|Publication number||USRE31384 E|
|Application number||US 06/099,860|
|Publication date||Sep 20, 1983|
|Filing date||Dec 3, 1979|
|Priority date||Dec 1, 1975|
|Publication number||06099860, 099860, US RE31384 E, US RE31384E, US-E-RE31384, USRE31384 E, USRE31384E|
|Inventors||Frank J. Mis|
|Original Assignee||Harris-Hub Company, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (13), Classifications (9), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The most pertinent art is applicant's own U.S. Pat. No. 3,683,429. The deficiency in such construction resides in having the wedge sockets on the side frames vertically disposed so that they present a hazard to a bare foot of the person approaching the bed in that he can easily stub his toe, etc. A further problem that develops in my previous construction is that the female member of the coupling must be secured to the vertical flange of the angle iron or L-shaped side rail. In order to provide an unobstructed outer edge on the side rails, the vertical flange must be on the inboard side of the .[.raid.]. .Iadd.side rail .Iaddend.and the horizontal flange is at the top, and thus the advantage of having a mattress-confining upwardly extending flange on the outer edge of the side rail is lost. Separate retainers must be provided. Also the horizontal flanges of the side rails and of the cross-frame members are vertically offset since the side rail horizontal flanges must seat atop the horizontal flanges of the cross-members, which complicates laying of the bed springs since a single planor surface does not exist. The springs are supported only on their lateral edges unless additional cross braces are provided. Furthermore, more metal is required in the patented construction than in the instant invention. An extensive imbraced vertical web is provided in the old construction for attaching the caster wheel to the cross-frame member.
This invention relates to a novel bed frame structure in which the cross frames and the side frames are interconnected by a novel interlocking arrangement which not only facilitates assembly and disassembly but which also provides improved strength.
A further object of the invention is to provide a novel slidably interengaging male and female elements on the cross-frame and side-frame members respectively and wherein these elements are inclined inwardly from the ends of the cross-frame members and the side-frame members are movable diagonally inwardly and outwardly as well as vertically, and thus are adaptable to tightly embrace a bedspring frame therebetween to provide a novel tight assembly.
The invention also provides an attachment between the side frames and the cross frames which do not readily separate upon lifting of the bed by the side-frame members.
The invention also provides a novel coupling arrangement between the side frames and the cross frames, using mating male and female elements which slope downwardly and inwardly, the male element being preferably formed by oppositely directed end portions of a pair of vertically disposed side by side arranged plates which at their upper ends are preferably rivited to a vertical flange of the L-shaped cross-frame member, the end portions providing a diagonal reinforcing brace for the plates extending from a caster wheel attachment socket formed by semi-cylindrical outward offsets in the plates adjacent to the inboard edges of the plates to the upper outer edges of the plates.
The invention also has for its object the reduction of the amount of metal necessary to fabricate a male-female interlocking mechanism and at the same time to simplify the structure and improve its aesthetics.
Another object is to provide a novel easily separable interlocking arrangement between the side members and cross members of a bed frame in which the male elements are completely sheathed within the female elements and thus they mutually strengthen each other.
These and other objects and advantages inherent in and encompassed by the invention will become more readily apparent from the specifications and the drawings; wherein
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of my novel bed frame shown in assembled position;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken .[.essentially.]. .Iadd.substantially .Iaddend.on line 2--2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken substantially on line 3--3 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a corner portion of the frame assembly;
FIG. 5 is a view similar to FIG. 4 showing the parts disassembled;
FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken substantially on line 6--6 of FIG. 5; and
FIG. 7 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken substantially on line 7--7 of FIG. 1.
The bed frame generally designated 2 is shown in the drawings as comprising a pair of side rails or frame-members 4,4 and cross-frame members 6,6 arranged generally as a rectangle.
Each side rail is an angle iron having a vertical outboard flange 8 and a horizontal flange 10 which extends inwardly from the flange 8.
A female socket element 12 is positioned adjacent to each end of each side rail and comprises a V-shaped attachment bracket 14 which has a horizontal flange portion 15 secured by rivets 16,16 to the bottom side 17 of the horizontal flange 10. Flange 15 joins at its outer edge in an apex 18 with the upper end of an inwardly and downwardly sloped web 19 which is positioned at approximately 45° to the vertical The web 19 extends beneath and is secured by rivets 20,20 to a similarly sloping bottom wall 21 of the female or socket member generally designated 12.
