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Title:
MATTRESS ASSEMBLY AND METHOD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/173305
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A mattress assembly (30) includes a chassis (32) having top and bottom walls (34, 36) and first and second sidewalls (38, 40) that each extend from the top wall (34) to the bottom wall (36). Inner surfaces of the walls (34, 36) and the sidewalls (38, 40) define an interior cavity (42). The top and bottom walls (34, 36) each include a first section (34a, 36a) that is connected to the first sidewall (38) and a second section (34b, 36b) that is connected to the second sidewall (38) such that the first sections (34a, 36a) are pivotable relative to the first sidewall (38) and the second sections (34b, 36b) are pivotable relative to the second sidewall (40). The first section (34a) of the top wall (34) is pivotable relative to the second section (34b) of the top wall (34) and the first section (36a) of the bottom wall (36) is pivotable relative to the second section (36b) of the bottom wall (36). A spring assembly (66) is configured to be positioned within the interior cavity (42).

Inventors:
ALLETTO EUGENE (US)
Application Number:
US2019/020707
Publication Date:
September 12, 2019
Filing Date:
March 05, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BEDGEAR LLC (US)
International Classes:
A47C27/00; A47C27/04; A47C27/05; A47C27/06
Foreign References:
CN106539655A2017-03-29
EP2422656A12012-02-29
US6398199B12002-06-04
US201662347199P2016-06-08
US201762443260P2017-01-06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LENNA, Leo, G. et al. (US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A mattress assembly comprising:

a chassis comprising top and bottom walls and first and second sidewalls that each extend from the top wall to the bottom wall, inner surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls defining an interior cavity, the top and bottom walls each comprising a first section that is connected to the first sidewall and a second section that is connected to the second sidewall such that the first sections are pivotable relative to the first sidewall and the second sections are pivotable relative to the second sidewall, the first section of the top wall being pivotable relative to the second section of the top wall and the first section of the bottom wall being pivotable relative to the second section of the bottom wall; and

a spring assembly configured to be positioned within the interior cavity.

2. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 1 , wherein the first sections are each connected to the first sidewall by a first hinge and the second sections are each connected to the second sidewall by a second hinge.

3. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 1 , wherein the first section of the top wall is connected to the second section of the top wall by a first hinge and the first section of the bottom wall is connected to the second section of the bottom wall by a second hinge.

4. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 1 , wherein the chassis is movable between a first configuration in which the sections each extend transverse to the sidewalls and a second configuration in which the sections each extend parallel to the sidewalls.

5. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 4, wherein a distance between the first sidewall and the second sidewall decreases as the chassis moves from the first configuration to the second configuration.

6. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 4, wherein the chassis has a rectangular configuration when the chassis is in the first configuration.

7. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 1 , wherein the spring assembly comprises a first spring assembly and a second spring assembly that is removeably coupled to the first spring assembly.

8. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 7, wherein the first spring assembly has a firmness that is different from that of the second spring assembly.

9. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 1 , further comprising:

a cover coupled to outer surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls; and a topper coupled to the cover such that the topper is positioned on top of the spring assembly.

10. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 9, wherein the topper is removeably coupled to the cover by a zipper.

1 1. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 9, further comprising a cushion positioned between the topper and the cover.

12. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 1 , wherein the chassis comprises a base layer that extends from the top wall to the bottom wall and from the first sidewall to the second sidewall.

13. A mattress assembly as recited in claim 12, further comprising a tambor positioned on top of the base layer, the spring assembly being positioned on top of the tambor.

14. A kit comprising:

the mattress assembly recited in claim 1 , wherein the chassis comprises a base layer that extends from the top wall to the bottom wall and from the first sidewall to the second sidewall;

a tambor positioned configured to be positioned on top of the base layer;

a cover configured to be coupled to outer surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls; and

a topper configured to be coupled to the cover.

15. A kit as recited in claim 14, wherein the spring assembly comprises a first spring assembly and a second spring assembly that is removeably coupled to the first spring assembly, the first spring assembly having a firmness that is different than that of the second spring assembly.

16. A kit as recited in claim 14, wherein the chassis is packaged in a first container and the spring assembly is packaged in a second container that is separate from the first container.

17. A kit as recited in claim 14, wherein: the first sections are each connected to the first sidewall by a first hinge and the second sections are each connected to the second sidewall by a second hinge; and

the first section of the top wall is connected to the second section of the top wall by a first hinge and the first section of the bottom wall is connected to the second section of the bottom wall by a second hinge.

18. A method of assembling a mattress comprising:

providing the mattress assembly recited in claim 1 , the chassis comprising a cover coupled to outer surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls;

moving the chassis from a first configuration in which the sections each extend parallel to the sidewalls and a second configuration in which the sections each extend transverse to the sidewalls;

positioning a tambor within the interior cavity;

positioning a spring assembly within the interior cavity such that the spring assembly is positioned on top of the tambor; and

attaching a topper to the cover such that the topper is positioned on top of the spring assembly.

19. A method as recited in claim 18, wherein:

the first sections are each connected to the first sidewall by a first hinge and the second sections are each connected to the second sidewall by a second hinge; and

the first section of the top wall is connected to the second section of the top wall by a first hinge and the first section of the bottom wall is connected to the second section of the bottom wall by a second hinge.

20. A mattress assembly comprising:

a chassis comprising top and bottom walls and first and second sidewalls that each extend from the top wall to the bottom wall, inner surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls defining an interior cavity, the top and bottom walls each comprising a first section that is connected to the first sidewall and a second section that is connected to the second sidewall such that the first sections are pivotable relative to the first sidewall and the second sections are pivotable relative to the second sidewall, the first section of the top wall being pivotable relative to the second section of the top wall and the first section of the bottom wall being pivotable relative to the second section of the bottom wall, the chassis comprising a base layer that extends from the top wall to the bottom wall and from the first sidewall to the second sidewall;

a cover coupled to outer surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls;

a tambor positioned on top of the base layer;

a spring assembly positioned on top of the tambor, the spring assembly comprising a first spring assembly and a second spring assembly that is removeably coupled to the first spring assembly, the first spring assembly having a firmness that is different than that of the second spring assembly; and

a topper coupled to the cover such that the topper is positioned on top of the spring assembly, the topper being removeably coupled to the cover by a zipper, wherein the chassis is movable between a first configuration in which the sections each extend transverse to the sidewalls and a second configuration in which the sections each extend parallel to the sidewalls.

21. A mattress comprising:

a frame comprising opposite first and second side walls and opposite first and second end walls, the end walls each extending from the first side wall to the second side wall, the walls defining a cavity;

a first spring pack; and

a second spring pack, the spring packs being positioned in the cavity, the first spring pack engaging the first side wall and the end walls, the second spring pack engaging the second side wall and the end walls.

22. The mattress recited in claim 1 , wherein the first spring pack is spaced apart from the second side wall by the second spring pack and the second spring pack is spaced apart from the first side wall by the first spring pack.

23. The mattress recited in claim 1 , wherein the first spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of the second spring pack.

24. The mattress recited in claim 1 , wherein the first spring pack includes a plurality of first springs and the second spring pack includes a plurality of second springs, the second springs being different than the first springs.

25. The mattress recited in claim 1 , wherein the first spring pack includes a plurality of first springs and the second spring pack includes a plurality of second springs, the second springs having a different number of coils than the first springs.

26. The mattress recited in claim 1 , wherein the first spring pack includes a plurality of first springs and the second spring pack includes a plurality of second springs, the second springs having a plurality of first coils, the first springs having a plurality of second coils, the second coils being different than the first coils.

27. The mattress recited in claim 1 , wherein the first spring pack includes a plurality of first springs and the second spring pack includes a plurality of second springs, the second springs having a plurality of first coils, the first springs having a plurality of second coils, the second coils having a different gauge than the first coils.

28. A mattress comprising:

a frame comprising opposite first and second side walls and opposite first and second end walls, the end walls each extending from the first side wall to the second side wall, the walls defining a cavity;

a first spring assembly comprising a first spring pack, a second spring pack and a third spring pack; and

a second spring assembly comprising a fourth spring pack, a fifth spring pack and a sixth spring pack, wherein the spring assemblies are each positioned in the cavity, the first spring assembly engaging the first side wall and the end walls, the second spring assembly engaging the second side wall and the end walls.

29. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack is spaced apart from the third spring pack by the second spring pack; and

the third spring pack is spaced apart from the sixth spring pack by the fourth spring pack.

30. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of at least one of the second spring pack and the third spring pack; and

the fourth spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of at least one of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack.

31. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of the second spring pack and the third spring pack has a firmness that is different than the firmness of the second spring pack; and

the fourth spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of the fifth spring pack.

32. The mattress recited in claim 1 1 , wherein:

the firmness of the first spring pack is different than the firmness of the third spring pack; and the firmness of the fourth spring pack is different than the firmness of the sixth spring pack.

33. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack has springs that are different than springs of at least one of the second spring pack and the third spring pack; and

the fourth spring pack has springs that are different than springs of at least one of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack.

34. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack comprises springs that are different than springs of the second spring pack and the third spring pack has springs that are different than springs of the second spring pack; and

the fourth spring pack has springs that are different than springs of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack has springs that are different than springs of the fifth spring pack.

35. The mattress recited in claim 14, wherein: the springs of the first spring pack are different than the springs of the third spring pack; and

the springs of the fourth spring pack are different than the springs of the sixth spring pack.

36. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of at least one of the second spring pack and the third spring pack; and the fourth spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of at least one of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack.

37. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein:

the first spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of the second spring pack and the third spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of the second spring pack; and

the fourth spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of the fifth spring pack.

38. The mattress recited in claim 17, wherein:

the springs of the first spring pack have a different number of coils than springs of the third spring pack; and

the springs of the fourth spring pack have a different number of coils than the springs of the sixth spring pack.

39. The mattress recited in claim 8, wherein: the first spring pack has springs including coils that have a different gauge than coils of the springs of the second spring pack and the third spring pack coils that have a different gauge than coils of the springs of the second spring pack;

the fourth spring pack has springs including coils that have a different gauge than coils of the springs of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack coils that have a different gauge than coils of the springs of the fifth spring pack;

the coils of the springs of the first spring pack have a different gauge than the coils of the springs of the third spring pack; and

the coils of the springs of the fourth spring pack have a different gauge than the coils of the springs of the sixth spring pack.

40. A mattress comprising:

a frame comprising opposite first and second side walls and opposite first and second end walls, the end walls each extending from the first side wall to the second side wall, the walls defining a cavity;

a first spring assembly comprising a first spring pack, a second spring pack and a third spring pack; and

a second spring assembly comprising a fourth spring pack, a fifth spring pack and a sixth spring pack,

wherein the spring assemblies are each positioned in the cavity, the first spring assembly engaging the first side wall and the end walls, the second spring assembly engaging the second side wall and the end walls,

wherein the first spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of at least one of the second spring pack and the third spring pack,

wherein the fourth spring pack has a firmness that is different than a firmness of at least one of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack,

wherein the first spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of at least one of the second spring pack and the third spring pack, wherein the fourth spring pack has springs that have a different number of coils than springs of at least one of the fifth spring pack and the sixth spring pack, wherein the coils of the springs of the first spring pack have a different gauge than the coils of the springs of the second spring pack and the coils of the springs of the third spring pack, and

wherein the coils of the springs of the fourth spring pack have a different gauge than the coils of the springs of the fifth spring pack and the coils of the springs of the sixth spring pack.

Description:
MATTRESS ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present disclosure generally relates to bedding, and more particularly to mattress assemblies that are modular and configured to be shipped in one or a plurality of boxes by ground delivery and that can be easily assembled upon delivery.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Sleep is critical for people to feel and perform their best, in every aspect of their lives. Sleep is an essential path to better health and reaching personal goals. Indeed, sleep affects everything from the ability to commit new information to memory to weight gain. It is therefore essential for people to use bedding that is comfortable in order to achieve restful sleep.

[0003] Typically, mattresses are shipped to a destination as freight due to the size of the mattress. That is, most mattresses cannot be shipped by ground delivery because the mattresses each exceed the size permitted for ground delivery. Freight shipping is typically much more expensive than shipping by ground delivery. As such, shipping mattresses as freight increases costs associated with purchasing a mattress. This disclosure describes an improvement over these prior art technologies.

