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Adjustable bed skirt

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An adjustable bed skirt, for use with a bed having a mattress and a box spring, includes side panels having a non-slip portion, and end panels also including a non-slip portion. By inserting the non-slip portion of each side panel and each end panel between the mattress and the box spring, the side and end panels are retained in position so that the remaining non-inserted portion of each of the side and end panels hangs adjacent the box spring and forms a bed skirt thereon. Caps including a non-slip portion may also be inserted between the mattress and the box spring, adjacent edges of the box spring, to hide any gaps between edges of the side and end panels. The bed skirt may also be used with a bed having a mattress placed on a frame, and supported between the mattress and the frame.

Claims

What is claimed is:

1. An adjustable bed skirt for use with a bed having at least one mattress and box spring, said bed skirt comprising: at least one side panel including a non-slip portion; and at least one end panel including a non-slip portion; wherein said non-slip portion of each side panel and each end panel capable of being inserted between the mattress and the box spring and retained therein so that the remaining non-inserted portion of each side panel and each end panel hangs adjacent the box spring and forms said bed skirt thereon.

2. An adjustable bed skirt according to claim 1 further comprising: at least one cap including a non-slip portion, wherein said non-slip portion of each cap capable of being inserted between the mattress and the box spring adjacent edges thereof and retained therein so that the remaining portion of each cap hangs adjacent the box spring and forms said bed skirt thereon.

3. An adjustable bed skirt according to claim 2 each cap being disposed adjacent one of: inner surfaces of said side panel and said end panel, and outer surfaces of said side panel and said end panel.

4. An adjustable bed skirt for use with a bed having at least one mattress on a frame, said bed skirt comprising: at least one side panel including a non-slip portion; and at least one end panel including a non-slip portion; wherein said non-slip portion of each side panel and each end panel capable of being inserted between the mattress and the frame and retained therein so that the remaining non-inserted portion of each side panel and each end panel hangs adjacent the frame and forms said bed skirt thereon.

5. An adjustable bed skirt according to claim 4 further comprising: at least one cap including a non-slip portion, wherein said non-slip portion of each cap capable of being inserted between the mattress and the frame adjacent edges thereof and retained therein so that the remaining portion of each cap hangs adjacent the frame and forms said bed skirt thereon.

6. An adjustable bed skirt according to claim 5 each cap being disposed adjacent one of: inner surfaces of said side panel and said end panel, and outer surfaces of said side panel and said end panel.

7. A method for placing an adjustable bed skirt on a bed having at least one mattress and a box spring, said method comprising the steps of: inserting a non-slip portion of at least one side panel between the mattress and the box spring adjacent a side of the box spring; and inserting a non-slip portion of at least one end panel between the mattress and the box spring adjacent another side of the box spring; whereby the remaining non-inserted portion of each side panel and each end panel hangs adjacent the box spring and forms said bed skirt thereon.

8. A method according to claim 7 said method further comprising the step of: inserting a non-slip portion of at least one cap between the mattress and the box spring adjacent an edge of the box spring, whereby the remaining non-inserted portion of each cap hangs adjacent the box spring and forms said bed skirt thereon.

9. A method according to claim 8 each cap being inserted between the mattress and the box spring adjacent one of: inner surfaces of said side panel and said end panel, and outer surfaces of said side panel and said end panel.

Description

RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] The present application claims the benefit of priority to Provisional Application Serial No. 60/311105 filed Aug. 10 2001.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

[0002] a. Field of Invention

[0003] The present invention relates generally to bed skirts, and more particularly to an adjustable bed skirt that can be used with beds of varying heights, and placed on a box spring of a bed without removal of a mattress.

[0004] b. Description of Related Art

[0005] Bed skirts commonly known in the art have a single central platform panel that is the size or shape of a standard mattress. The central platform panel has three or four side panels hanging perpendicular to the central platform panel, and attached at the outer edges thereof. The central platform panel lies flat on the top of a box spring, and the side panels hang over the edge of the box spring and essentially cover it from exposure.

