Title:
Safety table
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A table comprising a padding incorporated into said table designed for preventing injury to people especially infants and small children.



Inventors:
Pofeldt, Michael (New Hyde Park, NY, US)
Application Number:
11/410715
Publication Date:
10/26/2006
Filing Date:
04/25/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
108/90
International Classes:
A47B17/00
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Primary Examiner:
ING, MATTHEW W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WEISS & WEISS (Mineola, NY, US)
Claims:
1. A safety table comprising: a table; legs; and a padding incorporated into said table.

2. The table of claim 1 wherein said table is a coffee table or an end table.

3. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding comprises a foam rubber padding.

4. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding surrounds perimeter of said table.

5. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is on any surface or edge that is exposed.

6. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is incorporated into said legs of said table.

7. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding matches said table.

8. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is interchangeable.

9. The table of claim 1 wherein said table comprises smooth rounded contours on edges and corners.

10. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is permanently attached to said table.

11. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is fastened to said table by a channel type or tongue and groove type design.

12. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is raised from said table surface.

13. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is level with said table surface.

14. The table of claim 1 wherein said padding is permanently attached to said table and a covering that matches said table fits over said padding when said padding is not used.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority to provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/674,561 filed Apr. 25, 2005.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a table designed for preventing injury to people especially infants and small children.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

U.S. Pat. No. D489,969 relates to a padded table top corner protector.

U.S. Pat. No. D491,760 relates to a padded cover for basketball score table and the like.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,044,774 relates to a padded table top corner protector system. The table top corner protector comprises a cord with a central extent and a pad of a triangular configuration located over the corner of a table. The pad is formed from an initial sheet to form a composite fabric with parallel long edges and parallel short edges.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,116,162 relates to a combination protective bumper and place mat, which is removably attachable to any furniture edge.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,817,902 relates to a corner protector assembly for the cushioned covering of corners of tables so as to prevent harmful collisions between young children and the furniture. The protector assembly comprises a resilient inner core which is corner shaped and matable to a corner of the furniture. The cover is readily removable.

US Patent Publication No. 2002/0195907 relates to convertible furniture kit which includes several pieces of furniture which can be combined in one way to produce an infant changing table and in another way to produce a desk. The furniture kit includes a table, drawer, chest and an infant changer.

US Patent Publication No. 2003/0078309 relates to a foam cushion and method of making and using the same. The foam cushion is formed from (a) at least one of rubber and a resin; (b) a blowing agent; (c) a polymeric adhesion modifier; (d) a decomposition accelerating agent and (e) a cross-linking agent.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,908,681 relates to a protective table cover for preventing injuries caused by sharp corners and edges of coffee and end tables. The device includes a cover member dimensioned for covering a top of a table. The cover member has a peripheral channel secured around an outer periphery thereof.

US Patent Publication No. 2004/0016372 relates to furniture having interchangeable parts and methods therefore. The furniture has a plurality of interchangeable leg members. Cross-bar members are removably coupled to the plurality of leg members. The cross-bar members are adjustable in length. Cross-bar covers are removably coupled to the cross-bar members. A table top is removably coupled to the cross-bar covers.

In the prior art it is known to attach rubber stopper to corners of tables or to wrap a table with a cushion temporarily to protect an infant or small child from injuring themselves.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention comprises a table designed for preventing injury to people, especially infants and small children. It is an object of the present invention for the table to comprise a coffee table or an end table. It is an object of the present invention for the table to incorporate a foam rubber padding on and around the perimeter of the table and on any surface or edge that is exposed. It is an object of the present invention to incorporate a foam rubber padding on the legs of the table.

It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be built into the table in a way that it matches the table. It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be incorporated into the table in an eye appealing way. It is an object of the present invention for the design to be made to enable the padding to be interchangeable. It is an object of the present invention for the table to have smooth rounded contours on the edges and corners. It is an object of the present invention to reduce the sharpness of any corners or edges.

It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be permanently attached to the table. It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be fastened by using a channel type or tongue and groove type design. It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be raised slightly from the table surface. It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be level with the table surface.

It is an object of the present invention for the padding to be permanently attached to the table and further that a covering such as a wood covering that matches with the rest of the table to fit over the padding when it is not needed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a side view of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows a top view of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 shows a cross sectional view of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 shows a side view of an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

FIG. 1 shows a table 10 having legs 12 and a top 14. The top 14 is surrounded by a padding 16 which is an integral part of the table 10. In a further embodiment, the legs 12 are also surrounded by a padding.

In a preferred embodiment, Table 10 is a coffee table or an end table, however it can be a dining room table or any other type of table. In a preferred embodiment the padding 16 comprising a foam rubber padding. Although the padding 16 shown in FIG. 1 surrounds the entire table, in a further embodiment the padding can just cover the corner or any exposed edges of the table.

FIG. 2 shows a top view of table 10. In this embodiment, the table top 14 has smooth contours and no sharp edges. The table top 14 shows the padding 16 as an integral part of the table 10 and completely surrounding the table.

FIG. 3 shows a cross section of the table 10. FIG. 3 shows the padding 16 being attached to the table 10 by a tongue and groove 18.

FIG. 4 shows an embodiment wherein the table 10 has padding 16, surrounding both the table top 14 and the legs 12.