SUMMARY

[0004] In one embodiment, in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure, a mattress assembly is provided. The mattress assembly includes a chassis comprising top and bottom walls and first and second sidewalls that each extend from the top wall to the bottom wall. Inner surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls define an interior cavity. The top and bottom walls each comprise a first section that is connected to the first sidewall and a second section that is connected to the second sidewall such that the first sections are pivotable relative to the first sidewall and the second sections are pivotable relative to the second sidewall. The first section of the top wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the top wall and the first section of the bottom wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the bottom wall. A spring assembly is positioned within the interior cavity.

[0005] In one embodiment, in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure, a mattress assembly is provided that includes a chassis comprising top and bottom walls and first and second sidewalls that each extend from the top wall to the bottom wall, inner surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls defining an interior cavity. The top and bottom walls each comprise a first section that is connected to the first sidewall and a second section that is connected to the second sidewall such that the first sections are pivotable relative to the first sidewall and the second sections are pivotable relative to the second sidewall. The first section of the top wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the top wall and the first section of the bottom wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the bottom wall. The chassis comprises a base layer that extends from the top wall to the bottom wall and from the first sidewall to the second sidewall. A cover is coupled to outer surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls. A tambor is positioned on top of the base layer. A spring assembly is positioned on top of the tambor. The spring assembly comprises a first spring assembly and a second spring assembly that is removeably coupled to the first spring assembly. The first spring assembly has a firmness that is different from a firmness of the second spring assembly. A topper is coupled to the cover such that the topper is positioned on top of the spring assembly, the topper being removeably coupled to the cover by a zipper. The chassis is movable between a first configuration in which the sections each extend transverse to the sidewalls and a second configuration in which the sections each extend parallel to the sidewalls.

[0006] In one embodiment, in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure, a kit is provided that includes a chassis comprising top and bottom walls and first and second sidewalls that each extend from the top wall to the bottom wall. Inner surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls define an interior cavity. The top and bottom walls each comprise a first section that is connected to the first sidewall and a second section that is connected to the second sidewall such that the first sections are pivotable relative to the first sidewall and the second sections are pivotable relative to the second sidewall. The first section of the top wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the top wall and the first section of the bottom wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the bottom wall. The chassis comprises a base layer that extends from the top wall to the bottom wall and from the first sidewall to the second sidewall. The kit includes a tambor positioned configured to be positioned on top of the base layer, a cover configured to be coupled to outer surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls and a topper configured to be coupled to the cover.

[0007] In one embodiment, in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure, a method of assembling a mattress is provided that includes providing a mattress assembly that includes a chassis comprising top and bottom walls and first and second sidewalls that each extend from the top wall to the bottom wall. Inner surfaces of the walls and the sidewalls define an interior cavity. The top and bottom walls each comprise a first section that is connected to the first sidewall and a second section that is connected to the second sidewall such that the first sections are pivotable relative to the first sidewall and the second sections are pivotable relative to the second sidewall. The first section of the top wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the top wall and the first section of the bottom wall is pivotable relative to the second section of the bottom wall. The mattress assembly includes a spring assembly configured to be positioned within the interior cavity. The method includes moving the chassis from a first configuration in which the sections each extend parallel to the sidewalls and a second configuration in which the sections each extend transverse to the sidewalls. A tambor is positioned within the interior cavity. A spring assembly is positioned within the interior cavity such that the spring assembly is positioned on top of the tambor. A topper is attached to the cover such that the topper is positioned on top of the spring assembly.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008] The present disclosure will become more readily apparent from the specific description accompanied by the following drawings, in which:

[0009] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a mattress assembly in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;

[0010] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ; [0011] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0012] FIG. 3A is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0013] FIG. 4 is a perspective view, in part phantom, of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0014] FIG. 5 is a top view of the component shown in FIG. 4;

[0015] FIG. 6 is a side view of the component shown in FIG. 4;

[0016] FIG. 7 is an end view of the component shown in FIG. 4;

[0017] FIG. 7A is a side view of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0018] FIG. 7B is a side view, in part phantom, of the component shown in FIG. 7A;

[0019] FIG. 8 is a side, cross sectional view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0020] FIG. 9 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0021] FIG. 10 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0022] FIG. 1 1 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0023] FIG. 1 1 A is a top view of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0024] FIG. 12 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0025] FIG. 13 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ; [0026] FIG. 14 is a side view, in part phantom, of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;

[0027] FIG. 15 is a top view, in part phantom, of the component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 14;

[0028] FIG. 16 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0029] FIG. 17 is a side view, in part phantom, of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;

[0030] FIG. 18 is a top view, in part phantom, of the component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 17;

[0031 ] FIG. 19 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 17;

[0032] FIG. 20 is a perspective view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0033] FIG. 21 is a top view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0034] FIG. 22 is a side, cross sectional view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0035] FIG. 23 is a side view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0036] FIG. 24 is a side view, in part cross section, of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0037] FIG. 25 is a side, cross sectional view of components of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ; [0038] FIG. 26 is a side view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 ;

[0039] FIG. 27 is a perspective view of one embodiment of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;

[0040] FIG. 28 is a side view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 27;

[0041] FIG. 29 is a side view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 27;

[0042] FIG. 30 is a side view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 27;

[0043] FIG. 31 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 27;

[0044] FIG. 32 is a perspective view of one embodiment of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;

[0045] FIG. 33 is a perspective view of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0046] FIG. 34 is a perspective view of the mattress assembly shown in FIG.

32;

[0047] FIG. 35 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0048] FIG. 36 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0049] FIG. 37 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0050] FIG. 38 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32; [0051] FIG. 39 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0052] FIG. 40 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0053] FIG. 41 is a side view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0054] FIG. 42 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0055] FIG. 43 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0056] FIG. 44 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0057] FIG. 45 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0058] FIG. 46 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32, with parts separated;

[0059] FIG. 47 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32, with parts separated;

[0060] FIG. 48 is a perspective view of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 32;

[0061 ] FIG. 49 is a perspective view of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;

[0062] FIG. 50 is a perspective view of the component shown in FIG. 49;

[0063] FIG. 51 is a perspective view of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure; [0064] FIG. 52 is a perspective view of the component shown in FIG. 51 ;

[0065] FIG. 53 is a perspective view of one embodiment of a component of the mattress assembly shown in FIG. 1 , in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure; and

[0066] FIG. 54 is a perspective view of the component shown in FIG. 53.

[0067] Like reference numerals indicate similar parts throughout the figures.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0068] The present disclosure may be understood more readily by reference to the following detailed description of the disclosure taken in connection with the accompanying drawing figures, which form a part of this disclosure. It is to be understood that this disclosure is not limited to the specific devices, conditions or parameters described and/or shown herein, and that the terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments by way of example only and is not intended to be limiting of the claimed disclosure.

[0069] In addition, as used in the specification and including the appended claims, the singular forms “a,” “an,” and “the” include the plural, and reference to a particular numerical value includes at least that particular value, unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Ranges may be expressed herein as from “about” or“approximately” one particular value and/or to“about” or“approximately” another particular value. When such a range is expressed, another embodiment includes from the one particular value and/or to the other particular value. Similarly, when values are expressed as approximations, by use of the antecedent“about,” it will be understood that the particular value forms another embodiment. It is also understood that all spatial references, such as, for example, horizontal, vertical, top, upper, lower, bottom, left and right, are for illustrative purposes only and can be varied within the scope of the disclosure. For example, the references“upper” and“lower” are relative and used only in the context to the other, and are not necessarily“superior” and“inferior”.

[0070] The following discussion includes a description of a mattress topper in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure. Alternate embodiments are also disclosed. Reference will now be made in detail to the exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, which are illustrated in the accompanying figures. Turning to FIGS. 1 -45, there are illustrated components of an air multiplier pad, such as, for example, a mattress assembly 30.

[0071] Mattress assembly 30 is configured to lie on top of a box spring. In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 is configured to cover all or a portion of a top surface of the box spring. In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 is configured to be larger than the top surface of the box spring. In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 has substantially the same size and shape as the top surface of the box spring. In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 is a standard size mattress, such as, for example, a twin mattress, a full mattress, a queen mattress, a king mattress, or a California king mattress. In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 is a crib mattress.

[0072] Mattress assembly 30 includes a chassis 32 comprising a top wall 34 and a bottom wall 36 positioned opposite top wall 34. Chassis 32 includes a first sidewall 38 and a second sidewall 40 positioned opposite first sidewall 38. Sidewalls 38, 40 each extend from top wall 34 to bottom wall 36. Inner surfaces of top and bottom walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 define an interior cavity 42 configured for disposal of a tambor and one or more spring packs, as discussed herein. In some embodiments, chassis is made from a rigid material, such as, for example, PVC to provide strength and rigidity to chassis 32.

[0073] Top wall 34 comprises a first section 34a that is connected to sidewall 38 and a second section 34b that is connected to sidewall 40. Section 34a is connected to sidewall 38 by a mechanical bearing, such as, for example a hinge 44 (FIGS. 3 and 3A) to allow section 34a to pivot relative to sidewall 38. The hinge 44 that connects section 34a to sidewall 38 is configured to move section 34a between a first orientation in which section 34a extends at an acute angle relative to sidewall 38 and a second orientation in which section 34a extends perpendicular relative to sidewall 38. Section 34b is connected to sidewall 40 by a hinge 44 to allow section 34b to pivot relative to sidewall 40. The hinge 44 that connects section 34b to sidewall 40 is configured to move section 34b between a first orientation in which section 34b extends at an acute angle relative to sidewall 40 and a second orientation in which section 34b extends perpendicular relative to sidewall 40. Bottom wall 36 comprises a first section 36a that is connected to sidewall 38 and a second section 36b that is connected to sidewall 40. Section 36a is connected to sidewall 38 by a hinge 44 to allow section 36b to pivot relative to sidewall 38. The hinge 44 that connects section 36a to sidewall 38 is configured to move section 36a between a first orientation in which section 36a extends at an acute angle relative to sidewall 38 and a second orientation in which section 36a extends perpendicular relative to sidewall 38. Section 36b is connected to sidewall 40 by a hinge 44 to allow section 36b to pivot relative to sidewall 40. The hinge 44 that connects section 36b to sidewall 40 is configured to move section 36b between a first orientation in which section 36b extends at an acute angle relative to sidewall 40 and a second orientation in which section 36b extends perpendicular relative to sidewall 40.

[0074] In some embodiments, hinges 44 are coupled to inner surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40, as shown in FIG. 3, for example. For example, a first portion of the hinge 44 that connects section 34a of wall 34 to sidewall 38 is fixed to the inner surface of sidewall 38 and a second portion of the hinge 44 that connects section 34a of wall 34 to sidewall 38 is fixed to the inner surface of top wall 34, as shown in FIG. 7. The hinges 44 that connect sections 34b, 36a, and 36b with sidewalls 38, 40 can be similarly positioned, as would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art. In some embodiments, chassis 32 is monolithic and hinges 44 are living hinges. In such embodiments, interfaces between walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 have a reduced thickness to allow walls 34, 36 to pivot relative to sidewalls 38, 40. In some embodiments, at least one of hinges 44 may include a barrel hinge, a pivot hinge, a mortise hinge, a case hinge, a piano hinge, a concealed hinge, a butterfly hinge, a flag hinge, a strap hinge, an FI hinge, an HL hinge, a counter flap hinge, a flush hinge, a coach hinge, a rising butt hinge, a double action spring hinge, a tee hinge, a friction hinge, a security hinge, a cranked hinge, a lift-off hinge, or a self-closing hinge. In some embodiments, at least one of hinges 44 may include a hinge that is embedded within at least one of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40. In some embodiments, at least one of hinges 44 may include a seatbelt like snap and release. In such embodiments, hinge 44 includes a male buckle end that snaps into a female buckle end.

