Title:
Multi-function rocking chair
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A multi-function rocking chair includes a main body, and a base. The main body includes a seat and a main support. The seat is separably fitted onto the main support so that the chair can be dismantled to occupy less space for storage. Two curved members are joined to a lower section of the main support. The base includes two parallel rails, each of which has a guide trench lengthwise formed on the upper side. Lowermost curved portions of the curved members are disposed in a respective one of the guide trenches so that the main body can be made to rock while it doesn't directly come into contact with the ground.



Inventors:
Huang, Kuo-jin (Kaohsiung Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
10/190846
Publication Date:
01/15/2004
Filing Date:
07/09/2002
Assignee:
HUANG KUO-JIN
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47C3/027; (IPC1-7): A47C3/027
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Primary Examiner:
WHITE, RODNEY BARNETT
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (ELLICOTT CITY, MD, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A multi-function rocking chair, comprising a main body including a seat and a main support which is joined to the seat, and has a pair of curved members joined to a lower section thereof; a base including two parallel rails; the rails each having a lengthwise formed guide trench; the curved members being disposed in a respective one of the guide trenches so as to be made to rock on the base by external force.

2. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 1, wherein the main support of the main body includes two support members and four legs joined to a bottom side of corresponding ones of the support members at tipper ends, while the scat includes a back support, two parallel holding tubes, and a buttock support joined to the holding tubes as well as the back support; the holding tubes having threaded connecting rods; the support members having holed connecting ears; the holding tubes being removably supported on a respective one of the support members with the threaded connecting rods being passed through the holed connecting cars, and screwed into nuts; the curved members being joined to lower ends of the legs.

3. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 1, wherein the base further has a front connecting part, and a rear connecting part, each having two connecting rooms formed between lower stair-shaped portions and upper protrusions thereof, while the rails each has two inverted stair shaped end portions; the rails are separably connected to the front and the rear connecting parts with the inverted stair shaped end portions being inserted into the connecting rooms of the connecting parts, and with the guide trenches thereof holding the tipper protrusions of the connecting parts.

4. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the rails has recesses along lower portions of lateral walls of the guide trench thereof, and the base is further provided with two restricting blocks each having two engaging protrusions on lateral sides thereof; the restricting blocks being movably received in a respective one of the guide trenches of the rails with the engaging protrusions being held in the lateral recesses; fastening elements being screwed through the restricting blocks to come into contact with bottoms of the guide trenches so as to prevent the restricting blocks from moving relative to the rails, allowing the restricting blocks to restrict rocking movement of the curved members.

5. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 1, wherein the rear connecting part is formed with engaging trenches on an upper side thereof to be aligned with the guide trenches of the rails, while restricting blocks are unlockably fixed to the guide trenches by means of fixing elements so as to be capable of restricting the rocking movement of the curved members in an adjustable manner the restricting blocks having engaging trenches facing the engaging trenches of the rear connecting part so that the curved members can be immobile when the restricting blocks arc disposed so close to the rear connecting parts as to make the curved members engage the engaging trenches thereof as well as the engaging trenches of the rear connecting pairs, allowing the present chair to be used as a conventional chaise longue for a user to lie on.

6. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 1, wherein the rails and the connecting parts of the base are joined together in formation thereof

7. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 2, wherein a footrest is passed into the holding tubes of the seat at rear end portions for a sitter to put feet on, while a canopy support is removably connected to an tipper end of the back support for holding a winding canopy in position that is extendable from a rear side of the back support.

8. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 2, wherein both the buttock support and the back support are connected to a joint having two parts movable relative to each other so that orientation of the back support relative to the buttock support can be adjusted.

9. The multi-function rocking chair as claimed in claim 2, wherein two armrests are provided, and the legs of the main support are hollow so that the armrests can be secured to two corresponding ones of the legs with two insertion rods thereof being passed into the legs; fixing knobs being screwed into the legs to fasten the insertion rods in position.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a rocking chair, and more particularly a rocking chair, which can be used on soft grounds such as sandy beaches, and which can be easily dismantled to occupy less space for storage and transportation, and easily put together for use.

