Title:
Headboard of Easily Attachable Modular Headboard Cushions
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A wall mounted headboard is formed of a plurality of individual headboard cushion modules each sized so as to enable it to be used to form with suitable standard mattresses. Preferably each module is 21 inches by 21 inches, and this invention provides that velcro is used to attach the modules to a wall and that the velcro comprises no more than 25% and preferably less than 15% of the module.



Inventors:
Betesh, Roxanne (New York, NY, US)
Woolley, Caroline (New York, NY, US)
Application Number:
13/180982
Publication Date:
01/12/2012
Filing Date:
07/12/2011
Assignee:
BETESH ROXANNE
WOOLLEY CAROLINE
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47C31/00
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Other References:
Web page from www.14ushop.com [online] [retrieved 2012-07-06]
Chicago Textile web page [online][retrieved 2012-07-10]
Chicago Textile at the August 2008 Las Vegas Market video found at Youtube [online] [retrieved 2012-07-10]
Primary Examiner:
TRETTEL, MICHAEL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LEVISOHN, BERGER , LLP (11 BROADWAY , Suite 615 NEW YORK NY 10004)
Claims:
1. A headboard formed of a plurality of headboard cushion modules for easy and rapid attachment and removal from a vertical wall surface located behind the head of a bed, each of said headboard cushion modules comprising a flexible decorative headboard cover and a cushion member, said flexible headboard cover covering said cushion member, said headboard cushion module comprising four substantially straight sides, a first set of velcro elements directly attached to the rear of said headboard cushion module comprising a total of no more than approximately 25% of the rear surface of said headboard cushion module, each of said first set of velcro elements directly attached to said flexible cover, said first set of velcro elements arrayed and spaced apart on said rear of each of said headboard cushion modules, a second set of velcro elements which attach to respective ones of said first set of velcro elements by interconnecting hooks on said first set of velcro elements with mesh material formed on said second set of velcro elements, said second set of velcro elements attached to said first set of velcro elements on respective facing surfaces thereof, and a self stick adhesive surface formed of the outer surfaces of said second set of velcro elements, a covering strip for each of said second set of velcro members to cover said self stick adhesive surfaces, said covering strips removable from said self stick adhesive surfaces to expose said adhesive surfaces and attach the headboard module to said vertical surface, said plurality of headboard cushion modules comprising a width suitable for use to form a headboard for a twin bed, a full size bed, a queen size bed and a king size bed, each of said plurality of headboard cushion modules being of substantially similar dimensions for enhanced uniformity of visual presentation.

2. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said first set of velcro elements are directly sewn to the rear of said headboard cushion module cover.

3. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said first set of velcro elements comprise parallel strips of velcro elements extending substantially from side to side of said headboard cushion modules, said parallel strips being spaced apart from each other.

4. The invention according to claim 3, wherein said first set of velcro elements comprise two parallel strips of velcro elements located substantially near the top and bottom of the rear of said headboard cushion module.

5. The invention according to claim 3, wherein said first set of velcro elements are directly sewn to the rear of said headboard cushion module.

6. The invention according to claim 4, wherein said first set of velcro elements are directly sewn to the rear of said headboard cushion module.

7. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said first set of velcro elements comprise small velcro patches randomly attached and spaced apart on the rear of said headboard cushion module.

8. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said first set of velcro elements comprise small velcro patches with each attached to a corner on the rear of said headboard cushion module.

9. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said first set of velcro elements comprise small velcro patches arranged in rows and columns on the rear of said headboard cushion module.

10. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said first set of velcro elements comprise no more than 15% of said rear surface.

11. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said headboard cushion modules are of substantially similar height and width.

12. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said headboard cushion module is approximately 21 inches by 21 inches.

13. The invention according to claim 3, wherein said headboard cushion module is approximately 21 inches by 21 inches.

14. The invention according to claim 4, wherein said headboard cushion module is approximately 21 inches by 21 inches.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

Domestic priority is claimed from U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/363,383 filed Jul. 12, 2010, the entirety of which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to an easy to install portable modular custom cushion/headboard.

The invention allows for easy, quick and simple attachment of cushions to a suitable flat vertical or horizontal surface (receiving surface). The cushions are also referred to as headboard cushion modules. The individual cushions have attachment means on the rear, such as velcro, which are attached to corresponding velcro or attachment strips on the receiving surface. When used in this manner, they can serve as a headboard by attaching a plurality of modular cushions to the wall above a mattress. Additionally, the cushions covers may be able removable for suitable cleaning or for changing cushion covers.