[0075] In some embodiments, as shown in FIG. 3A, one or more of hinges 44 may include a section 106 and a section 108. In some embodiments, section 106 is coupled to sidewall 38 and section 108 is coupled to section 34a of wall 34. In some embodiments, section 106 is coupled to sidewall 40 and section 108 is coupled to section 34b of wall 34. In some embodiments, section 106 is coupled to sidewall 38 and section 108 is coupled to section 36a of wall 36. In some embodiments, section 106 is coupled to sidewall 40 and section 108 is coupled to section 36b of wall 36. In some embodiments, section 106 is directly coupled to section 108. In some embodiments, hinge 44 includes one or a plurality of sections 1 10 that are positioned between section 106 and section 108. A pin 1 12 extends through sections 106 and 1 10 to allow section 106 to pivot relative to section 1 10. Likewise, a pin 1 12 extends through sections 108 and 1 10 to allow section 108 to pivot relative to section 1 10. In embodiments that include a plurality of sections 1 10, a pin 1 12 also extends through adjacent sections 1 10 to allow the adjacent sections 1 10 to pivot relative to one another. In some embodiments, as section 106 pivots relative to section 1 10, a portion of section 106 rotates within a cavity in section 1 10 and/or a portion of section 1 10 rotates within a cavity in section 106. In some embodiments, as section 108 pivots relative to section 1 10, a portion of section 108 rotates within a cavity in section 1 10 and/or a portion of section 1 10 rotates within a cavity in section 108. In some embodiments, as one of sections 1 10 pivots relative to another one of sections 1 10, a portion of one of sections 1 10 rotates within a cavity in another one of sections 1 10.

[0076] Section 34a of wall 34 is connected to section 34b of wall 34 by a mechanical bearing, such as, for example, a hinge 46 such that section 34a is pivotable relative to section 34b. Section 36a of wall 36 is connected to section 36b of wall 36 by a hinge 46 such that section 36a is pivotable relative to section 36b. In some embodiments, hinges 46 are identical or similar to hinges 44. In some embodiments, hinges 46 are different from hinges 44. In some embodiments, at least one of hinges 46 may include a barrel hinge, a pivot hinge, a mortise hinge, a case hinge, a piano hinge, a concealed hinge, a butterfly hinge, a flag hinge, a strap hinge, an H hinge, an HL hinge, a counter flap hinge, a flush hinge, a coach hinge, a rising butt hinge, a double action spring hinge, a tee hinge, a friction hinge, a security hinge, a cranked hinge, a lift-off hinge, or a self-closing hinge.

[0077] In some embodiments, an end 35 of section 34a includes a cavity 35a and an end 37 of section 34b include a cavity 37a (FIG. 9). Cavities 35a, 37a are each configured for disposal of a portion of one of hinges 46. In some embodiments, cavities 35a, 37a each include a single cavity. In some embodiments, cavities 35a, 37a each include a plurality of cavities. For example, in one embodiment, cavities 35a, 37a each include three cavities that are spaced apart from one another by a wall, as shown in FIG. 9.

[0078] In some embodiments, hinge 46 includes a first section 46a and a second section 46b, as shown in FIG. 4. A rod 48 extends through sections 46a, 46b to connect section 46a with section 46b. Section 46a is pivotable relative to section 46b about rod 48. Section 46a includes a plurality of spaced apart projections 47 that are configured for disposal in cavities 35a or cavities 37a and section 46b includes a plurality of spaced apart projections 49 that are configured for disposal in the other ones of cavities 35a or cavities 37a. Section 46a is pivotable relative to section 46b about rod 48 over a range a, as shown in FIG. 7. In some embodiments, range a is between 0 and about 180 degrees, between 0 and about 175 degrees, between 0 and about 170 degrees, between 0 and about 165 degrees, between 0 and about 160 degrees, between 0 and about 155 degrees, between 0 and about 150 degrees, between 0 and about 145 degrees, between 0 and about 140 degrees, between 0 and about 135 degrees, between 0 and about 130 degrees, between 0 and about 125 degrees, between 0 and about 120 degrees, between 0 and about 1 15 degrees, between 0 and about 1 10 degrees, between 0 and about 105 degrees, between 0 and about 100 degrees, between 0 and about 95 degrees, or between 0 and about 90 degrees. When section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34, section 34a of wall 34 extends parallel to section 34b of wall 34. When section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34 is disposed at an angle greater than 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34, section 34a of wall 34 extends transverse to section 34b of wall 34.

[0079] In some embodiments, when section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34, a planar surface of section 46a engages a planar surface of section 46b. In some embodiments, when section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34, a locking element 50 of section 46a engages a locking element 52 of section 46b and a locking element 54 of section 46a engages a locking element 56 of section 46b. Locking element 50 comprises a cylindrical component that is positioned between spaced apart arms of locking element 52 and locking element 56 comprises a cylindrical component that is positioned between spaced apart arms of locking element 54. The arms of locking element 52 are resilient such that the arms of locking element 52 move apart from one another as the cylindrical component of locking element 50 is inserted between the arms of locking element 52. The arms of locking element 52 move towards one another when the cylindrical component of locking element 50 is inserted between the arms of locking element 52 to prevent the cylindrical component of locking element 50 from moving out of the space between the arms of locking element 52. Likewise, the arms of locking element 54 are resilient such that the arms of locking element 54 move apart from one another as the cylindrical component of locking element 56 is inserted between the arms of locking element 54. The arms of locking element 54 move towards one another when the cylindrical component of locking element 56 is inserted between the arms of locking element 54 to prevent the cylindrical component of locking element 56 from moving out of the space between the arms of locking element 54. This configuration provisionally fixes section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34 relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 34a of wall 34 with section 34b of wall 34 when section 46a is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b. That is, a force is required to pivot section 46a relative to section 46b to move the cylindrical portion of locking element 50 out of the space between the arms of locking element 52 and to move the cylindrical portion of locking element 56 out of the space between the arms of locking element 54. As the cylindrical portion of locking element 50 moves out of the space between the arms of locking element 52, the arms of locking element 52 move apart from one another and then snap back after the cylindrical portion of locking element 50 is removed from the space between the arms of locking element 52. As the cylindrical portion of locking element 56 moves out of the space between the arms of locking element 54, the arms of locking element 54 move apart from one another and then snap back after the cylindrical portion of locking element 56 is removed from the space between the arms of locking element 54. In some embodiments, second 46a includes only one locking element, such as, for example, locking element 50 and section 46b includes only one locking element, such as, for example, locking element 52.

[0080] In some embodiments, an end 39 of section 36a includes a cavity similar or identical to cavity 35a and an end 41 of section 36b include a cavity similar or identical to cavity 37a. The cavities in ends 39, 41 are each configured for disposal of a portion of hinge 46. In some embodiments, the cavities in ends 39, 41 each include a single cavity. In some embodiments, the cavities in ends 39, 41 each include a plurality of cavities. For example, in one embodiment, the cavities in ends 39, 41 each include three cavities that are spaced apart from one another by a wall.

[0081] Projections 47 of one of hinges 46 are configured for disposal in the cavities in end 39 or the cavities in end 41 and projections 49 of one of hinges 46 are configured for disposal in the other ones of the cavities in end 39 or the cavities in end 41 . When section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36, section 36a of wall 36 extends parallel to section 36b of wall 36. When section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 is disposed at an angle greater than 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36, section 36a of wall 36 extends transverse to section 36b of wall 36.

[0082] In some embodiments, when section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36, a planar surface of section 46a engages a planar surface of section 46b. In some embodiments, when section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36, locking element 50 of section 46a engages locking element 52 of section 46b and locking element 54 of section 46a engages locking element 56 of section 46b.

[0083] The configuration of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 provisionally fixes section 46a relative to section 46b when section 46a is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b. That is, a force is required to pivot section 46a relative to section 46b to move the cylindrical portion of locking element 50 out of the space between the arms of locking element 52 and to move the cylindrical portion of locking element 56 out of the space between the arms of locking element 54. As the cylindrical portion of locking element 50 moves out of the space between the arms of locking element 52, the arms of locking element 52 move apart from one another and then snap back after the cylindrical portion of locking element 50 is removed from the space between the arms of locking element 52. As the cylindrical portion of locking element 56 moves out of the space between the arms of locking element 54, the arms of locking element 54 move apart from one another and then snap back after the cylindrical portion of locking element 56 is removed from the space between the arms of locking element 54.

[0084] In some embodiments, shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B, hinge 46 includes a first section 74, a second section 76 and a middle section 78 between sections 74, 76. Section 74 includes a pair of spaced apart flanges 74a and section 76 includes a pair of spaced apart flanges 76a. A pin 80 extends through flanges 74a and section 78 such that section 74 is pivotable relative to section 78 about a pivot axis 82 defined by pin 80. Likewise, a pin 80 extends through flanges 76a and section 78 such that section 76 is pivotable relative to section 78 about a pivot axis 84 defined by the pin 80 that extends through flanges 76a and section 78. Section 74 includes a plurality of spaced apart projections 86 that are configured for disposal in cavities 35a or cavities 37a and section 76 includes a plurality of spaced apart projections 88 that are configured for disposal in the other ones of cavities 35a or cavities 37a.

[0085] In some embodiments, an end 39 of section 36a includes a cavity similar or identical to cavity 35a and an end 41 of section 36b include a cavity similar or identical to cavity 37a. The cavities in ends 39, 41 are each configured for disposal of a portion of hinge 46. In some embodiments, the cavities in ends 39, 41 each include a single cavity. In some embodiments, the cavities in ends 39, 41 each include a plurality of cavities. For example, in one embodiment, the cavities in ends 39, 41 each include three cavities that are spaced apart from one another by a wall.

[0086] Projections 47 of one of hinges 46 are configured for disposal in the cavities in end 39 or the cavities in end 41 and projections 49 of one of hinges 46 are configured for disposal in the other ones of the cavities in end 39 or the cavities in end 41 . When section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 is disposed at an angle of 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36, section 36a of wall 36 extends parallel to section 36b of wall 36. When section 46a of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36 is disposed at an angle greater than 0 degrees relative to section 46b of hinge 46 that connects section 36a of wall 36 with section 36b of wall 36, section 36a of wall 36 extends transverse to section 36b of wall 36.

[0087] In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 does not include a cover or any material that is applied to the outer surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40. In such embodiments, the outer surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 define an outermost surface of mattress assembly 30. In some embodiments, chassis 32 comprises a cover 58 that covers at least the outer surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 such that cover 58 defines an outermost surface of mattress assembly 30. In some embodiments, cover 58 may also cover the upper and lower surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40. For example, cover 58 covers the upper and lower surfaces of sidewall 40 in FIG. 8. As would be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art, cover 58 can also be configured to cover the upper and lower surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewall 38 in the same manner that cover 58 covers the upper and lower surfaces of sidewall 40 in FIG. 8. Walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 will thus be spaced apart from the box spring by cover 58 when mattress assembly 30 is positioned on top of the box spring. Chassis 32 is shown in FIGS. 1 -3, 12, 16 and 19 without cover, for clarity. Cover 58 is shown in FIGS. 8-1 1 and 13 to show how cover 58 is positioned on walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40. In some embodiments, cover 58 covers at least one of hinges 44 and/or hinges 46. In some embodiments, cover 58 comprises a fabric, such as, for example, stretch fabric.

[0088] In some embodiments, cover 58 comprises a cushioning material 58a within a fabric pocket, as shown in FIG. 10, for example. In some embodiments, cushioning material 58a is a fiber foam-cushioning layer that is disposed about the inner, upper and lower surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40. Cushioning material 58a is disposed in a fabric pocket 58b. In some embodiments, cover 58 is permanently fixed to walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 such that cover 58 cannot be removed from walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 without destroying or otherwise damaging cover 58. In some embodiments, cover 58 is removeably coupled to walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 to allow cover 58 to be removed from walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 in order to clean cover 58, for example. [0089] In some embodiments, interior cavity 42 extends continuously through opposite upper and lower surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40. In some embodiments, chassis 32 comprises a base layer 60 that extends from the lower surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 to define a lower limit of interior cavity 42. Base layer 60 extends continuously from wall 34 to wall 36 and from sidewall 38 to sidewall 40. Walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 define a perimeter of chassis 32. Base layer 60 perimetrically bounds chassis 32. Base layer 60 is permanently fixed to walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 such that base layer cannot be removed from walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 without destroying or otherwise damaging base layer 60. This allows base layer 60 to move with walls 34, 36 and/or sidewalls 38, 40 as sections 34a, 34b of wall 34 move relative to one another and sections 36a, 36b of wall 36 move relative to one another and/or sidewalls 38, 40 move relative to walls 34, 36, as discussed herein.

