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Title:
IMPROVEMENTS IN BEDDING INCLUDING PUSH-PIN SECURING ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/006515
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A system for securing an internal padding element of a doona to conform with the extent of a sheath or cover of the doona; the system including providing fastening means at least proximate the respective four corners of the internal padding element and the sheath or cover of the doona; the fastening means comprising a first component and a second component arranged for releasable coupling one to the other; each first and second component provided with attachment means for securing respective components to the padding element and to the cover of the doona.

Inventors:
SAVAGE, Janine (Sydney, New South Wales 2001, 2001, AU)
SAVAGE, Shane (Unit 1913/229 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Victoria 3141, 3141, AU)
Application Number:
AU2018/050703
Publication Date:
January 10, 2019
Filing Date:
July 06, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ZAVARGÊ PTY LTD (Unit 1913/229 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Victoria 3141, 3141, AU)
International Classes:
A47G9/02
Domestic Patent References:
WO2017008102A12017-01-19
Foreign References:
GB2377376A2003-01-15
CN203852126U2014-10-01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WALLINGTON-DUMMER PATENT AND TRADE MARK ATTORNEYS (GPO BOX 3888, Sydney, New South Wales 2001, 2001, AU)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A system for securing an internal padding element of a doona to conform with the extent of a sheath or cover of the doona; the system including providing fastening means at least proximate the respective four corners of the internal padding element and the sheath or cover of the doona; the fastening means comprising a first component and a second component arranged for

releasable coupling one to the other; each first and second component provided with attachment means for securing respective components to the padding element and to the cover of the doona.

2. The system of claim 1 wherein the sheath or cover of the doona comprises an upper layer and a lower layer of material; the upper layer of material sown to the lower layer of material at three edges of the generally rectangular sheath or cover.

3. The system of claim 1 or 2 wherein each internal corner of the doona cover is provided with the first component of the fastening means; corresponding corners of the internal padding provided with the second component of the fastening means.

4. The system of claim 11 wherein the first component is a female component formed as a right triangle body with an entry slot along a hypotenuse of the body; the entry slot providing access to a substantially triangular recess within the triangular body.

5. The system of claim 12 wherein at least one triangular surface of the body is provided with an opening

communicating with the substantially triangular recess.

6. The system of any one of claims 11 to 13 wherein the second component comprises a main triangular portion; the second component provided with an tab extending from an hypotenuse of the triangular portion.

7. The system of claim 14 wherein the triangular portion of the second component is sized to enter the recess of the first component as a loose sliding fit.

8. The system of claim 14 or 15 wherein the second

component is provided with at least one flexible tab; a rear end of the tab projecting above the surface of the triangular portion.

9. The system of claim 16 wherein the flexible tab is an integral part of the triangular portion; the flexible tab extending from the triangular portion at the leading end of the tab.

10. The system of claim 16 or 17 wherein the tab conforms in shape to an opening in the triangular portion with the flexible tab sloping upwardly from a region of attachment of the tab to the triangular portion, to a rearward edge of the tab.

11. The system of any one of claims 16 to 18 wherein the tab conforms substantially in shape to the triangular opening in the surface of the first component.

12. The system of any one of claims 16 to 19 wherein

thickness of the triangular portion of the second component and the degree to which the flexible tab projects above its surface at the rear end of the tab are selected so that when the second component is inserted into the recess of the first component, the flexible tab is initially deflected into the opening in the triangular portion as it passes through the entry slot of the first component; the tab snapping back into its raised position within the triangular opening of the first component once the second component is fully inserted.

13. The system of any previous claim wherein the attachment means comprise at least one mechanism; each mechanism comprising a socket and a push pin; the push pin formed to couple with the socket as a snap fit.

14. The system of claim 13 wherein the socket includes an aperture with a narrowing restriction; the push pin including a shank with a tapered projection; the tapered projection and the narrowing restriction sized to retain the push pin in the socket when the push pin and the socket are assembled together.

15. The system of claim 13 or 14 wherein a pair of the

sockets are integrally formed in tabs extending from each of the first and the second components .

