US 2682955 A
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July 6, 1954 R. s. MOORE REVERSIBLE SHOE RACK Filed June 30, 1950 INVENTOR 2/0/1420 .5 M0025 HIS ATTORNEY Patented July 6, 1954 l ED STAT ES ENiT 2,682,955
REVERSIBLE SHOE RACK. Richard 'S'. Moore, Dallas, Tex;
Application June 30, 1950,. Serial: No. 171,365
1. Claim. I 1
This invention relates to a reversible shoe-rack, and has for one of its objects. the production of a simple. and efiicient shoe rack whichmay be easily and conveniently supported in the. corner of a closet andthelike,so as to support a shoe in an inclined position with the toe of the shoe pointing downwardly toward the Wall at the corner of the closet.
A further object of this invention is the production of a simple and efficient shoe rack, which is reversible so as to be adaptable to the right or left side of a closet or other support, or in the corner where two walls join at an angle, in a manner to hold the shoe supports or hangers at an angle which is inclined inwardly and downwardly toward the corner.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will appear throughout the following specification and claim.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of the rack;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of the rack in a corner abutting position;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary front elevational view of the rack, showing a shoe in dotted lines mounted upon one of the shoe hangers, and illustrating the manner of supporting the shoe; and
Figure 4 is a fragmentary side elevational view.
By referring to the drawing, it will be seen that In designates a central panel which carries a pair of rocker links II pivotally secured, as at I2, to the panel III at a central point intermediate the ends thereof. A pair of parallel longitudinal side rails I3 are connected to the ends of the rocker links II, as at I4. One rail I3 is normally supported by the links H in spaced parallel relation to one side edge of the panel I I] and the other rail I3 is normally supported by the links II in spaced parallel relation to the opposite side edge of the panel ID, as shown in Figure 1. The panel preferably is provided with apparatus I5 and I6 at the opposite upper and lower ends thereof for receiving suitable anchoring screws, such as the anchoring screw IT for anchoring the panel I0 in a selected position upon a supporting wall S adjacent a corner of a closet and the like, so as to hold one of the selected side racks 13 in abutting relation with the angular wall A.
The parallel rails I3 support a plurality of vertically aligned shoe hangers or brackets l8 which are hinged to the rails I3 by means of the journal portions I9 thereof fitting in the staples 20, which staples 20 are carried by the front faces of the rails I3, as shown. The journal portions.
I-9"- of each hanger I ll carry a' depending shank 21' and each shank 2| carries a right-angularly extending protruding arm 2.2 Each arm: 22 carries. at its outer end an angular shank 2-3 which is parall'el to the shank 2-I thereof; The shanks 23 in turn support a transverse connecting bridge portion 24 which constitutes a side abutment rail to engage the side of a shoe to hold the shoe against lateral displacement from the outer end of the hanger I8.
It should be noted that the present device is especially adapted to be placed in the corner of a closet, either in the right or left hand corner, so as to support the hangers I8 at a downwardly and inwardly inclined position with one of the rails in abutting relation with a wall or support. The angle of the hangers I 8 will be determined by the upward and lateral anchored position of the panel I 0 with respect to the abutment wall A. For instance the angle of the hangers I8 may be approximately as shown in dotted lines in Figure l, or approximately as shown in Figure 3.
The heel of the shoe may overhang the upper arm 22 of the hanger I8 and the toe of the shoe may overlie the opposite lower arm 22, with the toe of the shoe abutting the wall A, thereby supporting the shoe at an inclined position as shown in dotted lines in Figure 3. By anchoring the panel I0 in a set selected position with one rail l3 abutting the wall A, the transverse incline of the hangers I8 may be maintained to support the shoes. The amount of adjustment maybe varied in proportion to the spaced distances between the rails I3 and the panel l0.
It should be noted that the hangers I8 may be swung upwardly against the panel 10 and rails I3 when not in use to facilitate storage or shipment. When in use, however, the hangers I8 are swung downwardly and outwardly to the dotted line position shown in Figure 4, at rightangles to the panel I0 and rails I3. The shanks 2| will abut the rails l3 when the hangers I8 are swung outwardly and downwardly, thereby supporting the hangers I8 in a braced extended position. Most clothes closets have space inside between the door and the corner thereof, which in most cases is unused space. Since this rack is reversible, it is adaptable to the space at the right or left side of the door of the closet. It is adaptable to any corner or wall or to any closet having a corner. The toe of the shoe, as shown, should point to the corner and the shoe may be supported at a selected angle or at about 45, as shown in Figure 3. By having the heel of the shoe overhanging one of the side arms 22, the heel of the shoe may be used as a supporting means. The bridge portion 24 also constitutes a retaining rail for engaging the side of the shoe to prevent lateral displacement of the shoe and to prevent the shoe from being knocked off the hanger.
It should be understood that certain detail changes in the construction and arrangement of parts may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention so long as such changes fall within the scope of the appended claim.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
A shoe rack comprising a centralpanel, detachable means for anchoring the panel to a support near a corner adjacent a right angle abutment wall, a pair of substantially parallel side rails, one rail fitting upon each side of said panel in spaced relation thereto, substantially transversely extending links pivoted to said panel and pivotally engaging said rails at the opposite ends of the links, shoe hangers hingedly connected to said side rails, one of the side rails being adapted to abut an adjacent side edge of said panel to hold the rails and panel in fixed lateral relation and to retain the shoe hangers at a selected incline pointing downwardly toward the abutment wall in a manner whereby a shoe may be supported with the toe pointed downwardly and toward the abutment wall to facilitate the support of a shoe against accidental displacement, said rack being adjustable to be selectively supported upon a right and left wall in the corner of a closet to support a shoe in a position with its toe pointing downwardly, said hinged connection of the shoe hangers to the side rails facilitating the folding of the hangers against the rack when the shoe hangers are not in use.
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