Title:
Multi-Panel Bed Covering
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is a bed covering comprising a combination of interchangeable section panels interconnected with attachment devices such as buttons, magnets or hook and loop fasteners. The bed covering may be disassembled for resizing or reconfiguring, or to clean or replace a soiled or damaged panel without requiring the cleaning or replacement of the entire covering.



Inventors:
Collins, Bonnie (Jacksonville, FL, US)
Application Number:
13/872712
Publication Date:
10/30/2014
Filing Date:
04/29/2013
Assignee:
COLLINS BONNIE
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47G9/02
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Primary Examiner:
SOSNOWSKI, DAVID E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Juneau & Mitchell Law Firm (Fort Collins, CO, US)
Claims:
We claim:

1. A bed covering which can be adjusted to a desired configuration, comprising two or more panels, each comprising one or more an attachment devices located on or near its edge, wherein each such panel is capable of being attached to one or more other panels via corresponding attachment devices.

2. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein the panel coverings are comprised of one or more materials taken from the group comprised of: cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, nylon, polyester, spandex or any commercially available natural or synthetic fabric equivalent.

3. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein each panel is a shape taken from the group comprising: a square, a rectangle, a circle, a triangle, or other known geometric shape.

4. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein each panel is filled with polyester batting, down feathers, wool, silk, or other commercially available natural or synthetic equivalent.

5. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein the attachment device comprises one or more items taken from the group comprised of: a clasp, button, hook, snaps, ties, frog closures, zipper, magnets, slides, Velcro®, or another device of equivalent functionality, allowing attachment to and detachment from to a corresponding attachment device.

6. The bed covering of claim 5, wherein each attachment device is attached to its corresponding panel via a stud perforating the panel cover material.

7. The bed covering of claim 5, wherein each attachment device is sewn to the panel cover material of the corresponding panel.

8. The bed covering of claim 5, wherein each attachment device is adhered to the panel cover material of the corresponding panel using an adhesive from the group comprising: cryanoacrylate, polyurethane, basting glue or thermoplastic adhesive

9. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein the attachment device comprises one or more magnets concealed within each panel.

10. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein the attachment device is located on a flap connected to each panel.

11. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein each attachment device is a magnet located within a closable pocket located on a panel.

12. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein each attachment device further comprises a clip allowing the attachment device to be removed from or relocated on a panel.

13. The bed covering of claim 1, wherein one or more of the panels further comprises a fabric flap emanating from an edge which can be folded over any attachment device not in use.

14. The bed covering of claim 13, further comprising a flap securing device to secure the flap to the panel covering when folded over the attachment device(s).

15. The bed covering of claim 14, wherein the flap securing device comprises a clasp, button, hook, snaps, ties, frog closures, zipper, magnets, slides, Velcro®, or another device of equivalent functionality, allowing attachment to and detachment from to a corresponding attachment device.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Not applicable.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

No federal government funds were used in researching or developing this invention.

NAMES OF PARTIES TO A JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT

Not applicable.

SEQUENCE LISTING INCLUDED AND INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE HEREIN

Not applicable.

BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is a bed covering, such as a quilt, duvet or comforter assembled through a combination of smaller section panels. The use of separate component panels allows for the product to be easily assembled into the desired size to fit multiple size beds and mattresses. The use of smaller pieces will also allow for variety in appearance as the sections are interchangeable. In addition, the product is easier to care for than a traditional comforter as individual sections can be washed separately rather than the entire covering at once.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Traditional bed coverings tend to be large and bulky, and as a result are difficult to launder at home. The only commonly available existing alternative is to take such items to a dry cleaner or laundromat, resulting in both expense and inconvenience. Further, damage, even when limited to a small area, will most likely lead to replacement of an otherwise very useful and beautiful product. Hotels must launder or replace thousands of bed coverings when only one small area has been soiled or damaged, respectively. Finally, these coverings are made for a specific size mattress and will not fit properly when placed on a different size bed or mattress.

What is needed is a product that allows for a one or more panels to be cleaned or replaced without the need to clean or replace the entire covering, and which may also be used on multiple mattress sizes while still providing the comfort and appearance provided by typical bed coverings.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In a preferred embodiment, a bed covering which can be adjusted to a desired configuration, comprising two or more panels, each comprising one or more an attachment devices located on or near its edge, wherein each such panel is capable of being attached to one or more other panels via corresponding attachment devices.

