Title:
Full-size steel bunk bed frame
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A full-size steel bunk bed frame. The full-size steel bunk bed frame has a vertical scaffolding-like headboard at the top end of the full-size bunk bed frame, a vertical scaffolding-like footboard at the bottom end of the full-size bunk bed frame, a horizontal top bunk mattress frame and a horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame, which are placed between the vertical scaffolding-like headboard and the vertical scaffolding-like footboard, forming a top bunk bed portion with two sides and a bottom bunk bed portion with two protective sides.



Inventors:
Rogers, Michael W. (Slaton, TX, US)
Application Number:
10/655132
Publication Date:
03/10/2005
Filing Date:
09/05/2003
Assignee:
ROGERS MICHAEL W.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47C19/20; A47D7/00; (IPC1-7): A47D7/00
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Primary Examiner:
MAYO-PINNOCK, TARA LEIGH
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Richard C. Litman (Alexandria, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A full-size steel bunk bed frame with a top end and a bottom end, comprising: a vertical scaffolding-like headboard at the top end of the full-size bunk bed frame; a vertical scaffolding-like footboard at the bottom end of the full-size bunk bed frame; and a horizontal top bunk mattress frame and a horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame, which are placed between the vertical scaffolding-like headboard and the vertical scaffolding-like footboard, forming a top bunk bed portion with two sides and a bottom bunk bed portion with two sides.

2. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the vertical scaffolding-like headboard has 3 vertically stacked rectangular sections.

3. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 2, wherein the vertical scaffolding-like headboard has a top section, a middle section and a bottom section.

4. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the top section and bottom section of the vertical scaffolding-like headboard are covered with a solid piece of wood.

5. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the vertical scaffolding-like headboard has wheels.

6. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the vertical scaffolding-like footboard has 4 vertically stacked rectangular sections.

7. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 4, wherein the vertical scaffolding-like footboard has a top section, two middle sections and a bottom section.

8. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 5, wherein there is a step bar between the two middle sections of the vertical scaffolding-like footboard.

9. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 6, wherein the top section and bottom section of the vertical scaffolding-like footboard are covered with a solid piece of wood.

10. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the vertical scaffolding-like footboard has wheels.

11. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the horizontal top bunk mattress frame and the horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame each have 3 steel support slats.

12. The full-size bunk bed frame according to claim 1, wherein the top bunk bed portion is provided with a plurality of side rails on each side of the top bunk portion extending from the vertical scaffolding-like headboard to the vertical scaffolding-like footboard.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention generally relates to beds and, more particularly, to a full-size steel bunk bed frame with a variety of safety features.

2. Description of the Related Art

Bunk beds and bunk bed frames are popular furniture items. They come in a variety of designs and are very functional in that they conserve space in cramped or tight settings. They are also well-known in the related art.

U.S. Design Pat. No. 349,199 issued to Woodhams on Aug. 2, 1994, outlines an ornamental design for a bunk bed frame.

U.S. Design Pat. No. 366,970 issued to Pollard on Feb. 13, 1996, outlines an ornamental design for a bunk bed.

U.S. Design Pat. No. 394,758 issued to Cendon-Cordero on Jun. 2, 1998, outlines the ornamental design for a bed frame.

U.S. Design Pat. No. 405,288 issued to Woodhams on Feb. 9, 1999, outlines an ornamental design for a bunk bed.

United States Patent Application Publication Number 2002/0189012 published on Dec. 19, 2002, outlines the use of a bedding assembly having a storage area integrated therewith. The bedding assembly has one or more platforms having a recessed storage area and a deck pivotably mounted to the platform. The deck may be pivoted generally over the platform where a user can lie upon the deck in a non-horizontal position to allow access to the storage area of the platform.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,886,604 issued to Ewing on Jun. 3, 1975, outlines the use of a bunk bed where cross-boards are abutted between vertical posts of the bunk bed frame and the lower edges of the cross-board are recessed and a high tensile rod is disposed in the recess.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,896,385 issued to Bustos on Jan. 30, 1990, outlines the use of a bunk bed frame of two rigid members, which have parallel spaced mid-portions for partially bounding an upper sleeping surface. Each mid-portion is connected to first and second end portions, the first end portions converging downwardly to an upper point of convergence along a mid-plane between the mid-portions, further extending downwardly in secured juxtaposition to a lower point of convergence, diverging from the mid-plane and further extending downwardly to contact the floor.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,003,650 issued to Caya on Apr. 2, 1991, outlines the use of a bunk bed which includes a head board having a pair of spaced-apart legs and upper and lower transverse frames, a tail board having a pair of spaced-apart legs and upper and lower transverse frames and connecting members having a pair of transversely-spaced upper and lower longitudinally-extending frames.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,655,234 issued to Randleas on Aug. 12, 1997, outlines the use of a bunk bed structure having a vertically movable upper bunk providing a main frame having two spaced corner posts at each end interconnected by end cross pieces in their upper extensions, with a side support interconnecting the upper portions of each end post on one side of the main frame. A lower bunk frame having a depending medial portion to support a bed board and bedding is carried by four tubular corner collars on the lower portion of each of the corner posts.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,263,529 issued to Chadwick et al. on Jul. 24, 2001, outlines the use of a cubicle bed which safely confines a patient to a cubicle defined by a substantially transparent mesh or netting, which is supported by a sturdy, non-steel perimeter frame. The cubicle is sufficiently high enough that a patient placed inside will be effectively confined therein without the need of physical and/or medicinal restraint.

