US 20050264147 A1
An organizer having a frame with an open top portion and a substantially planar floor with a wall extending around the floor to define a storage chamber therein is disclosed. A substantially planar divider is detachably secured to the frame so as to divide the storage chamber into a plurality of storage areas. In a preferred embodiment, the organizer is operably received within the drawer of a storage device, and the storage device has a substantially planar top surface for resting other structures, such as other storage devices, thereon. Alternatively, the organizer can be detachably secured within a pre-existing shelf or drawer system.
1. An organizer comprising:
a frame having a front side, a back side, left side, right side, an open top portion and a substantially planar floor, said front, back, left and right sides having a wall extending from said floor defining a storage area therein;
a substantially planar divider detachably secured to the frame, said divider aligned substantially vertically so as to separate said storage area into to at least two separate storage areas.
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10. An organizer comprising:
a frame having a front side, a back side, left side, right side,
said front side having an opening;
a drawer having walls defining a storage chamber therein, said drawer extendable through said opening;
a substantially planar partition detachably secured to said walls of said drawer so as to define a plurality of storage areas within said storage chamber.
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This application claims priority to U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/570,977 filed on May 14, 2004, the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference.
The present invention relates to an adaptable organizer. In particular, the organizer includes one or more removable and adjustable dividers therein and is sized to allow stacking of other organizers thereon.
Organizers, and particularly drawer-type office organizers, are widely used. The typical drawer-type organizer is usually constructed of inexpensive, non-aesthetically pleasing materials, such as plastic or the like. These types of drawer-type organizer have unnecessarily limited utility and they often take up too much valuable desk space or the like.
Despite the benefits offered by these types of organizers, there remains a need an aesthetically pleasing organizer that is more versatile and able to optimize use of available space. The present invention fulfills these and other needs.
The organizer is a frame having an open top portion and a substantially planar floor with a wall extending around the floor to define a storage chamber therein. A substantially planar divider is detachably secured to the frame so as to divide the storage into a plurality of storage areas. In a preferred embodiment, the organizer is operably received within the drawer of a storage device. Alternatively, the organizer can be detachably secured within a pre-existing shelf or drawer system.
An adjustable partitioned organizer 20 is disclosed in
In one embodiment, the organizer 20 is a drawer-type organizer that includes a frame 22 having a front side 24, a backside 26, a left side 28, a right side 30 and a lower side 32. Preferably the front side 24 and backside 26 are parrallelly aligned. The frame 22 is preferably open at the front side 24 and includes one or more sliding drawers 34 extendable therefrom.
Preferably, each sliding drawer 34 includes one or more substantially planar vertical dividers 40 (which are also commonly referred to as “partitions”) therein that are parrallelly aligned with the front side 24 and backside 26 of the organizer 20. More preferably, a plurality of dividers 40 a, 40 b are provided, each spaced apart from the other by a defined distance 44. Accordingly, office supply and other items, such as paper clips, pens, and the like can be stored in the space between adjacent dividers 40 a, 40 b, and the defined space 44′ between the front side 51 and back side 53 of the drawer 34 and the adjacent dividers 40 a, 40 b, respectively.
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One or more of the dividers 40 a, 40 b are preferably detachably secured to the drawer 34. One structure for detachably securing the dividers to the organizer is best shown in
More preferably, a pair of protrusions 50 is positioned toward the top 34 of the drawer 34, and a pair of protrusions 50 is positioned toward the floor 80 of the drawer so the elongate vertical slot 62′ extends from the top 34 to floor 80 of the drawer 34 for receiving a divider 40 therein. Matching sets of pairs of protrusions 60 are positioned on the left side 26 of the drawer 34 with the resulting slot (not shown) on the left side 29 aligned with the elongate vertical slot 62′ formed on the right side 31 thereby allowing a divider 40 to be operably secured within the two slots as shown.
Preferably, the frame 22 of the organizer 20 is formed of planar metal or the like with the pairs of spaced-apart protrusions 50 formed within the metal using known means and methods such as machine punching and the like. More preferably, the planar metal is bent and riveted together so as to provide an aesthetically pleasing structure.
If desired, unused or removed dividers 40 can be stored within the drawer 34 in a stack. This is accomplished by simply not inserting the dividers 40 into the slots 62′ formed by the pairs of protrusions 50.
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If desired, the storage areas 41 of the planar partitioned storage device can be further segmented using detachable dividers 40 aligned substantially perpendicular to each other as shown in
Preferably, each drawer 34 includes a pull handle (not shown) on its front, outer surface, and a label holder (not shown). In addition, non-slip feet (not shown) and the like are placed on the lower side 32 of the organizer 20 so as to prevent inadvertent movement of the organizer and prevent it from scratching surfaces that it is placed upon.
Having described and illustrated the principles of our invention with reference to a preferred embodiment thereof, it will be apparent that the invention can be modified in arrangement and detail without departing from such principles. For example, although the preferred material forming the frame 22 and dividers 40 is sheets of metal, any other suitable material such as molded plastic or the like could also be used.
In view of the many possible embodiments to which the principles may be put, it should be recognized that the detailed embodiment is illustrative only and should not be taken as limiting the scope of our invention. Accordingly, we claim as our invention all such modifications as may come within the scope and spirit of the following claims and equivalents thereto.