The bed covering as described, wherein the panel coverings are comprised of one or more materials taken from the group comprised of: cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, nylon, polyester, spandex or any commercially available natural or synthetic fabric equivalent.

The bed covering as described, wherein each panel is a shape taken from the group comprising: a square, a rectangle, a circle, a triangle, or other known geometric shape.

The bed covering as described, wherein each panel is filled with polyester batting, down feathers, wool, silk, or other commercially available natural or synthetic equivalent.

The bed covering as described, wherein the attachment device comprises one or more items taken from the group comprised of: a clasp, button, hook, snaps, ties, frog closures, zipper, magnets, slides, Velcro®, or another device of equivalent functionality, allowing attachment to and detachment from to a corresponding attachment device.

The bed covering as described, wherein each attachment device is attached to its corresponding panel via a stud perforating the panel cover material.

The bed covering as described, wherein each attachment device is sewn to the panel cover material of the corresponding panel.

The bed covering as described, wherein each attachment device is adhered to the panel cover material of the corresponding panel using an adhesive from the group comprising: cryanoacrylate, polyurethane, basting glue or thermoplastic adhesive

The bed covering as described, wherein the attachment device comprises one or more magnets concealed within each panel.

The bed covering as described, wherein the attachment device is located on a flap connected to each panel.

The bed covering as described, wherein each attachment device is a magnet located within a closable pocket located on a panel.

The bed covering as described, wherein each attachment device further comprises a clip allowing the attachment device to be removed from or relocated on a panel.

The bed covering as described, wherein one or more of the panels further comprises a fabric flap emanating from an edge which can be folded over any attachment device not in use.

The bed covering as described, further comprising a flap securing device to secure the flap to the panel covering when folded over the attachment device(s).

The bed covering as described, wherein the flap securing device comprises a clasp, button, hook, snaps, ties, frog closures, zipper, magnets, slides, Velcro®, or another device of equivalent functionality, allowing attachment to and detachment from to a corresponding attachment device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a line drawing evidencing the bed covering invention comprised of two panels connected together.

FIG. 2 is a line drawing evidencing the same bed covering depicted in FIG. 1 with a cutout view showing the location of the attachment devices along the edges of the panels.

FIG. 3 is a line drawing evidencing a panel embodiment comprising a flap where the attachment devices are located.

FIG. 4a is a line drawing evidencing a side view of the attachment devices. In this figure, magnets are used as the attachment devices to connect the panels together.

FIG. 4b is a line drawing evidencing an attachment device configuration wherein Velcro® straps are used as the attachment devices to connect the panels together.

Each of FIGS. 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, and 5e is a line drawing evidencing alternate fastening device assemblies.

FIG. 6a is a line drawing of a panel embodiment containing a flap which can be folded over the attachment device and connected to the panel using a securing device.

FIG. 6b is a line drawing evidencing a side view of the flap when folded over the attachment device.

FIG. 7 is a series of line drawings evidencing different embodiments of the bed covering comprising different configurations of section panels.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Definitions

The following definitions are provided as an aid to understanding the detailed description of the present invention.

The term “clasp” means a device with interlocking parts used for fastening the panels together.

The term “button” means a small disk or knob sewn onto a section panel which is pushed through a slit on a second panel to fasten them together.

The term “hook” means a curved piece of metal located on one panel that is attached to a metal base located on a second panel.

The term “snaps” means a fastening device where a male member on one panel is inserted into a female clasp or catch on another panel to connect the panels together.

The term “ties” refers to the use of a cord made of plastic, string, or other fabric secured by use of a knot or threaded through a lock located on the cord itself to attach the panels together.

The phrase “frog closures” means an ornamental braiding that consists of a button and a loop through which it passes.

The term “zipper” means a device used for fastening the panels consisting of two toothed tracks or spiral metal or plastic coils, each bordering the edges of the panels to be joined, and a piece that either interlocks or separates them when pulled.

The term “magnets” means an object that can attract certain substances as a result of a magnetic field.

