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Publication numberUS2282362 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 12, 1942
Filing dateDec 16, 1939
Priority dateDec 16, 1939
Publication numberUS 2282362 A, US 2282362A, US-A-2282362, US2282362 A, US2282362A
InventorsCarl E T Johnson
Original AssigneeJamestown Steel Partitions Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shower cabinet
US 2282362 A
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y 1942- c. E. T. JOHNSON 2,282,362

' SHOWER CABINET i i a 15mm:

ATTORNEYS May 12, 1942. c. E. T. JOHNSON SHOWER CABINET Filed Dec. 16, 1939 2 Shee ts-Sheet 2 Patented May 12, 1942 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SHOWER CABINET Carl E. T. Johnson, Jamestown, N. Y., assignor to Jamestown Steel Partitions, Inc., Jamestown, N. Y., a corporation or New York Application December 16, 1939, Serial No. 309,677

13 Claims.

This invention relates to shower cabinets, and more particularly to an improved shower cabinet formed from separable and interchangeable sections or units fabricated at the manufacturing plant and adapted to be shipped to the place of use in knockdown condition.

While shower cabinets formed of sheet metal have heretofore been provided, they have been generally bulky in construction, expensive to fabricate, and due to their awkward shape have been expensive to pack and ship. Special fitting of the units in the field has also been generally required, contributing substantially to the erection costs so that the shower unit as finally installed compares in cost to permanent wall shower facilities heretofore provided.

In accordance with this invention, a shower cabinet of sheet metal construction is provided which is assembled in a relatively small number of simple units or sections which can be packed in a minimum of cubical space for shipment and storage, and which can be quickly assembled and erected in the field without refitting of the units or sections. In general, the showercabinet comprises a base unit which may be formed and assembled from three pieces of sheet metal, one piece being shaped to form the base frame, another piece shaped to form the shower pan, and a third piece shaped to form a shower pan reinforcing frame. These parts may be quickly shaped on metal bending presses and the parts assembled with a few simple, quickly executed welding operations. The two side wall sections of the shower cabinet are formed from duplicate pieces of sheet metal, each sheet being stamped to form a side wall panel, and a front frame panel and a rear frame panel. Each front and rear panel is bent to form a hollow tubular stiffening rib. The front stiffening rib and the rear stiffening rib of each side section are substantial duplicates, so that the side wall sections may be interchanged, i. e. positioned as to form either the right or the left hand side wall of the cabinet. The rear wall section is provided with U- shaped ribs extending vertically along the side edges thereof, which are adapted to telescope over the corresponding vertically extending ribs associated with the rear wall panels of the side sections. Metal screws quickly inserted in the field rigidly secure the rear wall section to the adjacent side wall section in leakproof position.

her telescopes over the side and rear wall sections secured thereto in the field by means of suitable metal bolts. The curtain rod supporting hooks are formed as integral parts of the top frame, which hooks are in proper position to receive the curtain rod when the frame member has been applied. A threshold member telescopes over the front side wall of the shower pan, which provides a comfortable foot support and also maintains the lower end of the side wall secions in fixed, spaced relationship.

An object of this invention is to provide an improved shower cabinet, which can be fabricated and assembled at relatively low cost, and which may be shipped in knockdown condition to the point of use and there quickly assembled.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved shower cabinet, which may be formed from separable parts or units, which may be shipped and stored in a minimum of space, and quickly erected and assembled in the field.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved shower cabinet having interchange- The side and rear sections are rigidly supported within the shower pan by means of a locking strip welded thereto which overlaps the top edge of the adjacent pan wall. A top frame memable parts and sections which may be variously arranged to satisfy different field conditions.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved shower cabinet which may be manufactured, shipped, erected and installed at substantially less cost than shower cabinets heretofore provided, which is strong and sturdy in construction, highly serviceable and lasting in use, and which is attractive and pleasing in appearance.

Other objects of this invention will become apparent as the disclosure proceeds.

The invention also consists in certain new and original features of construction and combination of parts hereinafter set forth and claimed.

