US 2475106 A
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July 5, 1949. c. MOHR mL 2,475,106
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IBGNING BOARD AND CABINET Filed April 15. 19M 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented July 5, 1949 UNITED STATES citate-sierra PATENT OFFICE IRONING BOARD AND CABINET Carl Mohr and Adrina Jane Mohr, Los Angeles, Calif.
This invention relates to improvements in ironing board constructions.
An object of the invention is to provide an improved ironing board consisting of a generally U-shaped frame over which there is applied a plate, side portions of which are engageable with the sides of the frame and serve to clamp portions of a cover applied over the plate between the side portions of the frame, thus facilitating the application and removal and replacement of the cover.
Another object of the invention is to provide an ironing board construction having a frame with a plate-like supporting structure thereon and which has a bar on which the frame may be pivotally mounted, the frame having keyhole slots in the ends thereof and the bar having narrowed portions capable of passing through the narrow necks of the keyhole slots and the narrowed portions being so arranged on the bar that it is necessary to spring the frame from its normal or natural position to permit of its application to the bar. In this manner, after the frame has been applied to the bar the frame may be released to return to its normal position wherein it may pivot on the bar and danger of its being accidentally removed from the bar is eliminated. The frame may be intentionally removed from the bar whenever required by springing the frame to its unnatural position wherein the narrowed portions of the keyhole slots may be drawn across the narrowed portions of the pivot bar.
Still another object of the invention is to provide an improved ironing board construction consisting of a cabinet within which the ironing board is pivotally mounted so as to assume a collapsed position therein, or an extended position extending therefrom and to provide an elevated support for an electric iron in the cabinet so that on completion of the ironing the iron may be placed on the elevated support, the ironing board collapsed, and the cabinet closed without waiting for the iron to cool and without incurring a re hazard.
Another object of the invention is to provide an ironing board construction consisting of a cabinet within which an ironing board is removably disposed, and to provide a door for the cabinet and an electric switch in the circuit with the iron, the switch being so arranged that it will be automatically thrown to open-circuit position whenever the door is closed.
Another object of the invention is to provide an ironing board construction consisting of a cabinet within which an ironing board may be pivotally mounted, the cabinet being provided with a. hinged door on which is a holder or bracket for the cord that conducts electric current to the iron, the iron being receivable on an elevated support and the door being equipped with an arm engageable with the ironing board to properly hold the door in open position wherein it can conveniently suspend the cord in relation to the extended ironing board with the arm receivable beneath the elevated arm support when the entire construction is closed and collapsed.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will be manifest in the following detailed description and specifically pointed out in the appended claims, reference is had to the accompanying drawings for an illustrative embodiment of the invention, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a cabinet embodying the presnt invention and illustrating the ironing board as applied therein the ironing board being shown in extended position in full lines, and in collapsed position in dotted lines;
Fig. 2 is a horizontal section taken substantially upon the line 2 2 upon Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a vertical section taken substantially upon the line 3-3 upon Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is a partial vertical section taken substantially upon the line 4-4 upon Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 is a vertical section taken substantially upon the line 5 5 upon Fig. 1;
Fig. 6 is a partial section similar to Fig. 5, but illustrating a slightly modied form' of construction;
Fig. '7 is a horizontal section illustrating a slightly modied type of construction;
Fig. 8 is a view in side elevation illustrating a further modication; and
Fig. 9 is a partial section illustrating still another modification.
Referring to the accompanying drawings wherein similar reference characters designate similar parts throughout, the imp"'oved ironing board construction, as illustrated in Figs. 1 to 5, inclusive, comprises a suitable cabinet generally indicated at I0 which may be recessed in a wall or otherwise suitably mounted. This cabinet is provided with a hinged door I I. Near the bottom and adjacent the rear of the cabinet there is a pivot bar I2 extending from side to side thereof and on which the frame of the ironing board is adapted to pivot. The frame of the ironing board is preferably formed of tubing I3 bent so as to be of general U-shaped form with the sides of the frame slightly diverging rearwardly. The rear ends of the sides of the frame are equipped with keyhole slots I4 the large ends of which have diameters substantially equal to the diameter of the pivot bar I2. The narrow ends or necks indicated at Ida have widths substantially equal to narrowed portions I5 on the pivot bar I2. As indicated by dotted lines on Fig. 2, the sides of the frame can be sprung together or towards each other due to the inherent flexibility or resiliency of the tubing I 3. The narrow portions I5 are disposed closer together than the normal distance between the sides of the frame so that in order to attach and detach the frame to and from the pivot bar it is necessary to spring the sides of the frame towards each other to enable the ecks Ida to be slipped over the narrowed portions I5 on the pivot bar. Thereafter the sides of the frame may be released to return to their normal positions wherein they bear against shoulders or washers I6 on the pivot bar against the sides of the cabinet. In this manner, the frame of the ironing board may freely pivot on the pivot bar l2. The frame can not be accidentally removed therefrom and in order to remove the ironing board it is necessary to spring the sides together into -the dotted line position indicated on Fig. 2.
