US 508517 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
W. Hf. HARRISON. B-EDSTBAD.
No. 508,517. i Patented Nov. 14,',1893.
UNITED STATES PATENT EEICE..
WILLIAM H. HARRISON, OF CENTREHILL, ARKANSAS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 508,517, dated November 14, 1893. Application filed February 14. 1893. Serial No. 462,325. (No model.)
.To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, WILLIAM H. HARRIsoN, a citizen of the Uni-ted States, residing at Centre IIill,in the county of White and State of Arkansas, have invented a newand useful Bedstead, of which the following is a specilication. v
. This invention relates to bedsteads, and
has special reference to means for supporting the slats in a simple and convenient manner,
and has for its object to provide for a quickl attachment or detachment of the slats with a material decrease in the cost of forming the part-s of the bed, and with the additional adv slightly above the same and disconnected therefrom. Fig. 3k is a perspective view of one of the slats. Fig. 4t is a similarl view, in detail, of the catch used in connection with the opposite ends of the slats.
Similar numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several figures of the drawings.`
Referring to the drawings, the numeral l I designates the oppositely-situated side-rails of the bedstead, which are secured or attached to the head and foot boards in anyf preferred and well-known manner. In this construction and arrangement, the side-rails 'are perfectly plain on. Vtheir inner opposing sides and do not have supporting shoulders or recesses therein, thereby materially cheapening their construction, as will be evident. In this device the inner opposing sides of the rails are similarly constructed, as are also the opposite ends of the slats, and in referring to the same one rail only will be described, to-
gether with the adjacent engaging ends of the slats. Y
To the inner side of the rail, adjacent to the bottom edge of the same, is secured a round :thereof from end to end of the same, and held in'connection therewith by a series of staples 3, that are driven thereover at predetermined distances and are regularly Aspaced apart in pairs Vto form stops for a purpose which will presently` appear. The application of the" round wire or. rod 2 to the inner side of the rail 1 teudsto provide an increased rigidity to the said rail, and prevents the same from sagging or warping in a vertical plane, .or from bulging outwardly or inwardly, and Athereby always holds the said rail in a 'straight position. As previously stated, the iinner side of the rail is not formed with the lusual shoulder andvrecesses, but in the present construction, just inside of each pair of staples 3, a pair of recesses are formed that in this manner because the round wire or rod x 2 is closely held against the rail, and it would be necessary to slightly recess the rail in rear ofthe said wire or rod, toward the outside ,portion ofthe rail, iu order to form a means of attaching the slats. The slats 5, in this instance, are of thek ordinary form of construction, and their opposite ends are brought to bear Iirmly against the inner opposing sides of rails. Attached to the under side, adjacent to each end of each slat, is a catch lconsisting of a U-shaped Wire or rod 6, having its free ends bent downwardly to form hooks?, that project slightly beyond the end of the slat. The said catch is secured to the under side of the slat by a series of staples 8, that embrace the two legs thereof and also the bow or bend ofthe same, vand byvthis means it is held tirmlyrin position against the slat and in its normal adjustment. In attaching the slats to the rail at either side, the
cesses 4, outside of the round wire or rod 2, and thereby the end of each slat is closely drawn and firmly abuts against the inner side of the rail. The staples 3 are engaged bythe said hooks 7, and prevent longitudinal or loose movement of the Slat-ends and pro vide a firm connection for the same. Y
wire or rod 2, that extends longitudinallyY extend Iin a vertical plane and are arranged f hooks 7 of the catches are inserted in the re- It will be understood that in attaching the slats to the rails in the manner set forth, that the opposite ends of said slats may be unitedly connected and readily withdrawn by raising the same vertically.
Labor and time are saved in the manufacture of a bedstead when.constructed in accordance with the invention heretofore set lforth, and the cost materially reduced, and
at the same time convenient and advantageous means are provided for attaching the slats in position.
By having the opposite ends of the slats drawn closely against and held against the inner opposing sides of the opposite rails, the parts of the bedstead are prevented from becoming distorted or misshaped when the same is moved, and especially after the joints may have become slightly loose by wear or shrinkage, and strain on the connections or fastenings between the rails and head and foot boards is obviated, and alsoinjury to the slat-fastenings set forth will not occur. It will be seen that if the Slat-ends did not closely abut against the inner sides of the rails the space for movement of the rails would be provided, and when the bedstead was moved it would twist, owing to its weight, and assume a rhomboidal shape, which would wear upon the joints and also strain the rails and crack or break the same. A further advantage of the close fitting of the ends of the slats relatively to the rails is that the said Slat-ends cannot become readily detached; and further, by means of the arrangement of the pairs of staples, no lateral movement of the ends of the slats in a longitudinal direction of the rails cannot occur.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is- In a bedstead, the combination of the rails having round wires or rods secured closely against and to the inner opposing sides thereof near the lower edges of the same by staples spaced apart at predetermined intervals in pairs, said rails being formed with recesses that are also arranged in pairs which are locatedadjacent to and inside of the pairs of staples, said wires or rods extending longitudinally of the rails from end to end thereof, and slats having catches secured to the under side of the opposite ends thereof, consisting of U-shaped wires or rods with outer downwardly-bent ends to form hooks that project beyond the opposite ends of the slats and are adapted to take over the said wires or rods and fit in the recesses in the rails, said hooks being confined between and