The term “slides” refers to a connecting device where a male member located on one panel is secured by being slidably inserted into a female member located on another panel.

The term “Velcro®” means a fastening tape consisting of a strip of nylon with a surface of minute hooks that fasten to a corresponding strip with a surface of uncut pile.

Description of the Embodiments

A bed covering, such as a quilt or comforter, comprised of two or more detachable panels. The panel may be configured in such a way as to serve as a decorative element of a person's bedroom. Generally, bed coverings are sold to fit a specific size mattress and would be too large or too small if placed on a mattress of a non-conforming size. These covers tend to be large and bulky and cannot be washed easily in a standard home washing machine. Larger coverings may not fit into a home washing machine. In circumstances where the covering does fit, the bulk of the item, once soaked in water, has a tendency to gather on one side of the spin basket and unbalance the machine.

The commercial availability of a compartmentalized bed covering will be of particular use to the hospitality industry. The ability to wash and replace small panels instead of larger bed coverings will allow hotel companies to save substantial operating expenses both with regards to the purchase of bedding materials and the laundering thereof.

The invention also offers “green”, or environmentally friendly utility. By obviating the need to clean large bedspreads, the individual or commercial owner saves detergent, water and energy. Further, many individuals using smaller-sized washer/dryers, such as the stackable units common in many apartments, will be able to wash bed coverings themselves instead of being forced to use a dry cleaner or laundromat.

The use of individual component section pieces allows for a single soiled or damaged panel to be washed or replaced, as opposed to the entire covering. Specifically, components will further aid in “spot” cleaning, allowing for comparative ease of placing a soiled area in a sink or washtub and working to clean the area by hand.

Another objective of this bed covering invention is to provide the user with multiple configuration options so that the bed covering may be adjusted to fit a desired size mattress as well as change its appearance to the user's preference. Standard bed covering sizes in the United States are: 64″ width by 87″ length for a twin bed, 87″ width by 87″ length for a queen bed and 101″ width by 90″ length for a king bed. In addition to allowing resizing between standard sizes, the present invention could also be configured to fit older or nonstandard-size beds, or to allow for more or less coverage for a standard-size bed to accommodate user preference.

In a preferred embodiment, the bed covering will be comprised of two or more panels. Each of the panels of the bed covering can be made of synthetic or natural material such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, nylon, polyester, spandex or any commercially available natural or synthetic fabric equivalent or a combination of such materials. Each panel is formed into a shape such as a square, a rectangle, a circle, a triangle, or other known geometric shape. In another preferred embodiment, each of these panels can be filled with layers of material such as polyester batting, down feathers, wool, silk, or other commercially available natural or synthetic equivalent which will provide warmth and insulation. The covering is stitched or quilted to secure the filling and keep it evenly distributed.

Each panel will may be attached to and detached from other panels to adjust the size of the covering. Such attachment will be accomplished through the use of one or more attachment devices located on or near one or more of each panel's edges. The presence of attachment devices on more than one edge of a panel allows such panel to be attached to multiple panels via corresponding attachment devices until the desired size or configuration has been reached.

In a preferred embodiment, the attachment device is one or more mechanisms taken from the group comprising a clasp, button, hook, snaps, ties, frog closures, zipper, magnets, slides, Velcro®, or another device of equivalent functionality, allowing attachment to and detachment from a corresponding attachment device. In an alternative embodiment, the attachment device can also comprise a clip allowing the user to adjust the device's location on a panel, and also remove the device when it is not in use or before washing the panel.

In one embodiment, attachment devices are attached to a panel via a stud assembly which perforates one or both sides of the panel covering material. In another preferred embodiment, the attachment devices are sewn directly to the panel covering. In another embodiment, the attachment devices are attached to the panel via staples or other, similar means of connection.

In another preferred embodiment, attachment devices are adhered to the exterior surface of a panel instead of sewn or otherwise secured within the panel, using one or more appropriate commercially available adhesives from the group comprising, without limitation, cyanoacrylates, basting glue, fabric stiffener, polyurethane, polyester resin, polyols, acrylic polymers, polychloroprene or similar contact adhesive, thermoplastic adhesives, acrylic glue, or epoxy resin.

