US 3795925 A
A home-type bed elevating and inclining jack or stand uniquely designed for modern beds embodying a headboard or footboard, angle iron frame types and also Hollywood beds. Two stands, when properly paired and installed, permit such beds to be elevated to assume a moderately inclined plane in a manner to better serve the requirements and medical treatment needs of persons suffering from treatable difficulties. A simplified adaptation for minimal height adjustment, say 3 inches, more or less, comprises a pedestal embodying a self-standing base whose upper end is provided with an axial upright. The terminal upper end of the upright is provided with novel notch means capable of seating and retentively holding that part of the bed structure which is cooperable therewith. For adjustment to 12 inches, if desired, extension means for the upright is available.
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ABSTRACT l BET) FRAME END ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT STAND A home-type bed elevating and inclining jack or stand  Inventor: Charles J. Leagus, Jr., 3310 N. 13th St., Wausau, Wis. 54401 July 17, 1972 Appl. No.: 272,219
uniquely designed for modern beds embodying a headboard or footboard, angle iron frame types and also Hollywood beds. Two stands, when properly paired  Filed:
and installed, permit such beds to be elevated to assume a moderately inclined plane in a manner to better serve the requirements and medical treatment needs of persons suffering from treatable difficulties. A simplified adaptation for minimal height adjustm or ment, say 3 inches, more or less, comprises a pedestal embodying a self-standing base whose upper end is provided with an axial upright. The terminal upper 4 5 0W2 3 34 oo 5 b M 8 A ,2 7 O 0 MB 15 0O 4 2 h c r a e S m M .M mm 6 0 5 .l
' end of the upright is provided with novel notch means capable of seating and retentively holding that part of the bed structure which is cooperable therewith. For
References Cited 7 UNITED STATES PATENTS 3 193? adjustment to 12 inches, if desired, extension means for the upright is available.
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Primary Examiner-Casmir A. Nunbe Attorney, Agent,
0r Firm-Clarence A. OBrien; Harvey B. Jacobson I ll BED FRAME END ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT STAND This invention relates to paired jack-like stands which are structurally and functionally designed to readily elevate and convert a modern conventionaltype bed so that the normally horizontal mattress assumes and safely maintains a moderately inclined plane for purposes of augmenting predetermined medical treatment and, at the same time, promotes convenient use and assures comfort.
More specifically, the herein disclosed concept has to do with a readily applicable and removable stand which can be satisfactorily made from light weight metal, colorful plastic material or any other suitably serviceable material and which enables the user to lift and support a bed ranging from approximately 3 inches to 12 inches and which lends itself to use in conjunction with present day Hollywood beds and other styles including headboard and footboard types, angle iron frame types and the like.
Persons conversant with the field of endeavor, particularly physicians, will appreciate that this invention will be of recognizable therapeutic value and of helpful aid and assistance for anyone suffering from hiatal hernia,
pulmonary edema, esophagitis, phlebitis or varicose veins. Then, too, its use is advisable for varying traction situations and, in fact, for other situations where rest on an inclined plane has been found to be medically needed and helpfully desirable.
For background purposes and as generally indicative of the state of the art to which the invention relates, it will be evident that bed elevating jacks and stands are old and are of many and varied styles and types. One adaptation is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 992,080, granted to Charles H. Swanger. Swangers jack is distinguishable from the instant invention in that it is exposed, protrudes above the bed frame and can not be satisfactorily used on Hollywood style beds or where the bed frame structure is characteriied by headbbards o r footboards. Attention may also be directed to the lifting and lowering jack disclosed in US. Pat. No. 1,046,720, granted to Adolphus F. Barnes.
Although comparison of the instant invention with the prior art adaptations will reveal the nature of the advance in the art herein achieved it may be pointed out that, broadly stated, it is an object of the invention to structurally, functionally and in other ways improve upon generally analogous prior art jacks. In this connection it will be noted that the present invention is such in construction and capability that it is generally well hidden when in use and is possessed of other-significant features and advantages.