While the primary use for the portable attachable modular cushions of this invention is as headboards or banquettes in which the receiving surfaces are vertical, the cushions may also be used on horizontal surfaces such as a floor to create a protected play and/or rest area for children. Additionally, the portable attachable cushions may be used outdoors and attached to suitable receiving surfaces.

The concept of attaching a wall mounted headboard to a wall has been previously described in U.S. Pat. No. 7,118,179 to Wilson. That patent discloses a single pillow as a backboard or headboard with the bottom portion substantially larger than the top portion. A rear panel attached to a velcro strip on the wall attaches the headboard to the wall. That patent has the entirety of the rear surface covered with velcro or most of it. The Wilson reference is deficient in that by attaching the velcro to the entirety of the rear surface of the headboard, accidental snagging or difficulty in placing and removing the headboard from the wall will be encountered. The velcro hooks easily attach and snag, and it would be desirable to minimize the use of velcro on the rear. Wilson has a single strip located on the wall to attach to the rear panel of the cushion. There is no other attaching member on the rear of the cushion. A single attaching structure whether of a large panel or as covering the entire rear surface has obvious limitations. Wilson further shows a single unit wall mounted cushion.

There is also prior art showing attaching headrests to windows or car seats using velcro for such attachment, but these are not suitable for creating modular wall mounted headboards.

The patent to Cohen, U.S. Pat. No. 4,821,349, teaches a metal frame knock down headboard in which portions of the headboard are assembled using velcro connectors. Cohen does not teach modular units to be wall mounted to form a headboard. Cohen does teach the ability to create such headboards for beds for full size, queen and king size by having larger outer segments and a smaller middle segment chosen to provide a width of the headboard to match the size of the mattress.

An object of this invention is to provide an improved, easy to attach modular structure wall mounted headboard formed of a plurality of modular cushions.

Another object of this invention is to provide such a structure in which all of the modular units are of substantially the same size, each of which is easily separably connected to a wall to form the decorative headboard.

Another object of this invention is to provide such a wall mounted headboard in which minimal velcro is required but is uniformly distributed over the rear to ensure a uniform and smooth attachment to the wall surface.

Still another object of this invention is to provide such a velcro structure in which less than 25% or preferably less than 15% of the rear surface has velcro members so that accidental snagging or difficulty in attachment or removal is avoided.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide such a modular assembly in which individual module units are combined together both horizontally and/or vertically to present a uniform appearance yet be of appropriate size so that a headboard for any size mattress may be provided.

Other advantages, features and benefits of this invention will become more apparent from the following description.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the principles of this invention, an easily attachable wall mounted headboard is provided comprising a plurality of substantially equally sized modules having velcro covering only a limited portion of the rear of the cushion, preferably symmetrically about a center line of the cushion so as to provide substantially uniform attachment of the cushion to the wall allowing for additional cushions to be so attached horizontally and/or vertically to form the headboard of a suitable size for any size mattress.

The covers for the cushions may be removed to be cleaned, and the velcro strips are attached to the rear of the cushion by sewing or some other permanent attachment so as to ensure that the velcro members are permanently attached to the cushions during cleaning and laundering. Thereafter the modular covers are placed on the inner cushion so as to then again assemble the wall mounted headboard from the individual module units.

Preferably the velcro members on the cushion are small patches uniformly spaced in the four corners, or the velcro members could be thin strips on top and bottom or on either side of the rear of the cushion.

The velcro elements will cover no more than 25% of the rear surface and preferably less than 15%.

By specifically forming a uniform module cushion structure in which each of the modules is of substantially the same size, and each of the modules is attached to the wall in substantially the same manner, a uniform headboard is easily assembled. The number of individual modules can be chosen to accommodate any conventional mattress. Preferably, the cushions are 21 inches by 21 inches and may be assembled edge to edge to form the wall mounted headboard structure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front plan perspective view of one cushion module this invention.

FIG. 2 is a rear plan perspective view of the module with one velcro arrangement.

FIG. 3 is a rear perspective view of another embodiment of velcro patches attached to the rear of the cushion module.

FIG. 4 is a rear perspective view of the cushion of FIG. 1 showing a zipper at the bottom enabling the cushion cover to be removed.

FIG. 5 is a front plan view of a plurality of modules assembled on a wall to form a headboard, and

FIG. 6 is a partial side plan view showing one module attached to the wall.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

FIG. 1 shows cushion 10 preferably 21 inches by 21 inches of a square shape having straight sides 11. The thickness of the cushion is much smaller than its width or height. Preferably, the cushion may be three inches thick.

