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Publication numberUS984829 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 21, 1911
Filing dateNov 9, 1908
Priority dateNov 9, 1908
Publication numberUS 984829 A, US 984829A, US-A-984829, US984829 A, US984829A
InventorsJoseph Luppino
Original AssigneeLuppino Davenport Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

JOSEPH LUPPINO, 0F RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY, ASSIGNOR, BY DIRECT AND MESNE ASSIGNMENTS, TO LUIPIINO DAVENPORT COMPANY, A CORPORATION OF NEW YORK.

WARDROBE-COUCH.

Application filed November 9, 1908.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Feb. 21, 1911.

Serial No. 461,671.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Josnrrr LUPPINO, a subject of the King of Italy, residing 'at Ridgewood, in the county of Bergen and State of New Jersey, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Wardrobe- Oouches; and I do hereby declare the following, when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and the letters of reference marked thereon, to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, and which said drawings constitute part of this specification.

The present improvement relates to couch beds, an object of the invention being to provide an improved bed comprising a main or stationary section, a swinging frame adapted when the structure is in the form of a couch, to lie flatwise on or extend in a plane parallel with the top of the main section, and a storage receptacle below said bed and linked to said swinging frame for movement thereby.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved couch bed made up of two sections, one comprising merely a metallic mattress capable of manipulation to form either a double bed or a couch.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved couch bed, comprising a main and a shiftable bed sect-ion, with a storage receptacle for the bed clothing so connected with the bed that on the shifting of one part thereof to form either a double bed or a couch the storage receptacle will also be shifted and in one position may be utilized to form a support for the shift-able bed section or metallic mattress.

A further object of the invention is the provision of an improved couch bed of the class described, with an improved reversible mattress, reversible to permit the use of different sides thereof.

In the drawings accompanying and forming part of this specification, Figure 1 is a perspective view of this improved couch bed in the form of a couch; Fig. 2 is a perspective view showing the structure with the stuffed mattresses removed and the metallic mattresses partly taken away; Fig. 3 is an end view showing the couch bed open to form a double bed; and Fig. 4c is a perspective view of this improved bed partly open,

showing several positions of the reversible stuffed mattress.

Similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the figures of the drawings.

Various forms of couch beds have been devised in which a storage receptacle is used, but in all of them this necessarily large and heavy box must be shifted by hand, or is so connected with parts of the bed that the operation thereof depends upon the shifting of the back or both the back and seat of a davenport. As a box made substantially the length and width of a couch bed section would, when stored with bed clothing, be necessarily heavy, it follows that it would be somewhat difficult to shift by a woman, and therefore it is essential that this be facilitated by the use of levers which will overcome the resistance due to the weight of the box and its contents. One advantage of the present improvement, therefore, is that the operation of a storage receptacle is obtained by means of a very simple swinging frame the movement of which is unhampered by the connection of a back or other complicated mechanism thereto, and which frame may, in some forms of the invention, be folded compactly on top of the main couch or bed section so as to lie flat thereon or extend in a plane parallel therewith, and which frame may also in some forms of bed be used to form a supplementary section to the main bed section, thereby to form a double bed. Various metallic formed couch beds have also been devised in which one section slides or swings with relation to the other,

but in all of these couch beds with which I am familiar the movable bed section is made up either as a complete bed section having end frames comprising mattress supporting bars, legs, side bars, etc, with the metallic fabric stretched between such end frames, or one bed section is shiftably supported for sliding movement on guide-rails or other means of support carried by the main or stationary section, or the connections between the beds have been complicated and more or less impracticable. Moreover, prior to my improvement, it has not been found practicable to provide a storage receptacle for the reception of the bed clothing which can be automatically shifted with the movable bed section without the structure being very much complicated or access to the receptacle more or less diflicult. One object of the present improvement, therefore, is to provide not only an improved couch bed which can be transformed into either a couch or a double bed, with a storage receptacle to which access may be readily had, but also to provide an improved couch bed in which the shiftable section of the bed may comprise simply a metallic mattress, whereby the necessity of providing legs, braces, side bars, etc. is done away with, and to utilize such storage receptacle as the supporting means for the metallic mattress, thus permitting the structure to be very simply and inexpensively manufactured, as it need have but four legs, and these carried by the main or stationary section of the bed.

In the present embodiment this improved couch bed comprises a main or stationary section 2 made up of a pair of end frames 3 and 4t, each comprising a pair of legs or supports 5 connected by metallic fabric supporting bars 6. These end frames are connected by side bars 7 located and formed in any suitable manner. In practice they may be of drop formation to afford suflicient space for the proper yielding of the metallic fabric. Connected to these end frames is a suitable yielding mattress supporting means 8, usually in the form of a metallic fabric stretched between such end frames.

