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    • A47D7/00Children's beds
    • A47D7/04Children's beds capable of being suspended from, or attached to, window frames or other articles





1,340,609, Patented May 18,1920.

3 SHEETSSHEET l- Patented May 18, 1920.







APPLICATION men APR. 1.. 1919.

Patented May 18; 1920.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented May 18, 1920.

Application filed April 7, 1919. Serial No. 288,048.

I To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ERNEsrJ. HENRY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Cedar Rapids, in the county of Linn and State of Iowa, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Window-Beds; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to beds adapted to be partially thrust out of windows and there supported, with the head portions of the beds exposed on all sides to the outer air.

The invention embraces a number of improvements in the type of window beds described and illustrated in my former Patent,

No. 1,300,266 bearing date April 8th, 1919,

such improvements being directed to a construction which will:

Admit of adjustments of the bed and canopy so as to fit nicely into various sized window openings;

Provide for the better regulation of light and air to the canopied inclosure, and protection against wind and rain or snow, and conceal the bed and occupants from outside view.

Increase the safety and efficiency of the supports, and the convenience with which they are manipulated, and otherwise. im-

prove the structural detailsof the bed, as

will hereafter fully appear.

In the accompanying drawing, Figure 1 is a perspective view of the canopied head 4 portion of a bed embodying. my improvements, parts being broken away at various places to disclose the inner structure. Fig. 2 is a central, longitudinal elevation in section, showing the bed in operative position. Fig. 3 is a cross section of the same, to the right of the line 3-3 of Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is.'a fragmentary view in perspective, showing an ad'ustable mountmg of the screen wire at't e outer end of the canopy. Fig. 5 is a section below the line 5-5 of Fig. 4:. Fig. 6 is a fragmentary view in.perspective,-showing an outer corner of the canopy and connecting parts. Fig. 7

is a sectional detail, showing means 'for manipulating the top, waterproof curtain. Fig. 8 shows in perspective details of one of the safety supporting brackets. Fig. 9

shows in perspective ,one of" the abutment brackets shifted. out of operative position.

Fig. 10 illustrates in detail an ad]ustment header on which the window-sash rests when the bed is in operative osition. Fig. 11 illustrates a telescoping s utter-guide.

In order to adapt a window bed to the considerable variations in the sizes of windows, it is common to make the bed of a definite, minimum width, and the oano y to correspond, and of a limited, fixed heig t.

When the window opening is larger than thls minlmum size it became necessary,

partly for support and partly to exclude files and other insects, to cover the open spaces between the window and canopy with panels, fixedin 'various ways. This necessitated more or less complication in the construction of the panels themselves, and of course limited the size of the. canopy to the size of a comparatively small window, whereas it is desirable to make it as large and commodious as possible. In the bed now to be described provision is made for adjusthorizontal cross-pieces 11 and 12 telescoping) together, and suitably fastened at any desired point, as by bolts 13 in slots 14. From the tops of the bed-rails spring standards '15 spacedto form the corners of the canopy. The top-frame 16 of the canopy is 'ofsimilar construction, and has depending legs or supports 17 and 18 having a like telescoping connection with the standards. By this means the bed and canopy may, within certain; limits, be adjusted to the height and width of the window, as desired.

A woven wire bed-spring 19 is shown as best adapted for the support of the bed. This is stretched between adjustable crossbars at the head and foot, such bars being herein shown as tubes 20 secured to one side of the bed-frame, and rods 21 attached to the other side, the wire material of the woven web being looped around them. Prorunning vision is made for compensating the difierences in tension that will take place as theweb is widened or narrowed, and this is illustrated in Fig. 2. Attached to the bedrails, and foot-posts 22, are threaded tension rods 23, one of which is shown passing through one of the tubes 20 transversely. A nut 24 may be slacked away to relieve, or turned up to increase the tension endwise of the web. As the bed is widened the web should be widened correspondingly by pulling the looped ends sidewise, the web being held so distended by screws 25, which, it will be understood, are in practice set in the cross-rods 21, as well as in the tubes, though not so shown herein. It is'also to be understood that the threaded tension-rods pass through such rod 21, as well as the tube 20.

. Near the middle, the web is stretched sideany suitable way, as indicated by the bolts 29. Where the wire web crosses the window sill 30 a strip of cloth, or the like, 31, is hung from the under side, and rests on the.

sill, as shown in Fig. 2, in order to exclude flies and other insects from passing through this otherwise open s ace under the bed.

