Title:
Table Mount
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A mount for a table that is both decorative and functional. A clamp-on base attaches around the gas spring lift of any office or executive type chair. This attachment point allows such table to rotate independently around the center support post of said chair and easily move to either side or front while not interfering with said chair's own swivel movement. Said table height can also adjust to accommodate the height adjustment of said chair.



Inventors:
Goranson, Patrick Allen (Santa Cruz, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/046309
Publication Date:
09/25/2008
Filing Date:
03/11/2008
Assignee:
Goranson, Patrick Allen (Santa Cruz, CA, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B83/02
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Primary Examiner:
MCPARTLIN, SARAH BURNHAM
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Patrick, Allen Goranson (118 CRESPI CT., SANTA CRUZ, CA, 95060, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A table mount for making office and executive type chairs useful to elderly and chair dependent individuals and a convenient laptop computer platform, comprising: means for mounting a table to a frame; means for providing structural support for said table at a distance to not interfere with the chair movement and at a height comfortable for a seated human; and means for mounting said frame to the center post of said office type chair at a single connecting point.

2. The table mount in accordance with claim 1, wherein said means for mounting said table to said frame comprises a horizontal surface table support.

3. The table mount in accordance with claim 1, wherein said means for providing structural support for said table at a distance to not interfere with said chair movement and at a height comfortable for a seated human comprises a structure extending laterally then bending upwardly, material of tubular type frame.

4. The table mount in accordance with claim 1, wherein said means for mounting said frame to said center post of said office type chair at a single connecting point comprises a tubular clamp.

5. A table mount for making office and executive type chairs useful to elderly and chair dependent individuals and a convenient laptop computer platform, comprising: a horizontal surface table support, for mounting said table to said frame; a structure extending laterally then bending upwardly, material of tubular type frame, for providing structural support for said table at a distance to not interfere with said chair movement and at a height comfortable for a seated human; and a tubular clamp, for mounting said frame to said center post of said office type chair at a single connecting point.

6. The table mount as recited in claim 5, further comprising: a snap button and holes horizontal adjustment stops, for adjusting laterial distance to accomodate various office chair designs, slidably connected to said frame, and permanently welded to said clamp.

7. The table mount as recited in claim 5, further comprising: a gas spring verticle height adjuster, for adjusting the table height to match the height adjustment capability of said office chair, frictionally connected to said table support.

8. The table mount as recited in claim 5, further comprising: a friction reducing nylon bushing, for reducing friction between said clamp and said chair center post, firmly encircling the inside surface of said clamp.

9. The table mount as recited in claim 5, further comprising: said frame bent horzontally as well as vertically offsetting the bend, for providing additional foot and leg clearance, frictionally connected to said verticle height adjuster, and rigidly connected to said frame.

10. The table mount as recited in claim 5, further comprising: a half width tandem clamp, for allowing installation of a second table mount and table.

11. A table mount for making office and executive type chairs useful to elderly and chair dependent individuals and a convenient laptop computer platform, comprising: a horizontal surface table support, for mounting a table to a frame; a structure extending laterally then bending upwardly, material of tubular type frame, for providing structural support for said table at a distance to not interfere with said chair movement and at a height comfortable for a seated human; a tubular clamp, for mounting said frame to said center post of said office type chair at a single connecting point; a snap button and holes horizontal adjustment stops, for adjusting laterial distance to accomodate various office chair designs, permanently welded to said clamp, and slidably connected to said frame; a gas spring verticle height adjuster, for adjusting said table height to match the height adjustment capability of said office chair, frictionally connected to said table support; a friction reducing nylon bushing, for reducing friction between said clamp and said chair center post, firmly encircling the inside surface of said clamp; a frame bent horzontally as well as vertically offsetting the bend, for providing additional foot and leg clearance, frictionally connected to said verticle height adjuster, and rigidly connected to said frame; a double pin snap button, for setting laterial position; and a half width tandem clamp, for allowing installation of a second table mount and table.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,653,499, issued Aug. 5, 1997, for CHAIR BRACKET SUPPORTING KEYBOARD AND MOUSE PLATFORMS, by Goodall, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 6,840,582, issued Jan. 11, 2005, for HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE ARM ASSEMBLY, by Burwell, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 6,435,112, issued Aug. 20, 2002, for HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE TABLE, by Insalaco, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 6,840,180, issued Jan. 11, 2005, for PORTABLE ADJUSTABLE TABLE, by Ulmer, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,022,706, issued Jun. 11, 1991, for ADJUSTABLE KEYBOARD CHAIR, by Bryan, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 7,131,688, issued Nov. 7, 2006, for ADJUSTABLE ARMCHAIR MOUSE TRAY, by Steenson, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,169,210, issued Dec. 8, 1992, for CHAIR WITH PIVOTING KEYBOARD PAD, by Fricano, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 3,601,443, issued Apr. 24, 1971, for TRAY SUPPORT FOR HYDRAULIC BEAUTY SHOP CHAIR, by Jones, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 4,645,167, issued Feb. 24, 1987, for ACCESSORY MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT FOR BOAT SEATS, by Hardwick, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,246,240, issued Sep. 21, 1993, for APPARATUS FOR MOUNTING EQUIPMENT TO WHEELCHAIRS, by Romich, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,490,710, issued Feb. 19, 1996, for SWING ARM CHAIR, by Dearing, et al., included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,727,759, issued Mar. 17, 1998, for INTEGRATED MOUSE PAD AND WRIST AND ARM SUPPORT, by Christensen, included by reference herein.