16. The system of any one of claims 13 to 15 wherein the first and second components are secured to the material of the cover of the doona or the material of the padding element respectively by pushing push pins through the material before inserting the push pins into the sockets; the material retained between heads of the push pins and tabs extending from each of the first and second components.

17. A method of securing an internal padding of a doona

from movement within a sheath or cover of the doona; the method including the steps of:

- Providing a first form of attachment means at each corner of the sheath or cover,

- Providing a second form of attachment means at each corresponding corner of the internal padding,

- Securing respective first and second attachment

means one to another at each of the corners, and wherein each of the first form of attachment means and the second form of attachment means include at least one mechanism for securing the respective attachment means the internal padding and to the sheath or cover of the doona.

18. The method of claim 21 wherein the first form of

attachment means comprises a first component of a clip secured at each internal corner of the doona cover.

19. The method of claim 26 wherein the second form of

attachment means comprises a second component of the clip secured at each corner of the internal padding.

20. The method of claim 27 wherein the second component is inserted into a recess provided in the first component; a flexible tab of the second component snapping back into a raised position to secure the second component within the recess of the first component.

21. The method of any one of claims 17 to 21 wherein each of the first component and the second component are secured to the padding element and the cover of the doona respectively by at least one mechanism

22. The method of claim 21 wherein each mechanism includes a socket integrally formed in tabs extending from sides of each of the first and the second component; each mechanism further including a push pin for snap fit assembly into the socket.

23. The method of claim 21 or 22 wherein the method

includes the further steps of :

- inserting push pins through the material of the

padding element and of the cover of the doona,

- inserting shanks of the push pins into the sockets to secure the material between heads of the push pins and the tabs .

Description:
IMPROVEMENTS IN BEDDING INCLUDING PUSH-PIN

SECURING ASSEMBLY

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present invention relates to bed clothes and, more particularly, to doona bed coverings.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Anyone who has slept under a typical doona which comprises an outer sheath with inner padding, will have experienced the annoying tendency for the inner padding to move within the sheath so that eventually the body of a user will only gain a partial or no benefit from the warmth which the inner padding was supposed to provide.

[0003] It is an object of the present invention to address or at least ameliorate some of the above

disadvantages or provide a useful alternative.

Notes

[0004] The term "comprising" (and grammatical variations thereof) is used in this specification in the inclusive sense of "having" or "including", and not in the exclusive sense of "consisting only of".

[0005] The above discussion of the prior art in the Background of the invention, is not an admission that any information discussed therein is citable prior art or part of the common general knowledge of persons skilled in the art in any country. SUMMARY OF INVENTION

[0006] Accordingly, in one broad form of the invention, there is provided a system for securing an internal padding element of a doona to conform with the extent of a sheath or cover of the doona; the system including providing fastening means at least proximate the respective four corners of the internal padding element and the sheath or cover of the doona.

[0007] Preferably, the sheath or cover comprises an upper layer and a lower layer of material; the upper layer of material sown to the lower layer of material at three edges of the generally rectangular sheath or cover.

[0008] Preferably, an upper layer of the internal padding is provided proximate at least at each corner with a first portion of a press stud.

[0009] Preferably, a second portion of each press stud is fixed in the upper layer of material of the internal padding .

[00010] Preferably, the upper layer of material of the sheath or cover of the doona is provided with slits proximate each of the four corners.

[00011] Preferably, buttons are attached to the upper layer of material of the sheath or cover beside each of the slits .

[00012] Preferably, the internal padding of the doona is provided with loops attached to an upper layer of material of the internal padding; the loops located to coincide with the location of the slits when the internal padding is located within the sheath or cover.

[00013] Preferably, in use, the loops are pulled through the corresponding slits and looped around the buttons to secure the internal padding relative the sheath or cover of the doona. [00014] Preferably, the inner padding of the doona is provided with a pair of ribbons attached to an upper layer of material of the internal padding; the ribbons located to coincide with the location of the slits when the internal padding is located within the sheath or cover.

[00015] Preferably, in use the ribbons are pulled through the corresponding slits and tied around the buttons to secure the internal padding relative the sheath or cover of the doona.

[00016] Preferably, each internal corner of the doona cover is provided with a first component of the fastening means; corresponding corners of the internal padding provided with a second component of the fastening means .

