US 20080129173 A1
A drawer front includes a removable decorative skin that is configured to be repeatedly removed and installed on the drawer front. Co-acting connection features on the drawer front and the skin releasably retain the skin to the drawer front.
1. A tool storage unit comprising:
a storage unit housing including five sides that form a tool storage cavity having a frontward facing opening defined by edges of four of the sides;
at least one drawer slidingly installed within the tool storage cavity, the drawer including a body portion having a compartment therein and a front face configured to rest substantially flush with the frontward facing opening when the drawer is in a closed position;
a removable drawer front connected to the front face and configured to enable repeated removal from and installation to the front face; and
a removable decorative skin coupled to the drawer front, the decorative skin positioned to face away from the tool storage cavity to present an exterior surface of the drawer.
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11. A drawer skin replacement kit for use with a tool storage unit having at least one drawer slidingly installed within the tool storage cavity, wherein the drawer includes a removable drawer front having drawer front connection features for coupling to skin connection features on a removable decorative skin to the drawer front, the kit comprising a decorative skin comprising skin connection features configured to couple to the drawer front connection features.
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19. A method of replacing a skin on a drawer front on a tool storage unit drawer, the method comprising:
removing an installed skin from the drawer front; and
installing a replacement skin on the drawer front.
20. The method of
removing the drawer from the tool storage unit;
disconnecting front fastening features on the installed drawer front component from co-acting drawer fastening features on the drawer; and
removing the drawer front component from the drawer prior to removing an installed skin from the drawer front.
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This non-provisional application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Nos. 60/861,874, entitled “Drawer with Replaceable Skin,” filed on Nov. 30, 2006, and 60/861,880, entitled “Replaceable Drawer Front Component,” filed on Nov. 30, 2006 the entire disclosure of each is incorporated herein by reference, to the extent that it is not conflicting with the present disclosure.
The present invention relates to a drawer with a replaceable skin and to a drawer with a replaceable skin for installation on a tool chest or tool cabinet.
Storage containers such as dressers, bureaus, and file cabinets having drawers are in popular use. Several exemplary storage devices include tool chests, tool cabinets, and combination tool chest and cabinet units. Tool chests, tool cabinets, and combination tool chest and cabinet units are in widespread use in residential, commercial and industrial settings.
Tool chests and cabinets typically include a plurality of drawers of similar or various height. The drawers are constructed to form an assembled unit having slides on either side and a front panel. A common construction technique involves the complete assembly of the tool chest or tool cabinet frame by welding or other means. The drawers are manufactured as complete permanent assemblies. Subsequently, the drawers are installed and the entire unit is painted or otherwise finished to produce a uniform appearing exterior surface. This uniform surface includes the exposed front face of the drawers. As a result, the color of the front panel matches the rest of the tool chest or tool cabinet. Absent any repainting, the color or texture of the front face of the drawers can not be readily changed by the consumer.
A replaceable skin is provided as part of a drawer front for a tool storage unit and for a drawer skin replacement kit and method of installing the drawer skin on a drawer front. The drawer skin includes connection features that facilitate its installation on the drawer front.
Further features and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following detailed description made with reference to the accompanying drawings.
This Detailed Description of the Invention merely describes embodiments of the invention and is not intended to limit the scope of the specification, including any claims, in any way. Indeed, the invention as described by the specification and any claims is broader than and unlimited by the preferred embodiments, and the terms used in the specification and claims have their full ordinary meaning.
The present invention will be described for use with a tool chest and a tool cabinet. It should be understood that this is for exemplary purposes only and the invention can be applied to a wide variety of applications.
The invention is directed to a drawer front having a replaceable skin. The drawer front is designed to be conveniently removed from a tool chest or tool cabinet. After removal, the exterior skin of the drawer front can be replaced by a consumer in an after-market environment. The remove-and-replace operation requires no special tooling or training. The process results in the front face of the drawer front having a new or different ornamental appearance. The skin of one or more drawer fascia assemblies can be replaced to alter the ornamental appearance of part or all of a tool chest or a tool cabinet.
Referring now to the drawings,
The skins 50 that are installed in the drawer fronts 21 on the drawers of the tool chest 10 may be configured to cumulatively depict components of a single image when installed on the tool chest. For example, the drawer fronts may be configured to depict a sports logo or mascot, a flag, or a motto, when the drawer fronts are installed on the tool chest. When the drawer 42 is in a fully extended position, a user may depress release buttons (not shown) located in or near the slides on either side of the drawer to remove the drawer from the tool cabinet 30. It should be understood that other structures and techniques for drawer removal can be used in the practice of this invention.
The skin 50 of the drawer front can be removed from a drawer front and replaced with a different skin 50. A user may chose to do this for a variety of reasons, such as for example, to change the color of the entire front of a tool cabinet or to replace a single skin on a drawer front having an aesthetically damaged appearance.
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To remove and replace the skin from a drawer front, the drawer front is first removed from a drawer. A user may chose to remove and replace a skin for a variety of reasons, such as for example, to change the color of the entire front of a tool cabinet or to replace a single drawer having an aesthetically damaged appearance.
To replace the skin 50, a user must first remove the four screws 57 with a screwdriver or drill, and then repeat the assembly steps for the drawer front assembly with a new skin. To install the drawer front to the drawer, the tabs of the drawer front are inserted into the through-holes in the drawer and the drawer front is slid into the smaller section 48 b of the holes. In some embodiments, a lock or securing mechanisms can be used to retain the drawer front in place in an installed position.
While several embodiments of the invention has been illustrated and described in considerable detail, the present invention is not to be considered limited to the precise constructions disclosed. Various adaptations, modifications and uses of the invention may occur to those skilled in the arts to which the invention relates. It is the intention to cover all such adaptations, modifications and uses falling within the scope or spirit of the specification filed herewith.