US 3565501 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
y Feb. 23, 1971 l. c. BOWEN Erm.
VANITY CABINET 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Nov, 15,1 1968 IIC/4 BY ATTRVN HYS Feb. 23, 1971 a. c. BOWEN Erm.
VANITY CABINET z-sheets-Shet a Flbd NOV. 15, 1968 ,/lNvNTons BARNEY. C. BOWEN 8| SAMUEL T. BOWEN ATTORNEYS United States Patent O 3,565,501 VANITY CABINET Barney C. Bowen, 714 Windsor Lane, Martinsville, Va.
24112, and Samuel T. Bowen, 705 Lynn St., Collinsville, Va. 24073 Filed Nov. 15, 1968, Ser. No. 776,126 Int. Cl. A47b 55/00, 67/ 02 U.S. Cl. S12-228 10 Claims ABSTRACT F THE DISCLOSURE A vanity cabinet is of hollow construction and includes doors and shelves therewithin. The cabinet includes a top having a recess formed therein for receiving a sink. Adjustable support means includes a plurality of tubular means and associated base means. A pin is adapted to extend through a plate fixed to the cabinet and into holes in each of the tubular means for providing an adjustment of the position of the cabinet relative to the tubular means. A threaded screw means is interconnected with each base means and is threaded within the associated tubular means to provide an adjustment of the tubular means relative to the base means.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to a vanity cabinet which is adapted to be associated with a bathroom sink. The
purpose of such a vanity cabinet is to improve the over-all appearance of an existing sink and to provide a cabinet arrangement which can be readily associated with the sink to provide a more modernistic bathroom arrangement.
Many bathroom sinks now in existence do not have any sort of vanity associated therewith, and in addition the exposed plumbing is unattractive. It is accordingly desirable to provide a vanity cabinet which can be associated with a bathroom sink so as to hide the plumbing and to present a neat appearance while providing cabinet space. Additionally, such a vanity cabinet is adapted to provide a counter surface surrounding the sink upon which suitable articles may be placed. Such a vanity cabinet enables a relatively old-fashioned bathroom sink to be updated, and at the same time the over-all aesthetic effect is substantially enhanced.
It is desirable to provide such a vanity cabinet of a universal construction so that it may be effectively employed with sinks of different size and height. It is accordingly necessary to provide a vanity cabinet which can be readily adjusted in vertical height both in major increments of adjustment as well as in minor increments of adjustment.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The vanity cabinet of the present invention provides a hollow construction having shelves therewithin and doors thereon so that access may be gained to the storage space within the cabinet.
The top of the cabinet is provided with a recess for receiving a sink so that the cabinet can be placed closely adjacent to a sink and conform to the shape thereof to provide a pleasant finished appearance. The top of the cabinet when in assembled position provides a counter surrounding the sink.
The cabinet of the present invention includes adjustable support means including tubular means and associated base means. A first adjustment means is provided for adjusting the position of the cabinet relative to the tubular means in relatively large increments of adjustment so that the cabinet may be-adjusted within wide limits in a vertical direction.
In addition, a second adjustment means is provided for adjusting the position of the tubular means with respect to the associated base means in relatively small increments of adjustment. This enables the final position of the cabinet to be exactly adjusted so that the cabinet can be brought into close proximity to the associated sink.
With the dual adjustment means of the present invention, the vanity cabinet is useful in many different applications and accordingly provides maximum versatility.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. l is a top perspective view of a vanity cabinet according to the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a side view of the cabinet shown in FIG. 1 in operative relationship to an associated sink;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale taken substantially along line 3 3 of FIG. 2 looking in the direction of the arrows; and
FIG. 4 is an enlarged sectional view taken substantially along line #-4 of FIG. 2` looking in the direction of the arrows.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now to the drawings wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, the vanity cabinet includes a generally horizontal fiat top 10 which may be formed of a suitable material such as Formica or the like commonly employed for counter tops associated with sinks. This top has a recess or cutout 12` formed in the rear edge thereof for receiving and generally conforming to the shape of an associated sink. It is apparent that the size and shape of this cutout may be varied in accordance with the sink with which the apparatus is employed.