[0090] In some embodiments, base layer 60 includes a plurality of zones wherein each of the zones has a different permeability. For example, base layer 60 may include a first zone 60a, a second zone 60b and a third zone 60c, as shown in FIG. 1 1 A. Zone 60a is more or less permeable than zone 60b and zone 60b is more or less permeable than zone 60c. This configuration allows air to move more quickly through certain portions of base layer 60 than other portions of base layer 60. This may facilitate moving air away from a sleep surface defined by a mattress topper to prevent heat from building up on the sleep surface. That is, the permeability of at least one of zones 60a, 60b, 60c will allow air to move downward from the sleep surface and to exit mattress assembly 30 through base layer 60.

[0091] Chassis 32 is configured to be packaged in a container, such as, for example, a box 62 shown in FIG. 2. Box 62 has a size that permits box 62 to be shipped via ground shipping. That is, box 62 does not need to be shipped as freight. For example, box 62 may be less than 165 inches in length and girth combined. In some embodiments, box 62 is less than 108 inches in length. In some embodiments, box 62 is about 12” x 12” x 80” and weighs less than 125 when chassis 32 is packaged within box 62. This allows box 62 to be shipped as a United Parcel Service (UPS) small pack, for example.

[0092] When chassis 32 is packaged within box 62, chassis 32 is in a compacted configuration such that sections 34a, 34b of wall 34 and sections 36a, 36b of wall 36 each extend parallel to sidewalls 38, 40 and sidewalls 38, 40 extend parallel to one another, as shown in FIG. 2. Chassis 32 may be positioned on top of the box spring and moved from the compacted configuration to an expanded configuration. To move chassis 32 from the compacted configuration to the expanded configuration, sections 34a, 36a of walls 34, 36 are pivoted about hinges 44 to pivot sections 34a, 36a relative to sidewall 38 and sections 34b, 36b of walls 34, 36 are pivoted about hinges 44 to pivot sections 34b, 36b relative to sidewall 40 such that sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b each extend at an acute angle relative to sidewalls 38, 40, as shown in FIGS. 2, 9 and 10. As sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b pivot relative to sidewalls 38, 40, section 34a of wall 34 pivots relative to section 34b of wall 34 about hinge 46 that connects sections 34a, 34b and section 36a of wall 36 pivots relative to section 36b of wall 36 about hinge 46 that connects sections 36a, 36b such that section 34a extends transverse to section 34b and section 36a extends transverse to section 36b, as also shown in FIGS. 2, 9 and 10.

[0093] Sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b are pivoted relative to sidewalls 38, 40 about hinges 44, section 34a is pivoted relative to section 34b about hinge 46 that connects sections 34a, 34b and section 36a is pivoted relative to section 36b about hinge 46 that connects section 36a, 36b until sections 34a, 34b extend parallel to one another, sections 36a, 36b extend parallel to one another and sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b extend perpendicular to sidewalls 38, 40, as shown in FIGS. 1 1 -13. When sections 34a, 34b extend parallel to one another, sections 36a, 36b extend parallel to one another and sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b extend perpendicular to sidewalls 38, 40, chassis 32 is in the expanded configuration.

[0094] In some embodiments, one or a plurality of spring packs are positioned on top of base layer 60 such that bottom surfaces of the spring packs engage a top surface of base layer 60. In some embodiments, chassis 32 includes a tambor 64 that is removeably positioned within interior cavity 42 when chassis 32 is in the expanded configuration. Tambor 64 is movable between a rolled configuration, shown in FIG. 12 and an unrolled configuration, shown in FIG. 13. In some embodiments, tambor 64 may be packaged in box 62 with the other components of chassis 32 (e.g., walls 34, 36, sidewalls 38, 40, cover 58 and base layer 60). Including tambor 64 in box 62 will not increase the size of box from that discussed above and will not cause box 62 to weigh more than 125 pounds. Tambor 64 is packaged within box 62 when tambor 64 is in the rolled configuration. Tambor 64 may be positioned within interior cavity 42 on top of base layer 60 in the rolled configuration and then moved from the rolled configuration to the unrolled configuration, as shown in FIG. 13.

[0095] As shown in FIGS. 14-16, one or a plurality of spring packs, such as, for example, spring pack 66 is/are positioned within interior cavity 42. In embodiments that do not include tambor 64 or base layer 60, spring pack 66 is positioned directly on top of the box spring such that a bottom surface of spring pack 66 engages the top surface of the box spring. In embodiments that do not include tambor 64, spring pack 66 is positioned directly on top of base layer 60 such that the bottom surface of spring pack 66 engages the top surface of base layer 60. In embodiments that include tambor 64, spring pack 66 is positioned directly on top of tambor 64 such that the bottom surface of spring pack 66 engages the top surface of tambor 64. When spring pack 66 is positioned within interior cavity 42, side surfaces of spring pack 66 engage the inner surfaces of walls 34, 36 and sidewalls 38, 40 that define interior cavity 42.

[0096] In some embodiments, spring pack 66 comprises a plurality of springs 68 positioned within a pouch 70. Springs 68 are enclosed within pouch 70. Spring pack 66 comprises one or a plurality of rows of springs 68 and one or a plurality of columns of springs 68. As shown in FIG. 15, spring pack includes a plurality of rows of springs 68 and a plurality of columns of springs 68. In some embodiments, spring pack 66 includes a plurality of strings of springs, as described in U.S. Patent Application No. 62/347,199 to the inventor of the current application, which is incorporated by reference herein, in its entirety. In some embodiments, springs 68 are each positioned within a pocket, such as, for example, a fabric pocket. The pockets may be coupled to one another to form a string of pockets that each include one of springs 68 therein. In some embodiments, the sting of pockets includes one or more slits between adjacent pockets to allow springs 68 to move independently of one another. In some embodiments, the sting of pockets includes one or more slits that extend through a top surface of the string of pockets between adjacent pockets and/or one or more slits that extend through a bottom surface of the string of pockets between adjacent pockets.

[0097] In some embodiments, spring pack 66 includes two spring packs 66a, 66b, as shown in FIG. 16. Spring pack 66a is positioned on one side of mattress assembly 30 and spring pack 66b is positioned on an opposite side of mattress assembly 30. In some embodiments, spring pack 66a is identical to spring pack 66b. In some embodiments, spring pack 66a includes springs 68 that are different from springs 68 of spring pack 66b such that spring pack 66a is more or less firm than spring pack 66b. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66a may include more or less coils than springs 68 of spring pack 66b. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66a may include coils having a different gauge than the coils of springs 68 of spring pack 66b. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66a may include different coils than the coils of springs 68 of spring pack 66b. For example, springs 68 of spring pack 66a may include continuous coils, bonnell coils, offset coils and marshall coils and spring pack 66b may include springs 68 having coils that are different than the coils of springs 68 of spring pack 66a. Using different springs 68 in spring pack 66a than spring pack 66b allows mattress assembly 30 to be customized based on preference. For example, if a sleeper that sleeps on the side of mattress assembly 30 adjacent sidewall 38 desires a firmer sleep surface than a sleeper that sleeps on the side of mattress assembly 30 adjacent sidewall 40, spring pack 66a can be configured to be firmer than spring pack 66b. Likewise, if the sleeper that sleeps on the side of mattress assembly 30 adjacent sidewall 38 desires a sleep surface that is less firm than the sleeper that sleeps on the side of mattress assembly 30 adjacent sidewall 40, spring pack 66a can be configured to be less firm than spring pack 66b. [0098] In some embodiments, at least one of spring packs 66a, 66b include a plurality of spring packs, as shown in FIGS. 17-19. For example, spring pack 66a may include a first spring pack 66a1 , a second spring pack 66a2 and a third spring pack 66a3. Likewise, spring pack 66b may include a first spring pack 66b1 , a second spring pack 66b2 and a third spring pack 66b3. Spring packs 66a1 , 66b1 are configured to be positioned adjacent wall 34; spring packs 66a3, 66b3 are configured to be positioned adjacent wall 36; and spring packs 66a3, 66b3 are configured to be positioned between spring packs 66a1 , 66a3 and between spring packs 66b1 , 66b3, as shown in FIG. 19. Spring packs 66a1 , 66b1 are each configured to support a sleeper’s head and/or upper body; spring packs 66a2, 66b2 are each configured to support a sleeper’s torso and/or core; and spring packs 66a3, 66b3 are each configured to support a sleeper’s legs and/or lower body.

[0099] In some embodiments, spring pack 66a1 is identical to spring pack 66a2 and spring pack 66a3. In some embodiments, spring pack 66a1 includes springs 68 that are different than springs 68 of spring pack 66a2 and/or spring pack 66a3 such that spring pack 66a1 is more or less firm than spring pack 66a2 and/or spring pack 66a3. That is, spring packs 66a1 , 66a2, 66a3 can all have the same firmness, or one of spring packs 66a1 , 66a2, 66a3 can have a firmness that is different from at least one of spring packs 66a1 , 66a2, 66a3. As such, spring packs 66a1 , 66a2, 66a3 can each have a different firmness, if desired. This allows a sleeper to select a spring pack 66a1 that has the firmness he or she desires to support his or her head and/or upper body, a spring pack 66a2 that has a firmness he or she desires to support his or her torso and/or core and a spring pack 66a3 that has a firmness he or she desires to support his or her legs and/or lower body. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66a1 may include more or less coils than springs 68 of spring pack 66a2 and/or spring pack 66a3. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66a1 may include coils having a different gauge than the coils of springs 68 of spring pack 66a2 and/or spring pack 66a3.

[00100] In some embodiments, spring pack 66b1 is identical to spring pack 66b2 and spring pack 66b3. In some embodiments, spring pack 66b1 includes springs 68 that are different than springs 68 of spring pack 66b2 and/or spring pack 66b3 such that spring pack 66b1 is more or less firm than spring pack 66b2 and/or spring pack 66b3. That is, spring packs 66b1 , 66b2, 66b3 can all have the same firmness, or one of spring packs 66b1 , 66b2, 66b3 can have a firmness that is different from at least one of spring packs 66b1 , 66b2, 66b3. As such, spring packs 66b1 , 66b2, 66b3 can each have a different firmness, if desired. This allows a sleeper to select a spring pack 66b1 that has the firmness he or she desires to support his or her head and/or upper body, a spring pack 66b2 that has a firmness he or she desires to support his or her torso and/or core and a spring pack 66b3 that has a firmness he or she desires to support his or her legs and/or lower body. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66b1 may include more or less coils than springs 68 of spring pack 66b2 and/or spring pack 66b3. In some embodiments, springs 68 of spring pack 66b1 may include coils having a different gauge than the coils of springs 68 of spring pack 66b2 and/or spring pack 66b3.

[00101] Providing a plurality of spring packs that can be selected based on desired firmness allows a sleeper that sleeps adjacent to sidewall 38 and a sleeper that sleeps adjacent to sidewall 40 to each select a spring pack that that has the firmness he or she desires to support his or her head and/or upper body, a spring pack that has a firmness he or she desires to support his or her torso and/or core and a spring pack that has a firmness he or she desires to support his or her legs and/or lower body, even if the preference(s) of one of the sleepers is different than the preference(s) of the other sleeper. Furthermore, providing a plurality of spring packs that can be selected based on desired firmness allows one or more of the spring packs to be replaced if one of the spring packs wears out or if a user’s preference changes over time. For example, should a sleeper desire a spring pack that is less firm than previously thought, the sleeper may replace the firm spring pack with a spring pack that is less firm.

[00102] In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 includes suspension fabric, such as, for example, a barrier layer 90 that covers spring pack 66, as shown in FIG. 20. Barrier layer 90 may be formed from one or more of the materials discussed herein. In some embodiments, barrier layer 90 is coupled to cover 58. In such embodiments, cover 58 may include an inner row of teeth 95 (FIG. 21 ) that mate and/or interlock with a row of teeth on a perimeter of barrier layer 90 such that inner row of teeth 95 and the teeth on the perimeter of barrier layer 90 form a zipper. The zipper may include a slider that is movable relative to inner row of teeth 95 and the teeth on the perimeter of barrier layer 90 to mesh together or separate inner row of teeth 95 and the teeth on the perimeter of barrier layer 90. In some embodiments, inner row of teeth 95 extends circumferentially about cover 58 such that the zipper formed by inner row of teeth 95 and the teeth on the perimeter of barrier layer 90 extends circumferentially about chassis 32.