Great Britain Pat. No. 2,044,085 granted to Gould on Oct. 15, 1980, outlines the use of a furniture assembly having an upper and a lower bed base mounted on a floor standing support structure. There is a removable play surface, which may be stored horizontally below the upper bed base and, when required for use, is withdrawn from the storage position and located over the lower bed base.

European Patent Office Patent Number EP 0734665 granted to Puaud on Feb. 10, 1996, outlines the use of a bunk bed that has a lower bed and an upper bed articulated on a frame with two parallel horizontal axes. The beds can move between a vertical folded position and a horizontal use position. The frame has a ladder to engage the floor and with fixings to engage the two beds. It has detachable mountings to at least one of the beds in a horizontal position to the ladder.

W.I.P.O. International Publication Number WO 02/091882 granted to Connell on Nov. 21, 2002, outlines the use of a bedding assembly having a storage area integrated therewithin. The assembly has one or more platforms having a recessed storage area and a deck pivotally mounted to the platform. The deck may be pivoted generally over the platform between a horizontal position where a user can lie upon the deck, such as for sleeping, and a non-horizontal position to allow access to the storage area of the platform.

Although each of these patents outline the use of novel and non-obvious inventions, what is really needed is a full-size bunk bed frame that is provided with a variety of safety features that is also more durable than the currently available bunk bed frames. Such a bunk bed frame would be in great demand in the marketplace.

None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed. Thus a full-size steel bunk bed frame solving the aforementioned problems is desired.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention is a full-size steel bunk bed frame. The full-size steel bunk bed frame has a vertical scaffolding-like headboard at the top end of the full-size bunk bed frame, a vertical scaffolding-like footboard at the bottom end of the full-size bunk bed frame, a horizontal top bunk mattress frame and a horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame, which are placed between the vertical scaffolding-like headboard and the vertical scaffolding-like footboard, forming a top bunk bed portion with two sides and a bottom bunk bed portion with two protected sides.

The principal object of the invention is to provide a full-size steel bunk bed frame with enhanced strength and safety features.

It is another object of the invention to provide a full-size bunk bed frame that is also mobile and easy to transport.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a full-size steel bunk bed frame that will be more durable and last longer than a conventional wooden bunk bed frame.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a full-size bunk bed frame that will provide enough space to comfortably sleep four full-size adults.

It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.

These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an environmental, perspective view of a full-size bunk bed frame according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is an exploded front perspective view of a full-size bunk bed frame.

Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The present invention is a full-size steel bunk bed frame 10, as is shown in FIG. 1.

As depicted in FIG. 2, the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 comprises a vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 at the top end of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10, a vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30 at the bottom end of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10, a horizontal top bunk mattress frame 40 and a horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame 50, which are placed between the vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 and the vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30, forming a top bunk bed portion with two sides and a bottom bunk bed portion with two sides. These are the major structural components of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 and they are each one-piece steel units for added stability. This is particularly important, since the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 is larger and is designed to hold more people (4 person capacity) then single size bunk bed frames (2 person capacity). The components of the full-sized steel bunk bed frame 10 are attached to each other using heavy steel screws or bolts (not shown) to further add additional strength and stability to the full-sized steel bunk bed frame 10.

The vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 has 3 vertically stacked rectangular sections. There is a top section 22, a middle section 24 and a bottom section 26. The top section 22 and the bottom section 26 are covered with a solid piece of wood to prevent a person's limbs or other body parts from going through the vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 while lying down. The middle section 24 of the vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 is left open. The vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 also has wheels 28 to make the full-sized steel bunk bed frame 10 mobile and easy to move.

The vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30 of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 has 4 vertically stacked rectangular sections. The vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30 has a top section 32, two middle sections 34 and a bottom section 36. Like the vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20, the top section 32 and the bottom section 36 of the vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30 have a solid piece of wood that protects any limbs or body parts from hanging off of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10. The two middle sections 34 are open and form a step bar 35 between the two middle sections 34 to enable a user to easily climb onto the horizontal top bunk mattress frame 40. The vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30 also has wheels 38 to make the full-sized steel bunk bed frame 10 mobile and easy to move.

There are several key safety features of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10. The horizontal top bunk mattress frame 40 and the horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame 50 each have 3 steel support slats 42,52 to provide greater stability to the top and bottom bunk beds. The top bunk bed portion is provided with a plurality of side rails 60 on each side of the top bunk portion extending from the vertical scaffolding-like headboard 20 to the vertical scaffolding-like footboard 30. The plurality of side rails 60 are designed to prevent a user on the top bunk from rolling or turning off of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 while sleeping.

Use of the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 is straightforward. Users can use the full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 with an ordinary full-size mattress (not shown) on both the horizontal top bunk mattress frame 40 and the horizontal bottom bunk mattress frame 50. The full-size steel bunk bed frame 10 can accommodate up to 4 persons and can be moved and transported by hand due to the presence of the wheels 28,38.

It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiment described above, but encompasses any and all embodiment within the scope of the following claims.