US 2955794 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct. 11, 1960 v. L. ROBBINS CURTAIN ROD BRACKET SUPPORT Filed July 31, 1958 INVENTOR. VERNON L. ROBBINS BY "m FIG. 5
United States Patent 2,955,794 CURTAIN ROD BRACKET SUPPORT Vernon L. Robbins, 48 Wyman St, Brockton 50, Mass.
Filed July 31, 1958, Set. No. 752,320
1 Claim. 01. 248-263) This invention relates to a support for a curtain rod bracket such as is ordinarily nailed to the trim of an ordinary window frame. It is the object of the invention to provide a support which can be installed readily without the use of tools and can be taken down when it is desired to wash or refinish the woodwork of the window frame. Bracket supports embodying the invention as hereinafter described are adjustable to any thickness of window frame trim, can be used to support almost any kind of curtain rod brackets, are concealed when the curtains are in place, and can be used successfully on defective window frames. According to the invention, the curtain rod bracket can be separable from the support or can be made a part of the support.
For a more complete understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following description thereof and to the drawing of which- Figure l is a perspective view of the parts of a support embodying the invention, and a typical curtain rod bracket to be mounted thereon;
Figure 2 is a front elevation of two parts of the sup port shown in Figure 1 assembled on an upper corner of a window frame;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary sectional view of a window frame having a support and bracket mounted thereon;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of another curtain rod bracket adapted to be mounted on the support shown in Figure 1; and
Figure 5 is a perspective View of a two-part combined support and bracket, the parts being shown separately.
As shown in Figure 1, the support consists of two principal parts: and 12. A conventional curtain rod bracket 14 is adapted to be mounted on the part 12 as hereinafter described. The part 10 is a shallow channel having a horizontal floor with side flanges 16 and 18 turned in to project toward each other over the side margins of the floor. At one end of the channel a prong, or prongs, 20 project vertically downward to engage behind the rear face of a window trim 22 as indicated in Figure 3. The central portion of the floor of the member 10 is formed with a series of transverse corrugations 24. These corrugations are adapted to mesh with corresponding corrugations 26 on a horizontal portion 28 of the member 12. The member 12 is preferably made of a strip of metal of suflicient thickness for necessary strength and rigidity. Equivalent materials such as suitable synthetic resins may :also be employed in place of the metal. The height of the corrugations is made slightly less than the clearance between the flanges 16, 18 and the floor of the member 10 so that the portion 28 of the member 12 can be inserted in the shallow channel of the member 10, the width of the portion 28 being sufficient to engage under the flanges 16, 18. When the portion 28 is inserted in the channel of the member 10, the corrugations 26 interlock with the corrugations 24 to prevent accidental or inadvertent separation of the parts 10 and 12. If suflicient force is applied, the member 12 can be separated from the member 10, the flanges 16,
18 yielding sufliciently to allow corrugations 26 to ride over the corrugations 24.
The member 12, in addition to the horizontal portion 28, has a downwardly projecting portion 30. Near the lower end of this portion is a prong 32 which projects horizontally in the same direction as. the portion 28 so that when the portion 28 is forced into engagement with the member 10, the prong 32 can be pressed or driven into the window trim member 22.
Detachably secured to the downwardly extending portion 30 of the member 12 is the curtain rod bracket 14 which is a common article of commerce and, as indicated in Figure 1, is in the form of a plate 34 with hooks for curtain rods and nail holes 35 through which the bracket is ordinarily nailed to a window frame. According to the invention bolts 36 are thrust through the holes 35 and through a vertical slot 37 in the member 12. These bolts 36 with nuts 39 thereon secure the bracket to the member 12. Part of the vertical portion 30 of the member 12 may be conveniently offset forward so as to pro -vide clearance for the rear ends of the bolts 36 and the nuts thereon.
When the bracket support is first installed, the part 10 can be placed on the top edge of the Window frame member 22 with the prong 20 projecting down against the rear face thereof. The portion 28 of the member 12 is then pushed into the channel of the member 10 until the downwardly extending portion 30 of the member 12 engages the front face of the trim 22 as indicated in Figure 3. The bracket 14 is preferably mounted on the support member 12 before the latter is moved into engagement with member 10. The prong 32 is pushed, pressed or driven into the window trim 22 as indicated in Figure 3. The support can readily be removed from the window frame by springing the downwardly depending portion 30 away from the trim sufliciently to clear prong 32 therefrom, then lifting the support bracket as a unit to clear the rear prong 20 from behind the window trim. If preferred, the member 12 can be moved forward to separate it from the member 10, the horizontal portion 28 being pulled out from the channel of the member 10. The latter can then be lifted clear of the window frame.
To the support other curtain rod brackets can be attached in place of the bracket 14. For example, a conventional bracket 40 is shown in Figure 4. This bracket has a plate 42 with nail holes 44 and arms 46, 48 adapted .to receive and hold the ends of another type of curtain rod. This bracket may be mounted on the support by passing the bolts 36 through the holes 44 as hereinbefore described.
The combination support and bracket shown in Fig ure 1 may be made in two parts as shown in Figure 5, instead of three. The member 10- in this form may be identical with the corresponding member shown in Figure 1. The second member 12 has a horizontal portion 28 which is transversely corrugated at 26 to interlock with the corrugations 24 on the member 10. The member 12' has a vertical portion 30' which :has no offset but is provided with a prong 32 projecting from the rear face thereof near the lower end thereof and with a pair of hooks or equivalent rod-receiving elements projecting from the side edges thereof. As illustrated in Figure 5,
these elements are hooks 38, but other standard elements such as the arms 46, 48 shown in Figure 4 can be provided instead in accordance with the type of curtain rod to be supported.
A support for a curtain rod bracket, comprising a horizontal shallow channel member of rigid material having upstanding side walls with inturned flanges, a series of transverse corrugations in the bottom thereof and a 7 prong projecting down from an end thereof, and a strip member of rigid maten'aI having -a horizontal portion of about the same length as said channel member removably engaging in saidchannel with itsside margins under thetal prong projecting fromdts rear face near the: lower' end thereof; the liorizontalrportioniof said strip: member having, transverse corrugations: meshing: with the corrugations' of the channel member.
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