US 20050284867 A1
A storage caddie and container combination has a container with a bottom, an upstanding side wall, and an interior bounded by at least the bottom and the side wall. A storage caddie is attached to an exterior surface of the side wall and has at least one storage receptacle. The caddie is constructed and arranged so that it can be removably mounted to the container so that the at least one storage receptacle is accessible at the exterior surface of the side wall.
1. A storage caddie and container combination comprising:
a container having a bottom, an upstanding contiguous side wall, and an interior bounded by at least the bottom and the upstanding contiguous side wall;
a storage caddie having at least one storage receptacle; and
a mounting means constructed and arranged to removably mount the at least one storage receptacle to the upstanding contiguous side wall of the container.
2. The combination of
a hook tab depending and spaced from a rear side of the storage caddie for hooking the storage caddie to the container.
3. The combination of
4. The combination of
a closed bottom having a perimeter; and
a contiguous side wall extending upward from the perimeter of the bottom.
5. The combination of
a hook tab depending and spaced from a rear side of the contiguous side wall of the storage caddie for hooking the storage caddie to the side wall of the container.
6. The combination of
7. The combination of
8. The combination of
9. The combination of
a flexible base panel having a perimeter edge; and
an outer panel attached along a portion of the perimeter edge to the base panel forming at least one storage receptacle between the base panel and the outer panel, the storage receptacle having an open top.
10. The combination of
closure means for closing at least a portion of the open top of the storage receptacle.
11. The combination of
12. The combination of
13. The combination of
14. The combination of
15. The combination of
16. The combination of
a base panel;
an outer panel attached to the base panel forming at least one storage receptacle between the base panel and the outer panel, the storage receptacle having an open top; and
a lid cover attached to the base panel and attachable to the lid of the hard sided cooler.
17. The combination of
18. The combination of
19. The combination of
20. The combination of
a shoulder strap coupled to at least a portion of the storage caddie and constructed and arranged for carrying both the container and the storage caddie.
21. The combination of
a bottom panel constructed and arranged for being received beneath the container; and
a side wall extending from the bottom panel, the side wall having at least one storage receptacle.
22. The combination of
a plurality of wheels depending from the bottom panel of the storage caddie.
23. A storage caddie and laundry basket combination comprising:
a laundry basket having a bottom, an upstanding contiguous side wall, and an interior bounded by at least the bottom and the upstanding contiguous side wall; and
a storage caddie having at least one receptacle and configured and arranged to be removably mounted to the upstanding contiguous side wall of the laundry basket with the receptacle suspended from and accessible from an exterior of the side wall.
24. The combination of
a closed bottom having a perimeter;
a rigid contiguous side wall extending upward from the perimeter of the bottom of the storage caddie; and
a hook tab depending and spaced from the rigid contiguous side wall of the storage caddie for hooking the storage caddie to the upstanding contiguous side wall of the container.
25. The combination of
a front wall section and a rear wall section, the front wall section being shorter than the rear wall section.
26. The combination of
a flexible base panel having a perimeter edge; and
an outer panel lying adjacent at least a part of the base panel and attached along a portion of the perimeter edge of the base panel forming the at least one storage receptacle between the base panel and the outer panel.
27. The combination of
28. The combination of
29. The combination of
a flexible base panel having a perimeter edge and a pair of ends;
a first outer panel lying adjacent a first one of the pair of ends of the base panel and attached along a first portion of the perimeter edge of the base panel to form a first storage receptacle between the base panel and the first outer panel;
a second outer panel lying adjacent a second one of the pair of ends of the base panel and attached along a second portion of the perimeter edge of the base panel to form a second storage receptacle between the base panel and the second outer panel, the first and second storage receptacles having openings facing one another; and
wherein a portion of the base panel located between the first outer panel and the second outer panel is constructed and arranged to rest within the interior of the laundry basket and support the first storage receptacle on a first exterior side of the laundry basket, and support the second storage receptacle on a second exterior side of the laundry basket opposite the first exterior side of the laundry basket.
