Ashley Furniture Industries has filed a patent for an upholstered recliner that features blow molded arm rest forms and a backrest form. The arm rest forms and backrest form can be reinforced with metal plates and assembled into a recliner. The recliner also includes a seat deck and a recliner mechanism. The backrest form has legs with kd brackets that are secured using a barrel nut and screw. This design results in a lightweight, quick to assemble, and robust recliner compared to traditional wood frame recliners. GlobalData’s report on Ashley Furniture Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile Ashley Furniture Industries's grant share as of September 2023 was 84%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

The patent is filed for an upholstered recliner with blow molded arm rest forms

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ashley Furniture Industries Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230232987A1) describes an upholstered recliner with unique features. The recliner includes two blow molded arm rest forms, each with a continuous polymeric wall and attached to a seat deck. The recliner also features a backrest form with downwardly extending legs, each equipped with a kd bracket. The kd bracket is attached to a tubular wall structure using a barrel nut and screw. The recliner does not have elongate supports on the legs of the backrest form. Additionally, the blow molded arm rest forms have reinforcing plates on the exterior lateral side, positioned on vertical columns defined by windows.

The patent also describes a method of assembling the recliner. The method involves placing conforming sock portions over the armrest forms, backrest form, and seat deck. The arm rest forms are then attached to the seat deck, followed by the attachment of a recliner mechanism. The backrest form is secured to the recliner mechanism using a pair of arms. The arm rest forms, backrest form, and seat deck are all made of molded polymer forms. The method also includes attaching kd brackets to the backrest arms and utilizing threaded metal tubular members for attachment.

Overall, this patent introduces an upholstered recliner with blow molded arm rest forms, a unique backrest design, and a specific assembly method. The use of blow molded arm rest forms with reinforcing plates adds strength and durability to the recliner. The absence of elongate supports on the backrest legs simplifies the design and potentially reduces manufacturing costs. The assembly method outlined in the patent provides a step-by-step guide for constructing the recliner, ensuring efficient production. These innovations may contribute to improved comfort, functionality, and cost-effectiveness in upholstered recliners.

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