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Device for adjusting the position of a cushion relative to a mattress or sitting surface

Abstract
Device for adjusting the height of a cushion (1) with respect to the surface of a mattress or seat (12) of a bed/sofa (10) which has a headboard or backrest (13;113), comprising a strip of fabric (21) which is fastened to the cushion and one end of which is joined to a weight (22).

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Inventors: Magistretti, Vico; (Milano, IT)
Correspondence Name and Address: THE FIRM OF KARL F ROSS
5676 RIVERDALE AVENUE
PO BOX 900
RIVERDALE (BRONX)
NY
10471-0900
US

Assignee Name and Adress: FLOU S.p.A.

Serial No.: 375244
Series Code: 10
Filed: February 27, 2003

U.S. Current Class: 5/633; 5/658
U.S. Class at Publication: 5/633; 5/658
Intern'l Class: A47C 031/00

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Foreign Application Data

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Date Code Application Number
Mar 6, 2002 IT MI2002A000465

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Claims

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1) Device for adjusting the height of a cushion (1) with respect to the surface of a mattress or seat (12) of a bed/sofa (10) which has a headboard or backrest (13;113), characterized in that it comprises a strip of fabric (21) which is fastened to the cushion (1) and one end of which is joined to a weight (22).

2) Device according to claim 1, characterized in that the end of the strip (21) opposite to the weight (22) comprises means for fastening to the cushion (1).

3) Device according to claim 2, characterized in that said fastening means are of the irreversible type.

4) Device according to claim 3, characterized in that said fastening means consist of stitching.

5) Device according to claim 2, characterized in that said fastening means are of the reversible type.

6) Device according to claim 5, characterized in that said means for joining to the cushion are able to be joined to the fabric thereof.

7) Device according to claim 6, characterized in that said joining means (23) consist of strip of velcro.

8) Device according to claim 5, characterized in that said reversible fastening means consist of a zip fastener.

9) Device according to claim 1, characterized in that said end joined to the weight (22) is formed in the manner of a pocket (22a).

10) Device according to claim 9, characterized in that said pocket (22a) extends parallel to the headboard (13).

11) Device according to claim 10, characterized in that said weight is a bar (22) extending in the longitudinal direction parallel to the headboard or backrest (13;113) of the bed/sofa and inserted inside the pocket (22a) of the strip of fabric.

12) Device according to claims 3 and 11, characterized in that said pocket (22a) has at least one open end.

13) Device according to claims 5 and 11, characterized in that said pocket (22a) has at least one open end.

14) Bed/sofa comprising a surface (11) for a mattress or seat (12), a headboard or backrest (13;113) and a cushion (1) resting against said headboard or backrest and a device for adjusting the relative position of the said cushion (1) and the mattress or seat (12), characterized in that said device comprises a strip of fabric (21) which is fastened to the cushion and one end of which is joined to a weight (22).

15) Bed/sofa according to claim 14, characterized in that the end of the strip (21) opposite to the weight (22) comprises means for fastening to the cushion (1).

16) Bed/sofa according to claim 15, characterized in that said fastening means are of the irreversible type.

17) Bed/sofa according to claim 16, characterized in that said fastening means consist of stitching.

18) Bed/sofa according to claim 15, characterized in that said fastening means are of the reversible type.

19) Bed/sofa according to claim 18, characterized in that said means for joining to the cushion are able to be joined to the fabric thereof.

20) Bed/sofa according to claim 19, characterized in that said joining means (23) consist of a strip of velcro.

21) Bed/sofa according to claim 18, characterized in that said reversible fastening means consist of a zip fastener.

22) Bed/sofa according to claim 14, characterized in that said end joined to the weight (22) is formed in the manner of a pocket (22a).

23) Bed/sofa according to claim 22, characterized in that said pocket (22a) extends parallel to the headboard (13).

24) Bed/sofa according to claim 22, characterized in that said weight is a bar (22) extending in the longitudinal direction, parallel to the headboard or backrest (13;113) of the bed/sofa and inserted inside the pocket (22a) of the strip of fabric.

25) Bed/sofa according to claims 16 and 24, characterized in that said pocket (22a) has at least one open end.

26) Bed/sofa according to claims 18 and 24, characterized in that said pocket (22a) is closed.
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Description

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[0001] The present invention relates to a device for adjusting the height of a cushion with respect to the surface of a mattress or seat of a bed/sofa equipped with a headboard or backrest.

[0002] It is known in the art of manufacturing beds, sofas and the like that there exists the need to allow the user to adjust the height of the cushion with respect to the surface of the mattress or the seat, so as to ensure maximum comfort and a correct posture in the various positions which the user may assume depending on his/her particular requirements, for example, if he/she is simply resting, reading, etc.

[0003] It is also known that numerous mechanisms able to perform said adjustment have been proposed, said mechanisms, however, being complex, bulky and costly.

[0004] The technical problem which is posed therefore is that of providing a device for adjusting the height of a cushion with respect to the surface of a mattress or seat of beds/sofas and the like, which can be easily applied, has compact dimensions and is simple to use also for a non-specialised user.