Over the outer portion of the frame there is provided a plate I1, the sides of which. indicated at I8, are bent downwardly so as to curl about or partially embrace the sides oi' the frame. Over this plate there is positioned a fabric cover I3 and the sides of this cover may be clamped between portions l8 and the sides of the frame. If desired, a pad 2li may be interposed between the cover and the plate. Inasmuch as the sides of the frame diverge rearwardly the plate I 'I preferably has its side portions Il shaped in conformity therewith so that when the cover is applied over the plate the plate can then be forced rearwardly on the frame to cause the side edges of the cover to be firmly clamped between the plate and the frame to thus hold the cover in smooth, taut condition.
In Fig. 6, a. slightly modified form of construction is provided wherein the cover 2| completely encircles the plate. In this form of construction the plate may be applied to the frame in the same manner as above described to clamp portions of the cover between the sides of the plate and the sides of the frame. However, as the cover completely encircles the plate, in the event that the top portion of the cover becomes scorched or soiled it is merely necessary to loosen the plate and shift the cover about the plate and again tighten the plate on the frame in order to have the cover present a new or clean unsolled top surface. The plate I'I and its cover terminate some distance forwardly of the pivot bar I2.
Within the cabinet I0 there is disposed a notched bracket 22 having notches 23 serving to receive the sides of the frame and thus provide stops limiting downward swinging movement of the ironing board to a substantially horizontal position. This bracket also serves to support an elevated iron support 24 for an electric iron 25. The iron support is preferably formed of metal and is adequately spaced from the bottom of the cabinet so that even should it be heated by the iron no lire hazard will be presented by heat radiating therefrom to adjacent walls of the cabinet.
The cord 26 which preferably includes a coiled portion 2'I is suspended from a bracket 23 mounted adjacent the upper outer corner of the door II. Consequently, this cord is conveniently suspended with relation to the ironing surface on the ironing board. If desired, a similar bracket .4 29 may be mounted on the underside of the cabinet at the top thereof to assist in holding the cord in proper position. The cord leads to a switch 30 which, in turn, is connected to any suitable source of electric current. This switch is so arranged that its operating handle 3l protrudes for engagement by the door ll when the switch is in circuit-closing position. Consequently, when the door II is closed it will engage the switch and open the electric circuit to the iron 25. In this manner it is impossible to deposit the iron in the cabinet and close the cabinet with the iron left turned on.
An arm 32 is secured to the door ll adjacent the bottom thereon and this arm is engageable with one side of the frame I3 when the ironing board is in extended position. This arm serves to maintain the door Il in open position to hold it stationary so that it will not be allowed to swing under the influence of cord 26 during ironing. This arm is receivable through opening 33 in bracket 22 beneath the elevated iron support 24 when door Il is closed.
While the cabinet and associated structure as illustrated in Fig. 1, embodies a preferred form of the invention, the ironing board is not restricted thereto. As illustrated in Fig. 7, a recess 34 may be formed in a wall and a pivot bar 35, similar in construction to pivot bar I2, can be mounted therein. The frame of the ironing board may be attached to or detached from this pivot bar in the same manner as above described. The ironing board may be collapsed by merely swinging it into an upwardly extending position within this recess. Again, as illustrated in Fig. 9, small recesses 36 may be formed in the wall which receive ferrules or sockets 31. In this form of construction the rear ends of the frame may be merely thrust into these ferrules or sockets and the ironing boards supported thereby during use. When not in use the frame may be simplywithdrawn from within the sockets and suitably stored.
In the former construction illustrated in Fig. 8, a special standard is provided consisting of a bottom 38 U-shaped in plan and having upright portions 39 extending upwardly from the sides thereof. These upright portions are in turn bent horizontally, as indicated at 40, and the portions 40 are adapted to be telescoped into the sides of the frame.
From the above-described construction it will be appreciated that an improved ironing board construction is provided which is of extremely simple, sturdy, economical construction. Application and removal of the plates I'I from the frame is easily accomplished and the positioning of the cover thereon is easily done. When the cover is applied and the plate is reinstalled on the frame it serves to automatically clampingly maintain the cover in the taut, smooth condition. When the invention is applied in a cabinet the arrangement is relatively compact and provision is made for supporting a hot iron within the cabinet without incurring a nre hazard. Closing of the cabinet automatically insuresl that the current supplied to the iron is turned off.
Various changes may be made in the details of construction without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as dened by the appended claims.
1. An ironing board having spaced arms converging toward one end, a plate having side portions shaped to partially encircle the arms and adapted to be slid onto the arms from the converging ends thereof, and a cover over the plate having portions clamped between said side portions and said arms.
2. An ironing board having spaced arms converging toward one end, a plate having side portions shaped to partially encircle the arms and adapted to be slid onto the arms from the converging ends thereof, and a cover disposed around said plate having portions adapted to be clamped between said portions and said arms.
3. An ironing board having spaced arms converging toward one end, a plate having side portions shaped to partially encircle the outer sides of the arms and adapted to be slid onto the arms from the converging ends thereof, and a cover over the plate having portions extending around said side portions and adapted to occupy positions between the side portions and the arms so as to be effectively clamped therebetween on sliding the plate and cover onto the arms.
CARL MOHR. ADRINA JANE MOHR.
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