[0002] Babies will feel very comfortable when rocked in a cradle or in the arms of a parent. Similarly, rocking movement of rocking chairs can help people feel physically relaxed and satisfied. Typical conventional rocking chairs include four support legs, a seat, a back support, and two parallel curved bases, which are each disposed at the lower ends of two corresponding ones of tile legs. Thus, tile rocking chairs can rock to help the sitters fall asleep and provide them with comfort.

[0003] However, it is found that such rocking chairs have disadvantages as followings:

[0004] 1. When it is used on a land having a relatively soft surface such as a sandy beach, the curved bases are likely to sink into the surface of the land due to the weight of itself and the sitter. Consequently, the chair can't be rocked smoothly.

[0005] 2. All of the parts of the rocking chairs are firmly joined together so that they can't be separated from each other. Consequently, the rocking chairs can't be dismantled to occupy less space when the users or the manufacturers have to store or transport the same.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] Therefore, it is a main object of the present invention to provide a rocking chair, which can be used on soft grounds such as sandy beaches.

[0007] It is another object of the present invention to provide a rocking chair, which can be easily dismantled to occupy less space for allowing easier storage and transportation.

[0008] The present rocking chair includes a main body, and a base. The main body includes a seat and a main support, onto which the seat is separably fitted. Two curved members are disposed at the lower portion of the main support. The base includes two parallel rails, each of which has a guide trench lengthwise formed thereon. The curved members are disposed on a respective one of the guide trenches so that the main body can rock even though the present chair is being used on a soft land.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0009] The present invention will be better understood by reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:

[0010] FIG. 1 is a side view of the rocking chair of the present invention.

[0011] FIG. 2 is a fragmentary exploded perspective view of the rocking chair of the present invention.

[0012] FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional view of the rocking chair of the present invention.

[0013] FIG. 4 is another partial cross-sectional view of the rocking chair of the present invention.

[0014] FIG. 5 is a partial cross-sectional view of the base of the rocking chair of the present invention.

[0015] FIG. 6 is a side view of the rocking chair of the present invention locked in the immobile position.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0016] Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a multi-function rocking chair of the present invention includes a base 3, and a main body, which consists of a seat 1, and a main support.

[0017] The seat 1 includes a back support 14, two parallel holding tubes 12, a buttock support 11, and a joint 13. The buttock support 11 is joined to the holding tubes 12. Both the buttock support 11 and the back support 14 are connected to the joint 13, which has two parts (not shown) movable relative to each other; thus, orientation of the back support 14 relative to the buttock support 11 can be adjusted by means of moving the back support 14. The holding tubes 12 have threaded connecting rods 121 bent to stick down.

[0018] The main support includes two support members 21, two curved members 23, and four hollow legs 22. The hollow legs 22 are fixedly joined to bottom sides of corresponding ones of the support members 21 at upper ends, and are connected to corresponding ones of the curved members 23 at lower ends thereof. Each of the support members 21 has a holding trench 211 lengthwise formed on all upper side, and has through holes (not numbered) aligned with the legs 22. Holed connecting ears 212 stick out from lateral sides of the support members 21. Referring to FIG. 3, the hollow legs 22 are further provided with nuts 222, which are fixed on the lateral sides to be aligned with lateral through holes (not numbered) of the legs 22.

[0019] The seat 1 is supported on the support members 21 of the main support with bottoms of the holding tubes 12 being fitted on the holding trenches 211, and with the treaded connecting rods 121 being passed through the holed connecting cars 212, and screwed into nuts 122 so that the seat 1 is secured to the support members 21.