Briefly, one aspect of the invention has to do with an easy-to-use pedestal embodying a self-standing base having a bottom capable of being firmly seated atop a floor or other equivalent stationary support surface. The base is provided at its upper end with' an integral vertically disposed axially located upright. The upright in turn has an upper terminal end provided with unique notch means capable of accommodatingly seating and positively positioning and retaining modern beds such as for example, headboard and footboard types, angle iron frame types and Hollywood beds.
More specifically the pedestal serves to accommodate a complemental height increasing extension which is axially alignable with the upright and has a lower portion detachably and adjustably connected with the upright. This extension has an upper terminal end likewise provided with notch means structurally and functionally similar to the first-named notch means.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.
FIG. 1 is a view in side elevation showing how one of the stands or jacks is used at the right to achieve the elevating and inclining result.
FIG. 2 is an end view which shows that the stands or jacks are designed and adapted to be used in pairs and that the notch means lends itself to positive engagement with the lower edge portion of a headboard.
FIG. 3 is a view showing the jack in section and, what is more significant, showing how the notch means at the upper end of the height increasing extension serves to accommodate a flange on an angle iron bed frame.
FIG. 4 is a view with parts in section and elevation taken approximately on the plane of the section line 44 of FIG. 2 looking in the direction of the indicating arrows and including an adapter.
FIG. 5 is a view in perspective of the aforementioned pedestal by itself.
FIG. 6 is a view in perspective of the optionally usable sleeve-type adapter.
By way of introduction to the description of the details it is reiterated that the unique jacks or stands are used in pairs in the manner illustrated, for example, in FIG. 2 of the drawings. It will simplify the description, it is submitted, to describe herein but a single stand or jack. In this connection it can be pointed out that each stand or jack is the same in construction and is characterized by three complemental primary parts or units; namely, the aforementioned pedestal 8 (FIG. 5), the adjustable and attachable and detachable upright extension 10 and the adapter 12 which when in use is employed in the manner illustrated in FIG. 4 with particularity.
The units or component parts are susceptible of being made of appropriate light weight but durable metal, moldable and colorful plastic material or such other equivalent and suitable material as will be adopted by the manufacturer.
The pedestal unit 8 comprises two component parts, that is, a self-standing pyramidal base 14, whose truncated upper or apical end 16 is provided with an axial tubular or hollow upright 18. The base proper as shown in FIG. 3 is not only hollow, but has an endless turned in flange 20 which is reliably supportable on a floor or equivalent supporting surface 22. The tubular upright 18 has its lower end integrally joined to the base 14 as at 16, the intermediate portion being provided with diametrically opposite bolt holes 24 to accommodate the bolt 26 and nut 28 which when in use is employed in the manner shown in FIG. 3. The upper terminal or free end of the upright is denoted at 30 and is provided with novelly constructed and usable notch means 32, the means on one side being diametrically opposite to that on the other side. Each seating and retaining notch comprises an upper relatively wide portion 34 which opens through the upper edge and a communicating narrower bottom portion 36. The wideportion serves to accommodatingly support the lower edge portion of a head-board 38 in the manner shown in FIG. 4 and which constitutes a part of the frame 40 of the overall conventional type bed 42. It is reiterated that the pedestal unit 8 can be used by itself in a manner which is believed to be substantially self-evident from the other views of the drawing. Normally this pedestal employed by itself will elevate the end of the bed approximately 3 inches thus providing a gradual inclined position.
When it is desired to hoist or elevate the bed to let us say, 12 inches more or less, the aforementioned axial extension is brought into use. This extension comprises an open-ended tubular member which when in use becomes a component part of the upright. As is shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the extension has a lower end portion 44 which is fitted detachably and adjustably into the neck-like upright 18. The median portion is provided with diametrically opposite bolt holes at 46 and other selectively usable bolt holes 48 to accommodate the aforementioned bolt 26 and its associated assembling and retaining nut 28. FIG. 3 brings out the telescoping relationship between the lower end portion 44 and the upper notched end portion of the upright 18. Proper use of the bolt and bolt holes permits the adjustment result to be attained.
