|Publication number||US3681795 A|
|Publication date||Aug 8, 1972|
|Filing date||Nov 9, 1970|
|Priority date||Nov 9, 1970|
|Publication number||US 3681795 A, US 3681795A, US-A-3681795, US3681795 A, US3681795A|
|Inventors||Marks Lawrence E, Palenske Carlton L|
|Original Assignee||Kimberly Clark Co|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (14), Classifications (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent 1 3,681,795
Palenske et a]. [451 Aug. 8, 1972 DOUBLE FOUR CORNER CONTOURED 3,321,782 5/1967 Hrubecky et al. ..5/354 BEDSHEET 2,662,234 I 2/1953 Citron ..5/3 34 Inventors: Carlton L. Palenske, Neenah; Lawrence E. Marks, Oshkosh, both Primary Examiner-Bobby R. Gay Assistant Examiner-Andrew M. Calvert Attorney-Wolfe, Hubbard, Leydig, Voit & Osann,  Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation,
Neenah, Wis.  Filed: Nov. 9, 1970 E5 b ABSIIZACT bl bed h com ination contoure isposa e s eet, com- [211 App! 87330 prising a top and bottom sheet combined to form onepiece disposable bed sheeting. In one embodiment the 52 u.s.c|. ..5/334 c,s/354 top and bottom sheets are joined along the entire 5| Int. Cl ..A47g 9/00, A47c 23/00 Width 0f the Sheeting line between  Field ofSearch....5/334, 334 c, 335, 354, 354B 9 and bemgfimaed side panel of the foot portion of the bottom contoured sheet, the top sheet being folded upwards and  References cued toward the "head portion of the bottom sheet to UNITED STATES PATENTS establish a convention bedsheet arrangement.
1,865,329 6/1932 McHorter ..5/334 C 4 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures (7: /4; fld
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l /7 L f 1 t Z: i v I J f, I l; r l i lll N /z,/ 94 a! DOUBLE FOUR CORNER CONTOURED BEDSHEET RELATED INVENTIONS Fitted Bedsheet", Ser. No. 886,830, filed Dec. 22, 1969, by C.L. Palenske, U.S. Pat. No. 3,638,252, issued Feb. l, 1972.
Fitted Bedsheet, US. Pat. No. 3,32l,782, issued May 30, 1967, by F ..I. I-Irubecky et al.
DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION been recent inventions which have made the use of such sheets more practicable, but the inventions thus far have been limited primarily to creating more effective bottom sheets; consequently, a need still exists for an equally practicable disposable top sheet. The art requires that the material used for said sheets be very lightweight and as the bottom sheet may be fitted snugly around the four comers of a bed, the bottom sheet may use a lightweight material and remain securely in place. The top sheet, however, cannot be fitted or attached to the head of a bed and, due to the nature of the material, disposable top sheets are very apt to come free of the foot of the bed and become unsatisfactory in use.
Accordingly, it is a primary object of this invention to provide a disposable top sheet which will remain in position when placed in use.
Another object of this invention is to provide a combination of top and bottom sheets to allow more efiicient usage of said sheets.
Another object of this invention is to provide a simple and economical method for manufacturing said sheets.
Another object is to provide such a sheet which is suitable for compact packaging.
Other objects and advantages will become apparent by reference to the following description and accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a blank for forming a bedsheet embodying the invention;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the foot end of a mattress fitted with a bottom contoured sheet embodying the invention, with the top sheet extending downward from the bottom panel of said bottom sheet;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 2 showing the panels of the top sheet pulled apart so that the top sheet is ready to be folded into position;
FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 3 except the top sheet has been folded nearly into position;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a blank which is folded in half to form an alternate embodiment of the invention;
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the folded sheet blank of FIG. 5 with the head panel ends lifted slightly to expose the adhesive applied to the head corners;
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the sheet blank of FIG. 6 showing the fitted comers being formed;
FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the sheet blank of FIG. 7 with the end panel folded into position to conform with the configuration of a mattress; and
FIG. 9 is a perspective view illustrating how the sheet of FIG. 8 is placed on a mattress.
While the invention will be described in connection with certain preferred embodiments, it will be understood that it is not intended to limit the invention to these particular embodiments. 0n the contrary, it is intended to cover all alternatives, modifications, and equivalent arrangements as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention.
Although a number of alternative designs may be utilized for the bottom sheet, for illustrative purposes, the fitted bottom sheets as disclosed in US. Pat. No. 3,321,782 and pending application Ser. No. 886,830 (both identified above) shall be discussed in this application as the preferred embodiments for the bottom sheet design.
Turning now to the drawings, in FIG. 1 there is illustrated a single piece of material which is divided into two portions, namely, a bottom sheet portion 10 and a top sheet portion 20, by an imaginary line 19. The bottom sheet portion 10 comprises a rectangle which is formed into a contoured sheet by applying an adhesive material along lines 13a, 13b, 13c and 13d, and then folding side panels 15 and 16 inwardly so that the adhesive lines -131! are at locations 14a, 14b, 14c and 14d, respectively. The four adhesive bound areas form the comers of the bottom contoured sheet; these same comers must be inverted, figuratively turning the sheet inside-out, to place the sheet in its usable configuration. This process of inversion places the panels l5, l6, l7 and 18 below the rectangle portion 10 as shown in FIG. 2. These few simple operations form a complete contoured bottom sheet, with the central area defined by lines 12a, 12b, 12c and 12d corresponding to the plane dimensions of the mattress to be fitted and panels 15, 16, I7 and 18 forming the side panels to the sheet.
In accordance with the present invention, the foot end of the contoured bottom sheet is extended in the longitudinal direction so as to form a top sheet which is of unitary construction with the bottom sheet. Thus, in the illustrative embodiment, the top sheet portion 20 of the original blank forms a unitary, longitudinal extension of the foot end of the contoured bottom sheet formed from the blank portion 10. When the side panels 15 and 16 of the bottom sheet are folded inwardly during fabrication of the contoured bottom sheet 10, the contiguous, integral panels 21 and 22 of the top sheet portion are also folded inwardly. As a result, when the sheet 10 is placed on a bed so that the panel 18 is at the foot of the bed, as shown in FIG. 2, the top sheet 20 formed by the unitary longitudinal extension of the panel 18 is in position to be folded upwardly over the mattress to form atop sheet which is held in place on the mattress by its unitary construction with the contoured bottom sheet.
As the panels 21 and 22 are positioned inward to cause them to assume their proper position relative to the mattress, one need only to spread said panels slightly, generally along the lines indicated as 23 and 24 and shown in FIG. 3. After the panels 21 and 22 have been spread, one need only fold the sheet about line 19 as shown by arrows A and A in FIG. 3, until the sheet 20 is in its proper position as shown in FIG. 4.
One unique aspect of this invention is that although the design of the illustrative bottom sheet 10 requires the inversion of the contoured comers to enable it to be fitted on a mattress, the act of inverting these corners does not alter the position of the top sheet 20.
Turning now to FIG. 5, there is depicted an alternate embodiment of the invention utilizing as the bottom fitted sheet, a sheet as described in the application Ser. No. 886,830, which is assigned to the assignee of this invention. In FIG. 5 there is illustrated a single piece of sheet material which is folded approximately in half about fold line 55 to form a top portion 50 and a bottom portion 60. The bottom portion 60 comprises a rectangle which will be formed into the top sheet, and the top portion 50 comprises a rectangle which will be formed into the bottom contoured sheet. Those portions of the sheets denoted 51a, 51b, 52a, and 52b will form the side panels of their respective sheets. To form the combination top and bottom sheet the panels 51a and 51b are folded inward about line 51 until their surfaces are resting flat upon sheet portion 50 with panel 51b directly above panel 51a. Panels 52a and 52b are folded inward in a like manner about line 52. Adhesive lines are provided on the sheet blanks as illustrated in FIG. 6; adhesive being placed on top of panels 51b and 52b at locations 61 and 62 and adhesive being placed on top of panels 510 and 52a at locations 63 and 64 (as shown in FIG. 6, with the head comers of panels 510 and 52a lifted slightly). The foot comers 77 of both sheet panels 51a and 51b are then folded inward so that the edge area 76 of the corner 77 is placed directly over the adhesive line 61 as is shown in FIG. 7. This step is then repeated for corner 78.