[00103] In some embodiments, barrier layer 90 is coupled to chassis 32. In such embodiments, at least one of walls 34, 36, 38, 40 include a channel 92 and barrier layer 90 includes an enlarged edge portion 94 that is configured for disposal in channels 92, as shown in FIGS. 22-24. In some embodiments, edge portion 94 extends continuously about the entire perimeter of barrier layer 90. In some embodiments, channels 92 each extend the entire length of at least one of at least one of walls 34, 36, 38, 40. An opening 96 in at least one of walls 34, 36, 38, 40 is in communication with a respective one of channels 92 and has a width w1 that is less than a width w2 of edge portion 94 such that edge portion 94 cannot be removed from channels 92.

[00104] In some embodiments, a first section of barrier layer 90 includes edge portion 94 and only one of walls 34, 36, 38, 40 include a channel 92 and a second section of barrier layer 90 includes a row of teeth that extends along only a portion the perimeter of barrier layer 90. In such embodiments, cover 58 may include an inner row of teeth along the walls 34, 36, 38, 40 that do not include the channel 92. The teeth on cover 58 mate and/or interlock with the teeth along a portion the perimeter of barrier layer 90 such that the inner row of teeth on cover 58 and the teeth on the perimeter of barrier layer 90 form a zipper. The zipper may include a slider to open and close the zipper, as discussed herein. Edge portion 94 is threaded into channel 92 to fix barrier layer 90 to one of walls 34, 36, 38, 40. The slider is then moved along the zipper to close the zipper such that barrier layer 90 is fixed to the other ones of walls 34, 36, 38, 40.

[00105] Mattress assembly 30 includes a mattress topper 72 positioned on top of spring pack 66. In embodiments that include barrier layer 90, barrier layer 90 is positioned between spring pack 66 and topper 72. Topper 72 includes a cushion or cushioning material to provide cushioning to the sleeper(s) that lie on top of topper 72. Topper 72 may be removeably coupled to mattress assembly 30. In some embodiments, topper 72 is removeably coupled to spring pack 66. In some embodiments, topper 72 is removeably coupled to cover 58. In some embodiments, cover 58 includes a first part 58c of a zipper and topper 72 includes a second part of the zipper to allow topper 72 to be zipped and unzipped from cover 58. For example, first part 58 may include a first row of teeth of the zipper and the second part of the zipper may include a second row of teeth that engage and disengage the first row of teeth as the zipper is zipped and unzipped. Topper 72 can thus be removed for cleaning, etc., and then reattached to cover 58 after topper 72 is cleaned. Removeably coupling topper 72 to cover 58 also allows topper 72 to be replaced if topper 72 wears out and/or if a sleeper desires a topper that is more or less firm. For example, if the user desires a topper that is firmer, topper 72 can be removed by unzipping topper from cover 58. Topper 72 can then be replaced with a topper 72 that is firmer. In some embodiments, topper 72 can be a mat, a mattress topper or a mattress. It is envisioned that topper 72 can have various thicknesses. For example, topper 72 can have a thickness that is less than 1 inch, a thickness that is greater than 3 inches or any thickness between 0.1 inches and 12 inches.

[00106] In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 includes an outer layer 98 that covers topper 72 such that topper 72 is positioned between outer layer 98 and barrier layer 90, as shown in FIG. 25. Outer layer 98 is configured to couple topper 72 to chassis 32 such that topper 72 is prevented from shifting relative to chassis 32. In some embodiments, outer layer 98 is coupled to cover 58. In some embodiments, cover 58 includes an outer row of teeth 100 (FIG. 21 ) that mate and/or interlock with a row of teeth on a perimeter of outer layer 98 such that outer row of teeth 100 and the teeth on the perimeter of outer layer 98 form a zipper. The zipper may include a slider that is movable relative to outer row of teeth 100 and the teeth on the perimeter of outer layer 98 to mesh together or separate outer row of teeth 100 and the teeth on the perimeter of outer layer 98. In some embodiments, outer row of teeth 100 extends circumferentially about cover 58 such that the zipper formed by outer row of teeth 100 and the teeth on the perimeter of outer layer 98 extends circumferentially about chassis 32.

[00107] In some embodiments, chassis 32 includes one or more hinges 102 along sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40, as shown in FIG. 2. Hinges 102 are configured to allow sidewalls 38, 40 to bend along a length thereof. In some embodiments, hinges 102 in sidewall 38 are aligned with hinges 102 in sidewall 40 such that sidewalls 38, 40 can each bend at the same point along their lengths. It is envisioned that hinges 102 may be used to selectively bend sidewalls 38, 40 such that wall 34 is positioned above wall 36 or wall 36 is positioned above wall 34. In some embodiments, hinge 102 is a hinge (e.g., hinge 30) that is described in U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety. It is envisioned that hinges 102 can be positioned anywhere along sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, hinges 102 can extend the entire length of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. For example, one of hinges 102 can extend along sidewall 38 from wall 34 to wall 36 and/or one of hinges 102 can extend along sidewall 40 from wall 34 to wall 36. In such embodiments, hinges 102 can lock and/or unlock by turning hinge 102 or restricting rotation. In some embodiments, cover 58 covers at least one of hinges 102.

[00108] In some embodiments, cover 58 includes one or more joints 104, shown in FIG. 26, for example, that cover hinges 102 to allow cover 58 to bend with hinges 102 without bunching. Joints 104 each include one or a plurality of first sections 104a and one or a plurality of second sections 104b. Second sections 104b are each positioned between adjacent first sections 104a. First sections 104a are each made from a first material and second sections 104b are each made from a second material. The first material is more rigid than the second material such that first sections 104a will not bend as hinges 102 bend, but second sections 104b will bend as hinges 102 bend. This configuration allows joint 104 to bend in the same manner as hinge 102. That is, joint 104 will bend as hinge 102 bends. In some embodiments, joints 104 have a length that is equal or approximately equal to a length of hinges 102. It is envisioned that joint 104 may include one or a plurality of first sections 104a and one or a plurality of second sections 104b. In some embodiments, section 104a and/or section 104b is variously shaped, such as, for example, triangular, square, polygonal, irregular, uniform, non-uniform, offset, staggered, undulating, arcuate, variable and/or tapered.

[00109] In one embodiment, shown in FIGS. 27-31 , mattress assembly 30 includes corner hinges 44a that are similar to hinges 44 discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 44a that connects first section 34a of top wall 34 with sidewall 38 to allow section 34a to pivot relative to sidewall 38. First hinge 44a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 34a extends parallel to sidewall 38 and a second orientation in which section 34a extends perpendicular to sidewall 38. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 44a that connects second section 34b of top wall 34 with sidewall 40 to allow section 34b to pivot relative to sidewall 40. Second hinge 44a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 34b extends parallel to sidewall 40 and a second orientation in which section 34b extends perpendicular to sidewall 40. Mattress assembly 30 includes a third hinge 44a that connects first section 36a of bottom wall 36 with sidewall 38 to allow section 36a to pivot relative to sidewall 38. Third hinge 44a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 36a extends parallel to sidewall 38 and a second orientation in which section 36a extends perpendicular to sidewall 38. Mattress assembly 30 includes a fourth hinge 44a that connects second section 36b of bottom wall 36 with sidewall 40 to allow section 36b to pivot relative to sidewall 40. Fourth hinge 44a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 36b extends parallel to sidewall 40 and a second orientation in which section 36b extends perpendicular to sidewall 40.

[00110] Mattress assembly 30 includes head/foot hinges 46a that are similar to hinges 46 discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 46a that connects first section 34a of top wall 34 with second section 34b of top wall 34 to allow section 34a to pivot relative to section 34b. First hinge 46a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 34a extends perpendicular to section 34b and a second orientation in which section 34a extends parallel to section 34b. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 46a that connects first section 36a of bottom wall 36 with second section 36b of bottom wall 36 to allow section 36a to pivot relative to section 36b. Second hinge 46a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 36a extends perpendicular to section 36b and a second orientation in which section 36a extends parallel to section 36b.

[00111 ] Hinges 46a each include a body 1 14, a first end portion 1 16 and a second end portion 1 18. As shown in FIG. 31 , end portion 1 16 is fixedly attached to first section 34a of top wall 34 and end portion 1 18 is fixedly attached to second section 34b of top wall 34. However, it is envisioned that end portion 1 16 may be fixedly attached to second section 34b of top wall 34 and end portion 1 18 may be fixedly attached to first section 34a of top wall 34. It is further envisioned that end portion 1 16 or end portion 1 18 may be fixedly attached to first section 36a of bottom wall 36 and end portion 1 16 or end portion 1 18 may be fixedly attached to second section 36b of bottom wall 36.

[00112] End portion 1 16 includes spaced apart flanges 1 16a, 1 16b. At least one of flanges 1 16a, 1 16b includes an extension 1 16c that is configured for disposal in a cavity of body 1 14 to allow end portion 1 16 to pivot relative to body 1 14. Likewise, end portion 1 18 includes spaced apart flanges 1 18a, 1 18b. At least one of flanges 1 18a, 1 18b includes an extension 1 18c that is configured for disposal in a cavity of body 1 14 to allow end portion 1 18 to pivot relative to body 1 14. When extensions 1 16c, 1 18c are disposed in the cavities of body 1 14, flange 1 16a is spaced apart from flange 1 18a and flange 1 16b is spaced apart from flange 1 18b, as shown in FIG. 31 . This allows end portions 1 16, 1 18 to move relative to body 1 14 to move hinge 46a between the first and second orientations discussed herein. In some embodiments, extensions 1 16c, 1 18c each have a cylindrical configuration and are disposed in cylindrically shaped cavities in body 1 14. In some embodiments, all or only a portion of extension 1 16c and/or extension 1 18c may be variously configured and dimensioned, such as, for example, planar, concave, polygonal, irregular, uniform, non-uniform, staggered, tapered, consistent or variable, depending on the requirements of a particular application.

[00113] Mattress assembly 30 includes knee hinges 102a that are similar to hinges 102 discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 102a that connects a first section 38a of sidewall 38 with a second section 38b of sidewall 38 to allow section 38a to pivot relative to section 38b. First hinge 102a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 38a extends parallel to section 38b and a second orientation in which section 38a extends transverse to section 38b. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 102a that connects a first section 40a of sidewall 40 with a second section 40b of sidewall 40 to allow section 40a to pivot relative to section 40b. Second hinge 102a is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 40a extends parallel to section 40b and a second orientation in which section 40a extends transverse to section 40b. In some embodiments, hinges 102a are similar to or identical to one or more of the hinges described in co-owned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.

[00114] Hinges 102a each include an end plate 120, an end plate 122 and one or more inner plates 124 between end plate 120 and end plate 122. End plate 120 is fixedly attached to first section 38a of sidewall 38 or first section 40a of sidewall 40 and end plate 122 is fixedly attached to second section 38b of sidewall 38 or second section 40b of sidewall 40.

[00115] End plate 120 includes a block 126 that extends from an inclined surface 128 of end plate 120 and a block 130 that extends from an inclined surface 132 of end plate 120. Blocks 126, 130 are configured for disposal within one of inner plates 124 to couple one of inner plates 124 to end plate 120, as discussed herein. End plate 120 includes a passageway positioned between blocks 126, 130. [00116] A first inner plate 124a includes a body 134 having a surface 136 and a surface 138 opposite surface 136. Surface 136 includes convex extension 140 between inclined portions of surface 136. The first inner plate 124a includes an aperture 142 that extends through extension 140. An inner surface of body 134 defines a cavity configured for disposal of blocks 126, 130. In some embodiments, the cavity of body 134 may include a section configured for disposal of block 126 and a section configured for disposal of block 130. A pin 144 is positioned through the passageway in end plate 1 20 and aperture 142 to connect the first inner plate 1 24a to end plate 1 20 such that inner plate 124a is pivotable relative to end plate 120 about a pivot axis defined by pin 144. Blocks 1 26, 1 30 of end plate 1 20 move within the cavity of first inner plate 1 24a as inner plate 1 24a pivots relative to end plate 1 20.

