Title:
Self-interlocking resinous frame for sleeping mattresses
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Described in the prior art, but uniquely more modifiable for the present invention, is the general concept of horizontally framing horizontal sleeping mattresses with resiliently compressive elongate resinous bars, especially bars constructed throughout of polyurethane resinous materials. Departing from the prior art, the present invention describes, for selectable horizontal mattresses, a surrounding framework wherein the four confronting elongate resinous bars are self-interlocking in cornerwise relationship with the abuttably surrounded horizontal mattress. Such self-interlocking relationship for confronting bars is enabled by unitarily constructing within inter-bars confrontational portions, specially constructed and locatable tongue-and-groove mateable capabilities, and thusly satisfying the sought objectives of the present invention.



Inventors:
Conaway, Kenneth L. (Council Bluffs, IA, US)
Hoots, Steven (Rock Island, IL, US)
Application Number:
10/625795
Publication Date:
01/27/2005
Filing Date:
07/23/2003
Assignee:
CONAWAY KENNETH L.
HOOTS STEVEN
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
5/723, 5/727
International Classes:
A47C19/00; A47C23/00; A47C27/14; (IPC1-7): A47C27/14
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Primary Examiner:
TRETTEL, MICHAEL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Kenneth L. Conaway (Council Bluffs, IA, US)
Claims:
1. For the environment of a selectable sleeping mattress having a substantially rectangular and horizontal upper sleeping surface, and which is uprightly peripherally defined by: four cornerwise locations, and also two parallel longitudinal-edges which are cornerwise interrupted by two parallel transverse-edges, an improved structure for and comprising four elongate bars each being respectively unitarily constructed throughout of resiliently compressive resinous structural material, and each being lengthwise throughout of substantially rectangular cross-sectional shape, and said bars including: (A1) a pair of directionally longitudinal-bars respectively extending along a central-longitudinal-axis therefor between upright endwise-terminii and uprightly flanked by an outer-surface parallel to an upright inner-surface that substantially uprightly abuts a mattress upright longitudinal-edge, (A2) a pair of directionally transverse-bars respectively extending along a central transverse-axis therefor between upright endward-terminii and uprightly flanked by an outward-surface parallel to an upright inward-surface that substantially uprightly abuts a mattress upright transverse-edge, and whereby said bars' intervening inner-surfaces and inward-surfaces intersect immediately directionally outwardly about a mattress upright corner location; and (B) within the said unitary constructions among said four four elongate bars, and located outwardly about mattress corner locations, linearly-defined tongue-and-groove mateable bars' intersections and there for interlocking each said longitudinal-bar with a said confronting transverse-bar.

2. The improved structure of claim 1 (currently amended) wherein the said respective tongue-and-groove mateable configurations are respectively located between a longitudinal-bars' central longitudinal-axis and inner-surface therefor, and also between a transverse-bars' central transverse-axis and inward-surface therefor.

3. The improved structure of claim 2 wherein the tongue portion of each said tongue-and-groove mateable configurations is uprightly instuted at oppositely disposed uprightly at directionally transversely located endward terminii of said transverse-bars and for removable engagement with uprightly grooved portions instituted at a longitudinal-bar inner-surface.

4. The improved structure of claim 3 wherein the inward-surfaces of the transverse-bars at said endward-terminii concavely intersect a longitudinal-bar inner-surface.

5. The improved structure of claim 4 wherein said inner-surface grooved longitudinal-bars and said tongued transverse-bars are respectively constructed throughout of polyurethane resinous material.

6. The improved structure of claim 2 wherein the tongue portion of each said tongue-and-groove mateable configurations is uprightly instuted from a longitudinal-bar inner-surface for removable engagement with an upright groove at a transverse-bar endward-terminus.

7. The improved structure of claim 6 wherein also there is a concave intersection between longitudinal-bar inner-surface and transverse-bar inward-surface; and wherein said configured longitudinal-bars and transverse-bars are respectively constructed throughout of poly-urethane resinous material.

