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Publication numberUS20020078498 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/745,326
Publication dateJun 27, 2002
Filing dateDec 21, 2000
Priority dateNov 22, 2000
Also published asDE20019840U1, US6425150
Publication number09745326, 745326, US 2002/0078498 A1, US 2002/078498 A1, US 20020078498 A1, US 20020078498A1, US 2002078498 A1, US 2002078498A1, US-A1-20020078498, US-A1-2002078498, US2002/0078498A1, US2002/078498A1, US20020078498 A1, US20020078498A1, US2002078498 A1, US2002078498A1
InventorsKenny Cheng
Original AssigneeKenny Cheng
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Playyard system with canopy
US 20020078498 A1
Abstract
A playyard system including a playyard structure and a canopy is provided. The canopy is detachably mounted onto a top frame of the playyard structure by directly connecting support members of the canopy with improved connecting end portions to corresponding corner blocks of the playyard with improved connecting grooves thereby the playyard system may be manufactured with fewer component number and lower cost.
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What is claimed is:
1. A playyard system comprising a playyard structure and a canopy detachably mounted onto a top of the playyard structure, wherein the playyard structure includes a top frame including four tubes and four substantially L-shaped corner blocks connecting the tubes to form a rectangular frame, a flour portion, four vertical posts connecting the top frame and the floor portion and four sides, each side being formed between each pair of adjacent posts, and the canopy consists of a cloth having two sleeves provided thereon and two support members extending through the sleeves respectively, the playyard system being characterized in that:
each of the corner blocks has a bulge portion formed between two arm portion thereof with an arcuate groove formed in the bulge portion at a position near the corner and each of the support members has a connecting portion at each of its ends and the connecting portion is configured such that it can be inserted into the arcuate slot of the bulge of the corner block so as to detachably mount the canopy onto the playyard structure.
2. A playyard system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the support member comprises:
a tube body including a number of sections, each having a connecting ping at its ends and a number of flanges disposed between the sections for connecting sections into one tube body; and
two connecting portions 47, one end of each of the connecting portions being shaped as a shuffle and the other end having a configuration similar the that of the connecting ping such that it may connect to the flange at the end of the tube body.
3. A playyard system as claimed in claim 1, wherein one portion of the cloth of the canopy is made of mesh materials and this mesh material made portion is zippered to the rest portion of the cloth so as to provide an access to an interior of the playyard.
4. A playyard system as claimed in claim 2, wherein the tube body of the support member is made of resilient materials and the connection portion is made of rigid materials.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates generally to a playyard system and more particularly, to a playyard system with improved canopy connecting structure.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Playyards have been available for many years to provide a convenient and controlled play environment for children. Because playyards are increasingly used in outdoor environment, exposure to sunlight and insects is more common. Therefore, recent advances have been made to enhance the protection of the children inside the playyard from the sunlight and the insects, such as mosquitoes and bees. One example of a playyard system with a canopy is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,682,548 to Glenn. As shown in FIG. 1, the Glenn disclosed a playyard system 100 which includes a playyard structure 102 and a canopy 104. The playyard structure 102 includes a top frame, a floor portion and four vertical posts connecting the top frame and the floor portion. The canopy 104 includes a cloth consisting of a first face 108 and a second face 110 and a support member 130 inserted within a sleeve 128 located along the interface of the first and second faces 108, 110. The canopy 104 is mounted to the playyard structure 102 by inserting the ends of the support member 130 into connecting member 136 provided at the posts of the playyard structure 102.

[0003] This type of playyard system requires additional components to have a canopy mounted thereon. Thus, there is a need for a playyard system that can provide a safe and comfortable environment with fewer component number and lower manufacturing cost.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] One object of the present invention is to provide a playyard system with improved canopy connecting structure for mounting a canopy thereon so as to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

[0005] Additional features and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the description which follows, and in part will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The objectives and advantages of the invention will be realized and attained by the structure particularly pointed out in the written description and claims hereof as well as the appended drawings.

[0006] To achieve this and other objects and according to the purpose of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described, the playyard system includes a playyard structure and a canopy detachably mounted onto a top of the playyard structure. The playyard structure includes a top frame, a flour portion, four vertical posts connecting the top frame and the floor portion and four sides with each side being formed between each pair of adjacent posts, wherein the top frame includes four tubes and four substantially L-shaped corner blocks connecting the tubes to form a rectangular frame. Each of the corner blocks has a bulge portion formed between two arm portion thereof with an arcuate groove formed in the bulge portion at a position near the corner. The canopy consists of a cloth having two sleeves provided thereon and two support members extending through the sleeves respectively. Each of the support members has a connecting portion at each of its ends and the connecting portion is configured such that it can be inserted into the arcuate slot of the bulge of the corner block to detachably mount the canopy onto the playyard structure.