In another preferred embodiment, the attachment device can be a magnet concealed within the panel, preferably secured by stitching surrounding such magnet. In another preferred embodiment, the attachment device magnet may be secured within a small pocket sewn into the panel. Such panel would preferably be closable by means of a flap or secondary attachment device taken from the previous list of mechanisms. The closable pocket allows for the magnet to be easily removed when not in use or when the panel is washed. In another preferred embodiment, the attachment device can be located on a fabric flap emanating from the edge of the panel.

The magnets themselves may be chosen from a variety of types, including but not limited to magnetic metals from the group comprising iron, aluminum, cobalt, nickel or rare earth metals. Alternatively, the magnets may be chosen from the group comprising any commercially available composite or synthetic magnets such as ceramics (ferrite), alnico, injection-molded magnets or flexible magnets.

A neodymium (or “neo”) magnet (also known as NdFeB, NIB, or Neo magnet), the most widely-used type of permanent rare earth magnet, is made from an alloy of neodymium, iron and boron to form the Nd2Fe14B tetragonal crystalline structure. Neo magnets are known for superior strength of magnetic field when compared to other commercially available magnets of similar dimension.

In a preferred embodiment, an attachment device comprises two flat, circular magnets, each with a diameter between 8 mm and 24 mm and a depth between 1.5 mm and 1 cm.

In a more preferred embodiment, the attachment device comprises two flat, circular magnets, each with a diameter between 12 mm and 20 mm and a depth of approximately 3 mm.

In a preferred embodiment, a given panel may comprise one or more flaps of fabric which can be folded over the attachment devices to cover them when not in use. A securing device can be used to hold the flap in place when covering the attachment device. In a preferred embodiment, this securing device can be a clasp, button, hook, snaps, ties, frog closures, zipper, magnets, slides, Velcro®, or another device of equivalent functionality, allowing attachment to and detachment from to a corresponding attachment device.

Detailed Description of the Figures

FIG. 1 is a line drawing showing the bed covering 10 from a top-down perspective. The bed covering in this embodiment is composed of two panels, a first panel 20 and second panel 21, each comprising attachment devices located along the connected panel edges.

FIG. 2 is a line drawing evidencing the same embodiment as FIG. 1 and also providing a cutaway view to show the location of the interlocking attachment devices 30 along the edge of each panel.

FIG. 3 is a line drawing evidencing another embodiment of panel 20 where the attachment devices 30 are located on a flap 40 connected to the panel edge.

FIG. 4a is a close-up side view of the attachment devices in the bed covering invention. In this figure, the attachment devices are magnets 31 directly contacting one another. In this embodiment, the magnets are preferably adhered to the surface of panels 20 and 21 using a known adhesive.

FIG. 4b is a close-up side view of the attachment devices in the bed covering invention viewed from the horizontal plane. In this figure, the attachment devices are Velcro® fabric with the hook component 33 located on the first panel 20 attached to the loop component 34 on the second panel 21. In this embodiment, the hook and loop fabric is preferably adhered to the surface of the panels using a known adhesive.

FIG. 5 depicts various attachment devices that can be used to secure the panels. FIG. 5a is a frog closure 35 where the button is located on the second panel 21 and the closure loop is located on the first panel 20.

FIG. 5b depicts the use of a button 36 located on the first panel 20 which is inserted through a slit on the second panel 21 to secure the panels together.

FIG. 5c depicts the use of a slide 37 to connect the panels together. The male member is located on the first panel 20 and inserted into the female member on the second panel 21.

FIG. 5d depicts the use of a clasp 38 where the male member is connected to the second panel 21 and inserted into the female member on the first panel 20.

FIG. 5e depicts the use of a tie closure 39 which is inserted through a slit in the first panel 20 and second panel 21 and then secured by being threaded through a lock located on the tie itself

FIG. 6a is a line drawing showing another embodiment of the panel 20 containing a flap 50 which can be used to cover up the attachment devices 30 when not in use. The flap is connected to the panel using three flap securing devices 60.

FIG. 6b is a close-up side view of flap 50 overlaying an attachment device 30 when it is connected to the panel via flap attachment device 60.

FIG. 7 depicts a variety of panel configurations to achieve different designs, allowing for the bed covering device to provide a personal style individualized to the particular room or user.