Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2494838 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date17 Jan 1950
Filing date29 Dec 1945
Priority date29 Dec 1945
Publication numberUS 2494838 A, US 2494838A, US-A-2494838, US2494838 A, US2494838A
InventorsSlaughter John R
Original AssigneeSlaughter John R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2494838 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Jan. 17, 1950 SLAUGHTER 2,494,838

CHAIR Filed Dec. 29, 1945 r'a/v @7050 g 6 /0 a o 2% 154 r /V\\ g 2 6 e?" /f N //7/' ff?! A9 i (70/7/14? fizz/@1202 h INVENTOR.

Patented Jan. '17, 1950 UNITED. STA'IEE-S.

Q-FE'l CE CHAIR John R. Slaughter, Dallas, Tex.

Application December 29, 1945, Serial No. 638,118

1 Claim. 1

This invention relates to household furnishings and more particularly to arm chairs and divans.

The principal object of the invention is to provide a chair or divan especially one of the upholstered or overstufied type, whose arm rests are convertible into tables for writing, support ing refreshments, or the like, by virtue of a pair of coaxial plates or boards hinged together along one edge so that one may be moved to overlie the other in one position and become parallel with the latter in another position. The movable board is upholstered on one side while the opposite side, as is the exposed side of a companion board is appropriately finished to constitute jointly with the other a table top in which the flanges of the hinges, preferably of the piano type, are countersunk.

Another object of the invention is to provide a combination arm rest and utility table for upholstered chairs, divans and the like as well as a magazine or utility storage recess which, when the table elements are in collapsed or folded position afford a closure for the storage recess or well and present the same pleasing appearance as when in extended position to form a table.

With the foregoing objects as paramount, the invention has further reference to certain features of accomplishment which will become apparent as the description proceeds, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:

Figure l is a perspective view of an overstuffed chair equipped with the convertible arm rests of the invention.

Figure 2 is a fragmentary elevational view of either an arm chair or divan with parts broken away to disclose the storage well or compartment and the construction of the elements constituting the folding table, and

Figure 3 is a View similar to Figure 2 on a reduced scale and showing the elements of the folding table in raised position.

Continuing with a more detailed description of the drawing, it is first pointed out that the convertible arm rest and storage compartment described herein may be made applicable to any article of furniture, upholstered or otherwise, having an arm rest. However, it is considered that the invention will find more extensive use on parlor and living room furniture in cases where refreshments may be informally served or for impromptu letter writing and the like.

With the foregoing in View, reference numeral III denotes a chair, divan or settee of the upholstered type which has a box or receptacle II built onto the same, the upper portion of which constitutes an arm rest. In conventional construction the arm rest is padded with a suitable material. This is true also of the arm rest I'2 of the invention but in the latter case, and as shown, the padding material or cap I3 is applied to a plate or board I I whose opposite surface is finished to present a pleasing appearance when it becomes one half section of the complete table top in a manner to be presently described. The said box or receptable forms a compartment for magazines and other articles.

As a base for the arm rest I2, when serving as such, a plate or board I5 of equal dimensions and correspondingly finished on top, is hinged at I5a to the top of the receptacle II of the chair or divan I0 and to board I5 is hinged at I6 to the outer edge of the companion board I I, the boards I4 and I5 being considered to be in folded position. It will be observed that a piano type hinge is employed for strength and to insure a smooth table surface, the hinge is inverted and its flanges are countersunk into the material of the boards I4 and '15. When folded, the boards jointly serve to close the receptacle II.

In Figure 1, one of the table boards I4 is shown as overlying and partially concealing the supporting or stationary board I5, 50 that its padded side will be upright and serve as an arm rest. The companion table board is displaced to lie on a plane flush with the supporting board I5, to serve with the latter, as a table.

It is obvious that should the exposed edges of the boards I4 and I5, when collapsed, be objectionable, concealment thereof may be effected by providing a reversible ruffle (not shown) about the edge of the displaceable table I4, although appropropriate design of exposed woodwork may render such concealment immaterial.

Manife stly, the construction as shown and. described is capable of some modification and such modification as may be construed to fall within the scope and meaning of the appended claim is also considered to be within the spirit and intent of the invention.