The foot portion 0 the bed extending into the room is supported on pedestals 32 in substantially the same way as described in my former patent above referred to. They are, however, made adjustable in width, as respects the bed, the ends of the pedestals being connected by tubes 33 and rods 34, respectively, and in the same manner as the posts of the bed-foot, by tubes 33 and rods 34. Asa precaution against any possible tipping up of the bed-foot when the bed is in position in a window, weights 35 are hung on the pedestal at the foot of the bed, and

serve as a counterbalance to any preponderating weight at the projecting head of the bed.

' The pedestals are mounted to move from end to end of the bed-frame by rollers 36 in the channels of said frame, as described in said-former patent. When the bed is drawn inwardly through the window it is desirable that only the pedestal at the foot of the bed should move with the bedframe. A simple device for holding the other pedestal close to the window at such times is shown in Fig. 2. Near the head of the bed frame is mounted a sheave 37, and over this is passed a rope or cord 38, one end of which is attached to the pedestal at the window, and the other passes through a susndingholder 39 at the foot of the bed.

1: is evident that by pulling on this rope as the bed is withdrawn, the attached pedestal may be held to position at thewindow, and so serve as a head support'for the bed when completel withdrawn.

Near t e upper corners of the canopy frame are attached abutment plates 40, which may project laterally from said frame and bear against the window casing 41 to prevent any outward tipping of the bed when thrust through the window. These plates are securely fastened to the canopy frame, as by bolts 42 and detachable screws 43. By detaching the screws the plates may be turned parallel with the uprights of the canopy frame, and thus offer no lateral obstruction in passing the bed through doorways, and the like. On the headward side the abutments are faced with felt, leather, rubber, or the like yielding material, so as not to scratch or mar the window woodwork. For the same reason the under sides of the bed-rails are faced with leather straps 44, which permit the bed to slide on the window sill without scratching or marring.

A further support for the head end of the bed is best shown in Fig. 8. This is a triangular bracket 45 pivoted to an angle-plate 46 secured to the bed-frail, one for each rail. An improvement in this device over that shown in the former patent is the provision that is made for supporting it out of the supporting position shown in Fig. 2, so as to permit the pedestal to move to the head of the.'bed. This consists in a latch 47 the catch-pin 48 of which may engage the top of the angle-plate when the bracket is completely elevated. The body of the latch may be a simple flat spring, the catch-pin passing through a hole in the bracket, as shown in Fig. 8, where the bracket is shown par-" of the occupant. They serve also to prevent accidental injury tothe shutters, presently to be described, by any crowding over the edge of the bed, on the part of the occupant.

Outside the guard-rods at each side of the canopy is mounted a shutter for the purpose of regulating the admission of light and air. In practice this shutter is of the Venetian blind type, the construction of which is so familiar as to need no description. The pivot-studs at the ends of the slats, 52, run in grooved guides 53 attached to the standards. As the height of the canopy is adjustable, the guides are also made adj ustable, one part telescoping into the other. as shown in Fig. 11, the inner one being attached to its respective frame member with a spaceblock 54 to hold it parallel with the outer member of the guide. Shutters of the same lheaded,-and run in correspondingly formed guides, as shown in Fig. 6. The side and end shutters 'are raised and depressed by cords 55 over sheaves 56, in a familiar way. For regulating the angle of the slats a cord is attached to the upper slat near each edge at the middle, passes over sheaves 56 and loops through a hole in a ball 57, having sufficient wei ht to hold the slats at the proper tilt. The overhead shutter, a fragment of which is shown in Fig. 6, may be manipulated directly by hand in opening, closing and tilting. The tilt of the slats is controlled by means of a semicircular, corrugated loop 58 engaging apinching spring clip 59 attached to the cross-bar of the canopy. Two of these catches are preferred, one only being shown, the other to be at the same relative distance from the opposite side of the shutter.

