Title:
Sheet set for a sofa
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A sofa sheet set for use with a sofa is disclosed. The sofa sheet set includes a fitted sheet that comprises a generally rectangular top portion and a peripheral side section, the side section having at a lower end thereof an embedded elastic band for capturing a plurality of sofa cushions. The sofa sheet set further includes a generally rectangular top sheet fixed at one of its long sides at a seam to one of the long sides of the fitted sheet. The top sheet is larger in length and width than the top portion of the fitted sheet. A handbag carrier is preferably included for containing and storing the fitted and top sheets in a folded configuration for convenient storage and transportation.



Inventors:
Ross, Monica Blake (Sacramento, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/725010
Publication Date:
09/18/2008
Filing Date:
03/16/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
297/219.1
International Classes:
A47G9/00; A47C31/00
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Primary Examiner:
LIU, JONATHAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Marcia A. Devon (Long Beach, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A sofa sheet set for use by a reclining user with a sofa having a backrest generally perpendicular to a plurality of bottom cushions, comprising: a fitted sheet having first and second opposing long sides, first and second opposing short sides, a peripheral side section formed around said first and second long sides and said first and second short sides, and a sizing means enclosed within said peripheral side section and; a generally rectangular top sheet having first and second opposing long sides and first and second opposing short sides, wherein (a) the length of said long side of said top sheet is greater than the length of said long side of said fitted sheet, (b) said first long side of said top sheet is attached to said first long side of said fitted sheet thereby forming a seam, (c) said fitted sheet and said top sheet form at least two open ends with (d) each long side of said top sheet extending beyond, and being perpendicular to, each short side of said fitted sheet and wherein said fitted sheet is adapted to surround the plurality of bottom cushions of the sofa (e) such that said seam formed by joining said top sheet and said fitted sheet may be positioned at the intersection of the backrest of the sofa and the cushions.

2. The sofa sheet set of claim 1, further including a handbag carrier for containing the fitted sheet and top sheet when the fitted sheet and the top sheet are in a folded configuration, the handbag carrier including a zippered closure and at least one handle.

3. The sofa sheet set of claim 1 further wherein said long side of said top sheet at least partially overlaps said long side of said fitted sheet in plan view.

4. The sofa sheet set of claim 1 wherein said first long side of said fitted sheet is removably affixed to one of said long sides of said top sheet.

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15. The sofa sheet set of claim 1 wherein said sizing means is an elastic band.

16. The sofa sheet set of claim 1 wherein said sizing means is a drawstring.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to bed sheets, and more particularly to a set of bed sheets adapted for use with a sofa or couch having a plurality of cushions.

DISCUSSION OF RELATED ART

It is necessary at times to utilize a sofa or couch as a bed. As a couch may be thinner than even a twin size bed, traditional bed sheets are not easily adapted for use with a couch. Further, when sleeping on a couch with conventional bed sheets, a top sheet often falls away from the person sleeping on the couch due to the narrow width of the couch.

Therefore, there is a need for an inexpensive sofa sheet set for readily outfitting a sofa to accommodate a person for sleeping thereon. The design should fit a variety of sofa cushion sizes, and would adapt to a wide variety of sizes of individuals. Another object of the present invention is to prevent the sheets from easily uncovering the sleeping person. The present invention accomplishes these objectives and is a substantially less expensive than purchasing a conventional sofa bed in which the sofa folds out to create a bed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present device is a fitted sheet set designed for use with a sofa or couch. The standard sofa is of the type having a plurality of bottom cushions and a backrest portion. The sofa sheet set includes a fitted sheet that comprises a generally rectangular upper portion. The upper portion of the sheet includes a pair of opposing long sides and a pair of opposing short sides. A peripheral side section is formed around the sides of the rectangular upper portion of the fitted sheet at a top edge thereof. In the preferred embodiment, an elastic band is enclosed at the bottom edge of the peripheral side section.

The sofa sheet set further includes a generally rectangular top sheet having a pair of opposing long sides and a pair of opposing short sides. One of the long sides of the top sheet is fixed to one of the long sides of the fitted sheet, such as at a sewn seam. The top sheet at least partially overlaps the top portion of the fitted sheet. Preferably, the long sides of the top sheet are longer than the long sides of the fitted sheet, and preferably the short sides of the top sheet are longer than the short sides of the fitted sheet.