Although the novel features which are believed to be characteristic of this invention will be particularly pointed out in the claims appended hereto, the invention itself, as to its objects and advantages, and the manner in which it may be carried out, may be better understood by referring to the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, in which Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my improved, fully assembled shower cabinet;

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the base unit comprising the base frame and shower pan;

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary perspectiveview of one of the two similar side wall sections;

Fig. 4 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view through the shower cabinet showing the top retively few structural parts which may be easily and quickly assembled to provide an attractive and sturdy shower cabinet. The shower cabinet comprises generally a base unit. comprising a base frame I formed of sheet metal within which a receptor or shower pan 2 is fixedly secured. The cabinet is provided with two side wall sections 3 and 4 which are preferably identical in construction so that either one may occupy a right or a left hand position in the cabinet as desired. A rear wall section 5 is provided which is so designed as to provide a locking leakproof connection between the side wall panels of the cabinet. The side wall sections 3 and 4 and the rear wall section 5 are provided with a base unit locking strip 6 arranged to overlap the side walls of the shower pan and retain the side and rear wall sections of the unit-in rigid, erect position. The side and rear wall sections are capped by a reinforcing frame 3 which carries with it the hook plates 3, which support the curtain rod. A threshold or tread member 1 is provided which telescopes over and is supported by the top edge of the shower pan side wall.

Coming now to a more detailed description of the unit comprising my improved shower cabinet. the structural features of the base unit, shown more particularly in Fig. 2, will now be described. The base frame I forming a part of the base unit may bev stamped from a single strip of sheet metal shaped to provide a front wall II, side walls I2 and I3, and a rear wall I4, which for ease of description may be referred to as vertical walls. Each of the vertical walls II, 'l2, l3 and I4 is provided with an intumed foot portion I5 and an upturned lip portion I3. The foot portion I5 provides a secure and solid base upon which the shower cabinet is supported. -The inturned foot portion I5 and the upturned lip portion I3 give strength and rigidity to the construction and permit the use or a lighter sheet metal'than would otherwise be required. Vertical wall I I, I2, I3 and I4 formed from a single strip of sheet metal are integrally joined at the corners except for the meeting ends of walls II and I3,

which meeting ends may be welded together to The base frame can 7 provide a smooth Joint. thus be formed from a single piece of sheet metal at a high production rate and at low cost.

The receptor or showerpan 2 is also formed from a single piece of sheet metal so shaped as to seat within the base frame. The shower pan comprises a bottom wall 2| punctured in the center to provide a drain opening 23. The bottom wall 2I is provided with four crease lines 22, each radiating from the drain opening 23 to a corner of the pan. The crease lines 22 provide drain gutters which define therebetween four quadrants, each of which inclines toward the drain opening 23. Side walls 24, 25, 26 and 21 extend upwardly from the bottom wall 2| of the shower pan. The corners of the side wall may be secured together in a leakproof manner as by welding, so that the side walls and the bottom wall of the pan provide a leakproof enclosure. The shower pan is of such size as to snugly seat within the base frame, as shown more particularly in Figs. 2 and 5, the side walls of the shower pan being secured to the vertical walls of the base frame as by welding II. The bottom wall 2I of the pan is strengthened and reinforced by means of a rectangular shaped Z-frame 29, as shown more particularly in Figs. 5 and 6, the Z-frame 23 being secured to the bottom wall 2I as by welding 28, so that the shower pan is supported by both the base frame I and the 2- frame 29,

The side sections 3 and 4 of the cabinet are preferably identical in construction and formation These side sections are preferably approximately six feet in height and are each formed from a single piece of sheet metal. As shown more particularly in Fig. 3, each side section comprises a side wall panel 3I and front and rear wall panels .32 extending at right angles to the side wall panel. The margin of each of the front and rear wall panels 32 is provided with a vertically extending reinforcing and edge-forming rib, each rib being formed by an inturned flange portion 34, an out-tumed flange portion 35, and a rebent lip portion 36, which portions form in effect a hollow tube of generally rectangular cross-section. When the side panels 3 and 4 are erected, as shown in Fig. 1, one panel 32 of each section provides a frame for the entrance and exit opening into the cabinet, and the other panel 32 forms a portionpf the rear wall of the erected cabinet. Since panels 32 of each side section are identical in construction, the side sections 3 and 4 may be interchanged to provide either a right hand or a left hand side section for the erected cabinet. An opening 98' to receive the shower supply pipe 33 and. openings I00 and IN to receive faucets I00 and It" may be cut in the side panel II of one side section in the shop. The side section having the openings for the shower supply pipe and faucets may be arranged at either the right or left hand side of the cabinet, as the hot and cold water supply .lines may dictate. v

The rear wall section 5 is likewise formed from a single piece of sheet metal having a height equal to the height of the side wall sections 3 and 4. As shown more particularly in Figs. 1 and 6, the rear wall section 5 comprises a rear wall panel 5| having a U-shaped sealing rib along each vertical side margin thereof. Each of the rear wall panel sealing ribs is so shaped as to snugly seat over the reinforcing rib formed on the rear wall panel 32 of each side wall section. As .ShOWnmore particularly in Fig. 6, each U-shaped sealing rib comprises a flange portion 52 which seats over flange portion 34, an outturned flange portion 53 which snugly seats over flange portion 35, an intumed lip portion 54 which snugly seats over rebent lip portion 36. Lip portion 54 is of such depth that the free edge thereof snugly seats against the inside face of rear wall panel 32 of the side section. Thus each U-shaped rib formation on the rear wall section interlocks with the rib formation on the rear wall panel 32 of each side wall section so as to reinforce the construction and provide a substantially leakproof joint therebetween. Suitable spaced apertures are provided in the flange portions 53 and 35 through which metal screws 56 may be inserted in the fleld.

Each of the side and rear wall sections is detachably secured to the upper edge of the adjaoent shower pan side wall by means of a lock ing strip 3, secured as by welding to each of the side and rear wall sections. The locking strip 3 secured to each of the side wall sections 3 and 4 extends across the side panel 3| and the front and rear panels 32 thereof, and is so arranged as to telescope over the adjacent edges of side walls of the shower pan when the lower edge of the side wall section rests against the top surface of the bottom wall 2| of the shower pan, as shown more particularly in Fig. 5. The locking strip 3 secured to the rear wall section 3 extends across substantially the entire width thereof and in alignment with the locking strip 3 secured to the side wall sections 3 and 4, so that when the lower edge of the rear wall section 3 restsagainst the inside face of bottom wall 2| of the shower pan, the looking strip 3 attached to the rear wall section will overlap the top edge of the rear wall 26 of the shower pan. Each of the locking strips 3 is provided with a portion 3| positioned immediately above the top edge of the pan side wall, which portion is welded to its associated section, as by welding 32. An outwardly flared offset portion 33 extends from the securing portion 3| and a down-tumed flange portion 34 extends from the offset portion 33 so as to provide a groove between the flange portion and the adjacent panel of its associated section. The groove provided by the flange 34 is of such shape and dimension as to snugly receive the adjacent upper edge of the pan side wall.

The locking trip 3 provides a secure means for permanently and fixedly locking the side wall sections 3 and 4 and the rear wall section 3 to the shower pan side walls. The side panel 3| and the front and rear panels 32 of the side wall sections 3 and 4 are so shaped and constructed as to snugly seat against the inside face of the pan side walls, as illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6, and the rear wall section 5 is likewise so constructed as to snugly seat against the inside face of the adjacent pan side wall. Thus water which strikes the inside face of the front and rear wall panels is conducted directly onto the bottom wall 2| of the pan. The locking strip 3, in addition to securing the side and end wall sections in rigid erect position, provides an attractive trim strip for the a cabinet, which measurably enhances its appearance.

The threshold member I is arranged to telescope over the front wall 24 of the pan and ex-; tends between the front panels 32 of the side wall sections. This threshold member comprises a U-shaped strip of sheet metal having an exterior flange portion 1| which overlaps the outside face of the pan sidewall 24, a horizontal tread portion 12 which extends over the top edge of the side wall 24, and a downtumed interior flange portion 13 which serves as a baflle to deflect the spray onto the bottom wall 2| of the pan. The battle flange 13 may be provided with an inturned lip 14 so that no sharp edges are exposed, the inner edge of the lip contacting the inside face of the pan front wall 24. An angle member is secured to the inside face of the U- shaped member, which angle-shaped member maybe formed from a single piece of sheet metal, comprising a leg portion 15 which is secured, as by welding 13, to tread portion 12, and downtumed leg portion 13 which is spaced from the downtumed flange portion H a sufficient distance to provide a groove therebetween which snugly receives the upper edge of the pan side wall 24. The threshold member is thus frictionally held and supported by the pan side wall 24, the threshold member being of such length as to snugly abut against the inturned flanges 33 of the adjacent front wall panels. The snug fit between the threshold member I and the inturned flanges 33 of the front wall panels additionally serves to brace the side sections against inward collapse and further maintains the panel 3| thereof in close seating abutment against the inside face of the pan side walls. The tread portion 12 of the threshold member may be of any desired width so that the unclad foot may stand thereon without discomfort.

/ The side and rear wall panels, after erection, are crowned with a top reinforcing frame which may be formed from a single strip of sheet metal. The reinforcing frame 3 comprises a front wall section 3|, side sections 32 and 33, and a rear section 34, each section comprising a downtumed flange portion 33 and an inturned flange portion 33. The top frame is generally rectangular in form so as to snugly telescope over the top edge of the side panels 3| and front and rear panels 32 of the side wall sections and over the top edge of panel 5| of the rear wall section 3. The downtumed flange 35 of the reinforcing frame is provided with suitable spaced apertures which are arranged to register with apertures along the top edge of the side and rear wall panels, said apertures being adapted to receive metal bolts 31 each provided with a securing nut 33. The corners of the top frame may be reinforced by welding.

A curtain rod 33 is provided which extends horizontally over the cabinet entrance. Each end of the curtain rod is supported by a bracket or hook plate 30, each formed from a piece of sheet metal. As shown more particularly in Figs. 1 and 5, the hook plate comprises a plate 3| which seats over and against the inwardly extending flange 33 of the top frame. Each top plate 3| is preferably so arranged as to extend over the joint between the front section 3| and the adjacent side section 32 or 33 of the top frame and is welded to the inturned flange 33 thereof so as to form an integral part of the top frame, measurably reinforcing the top frame at these front corners. A hook portion 32 extends downwardly from the top plate portion 3| and overhangs the free edge of the inturned flange 33 of the adjacent side section of the frame. The hook portion 32 is provided with an elongated rod-receiving opening 34, which communicates with a bayonet slot 35 to permit insertion of a rod. The rod is supported by an underslung hook element 36. It will be appreciated that a hook plate is provided at each of the front comers of the cabinet. The rear corners of the top frame may be reinforced, if desired, by placing a reinforcing plate 31 over the inturned flanges of the meeting ends of side sections 32 or 33 and rear section 34 and welding the reinforcing plate to the inturned flanges 36 thereof. As thus constructed, it will be seen that the top reinforcing frame carries the rod-supporting hooks and is formed as a separate unit, to be applied when the cabinet is erected.

Each cabinet is provided with a shower head 33 connected to a lead-in pipe 33 which extends through an opening 33' in the side wall panel 3| of one of the sidewall sections, and is suitably connected to the water supply line. Hot

and coldwater faucets Ill and Ill extending through openings Ill and III in one of the side wall panels 3| are also provided, which are connected to the respective hot and cold water lines.

Due to the construction of the shower cabi-' net, the units from which the cabinet is assembled maybe quickly packed in packing cases in a manner-to occupy a minimum of space dur-' ing shipment and storage. The spray head It and connecting pipe 33 as well as the hot and cold water faucets Ill and llll and the threshold member I, may be positioned within the onepiece base unit shown in Fig. 2, during shipment and storage. The top frame member may be positioned to rest upon the side walls of the pan, with the curtain hooks extending inwardly. The curtain rod 93 as well as the curtain may also be neatly packed within the shower pan. Thus, within a cubical space substantially no larger than the base unit, the base unit, top frame, spray head, faucets and fixtures, threshold member, curtain rod, and curtain, ma be packed. The rear wall section 5,;

which is of less width than the side wall section 3, may be positioned between the panels 32 thereof, so as'to lie substantially flat against the inside face of the side wall panel 3| thereof. The other side wall section 4 may be so arranged that the front and rear panels 32 thereof overlap the front and rear panels 32 of the side wall section 3. Thus both side wall sections and the rear wall section may'bepacked ing the shower cabinet, the base unit as shown in Fig. 2 is placed in position over the waste outlet and the drain thereof connected to the drain opening 23. The side wall panels are then erected by inserting the lower end of each side section 3 and 4 into the shower pan, so that the lower edge of each section rests against the bottom wall 2| of each shower pan, with the locking strip 8 telescoped over the outside face of the adjacent pan side wall. .Since the side wall sections 3 and l are interchangeable, the side wall section having the openings 98', I00 and IN for the attachment of the plumbing fixtures may be positioned to the right or left adjacent the water suppl line. The rear wall section 5 is then positioned within the partly erected cabinet and pressed outwardly so that the U-shaped ribs extending along the vertical side edges thereof will telescope over the adjacent ribs of the rear wall panels 32. Metal screws 56 are then screwed into the aligned flange 85 of the frame member and the side and rear wall sections, and the nuts 88 applied to the inserted bolts. A very rigid and sturdy construction is thus presented. The curtain rodsupporting books will assume their proper position when the top-frame member has been applied. The curtainro'd 33 with the curtain suspended therefrom may then be inserted through the bayonet slots 3! provided in the supporting hooks and the curtain hung in position. The plumbing/fixtures, including the spray head, supply pipe and the hot and cold water faucets I" and III, are connected to the usual hot and cold water supply lines (not shown).

It will now be noted that a shower cabinet has been provided which may be constructed substantially entirely of sheet metal, with relatively few bending and forming operations, economically and at low cost. The shower cabinet comprises a relatively few integral units which are painted and finished before they leave the factory, which units may be assembled in packing cases so as to occupy a minimum of cubical space. Substantial savings in shipping and storage costs are thus realized. The cabinet itself may be quickly erected in a minimum of time and with a minimum of labor. The parts are so constituted that no fitting need be done in the fleld. The two side wall sections are substantial duplicates of one another so that they may be made interchangeable so as to flt any fleld condition which may arise. A savim in stock which should be kept on hand to flll future orders may thus be effected. The erected cabinet is sturdy and lasting in construction, attractive in appearance, may be delivered and erected at relatively low cost, is leakproof at all connecting seams and joints, and provides the ultimate in a low cost shower installation.

My improved shower cabinet finds ready uses in homes, schools, gymnasiums, clubs, hotels and wayside inns, restaurants and other places where convenient and sanitary shower facilities are desired.

While certain novel features of the invention have been disclosed herein, and are pointed out in the annexed claims, it will be understood that various omissions, substitutions and changes may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention.

What is claimed is:

1. In shower cabinet construction, a receptor unit comprising, a rectangular-shaped sheet metal base having substantially vertically extending enclosing walls, and a shower pan having a bottom wall and vertically extending enclosing walls telescoping into said base with the vertical wallsof the pan extending above the top edge of the vertical walls of the base, means for permanently securing the base to the pan, a pair of side wall sections and a rear wall section having the lower ends thereof extending into the pan, means associated with said side and rear sections for detachably securing said sections to the adjacent vertical walls of the pan, and a tread member of generally U-shaped cross-section extending between said side wall sections and telescoping over the adjacent wall of the pan, said tread member comprising a top tread portion of comfortable width and spaced down-turned flange portions, an angle-shaped locking strip positioned within said U-shaped tread member having one leg thereof secured to the inside face of said tread portion and the other leg thereof depending downwardly in spaced relation to one of the downtumed flanges of the tread member to provide therebetween a recess for snugly receiving the vertical wall of the pan therebetween.

2. In shower cabinet construction, a receptor unit comprising, a rectangular-shaped sheet metal base having substantially vertically extending enclosing walls, and a shower pan having a bottom wall and vertically extending enclosing walls fixed to said base with the vertical walls of the pan extending above the top edge of the vertical walls of the base, a pair of side wall sections and a rear wall section having the lower ends thereof extending intothe pan, means carried by said side and rear wall sections for detachably securing said sections to the adjacent vertical walls of the pan, and a tread member extending between said side wall sections and telescoping over the adjacent vertical wall of the pan,

' said tread member comprising a top tread portion of comfortable width, a pair of downturned flange portions depending from said tread portion, one of said flange portions being positioned to frictionally engage the adjacent face of the vertical wall of the pan, said other downturned flange portion being spaced from the other face of the vertical wall of the pan and having an intumed lip portion which frictionally engages said last named face.

3. In shower cabinet construction, a receptor unit comprising, a rectangular-shaped sheet metal base having substantially vertically extending enclosing walls, and a shower pan having a bottom wall and vertically extending enclosing walls telescoping into said base with the vertical walls of the pan extending above the top edge of the vertical walls of the base, means for permanently securing the base to the pan, a pair of side wall sections and a rear wall section having the lower ends thereof extending into the pan, means associated with said side and rear wall sections for detachably securing said sections to the adjacent vertical walls of the pan, a tread member of generally U-shaped crosssection extending between said side wall sections and telescoping over the adjacent vertical walls of the pan, said tread member comprising a top tread portion of comfortable width, 9. pair of downturned flange portions depending from said tread portion, one of said downturned flange portions having an inturned lip which frictionally engages the adjacent vertical wall of the pan, and an angle-shaped locking strip positioned within said U-shaped tread member having one leg thereof secured to the inside face of the tread portion and the other leg thereof extending downwardly in spaced relation to one of the downturned flanges of the tread member to provide therebetween a recess for snugly receiving the vertical wall of the pan therebetween.

4. In shower cabinet construction, a receptor unit of rectangular shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections and a rear Wall section having the lower ends thereof extending into said receptor unit, means for detachably securing said side and rear wall sections to the receptor unit, a continuous top frame member of generally angularshaped cross-section and of rectangular shape in plan having vertically disposed legs telescoping over the adjacent side and rear walls sections and horizontally disposed legs extending inward- 1y over said rear and side walls sections, means for detachably securing said frame member to said side and rear wall sections. and a pair of spaced curtain rod supporting brackets permanently fixed to said frame member, each of said brackets having a top plate portion fixed to the frame member to provide a corner brace therefor and a downwardly extending hook portion adapted to removably receive a curtain rod.

5. In shower cabinet construction, a receptor unit, a pair of side wall sections and a rear wall section having the lower ends thereof extending into said receptor unit, means for detachably securing said side and rear wall sections to the receptor unit, a continuous top frame member telescoping over the adjacent side and rear wall sections and engaged with each, means for detachably securing said frame member to said side and rear wall sections, and a pair of spaced curtain rod supporting brackets permanently flxed to said frame member, each of said brackets being formed from sheet metal and having a top plate portion fixed to the frame member to provide a comer brace therefor and a downwardly extending hook portion having a bayonet slot therein to receive a curtain rod.

6. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four identically shaped upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape and length, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable throughout its entire length with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, and means mounting the wall sections on the receptor for interchangeable engagement of any section with any of said four upstanding walls, said means comprising portions formed identically throughout the entire extent of the lower edge of each section between margins thereof complemental to said four upstanding walls and each interiitting interchangeably with any of said walls whereby said sections may be arranged on the receptor to receive water supplied from any of the four sides of the cabinet.

7. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four identically shaped upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape and length, arear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable throughout its entire length with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side Wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, means mounting the wall sections on the receptor for interchangeable engagement of any section with any of said four upstanding walls, said means comprising portions formed identically throughout the entire extent of the lower edge of each section between margins thereof complemental to said four upstanding walls and each interfitting interchangeably with any of said walls whereby said sections may be arranged on the receptor to receive water supplied from any of the four sides of the cabinet, and a top frame of square shape in plan seating over the upper edges of said side and rear wall sections for reinforcing and stiffening the I asiemblysgf said sections.

A ower cabinet comprising a r ce having a bottom wall and four identically 211$ upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape and length, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable throughout its entire length with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, means mounting the wall sections on the receptor for interchangeable engagement of any section with any of said four upstanding walls, said means comprising portions formed identically throughout the entire extent of the lower edge of each section between margins thereof complemental to said four upstanding walls and each interiitting interchangeably with any of said walls whereby said sections may be arranged on the receptor to receive water supplied from any of the four sides of the cabinet, and a tread member having a depending portion interfitting interchangeably with said four upstanding walls of the receptor and engaged with one of them between the front panel portions of the side wall sections.

9. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four identically shaped upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of v square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape and length, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable throughout its entire length with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, means mounting the wallsections on the receptor for interchangeable engagement of any section with any of said four upstanding walls, said means comprising portions formed identically throughout the entire extent of the lower edge of each section between margins thereof complemental to said four upstanding walls and each interfitting interchangeably with any of said walls whereby said sections may be arranged on the receptor to receive water supplied from any of the four sides of the cabinet, a tread member having a depending portion interfitting interchangeably with said four upstanding walls of the receptor and engaged with one of them between the front panel portions of the side wall sections, and a top frame of square shape in plan seating over the upper edges of said side and rear wall sections for reinforcing and stiffening the assembly of said sections.

10. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, means mounting the wall sections on the receptor for interchangeable engagement of any section with any of said four upstanding walls, a top frame of square'shape in plan seating over the upper edges of said side and rear wall sections for reinforcing and stifiening the assembly of said sections, and a depending bracket secured over each of two adjacent comers of the top frame adapted to stiffen the same and to mount a curtain rod in approximate parallelism to the when said portion is sated over the front panel portions of the two side wall sections.

11. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, means mounting the wall sections on thewalls of the receptor and engaged with one of them between the front panel portions of the side wall sections, a top frame of square shape in plan seating over the upper edges of said side and rear wall sections for reinforcing and stifiening the assembly of said sections, and a depending bracket secured over each of two adjacent corners of the top frame adapted to stiffen the same and to mount a curtain rod in approximate parallelism to the portion of the top frame between said brackets when said portion is seated over the front panel portions of the two ,side wall sections.

12. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four identically shaped upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of square shape in plan, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape and length, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable throughout its entire length with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, and means mounting the wall gagement of any section with any of said four upstanding walls, said means comprising locking bars of angular-shaped cross section each having a portion permanently fixed to one of said side and rear wall sections and having another portion depending from the first and telescoping over the outside face of one of said upstanding walls, whereby each wall section interfits interchangeably with any of said upstanding walls and the sections may be arranged on the receptor to receive water supplied from any of the four sides of the cabinet.

13. A shower cabinet comprising a receptor having a bottom wall and four upstanding walls defining a low enclosure of rectangular shape in plan, said upstanding walls comprising two side walls of identical shape and a front and a rear wall of identical shape, a pair of side wall sections provided with identical front and rear panel portions each having formations at its margins of identical shape and length, a rear wall section having identical formations at its opposite margins each interchangeably engageable throughout its entire length with the formations at the margins of said panel portions, one of said side wall sections having a shower device receiving opening therein, a tread member having a length equal to the width of the rear wall section between the margins of the rear wall section, means mounting the side wall sections interchangeably on two opposite upstanding side walls of the receptor comprising portions formed identically throughout the entire extent of the lower edge of each side wall section between margins thereof complemental to the upper edge of each of said two upstanding side walls of the receptor, whereby the side wall sections may be arranged on the receptor to receive water supplied from either side of the cabinet corresponding to the said two mounting the tread member and the rear wall each of said last named two upstanding walls v of the receptor, whereby the tread member and rear wall section may be mounted on the re ceptor, to provide entry into the cabinet from upstanding side walls of the receptor, and means 10 either the front or rear. CARL E. T. JOHNSON.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification52/35, 52/657, 160/127, 52/27, D25/16, 135/902, 52/264, 4/614
International ClassificationA47K3/28
Cooperative ClassificationY10S135/902, A47K3/284
European ClassificationA47K3/28C1