What is claimed is:

In a chair construction, an end frame defining a receptacle having an open top, a horizontal board hinged along one edge of the inner edge of the top of said receptacle and adapted to close the same in one position, said board being 2,494,838 3 hingedly displaceable to a second position in- REFERENCES CITED wardly of said frame and provided with a finished The following references are of record in the upper surface, a second board hinged co-extenme of this patent: sively along one edge to the edge of said first board opposite said hinged edge thereof, having 5 UNITED STATES PA'I'ENTS one side upholstered and the opposite side fin- Number Name Date ished in corresponding relation to said first board 1,533,219 Sugerman Apr. 14' 1925 and capable of being folded to overlie he la er in one position and to lie in flush plane therewith FOREIGN PATENTS in another position outwardly of said frame. 10 Number Country t 443,145 Great Britain Feb. 24, 1936 JOHN R. SLAUGHTER- 443,562 Germany Apr. 27, 1927

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1533219 *17 Aug 192214 Apr 1925Sugerman PhilipCombination furniture
DE443562C *27 Apr 1927Franz Walter WaniaPolstersitz
GB443145A * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2841212 *18 Jan 19561 Jul 1958Gen Motors CorpFolding extensible arm rest
US3298735 *21 Jan 196617 Jan 1967Room A RamaCombination easy chair and table
US5022706 *14 May 199011 Jun 1991Bryan Jed AAdjustable keyboard chair
US5074617 *3 May 198824 Dec 1991Len MaxwellStorage compartment for wheelchair
US5207477 *15 Oct 19914 May 1993Len MaxwellStorage compartment for wheelchair
US5735573 *20 Aug 19967 Apr 1998Vredevoogd; Jon D.Chair with power seat
US5845965 *16 Jan 19978 Dec 1998Ford Motor CompanyAdjustable armrest for automobile console
US6106058 *18 Jun 199922 Aug 2000Kenneth C. SurChair or sofa with refrigerated compartment
US627675320 Apr 200021 Aug 2001Kenneth C. SurChair or sofa with refrigerated compartment
US6631774 *22 Jun 200114 Oct 2003Suzuki Motor CorporationElectric motor vehicle
US7407232 *23 Mar 20055 Aug 2008Combi CorporationSeat for a child
US7966952 *24 Oct 200728 Jun 2011Embraer—Empresa Brasileira de AeronŠutica S.A.Foldable table for aircraft interiors
US8419124 *14 Mar 201116 Apr 2013Hill-Rom Services, Inc.Chair with movable arms and tables sections
US8690254 *13 Mar 20098 Apr 2014Zodiac Seats FranceSecure herringbone arrangement for the armrest of a seat, seat and two seat assembly provided with such an arrangement
US906768119 Feb 201430 Jun 2015Zodiac Seats FranceSecure herringbone arrangement for the armrest of a seat, seat and two seat assembly provided with such an arrangement
US9681753 *9 Dec 201520 Jun 2017Keith RudolphCombination cooler support and drink display device
US20050218705 *23 Mar 20056 Oct 2005Combi CorporationSeat for a child
US20070145791 *7 Dec 200628 Jun 2007Recaro Aircraft Seating Gmbh & Co. KgLocking device for a tray table system in a seat, in particular an aircraft passenger seat
US20080054688 *5 Sep 20076 Mar 2008Cabot LongneckerReclining office chair cushioning system
US20090107366 *24 Oct 200730 Apr 2009Armand FissetteFoldable table for aircraft interiors
US20090243352 *13 Mar 20091 Oct 2009Societe Industrielle Et Commerciale De Materiel Aeronautique-Sicma Aero SeatSecure herringbone arrangement for the armrest of a seat, seat and two seat assembly provided with such an arrangement
US20110163575 *14 Mar 20117 Jul 2011Kramer Kenneth LChair with movable arms and tables sections
US20130264847 *7 Feb 201310 Oct 2013Keith Neal PughFurniture with integrated lap desk
US20140310879 *16 Apr 201423 Oct 2014Jill RoxSofa-bed air mattress combination
CN100584247C30 Mar 200527 Jan 2010康贝株式会社Seat for a child
DE864313C *27 Apr 194922 Jan 1953Wolfgang JastrzembskiIn ein Einzel- oder Doppelbett umwandelbare Couch
EP1582117A1 *16 Mar 20055 Oct 2005Combi CorporationSeat for a child
U.S. Classification297/145, 297/188.19
International ClassificationA47C7/70, A47C7/62
Cooperative ClassificationA47C7/70
European ClassificationA47C7/70