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Sept. 23, 1969 1', LOEWY COMBINATION SHOE RACK AND CURTAIN HANGER Filed Sept. 12. 1967 ATTORNEY Fiq.3
United States Patent Int. Cl. A47f 7/08 US. Cl. 211-35 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A shoe rack for supporting shoes on a pair of spaced parallel rods. Each rod is supported at its end in a slot in a pair of opposed brackets. The opposed slots have different inclinations so that the rods have a twist lengthwise of the rod.
This invention relates to improvements in shoe racks and has for its primary object the provision of a device for conveniently supporting a plurality of shoes upon a structure such as the door of a closet, in a neat and orderly manner.
Another object of the invention resides in a shoe rack which is adjustable to permit the length of the same to be varied according to the width of the door or other structure to which the same is adapted to be applied.
A further object of the invention is to provide a shoe rack of the type mentioned which is simple in construction, cheap to manufacture and easy to apply or remove from a supporting structure.
The invention has in combination a pair of end brackets that are slotted to receive the end positions of adjustable telescopic rods such as are applied in hanging curtains or the like and with an upper slot of the bracket being angled to constitute a slight twisting action of the telescopic rods so as to increase the supporting capacity of the rods when engaged with a plurality of shoes and a further object of the device resides in supporting rods that are connected to end bracket and that constitutes supporting means for curtains or the like.
Novel features of construction and operation of the device will be more clearly apparent during the course of the following description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings wherein has been illustrated a preferred form of the device and wherein like characters of reference are employed to denote like parts throughout the several figures.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a shoe rack constructed in accordance with the invention,
FIGURE 2 is a section taken substantially on line 2-2 of FIGURE 1, and
FIGURE 3 is an exploded view showing the several parts of the invention.
Referring specifically to the drawings, the numerals 5 and 6 designate spaced apart brackets that are fixed to a door 7 or other wall area by nails or screws 8 passing through apertures 9 of flange plates 10 of the brackets 5 and 6. The brackets 5 and 6 have a forward inclined edge 11 that extends from a top straight edge 12 and terminate at a lower straight edge 13.
The bracket 5 is provided with an upper slot 14 that is vertically disposed from the straight edge 12 and a lower slot 15 that leads from the straight edge 11. The bracket 6 is provided with an upper slot 16 that is angularly disposed with respect to the edge 12 and a lower slot 17 that leads from the straight edge 11. Adapted to have fitment into the slots 14, 15, 16 and 17 are telescoped rods 18 and 19 similar to conventional curtain rods and embodying an outer section 20 and an inner sec- 3,468,426 Patented Sept. 23, 1969 "ice tion 21. In the slot 16, the inner section 21 is slightly twisted to conform to the angularity of the slot 16 and naturally creates a slight twist in the upper rod 18 with the inner rod 21 having its end 22 bent at a right angle while the opposite end of the rod 18 is flattened to provide a right angle end position 23. The rods 18 and 19 are substantially identical in construction and the rod 18 has a slight tendency to bow when it is loaded with shoes but, the angularity of the slot 16 presents a twist in this rod that greatly increases the load capacity, and requires only that the shoe is supported thereon with its sole portion resting upon the rod 19.
While the rods 18 and 19 contemplate the support of a plurality of pairs of shoes in accordance with the spacing of the brackets 5 and 6 and with the rods 18 and 19 being telescopic, the rods may be extended in accordance with the spacing of the bracket plates. The device also contemplates a supporting means for pressed curtains that may be hung upon the rods 18 and 19 in a manner to prevent folding or creasing of the curtains or to hang the curtains thereon for future use. The bent ends 22 overlie the outer face of the brackets 5 and 6 preventing the disengagement of the rod sections 21 from their respective slots.
It will be apparent from the foregoing that a very novel form of shoe rack or curtain rod has been provided. The structure is simple, is strong, durable, cheap to manufacture and adapts itself to any conventional flat surface such as the inside of a door or wall of a closet and supports the shoes thereon in a manner that prevents mildewing of the shoes or the curtains that may be hung thereon.
It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the precise construction shown, but that changes are contemplated as readily fall within the spirit of the invention.
1. A shoe rack that comprises a pair 'of spaced apart fiat brackets with the brackets having a straight upper edge, a straight lower edge and an inclined edge upon its front, each of the brackets adapted to be supported upon a flat surface such as an inner side of a closet door, each of the brackets having a flange at its rear end that is apertured to receive fastening screws, the brackets being slotted from the upper straight edge and from the diagonal edge, the upper slot of one bracket being inclined rearwardly, supporting rods extending between the brackets and with the rods being telescopic to have a fitment into the slots, the fitment of the upper rod into the slot that is inclined rearwardly causing the rod to twist slightly and to increase the weight bearing quality of the rod.
2. The structure according to claim 1 wherein the rods are formed of an outer channel member and a slidable inner member that projects from the end of the channel member, the projecting end of the sliding member having fitment into the slot for imparting a slight twist to the upper rod, the bracket members being adjustable toward and from each other upon the fiat surface and the rods being adjustable by their telescopic connection, one bracket having its slots vertical and one bracket having a vertical slot and an inclined slot.
3. The structure according to claim 1 wherein the brackets are flat plates having a diagonal front edge and parallel upper and bottom edges, one bracket being slotted inwardly from its upper edge and slotted inwardly from its diagonal edge, the slots of one plate being perpendicular and one bracket being slotted inwardly from its diagonal edge, and slotted from its upper edge inwardly to lie at an angle for receiving a telescopic member of the rods to lie upon the outer flat side of the brackets, the rods also adapted to receive a curtain that is draped thereover, upper and lower rods having a greater supporting quality by the twisting of the rod to engage the diagonal slots, the inner sliding member of each rod adapted to fit into the slots and bent at a right angle to lie upon the face of the brackets, each opposite end of the rods being formed flat from the channel member to have fitment into the slots and with the upper and lower rods having substantially identical supporting qualities due to the twisting.
4. A supporting structure comprising a pair of fiat brackets each having a supporting edge, each of the brackets having a flange at its rear end adapted to receive fasteners to secure the brackets to a vertical surface with said supporting edges projecting up and out from the surface, each of said brackets having a slot extending inwardly from said supporting edge thereof with the slot in one bracket being angularly oriented at a different angle than the slot in the other bracket, and a 4 v twistable supporting r'od engageable at opposite end thereof with said slots so that upon insertion of said rod in said slots said rod is twisted and held in twisted condition by the two said slots to increase the weight-bearing quality of said rod.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 914,313 3/1909 Ryan 211-35 1,595,940 8/1926 Inman 21135 1,720,308 7/ 1929 Vogt 248--263 X 1,991,947 2/1935 Kochheiser 21135 2,438,324 3/1948 Pfetter 211-123 X CHANCELLOR E. HARRIS, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R.