[0005] Within the scope of this problem a further requirement is that the device should be easy to apply also to ready existing beds/sofas which are not specifically designed for use therewith and should be concealable within the configuration of the bed/sofa so as to not alter significantly the overall appearance thereof.

[0006] These technical problems are solved according to the present invention by a device for adjusting the height of a cushion with respect to the surface of a mattress or seat of a bed/sofa equipped with a headboard or backrest, comprising a strip of fabric which is fastened to the cushion and one end of which is joined to a weight.

[0007] Further details may be obtained from the following description of a non-limiting example of embodiment of the invention, provided with reference to the accompanying plates of drawings, in which:

[0008] FIG. 1 shows a prospective view of a bed with a device according to the present invention, according to a first embodiment thereof;

[0009] FIG. 2 shows a schematic cross-section along the plane indicated by the line II-II in FIG. 1, with the cushion lowered;

[0010] FIG. 3 shows a view similar to that of FIG. 2, with the cushion raised; and

[0011] FIG. 4 shows a cross-section similar to the preceding ones, with the device applied to a bed which is not specifically designed for use therewith.

[0012] As illustrated in FIG. 1, a bed 10 with a device 20 according to the present invention for adjusting the height of the cushion 1 with respect to the mattress comprises: a longitudinal surface 11 supporting the mattress 12 itself and a headboard 13 which extends transversely with respect to the said surface of the mattress and against which the cushion 1 is rested.

[0013] FIG. 2 shows how, in a first embodiment, the adjusting device 20 according to the invention consists of a strip of fabric 21 which has at one end 21a a pocket 22a which extends parallel to the headboard 13 and which has, arranged inside it, a weight 22, for example in the form of a metal bar.

[0014] The end 21b of the strip 21, opposite to that of the weight 22, is fixed to the cushion 1 in a suitable position on surface thereof which makes contact with the headboard.

[0015] In a first embodiment of the device according to the invention it is envisaged that the means for fastening the strip 21 to the cushion 1 are of the irreversible type and for example consist of stitching.

[0016] In a second embodiment of the device according to the invention, on the other hand, it is envisaged that the means for fastening the strip 21 to the cushion 1 are of the reversible type and consist of a band 23 of material which is able to be attached/detached to/from the fabric of the cushion 1 so as to retain the latter and which is applied to the surface 21a of the strip 21.

[0017] An example of this fabric is known, for example, by the name of "velcro".

[0018] While in the case of an irreversible fastening, the pocket 22a which carries the weight 22 is advantageously open so as to allow the extraction of the weight 22, in the case of a reversible fastening the pocket is advantageously closed so as to prevent the weight from accidentally coming out.

[0019] If the bed is specifically designed for use with the adjusting device 20, it is envisaged that the headboard 13 is provided with slits 14 extending parallel to the headboard 13 itself.

[0020] Said slits 14 may each have a suitable length and be arranged at a suitable distance from the free edge 13a of the headboard 13.

[0021] Advantageously the slits 14 consist of a number equal to the number of cushions 1 so as to allow adjustment without any interference between them.

[0022] The operating principle of the device is essentially the same for both the embodiments.

[0023] In the case of the first embodiment (irreversible fastening):

[0024] once the strip 21 of fabric has been prepared, together with the weight 22,

[0025] the opposite end is fastened to the cushion 1 by means of stitching;

[0026] the end with pocket 22a of the strip 21 is passed through the slit 14 from the inside towards the outside of the headboard so that the pocket is situated behind the headboard itself;

[0027] the bar 22 is inserted inside the pocket 22a;

[0028] In the case of the second embodiment (reversible fastening):

[0029] once the strip 21 of fabric has been prepared with the velcro band 23 and the weight 22 inserted and closed inside the end pocket;

[0030] the free end of the strip 21 opposite to that of the weight 22 is inserted into the slit 14 from the outside towards the inside so that the weight remains at the rear of the headboard 13;

[0031] the cushion 1 is rested on the strip part 21 which is hanging on the inside of the headboard and equipped with velcro 23, so that they are joined together.

[0032] In the case of both the embodiments:

[0033] at this point a pushing force upwards/downwards applied by the user to the cushion 1 causes discharging of the vertical force acting on the inner band and a corresponding downward (FIG. 3)/upward (FIG. 2) movement of the weight 22 which, being of a suitable size, balances the weight of the cushion, keeping it fixed in any desired position.

[0034] The embodiment with reversible fastening basically allows the cushion to be detached completely from the device, for example in order to turn over the cushion and change the surface against which the user rests or change the cover.

[0035] As shown in FIG. 4, it is possible furthermore to use advantageously the device according to the invention also with beds which are not specifically designed for fitting of the said device; in this case it will be sufficient to pass the strip 21 of fabric over the free edge 113a of the headboard 113 so as to obtain the same counter-acting effect of the weight 22. Although described in connection with a bed, it is clear from the above description that the device may also be applied to sofas, armchairs and the like.

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