FOLDING LAWN CHAIR COVER
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention 5 This invention relates to folding lawn chairs and,
more particularly, to covers and accessories for folding lawn chairs.
2. Description of the Relevant Art
Folding lawn chairs can be found in abundance along 10 beaches, at sporting events, and within swimming pool patio areas. A wide variety of folding lawn chairs are available at most department stores, including reclining lounger-type lawn chairs and upright lawn chairs. These lawn chairs are designed to be light weight, ^ weather resistant, and compact such that they can be carried by person or transported by automobile to a variety of outdoor locations.
Unfortunately, due in part to their compactibility and construction of weather resistant materials, lawn chairs 20 often tend to be somewhat uncomfortable, particularly for those wearing simply swimwear garments and the like. Typical lawn chair materials do not allow one's skin to breathe, causing irritation due to perspiration. Furthermore, unsightly skin marks can be impressed 25 upon the pressure areas of the body, frequently leading to embarrassment and ridicule. Accordingly, people often lay towels across the surface of the lawn chair to provide greater comfort and, for a similar reason, place a pillow at the head of the chair. It is not surprising, 30 though, that as soon as the person gets out of the chair, the towel is apt to blow into the ocean, swimming pool, or other undesirable location. Similarly, the pillow is apt to slide down the elevated portion of the chair or can fall to the ground and become soiled. 35
Additionally, although most lawn chairs are light weight, they are still somewhat cumbersome to transport by hand. This is particularly true when a person attempts to carry more than one lawn chair at a time, or when the lawn chair is of the reclining lounger-type 40 that includes three or more folding sections. Such difficulties worsen when the person also attempts to carry pillows, beach bags, magazines, and beverages. The endeavor initially intended for relaxation and enjoyment can thus turn to one of exhaustion and frustration. 45
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
In accordance with the present invention, a cover for a folding lawn chair is provided to allow a person to conveniently carry the folding lawn chair as well as to 50 increase comfort when the person is using the lawn chair. The cover may include an enveloped or flapped portion on each of its ends into which each end of the lawn chair can be situated. The cover thus remains in position on the lawn chair regardless of wind and move- 55 ment by the user. The cover further includes a strap to accommodate convenient carrying of the lawn chair. The cover may finally include a pillow positioned at the head portion of the cover, a pocket for carrying magazines and other accessories, and an insulated receptacle 60 for carrying and holding beverages such as soda and beer.
These and other advantages "are achieved with the present invention, in accordance with which a cover for a folding chair comprises a main cover portion formed 65 of a material that substantially covers a seating area of the folding chair when the folding chair is in an unfolded position, means for securing the main cover por
tion to the folding chair, and a strap portion connected to the cover portion such that a person can support and carry the folding chair with the strap portion when the folding chair is in a folded position.
The invention will be more readily understood with reference to the drawings and the detailed description. As will be appreciated by one skilled in the art, the invention is applicable to folding chair covers in general and is not limited to the specific embodiments disclosed.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a cover for a folding lawn chair in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a folding lawn chair including a cover in accordance with the first embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is a back-side perspective view of the folding lawn chair including the cover.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the folding lawn chair in its folded position including the cover.
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the folding lawn chair equipped with a cover according to a second embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the folding lawn chair in its folded position including the cover in accordance with the second embodiment.
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the folding lawn chair including a cover in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention.
The following includes a detailed description of the best presently contemplated modes for carrying out the invention. The description is intended to be merely illustrative of the invention and should not be taken in a limiting sense.
Referring first to FIG. 1, a perspective view of a cover 10 for a folding lawn chair is shown in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention. The cover of this embodiment is adapted for use with an armless reclining lounger-type lawn chair, and includes a main cover portion 12 and a strap portion 14. Both the cover portion 12 and the strap portion 14 may be made of a cloth material such as terry, cotton, or polyester. For added strength, the strap 14 may include nylon webbing surrounded by terry cloth. A seam 15 is formed along the entire perimeter of the cover 12, and each end 16 and 17 of the cover 12 is formed with a folded-over layer of cloth that establishes a pair of envelopes or flaps 18 and 19 into which the top and bottom ends of a folding lawn chair may be inserted. The strap portion 14 is sewn to the cover 12 along the openings of envelopes 18 and 19 and is fabricated to have an appropriate length to allow support of the lawn chair over a person's shoulders. A fastener assembly 25 may further be provided with corresponding mating parts on the strap portion 14 and the opposite side of the cover portion 12.
Referring next to FIG. 2, a perspective view of the cover described above is shown situated upon a folding lawn chair 20. It is evident that the mid-section of the strap portion 14 may be extended beneath the lawn chair 20 to allow connection of the connecting assembly 25. The cover 10 is thereby more securely fastened to the lawn chair 20, and strap 14 will not interfere with people's movement near the chair. As will be appreci25