Furniture Today – 05/03/16
ST. LOUIS — Bedding manufacturer Boyd Specialty Sleep has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its Easy Adjust manually adjustable bed base, first introduced at the Las Vegas market in 2012.
Issued as Patent No. 9,314,386, Boyd developed the non-powered design to provide consumers with the benefits of adjustable bedding at a fraction of the average retail price for electric versions.
“Our objective was to attract the 25- to 45-year-old market that wants a queen- or king-size bed that’s adjustable, but reasonably priced,” said Denny Boyd, president of Boyd Specialty sleep. “This non-powered base, which allows for 15 settings at the head end, ensures that a much broader pool of mattress shoppers can afford the many benefits offered by adjustable sleep.”
The steel Easy Adjust bed base holds up to 2,500 pounds and includes features to prevent finger-pinching and mattress slippage. Officials say the twin XL, queen or king (two attached twin XLs) models set up in minutes, involve few parts and require no tools.
Boyd said the base is the industry’s first such product that’s available in a “true” king size, made possible with connectors on the panel grid under the mattresses. Independent adjustments by king sleepers are also possible when the two twin XL bases are not connected. The design also provides for the attachment of a headboard or footboard using an adapter kit, which enables the mattress to be raised or lowered at the top end without affecting the headboard.
“One of my goals is to impact the way many retailers market and sell adjustable beds, which is to price the mattress and base together,” Boyd said. “Offering the customer the ability to purchase a mattress that can be paired with several different support options — a traditional foundation, a stationary platform, an adjustable power base or a manually operated version — empowers the retailer to sell the comfort of the mattress with a variety of support alternatives and functions.”