[00117] End plate 1 22 includes a block 146 that extends from an inclined surface 148 of end plate 1 22 and a block 150 that extends from an inclined surface 1 52 of end plate 1 22. Blocks 146, 1 50 are configured for disposal within one of inner plates 124 to couple one of inner plates 1 24 to end plate 122, as discussed herein. End plate 1 22 includes a passageway 1 54 positioned between blocks 146, 150.

[00118] A second inner plate 1 24b includes a body 156 having a cavity configured for disposal of blocks 146, 150. Body 156 includes a concave portion 155 positioned between blocks 146, 150. Concave portion 155 includes an aperture. A pin 1 58 is positioned through passageway 1 54 and the aperture in body 1 56 to connect the second inner plate 124b to end plate 1 22 such that inner plate 1 24b is pivotable relative to end plate 1 22 about a pivot axis defined by pin 158. Blocks 146, 1 50 of end plate 1 22 move within the cavity of second inner plate 1 24b as inner plate 1 24b pivots relative to end plate 1 22.

[00119] In some embodiments, inner plate 1 24a may be connected directly to inner plate 1 24b. In some embodiments, hinge 1 02a includes additional inner plates 1 24 between inner plate 1 24a and inner plate 124b, as shown in FIG. 28, for example. While FIG. 28 shows four inner plates 1 24 between inner plate 1 24a and inner plate 1 24b, it is envisioned that hinge 1 02a may include one or a plurality of additional inner plates 1 24 between inner plate 1 24a and inner plate 1 24b. Flinges 1 24 may be connected to one another by positioning an extension 140 of a first one of hinges 124 within concave portion 155 of a second one of hinges 124 such that aperture 142 of the first one of hinges 124 is aligned with the aperture in concave portion 155 of the second one of hinges 124. A pin 160 is positioned through aperture 142 of the first one of hinges 124 and the aperture in concave portion 155 of the second one of hinges 124 to allow the first one of hinges 124 to pivot relative to the second one of hinges 124 about pin 160.

[00120] Mattress assembly 30 includes torso hinges 102b that are similar to hinges 102 discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 102b that connects second section 38b of sidewall 38 with a third section 38c of sidewall 38 to allow section 38b to pivot relative to section 38c. First hinge 102b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 38b extends parallel to section 38c and a second orientation in which section 38b extends transverse to section 38c. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 102b that connects second section 40b of sidewall 40 with a third section 40c of sidewall 40 to allow section 40b to pivot relative to section 40c. Second hinge 102b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 40b extends parallel to section 40c and a second orientation in which section 40b extends transverse to section 40c. In some embodiments, hinges 102b are similar to or identical to one or more of the hinges described in co-owned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.

[00121] Hinges 102b each include an end plate 162 that is similar or identical to end plate 120, an end plate 164 that is similar or identical to end plate 122 and one or more inner plates 166 between end plate 164 and end plate 164. End plate 162 is fixedly attached to second section 38b of sidewall 38 or second section 40b of sidewall 40 and end plate 164 is fixedly attached to third section 38c of sidewall 38 or third section 40c of sidewall 40. Inner plates 166 may similar or identical to inner plates 124. Accordingly, end plate 162 may be connected to one of inner plates 166 in the manner that end plate 120 is connected to one of inner plates 124 and end plate 164 may be connected to one of inner plates 166 in the manner that end plate 122 is connected to one of inner plates 124. While FIG. 29 shows seventeen inner plates 166 between end plate 162 and end plate 164, it is envisioned that hinge 102b may include one or a plurality of inner plates 166 between end plate 162 and end plate 164.

[00122] Mattress assembly 30 includes neck hinges 102c that are similar to hinges 102 discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 102c that connects third section 38c of sidewall 38 with a fourth section 38d of sidewall 38 to allow section 38c to pivot relative to section 38d. First hinge 102c is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 38c extends parallel to section 38d and a second orientation in which section 38c extends transverse to section 38d. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 102c that connects third section 40c of sidewall 40 with a fourth section 40d of sidewall 40 to allow section 40c to pivot relative to section 40d. Second hinge 102c is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 40c extends parallel to section 40d and a second orientation in which section 40c extends transverse to section 40d. In some embodiments, hinges 102c are similar to or identical to one or more of the hinges described in co-owned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.

[00123] Flinges 102c each include an end plate 168 that is similar or identical to end plate 120 and/or end plate 162, an end plate 170 that is similar or identical to end plate 122 and/or end plate 164 and one or more inner plates 172 between end plate 168 and end plate 170. End plate 168 is fixedly attached to third section 38c of sidewall 38 or third section 40c of sidewall 40 and end plate 170 is fixedly attached to fourth section 38d of sidewall 38 or fourth section 40d of sidewall 40. Inner plates 172 may similar or identical to inner plates 124 or inner plates 166. Accordingly, end plate 168 may be connected to one of inner plates 172 in the manner that end plate 120 is connected to one of inner plates 124 or in the manner that end plate 162 is connected to one of inner plates 166. Likewise, end plate 170 may be connected to one of inner plates 172 in the manner that end plate 122 is connected to one of inner plates 124 or in the manner that end plate 164 is connected to one of inner plates 166. While FIG. 30 shows six inner plates 172 between end plate 168 and end plate 170, it is envisioned that hinge 102c may include one or a plurality of inner plates 172 between end plate 168 and end plate 170.

[00124] In one embodiment, shown in FIGS. 32-45, mattress assembly 30 includes hinges configured to allow chassis 32 to move from a folded configuration, as shown in FIG. 32, to an unfolded configuration, as shown in FIG. 33. The hinges also allow chassis 32 to move from a planar orientation, as shown in FIG. 33, to an arcuate orientation, as shown in FIG. 34.

[00125] Mattress assembly 30 includes corner hinges 44b that are similar to hinges 44 and/or hinges 44a discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 44b that connects first section 34a of top wall 34 with sidewall 38 to allow section 34a to pivot relative to sidewall 38. First hinge 44b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 34a extends parallel to sidewall 38 and a second orientation in which section 34a extends perpendicular to sidewall 38. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 44b that connects second section 34b of top wall 34 with sidewall 40 to allow section 34b to pivot relative to sidewall 40. Second hinge 44b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 34b extends parallel to sidewall 40 and a second orientation in which section 34b extends perpendicular to sidewall 40. Mattress assembly 30 includes a third hinge 44b that connects first section 36a of bottom wall 36 with sidewall 38 to allow section 36a to pivot relative to sidewall 38. Third hinge 44b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 36a extends parallel to sidewall 38 and a second orientation in which section 36a extends perpendicular to sidewall 38. Mattress assembly 30 includes a fourth hinge 44b that connects second section 36b of bottom wall 36 with sidewall 40 to allow section 36b to pivot relative to sidewall 40. Fourth hinge 44b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 36b extends parallel to sidewall 40 and a second orientation in which section 36b extends perpendicular to sidewall 40.

[00126] As shown in FIGS. 35-38, hinges 44b each include a part 174 having a body 176. A first extension 178 extends from one side of body 176 and a second extension 180 extends from another side of body 176 such that extensions 178, 180 are spaced apart from one another. Extension 178 is configured for pivotal engagement with a part 182 of hinge 44b, as discussed herein. Extension 180 is configured for disposal in a cavity of one of top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40 to fix body 176 to top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extension 180 has a configuration that mates with an inner surface that defines the cavity of top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, a fastener, such as, for example, a screw 181 is inserted through an outer surface of top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40 and into extension 180 to fix part 174 to top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extension 180 includes an opening 183 configured for disposal of screw 181 .

[00127] Extension 178 includes a passageway that extends through a thickness of extension 178 to pivotally connect part 174 with part 182, as discussed herein. Extension 178 extends transverse to extension 180. In some embodiments, extension 178 extends perpendicular to extension 180. In some embodiments, extension 178 may be disposed at alternate orientations, relative to extension 180, such as, for example, other angular orientations such as acute or obtuse, co-axial and/or may be offset or staggered.

[00128] Part 182 includes an extension 184 and spaced apart flanges 186, 188 that extend from extension 184. Flanges 186, 188 each include an opening 190 that extends through a thickness of each of flanges 186, 188. Extension 178 of part 174 is positioned between flanges 186, 188 such that openings 190 are aligned with the passageway in extension 178. A pin 192 is positioned through openings 190 and the passageway in extension 178 to allow part 174 to pivot relative to part 182 about pin 192. In some embodiments, extension 184 has a configuration that mates with an inner surface that defines the cavity of top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, a fastener, such as, for example, a screw 185 is inserted through an outer surface of top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40 and into extension 180 to fix part 176 to top wall 34, bottom wall 36, sidewall 38, or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extension 184 includes an opening 187 configured for disposal of screw 185.

[00129] Mattress assembly 30 includes head/foot hinges 46b that are similar to hinges 46 and/or hinges 46a discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 46b that connects first section 34a of top wall 34 with second section 34b of top wall 34 to allow section 34a to pivot relative to section 34b. First hinge 46b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 34a extends perpendicular to section 34b and a second orientation in which section 34a extends parallel to section 34b. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 46b that connects first section 36a of bottom wall 36 with second section 36b of bottom wall 36 to allow section 36a to pivot relative to section 36b. Second hinge 46b is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 36a extends perpendicular to section 36b and a second orientation in which section 36a extends parallel to section 36b.

[00130] As shown in FIGS. 39-42, hinges 46b each include a part 194, a part 196 and a body 198 that is coupled to parts 194, 196 such that parts 194, 196 are pivotable relative to body 198. Part 194 includes an extension 200 configured for disposal in a cavity of one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b to fix part 194 to one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b. In some embodiments, extension 200 has a configuration that mates with an inner surface that defines the cavity of one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b. In some embodiments, a fastener, such as, for example, a screw 202 is inserted through an outer surface of one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b and into extension 200 to fix part 174 to one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b. In some embodiments, extension 200 includes an opening 201 configured for disposal of screw 202.

[00131] Part 196 includes an extension 204 configured for disposal in a cavity of one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b to fix part 196 to one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b. In some embodiments, extension 204 has a configuration that mates with an inner surface that defines the cavity of one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b. In some embodiments, a fastener, such as, for example, a screw 206 is inserted through an outer surface of one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b and into extension 200 to fix part 176 to one of sections 34a, 34b, 36a, 36b. In some embodiments, extension 204 includes an opening 205 configured for disposal of screw 206.

[00132] Part 194 includes spaced apart flanges 208, 210 that extend from extension 200. Flanges 208, 210 each include an opening 212 that extends through a thickness of flange 208 or flange 210. Part 196 includes spaced apart flanges 214, 216 that extend from extension 204. Flanges 214, 216 each include an opening 218 that extends through a thickness of flange 214 or flange 216. Flange 208 is aligned with flange 214 and flange 210 is aligned with flange 216.

[00133] Body 198 includes an arm 220 that extends from one side of body 198 and an arm 222 that extends from an opposite side of body 198. Arm 220 is positioned between flanges 208, 210 such that a passageway that extends through a thickness of arm 220 is aligned with openings 212. A pin 224 is inserted through openings 212 and the passageway of arm 200 to allow part 194 to pivot relative to body 198. Arm 222 is positioned between flanges 214, 216 such that a passageway that extends through a thickness of arm 222 is aligned with openings 218. A pin 226 is inserted through openings 218 and the passageway of arm 202 to allow part 196 to pivot relative to body 198.

[00134] Mattress assembly 30 includes neck hinges 102d that are similar to hinges 102, 102a, 102b, 102c discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 102d that connects section 38d of sidewall 38 with section 38c of sidewall 38 to allow section 38d to pivot relative to section 38c. First hinge 102d is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 38d extends parallel to section 38c and a second orientation in which section 38d extends transverse to section 38c. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 102d that connects section 40d of sidewall 40 with section 40c of sidewall 40 to allow section 40d to pivot relative to section 40c. Second hinge 102d is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 40d extends parallel to section 40c and a second orientation in which section 40d extends transverse to section 40c. In some embodiments, hinges 102d are similar to or identical to one or more of the hinges described in co-owned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.