8. The improved structure of claim 2 wherein adjacent each said tongue-and-groove removably interlocking mattress-cornerwise intersection, the transverse-bar outward-surface is uprightly co-planar with the longitudinal-bar endwise-terminus; and wherein said longitudinal-bars and transverse-bars, and including their tongue-and-groove mateable capabilities, are constructed throughout of polyurethane resinous material.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

As schematically depicted in appended drawing FIGS. 1-3, or art workers have recognized the need within bedding environments (9) for bars-wise (21-24) horizontally framing the rectangular periphery (11-14) of horizontal sleeping mattresses (e.g. 10) having an upper sleeping surface (10A). For necessary endwise attachment of such four bars horizontal framework (21-24), prior art workers have relied upon various inter-bars attachment means, respectively located outwardly of mattress corners (16-19), such as:

    • (a) at confronting straight-edge terminii for bars 22 and 23 (at mattress corner 18), an upright adhesive 23TB;
    • (b) at confronting straight-edge terminii for bars 21 and 23 (at mattress corner 16), a topically applied adhesive tape 21AS;
    • (c) at confronting beveled -edges terminii for bars 22 and 24 (at mattress corner 19), an upright adhesive 24TB; and
    • (d) at confronting beveled-edges terminii for bars 21 and 24 (at mattress corner 17), a topically applied adhesive tape 24AS.

However, such peripheral (11-14) mattress-abutting four-bars (21-24) framework which are thusly cornerwise attached (e.g. as 21AS, 23TB, 224TB, 24AS) are fraught with cumbersome and expensive installation problems, and shown to be unreliable for attaining mattress peripheral abutment and suffer from inimical inter-bars connections.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

In view of the foregoing, it is the general objective of the present invention to provide a reliable and economic means for attaining a four-bars mattress closely-surrounding framework for horizontal mattresses, and which General Objective solves problems heretofore unsuccessfully addressed by prior art workers for co-attaining close abuttment peripherally and endwise engagement with horizontal mattresses. This General Objective is met and alluded to in the present patent application with the appended drawing FIGS. 4-7, and in an ancillary vein as depicted in appended drawing FIGS. 4A, 5A, and 6A.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE INVENTION

Being mindful of the foregoing “General Objectives of the Present Invention”, it is the “General Statement of the (Present) Invention” to provide a rectangular four-bars framework for a selectable conventional sleeping mattress and cornerwise of the mattress, four intervening and cornerwise confrontational elongate bars which are reliably mateably self-interlocking in removable conditions through admirable tongue-and-groove means employable at cornerwise confrontations between intervening framework perpendicular elongate bars

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

In the drawing, wherein like characters refer to like parts in the several views, and in which:

Drawing FIGS. 1-3, aforedescribed, are top plan and sectional elevational views, of prior art “resinous frameworks for sleeping mattresses”;

Drawing FIG. 4 is a top plan view, similar to FIG. 1, showing representative embodiment 50 of the “Self-Interlocking Resinous Frame for Sleeping Mattresses” of the present invention and comprising two identical longitudinal-bars 70 and two identical and interlocking intervening transverse-bars 80;

Drawing FIG. 5 is a detail plan view of one such transverse-bar 80; and drawing FIG. 6 is an elevational view taken along line 6-6 of FIG. 5;

Drawing FIG. 7 is a detail plan view of one such longitudinal-bar 70; and drawing FIG. 8 is an elevational view taken along line 8-8 of FIG. 7;

Drawing FIG. 4A is a fragmentary top plan view, similar to FIG. 4, but alluding to an alternate embodiment 150 of the “Self-Interlocking Resinous Frame for Sleeping Mattresses” and comprising corner-wise confronting/interlocking elongate bars 170 and 180;

Drawing FIG. 5A is a detail plan view of the transverse bar portion 180 for alternate embodiment 150 ; and

Drawing FIG. 6A is a detail plan view of the longitudinal bar portion 170 for alternate embodiment 150.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

In the drawing, wherein like characters refer to like parts in the several views, and in which:

Drawing FIGS. 1-3, aforedescribed, relate to a selectable conventional sleeping mattress (e.g. 10, 10A-14) having four upright corners (16-19) and frameably surrounded by four elongate resiliently-compressive resinous bars (21-24). Such drawing FIGS. 1-3 allude to representative prior art methods (e.g. 21AS, 23TB, 24As, 24TB) for attaching such framework bars (21-24) immediately about respective corner locations (16-19) of a selectable sleeping mattress.