30. A storage caddie and hard sided cooler combination comprising:
a hard sided cooler having a bottom, an upstanding contiguous side wall, a pivotable lid, and an interior bounded by the bottom, the upstanding side wall, and the lid; and
a storage caddie having at least one storage receptacle and configured and arranged to removably mount the storage caddie to the upstanding contiguous side wall of the hard sided cooler with the storage receptacle suspended from and accessible from the exterior of the side wall.
31. The combination of
a flexible base panel; and
an outer panel lying adjacent at least a portion of the base panel and attached to the base panel forming the at least one storage receptacle between the base panel and the outer panel.
32. The combination of
33. The combination of
34. The combination of
a shoulder strap coupled to at least a portion of the storage caddie and constructed and arranged for carrying both the hard sided cooler and the storage caddie.
35. The combination of
a bottom panel constructed and arranged for being received beneath the hard sided cooler.
36. The combination of
This patent is related to, claims priority from, and incorporates herein by reference co-pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. Nos. 60/445,009, which was filed on Feb. 5, 2003, and 60/459,345, which was filed on Apr. 1, 2003.
1. Field of the Disclosure
The present disclosure is generally directed to storage of articles, and more particularly to storage caddies for use as an accessory to other containers.
2. Description of Related Art
Storage caddies for placement on objects are known. For example, tool caddies are known that attach to buckets so that an individual can carry a plurality of their tools from location to location while working on projects. A typical tool caddie attaches to an exterior surface of the bucket and provides multiple pockets for storing tools and accessories. The interior of the bucket remains open for storage of additional articles.
Additionally, organizer products such as caddies have been devised for automotive usage, and particularly for holding and retaining articles so that they do not fly around a moving vehicle. One such storage accessory attaches to a rear side of an automotive seat and provides one or more storage pockets therein.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,981,232 discloses a laundry basket divider for positioning within a laundry basket interior. The divider can be used for separating different clothing items or classes of clothing within the basket. However, the divider takes up space within the basket interior and, thus, leaves less room for storing or holding clothing items therein. Also, a laundry basket and its interior, when prepared for a trip to a Laundromat, are typically filled with dirty laundry and with any detergent, loose change for the machines, fabric softener, reading or entertainment materials, and the like. However, loading the non-clothing items in the basket takes up valuable space for such clothing items, and makes it more difficult to retrieve the items after mingling with the clothing.
Soft-sided and insulated bags are known and have interiors for storing items therein in order to keep them cool. Some of these soft-sided containers also have exterior pockets useful to organize smaller items carried with the bag or container. However, such containers lack the cooling performance and the durability of hard sided coolers, such as plastic or metal coolers. Hard-sided coolers are not known to have any supplemental storage space, other than the interior cooling space of the cooler. Again, the interior cooling space can be broken up by dividers, suspended shelves, and the like. However, no additional storage space is known for such coolers.
Objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon reading the following description in conjunction with the drawing figures, in which:
The present invention is generally directed to storage caddie accessories for attachment to exterior surfaces of container-type items. Examples of storage caddies are disclosed herein for use with laundry baskets. Other examples of storage caddies are disclosed herein for use with hard-sided coolers. The storage caddies easily attach to the exterior of the container and can provide additional storage space on the exterior surfaces of these containers, as well as other optional features described herein.
Referring now to the drawings,
A hook tab 32 is spaced rearward from and depends downward generally parallel to the rear wall section 28 from an edge of the rim 24. A gap 34 is thus defined between the hook tab 32 and the rear wall section 28. The tab length, width, and shape and the gap size are configured to receive a basket rim 36 of a laundry basket 38 between the hook tab and the rear wall section and to support the caddie 20 on the basket. As illustrated in
In this example, the storage caddie 20 is formed of a relatively rigid, durable plastic material. The caddie 20 is in the form of a bucket or tub that can hold relatively heavy and large items such as a bottle of laundry detergent, loose change, fabric softener, and the like, and yet retain its shape while suspended from the laundry basket rim 36. The caddie 20 can be formed from virtually any suitable plastic material as well as other substantially rigid materials as long as it performs its intended purpose and retains its overall general shape. For example, the caddie 20 can be fabricated from polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, or the like as desired.