[00135] Hinges 102d each include an end plate 228, an end plate 230 and one or more inner plates 232 between end plate 228 and end plate 230. End plate 228 is fixedly attached to section 38c of sidewall 38, section 38d of sidewall 38, section 40c of sidewall 40 or section 40d of sidewall 40 and end plate 122 is fixedly attached to section 38c of sidewall 38, section 38d of sidewall 38, section 40c of sidewall 40 or section 40d of sidewall 40. In some embodiments, end plate 228 includes an opening 232 and end plate 230 includes an opening 234. A pin 236 extends through sidewall 38 or sidewall 40 and into opening 232 to fix end plate 228 to sidewall 38 or sidewall 40 and a pin 238 extends through sidewall 38 or sidewall 40 and into opening 234 to fix end plate 230 to sidewall 38 or sidewall 40.

[00136] End plate 228 includes a body 240 and an extension 242 that extends from body 240. Opening 232 extends through extension 242. Extension 242 is configured for disposal in a cavity of sidewall 38 or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extension 242 has a configuration that mates with an inner surface that defines the cavity of one of sidewall 38 or sidewall 40. Body 240 comprises an inner surface defining an aperture 244 configured for movable disposal of a portion of one of inner plates 232, as discussed herein. Body 240 includes inclined surfaces 246, 248 and a convex portion 250 between surfaces 246, 248. Body 240 includes inclined surfaces 252, 254 opposite inclined surfaces 246, 248 and a convex portion 256 between surfaces 252, 254. Convex portion 250 includes a hole 258 that is coaxial with a hole 260 of convex portion 256.

[00137] End plate 230 includes a body 262 and an extension 264 that extends from body 262. Opening 234 extends through extension 264. Extension 264 is configured for disposal in a cavity of sidewall 38 or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extension 264 has a configuration that mates with an inner surface that defines the cavity of one of sidewall 38 or sidewall 40. Body 262 comprises a block 266, a block 268 and a cylindrical portion 270 between blocks 266, 268. Cylindrical portion 270 includes a passageway 272 that extends through a thickness of cylindrical portion 270. Block 266 extends from opposite inclined surfaces 274, 276 of body 262 and block 268 extends from opposite inclined surfaces 278, 280 of body 262. Cylindrical portion 270 is positioned between inclined surfaces 274, 276 and inclined surfaces 278, 280.

[00138] Inner plates 232 each include a body 282. An inner surface of body 282 defines an aperture 284 configured for disposal of a portion of another inner plate 232 or blocks 266, 268 of end plate 230, as discussed herein. Body 282 includes spaced apart inclined surfaces 286, 288 and spaced apart inclined surfaces 290, 292. A cylindrical portion 294 is positioned between inclined surfaces 286, 290 and a cylindrical portion 296 is positioned between inclined surfaces 288, 292. Portion 294 includes an opening 298 that extends through a thickness of portion 294 and portion 296 includes an opening 300 that extends through a thickness of portion 296. Inner plates 232 each include a block 302 that extends from spaced apart inclined surfaces 304, 306 of body 282 and a block 308 that extends from spaced apart inclined surfaces 310, 312 of body 282. A cylindrical portion 314 is positioned between block 302 and block 308. Cylindrical portion 314 includes a passageway 316 that extends through a thickness of cylindrical portion 314.

[00139] Blocks 302, 308 of a first inner plate 232a are positioned within aperture 244 of end plate 228 such that passageway 316 is aligned and/or coaxial with openings 258, 260 of first inner plate 232a. A pin 318 is positioned through openings 258, 260 and passageway 316 to allow first inner plate 232a to pivot relative to end plate 228 about pin 318. First inner plate 232a is pivotable relative to end plate 228 between a first orientation, a second orientation and a third orientation. In the first orientation, inclined surfaces 304, 306 of first inner plate 232a directly engage inclined surfaces 246, 252 of end plate 228 and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of first inner plate 232a are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 248, 254 of end plate 228. In the second orientation, inclined surfaces 304, 306 of first inner plate 232a are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 246, 252 of end plate 228 and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of first inner plate 232a are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 248, 254 of end plate 228. In the third orientation, inclined surfaces 304, 306 of first inner plate 232a are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 246, 252 of end plate 228 and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of first inner plate 232a directly engage inclined surfaces 248, 254 of end plate 228. Inclined surfaces 246, 248, 252, 254, 304, 306, 308, 310 thus define stops that limit the amount first inner plate 232a pivots relative to end plate 228.

[00140] Blocks 302, 308 of a second inner plate 232b are positioned within aperture 284 of first inner plate 232a such that passageway 316 of second inner plate 232b is aligned and/or coaxial with openings 298, 300 of first inner plate 232a. A pin 320 is positioned through openings 298, 300 of first inner plate 232a and passageway 316 of second inner plate 232b to allow first inner plate 232a to pivot relative to second inner plate 232b about pin 320. First inner plate 232a is pivotable relative to second inner plate 232b between a first orientation, a second orientation and a third orientation. In the first orientation, inclined surfaces 286, 288 of first inner plate 232a directly engage inclined surfaces 302, 304 of second inner plate 232b and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of first inner plate 232 are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 290, 292 of second inner plate 232b. In the second orientation, inclined surfaces 286, 288 of first inner plate 232a are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 302, 304 of second inner plate 232b and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of first inner plate 232 are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 290, 292 of second inner plate 232b. In the third orientation, inclined surfaces 286, 288 of first inner plate 232a are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 302, 304 of second inner plate 232b and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of first inner plate 232 directly engage inclined surfaces 290, 292 of second inner plate 232b. Inclined surfaces 286, 288, 290, 292, 304, 306, 308, 310 thus define stops that limit the amount first inner plate 232a pivots relative to second inner plate 232b.

[00141 ] Blocks 266, 268 of end plate 230 are positioned within aperture 284 of second inner plate 232b such that passageway 272 of end plate 230 is aligned and/or coaxial with openings 298, 300 of second inner plate 232b. A pin 322 is inserted through passageway 272 of end plate 230 and openings 298, 300 of second inner plate 232b such that of second inner plate 232b is pivotable relative to end plate 230 about pin 322. Second inner plate 232b is pivotable relative to end plate between a first orientation, a second orientation and a third orientation. In the first orientation, inclined surfaces 286, 288 of second inner plate 232b directly engage inclined surfaces 274, 276 of end plate 230 and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of second inner plate 232b are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 278, 280 of end plate 228. In the second orientation, inclined surfaces 286, 288 of second inner plate 232b are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 274, 276 of end plate 230 and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of second inner plate 232b are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 278, 280 of end plate 228. In the third orientation, inclined surfaces 286, 288 of second inner plate 232b are spaced apart from inclined surfaces 274, 276 of end plate 230 and inclined surfaces 310, 312 of second inner plate 232b directly engage inclined surfaces 278, 280 of end plate 228. Inclined surfaces 286, 288, 290, 290 of second inner plate 232b and inclined surfaces 274, 276, 278, 280 of end plate 230 thus define stops that limit the amount second inner plate 232b pivots relative to end plate 230.

[00142] Mattress assembly 30 includes torso hinges 102e that are similar to hinges 102, 102a, 102b, 102c, 102d discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 102e that connects section 38c of sidewall 38 with section 38b of sidewall 38 to allow section 38c to pivot relative to section 38b. First hinge 102e is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 38c extends parallel to section 38b and a second orientation in which section 38c extends transverse to section 38b. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 102e that connects section 40d of sidewall 40 with section 40c of sidewall 40 to allow section 40d to pivot relative to section 40c. Second hinge 102e is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 40d extends parallel to section 40c and a second orientation in which section 40d extends transverse to section 40c. In some embodiments, hinges 102e are similar to or identical to one or more of the hinges described in co-owned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.

[00143] Mattress assembly 30 includes knee hinges 102f that are similar to hinges 102, 102a, 102b, 102c, 102d, 102e discussed herein. In particular, mattress assembly 30 includes a first hinge 102f that connects section 38b of sidewall 38 with section 38a of sidewall 38 to allow section 38b to pivot relative to section 38a. First hinge 102f is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 38b extends parallel to section 38a and a second orientation in which section 38b extends transverse to section 38a. Mattress assembly 30 includes a second hinge 102f that connects section 40b of sidewall 40 with section 40a of sidewall 40 to allow section 40b to pivot relative to section 40a. Second hinge 102f is configured to move between a first orientation in which section 40b extends parallel to section 40b and a second orientation in which section 40b extends transverse to section 40a. In some embodiments, hinges 102f are similar to or identical to one or more of the hinges described in co-owned U.S. Patent Application No. 62/443,260, filed January 6, 2017, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.

[00144] Hinges 102e, 102f are similar to hinges 102d, except that hinges 102e, 102f include additional inner plates 232 between inner plate 232a and inner plate 232b. For example, hinges 102e may include inner plates 232c, 232d, 232e, 232f between inner plate 232a and inner plate 232b, as shown in FIG. 48. Inner plate 232c of hinge 102e is connected inner plate 232a of hinge 102e in the same manner as inner plate 232a of hinge 102d is connected to inner plate 232b of hinge 102d. Inner plate 232d of hinge 102e is connected inner plate 232c of hinge 102e in the same manner as inner plate 232a of hinge 102d is connected to inner plate 232b of hinge 102d. Inner plate 232e of hinge 102e is connected inner plate 232d of hinge 102e in the same manner as inner plate 232a of hinge 102d is connected to inner plate 232b of hinge 102d. Inner plate 232f of hinge 102e is connected inner plate 232b of hinge 102e in the same manner as inner plate 232a of hinge 102d is connected to inner plate 232b of hinge 102d. It is envisioned that hinges 102e, 102f may each include one or a plurality of inner plates 232 between end plate 228 and end plate 230.

[00145] In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 may include a hinge 324, shown in FIGS. 49 and 50, in place of hinge 102a, hinge 102b, hinge 102c, hinge 102d, hinge 102e, and/or hinge 102f to allow a portion of sidewall 38 to pivot relative to another section of sidewall 38 and/or to allow a portion of sidewall 40 to pivot relative to another section of sidewall 40. Hinge 324 includes an extension 326, and extension 328 and a central portion 330 between extensions 326, 328. Extension 326 is configured for disposal in a first portion of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 and extension 328 is configured for disposal in a second portion of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extensions 326, 328 are configured for disposal in sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 such that extensions 326, 328 are fixed relative to sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extensions 326, 328 are deformable such that extensions 326, 328 are fixed relative to sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 when extensions 326, 328 are disposed in sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40.

[00146] Central portion 330 includes a rib 332 that connects extension 326 with extension 328. Extensions 326, 328 are each deflectable relative to rib 332 to allow extension 326 to pivot relative to extension 328. Central portion 330 includes a plurality of spaced apart fins 334 that extend from a first side 332a of rib 332 and a plurality of spaced apart fins 336 that extend from a second side 332b of rib 332. As shown in FIGS. 49 and 50, each one of fins 334 is aligned with one of fins 336. Fins 334 are configured to directly engage extension 326, extension 328 or another one of fins 334 to limit the amount that extension 326 can pivot relative to extension 328. Likewise, fins 336 are configured to directly engage extension 326, extension 328 or another one of fins 336 to limit the amount that extension 326 can pivot relative to extension 328. For example, extension 326 may be pivoted relative to extension 328 such that first ends 326a, 328a of extensions 326, 328 are moved toward one another and opposite second ends 326b, 328b of extensions 326, 328 are moved away from one another. As first ends 326a, 328a of extensions 326, 328 are moved toward one another, the space between adjacent fins 336 increases and fins 334 engage another one of fins 334 and/or one of extensions 326, 328 to limit the amount that extension 326 pivots relative to extension 328. Extension 326 may be also pivoted relative to extension 328 such that first ends 326a, 328a of extensions 326, 328 are moved away from one another and second ends 326b, 328b of extensions 326, 328 are moved toward one another. As second ends 326b, 328b of extensions 326, 328 are moved toward one another, the space between adjacent fins 334 increases and fins 336 engage another one of fins 336 and/or one of extensions 326, 328 to limit the amount that extension 326 pivots relative to extension 328.

[00147] In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 may include a hinge 338, shown in FIGS. 51 and 52, in place of hinge 102a, hinge 102b, hinge 102c, hinge 102d, hinge 102e, and/or hinge 102f to allow a portion of sidewall 38 to pivot relative to another section of sidewall 38 and/or to allow a portion of sidewall 40 to pivot relative to another section of sidewall 40. Hinge 338 includes an extension 340, and extension 342 and a central portion 344 between extensions 340, 342. Extension 340 is configured for disposal in a first portion of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 and extension 342 is configured for disposal in a second portion of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extensions 340, 342 are configured for disposal in sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 such that extensions 340, 342 are fixed relative to sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extensions 340, 342 are deformable such that extensions 340, 342 are fixed relative to sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 when extensions 340, 342 are disposed in sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40.

