US 3784993 A
A wedge bolster for a "hi-riser" or day couch which is convertible for night time use as a bed, the wedge bolster at day time serving as a back rest for the couch, and wherein the wedge bolster is hollow with a central compartment within which the bedding used for sleeping, is stored during the day time so to form a convenient storage for the same.
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nited States Patent [191 Berkowitz Jan. 15, 1974 [5 WEDGE BOLSTER BEDDING HOLDER 3,069,698 12/1962 Miller 5/52 x  entor: o e Berkowitz 2 nes 1,876,230 9/1932 Homer 5/308 Ave., Bronx, NY. 10462 Primary ExaminerCasmir A. Nunberg  Filed: Mar. 7, 1972 Attorney carl Miner  Appl. No.: 232,556
 ABSTRACT  U.S. Cl 5/3g83,2i/532l,25//25l8i A wedge bolster for a hnisern or y couch which is  Int CL A47c 17/00 4 21/00 convertible for night time use as a bed, the wedge bol-  Field oi u 5/52 5 58 308 ster at day time serving as a back rest for the couch, 1 7 3 5 and wherein the wedge bolster is hollow with a central compartment within which the bedding used for sleep-  References Cited ing, is stored during the day time so to form a conve- UNITED STATES PATENTS nient storage for the same.
3,319,269 5/1967 Maddox 5/52 1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figures WEDGE BOLSTER BEDDING HOLDER This invention relates generally to convertible furniture. More specifically it relates to bolsters such as are used as back rests on couches.
It is generally well known that due to the high cost of rentals today, people are obliged to live in smaller apartments than in former years. Due to higher costs, apartments are built smaller, and tenants often have to turn a day time living room into a bed room at night by using a convertible couch or hi-riser which for sleeping purposes can be opened into a bed. Such conversion of a couch into bed necessitates stowing away of bedding linens such as blankets, pillows and the like during the day time when the bed becomes the couch. Space being limited in the apartment, there is therefore usually no convenient space for storing this bedding, and persons are often obliged to cram it into an already crowded closet. This situation is of course objectionable and therefore in want of improvement.
Accordingly it is a principle object of the present invention to provide a means whereby bedding of a hiriser can be neatly and easily stowed away for a daytime.
Another object is to provide a wedge bolster which serves as a back rest for the hi-riser when it is used as a couch, and which additionally forms a storage device for the bedding.
Yet another object is to provide a wedge bolster bedding holder which is conveniently located to the hi-riser so to eliminate carrying the bedding far therefrom when the bed is made up or put away.
Other objects are to provide a wedge bolster bedding holder which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.
Further objects of the invention will appear as the description proceeds.
To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, my invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a bed with the bolsters placed thereupon so as to form a sofa, and the figure showing a modified design of the invention wherein the outer side of the plastic frame can be covered with a fabric that matches the bed .cover for better uniformity.
FIG. 3 is a cross section on line 3-3 of FIG. 1 and showing bedding folded thereinto.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, the reference numeral represents a wedge bolster bedding holder according to the present invention wherein there is a bolster assembly 11 that is placeable upon a couch 12 so that it can be used as a back rest for persons seated on the couch.
In the present invention the assembly 11, unlike a conventional solid bolster, is made hollow with a central compartment 13 into which bedding 14 such or blankets pillows and sheets can be stored.
The assembly 1 l accordingly comprises an enclosure having a front wall 15, rear wall 16, top wall 17 and opposite end walls 18; the bottom of the enclosure being open, and which is closable by means of a bottom panel or door 19 that is pivotable between an opened and closed position by a row of snap hinges 20 along a longitudinal edge of the door and a longitudinal edge of the enclosure. A suitable latch may be provided along the opposite edge so to hold the door closed and prevent the bedding to accidently spill out.
The walls of the enclosure may be made of hard rubber material such as is used in construction of conventional dish drainers. The hard rubber will maintain the bolster shape while at the same time be comfortable for leaning against with a few pillows.
As shown in the drawing, the wedge shaped bolster may be criss-crossed in a frame structure into a series of squartes so to provide ventilation to the interior chamber and so to keep the bolster in shape.
The bolster can be covered by a fabric 21 that harmonizes with the fabric used on the couch.
Thus in use a convenient and handy place is provided for bedding storage of a hi-riser.
While certain novel features of my invention have been shown and described and are pointed out in the annexed claims, it will be understood that various omissions, substitutions, and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In a wedge bolster bedding holder, the combination of an enclosure having a hollow central chamber into which a hi-riser bedding can be readily stored when not in use during a daytime, and means for securing said bedding therewithin, said enclosure comprising a front wall, rear wall, top wall and opposite side wall secured together, and said securing means comprises a bottom door secured to said enclosure by-hinges along one edge, an opposite edge thereof having a latch, said bolster being made of hard rubber material, said walls and door of said bolster being constructed in a crisscrossed frame design so to form square openings for ventilation purposes, said bolster being enclosed within a fabric that harmonizes with a fabric of a couch, and said bottom door being wider than said top wall, whereby said enclosure is upwardly tapered wedgeshaped with both said rear and front walls being angularly inclined.