Title:
Fabric and bed-sheet anchor
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The fabric and bed sheet anchor secures the top-sheet to the bottom sheet by use of a two-part clasp, a frame and a plug. The frame is placed on the perpendicular end at the foot of the bed, behind and parallel to the bottom fitted sheet. The plug is placed in alignment with the frame, on the outside of the top sheet, sandwiching both layers of sheet when the plug forces the fabric through an opening in the frame, cinching top and bottom sheet together. The anchoring of the flat sheet prevents it from crawling or bunching, relieves the sleeper from tightness across the toes, and allows for excess sheet at the top where the sleeper needs it. If desired, the bed sheet anchors' unique design allows simultaneous anchoring of both a blanket and the sheets via a second plug into second and larger opening of the same frame.



Inventors:
Wong, Bonnie Joann (Lake Grove, NY, US)
Application Number:
12/120261
Publication Date:
11/19/2009
Filing Date:
05/14/2008
Assignee:
Wong, Bonnie Joann (Lake Grove, NY, US)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
24/72.5
International Classes:
A44B99/00; A47C21/02
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Primary Examiner:
LAVINDER, JACK W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Bonnie J. Wong (Lake Grove, NY, US)
Claims:
1. Bed sheet anchor is a contraption comprising: Two separate parts, FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the first part a frame for three fields of void, and a second part being the plug that inserts into the fields, both parts comprises biodegradable material with sufficient integrity worthy of framing the three connecting fields, said fields of the first part are each different sizes, large, medium, small, respectively, the transition of fields locking in position the fabric retaining plug, the second part of said bed sheet anchor is the plug, comprised of two connecting parts, a larger mushroom-like head connected to a stem of smaller proportions, said stem attaches to the mushroom-lead at the narrowest point then flares into a larger circular end that is smaller than the mushroom head.

2. Bed sheet anchor of claim 1, wherein said fields of first part FIG. 1 initiated with the largest field where fabric and plug is inserted, said largest field below and transitioning to medium second field which accommodates, secures, and nests fabric of a thicker blanket-like nature yet due to the thicker nature the fabric cannot pass into third and smallest field terminating the void, said smallest field clutches and binds thin sheet-like layers that are secured in a cinching fashion.

3. Bed sheet anchor of claim 1, wherein placement of the frame FIG. 3 parallel to perpendicular foot of mattress and parallel to sheet layers specifically a bottom fitted sheet and a top flat sheet, or a flat sheet to a fitted mattress pad, sandwiching both layers of fabric between the frame and the plug.

4. Bed sheet anchor of claim 2, allows the frame to accommodate simultaneous FIG. 5 insertion of a sheet-retaining plug, and a blanket-retaining plug, the said plug retaining the sheet layers inserted first, sliding into the said third and smallest field at the top in which a thicker fabric cannot enter thus allowing for simultaneous anchoring, the second insertion via a second said plug retaining a blanket, sliding blanket into the second field, thus two separate plugs allowing simultaneous anchoring FIG. 4.

5. Bed sheet anchor of claim 2, transition of the fields assist in locking fabric retaining plugs in place with the physics tension and torque, tension of the sheets and torque of the plug and sheets against the frame.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Hutton U.S. Pat. No. 4,862,541

Larson U.S. Pat. No. 5,131,104

FEDERALLY SPONSORED

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NAMES JOINT RESEARCH

N/A

N/A

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is a contraption for securing top bed coverings by anchoring the top bed linens to the bottom fitted sheet, in order to prevent crawling of the bed coverings, which in turn prevents feet from being uncovered and top sheet moving in an undesirable manner.

2. Description of Related Art

Hutton U.S. Pat. No. 4,862,541 and Larson U.S. Pat. No. 5,131,104 common purpose is to prevent sheets from slipping off the waterbed mattress. When previously used, U.S. Pat. No. 4,862,541 required lifting of the mattress to accommodate the rubber straps attached to the fasteners. Use of this device required four tracks and four rubber straps. After using U.S. Pat. No. 4,862,541, the rubber straps broke, leaving unattached ends. U.S. Pat. No. 5,131,104 also uses tracks similar to U.S. Pat. No. 4,862,541, and attached to a larger member, which also requires lifting the mattress for placement. Both devices are intended for use with waterbeds, which are disappearing from the retail market. Both devices must straddle the corner of the mattress for strategic placement. Both devices require four fasteners with tracks in addition to the attachments. Neither device addressed the problem that can be resolved with the present invention.