Outside the shuttersthe entire canopy, except the inner end, is inclosed .with wire screen to exclude insects. At the two sides of the canopy the edges of the screen web 60 may be permanently attached to the canopy and bed frame, preferably by screws and metal strips corresponding to battens, screw holes 61 being provided for the purpose. At the outer end the side screen may be held by the bracket-plate 49, which extends to the top of the standard. At the inner end the edge of wire web is clamped in place by the shutter-guide-" This forms a neat fastening for the screen wire, with no outwardly projecting edges or other parts to interfere with the passage of the canopy through the window. The upper portion of the web must, until the height of the frame is adjusted, be left free, when it is suitably attached to the depending parts of the frame, as by screws. The upper edge of the web is attached to a roller 62, preferably of the spring-controlled type, mounted at the upper part of the canopy frame, the spring roller automatically rolling up surplus ;web and holding it taut. At the top of ,the canopy the web may be screwed directly to the frame on three sides, the fourth side having a similar roller 63. Crossbars 64, adjustable endwise, serve as under supports for the screen wire, and prevent its saggin At the outer end of the canopy the we may be cut to size, after adjustment of the canopy frame, and attached directly to the frame on allfour sides, as indicated by the surrounding series of screwholes in Fig. 1. Provision is made, how.-

ever, for an adjustable arrangement of screen webs at this end, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5. In this case a pair of terminal rollers 65 and 66 is used, set so as to pass f each other in adjusting the frame, and to permit the webs to so pass, as clearly shown, more particularly in Fig. 5. When finally adjusted the portions of webadj acent to the rollers is folded down and fastened in place by telescoping batten-strips 67 Adjacent to the screen-wire roller 63 is mounted a similar roller 68, and to this is attached a water-proof curtain 69. A pullcord 70 connects with'the marginal stiffening slat 71 at the free edge of the curtain (Fig. 7) and hangs down over a sheave 72,

.the cord passing through a-hole 73 in the canopy frame. The inner end of the roller is mounted in a sheet metal housing 74, the parts of which telescope together, and are of suflicient height to receive the roller and the rolled up curtain. The housing is made of considerable width so that, regardless of the depth of the window casing, the lower sash 7 5 may rest on it, to exclude insects, as indicated by the dotted outline in Fig. 1\ Inside the housing is a longitudinal rib 7 6 to support this edge of the curtain near the top of the housing at this end. In Fig. 1 it will be noted that the water-shedding slope of the curtain is to ward the left corner, the pitch being slight,

but sufficient for the purpose. It is to be understood that the screen wire at the top of the canopy unrolls from the under side of the roller, and the curtain from the upper side of its roller. The housing is attached to the canopy frame by screws 77 as shown in Fig. 10, holes 78 admitting a screw.-

driver for that purpose.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. In a window-bed, the combination of side-rails, telescoping cross-bars, an expansible, woven wire bed-spring looped on said cross-bars, subjacent, lapping cross-bars,"

and helical springs mounted thereon, to reinforce the woven bed-spring.

2. In a window-bed, the combination of a laterally expansible and adjustable bedframe, similarly adjustable pedestals adapted to run from end to end of said frame, a sheave at the head of the bed-frame, and a rope passing over the sheave and connecting at one end with onet of the pedestals,

the other end extending to the foot of the,


.3. In a window-bed having endwise movable pedestals, supporting brackets pivotally connecting with the bed-rails inside,

outside of the window, and latches connecta supporting rib for the end of the our and adapted to form a brace against the tain to carry that end higher than a part ing with said brackets to support them out of the opposite end, substantially as and of the paths of said pedestals, when not in for the purpose set forth. 5 operative position. In testimony whereof I aflix my signature 15 4. In a window-bed having a laterally adin presence of two witnesses.

justable canop frame, a covering water- ERNEST J. HENRY. proof curtain or the frame; a roller there- Witnesses: for, and an adjustable housing for the win- F. W. ARMSTRONG,

10 dow end of the curtain, said housing having J. S'r. JOHN.

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US2600706A (en) * 1945-06-04 1952-06-17 Pullman Co Railway sleeping car bed
US3906556A (en) * 1974-03-18 1975-09-23 Stanley A Schenk Safety sleeping arrangement
NL2005048C2 (en) * 2010-07-07 2012-01-10 Novator E Children's furniture with closure device.

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US2600706A (en) * 1945-06-04 1952-06-17 Pullman Co Railway sleeping car bed
US3906556A (en) * 1974-03-18 1975-09-23 Stanley A Schenk Safety sleeping arrangement
NL2005048C2 (en) * 2010-07-07 2012-01-10 Novator E Children's furniture with closure device.

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