Hinged to the main or stationary bed section 2 so as to swing from one side thereof and rest flatwise upon or in a plane parallel with the plane of the metallic fabric of the main section, thereby to form a couch, or to swing outwardly therefron'i into a position level or substantially level with the metallic fabric of the main section and thereby to form a double bed, is the shiftablc section 10, which in the form shown comprises a reversible metallic mattress, consisting of a suitable yielding means, such as a metallic fabric 12, attached at its ends to a pair of end bars 13, the inner ends of which are directly pivoted to the end frames 3 and f of the main section, as at 14:, by means of ears or lugs 14: while the opposite or outer ends are connected by a longitudinally extending bar 15 which may in practice, if preferred, be of drop formation so as not to interfere with the yielding of the fabric when the structure is in the form of a double bed.

Carried by the bed sections is a stuffed mattress 16 made, in the present instance, of two parts 17 and 18, one, as 17, being preferably secured to the main section and the other, as 18, hinged to the metallic mattress adjacent to its outer longitudinal edge so that it can be reversed. For this purpose that part of the mattress which is connected to the swinging bed section is secured to the end bars 13 0f the metallic mattress 11 by suitable links 19, one at each end, the opposite ends of which links are connected to a rod 9' running through the edge of the stu'lfcd. nmitress. Thus it will. be observed that. while the metallic mattress and the upper half of the folding mattress are practically a unitary structure in that they swing together to form a couch or double bed, and not one independently of the other as here toforc, yet the stuffed mattress is reversible relativ-dy to the metallic mattrt By this means, as the metallic mattress is reversed or swung from one position into another, as from its open to its closed position, in a plane parallel to the plane of the metallic fabric of the main section, the stuffed mattr- -s can be reversed relatively to such swingii'ig metallic mattress. This does away with the necessity of having a stuifed mattress on both sides of the swinging metallic mattress and so cheapcns the cost of production, although the latter form of mattress could be used if preferred, in which case the metallic mattress would lie between two stuffed mattre Located below the metallic fabric of the main section is a suitable storage receptacle 20 provided with casters. This storage receptacle is connected by links 21 with the end bars 13 of the metallic mattress, whereby on the swinging of this mattress the storage receptacle will be shifted outwardly or inwardly, inwardly when the structure is transformed into a couch and outwardly when it is transformed into a double bed. The storage receptacle may be provided at its outer corners with suitable rests or supports 22 for supporting the outer edge of the swinging metallic mattress.

From the foregoing it will be observed that this improved couch bed is made up of two sections, one of which comprises the main section having four feet or legs and the other of which, in the preferred form thereof, comprises simply a n'iet-allic mattress having attached thereto one part or half of a folding mattress, which, in the form shown, is itself reversible relatively to such swinging metallic mattress, so that said metallic mattress, comprising merely end bars and a connecting bar with a metallic fabric stretched therebetween,is,together with its part of the stuffed mattress, a unitary structure. It will also be observed that when the structure is in use as a couch one side of the upper half of the folding mattress forms the seat thereof, but when the structure is in the form of a double bed this side of the folding mattress is reversed, while the opposite side is brought into position for use. This is not only desirable, but is essential to the longevity of the folding mattress and it permits the use of a better and an ornamental fabric for the covering of the upper half of the mattress when the structure is in the form of a couch and the use of ordinary ticking for the under or opposite side thereof.

In the present improvement when the metallic mattress is swung partly upward, see Fig. 2, the connection is such between it and the storage receptacle that the latter has been shifted a considerable distance outwardly, so that access thereto is not only permitted, but the bed clothing within the same may be taken therefrom and thrown on to the lower half of the folding mat tress or removed therefrom and placed in the storage receptacle, thus obviating the necessity of handling it twice, which would be necessary if the folding mattress was not open at the time the storage receptacle was partly open, since it would require the removal of the bed clothing from the storage receptacle and then, after the folding mattress was open. removing it from a chair or other place of support and placing it upon the open mattress.