[0020] In addition, two armrests 24 are secured to corresponding ones of the hollow legs 22 with two insertion rods 241 thereof being passed into the hollows of the legs 22; fixing knobs 221 are screwed into the fixed nuts 222 to come into contact with the insertion rods 241 so as to fasten the armrests 24 to the legs 22. Each of the armrests 24 further has a holding trench 242 lengthwise formed on a lower side thereof so that upper sides of the holding tubes 12 can be received in the holding trenches 242 when the armrests 24 are moved to the lowermost position, as shown in FIG. 4.

[0021] Furthermore, a footrest 15 is passed into the holding tubes 12 of the seat 1 at rear end portions for a user to put her feet on. And, a canopy support 16 is removably connected to an upper end of the back support 14 for holding a winding canopy 17 in position that is extendable from a rear side of the back support 14.

[0022] The base 3 includes two parallel rails 31, a front connecting part 32, a rear connecting part 33, and restricting blocks 34. Each of the rails 31 has a guide trench 311 formed lengthwise on the upper side thereof.

[0023] The front, and the rear connecting parts 32, and 33 have lower stair-shaped portions 321, 331, and upper protrusions 322, 332. Connecting rooms are formed between the lower stair-shaped portions 321, 331 and the upper protrusions 322, 332. Each of the rails 31 has two inverted stair shaped parts 313, 313 at two end portions thereof. The rails 31 are separably connected to the front aid the rear connecting parts 32, 33 with the inverted stair shaped end portions 313, 313 being inserted into the connecting rooms of the connecting pails 32, 33, and with the guide trenches 311 thereof receiving the upper protrusions 322, 332 of the connecting parts 32, 33 therein.

[0024] Referring to FIG. 5, each of the rails 31 has two opposing recesses 312 formed along the lower portions of the lateral walls of the guide trench 311 thereof, while each of the restricting blocks 34 is formed with two engaging protrusions 341 on the lower portions of the lateral sides thereof. The restricting blocks 34 are movably received in a respective one of the guide trenches 311 with the engaging protrusions 341 being held in the lateral recesses 312; fastening elements 342 ale screwed through the restricting blocks 34 to come into contact with the bottoms of the guide trenches 311 so as to fix the restricting blocks 34 in position. Thus, the restricting blocks 34 can be adjusted in position.

[0025] In using the present rocking chair, lowermost curved portions of the curved members 23 are disposed in a respective one of the guide trenches 311 so that the rocking chair can be made to rock oil tile base 3 by external force. The restricting blocks 34 are disposed in proper position for restricting rocking movement of the curved members 23.

[0026] In addition, the rear connecting part 33 is formed with engaging trenches 333 on an upper side thereof, which are aligned with respective ones of the guide trenches 311 of the rails 31, while each of the restricting blocks 34 has an engaging trench 343 facing the engaging trenches 333 so that the curved members 23 can be held immobile when the restricting blocks 34 are disposed so close to the rear connecting parts 33 as to make the curved members 23 engage the engaging trenches 343 thereof as well as the engaging trenches 333 of the rear connecting parts 33, allowing the present chair to be used as a conventional immobile chaise longue for a user to lie oil.

[0027] The base 3 can also be made in such a way that the rails 31, 31 and the connecting parts 32, 33 thereof are joined together in formation.

[0028] From the above description, it can be easily understood that the rocking chair of the present invention has advantages as followings:

[0029] 1. The rocking chair can function on soft grounds such as sandy beaches because the curved members 23 are placed on the rails 31 of the base 3 instead of the ground.

[0030] 2. The rocking chair can be dismantled to occupy less space for easy storage and transportation, and can be easily put together for use.

[0031] 3. Both the footrest and the canopy can be moved between not-in-use position and in-use stretched position according to the user's need. And, the armrests can be adjusted in height to suit different users.

[0032] 4. Movement of the chair can be limited to an appropriate range to be safe with the rear connecting part 33 as well as the restricting blocks 34.

[0033] 5. When the restricting blocks 34 are moved closer to the rear connecting part 33 to a locking position, the curved members 23 can engage the engaging trenches 343, and 333 so that the present chair becomes immobile for a user to lie on stably.