[00017] Preferably, the first component is a female component formed as a right triangle body with an entry slot along a hypotenuse of the body; the entry slot

providing access to a substantially triangular recess within the triangular body.

[00018] Preferably, at least one triangular surface of the body is provided with an opening communicating with the substantially triangular recess.

[00019] Preferably, the second component second comprises a main triangular portion; the second component provided with an tab extending from an hypotenuse of the triangular portion .

[00020] Preferably, the triangular portion of the second component is sized to enter the recess of the first

component as a loose sliding fit.

[00021] Preferably, the second component is provided with at least one flexible tab; a rear end of the tab projecting above the surface of the triangular portion.

[00022] Preferably, the flexible tab is an integral part of the triangular portion; the flexible tab extending from the triangular portion at the leading end of the tab. [00023] Preferably, the tab conforms in shape to an opening in the triangular portion with the flexible tab sloping upwardly from a region of attachment of the tab to the triangular portion, to a rearward edge of the tab.

[00024] Preferably, the tab conforms substantially in shape to the triangular opening in the surface of the first component .

[00025] Preferably, thickness of the triangular portion of the second component and the degree to which the

flexible tab projects above its surface at the rear end of the tab are selected so that when the second component is inserted into the recess of the first component, the flexible tab is initially deflected into the opening in the triangular portion as it passes through the entry slot of the first component; the tab snapping back into its raised position within the triangular opening of the first

component once the second component is fully inserted.

[00026] In another broad form of the invention, there is provided a method of securing an internal padding of a doona from movement within a sheath or cover of the doona; the method including the steps of:

providing a first form of attachment means at each corner of the sheath or cover,

providing a second form of attachment means at each corresponding corner of the internal padding,

securing respective first and second attachment means one to another at each of the corners.

[00026] Preferably, the first form of attachment means is an upper half of a press stud; the second form of

attachment means being al lower half of the press stud.

[00027] Preferably, the first form of attachment means is a slit provided in an upper layer of material of the sheath or cover at each corner and a button attached to the upper layer of material beside each slit. [00028] Preferably, the second form of attachment means is a loop attached to an upper layer of material of the internal padding to coincide with the location of the slits when the internal padding is located within the sheath or cover .

[00029] Preferably, the second form of attachment means is a pair of ribbons attached to an upper layer of material of the internal padding to coincide with the location of the slits when the internal padding is located within the sheath or cover.

[00030] Preferably, the first form of attachment means comprises a first component of a clip secured at each internal corner of the doona cover.

[00031] Preferably, the second form of attachment means comprises a second component of the clip secured at each corner of the internal padding.

[00032] Preferably, the second component is inserted into a recess provided in the first component; a flexible tab of the second component snapping back into a raised position to secure the second component within the recess of the first component.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[00033] Embodiments of the present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings wherein :

[00034] Figure 1 shows a partially cut-away of a doona cover and internal padding and a first securing arrangement according to the invention,

[00035] Figure 2 shows an enlarged corner portion of the doona of figure 1 with a further arrangement for securing an internal padding to the doona cover, [00036] Figure 3 is a perspective view of the components of a further embodiment of securing the internal padding within a doona cover,

[00037] Figure 4 is a perspective cutaway view of a corner of a doona cover with the components of the

embodiment of Figure 4 in use,

[00038] Figure 5 is a side view of the two components of Figure 3 and 4 assembled in use,

[00039] Figure 6 is a perspective view of the assembled components indicating pressure to be applied for releasing one component from the other,

[00040] Figure 7is a perspective view of the components of Figure 6, disassembled,

[00041] Figure 8A is an end view of a further embodiment of components for securing internal padding within a doona cover when assembled,

[00042] Figure 8B is a plan view of the assembled

components of Figure 8A,

[00043] Figure 8C is a side view of the assembled

components of Figures 8A and 8B,

[00044] Figure 8D is a sectioned side view of the

assembled components of Figures 8A to 8C.

[00045] Figures 9, 10, 11 illustrate steps in assembly of the embodiment of Figures 8A, B, C, D.

