Title:
Inflatable pad assembly with inflatable back pad
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An inflatable pad assembly includes an inflatable base pad having front and rear sides, an inflatable back pad having a front side, and a connecting unit for interconnecting detachably the inflatable base pad and the inflatable back pad such that the rear side of the inflatable base pad abuts against only a lower end portion of the front side of the inflatable back pad.



Inventors:
Wu, Hsin-tsai (Taipei City, TW)
Application Number:
11/519621
Publication Date:
08/30/2007
Filing Date:
09/12/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
5/723
International Classes:
A47C27/08
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Primary Examiner:
MERLINO, ALYSON MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
TROP, PRUNER & HU, P.C. (HOUSTON, TX, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. An inflatable pad assembly comprising: an inflatable base pad having front and rear sides; an inflatable back pad having a front side; and a connecting unit for interconnecting detachably said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad such that said rear side of said inflatable base pad abuts against only a lower end portion of said front side of said inflatable back pad.

2. The inflatable pad assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein said connecting unit includes a zipper that has two zipper halves disposed respectively on said rear side of said inflatable base pad and said front side of said inflatable back pad and engaging detachably each other.

3. The inflatable pad assembly as claimed in claim 2, wherein said connecting unit further includes two elongate plastic reinforcing strips disposed fixedly and respectively on said rear side of said inflatable base pad and said front side of said inflatable back pad, said zipper halves being fastened respectively to said reinforcing strips.

4. The inflatable pad assembly as claimed in claim 2, wherein: said inflatable base pad further has opposite first and second lateral sides; said inflatable back pad further has opposite first and second lateral sides corresponding respectively to said first and second lateral sides of said inflatable base pad; and said connecting unit further includes a first snap fastener unit including a female fastener disposed on one of said first lateral sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, a strap fastened to the other one of said first lateral sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, and a male fastener disposed fixedly on said strap of said first snap fastener unit and engaging detachably said female fastener of said first snap fastener unit, and a second snap fastener unit opposite to said first snap fastener unit and including a female fastener disposed on one of said second lateral sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, a strap fastened to the other one of said second lateral sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, and a male fastener disposed fixedly on said strap of said second snap fastener unit and engaging detachably said female fastener of said second snap fastener unit.

5. The inflatable pad assembly as claimed in claim 4, wherein: each of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad further has a bottom side; and said connecting unit further includes a third snap fastener unit that includes a female fastener disposed on one of said bottom sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, a strap fastened to the other one of said bottom sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, and a male fastener disposed fixedly on said strap of said third snap fastener unit and engaging detachably said female fastener of said third snap fastener unit.

6. The inflatable pad assembly as claimed in claim 2, wherein: each of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad further has a bottom side; and said connecting unit further includes a snap fastener unit that includes a female fastener disposed on one of said bottom sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, a strap fastened to the other one of said bottom sides of said inflatable base pad and said inflatable back pad, and a male fastener disposed fixedly on said strap and engaging detachably said female fastener.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims priority of Chinese Application No. 200620055580.5, filed on Feb. 25, 2006.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The invention relates to an inflatable pad assembly, more particularly to an inflatable pad assembly that includes an inflatable back pad.

2. Description of the Related Art

FIG. 1 illustrates a conventional unitary inflatable bed 9 that merely serves as a single-layer bed. For lack of a back portion, the conventional unitary inflatable bed 9 cannot provide a back support for a user sitting thereon.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Therefore, the object of the present invention is to provide an inflatable pad assembly with an inflatable back pad that can provide an effective and comfortable back support for a user sitting thereon.

According to the present invention, an inflatable pad assembly comprises:

an inflatable base pad having front and rear sides;

an inflatable back pad having a front side; and

a connecting unit for interconnecting detachably the inflatable base pad and the inflatable back pad such that the rear side of the inflatable base pad abuts against only a lower end portion of the front side of the inflatable back pad.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent in the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment with reference to the accompanying drawings, of which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a conventional inflatable bed;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the preferred embodiment of an inflatable pad assembly according to the present invention;

FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the preferred embodiment; and

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an inflatable base pad, and a part of a connecting unit of the preferred embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, the preferred embodiment of an inflatable pad assembly according to the present invention is shown to include an inflatable base pad 1, an inflatable back pad 2, and a connecting unit.

The inflatable base pad 1 is formed as a rectangular pad, and has front and rear sides 11, 12, opposite first and second lateral sides 13, 14, and a bottom side 15.

The inflatable back pad 2 is formed as a rectangular pad, and has a front side 21, opposite first and second lateral sides 23, 24 corresponding respectively to the first and second lateral sides 13, 14 of the inflatable base pad 1, and a bottom side 25.

The connecting unit interconnects detachably the inflatable base pad 1 and the inflatable back pad 2 such that the rear side 12 of the inflatable base pad 1 abuts against only a lower end portion 211 of the front side 21 of the inflatable back pad 2, i.e., in this embodiment, the inflatable back pad 2 is positioned by the connecting unit so as to be perpendicular to the inflatable base pad 2, as shown in FIG. 2. In this embodiment, the connecting unit includes a zipper 3, two elongate plastic reinforcing strips 4, a first snap fastener unit 5, a second snap fastener unit 5′ opposite to the first snap fastener unit 5, and a third snap fastener unit.

The zipper 3 has two zipper halves 31 disposed respectively on the rear side 12 of the inflatable base pad 1 and the front side 21 of the inflatable back pad 2 and engaging detachably each other.

The plastic reinforcing strips 4 are disposed fixedly and respectively on the rear side 12 of the inflatable base pad 1 and the front side 21 of the inflatable back pad 2. The zipper halves 31 of the zipper 3 are fastened respectively to the reinforcing strips 4, as shown in FIG. 3.

In this embodiment, the first snap fastener unit 5 includes a female fastener 51 disposed on the first lateral side 23 of the inflatable back pad 2, a strap 52 fastened to the first lateral side 13 of the inflatable base pad 1, and a male fastener 53 disposed fixedly on the strap 52 of the first snap fastener unit 5 and engaging detachably the female fastener 51 of the first snap fastener unit 5.

The second snap fastener unit 5′, similar to the first snap fastener unit 5, includes a female fastener 51′ disposed on the second lateral side 24 of the inflatable back pad 2, a strap 52′ fastened to the second lateral side 14 of the inflatable base pad 1, and a male fastener 53′ disposed fixedly on the strap 52′ of the second snap fastener unit 5′ and engaging detachably the female fastener 51′ of the second snap fastener unit 5′.

In this embodiment, the third snap fastener unit includes a plurality of female fasteners 51″ (see FIG. 3) disposed on the bottom side 25 of the inflatable back pad 2, a plurality of straps 52″ (see FIG. 4) fastened to the bottom side 15 of the inflatable base pad 1, and a plurality of male fasteners 53″ (see FIG. 4) disposed fixedly and respectively on the straps 52″ of the third snap fastener unit and engaging detachably and respectively the female fasteners 51″ of the third snap fastener unit.

In sum, due to the presence of the inflatable back pad 2, the inflatable pad assembly of the present invention can provide an effective and comfortable back support for a user sitting thereon.

While the present invention has been described in connection with what is considered the most practical and preferred embodiment, it is understood that this invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiment but is intended to cover various arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and equivalent arrangements.