Drawing FIGS. 4-8 are directed to a representative embodiment 50 for the novel “Self-Interlocking Resinous Frame for Sleeping Mattresses” of the present invention. Embodiment 50, of course, retains from FIGS. 1-3 a selectable conventional sleeping mattress (e.g. 10, 10A-14), and also retains in a general sense from FIGS. 1-3 four framework bars. In the latter regard, the novel self-interlocking framework 60 for invention embodiment 50 comprises the novel interlockable elongate bars 70 and 80. Specifically, there are two parallel longitudinal-bars 70, each extending lengthwise along a central longitudinal-axis 70A between endwise-terminii 71 and lengthwise flanked by an upright outer-surface 72 and an upright inner-surface 73 that substantially abuts a mattress upright longitudinal-edge (11, 13). Moreover, there are two parallel transverse-bars 80, each extending length-wise along a central transverse-axis 80A between endward-terminii 81 and lengthwise flanked by an upright outward-surface 82 and an upright inward-surface 83 that substantially abuts a mattress upright transverse-edge (12, 14). It will, thus, be seen that each such bar (70, 80) is preferably of regular rectangular cross-sectional size along its central axis (70A, 80A). As for the resiliently-compressive structural material for elongate bars 70 and 80, polyurethanes are preferred for the resinous structural material.

As a marked departure from prior art confronting-bars attachment means (e.g. 21AS, 23TB, 24AS, 24TB), the surrounding interconnected framework 60 for representative embodiment 50 and at each corner-wise confrontation for elongate bars 70 and 80 includes mateable tongue-and-groove capability (73A, 81A). In this regard: an upright T-shaped tongue 81A might emanate from each endward-terminus of 81 for a transverse-bar 80; and a matching upright T-shaped groove 73A might invade the inner-surface 73 for a longitudinal-bar 70. So as to enhance the integrity for inter-bars removably installable inter-lockability, the upright tongues 81A are predominately located between transverse-axis 80A and the upright inward-surface 83, while simultaneously the upright T-shaped grooves 73A are predominately located between longitudinal-axis 70A and the upright inner-surface 73. Reference characters 84 indicate that the transverse-bars' inward-surfaces 83 might terminate concavely toward endward-terminii for uprightly abutting the inner-surface 73 of a cornerwise confronting longitudinal-bar 70. As previously alluded to, each such equipped longitudinal-bar (70, 73A) and each such confrontable and mateably equipped transverse-bar (80, 81A, 84) is unitarily constructed throughout of a resiliently-compressive resinous material, and resinous polyurethane foams being preferred.

Drawing FIGS. 4A, 5A, and 6A, in plan views indicate that the tongues-and-grooves mateably securable inter-bars' capabilities are readily reversible between the cornerwise (16-19) confronting transverse-bars and cornerwise intervening longitudinal-bars. For example, in such drawing FIG. 4A for alternate embodiment 150, and analagous to the representative upper portion for framework 60 of embodiment 50, the 70-character reminescent longitudanal-bars 170, immediately recessed from their terminii at inner-surface 173 are provided with upright T-shaped tongues 173A having a removably mateably capability with endward upright T-shaped recesses 183A of transverse-bars 180.

From the foregoing, the construction and operation of the “Self-Interlocking Resinous Frame for Sleeping Mattresses” concept of the present invention will be readily understood and further explanation is believed to be unnecessary. However, since numerous modifications and equivalents and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact constructions shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the appended claims.





 
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