[00148] Central portion 344 includes a rib 346 that connects extension 340 with extension 342. Extensions 340, 342 are each deflectable relative to rib 346 to allow extension 340 to pivot relative to extension 342. Central portion 344 includes a wall 348 that connects a first end 340a of extension 340 with a first end 342a of extension 342 and a wall 350 that connects a second end 340b of extension 340 with a second end 342b of extension 342. Rib 346 is spaced apart from walls 348, 350. Wall 348 includes a section 348a that is connected to a section 348b of wall 348 to define a concave portion 352 of wall 348. Section 348a extends transverse to section 348b. Wall 348 includes a section 348c that is connected to a section 348d of wall 348 to define a concave portion 354 of wall 348. Section 348c extends transverse to section 348d. Section 348a is connected to extension 340 by a portion of wall 348 that extends transverse to sections 348b, 348c. Section 348a is connected to section 348b by a portion of wall 348 that extends transverse to sections 348a, 348b. Section 348c is connected to section 348b by a portion of wall 348 that extends transverse to sections 348b, 348c. Section 348c is connected to section 348d by a portion of wall 348 that extends transverse to sections 348c, 348d. Section 348d is connected to extension 342 by a portion of wall 348 that extends transverse to sections 348b, 348c.

[00149] Wall 350 includes a section 350a that is connected to a section 350b of wall 350 to define a concave portion 356 of wall 350. Section 350a extends transverse to section 350b. Wall 350 includes a section 350c that is connected to a section 350d of wall 350 to define a concave portion 358 of wall 348. Section 350c extends transverse to section 350d. Section 350a is connected to extension 340 by a portion of wall 350 that extends transverse to sections 350b, 350c. Section 350a is connected to section 350b by a portion of wall 350 that extends transverse to sections 350a, 350b. Section 350c is connected to section 350b by a portion of wall 350 that extends transverse to sections 350b, 350c. Section 350c is connected to section 350d by a portion of wall 350 that extends transverse to sections 350c, 350d. Section 350d is connected to extension 342 by a portion of wall 350 that extends transverse to sections 350b, 350c.

[00150] Sections 348a, 348d are configured to directly engage extension 340, extension 342 or one of sections 348b, 348c to limit the amount that extension 340 can pivot relative to extension 342. Likewise, sections 350a, 350d are configured to directly engage extension 340, extension 342 or one of sections 350b, 350c to limit the amount that extension 340 can pivot relative to extension 342. For example, extension 340 may be pivoted relative to extension 342 such that first ends 340a, 342a of extensions 340, 342 are moved toward one another and opposite second ends 340b, 342b of extensions 340, 342 are moved away from one another. As first ends 340a, 342a of extensions 340, 342 are moved toward one another, the space between extension 340 and section 348a, between section 348a and section 348b, between section 348b and section 348c, between section 348c and section 348d, and/or between section 348d and extension 342 decreases and the space between extension 340 and section 350a, between section 350a and section 350b, between section 350b and section 350c, between section 350c and section 350d, and/or between section 350d and extension 342 increases to limit the amount that extension 340 pivots relative to extension 342. Extension 340 may be also pivoted relative to extension 342 such that first ends 340a, 342a of extensions 340, 342 are moved away from one another and second ends 340b, 342b of extensions 340, 342 are moved toward one another. As second ends 340b, 342b of extensions 340, 342 are moved toward one another, the space between extension 340 and section 348a, between section 348a and section 348b, between section 348b and section 348c, between section 348c and section 348d, and/or between section 348d and extension 342 increases and the space between extension 340 and section 350a, between section 350a and section 350b, between section 350b and section 350c, between section 350c and section 350d, and/or between section 350d and extension 342 decreases to limit the amount that extension 340 pivots relative to extension 342.

[00151 ] In some embodiments, mattress assembly 30 may include a hinge 360, shown in FIGS. 53 and 54, in place of hinge 102a, hinge 102b, hinge 102c, hinge 102d, hinge 102e, and/or hinge 102f to allow a portion of sidewall 38 to pivot relative to another section of sidewall 38 and/or to allow a portion of sidewall 40 to pivot relative to another section of sidewall 40. Hinge 360 includes an extension 362, and extension 364 and a central portion 366 between extensions 362, 364. Extension 362 is configured for disposal in a first portion of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 and extension 364 is configured for disposal in a second portion of sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extensions 362, 364 are configured for disposal in sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 such that extensions 362, 364 are fixed relative to sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40. In some embodiments, extensions 362, 364 are deformable such that extensions 362, 364 are fixed relative to sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40 when extensions 362, 364 are disposed in sidewall 38 and/or sidewall 40.

[00152] Central portion 366 includes a rib 368 that connects extension 362 with extension 364. Extensions 362, 364 are each deflectable relative to rib 368 to allow extension 362 to pivot relative to extension 364. Central portion 366 includes a wall 370 that connects a first end 362a of extension 362 with a first end 364a of extension 364 and a wall 372 that connects a second end 362b of extension 362 with a second end 364b of extension 364. Rib 368 is connected to wall 370 by an arm 374 and rib 368 is connected to wall 372 by an arm 376 that is aligned and/or coaxial with arm 374. Arms 374, 376 extend transverse to rib 368. In some embodiments, arms 374, 376 extend perpendicular to rib 368. Wall 370 includes an arcuate section 370a that is connected to an arcuate section 370b of wall 370 to define a concave portion 378 of wall 370. Wall 370 includes an arcuate section 370c that is connected to an arcuate section 370d of wall 370 to define a concave portion 380 of wall 370. Section 370b is connected to section 370c by a portion 370e of wall 370 that extends parallel to rib 368. Section 370a is continuously curved from extension 362 to section 370b. Section 370b is continuously curved from section 370b to portion 370e. Section 370c is continuously curved from portion 370e to section 370d. Section 370d is continuously curved from portion 370c to extension 364. Wall 370 is thus continuously curved from extension 362 to portion 370e and from portion 370e to extension 364. Wall 372 includes an arcuate section 372a that is connected to an arcuate section 372b of wall 372 to define a concave portion 382 of wall 372. Wall 372 includes an arcuate section 372c that is connected to an arcuate section 372d of wall 372 to define a concave portion 384 of wall 372. Section 372b is connected to section 372c by a portion 372e of wall 370 that extends parallel to rib 368. Section 372a is continuously curved from extension 362 to section 372b. Section 372b is continuously curved from section 372b to portion 372e. Section 372c is continuously curved from portion 370e to section 372d. Section 372d is continuously curved from portion 372c to extension 364. Wall 372 is thus continuously curved from extension 362 to portion 372e and from portion 372e to extension 364.

[00153] Extensions 362, 364 are configured to directly engage a section of wall adjunct to portion 370e to limit the amount that extensions 362, 364 can pivot relative to one another. Likewise, extensions 362, 364 are configured to directly engage a section of wall adjunct to portion 372e to limit the amount that extensions 362, 364 can pivot relative to one another. For example, extension 362 may be pivoted relative to extension 364 such that first ends 362a, 364a of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another and opposite second ends 362b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved away from one another. As first ends 362a, 362a of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another, sections 370a, 370d of wall 370 move toward portion 370e of wall 370 and sections 372a, 372d of wall 372 move away from portion 372 of wall 372. In some embodiments, a junction between sections 370a, 370b of wall 370 moves toward rib 368 as first ends 362a, 362a of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. In some embodiments, a junction between sections 370c, 370d of wall 370 moves toward rib 368 as first ends 362a, 362a of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. In some embodiments, a junction between sections 372a, 372b of wall 372 moves away rib 368 as first ends 364a, 364a of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. In some embodiments, a junction between sections 372c, 372d of wall 372 moves away from rib 368 as first ends 364a, 364a of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another.

[00154] Extension 362 may be also pivoted relative to extension 364 such that first ends 362a, 364a of extensions 362, 364 are moved away from one another and second ends 362b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. As second ends 362b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another, sections 370a, 370d of wall 370 move away from portion 370e of wall 370 and sections 372a, 372d of wall 372 move toward portion 372 of wall 372. In some embodiments, the junction between sections 372a, 372b of wall 372 moves toward rib 368 as second ends 364b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. In some embodiments, the junction between sections 372c, 372d of wall 372 moves toward rib 368 as second ends 364b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. In some embodiments, the junction between sections 370a, 370b of wall 370 moves away rib 368 as second ends 364b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another. In some embodiments, the junction between sections 370c, 370d of wall 370 moves away from rib 368 as second ends 364b, 364b of extensions 362, 364 are moved toward one another.

[00155] In operation and use, the components of mattress assembly 30 may be shipped to a destination, such as, for example, a residential home, in one or a plurality of containers, such as, for example, one or a plurality of boxes 62. It is envisioned that the components of mattress assembly 30 may be shipped to the destination via ground shipping. In some embodiments, the components of mattress assembly 30 are shipped to the destination via the U.S. postal system, United Parcel Service or Federal Express. Chassis 32 and cover 58 may be removed from one of the boxes and placed on top of a box spring. Chassis 32 is moved from the compacted configuration discussed herein to the expanded configuration discussed herein. Tambor 64, spring pack 66, topper 72, barrier layer 90 and/or outer layer 98 may be removed from the other box. T ambor 64 is positioned in interior cavity 42 in the manner discussed herein. Spring pack 66 is positioned on top of tambor 64, as discussed herein. Barrier layer 90 is positioned on top of spring pack 66, as discussed herein. Topper 72 is positioned on top of barrier layer 90, as discussed herein. Outer layer 98 is positioned on top of topper 72, as discussed herein. In embodiments wherein, mattress assembly 30 includes one or more of hinges 102, 102a, 102b, 102c, 102d, 102e, 102f, 324, 338 and/or 360 hinges 102, 102a, 102b, 102c, 102d, 102e, 102f, 324, 338 and/or 360 may be manipulated to move chassis 32 the planar orientation shown in FIG. 33 to the arcuate orientation shown in FIG. 34.

[00156] In some embodiments, a kit is provided that includes one or more of the components of mattress assembly 30 discussed herein. For example, the kit may include one or more chassis, such as, for example, chassis 32 discussed herein. It is envisioned that the chassis of the kit may vary with respect to size, shape and/or material. The kit may include one or more cover, such as, for example, cover 58 discussed herein. It is envisioned that the covers of the kit may vary with respect to size, shape and/or material. For example, the covers may include different fill materials and/or may have different firmnesses. The kit may include one or more tambor, such as, for example, tambor 64 discussed herein. It is envisioned that the tambors of the kit may vary with respect to size, shape and/or material. The kit may include one or more spring pack, such as, for example, spring pack 66 discussed herein. It is envisioned that the spring packs of the kit may vary with respect to size, shape and/or material. For example, the spring packs may include a plurality of spring packs having different firmnesses. The kit may include one or more mattress topper, such as, for example, topper 72 discussed herein. It is envisioned that the spring packs of the kit may vary with respect to size, shape and/or material.

[00157] The kit may also include packaging for the contents of the kit. For example, the kit may include a box, such as, for example, a box 62 discussed herein, for packaging chassis 32. The kit may also include a second container, such as, for example, a second box for packaging other contents of the kit. For example, the second box can be used to package the cover, the spring packs and/or the topper. It is envisioned that the second box may be shipped via ground delivery. That is, the second box need not be shipped as freight. The kit may include instructions for assembling a mattress assembly. In some embodiments, the instructions include directions for replacing one or more components of the mattress assembly. In some embodiments, the instructions include directions for cleaning one or more components of the mattress assembly. In some embodiments, the kit includes other bedding items. For example, the kit may include a box spring, bed sheets, pillows, pillow cases, a blanket or comforter, etc.

[00158] It will be understood that various modifications may be made to the embodiments disclosed herein. For example, features of any one embodiment can be combined with features of any other embodiment. Therefore, the above description should not be construed as limiting, but merely as exemplification of the various embodiments. Those skilled in the art will envision other modifications within the scope and spirit of the claims appended hereto.