The upper free end portion 49 is provided with notch means which corresponds to the notch means shown with particularity in FIG. 5. The notch means in each instance is differentiated by the numeral 50. Hereagain the upper portion of each notch is relatively wide and opens through the upper edge as at 52 and serves to receive and retain the headboard as brought out in FIG. 4. The communicating narrower notch 54 serves to accommodate a depending flange 56 on an angle iron 58 forming a part of the bed frame as illustrated in FIG. 3. Thus the notch means 50 serves to accommodate the differently constructed bed frame members as illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 4 respectively.
There may be instances wherein the bolt and nut connection (FIG. 3) is not desired and under the circumstances one may prefer to employ the optionally usable open-ended sleeve type adapter 12. The lower larger end portion 60 is capped over the notched upper end of the upright 18 as brought out in FIG. 4. It would be within the purview of the inventive concept to fit the part 60 telescopically into the upright (not shown) if so desired. In any event the upper reduced end portion 62 acting in conjunction with the integral divider or partition 64 (FIG. 4) provides a socket member for reception of the lower end portion 44 of the extension 10 as illustrated in FIG. 4. It will be evident that by using but three principal component parts virtually no mechanical skill is required to assemble said parts and bring the same into use in the manner shown in the views of the drawing.
Use of the novel notch means 32 or50 is important because the results brought out in FIGS. 3 and 4 are capable of being accomplished while at the same time ensuring safeguarding stability.
It is within the purview of the overall concept to line the marginal edges of the respective notch means 32 and 50 (not illustrated) with padding if so desired.
It is evident that the pedestal unit 8 is susceptible of use by itself and while normally used in paired relationship as suggested in FIG. 2, there are instances where a single unit could be centralized and employed in a self-evident manner.
The manner of using the extension unit 10 in conjunction with the base unit 8 and the nut and bolt arrangement is evident in FIG. 3. Alternatively, the manner in which the insertable and removable coupling or adapter 12 is employed is clearly brought out in FIG. 4.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A portable jack-type home bed elevating, inclining and supporting stand comprising, a pedestal embodying a self-standing base having a bottom capable of being firmly seated for use atop a floor or an equivalent stationary support surface and also having an integral upper end portion embodying a vertically disposable axially located upright, said upright having an upper terminal end provided with a pair of like diametrically opposite notches, each notch embodying an enlarged upper portion opening upwardly through said upper end and a complemental reduced relatively narrow lower portion communicating with said enlarged upper portion, an adapter sleeve having a lower portion capped over and connected with the upper notched end of said upright and an upper portion embodying a socket, and a height increasing extension axially aligned with said upright, said extension having a lower end portion telescoping retentively into said socket, and also having a free upper end portion provided with diametrically opposite keeper notches.
2. The bed elevating, inclining and supporting stand defined in and according to claim 1, and wherein said last named keeper notches are also paired and correspond in construction and purpose to the aforementioned pair of diametrically opposite notches.
3. The bed elevating, inclining and supporting stand defined in and according to claim 2, and wherein said adapter sleeve is internally provided midway between the upper and lower ends with an integral partition, providing a solid bottom for said socket.
4. A portable jack-type home bed elevating, inclining and supporting stand comprising, a one-piece pedestal embodying a self-standing base having a bottom capable of being firmly seated for use atop a floor or an equivalent stationary support surface and also having an upper end portion embodying an integral vertical axially located upright, said upright having an upper terminal end provided with notch means capable of accommodatingly seating and positively positioning and retaining modern beds such as, for example, headboard and footboard types, angle iron frame types. I-Iollywood beds or the like, said notch means comprising a pair of like diametrically opposite notches, each notch embodying an enlarged upper portion opening upwardly through said upper end and a reduced relatively narrow lower portion communicating with said enlarged upper portion, each upper portion being of a width and depth to nest and firmly seat and retain an edge portion of either a headboard or a footboard as the case may be, and said reduced narrow lower portion being designed and adapted to receive and retentively seat a depending flange on an angle iron bed frame member, and a complemental one-piece height increasing extension axially alignable with said upright 7 lower portion is telescopingly fitted into the coacting upper end portion of said upright, and manually applicable and removable bolt and nut means detachably and adjustably joining said lower portion to said upper
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