The female member 12 comprises in addition to the bottom wall 21 a pair of vertical side walls 24,24 extending upwardly from the lateral edges of the bottom wall. Walls 24 have sheared upper end edges 25,25 which seat flat against the underside of the attachment bracket flange 15. The sheared edges 25 continue at the upper ends of inturned flanges 26,26 which are formed at the upper edges of side walls 24,24. The upper end of the socket member fits complementally within the corner 28 formed by the flange 15 and wall 20. The socket element extends inwardly of the respective side rail and has an open lower end 30.
The socket provides a passageway 32 which receives a male or prong element generally designated 35 which is formed on the outboard edges of a pair of back-to-back disposed plates 36,36 of a caster wheel mounting bracket 38. Bracket 38 is provided at each end of each cross-member and the male member thereof extends diagonally along its outboard edge and is formed from the two plates 36,36. Each of these plates is bent laterally outwardly at right angles thereto to provide outwardly directed coplanar bottom wall portions 40,40 disposed at substantially the same angle as the bottom wall 21 for seating thereupon and sliding engagement therewith. The outer edges of the wall portions 40 are bent upwardly to provide vertical side flanges 42,42 which parallel walls 24,24 of the socket. Walls 42 terminate in upper edges 44,44 which converge with the plane of the bottom wall portion 40 toward the distal upper end of the prong at a small angle of approximately 5°-10° and complementally wedge beneath the similarly sloped inturned flanges 26,26 of the socket member.
The plates 36 of the bracket 38 are fastened adjacent to their upper edges 48 by a pair of rivets 49,49 to the vertical flange 50 of the associated cross-frame member 6 beneath the horizontal flange 51 which in the assembled position of the side-frame members with the cross-frame members are coplanar therewith (see FIG. 2).
It will be observed in FIG. 5 that the outboard ends 52 of the panels 36 project beyond the adjacent end 54 of the related cross .[.number.]. .Iadd.member .Iaddend.and extend into the slot 55 defined by the inner edges 56 of the inturned flanges of the socket member.
The lower portions 58 of the plates 36 inwardly of the prong member as offset outwardly to provide vertical stem-admitting socket halves 59 which are secured together by a pair of rivets 60,60 extending through the plates at opposite sides of socket 61 which admits the stem or spindle 63 of a caster wheel assembly or abutment 65.
Thus it will be readily apparent that the male element not only serves as an interlocking means but also by extending transversely of the plates serves to rigidify the structure.
The cross-frame members are longitudinally adjustable and are interconnected by slidable interfitting extension elements 70,70, each of which have a horizontal flange 72 and vertical flange 74 (FIG. 7), and hook ends 75,76 which hook over the free edges of the flanges 50 and 51. A thumb screw 77 is threaded into each end of the flange 72 and locks against flange 51 of the associated section of the cross-frame member. It will be understood that the cross-frame members may also be of one piece construction. The instant structure, however, obtains the advantage that the cross members may be adjusted to closely approximating the width of the spring frame.
Inasmuch as the side rails have components of movement that are vertical as well as horizontal, the side rails may be raised slightly and spread apart wider than the bed springs and then the bed springs set thereupon, the weight of the springs and mattress causing side rails to slide downwardly or inwardly and tightly embrace the springs therebetween.
Having described a preferred embodiment of the invention, it will now become apparent that various forms of the invention will be envisioned by those skilled in the art which fall within the scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||5/202, 5/310, 5/184|
|International Classification||A47C19/04, A47C19/02|
|Cooperative Classification||A47C19/04, A47C19/024|
|European Classification||A47C19/02B3, A47C19/04|
|Jan 11, 1991||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: DRESHER, INC., 7200 SOUTH MASON AVENUE, BEDFORD PA
Free format text: NUNC PRO TUNC ASSIGNMENT;ASSIGNOR:HARRIS-HUB COMPANY, INC.;REEL/FRAME:005566/0194
Effective date: 19910103
|Nov 27, 1992||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: LEGGETT & PLATT, INCORPORATED, MISSOURI
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:DRESHER, INC.;REEL/FRAME:006335/0225
Effective date: 19911001
|Jan 27, 1995||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY, ILLINOIS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:LEGGETT & PLATT, INCORPORATED;REEL/FRAME:007312/0104
Effective date: 19911001