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Publication numberUS3095249 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 25, 1963
Filing dateSep 14, 1960
Priority dateSep 14, 1960
Publication numberUS 3095249 A, US 3095249A, US-A-3095249, US3095249 A, US3095249A
InventorsAlbrecht Joseph A
Original AssigneeAlbrecht Joseph A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Recessed wall cabinet
US 3095249 A
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United States Patent 3,095,249 RECESSED WALL CABWET Joseph A. Albrecht, 117 N. Cayuga Road, Wiiliamsville, N.Y. Filed Sept. 14, 1960, Ser. No. 56,064 1 Claim. 01. 312-242 My invention relates to a cabinet to be recessed in the wall of a toilet, bathroom, kitchen or in the wall of whatever room it is desired to have a convenient, goodlooking receptacle to keep out of sight a long-handled toilet bowl cleaning brush and a container of cleaning material, deodorizer, disinfectant or similar material. It is similar in appearance to, but smaller than the usual medicine cabinet.

It is not unusual for the toilet cleaning brush to be hung outside the toilet or bathroom window, or placed in a vaselike container on the floor, or placed in the curve of the lavatory dr-ain. Hanging it outside avoids the odor and takes care of the drip, but it is not an addition to the beauty of the house and requires opening and closing the window, which is not pleasant in winter or inclement weather. If kept in a container on the floor, it is not without an unpleasant odor and it deteriorates because of moisture and no ventilation. Also, the vaselike containers are easily upset. Odor and drip are unpleasant if the brush is placed in the curve of the lavatory drain.

The toilet brush is usually used with a container of cleaning material, deodorizer, disinfectant or similar material which is generally kept separate from the brush, either in the usual medicine cabinet, on a shelf where it is not adding to the beauty of the bathroom, or in the kitchen where it is inconvenient to get when it is wanted with the brush to clean the toilet bowl.

My invention is like a small medicine cabinet in that it may be similarly recessed in the toilet or bathroom wall. However, my cabinet is so constructed that it has neither top nor fixed bottom. This makes possible a shorter cabinet because tall cans of cleaning material and the long handles of toilet brushes protrude above the cabinet into the space in the wall in which the cabinet is recessed. A separate removable bottom is provided for the end that is not used as the top. By this arrangement, the cabinet may be attached either way to either side of the 2 x 4 or stud in the wall allowing greater choice of positions to put it and allowing the door to open to the right or left.

The part of my invention that is recessed through an opening in the wall may be a square or round enclosure without top or bottom, attached to a frame that surrounds the opening in the wall. A door is attached to the frame to close from view the toilet brush and can of cleaning material in the recessed enclosure. In the enclosure is a shelf to hold the said can and on one side of it is a V- shaped slot in which is pressed the brush handle. Also, as part of my invention, there is a separate plate which is inserted in the enclosure to form a bottom, whichever end of the enclosure is used as the top.

When the cabinet is in place and the removable bottom inserted, the said can will be put on the shelf which is midway of the enclosure and, should it be a tall can, it will protrude inside the wall above the top of the enclosure. The handle of the brush will be likewise inserted at an angle upward inside the wall until the brush part is above the removable bottom and then pushed into 3,095,249 Patented June 25, 1963 ice the V-shaped slot in the shelf enough to hold the brush above the bottom to prevent matting of the bristles. This removable bottom has holes in it to provide ventilation and drip from the brush inside the wall. The said shelf being midway of the height of the cabinet will hold the said can and brush handle whichever end of the cabinet is used as the top.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the instant invention illustrated with the door opening to the left.

FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken generally along the line 22 of FIGURE 1, but showing the door in closed position.

FIG. 3 is a top view of the removable bottom.

:1 is the door attached to frame 6 which is larger than the opening in the wall needed for the recessed portion 2 and are all that is inside the room. 2' is the recessed part of the cabinet here represented as a three-sided square enclosure in the vertical center of which is horizontal shelf 12 in which is 13, a V-shaped slot. The shelf being midway of the height will hold the can of cleaning powder whichever end of the cabinet is used as the top and so also will the V-shaped slot hold the handle of the toilet brush. 1 4 is the removable bottom, 15 are holes in the enclosure 2 which hold the rear lugs 16 of the removable bottom. 17 are holes in the removable bottom which provide ventilation and drainage of drip inside the wall for the brush.

With the cabinet door painted to match the bathroom wall, my invention is an addition to the looks of the room, avoids odor, drip on the floor, deterioration of the brush, and perhaps best of all, saves time in cleaning because brush and cleaning material are right at hand.

Having described the invention what is claimed as new is:

An invertable cabinet, including a box-like body of only vertical sides, a frame and a removable bottom, the vertical sides form an enclosure designed to be recessed in a wall, in the center of the enclosure is a horizontal shelf in which shelf is a V-shaped slot with the mouth or wide part of the V facing the frame, and in the ends of the enclosure are holes to receive the lugs that are on the removable bottom for whichever end of the enclosure is used as the bottom of the cabinet, the enclosure is attached to the frame which is larger dimensionally than the wall opening for the enclosure and is designed to be on the face of the wall, the frame having a door which when closed hides from view the interior of the enclosure and its contents and when open allows the placing in or removing the contents and the removable bottom, the removable bottom has a shape corresponding to the cross section of the interior of the enclosure, holes in it for drainage and ventilation and lugs protruding from it to engage the holes in the ends of the enclosure to hold it in position as the bottom of the cabinet.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,066,805 Fisher July 8, 1913 1,919,081 Weisswasser July 18, 1933 2,539,838 Hurley Jan. 30, 1951 2,642,331 Sprinkle June 16, 1953 2,697,646 Craig Dec. 21, 1954 FOREIGN PATENTS 510,900 Great Britain Aug. 10, 1939

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U.S. Classification312/242
International ClassificationA47K5/02, A47K5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47K5/02
European ClassificationA47K5/02