The present application is related to U.S. Pat. No. 5,893,607, issued Apr. 13, 1999, for CHAIR ATTACHED COMPUTER KEYBOARD HOLDER, by Trimnell, included by reference herein.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to mounting hardware and, more particularly, to hardware that will attach a keyboard platform or such table to the center pivot post of any executive type office chair.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Elderly and other chair dependent people have difficulty getting up and down from a standard chair or sofa and I have found that a suitable solution is a high quality office or executive type chair. They contain all the necessary features, height adjustment, stable armrests, swivel, rock and are ergonomically designed for hours of comfortable seating. Chair dependent people need ready access to a table of necessities and such standard table restricts one of the most desirable features of the office type chair and that is it's ability to swivel.

Free Standing Table

Brown, U.S. Pat. No. 6,935,683, Chair arm mounted computer accessory support assembly

Goodall, U.S. Pat. No. 5,653,499, Chair bracket supporting keyboard and mouse platforms

Christensen, U.S. Pat. No. 5,727,759, Integrated mouse pad and wrist and arm support

Fricano, U.S. Pat. No. 5,169,210, Chair with pivoting keyboard pad

Arm rest clamp on tables and under seat attachment tables pose the problem of restricting the rocking action of such shair and free standing tables restrict the chair swivel movement.

It is therefore an object of the invention to provide a table support frame comprised of at least one part with means to attach a table to a common office type chair or executive chair while not restricting the swivel and rocking action of said office chair to which it is attached.

It is another object of the invention to provide means for said table support frame to attach to the center post of said office type chair.

It is another object of the invention to provide means to accomodate a second said table support frame so two tables can move independently of each other and independently of the swivel action of such chair.

It is another object of the invention to provide a means to attach said table support frame to the center post of said office type chair so as to not require disassembly of said chair.

It is another object of the invention to provide means to prevent wear at the connecting point and to allow free movement of said table.

It is another object of the invention to provide means for said table to rotate independently to any point around said chair and not interfere with said chair.

It is another object of the invention to provide a means for said table support frame to adjust laterally to accommodate any size said chair It is another object of the invention to provide means for said table support frame to adjust vertically to match said chair's height adjustment feature.

It is another object of the invention to provide means for said table to pivot on it's own axis independently from said table support frame or said chair to which it is attached.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a mount for a table that is both decorative and functional. A clamp-on base attaches around the gas spring lift of any office or executive type chair. This attachment point allows such table to rotate independently around the center support post of said chair and easily move to either side or front while not interfering with said chair's own swivel movement. Said table height is designed to be comfortable for a seated human and can also adjust to accommodate the height adjustment of said chair.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A complete understanding of the present invention may be obtained by reference to the accompanying drawings, when considered in conjunction with the subsequent, detailed description, in which:

FIG. 1 is a front view of a table support frame in accordance with the invention attaches a side table to the center post of a standard office chair;

FIG. 2 is a front sectional view of said table support frame shown in FIG. 1 separated from both chair and table;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a table mount featuring vertical and horizontal adjustment mechanisms and offset frame for more leg and foot clearance;

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the table mount in FIG. 3 featuring vertical and horizontal adjustment mechanisms and offset frame for more leg and foot clearance;

FIG. 5 is a front exploded view of a table mount in FIG. 3 shown in a photograph of the related parts;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a table mount in FIG. 1 assembled and attached to an office chair; and

FIG. 7 is a front perspective view of a table mount designed whereas two tables can be attached to the same chair post and maintain the ability to move independent of the chair and each other.

For purposes of clarity and brevity, like elements and components will bear the same designations and numbering throughout the Figures.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

FIG. 1 is a front view of a table support 14 frame 16 in accordance with the invention.

FIG. 2 is a front exploded view of a table support 14 frame 16 shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a table 12 mount featuring vertical and horizontal adjustment mechanisms and offset frame 16 for more leg and foot clearance

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of a table 12 mount in FIG. 3 featuring vertical and horizontal adjustment mechanisms and offset frame 16 for more leg and foot clearance

FIG. 5 is a photograph of the related parts of the table 12 mount in FIG. 3

FIG. 6 is a photograph of the table 12 mount in FIG. 1 assembled and attached to an office chair 10 FIG. 7 is a front perspective view of the table 12 mount and table 12 installed in tandem with a second table 12 mount and table 12

Since other modifications and changes varied to fit particular operating requirements and environments will be apparent to those skilled in the art, the invention is not considered limited to the example chosen for purposes of disclosure, and covers all changes and modifications which do not constitute departures from the true spirit and scope of this invention.

Having thus described the invention, what is desired to be protected by Letters Patent is presented in the subsequently appended claims.