By means of the present improvement I am able to provide a very much simplified construction of couch bed having, however, all of the advantages of the ordinary couch bed, in that the structure can be manipulated to form either a couch or a double bed, with the two metallic fabrics thereof level or substantially so, and I-also obtain advantages which the usual metal formed couch bed does not have, as I am able to do away not only with the slidable bed section movable independently of the folding mattress, but also with a leg-supported swinging bed section shiftable independently of the folding mattress, thus dispensing with the use of any legs or feet for supporting such a section, braces and a pair of side bars, tension strips etc, while providing in place thereof merely a swinging metallic mattress. Not only this, but I am able to provide, in connection with such an improved structure, a storage receptacle which is automatically operated on the mere swinging of the metallic mattress and the folding mattress to gether, and which is also effective to support such swinging metallic mattress when the structure is in the form of a double bed. In short, by means of the present improvement I am able to construct a couch bed so that the metallic fabric of one section can be swung into position to lie in a plane parallel with the metallic fabric of the other section, whereby one may be flat upon the other and to connect thereto a stuffed mattress in such manner that it is reversible, so that the ne cessity of using the same side of the mattress to sleep upon that is used to form the seat of the couch is done away with, and in addition I am able to provide a storage receptacle operated without any independent manipulation thereof, so that the bed, by a single movement of a metallic mattress, can be opened to form adouble bed and closed to form a couch and at the same time shift the storage receptacle. Furthermore, it will be observed that as the swinging member is simply a metallic mattress the swinging and main sections can be so hinged or pivoted together that it is not necessary to bodily raise the whole swinging section in order to open or close the bed, that is to say, the inner edge of the swinging section being directly pivoted to the main section without the use of intermediate linkage, consequently the inner edge of such swinging section does not swing away from and above the edge of the main section during the manipulation of such swinging metallic mattress. Moreover it will be observed that if it is desired to manufacture the structure simply as a divan or single couch, or as a bed with a removable mattress frame, it is merely necessary to omit the metallic fabric connected to the end bars of the swinging frame and its stuffed mattress, thus providing a swinging frame directly connected with the main section and storage receptacle, which swinging frame will lie fiat upon the top of the main section and thus permit the main section to be utilized as a divan or single couch, and when swung outwardly it will constitute an effective leverage for shifting the storage receptacle. This will be a very practicable construction for divans and single couches as it will constitute a very efiicientmeans for shifting a loaded storage receptacle.

As is well known to couch bed manufacturers, a couch bed the seat of which is formed of but one metallic fabric, where this is stretched between end bars by the use of coil springs, has very short life, for the reason that the tension of the fabric is not sailicient to prevent its sagging in the center to a considerable extent when two persons sit upon the couch, or even under the weight of one person who is of considerable weight. Consequently, to make these beds entirely practicable and of considerable longevity, it has been found necessary that the structure be so made that the fabric of one section rests flatwise over that of the other. so that the weight will come upon a pair of metallic fabrics. It will therefore be observed that in the present improvement this advantageous result is obtained by reason of the fact that the swinging metallic fabric rests flatwise over the stationary fabric, with the stuffed mattress 17 of the stationary fabric therebetween, while the stuffed mattress 18 of the swinging fabric or frame in one position rests upon the top of the swinging fabric, the whole thus forming the seat of the couch, and in another posit-ion resting upon the opposite side of the swinging fabric, so that the reversible stuffed mattress may have one side upholstered with some fancy expensive material while the other side is provided with the usual ticking, since the latter only is slept upon. It will also be observed that the ends of the bars 14 and 14 are slightly curved at their pivotal points, so that the swinging\ metallic frame will be raised. sufficiently to permit the mattress 17 to remain between the two metallic fabrics when the structure is in the form of a couch. It will thus be observed that when the structure is in the form of a couch the stuffed mattresses and the metallic fabrics are arranged in layers and in alternation, a metallic fabric, a

stuffed mattress, a metallic fabric, and a stuffed mattress, thus forming a compact couch seat, with a pair of metallic fabrics in parallelism for supporting the weight of the user. In other words, in the present improvement, the weight is sustained by two metallic fabrics instead of by a single one.

I claim as my invention:

1. A couch bed comprising a pair of sections one hinged to the other to lie flatwise thereovcr and to swing therefrom into position to form a double bed, and each having a yielding mattress support and together forming the seat of the couch, and a reversible mattress carried by the hinged section and resting on top of one side thereof when the structure is in the form of av couch and on top of the other side when the structure is in the form of a double bed.

2. A conch bed comprising a. pair of sections one hinged to the other to lie fiatwise thereover and to swing therefrom into position to form a double bed, and each having ayielding mattress support and together forming the seat of the couch, a reversible mattress carried by the hinged section and resting on top of one side thereof when the structure is in the form of a couch and on top of the other side when the structure is in the form of a double bed, and a. storage receptacle for said bed. i

3. A couch bed comprising a pair of sections one hinged to the other to lie flatwise thereover and to swing therefrom into position to form a double bed, and each having a. yielding mattress support and togetl'zer forming the seat of the couch, a reversible mattress carried by the hinged section and resting on top of one side thereof when the structure is in the form of a couch and on top of the other side when the structure is in the form of a. double bed. and a storage receptacle shiftable into position to support the swinging section.