The soft wrap storage caddie 60 in this example includes a second or outer panel 64 of a flexible material. The outer panel in this example is sewn to a utility or front surface 66 of the base panel 62. The bottom edge 68 and two opposed side edges 70 of the base and outer panels are attached to one another in this example. The outer panel 64 is also intermittently secured to the base panel 62 along vertical joints 72 forming individual discrete pockets or receptacles 73 between the base panel 62 and outer panel 64. The top edge 74 of the outer panel is not sewn or otherwise attached to the base panel in this example, leaving top openings into each of the pockets 73. Closure means such as flaps, button, zippers, hook and loop fasteners, and/or snaps can be provided to selectively close and secure the open tops of the pockets, if desired.
In one example, the outer panel 64 is formed from a mesh material. A mesh material will provide a durable and yet light weight caddie construction and yet will permit a user to view the contents of a given pocket 73. However, the outer panel construction, as well as the base panel, are not intended to be limited to any particular material selection. In another example, the outer panel 64 can be formed as a hybrid of two or more layers. The lower part of the outer panel can be formed as one durable, non-mesh material to provide the pockets 73 with durable bottoms that hold all items within the pocket. The upper part of the outer panel can be fabricated from mesh.
In the disclosed example, the soft wrap storage caddie 60 extends only part way around a perimeter of an exterior surface of a side wall 76 of the laundry basket 61. In another example, though not shown, the soft wrap storage caddie 60 can be constructed to extend around less of, more of, or the entirety of the circumference of the basket, if desired. The size of the soft wrap caddie 60 can be designed to provide any number and/or a variety of different sized storage receptacles. The height of the soft wrap caddie 60 in this example is substantially the same as the height of the side wall 76 of the basket 61 or its exterior surface. However, the height of the caddie 60 can also vary without departing from the scope of the invention.
The soft wrap storage caddie 60 can be secured to the laundry basket 61 in any suitable manner.
As shown in
As will be evident to those having ordinary skill in the art, the openings 96, if provided, can be used for other attachment devices such as the string tie down 78, the straps 88, or other types of fasteners such as plastic tie downs or the like. Additionally, the examples described herein for securing the soft wrap caddie to the laundry basket are not intended to be exhaustive, but instead only to exemplify the variety of possible options.
Turning now to
A pair of outer panels 110 are adhered to the utility surface 104, one each near each end edge 106. Each outer panel 110 has a bottom edge adhered to the utility surface 104 adjacent its respective base panel end edge 106. Each outer panel 110 also has a pair of opposed side edges adhered to the utility surface adjacent a fraction of the each of the respective base panel side edges 108. Each outer panel 110 in this example has a top edge 112 facing the top edge of the other outer panel that is not adhered to the utility surface. Further, each outer panel is intermittently adhered along tack points 114 to the utility surface between the opposed side edges. The tack points 114 define a plurality of pockets or storage receptacles 115 between the base panel 102 and the outer panel 110. Each pocket can have an elastic band at its top opening to help secure items stored in the pocket.
An intermediate region 116 in the base panel 102 is defined between the top edges of two outer panels 110. As illustrated in
The length of the base panel 102 should be such that it can lie flush against the basket interior surfaces so as not to usurp any laundry item space from within the basket. The width of the base panel 102 should be such that it fits between end walls 124 of the basket 118 so that the intermediate region can lie flush to the bottom of the basket across the entire width of the base panel 102.