[0006] Generally, bed skirts are placed on top of the box spring between the box spring and the top mattress of a mattress set. It is usually burdensome to place such bed skirts between the box spring and the top mattress because the top mattress has to be removed from atop the box spring. The bed skirt is then fit onto the box spring and the top mattress is replaced atop the box spring. Often, when the top mattress is being placed on top of the box spring, the bed skirt can shift in place, thus requiring the fit to be readjusted with the top mattress still resting on the box spring.

[0007] Presently, bed skirts are made of specific nominal lengths associated with average bed and mattress heights. For a bed that is lower or higher than the average bed height, most bed skirts made of nominal sizes are either too long (if the height of the bed is shorter than average) or too short (if the height of the bed is taller than average.)

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

[0008] The present invention solves the problems and overcomes the drawbacks and disadvantages of prior art bed skirts by providing a bed skirt which is adjustable to fit beds of different heights.

[0009] Another aspect of the present invention is to provide a bed skirt that is easily assembled onto a mattress set without any mattresses having to be removed.

[0010] In order to achieve the above-identified objectives, the present invention provides an adjustable bed skirt for use with a bed having a mattress and one or more box springs. The bed skirt includes one or more side panels having a non-slip portion, and one or more end panels having a non-slip portion. The non-slip portion of each of the side and end panels can be inserted between the mattress and the box spring and retained therein so that the remaining non-inserted portion of each of the side and end panels hangs adjacent the box spring and forms a bed skirt thereon. The bed skirt further includes one or more caps having a non-slip portion. The non-slip portion of each cap is inserted between the mattress and the box spring adjacent edges thereof, and is retained therein so that the remaining portion of each cap hangs adjacent the box spring and forms the bed skirt thereon. Each cap is disposed adjacent either inner surfaces of the side and end panels, or outer surfaces of the side and end panels.

[0011] The present invention also provides an adjustable bed skirt for use with a bed having at least one mattress on a frame. The bed skirt may include side panels including a non-slip portion, and end panels including a non-slip portion. The non-slip portion of each side panel and each end panel is capable of being inserted between the mattress and the frame and retained therein so that the remaining non-inserted portion of each side panel and each end panel hangs adjacent the frame and forms the bed skirt thereon. The bed skirt also includes caps having a non-slip portion. The non-slip portion of each cap is capable of being inserted between the mattress and the frame adjacent edges thereof and retained therein so that the remaining portion of each cap hangs adjacent the frame and forms the bed skirt thereon. Each cap may be disposed adjacent either inner surfaces of the side and end panels, or outer surfaces of the side and end panels.

[0012] The present invention yet further provides a method for placing an adjustable bed skirt on a bed having a mattress and a box spring. The method includes the steps of inserting a non-slip portion of a side panel between the mattress and the box spring adjacent a side of the box spring, and inserting a non-slip portion of an end panel between the mattress and the box spring adjacent another side of the box spring. The remaining non-inserted portion of each of the side and end panels hangs adjacent the box spring and forms a bed skirt thereon. The method also includes the step of inserting a non-slip portion of a cap between the mattress and the box spring adjacent an edge of the box spring, whereby the remaining non-inserted portion of each cap hangs adjacent the box spring and forms the bed skirt thereon. For the method described above, each cap may be inserted between the mattress and the box spring adjacent either inner surfaces of the side and end panels, or outer surfaces of the side and end panels.

[0013] Additional features, advantages, and embodiments of the invention may be set forth or apparent from consideration of the following detailed description, drawings, and claims. Moreover, it is to be understood that both the foregoing summary of the invention and the following detailed description are exemplary and intended to provide further explanation without limiting the scope of the invention as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0014] The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate preferred embodiments of the invention and together with the detail description serve to explain the principles of the invention. In the drawings:

[0015] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the adjustable bed skirt according to the present invention fitted on a box spring;

[0016] FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the adjustable bed skirt of FIG. 1 shown on a box spring; and

[0017] FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the adjustable bed skirt of FIG. 1 shown on a bed frame.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0018] Referring now to the drawings wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of the adjustable bed skirt according to the present invention, generally designated 10.

[0019] Adjustable bed skirt 10 has a plurality of separate panels 20 22 wherein the upper non-slip flap 40 42 of each separate panel 20 22 respectively, is placed between the mattress (not shown) and box spring 50 on a bed.

