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1. (WO1997014336) GLIDER CHAIR

Pub. No.:    WO/1997/014336    International Application No.:    PCT/US1996/016224
Publication Date: Fri Apr 25 01:59:59 CEST 1997 International Filing Date: Fri Oct 11 01:59:59 CEST 1996
IPC: A47C 1/034
A47C 3/02
Applicants: LA-Z-BOY INCORPORATED
LAPOINTE, Larry, P.
FINZEL, Ken, K.
SAUL, Jonathan, R.
KOMOROWSKI, Karl, J.
MARSHALL, Richard, E.
WRIGHT, Dennis, W.
Inventors: LAPOINTE, Larry, P.
FINZEL, Ken, K.
SAUL, Jonathan, R.
KOMOROWSKI, Karl, J.
MARSHALL, Richard, E.
WRIGHT, Dennis, W.
Title: GLIDER CHAIR
Abstract:
A glider chair (20) having an improved glider linkage mechanism (72) with a glider stop assembly (150) for enabling and disabling gliding movement thereof, and a pair of front and rear glide links (92, 108) which are laterally preloaded. The glider chair (20) further includes other associated comfort features such as a tilt control assembly (220) for tilting the glider chair (20) with respect to the base (32), a seat lock assembly (240) for prohibiting reclining movement of the seat back (28), and a leg rest assembly (260) for positioning a leg rest (30) between a retracted and extended position. An alternative embodiment of the glider chair (320) includes a rigid 'box-like' chair frame (326) surrounding the glider mechanism (332) and having ample clearance therein so that extended glide links (390, 392) may be utilized to further provide a smooth and relatively flat glide motion while maintaining an appropriate height between the seat and floor.