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Publication numberUS20080115702 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/561,891
Publication dateMay 22, 2008
Filing dateNov 21, 2006
Priority dateNov 10, 2006
Also published asCN200980449Y, EP1969969A1, EP1969969B1
Publication number11561891, 561891, US 2008/0115702 A1, US 2008/115702 A1, US 20080115702 A1, US 20080115702A1, US 2008115702 A1, US 2008115702A1, US-A1-20080115702, US-A1-2008115702, US2008/0115702A1, US2008/115702A1, US20080115702 A1, US20080115702A1, US2008115702 A1, US2008115702A1
InventorsWen-Tsan Wang
Original AssigneeWen-Tsan Wang
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Furniture
US 20080115702 A1
Abstract
Disclosed is a furniture, which includes a top frame, a bottom frame, an endless inner supporting frame spaced between the top frame and the bottom frame, a plurality of strip members arranged around and supported on the periphery of the endless inner supporting frame each having a top end fastened to a respective oblique bottom mounting hole of the top frame and a bottom end fastened to a respective oblique top mounting hole of the bottom frame, and a cord member securing the strip members to the endless inner supporting frame.
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Claims(13)
1. A furniture comprising:
a top frame, said top frame having a plurality of oblique bottom mounting holes arranged along a border area thereof;
a bottom frame, said bottom frame having a plurality of oblique top mounting holes arranged along a border area thereof;
at least one endless inner supporting frame spaced between said top frame and said bottom frame;
a plurality of strip members respectively connected between said top frame and said bottom frame and extending around and supported on said at least one endless inner supporting frame, said strip members each having a top end respectively fastened to the oblique bottom mounting holes of said top frame and a bottom end respectively fastened to the oblique top mounting holes of said bottom frame; and
at least one fastening member that secures said strip members to said at least one endless inner supporting frame.
2. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said top frame is an endless open frame.
3. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one endless inner supporting frame each has an outer diameter greater than said top frame and said bottom frame.
4. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one endless inner supporting frame each has an outer diameter smaller than said top frame and said bottom frame.
5. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one endless inner supporting frame includes a plurality of endless inner supporting frames having different outer diameters.
6. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said top frame, said bottom frame and said at least one endless inner supporting frame have a circular profile.
7. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said top frame, said bottom frame and said at least one endless inner supporting frame have a rectangular profile.
8. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said strip members are straight strips.
9. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said strip members are arched strips.
10. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a table board supported on said top frame so that the furniture is used as a table.
11. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said top frame is flat plate member for sitting.
12. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said top frame is an open frame and said bottom frame is a flat plate member for support storage items in the furniture.
13. The furniture as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one fastening member each is a cord member.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

(a) Technical Field of the Invention

The present invention to furniture and more particularly to such a furniture that has its body formed of strips members.

(b) Description of the Prior Art

Manu materials including stones, glass, wood, plastics, stainless steel, and etc., are used to make tables, chairs, cabinets and many other different furniture. A wooden furniture shows an antique sense of beauty that attracts people to buy. There are known furniture having a meshed body structure and a framework supporting the meshed body structure. The meshed body structure is formed of wooden or bamboo strips by means of a weaving technique and then bonded or nailed to the framework. The wearing procedure is complicated, requiring much labor and time. Therefore, these conventional meshed body structure type furniture are commonly expensive.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary purpose of the present invention is to provide furniture which comprises a top frame, the top frame having a plurality of oblique bottom mounting holes arranged along a border area thereof; a bottom frame, the bottom frame having a plurality of oblique top mounting holes arranged along a border area thereof; at least one endless inner supporting frame spaced between the top frame and the bottom frame; a plurality of strip members respectively connected between the top frame and the bottom frame and extending around and supported on the at least one endless inner supporting frame, the strip members each having a top end respectively fastened to the oblique bottom mounting holes of the top frame and a bottom end respectively fastened to the oblique top mounting holes of the bottom frame; and at least one fastening member that secures the strip members to the at least one endless inner supporting frame.

According to another aspect of the present invention, the at least one endless inner supporting frame can be made having an outer diameter greater than the top and bottom frames to support the strip members in an outwardly curved status. Alternatively, the at least one endless inner supporting frame can be made having an outer diameter smaller than the top and bottom frames to support the strip members in an inwardly curved status.

According to still another aspect of the present invention, the top and bottom frame and the at least one endless inner supporting frame can be made having a circular or rectangular profile, or any of a variety of shapes.

According to still another aspect of the present invention, the at least one fastening member each can be a cord member.

The foregoing object and summary provide only a brief introduction to the present invention. To fully appreciate these and other objects of the present invention as well as the invention itself, all of which will become apparent to those skilled in the art, the following detailed description of the invention and the claims should be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. Throughout the specification and drawings identical reference numerals refer to identical or similar parts.