FIG. 4 is a rear perspective view of cushion 10 showing a zipper 12 on the bottom surface enabling the headboard cushion cover to be removed from the cushion within. The cushion cover is flexible and may be removed for cleaning, but the velcro strips or elements attached to the rear are permanently connected thereto to ensure that the slipcover may be removed, cleaned and put back on the cushion with the same orientation and location of the velcro elements so as to enable re-attachment of the modules to the wall.

FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of one embodiment of this invention showing a first set of velcro elements, namely parallel velcro strips 14 and 16 arrayed across the top and bottom, respectfully, of the rear surface 18 of the module. Velcro strips 14 and 16 are permanently attached to rear surface 18 by sewing or other suitable means. The strips 14 and 16 are uniformly symmetrically placed on the rear surface, although such exact symmetry is not required. Additionally, velcro strips 14 and 16 could be placed vertically rather than horizontally on either side of the rear surface 18 to effect securement of the cushion 10 to a wall.

FIG. 3 is an alternative embodiment of velcro members on the rear surface of the module with small square velcro members 20 arrayed at the four corners of the rear surface 18. Randomly spaced velcro members anywhere on the rear surface may be sufficient for attaching the cushion module 10 to the wall. The inner cushion chosen for the module will have a certain weight, and the number of velcro strips or members required on the rear surface to securely hold the module to the wall can be determined.

As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the velcro members are located spaced across the rear surface 18 and cover a very small portion of the rear surface thereby enabling the module to be easily attached to the wall surface without inadvertent snagging or catching. Since velcro members are easily snagged during normal handling, this invention minimizes the size of the velcro members with respect to the rear surface 18 to ensure minimum interference in normal attaching and detaching of the modules from the respective velcro members on the wall. By spacing the velcro members at the top and bottom of rear surface 18, a secure attachment to the wall is ensured.

In use, each velcro member in FIGS. 2 and 3 has a corresponding attachable velcro member attached to the vertical wall to which the headboard is assembled. Such velcro members attached to the wall define the location of the modules attached thereto, and once such velcro members are attached to the wall, paper strips which cover the velcro connecting members are removed enabling the velcro members to be connected together to be attached to the wall to assemble the headboard.

While FIGS. 3 and 4 show a uniform attachment of velcro members to the rear surface, it is possible that the velcro small members such as 20 could be randomly attached to the rear surface. One problem with such random attachment is the difficulty in aligning the modules properly when reattaching the modules to the wall. But if one is careful, a minimal number of velcro members 20 could be attached to the rear surface in a random way so as to secure the module to the wall to form the headboard. Elements 20 are approximately, preferably, three inches square.

As may be readily understood, using identically sized modules enable an extremely neat and attractive visual appearance to be achieved, and the interchangeability of one module with another enables long term use of such headboard assembly because if individual modules, themselves, can no longer be used, individual modules may be replaced but the entire headboard assembly remains intact.

The design on the individual modules, preferably, is such that all modules have the same design. Piping may be employed around the edges, or any other suitable decorative element emphasizing the modular and uniform nature of each of the individual modules forming this invention.

FIG. 5 is a front plan view showing a plurality of cushion modules 10 attached side by side to form a two by three set of cushion modules having a width of 63 inches which is suitable for a queen size bed. FIG. 6 is a sectional view showing a single illustrative cushion attached to the wall. The modules 10 are attached by velcro strips 14 and 16 which are connected to velcro strips 36 and 38, respectively to wall 22 to create a headboard of a plurality of cushion modules 10.

In practice, when attaching the headboard cushion modules 10 to wall 22, one method is to have the first and second sets of velcro elements 14 and 16 and 36 and 38, respectively, attached to each other through respective mesh and hook connections. There is a covering strip (not shown) on the outer sticky surfaces of velcro elements 36 and 38 which is removed to permit the headboard cushion modules to be attached to the wall. Thereafter, any headboard cushion module can be removed from the wall by disengaging the meshed velcro elements 14 from 36 and 16 from 38.

It is also understood that the cushion for the modules can be of any thickness or of no thickness. The purpose of the cushion is solely to provide some protection for the person in the bed who leans back on the cushion. This invention may also employ such modular cushion elements with no cushioning other than the covering fabric.

The size of 21″ for the width of the cushion enables it to be suitable for twin, standard, queen and king size mattresses.

It should be understood that the preferred embodiment was described to provide the best illustration of the principles of the invention and its practical application to thereby enable one of ordinary skill in the art to utilize the invention in various embodiments and with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. All such modifications and variations are within the scope of the invention as determined by the appended claims when interpreted in accordance with the breadth to which they are fairly legally and equitably entitled.