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Publication numberUS2933194 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 19, 1960
Filing dateMar 11, 1957
Priority dateMar 11, 1957
Publication numberUS 2933194 A, US 2933194A, US-A-2933194, US2933194 A, US2933194A
InventorsRose Clarence F
Original AssigneeViola M Rose
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shelf structure
US 2933194 A
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April 19, 19Go c. F. ROSE 2,933,194

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SHELF STRUCTURE Clarence F. Rose, Muncie, Ind., assignor to Viola M. Rose, Muncie, Ind.

Application March 11, 1957, Serial No.` 645,204 1 Claim. (Cl. 211-137) This invention relates to shelf structures such, for example, as whatnot shelves.

' Conventional whatnot shelves usually comprise a pair of wall members secured together at an angle with respect to one another and having spaced shelves extending from one wall to the other. ith a given space between shelves, the number of shelves is naturally limited according to the overall length of the wall members. YIn accordance with this invention, the shelves are divided and staggered with respect to one another. This permits, at least, an increase of total shelf area of one-half shelf, with the same amount of spacing between shelves.

The principal object of this invention is to provide a novel shelf structure. t

Another object of this invention is to provide shelf structure having staggered shelves and means for supporting the free edges of each shelf.

In accordance withthis invention, there is provided -a shelf structure of the type commonly referred to as a whatnot shelf, wherein a pair of wall members are joined together at an angle with respect to one another, a plurality of staggered shelves are fixed to opposite Wall members, and the free edges of said shelves are supported by diagonal members extending between the free edges of adjacent shelves.

The full nature of the invention will be understood from the accompanying drawings and the following description and claims:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view illustrating the invention.

Fig. 2 is a cross section taken on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary elevation view. 1- Y This invention comprises a whatnot shelf having a pair of elongated wall members and 11, joined together at an angle with respect to one another by means of glueing strip 12. A plurality of staggered, forty degree sector shelves 14 may be xed to the wall members by stapling and glueing, for example. Alternate shelves are fastened to opposite wall members 10 and 11. This leaves each shelf with a free edge 15. For supporting the free edges 15, a plurality of diagonal members 16 are Mice glued and screwed, for example, between adjacent shelves. In this manner there is provided a continuous support of the free edges 15 of each of the shelves 14 which extends from the lower-most, ninety degree sector shelf 17 to the upper-most shelf 18. Each shelf support 16 and the shelf member 14 next above forms structure similar in function to that of anarch whereby all of the plurality of 40"` sector shelf members 14 are securely supported.

Each of the shelves is provided with a sort of guard member 19 which is convenient for preventing objects from being jarred from the shelves.

It should be noted from the foregoing description that there is a gain of shelf area equal to one of the shelves as shown in the drawing, provided, of course, that the space between shelves is held constant. If the shelves extended from wall 10 to wall 11 with the same spacing,

the area of shelf 1S, for example, would be lost.

AThe invention claimed is:

`A shelf structure comprising a pair of elongated, vertical, iiat, wall members each having a vertical straight edge, said wall members being joined at their straight edges in such a manner that one face of one wall member forms with one face of the other wall member a ninety degree angle, a vertical strip of material having a pair of outer faces arranged at a ninety degree angle and fixed to said faces of said wall members adjacent their straight edges to provide rigidity to the joint of said wall members, a lower shelf member formed in the shape of a ninety degree sector and fixed by its radial edges to said faces of said wall members adjacent their lower ends, a plurality of shelf members each formed in theshape of approximately a forty degree sector and Veach having one radial edge fixed to one of said faces, said plurality of shelf members supported from said wall members in spaced relation longitudinally of said wall members, alternate ones of said plurality of shelf members being fixed to opposite wall members, diagonal shelf supports fixedY References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 606,147 Hunter June 21, 1898 2,326,864 Keeshen Aug. 17, 1943 2,522,442 Garris Sept. 12, 1950 2,582,557

Palkman Ian. 15, 1952

Patent Citations
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US606147 *Apr 12, 1897Jun 21, 1898 Stair-rail
US2326864 *Jul 26, 1941Aug 17, 1943Minnetta KeeshenAdjustable shelf unit
US2522442 *Dec 22, 1947Sep 12, 1950Garris Marian ADemountable corner shelf
US2582557 *Jan 5, 1950Jan 15, 1952Palkman Waldemar BWhatnot shelf
Referenced by
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US4596096 *Feb 25, 1985Jun 24, 1986Heath Millard DScaffold assembly for simulating the appearance of a Christmas tree
U.S. Classification108/92
International ClassificationA47F5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/00
European ClassificationA47F5/00