[0007] According to one embodiment of the present invention, the support member includes a tube body and two connecting portions, wherein the tube body consists of a number of sections each having a connecting ping at its ends and a number of flanges disposed between sections for connecting sections as one tube body and disposed at both ends of the tube body for connecting the connecting portions.

[0008] According to the other embodiment of the present invention, one portion of the canopy is formed of mesh material which provides both visibility and ventilation. This mesh material formed portion is zippered to the rest portion of the canopy so as to provide access to the interior of the playyard.

[0009] It is to be understood that both the forging general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] The accompanying drawings which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principle of the invention. In the drawings:

[0011]FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a traditional playyard system having a canopy;

[0012]FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of an assembled playyard system having a canopy according to the present invention;

[0013]FIG. 3 is a top plane view of the canopy of the playyard system shown in FIG. 1;

[0014]FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective of the support member of the canopy of the present invention; and

[0015]FIG. 5 is an enlarged perspective view of the corner block and the connecting portion of the support member of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0016] Referring now to FIG. 2, a playyard system according to the present invention includes a playyard structure 30 and a canopy 40. The playyard structure 30 mainly includes a substantially rectangular top frame 31 which consists of four tubes and four corner blocks 32, a floor portion 33, four vertical posts 34 for connecting the top frame 33 and the floor portion 33, and four sides 35, each side being formed between each pair of adjacent posts 34. The structure of the floor portion 33 and the top frame 31 and the connection between the top frame and the posts 34 and the floor portion 33 and the posts 34 are well known in this art and an example of these structures are described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,819,432, the entire disclosures of which are incorporated herein by this reference.

[0017] As shown in FIG. 2, the canopy 40 according to the present invention includes a substantially rectangular cloth 41 and two support members 42. Two sleeve 43 are provided on the cloth 41 and the support members 42 are inserted through the sleeves 43 respectively, as shown in FIG. 3. A portion of the cloth 41 is made of a mesh material 44 which is zippered to the rest of the cloth 41 by a zipper 45 so as to provide an access to the interior of the playyard.

[0018] Referring now to FIG. 4, the support member 42 includes a tube body 46 and two connecting portions 47, wherein the tube body 46 consists of a number of sections 461, each having a connecting ping 463 at its ends and a number of flanges 462 disposed between sections 461 for connecting sections into one tube body 46. One end 471 of each of the connecting portions 47 is shaped as a shuffle. The other end 472 has a configuration similar the that of the connecting ping 463 such that it may connect to the flange 462 at the end of the tube body 46. The tube body 46 is preferably made of elastic materials, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), such that it may have sufficient resilient. The connecting portion 47 is preferably made of rigid materials, such as polystyrene (PS), such that it may have sufficient rigidity.

[0019] Referring now to FIG. 5, it illustrates the details of the corner block 32 and the connecting portions 47. As shown in FIG. 5, the corner block 32 has a substantially L shape and there is a bulge portion 322 formed between its two arms 321. Further, a groove 323 is formed in the bulge portion 322 at a position close to the corner and has a curvature corresponding to that of the shovel like end of the connecting portion 47 of the support member 42 and thereby the canopy 40 may be mounted to the playyard structure 30 by inserting the connecting portions 47 of the support member 42 into the grooves 323 of the corner blocks 32.

[0020] This invention has been disclosed in terms of specific embodiments. It will be apparent that many modifications can be made to the disclosed structures without departing from the invention. Therefore, it is the intent of the appended claims to cover all such variations and modifications as come within the true sprit and scope of this invention.

Referenced by
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US6704949Mar 21, 2002Mar 16, 2004Simplicity, Inc.Combination bassinet, changing table and bedside sleeper
US6934981Jan 28, 2004Aug 30, 2005Simplicity, Inc.Combination bassinet, changing table and bedside sleeper
Classifications
U.S. Classification5/93.1, 5/414
International ClassificationA47D15/00, A47C29/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47C29/006, A47D13/06
European ClassificationA47C29/00D, A47D13/06
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