4. In a couch bed. the combination of a main bed section, a swinging bed section hinged adjacent to one longitudinal edge thereof to the main bed. section to lie flatwise thereover to form a couch or to swing outward therefrom to form a double bed. a reversible mattress hinged adjacent to the opposite longitudinal edge of said swinging section and resting on top of one side thereof when the structure is in the form of a couch and on top of the other side thereof when the structure is in the form of a double bed, and

means for supporting said swinging section when swung into position to form a double bed.

5. A couch of the class described, comprising a main section, a swinging section hinged thereto and forming therewith the seat of the couch, a reversible mattress hinged adjacent to one edge of the swinging section and adapted to be turned against either face of said section, and means for supporting said swinging section when swung into position to form a double bed, the hinge connection between said mattress and swinging section comprising a rod and links connecting said rod with the outer edge of the swinging section.

6. In a couch bed, the combination of a main bed section, av swinging metallic mat tress pivoted thereto to lie fiatwise thereon to form with the main bed section the seat of the couch or to swing outwardly therefrom and reversible to form one section of a double bed, a mattress for said bed, one part for said main bed section and the other connected to said metallic mattress and shiftable therewith, and a storage receptacle connected to said swinging metallic mattress and shiftable thereby into position to support the same when it is swung into position to form a double bed, the connection being such that the storage receptacle will be shifted into position to permit access thereto when the metallic mattress is but partly shifted.

7. In a couch bed, the combination of a main bed section, a swinging reversible metallic mattress pivoted thereto to lie fiatwise thereon to form with the main bed section the seat of the couch or to swing outwardly therefrom and. reversible to form one section of a double bed. a storage receptacle linked to said metallic mattress and shiftable thereby, and a reversible mattress hinged to said swinging metallic mattress for movement therewith and reversible relatively thereto, one side of said mat-tress forming the seat of the couch and the other side the mattress for the swinging metallic mattress.

8. A couch comprising a mattress supportin g frame. a folding frame pivotally secured to the ends thereof and comprising a pair of connected end bars located to swing on top of or in a plane substantially corresponding with the top of said supporting frame and to swing therefrom, a metallic fabric stretched between said end bars and forming with. the supporting frame the seat of the couch, a storage receptacle under said supporting frame. linkage connection between said folding frame and receptacle whereby the latter is shiftable on swinging said frame, and a reversible stuffed mattress hinged to said folding frame and adapted to be turned against either face of the folding frame.

9. A couch bed comprising a pair of sec tions one hinged to the other to lie flatwise thereover and to swing therefrom into position to form a double bed, and each having a yielding mattress support and together forming the seat of the couch, a mattress carried by one section and located between the two yielding mattress supports when the structure is in the form of a couch, and a reversible mattress carried by the hinged section and resting on top of one side thereof when the structure is in the form of a couch and on top of the other side when the structure is in the form of a double bed.

10. A couch bed comprising a pair of sections one hinged to the other to lie flatwise thereover and to swing therefrom into position to form a double bed, and each having a yielding mattress support and together forming the seat of the couch, a mattress carried by one section and located between the two yielding mattress supports when the structure is in the form of a couch, a reversible mattress carried by the hinged section and resting on top of one side thereof when the structure is in the form of a couch and on top of the other side when the structure is in the form of a double bed, and a storage receptacle connected to the hinged section and shiftable thereby.

11. A couch bed comprising a pair of sec tions one hinged to the other to lie flatwise thereover and to swing therefrom into position to form a double bed, and each having ayielding mattress support and together forming the seat of the couch, and a mattress carried by one section and located between the two yielding mattress supports when the structure is in the form of a couch, said hinged section having end bars so formed and pivoted that the hinged section will be spaced apart from. its companion section when the structure is in the form of a couch to permit one of the mattresses to rest between the two yielding mattress supports.

12. A structure of the class described con'lprising a pair of sections, one shiftable relatively to the other to form either a single bed or a double bed, the tops of the two sections resting one above the other forming the seat when the structure is in the form of a single bed, and a storage receptacle connected to the shiftable section for n'lovel'nent thereby on the shifting of said section.

1.3. A structure of the class described comprising a pair of sections, one shiftable.

relatively to the other to form either a single bed or a double bed, the tops of the two sections resting one above the other forming the seat when the structure is in the form of a single bed, and a storage receptacle connected to the shiftable section by a link at each end thereof for movement thereby on the shifting of said section.

14:. A structure of the class described comprising a pair of sections one hinged to the other to lie fiatwise thereover to form therewith the seat when the structure is in the form of a single bed, and to swing therefrom. into position to form a double bed, and a storage receptacle connected to the swinging section and shiftable thereby on the swinging of said section.

In testimony whereof, I have signed this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.

JOSEPH LUPPINO.

lvitnesses VVM. C. BANTA, JOHN A. RYLAND.

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