A handbag carrier is preferably included for containing and storing the fitted and top sheets in a folded configuration. The handbag carrier ideally includes a zippered closure and at least one handle for easy carrying thereof. The handbag carrier, with the folded fitted and top sheets therein, may be easily stored in a hallway closet or the like.

The present invention is an inexpensive sofa sheet set for quickly outfitting a sofa to accommodate a person for sleeping thereon. The present invention fits a variety of couch cushion sizes, and adapts to a wide variety of individual sizes. The present invention allows a sleeping person to remain covered during sleep, without the top sheet falling away from the sleeping person as the sleeper turns during the night. The present invention is also designed so that the top sheet will not fall away from the sofa as often happens when one attempts to use a standard set of sheets. Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following more detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which illustrate, by way of example, the principles of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective illustration of the invention, illustrated a sofa sheet set as fitted to a plurality of sofa cushions;

FIG. 2 is a bottom plan view of the invention, illustrating a top sheet folded away from a fitted sheet;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the invention, taken generally along lines 3-3 of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 4 is a handbag carrier for the sofa sheet set.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

FIG. 1 illustrates a sofa sheet set 10 for use with a sofa 20. The sofa 20 is of the type having a plurality of bottom cushions 30 and a backrest portion 160. FIG. 2 illustrates the sofa sheet set 10 in an unfolded configuration, without the sofa 20.

The sofa sheet set 10 includes a fitted sheet 40 that comprises a generally upper portion 50. The upper portion 50 of the fitted sheet includes a pair of opposing long sides 60 and a pair of opposing short sides 70. A peripheral side section 80 is formed around the sides of the rectangular upper portion 50 at a top edge 90 thereof (FIG. 3) forming a perimeter around the upper portion 50. Preferably, the upper portion 50 and the peripheral side section 80 are integrally formed of cotton, polyester, or other suitable material. A bottom edge 110 of the peripheral side section 80 forms a loop or hem that encloses an elastic band 100. The elastic band 100 has a length of less than the two long sides 60 plus the two short sides 70 of the upper portion 50. Other ways of varying the size the fitted sheet to enclose the sheet around the couch cushions may be used e.g. drawstrings. As such, the fitted sheet 40 is well suited for fitting around a plurality of varying sofa cushions 30, forming an edge 65 (FIG. 2) and capturing the cushions 30 therein.

The sofa sheet set 10 further includes a generally rectangular top sheet 120 having a pair of opposing long sides 130 and a pair of opposing short sides 140. One of the long sides 130 of the top sheet 120 is attached to one of the long sides 60 of the fitted sheet. The sheets may be attached in a variety of ways: they may be sown together forming a seam 150, they may be attached using hook-and-loop material [VELCRO], snaps, ties and the like. The top sheet 10 may partially overlaps the upper portion 50 of the fitted sheet 40. Preferably, the long sides 130 of the top sheet 120 are longer than the long sides 60 of the fitted sheet 40, and preferably the short sides 140 of the top sheet 120 are longer than the short sides 70 of the fitted sheet 40. As such, the top sheet 120 is well-suited for covering a person sleeping between the top sheet 120 and the fitted sheet 40 on the sofa 20.

A handbag carrier 170 (FIG. 4) is preferably included for containing and storing the fitted and top sheets 40, 120 in a folded configuration (not shown). The handbag carrier 170 ideally includes a zippered closure 180 and at least one handle 190 for transporting the package e.g. when traveling. The handbag carrier 170, with the folded fitted and top sheets 40, 120 therein, may be easily stored in a hallway closet or the like. Preferably the handbag carrier 170 includes space therein for a pillowcase (not shown), and preferably the pillowcase, fitted sheet 40, top sheet 120, and handbag carrier 170 may all have a matching fabric patterns.

In use, the handbag carrier 170 is opened and the folded fitted and top sheets 40, 120 are removed therefrom. The fitted sheet 40 is unfolded and placed over one, two, or more cushions 30 of the sofa 20 as appropriate, with the seam 150 oriented towards the back of the sofa 20. An individual (not shown) may then repose on the fitted sheet 40 with the top sheet 120 over the individual. As the individual tosses and turns during sleep, the seam 150 and the larger size of the top sheet 120 compared with the fitted sheet 40 will help to maintain the top sheet 120 covering the individual.

While a particular form of the invention has been illustrated and described, it will be apparent that various modifications can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, it is not intended that the invention be limited, except as by the appended claims.