the panel, in order to be used as a table, is intended to take up its position at right angles to the spring-mattress when the latter is in the storage position.
According to an advantageous form of embodirnent of the invention, locking means are provided and are fitted so as to look, on the one hand, the part of the panel which can be used as a table, when the spring-mattress takes up its horizontal position when in use and, on the other hand, the spring-mattress in the storage position, when the said part of the panel is used as a table.
According to a particularly advantageous form of embodiment of the invention, the said means are fittecl so as to lock the part of the panel used as a support for the spring-mattress when it takes up its position at right angles to the latter and when this spring-mattress is in the horizontal position for use.
Other details and features of the inventions of the invention will becorne apparent from the description of the drawings accornpanying the present specification and which show, by way of non limitative exarnple, a particular form of embodiment of the object of the invention.
FIGURE 1 is a view in perspective of the tip-mp bed and of the said table in the storage position.
FIGURE 2 is a view in perspeetive of the bed in the position for use.
FIGURE 3 is a view in perspective of the bed in the storage position and of the table in position for use.
FIGURE 4 is a view in perspective showing the said lOCking means.
FIGURE 5 is a view in elevation, on a larg-er scale, partially breken away, of a detail of the loel ng means.
In the diierent figures, the same reference numerals refer to sirnilar elements.
The bed shown in the drawings comprises a pivotally mounted spring-mattress 1, fitted inside a frame 2, on which is fastened a panel 3 S0 as to conceal it when it takes up its storage position (FIGURE 1). The panel 3 comprises two parts 4 and 5 extending on either side of a transverse mernber 6 integral with the said springrnattress. The transverse member 6 is secured to the spring-mattress parallel to the longitudinal axis of the latter and the parts 4 and 5 of the panel 3 are mounted with articulation at points 7, on this transverse member so as to enable them to pivot in opposite directions according to the arrows 8 and 9, to take up a position substantially at right angles to the spring-mattress 1. The part 4 of the panel 3 is intendecl to take up its position at right angles to the spring-mattress, in order to support the latter when it is tnrned in position or use (FGURE 2). The part 5 of the panel 3 is intended to take np its position, for use as a table, at right angles to the said spring-mattress, when the latter is in the storage position (FIGURE 3). Tw0 legs 19 are associated with the part 5 of the panel in order to support t when it is being used as a table. Each of these legs is mounted by a hinge between one of their ends and the face of the said part of the panel facing the spring-mattress 1. The legs may be folded down, in accordance with the arrows 11, against the said part of the panel when the latter is brought back against the spring-mattress 1.
Locking means 12 are provided and fitted to the bed so as to look, on the one hand, the part 5 of the panel 3 when the spring-mattress 1 takes up its position for use and, on the other hand, the spring-mattress, in the storage position, when the part 5 of the panel is used as a table. The locking means 12 are also fitted so as to look the part 4 of the panel 3 used as a support for the springrnattress 1 when it takes up its position at right angles to the latter and when this spring-mattress is in posltion for use. In the FIGURE 4, the locking means are shown in full lines in the position 16 they take up when assuring the locking of part 5 of the panel 3, the spring-mattress 1 being able to pivot freely with reference to the frame 2. The locking means 12 are also shown, in dot and dash lines, in the position 17 they take up to assure the locking of the spring-mattress 1 in the frame 2, the part 5 of the panel 3 being then able to pivot around the transverse member 6. The locking means 12, provided to prevent any wrong movement of the bed or of the table, comprise a stem 13, the axis thereof being parallel to the transverse axis of the spring-mattress. This stern 13 is mounted on the spring-mattress, by means of a component 14 integral with the springanattress and of a cornponent 15 integral with the transverse mernber 6, and is guided in these components so as to be able to slide along its own axis with reference to the said spring-mattress. The stem 13 is driven, in order to move between two end postions 16 and 17, by a tie-rod 18 articulated, on the one hand, at 23, on the stern 13 and, on the other hand, at 24, on the part 4 of the panel 3. The tie-rod 18 is fitted so that, when the part 4 of the panel 3 takes up its position at right angles to the spring-mattress, the end 19 of the stern cooperates with a member 20, secured to the part 5 of the panel 3, S as to make this part of the panel integral with the spring-mattress 1, the end 21 of the stem 13 being then released from an element 22 integral with the frame 2, this position 16 of the stem 13 making it possible to bring the spring-mattress 1 into its position for use. When the spring-mattress 1 takes up its storage position and when the part 4 of the panel 3 is turned down against the spring-mattress, the tie-rod 18 drives the stem 13 so as to make it take up its position 17. In that position the end 19 of the stem is released from the mernber 20 while the end 21 cooperates with the member 22 of the frame 2, the spring-mattress 1 being then locked in the frame 2 while the part 5 of the panel 3 can be released for use as a table. When the stem 13 takes up its position 17, its end 19 remains engaged, over a very slght distance, in the member 20 (FIGURE 5). A spring 25, the end 26 thereof being integral with the component 15 while the end 27 thereof is integral with the stem 13, keeps the end 19 of the stem inside the member 20. The articulation 23 of the stem on the tie-rod 18 permits, without movement of the latter, a slight displacement of the stem, the length of this displacement being at least equal to the length of the portion of the stem 13 remaining engaged inside the member 20-. The end 19 of this stem is shaped so that the said stern may be released rom the member 20, against the action of spring 25, when a pull is applied to the part 5 of the panel 3 in order to bring it into the position in which it Will serve as a table. ThS fitting offers the advantage of permittin-g part 5 of the panel 3 to be maintained against the spring-mattress 1, when this part is unlocked and when its use as a table is not wanted.