[00046] Figure 12 is a side view, disassembled of a further embodiment components for securing internal padding within a doona dover when assembled.

DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

[00047] With reference to figure 1, a typical doona 10

comprises a generally rectangular sheath 12 or envelope and a padded insert 14 sized to fit closely within the sheath 12 . The sheath 12 is made up of an upper layer of material 16 and a lower layer of material 18. Typically also the upper layer of material 14 is sown to the lower level of material 18

around three edges, 20, 22 and 24 with the fourth edge 26 being left open so that the insert 14 may be removed as required for the washing of the sheath 12.

[00048] The insert 14 may be retained in the sheath 12 for use by, for example, a turned over flap (not shown) of the material along the edge 26 in the manner of a pillow slip. Thus in this arrangement, the insert 14 is free to move within the confines of the sheath 12.

[00049] In the present invention however, the padded insert 12 is restrained to maintain a position within the sheath 12 conforming to the limits of the internal edges of the sheath.

[00050]

First Preferred Embodiment

[00051] In a first preferred arrangement, the sheath 12 and the padded insert 14 are provided with press studs 28 at least proximate the four corners 30, 32, 34 and 36 of the sheath and the corresponding corners of the padded insert 14. The female or upper halves 28A of the press studs 26 are fixed into the upper layer of material 14 of the sheath 12, while the corresponding male or lower portions 28B are attached to the upper surface 38 of the padded insert 14.

Second Preferred Embodiment

[00052] In a second preferred arrangement as shown in Figure 2, the upper layer of material 16 of the sheath 12 is provided with slits 40 adjacent the four corners of the sheath, and a button 42 attached beside each slit 40. The four corners of the padded insert 14 are provided with a pair of ribbons, or loops 44, which may be drawn through the slits 40 and, in the case of loops, fitted around the adjacent button 42, or in the case of ribbons, tied around the button, thus securing the padded insert 16 relative the sheath 12.

Third Preferred Embodiment

[00053] With reference now to Figures 3 to 6, in a further embodiment of the invention, a securing system for securing padding inside a doona cover includes the provision of clips 100 at the four corners of the cover 110 and the internal padding 112. As best seen in Figure 3, each clip 100 comprises two components, a first component 114 which is secured within the doona cover 110 at each of the four corners (only one of which is shown) , and a complementary second component 116 secured to the outside of the material of the padding 112 at its four corners. Preferably, both the first and the second components 114,116 are injection moulded from a suitable polymer.

[00054] Preferably, the first component 114 is a female component formed as a right triangle body 118 with an entry slot 120 along the hypotenuse of the body, providing access to a substantially triangular recess 122.

[00055] At least one triangular surface of the body 118 is provided with a preferably triangular opening 124

communicating with the triangular recess 122. The edges 126 of the sides of the body 118 opposite the hypotenuse may be provided with rows of apertures 128 for securing the body 118 into the internal corner of the doona cover 110 by sewing .

[00056] The second, male component 116, has a main portion 130 preferably of triangular shape and provided with an extending tab 132 at the hypotenuse of the

triangular portion 130. The tab 132 may be provided with a row or rows of apertures 134 for attaching the second component 116 at a corner of the internal padding 112 by sewing .

[00057] The triangular portion 130 of the second

component 116 is sized to enter the recess 122 of the first component 114 as a loose sliding fit and is provided with at least one flexible tab 136 with a rear end 138 of the tab projecting above the surface of the triangular portion 130. The flexible tab 136 is an integral part of the triangular portion 130, extending from the triangular portion at the leading end 140 of the tab. In a most preferred form, the flexible tab 136 conforms in shape to an opening 142 in the triangular portion 130 with the flexible tab 136 sloping upwardly from its region of attachment at the leading end 140, to its rearward edge

144.

[00058] Furthermore, the shape of the flexible tab 136 conforms substantially to the triangular opening 124 in the surface of the first component 114 and which communicates with the recess 122 in that component.