The material of the outer panels 110 can again be selected from virtually any suitable material. In one example, the outer panels 110 are formed from a clear plastic material, such as transparent vinyl, that is flexible and permits visual inspection of the pocket contents. The material is also preferably durable so that the caddie can retain any items held within the pockets without failing, tearing, or separating from the base panel 102. Alternatively, the outer panel can again be a mesh material sewn to a base panel 102 of a material such as fabric, nylon, vinyl, or the like. A rubber or elastomer material for the base panel 102 is quite suitable because it will be relatively heavy and easily stay seated against the interior surfaces of the laundry basket when installed. As a further alternative, though not shown, the caddie 100 can include only one outer panel 110, pockets 73 on only one side of the basket 118, and only one flap part of the base panel 102 that drapes over or otherwise hangs onto the rim 122 and extends into the basket interior.
As a further alternative, if a fabric is used for the base panel 102, a heavier layer of fabric or multiple layers can be added to the intermediate region 116 to assist in keeping it flush against the surfaces of the laundry basket when the basket is not loaded with clothing, or when even a clothing load is light. In yet another alternative, the portions of the base panel that drape over the basket rim can include one or more securing devices to help hold the caddie in place on the basket if desired.
Turning now to
In this example, a base panel 133 is configured as a rectangular tube or skirt that fits over the exterior side and end walls of the cooler 132. The skirt or base panel 133 has a pair of opposed elongate side panels 134 and a pair of opposed end panels 136 that generally correspond with the cooler walls. The base panel skirt has an exterior facing utility surface 137, open bottom 138, and an open top 140. One or both of the end panels 136 can have an upward scallop 142 to provide clearance for and access to a cooler drain 144 of the cooler 132. In this example, each end panel 136 also has a pass through opening 146 to accommodate a corresponding handle 147 of the cooler. Thus, the handles can be fully accessible when the caddie is attached to the cooler.
One or more pockets 148 can be attached to one or more panels of the base panel utility surface 137. The pockets can be closable pockets with securing devices such as zippers 150 a shown. Alternatively, the pockets can be open topped pockets. The pockets can vary in height, width, depth, quantity, and location as desired for a particular cooler application. Additionally, one or more open cargo net spaces 152 can also be provided, if desired. The cargo net space 152 can be formed from a mesh material and have an elastic band 154 at the open top to help retain items within the cargo net space. In this example, one cargo net space 152 is positioned beneath a plurality of smaller pockets 148 on one elongate side panel 134.
The handle openings can rest upon the handles to assist in holding the base panel skirt in position on the cooler. Additionally, elastic straps 156 can be provided to extend over portions, such as the corners, of the cooler to hold the skirt or base panel 133 in place. Straps can also be provided to attach the base panel 133 to the handles or other portions of the cooler. Again, the materials used to form the soft wrap caddie 130 can vary. However, the caddie is preferably flexible so that it can be easily installed on the cooler.
In the example shown in
As shown in
A shoulder strap 190 is attached to a portion of the base panel 184 so that, if desired, the soft wrap caddie 180 can be used to carry the cooler jug held therein. The shoulder strap can also be extendable, adjustable, and/or long enough to be used as a pull handle to pull the cooler jug along on the wheels.
Also in this example, as shown in
As illustrated in
Turning now to
All of the options disclosed for the soft wrap cooler caddies disclosed herein can also be employed on the laundry basket soft wrap caddies, if desired. The materials used to fabricate the cooler soft wrap caddies can also vary considerably and yet fall within the spirit and scope of the invention. The cooler wrap material is preferably relatively flexible so that the soft wrap caddies are easy to install and remove from the container or cooler. Multiple material layers can be used to form layers of pockets in anyone of the disclosed caddies.
Although certain storage caddie examples have been described herein in accordance with the teachings of the present disclosure, the scope of coverage of this patent is not limited thereto. On the contrary, this patent covers all embodiments of the teachings of the disclosure that fairly fall within the scope of permissible equivalents.