To complete the formation of a fully contoured bottom sheet, the corners 73 and 74 of panels 51a and 52a are folded onto the adhesive lines 63 and 64 in the manner that was used to form the foot contoured portion of the sheet. The combination top and bottom contoured sheet is now fully formed. To place the combination top and bottom contoured sheet on a mattress, one need only fold the end panels along imaginary lines 70 and 71, so that all side and end panels are perpendicular to the sheet portion 50. In FIG. 8 there is depicted the invention with the foot end panel folded into position, with the head panel remaining to be folded upward about line 71. After the head panel is folded into position, the combination sheet must be inverted to be placed on a mattress as shown in FIG. 9. When the combination sheet is placed on a mattress, the top sheet will be in place above the bottom sheet with the foot end of the top sheet secured to the bottom sheet and the head portion of the top sheet free to allow ease of entry to the bed.
From the above description, it can be seen that no additional manufacturing steps are required beyond those steps necessary for the manufacture of the bottom sheet itself. Since the bottom and top sheets are connected, the top sheet will remain in position while in use, utilizing the fastening features of the bottom sheet. Moreover, the distribution of the sheets for use is made much more efficient, for the person placing said sheets on a bed need not check to see if there are both top and bottom sheets for each bed as one automati- 5 cally has the proper distribution, i.e., one combination sheet for each bed. The manufacture of the combination sheet of this invention is extremely simple, yet it is entirely effective and, as the finished product is a thin flat item, is readily packageable.
While the invention has been described in conjunction with a fully contoured bottom sheet, it is only necessary that the foot of the bottom sheet have contoured comers. Thus a sheet which is folded over the head of the bed has contoured comers at the foot may be utilized as a bottom sheet portion.
We claim as our invention:
1. A bedsheet including a fitted bottom sheet portion and an overlying top sheet portion, said bedsheet being formed from a generally rectangular piece of flexible, nonwoven sheet material having a generally constant width throughout the length thereof, said rectangular piece being folded and adhesively bonded at selected locations, said bottom sheet portion having a central rectangular area, a pair of opposed side panels, and a pair of opposed end panels, each of said side panels being folded over in contiguous relation with said central rectangular area and said end panels, each of said side panels being bonded to at least one end panel by a line of adhesive extending diagonally from the outer edge of said side panel where it meets the outer edge of said end panel to a point at said fold generally coincident with the interior edge of said end panel, said side panel of said top sheet portion being outwardly folded along a diagonal line extending from the outer edge of said bottom sheet portion end panel to the outer edge of said top sheet portion side panel so that said top sheet portion lies generally flat over said bottom sheet portion when said bedsheet is placed on a mattress or the like.
2. A bedsheet as defined in claim 1 wherein each of said side panels are bonded to each of said end panels.
3. A bedsheet including a fitted bottom sheet portion and an overlying top sheet portion, said bedsheet being formed from a generally rectangular piece of flexible, nonwoven sheet material having a generally constant width throughout the length thereof, said rectangular piece being folded and adhesively bonded at selected locations, said top and bottom sheet portions having a central rectangular area, a pair of opposed side panels, and foot end panels, each of said side panels of said top and bottom sheet portions being folded over in contiguous relation with said central area and said end panels, each of said side panels of said top sheet portion being bonded to at least said top sheet portion foot end panel by a line of adhesive extending diagonally from a point along the outer edge of said top sheet portion side panels to the point where the inner edge of said top sheet portion side panel meets the inner edge of said top sheet portion foot end panel, said adhesive bonding near said foot end panel being effective to produce fitted comers for both the top and bottom sheet portions at the foot end of said bedsheet.
4. A bedsheet as defined in claim 3 wherein said bottom sheet portion includes a head end panel, said bottom sheet portion side panels being bonded to said bottom sheet portion head end panel by a line of adhesive extending diagonally from a point along the outer edge of said bottom sheet side panels to the point where the inner edge of said bottom sheet portion side panel meets the inner edge of said bottom sheet portion foot 5 panel to produce fitted corners for said bottom portion at the head end of said bedsheet.
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|U.S. Classification||5/497, 5/487|