[00059] The thickness of the triangular portion 130 of the second component 116 and the degree to which the flexible tab 136 projects above its surface at the rear end 138 of the tab are selected so that when the second

component 116 is inserted into the recess 122 of the first component 114, the flexible tab 136 is initially deflected into the opening 142 in the triangular portion 130 as it passes through the entry slot 120 of the first component 114, but then snaps back into its raised position within the triangular opening 124 of the first component once the second component is fully inserted.

[00060] The rear edge 144 of the flexible tab 136 is then at a level relative the surface of the triangular body 118 of the first component 114 and is locked within the

triangular opening 124.

Fourth Preferred Embodiment

[00061] In a further embodiment and in a variation of the above described third embodiment, with reference to Figures 8A to 8D, the securing system according to the invention, again comprises a first component 214 secured at each corner within the doona cover as described for the above embodiments, and a second component 216 secured to each corner of the padding.

[00062] In this embodiment however, the first component 214 is provided with a thin side tab 226 for securing the component at the adjoining seam of the doona cover when the component is inserted into a corner of the cover. The thin projection of the side tab 226 allows for an easier

positioning of the component and requires a single pass only of stitching to secure the component in its required position.

Fifth Embodiment

[00063] Figure 12 is a side view, disassembled of a further embodiment components for securing internal padding within a doona dover when assembled.

[00064] In this instance, like components are numbered as for the fourth embodiment except with postfixed A.

[00065] In this instance, the pin 330A is placed on the doona clip side of the assembly and interacts with a cap or press stud 328A located on the opposite side of the doona, as illustrated.

[00066] In some instances this arrangement may assist in better aligning the pin due to its improved visibility during an assembly operation.

In Use

[00067] Thus to secure padding within a doona cover with the securing system of this embodiment of the invention, each second component is inserted into the corresponding first component sufficient for the flexible tab to snap back into its raised position.

To disengage the second component 216 from the first component 214 for removal of the padding from the cover, the flexible tab 236 is depressed sufficient to allow the second component to be withdrawn from the recess 222.

Sixth Preferred Embodiment

[00068] Figures 9, 10, 11 illustrate steps in assembly of the embodiment of Figures 8A, B, C, D.

[00069] In a further embodiment, the securing system again comprises a first component 314 and a second

component 316 as previously described and previously shown

(214,216) in Figure 8B for releasable coupling one to the other. It will be noted that as in the previous embodiment of the component 214 shown in Figure 8B, the triangular form in this embodiment also is extended to form a tab 336 along one edge of the first component 314 as shown in

Figure 11. Similarly, the second component 316 includes an extended tab 338 extending along the hypotenuse of the component .

[00070] In this embodiment, each of the components

314,316 is secured to the doona cover and to the padding respectively, by means of at least one, preferably a pair of mechanisms 318 as shown in Figures 9 and 10.

[00071] With reference to Figure 9, the mechanism 318 comprises a socket 320 and a push pin 322. The socket 320 includes a central aperture 324 formed with a narrowing restriction 326. The push pin 322 comprises a head 328 and a shank 330 with the shank 330 provided with a tapered projection 332. The restriction 326 and the tapered

projection 332, are so sized as to allow the shank 330 and the tapered projection 332 to be inserted into the aperture 324 with the projection 332 passing through the restriction as a snap fit, thus securing the push pin 322 in the socket 320 as shown in Figure 10. [00072] The location of the restriction 326 in the socket 320, and the location of the tapered projection 332 on the shank of the push pin 322, are such as to leave a gap 334 sufficient to accommodate the material of the doona or the padding .

[00073] Turning now to Figure 11, each of the first component 314 and the second component 316 are preferably provided with two of the sockets 320 integrally formed in the tabs 336 and 338 of the first and second components respectively .

In Use

[00074] Thus to secure either the first component 314 to the doona cover, or the second component 316 to the padding within the cover in this fifth embodiment, push pins 322 are pushed through the material of cover or padding at the required separation, and then pushed into the sockets 320.

[00075] A similar assembly operation can be performed utilizing the arrangement of Figure 12. As previously stated, the pin will be visible from the doona clip side which may assist in alignment of the pin through the doona.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

The present invention provides a solution to the problem of the loose internal padding of a doona from moving with the outer sheath or cover of the doona, thereby reducing its effectiveness in properly insulating a user from cold.




 
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