The purpose of the present invention is to address sheet issues other than waterbed sheets. Due to improved design of deep pocket sheets and technologically improved elastic, the bottom fitted sheet slipping off any mattress is no longer problematic as in the past. The object of the present invention is to prevent the top flat sheet from relocating in an undesirable manner, and to prevent uncovering of the feet, neither problem was addressed with any previous art.

The present invention is intended for use with all mattresses, specifically coil, foam, and air. The present invention requires only two anchors per bed. The simplicity of self-securing eliminates additional and costly attachments. The anchors are located on the perpendicular end at the foot of the bed, eliminating the need to lift the mattress. Placement of the anchor is very flexible, in general vicinity, making placement less time-consuming.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

The primary problem creating the necessity for the bed sheet anchor has been resolved with the anchor securing the top sheet to the bottom sheet, thus preventing falling, crawling, tugging, or twisting of the sheets.

There is a need for only two bed anchors per bed, as apposed to four fasteners and their attachments, as with both referenced corner secureing systems. The bed sheet anchor proves most useful securing layers at the foot of a foam, coil, or air mattress. The anchors cinch securely and remain in place due to tension and torque.

The bed sheet anchors additional benefits are that the sheet need not be tucked under the mattress at the foot of the bed. The bed sheet anchor allows for minimal overhang, thus creating excess at the top allowing coverage beyond the shoulders if one is so inclined. This advantage allows the top sheet to curl over blankets and comforter at the top near the head yet still leaving enough excess for ample toe room. The excess toe room eliminates the “tight toe tug” that the sleeper usually experiences when the sheets are tucked under the foot of the mattress, leaving minimal sheet at the top barely reaching the chin. Unlike the referenced applications, the bed sheet anchor can also secure a blanket simultaneously, within the same anchor, but in a larger field.

Every household on every continent has the potential need for the bed sheet anchor. Even hotels around the world that use flat sheets on bottom instead of fitted sheets, would benefit using the bed sheet anchor to secure the bottom flat sheet to the mattress pad to prevent crawling and bunching of the bottom flat sheet that simply does not stay tucked in on its own.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION CORRESPONDING WITH DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a frontal view of the frame of the bed sheet anchor.

FIG. 2 is a top view and a side view of the plug.

FIG. 3 is an exploded side view of mattress, sheet layers, and placement of anchor parts prior to insertion and cinching.

FIG. 4 is an exploded side view of mattress, sheet layers, blanket, and placement of anchor parts prior to insertion and simultaneous cinching.

FIG. 5 illustrates the plug positions when inserted into the frame during simultaneous sheet and blanket cinching.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The bed sheet anchor system is comprised of two parts, FIG. 1 and FIG. 2. The frame 10 forms the fields, 11, 12 , and 13. The largest field 11 positioned at the bottom of the frame, connecting by transition 14, to field 12, the second and middles field. The narrowest transition 15 connects 12 and 13, field 13 the smallest and end field. FIG. 2 is the top of the head 21 and the side view of the plug 20. The flared end of the stem 24 fits into only field 11 which will then allow the most slender part of the stem 23 to slide through the transitions settling in field 12 or 13, blanket or sheet layers, respectively. The exploded bedding view as seen from the side FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 depicts the placement of the frame 10 and the plug 20 prior to insertion and cinching. To anchor the top sheet to the bottom sheet, the anchor 10 and the plug 20 sandwich the bottom fitted sheet 32 and the top flat sheet 33. An alternate cinching method FIG. 4 allows simultaneous cinching FIG. 5 of the sheet layers 32 &33 and a blanket 40 by placing the frame 10 between the top sheet 33 and the blanket 40. The first plug 20a behind the bottom fitted sheet 32, the second plug 20b on the outside of the blanket 40. FIG. 5 illustrates the plug positions when inserted into the frame 10 to accommodate simultaneous cinching FIG. 4. The top plug positioned with flared end 24 facing inward, cinching the sheet layers in field 13. The second plug 21 head facing outward, nests in field 12 to cinch the blanket 40. The single plug anchoring method FIG. 3 and the simultaneous anchoring method FIG. 4 both anchored to and by the bottom fitted sheet 32. As a result of the anchoring, the top bed coverings will not crawl or bunch.