ASHLEY FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC.
|ASHLEY FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20140026389||FURNITURE ASSEMBLY JIG - A furniture jig comprises a frame member positioning portion and a spring stretcher portion with at least the positioning frame portion having a rotating feature. The positioning frame portion may surround the spring stretcher portion and comprises constraint members that define receiving regions, such as slots or channels, into which furniture components, such a box frame members, may be inserted. The receiving regions of the jig frame maintain the furniture components upright or in other useful orientations at least until they are affixed together. In embodiments, the spring stretcher has a plurality of spring receiving portions on which the ends of a spring can be releasably engaged. Support members extending from the spring receiving portions operate to move the spring receiving portions from a spring loading position in which the springs can positioned on the tips to a spring attachment position where the springs are securable to the frame members. Drive portions, such as pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders move the spring receiving portions and support members between the respective positions. A control processer can automate the motions and be activated by a pedal or other switch.||01-30-2014|
|20130337220||FURNITURE ARTICLE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE PANEL SET - Furniture, such as a bed, dresser, cabinetry has a display system affixing a stack of interchangeable decorative panels to the furniture. The display system has an overlaying panelar frame that captures the stack of panels and has at least one elongated fastener securing the overlaying panelar frame on to a surface of the furniture item. The stack of interchangeable panels are each visually different such as having different colors and/or patterns and can be sandwiched between the overlaying panelar frame and the mounting surface in a pocket to immovably maintain the interchangeable panels against the furniture component. The overlaying panelar frame defines at least one opening or widow through which the outermost interchangeable panel is visible. The stack of interchangeable panels can then be rearranged such that a different panel is placed on top of the stack or the outermost position and thereby be visible through the opening in the overlaying panelar frame. The fastener may extend through each of the decorative panels to further secure them in place.||12-19-2013|
|20130320741||READY TO ASSEMBLE FURNITURE SYSTEM - A component interface assembly for attaching the individual subcomponents of an RTA furniture system. Each component interface assembly having an elongated alignment slot cut into one of the subcomponents of the RTA furniture kit and a retention element affixed to a second corresponding subcomponent such that the first and second subcomponents can be secured together by inserting the retention element into the alignment slot. The alignment slot is positioned on the first subcomponent such that positioning the retention element for insertion into the slot aligns the second subcomponent with the first subcomponent providing tool-less alignment and engagement of the subcomponents. The assembled components may have cutouts on confronting planar surfaces of the respective first and second subcomponents providing enhanced storage for shipping the RTA furniture components.||12-05-2013|
|20120248842||FURNITURE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM - An assembly system permitting separate construction and transport of subcomponents for seating furniture items. The disassembled subcomponents allow for more efficient transportation by eliminating the dead space created by transporting irregularly shaped assembled furniture items. The assembly system includes a seat box having a rectangular frame defining an accessible internal cavity covered by an upper support surface. The assembly system also comprises a back rest having a seat box interface surface and at least arm rest interface surface. The back rest also defines an internal cavity accessible through closable opening for internal access to the arm rest interface surfaces. The assembly system also includes mounting an interface surface to the arm rest for securing the arm rest to the arm rest interface surface of the back rest and the rectangular frame of the seat box.||10-04-2012|
|20120248836||SOFA WITH SEAT STRETCHER - A seat stretcher that can be positioned in the seat box of a sofa to maintain the structural integrity of the seat box against the compressive force of the seat springs. The seat stretcher mounts without fasteners and without additional hardward. In embodiments, the seat stretcher has an offset portion that can be rotated to create space within the seat box for storing cushions or legs within the cavity defined by the seat box.||10-04-2012|
|20120017420||INTEGRATED BASE ASSEMBLY - A sofa includes a furniture base assembly that is easily assembled without the need of a jig or fixture, provides for a reduced number of component parts, and provides for aesthetically pleasing base assembly joints. In one embodiment, the front rail member and the back rail member are integrally formed with the corner block members, side rails are connected thus forming an integrated rail member and thereby dispensing with a base joint exposed on the front of the furniture product. The base is affixed to the sofa frame and upholstery is attached to the frame for providing a finished sofa with a showood base.||01-26-2012|
|20100175187||MATTRESS FOUNDATION AND KIT FOR SAME - A mattress foundation is provided that may be compactly and thus inexpensively shipped in kit form and easily assembled into a full sized foundation for use under a mattress by the user. The foundation is light weight and comprises a plurality of rails, end caps, fasteners, interlacing rigid deck panels, and a cover. A top “decking is applied with a plurality of panels that form junctures that present a snaking configuration. Removable fasteners connect the decking to the framework and secure the framework together for easy disassembly. The cover is sheet material with a fully expanded shape conforming to the shape of the frame of the foundation utilizes zippers, Velcro and/or other fasteners to enclose the framework and decking.||07-15-2010|
|20090102269||DROP-IN SEAT UNIT - The present invention provides for a drop-in seat unit as well as a method of manufacturing the drop-in seat unit that does not require the worker to affix one end of the spring to a frame rail and stretch the spring from one of the frame rails to the other frame rail. The ends of the spring are affixed to the frame rails while the springs are in an un-stretched state. Once the plurality of springs is attached to the two frame rails, the rails are mechanically pulled away from each other, thus created a larger open area between the frame rails and thus extending the springs. Once the rails are properly positioned in this extended state, support members are positioned between the two frame rails and one end of each support member is affixed to each frame rail, traversing the space or gap between the two frame rails. The support members fix the distance between the two frame rails. Once the springs are attached to the two frame rails and the support members are affixed to the two frame rails, the completed drop-in seat unit or seat box assembly is unclamped and released from the manufacturing apparatus and is ready for shipment or use in further construction of the sofa or chair.||04-23-2009|
|20080309145||FURNITURE WITH DECORATIVE FASTENERS - A method of assembling an upholstered furniture piece comprising decorative fasteners comprising providing an underlayment material layer, a foam material layer and a covering material layer. The foam material layer is positioned between the underlayment material layer and the covering material layer. The covering material layer extends beyond the underlayment material layer and the foam material layer. Fasteners are used to fasten the underlayment material layer, the foam material layer and the covering material layer together forming a layered component. A template may be used to guide positioning of the fasteners. The fasteners are decorative fasteners. Excess covering material that extends beyond the fasteners is stretched around the edges of the layered component and is affixed to a bottom surface of the layered component, thereby forming a layered assembly. The layered assembly is affixed to an upholstered furniture piece.||12-18-2008|
|20080309134||INTEGRATED BASE ASSEMBLY - A sofa includes a furniture base assembly that is easily assembled without the need of a jig or fixture, provides for a reduced number of component parts, and provides for aesthetically pleasing base assembly joints. In one embodiment, the front rail member and the back rail member are integrally formed with the corner block members, side rails are connected thus forming an integrated rail member and thereby dispensing with a base joint exposed on the front of the furniture product. The base is affixed to the sofa frame and upholstery is attached to the frame for providing a finished sofa with a showood base.||12-18-2008|
Patent applications by ASHLEY FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC.