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Publication numberUS2299766 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 27, 1942
Filing dateAug 15, 1940
Priority dateAug 15, 1940
Publication numberUS 2299766 A, US 2299766A, US-A-2299766, US2299766 A, US2299766A
InventorsCharles Rosenthal
Original AssigneeCharles Rosenthal
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Knockdown closet
US 2299766 A
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Application August 15, 1940, Serial No. 352,781

7 Claims.

This invention relates to containers for the storage of clothing and has particular reference to an improved clothes closet composed of interfitting units each of which is adapted to be collapsed to a fiat compact arrangement for storage and shipment and when received by the purchaser, may be set up and assembled without difliculty. I

The invention has in view a knock-down closet in which the end walls thereof are hingedly connected to the opposite ends of a spacing strip for movement of the said walls from a collapsed parallel relation with the spacing strip to an expanded right angular set-up relation therewith.

The invention more particularly comprehends a knock-down closet composed of interfitting units in which the main walls and a closure constitute one of the units, and the end walls and a spacing strip hingedly connected thereto constitute the other unit and which end walls are swingable from a collapsed parallel relation with the spacing strip to a right angular relation therewith for receiving the main walls of the closet between the end walls and with the spacing stripforming a longitudinal edge of the closure opening, and with which edge the closure engages when in closed condition.

The invention further includes, in a knockdown closet of the indicated character, a rear wall, side walls and a pair of closures integrally and hingedly connected together to form one of the units of the closet and end walls having inwardly directed marginal rims and a spacing strip hingedly connected at its opposite ends to the rims of the end walls respectively to form the other unit and which end walls are swingable from a collapsed parallel relation with the spacing strip to an expanded right angular relation reference is now made to the following specification and the accompanying drawings in which there is illustrated the preferred form of the invention.

In the drawings: 1

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the body unit of a knock-down closet.

Fig. 2 is a perspective View of a unit embodying the end walls and a parting strip to which Referring to the drawings by characters of reference, the closet includes a rear wall iii, oppositely disposed side walls ii and i2 hingedly con nected to the rear wall, and closures I3 and I4 hingedly connected to the side Walls respectively, and which walls and closures are preferably fashioned from a length of corrugated cardboard, paperboard or other light inexpensive sheet ma-' terial to providean integrally and hingedly con: nected body section A which is adapted to be 001- lapsed into flatly folded compact arrangement for storage or shipment.

The body unit A is reenforced by relatively stiff material, such as fiat wooden strips l5 secured against the outer faces of the rear Wall 80 and side walls I! and i2 adjacent the opposite ends thereof. The closures l3 and I4 are of similar material secured against the outer face thereof adjacent their edges, the inner longitudinally extending strips ll of the marginal frames having their confronting inner corners longitudinally rabbeted as at E8 and the outer edges thereof longitudinally grooved as at 2i] for receiving the inner edges of the closure panels respectively.

The closet also includes a complementary unit, indicated generally by the reference character B, which unit is adapted to interfit with thebody unit A to complete the closet. The complementary unit B includes upper and lower end walls. 2! and 22, each of which consists of a rectangular panel preferably fashioned from corrugated cardboard, paperboard or other light inexpensive material, and which panel is provided with an inwardly directed marginal frame or rim 23 of wood or other stiff material. 7

The frames 23 have their inner faces grooved as at 24 in which are secured the edges of the panels and the inner edges and outer faces thereof are rabbeted to provide confronting marginal recesses 25 in which arefitted the opposite ends of the walls of the body unit A when the units are in set-up condition.

The end walls 2| and 22 are hinged respectively to the opposite ends of a spacing strip 2-8 centrally of the front sides 21 of the frames 23 by hinges 28 to permit of the swinging of the said walls inwardly from a set-up condition at right angles to the strip, as shown in full lines in Fig. 2, to a collapsed condition in parallel relation therewith, as shown in broken lines therein.

The spacing strip 26 has its opposite edges longitudinally rabbeted as at 29 and forms with the front side 27 of the frames 23 and the forward edges of the side walls II and I2, a pair of openings adapted to be closed by the closures l3 and M respectively, with the opposite ends of the closures abutting against the bottom faces of the recesses 25 of the front sides 27 of the frames 23 and with the rabbeted edges of the strips II interfitting with the rabbeted edges of the spacing strip 26 for effectively sealing the edges of the closures when in closed condition. The opposite ends of the spacing strips are notched to provide extensions 33 which fit into notches 3! in the forward faces of the sides 21 of the frames 23 when the end walls are swung to set-up condition. A bail 32 providing a hanger bar 33 for receiving garment hangers has its arms 34 pivoted at their upper ends on pins 35 to the opposite sides of the frame 23 of the upper wall 2| for swinging of the bail with the upper wall to a parallel relation therewith when in collapsed condition.

In setting up and assembling the closet from collapsed condition, the end Walls 2| and 22 are swung outwardly to dispose the same in right angular relation with the spacing strip 26. The body unit is then expanded and fitted between the end walls with the opposite ends of the rear and side walls of the body section secured in the recesses 25 of the frames 23 by latch and keeper elements 33 and 31 carried by the frames 23 and the reenforcing strips l5 to thereby fasten the sections in assembled set-up condition with the closures l3 and I4 located forwardly of the closet and in position to be swung to closed condition against the connecting strip 26 which serves as a parting strip therebetween. The said strip is provided with keeper elements 38-and 39 adapted to be engaged by latches all and 4! carried by the strips 4! of the closures respectively for releaseably latching the closures in closed condition. Handles 42 are respectively provided on the strips H of the closures for facilitating the opening and closing thereof.

What is claimed is:

1. In a storage closet, a rear wall, side walls hingedly connected to the rear wall, and a pair of closures hingedly connected to the side walls respectively, end walls having rabbeted inwardly directed marginal rims and a spacing strip hingedly connected at its opposite ends to the rims of the end walls respectively for movement of the end walls from a collapsed parallel relation with the spacing strip to an expanded right angular relation therewith for receiving the rear, side walls and closures with the opposite ends thereof disposed in surrounding relation with the rabbeted portion of the said rims, and said spacing strip subdividing the front of the closet to provide with the end walls and opposite side walls a pair of openings, and said spacing strips providing a parting strip between the closures when in closed condition.

2. In a storage closet, a rear Wall, side walls hingedly connected to the rear wall, and a pair of closures hingedly connected to the side walls respectively, end walls having inwardly directed marginal rims and a spacing strip hingedly connected at its opposite ends to the rims of the end walls respectively for movement of the end Walls from a collapsed parallel relation With the spacing strip to an expanded right angular relation therewith for receiving the rear, side walls and closures with the opposite ends thereof disposed in surrounding relation with the said rims, and said spacing strip subdividing the front of the closet to provide with the end walls and opposite side walls a pair of openings, and said spacing strip providing a parting strip between the closures when in closed condition.

3. In a storage closet, a rear wall, side walls swingably connected to the rear wall, and a closure swingably connected to one of the side walls, end walls having inwardly directed rims, and a spacing strip hingedly connected at its opposite ends to the rims of the end walls respectively for movement of the end walls from a collapsed parallel relation with the spacing strip to an expanded right angular relation therewith for receiving the rear wall, side walls and closure with the opposite ends thereof disposed in surrounding relation with the rims respectively and with the closure engaging one of the longitudinal edges of the spacing strip when in closed condition.

4. In a storage closet, upper and lower end walls having inwardly directed marginal rims, a bail having upwardly extending arms pivoted at their ends to the opposite sides of the rim of the upper wall, and a spacing strip hinged at its opposite ends to the rims of the end walls respectively for movement of the end walls from an expanded right angular relation with the spacing strip to a collapsed parallel relation therewith and for swinging of the bail into parallel relation with the upper wall when in collapsed condition.

5. In a storage closet, a rear wall, side walls swingably connected to the rear wall and a closure swingably connected to one of the side walls, end walls having inwardly directed rims, and a spacing strip hingedly connected at its opposite ends to the rims of the end walls respectively for inward swinging movement of said end walls in opposite directions and towards each other to dispose the same into a collapsed parallel rela tion with the spacing strip and for outward swinging movement into an expanded set up relation with the end walls disposed in right angular relation to the spacing strip for receiving the rear wall, side walls and closure with the opposite ends thereof engaging the rims respectively and with the closure engaging one of the longitudinal edges of the spacing strip when in closed condition, and means for retaining the rear and side walls in engagement with the rims of the end walls.

6. In a storage closet, a pair of complementary units adapted when assembled to pro-vide a box structure having front, rear, side and end walls, one of said units constituting the body and the other including the end walls having inwardly directed externally rabbeted rims and a spacing strip having hinged connection at its opposite ends to said end walls respectively for inward swinging movement of said end walls in opposite directions and towards each other to dispose the same into a collapsed parallel relation with the '7. In a storage closet, a pair of complementary units adapted when assembled to provide a box structure having a front, rear, side and end walls, one of said units constituting the body and the other including the end walls having inwardly directed marginal rims and a spacing strip having hinged connection at its opposite ends tosaid end walls respectively for inward swinging movement of said end walls in opposite directions and towards each other to dispose the same into a collapsed parallel relation with the spacing strip and for outward swinging movement into an expanded set up relation with the end walls disposed in right angular relation to the spacing strip for engagement of the walls of the body with the end walls, said body including an integral front closure member adapted to engage the spacing strip in its closed position, and means for retaining the body and end Walls in engagement with each other.

CHARLES ROSENTHAL.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification312/259, 312/351
International ClassificationA47B47/00, A47B47/05
Cooperative ClassificationA47B47/05
European ClassificationA47B47/05