In order to insure the locking of part 4 of the panel 3 when it takes up its position at right angles to the spring-mattress and when the latter is in the position of use, a rocker 28, artioulated in 29 on a component (not shown) of the sprng-rnattress 1, cooperates with a lug 30 integral with the stem 13. This lug fits into a notch 31 of the rocker, when the latter moves according to arrow 32 and is blocked by the rocker which results in immobilzing the stem 13, the tie-rod 18 as well as the part 4 of the panel 3. The rocker 28 is fitted so that the 1ug 30 may be released from the notch 31 when the springrnattress 1 takes up its vertical ranging position.
It must be understood that the invention is in no way limited to the form of embodment described and that many changes may be made to the latter without departing from the scope of the present patent application.
It might, for example, be contemplated to use the whole of the panel 3 as a table, means being provided so as to enable the articulations of the said panel to be displaced with reference to the spring-mattress. It might also be contemplated not to use the whole of the said part 5 of the panel 3 as a table.
1. A tip-up bed comprising:
a spring-mattress pivotally mounted on said frame;
at least one table forming panel being mounted on said spring-mattress for rotation about an axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the springmattress, means being provided to selectively main tain said table forming panel in a position substantially at right angles to the spring-mattress;
at least one support forming panel mounted on said spring-mattress for rotation about an axis parallel to above-mentioned axs, means being provided to selectively maintain said support forming panel in a position substantially at right angles to the spring-mattress;
said table orming panel being adapted to be used as a table when said bed is in its stored position and said support forming panel being adapted to support the bed when said bed is in a horizontal position.
2. A tip-up bed according to claim 1 further comprising:
a transverse element substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis and integral with said spring-mattress;
both said panels being pivotally mounted on said element, the table forming panel being adapted to rotate in a direction opposite to that of the support forming panel.
3. A tip-up bed according to claim 2 further comprising locking means, said lockng means comprising:
a stern slidingly mounted on the sprin-g-mattress; a first member integral with the table forming panel adapted to cooperate with the stem to look the table forming panel against the spring-mattress;
a second rnernber ntegral with the frame, adapted to cooperate with the stem to look the spring-mattress in its stored position;
said stern having two positions, the first where t cooperates with the first member to look the table forming panel against the springmattress and the second where it cooperates with the second member to look the spring-mattress in its retracted position.
4. A tipup bed according to claim 3 further comprising:
a tie-rod operatively connecting the stem to the support forrnng panel;
said tie-rod being adapted to slide the stem when the support forming panel is moved; the first position of the stem corresponding to the position of the support forming panel at right angles to the spring-mattress and the second position of the stem corresponding to the stored position of the support forming panel.
5. A tip-up bed according to claim 4 further comprising:
spring means connected to the spring-mattress and to the stem, said spring means being adapted to maintain the stem, when in its second position, in slight cooperation with the first member.
6. A tip-up bed according to claim 5 further comprising a rocker articulated on the spring-mattress, said rocker having a notch:
a lug integral with said stern;
said lug being adapted to enter into said notch when said stem is in its first position locking said springrnattress in a horizontal use position.
7. A tipup bed according to claim 2 further comprising at least one le.g member pivotally mounted on said table for-mng panel on the side remote from said transverse element, said member supporting said table panel in the use position.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,343,810 6/ 1920 Danyluk 297- 1,399,342 12/1921 Gunn 5-3 1,419,586 6/ 1922 Plackard 52 FOREIGN PATENTS 1,073,176 1/1960 Germany.
CASMIR A. NUNBERG, Prmary Examiner.