Many other advantages and features of the present invention will become manifest to those versed in the art upon making reference to the detailed description and the accompanying sheets of drawings in which a preferred structural embodiment incorporating the principles of the present invention is shown by way of illustrative example.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a furniture in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a furniture in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along line A-A of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is similar to FIG. 2, but showing the furniture equipped with only one endless inner supporting frame.

FIG. 5 is a top view of FIG. 2.

FIG. 6 is a sectional plain view of a part of the furniture in accordance with the second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a furniture in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is a sectional plain view of a part of the furniture in accordance with the third embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view of a furniture in accordance with a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The following descriptions are of exemplary embodiments only, and are not intended to limit the scope, applicability or configuration of the invention in any way. Rather, the following description provides a convenient illustration for implementing exemplary embodiments of the invention. Various changes to the described embodiments may be made in the function and arrangement of the elements described without departing from the scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.

Referring to FIG. 1, a furniture in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention is shown comprising a top frame 1, a bottom frame 2, at least one, for example, two endless inner supporting frames (not shown) arranged at different elevations between the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2, a plurality of arched strip members (for example, bamboo strips) 3 connected between the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2 and attached to the periphery of each endless inner supporting frame, and fastening members, for example, cord members 4 that secure the arched strip members 3 to the endless inner supporting frames. According to this embodiment, the top frame 1 is a rectangular open frame, and the bottom frame 2 is a flat frame plate. The arched strip members 3 each have a top end respectively inserted into a respective obliquely extending bottom mounting hole (not shown) of the top frame 1 and a bottom end respectively inserted into a respective oblique top mounting hole (not shown) of the bottom frame 2. When installed, the arched strip members 3 are respectively curved outwards. Further, a table board 6 may be supported on the top frame 1 so that the furniture can be used as a table. After removal of the table board 6, the furniture is used as a storage container for keeping things.

FIGS. 2-6 show a furniture in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention. According to this embodiment, the furniture is shaped like a wine barrel. Similar to the aforesaid first embodiment of the present invention, the furniture according to this second embodiment a top frame 1, which has a plurality of oblique bottom mounting holes 11, a bottom frame 2, which has a plurality of oblique top mounting holes 21 corresponding to the oblique bottom mounting holes 11 of the top frame 1, at least one endless inner supporting frame 5 (for example, three endless inner supporting frames in FIGS. 2 and 3, or one endless inner supporting frame in FIG. 4) spaced between the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2, a plurality of arched strip members 3 connected between the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2 and attached to the periphery of each endless inner supporting frame 5, and at least one cord members 4 that secures the arched strip members 3 to the at least one endless inner supporting frame 5 respectively. According to this embodiment, the top frame 1 is an annular frame, and the bottom frame 2 is a circular frame plate. The arched strip members 3 have the respective top and bottom ends respectively fastened to the oblique bottom mounting holes 11 of the top frame 1 and the oblique top mounting hole 21 of the bottom frame 2. According to this embodiment, each endless inner supporting frame 5 has an outer diameter greater than the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2. When assembled, the arched strip members 3 are respectively curing outwards. When assembled, the arched strip members 3 are respectively curving outwards, and therefore the furniture shows an outer diameter gradually reducing in reversed directions from the middle toward the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2.

FIGS. 7 and 8 show a furniture in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention. This embodiment is substantially similar to the aforesaid second embodiment with the exception that each endless inner supporting frame (not shown) has an outer diameter smaller than the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2. When assembled, the arched strip members 3 are respectively curving inwards, and therefore the furniture shows an outer diameter gradually increasing in reversed directions from the middle toward the top frame 1 and the bottom frame 2.

FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view of a furniture in accordance with a fourth embodiment of the present invention. According to this fourth embodiment, the endless inner supporting frame 5 is shaped like a peanut. The top and bottom frames of the furniture have a contour corresponding to the endless inner supporting frames.

A prototype of furniture has been constructed with the features of FIGS. 19. The furniture functions smoothly to provide all of the features disclosed earlier.

Although particular embodiments of the invention have been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. For example, straight strip members may be used and connected between the top frame and the bottom frame to substitute for the arched strip members. Accordingly, the invention is not to be limited except as by the appended claims.

It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together may also find a useful application in other type of methods differing from the type described above.

While certain novel features of this invention have been shown and described and are pointed out in the annexed claim, it is not intended to be limited to the details above, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the present invention.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7823738 *Sep 30, 2008Nov 2, 2010Wen-Tsan WangDetachable bamboo material-based storage container
US7886925 *Sep 28, 2007Feb 15, 2011Wen-Tsan WangModularized bamboo frame member set
Classifications
U.S. Classification108/161
International ClassificationA47B13/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47B13/023, A47B7/00, A47B85/06, A47C3/16, A47B2220/0088, A47C5/02
European ClassificationA47C5/02, A47C3/16, A47B13/02C, A47B7/00, A47B85/06