Reciprocating seating unit with power actuator

  • US 8,297,693 B2
  • Filed: 09/09/2011
  • Issued: 10/30/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A seating unit, comprising:

  • a base unit with a first bearing surface;

    a generally horizontally-disposed seat positioned above the base unit;

    a generally upright backrest positioned above the base unit and substantially rearward of the seat;

    an extendable ottoman;

    a reclining mechanism attached to the seat, the backrest, the ottoman and the base unit, the reclining mechanism comprising a plurality of pivotally interconnected links;

    a reciprocating mechanism attached to the base unit and the reclining mechanism, the reciprocating mechanism being configured to enable the seat, backrest and reclining mechanism to reciprocate relative to the base unit along a longitudinal path responsive to a longitudinally-directed force; and

    a linear actuating unit attached to the reclining mechanism, the linear actuating unit configured to move the seating unit between (a) an upright position, in which the seat is generally horizontally disposed, the backrest is generally vertically disposed, and the ottoman is generally vertically disposed and positioned below the seat, (b) an intermediate TV position, in which the ottoman is generally horizontally disposed in front of the seat and the backrest and the seat substantially maintain the same relationship as they have in the upright position, and (c) a fully reclined position, in which the angle between the backrest and the seat increases;

    wherein the linear actuating unit includes opposed first and second ends, and wherein the first end of the linear actuating unit moves forwardly as the seating unit moves from the upright position to the TV position, and wherein the second end of the linear actuating unit moves rearwardly when the seating unit moves from the TV position to the fully reclined position.

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