[0020] In the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 1 bed skirt 10 has two side panels 20 and an end panel 22. Two caps or inserts 24 may be placed where the edges of side panels 20 and end panel 22 meet, thereby filling any gap created between the edges of side panels 20 and end panel 22.

[0021] Each of the non-slip flaps 40 42 may be made of a non-slip conventional material so as to prevent panels 20 22 from slipping out of placement between box spring 50 and the mattress placed thereon.

[0022] An exploded view of the separate pieces of bed skirt 10 are shown in FIG. 2. The upper, non-slip flap 40 of each side panel 20 may be placed on box spring 50 so that non-slip flap 40 rests parallel with the top of box spring 50 and the lower remainder portion of each side panel 20 hangs over sides 52 of box spring 50 where is covers the respective side 52 from view.

[0023] Likewise, the upper non-slip flap 42 of end panel 22 may also be placed on box spring 50 so that non-slip flap 42 rests parallel with the top of box spring 50 and the lower remainder portion of end panel 22 hangs over sides 54 of box spring 50 where it covers end 54 of box spring 50 from view. It is apparent that if needed, an additional end panel 22 may be placed on the opposite side of box spring 50 opposite to the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 2.

[0024] The inserts or caps 24 may be attached to box spring 50 in a similar fashion as each of the side and end panels 20 22. Specifically, cap 24 may include a non-slip flap 44 that is inserted onto the corner of box spring 50 below side panels 20 and end panel 22. However, for an alternative look, it is foreseeable the cap 24 can be located on top of side panels 20 and end panel 22.

[0025] Each cap 24 may also include two lower or hanging portions 34 36 that fill in the gap created where the edges of side panels 20 meet with end panel 22.

[0026] The draped height of each panel 20 22 and caps 24 may be adjusted by the amount of non-slip flap that is placed between the mattress and box spring of a bed. For example, the more non-slip flap 40 42 44 that is placed between the mattress and box spring 50 the shorter the bed skirt 10. Alternatively, the less non-slip flap 40 42 44 that is placed between the mattress and box spring 50 the longer the bed skirt 10 is.

[0027] In an alternative embodiment of the present invention, instead of being placed between a mattress and a box spring, bed skirt 10 may be placed below a mattress in a bed having a mattress resting on a frame, and retained between the mattress and the frame. For example, referring to FIG. 3 in a conventional bed having a curved or flat frame 60 the upper non-slip flap 40 of each side panel 20 may be placed on frame 60 so that non-slip flap 40 rests parallel with the top of frame 60 and the lower remainder portion of each side panel 20 hangs over sides 62 of frame 60 where it covers sides 62 from view. Likewise, the upper non-slip flap 42 of end panel 22 may also be placed on frame 60 so that non-slip flap 42 rests parallel with the top of frame 60 and the lower remainder portion of end panel 22 hangs over sides 64 of frame 60 where it covers side 64 of frame 60 from view. It is apparent that if needed, an additional end panel 22 may be placed on the opposite side of frame 60 opposite to the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 3.

[0028] After fitting of panels 20 and 22 the inserts or caps 24 may be attached to frame 60 in a similar fashion as each of the side and end panels 20 22. Specifically, cap 24 may include a non-slip flap 44 that is inserted onto the corner of frame 60 below side panels 20 and end panel 22. However, for an alternative look, it is foreseeable the cap 24 can be located on top of side panels 20 and end panel 22.

[0029] It should be noted that the term "frame" used to identify frame 60 of FIG. 3 designates a general structure on which a mattress may rest, and may include any such general "frame" structure as would be apparent to a skilled artisan.

[0030] It is apparent that although a single mattress and box spring 50 were referred to throughout the disclosure, a plurality of mattresses and a plurality of box springs on a single bed may also be used with adjustable bed skirt 10 of the present invention. It is also apparent that since bed skirt 10 is comprised of an ensemble of separate pieces, a central platform is not needed and each piece is easily slipped between the mattress and box spring without having to remove the top mattress to place the bed skirt.

[0031] Although particular embodiments of the invention have been described in detail herein with reference to the accompanying drawings, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to those particular embodiments, and that various changes and modifications may be effected therein by one skilled in the art without departing from the scope or spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.


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