Top 10 is supported by a pair of top side rails 14 at opposite sides thereof and a top front rail 16 extending across the forward part of the cabinet. These top rails are interconnected with four spaced vertical corner posts 20, 22, 24 and 26. The lower ends of these corner posts are in turn interconnected With a bottom back rail 30, a bottom side rail 32, a bottom front rail 34, and a further bottom side rail 36. A vertical front center rail 28 extends between the top front rail 16 and the bottom front rail 34 and is interconnected therewith. The various rail members and corner posts are suitably interconnected with one another by means of dowels indicated by reference characters D, these dowels being positioned in aligned holes in adjacent members in a well known manner for interconnecting the various portions of the cabinet. If desired, a suitable glue or adhesive means may be associated with these dowels to retain the cabinet in the assembled position illustrated.
A center shelf 40 is supported by cleats 42 provided at opposite sides of the cabinet, each of these cleats being interconnected with the corner posts at the associated side of the cabinet. A bottom shelf 44 is supported on the described bottom rails, and the configuration of this bottom shelf as seen in FIG. 4 is such that it is shaped to fit around the various corner posts as illustrated.
A first end panel 50 has the opposite edges thereof suitably secured in vertically extending grooves provided in corner posts 20 and 22. This end panel may be formed of laminated plywood or similar material. A similar end panel 52 is secured in vertically extending grooves provided in corner posts 24 and 26 at the opposite side of the cabinet.
A pair of doors 54 and 56 are mounted on conventional hinges and are provided with door pulls 58 and 60 respectively for gaining access to the interior of the cabinet. It is apparent that each of these doors extends between one of the corner posts 22 or 24 and the aforementioned center rail 28. Any suitable conventional means may be provided for latching the doors in the closed position. An adjustable support means is operatively associated with each of the corner posts, and accordingly, similar reference numerals have been applied to each of these adjustable support means. Each of the adjustable support means includes a tubular member 70 which as seen most clearly in FIG. 3 is provided with a plurality of pairs of aligned holes formed in diametrically opposite portions thereof. Three sets of holes 72, 74 and 76 are illustrated. The tubular member is slidably received within a hole 78 formed in the associated corner post, and the lower part of the tubular member is provided with internal threads 80.
An angle plate 84 is rigidly affixed to each of the corner posts by a plurality of wood screws 86. These plates are each provided with a hole 90 therein for receiving a headed pin 92 the shank of which is adapted to extend through a hole 94 provided in the associated corner post and in alignment with the hole 90. It is apparent that in the position shown in FIG. 3, the pin 92 extends through holes 90, 94 and 74 all of which are aligned with one another so as to hold the cabinet in a particular relationship with respect to tubular member 70.
If it is desired to provide a major adjustment in the vertical height of the cabinet with respect to the tubular member, each of the headed pins 92 is withdrawn from the holes 74 formed in the various tubular members, and the cabinet may be either raised whereupon the pin can be inserted through the holes 72, or the cabinet can be lowered whereupon the pin can be inserted through the holes 76. In any event, the cooperation between the headed pins 92 and certain pairs of holes formed in the tubular members enables the position of the cabinet relative to the tubular means to be adjusted.
A threaded screw means 100 has the upper part thereof threaded within the lower threaded end of each tubular member 70. This screw means has a hex head 102 formed integral therewith for adjusting the screw means when necessary. A reduced diameter portion 104 is provided immediately beneath the hex head 102, and the screw means terminates in an enlarged lower end 100. The arrangement is such that the screw means is retained in place on a ferrule base means 110 so that the screw means can rotate with respect to the base means but is not movable vertically with respect thereto.
It is apparent that in the assembled relationship illustrated in FIG. 3, if it is desired to provide relatively small increments of adjustment in the vertical height of the cabinet, the hex head 102 of the screw means may be engaged by a suitable wrench and turned so as to adjust the vertical position of the tubular member 70 with respect to the base means. This enables ne adjustment of the final position of the vanity cabinet with respect to an associated sink.
As seen in FIG. 2, the vanity cabinet is illustrated as mounted in operative position relative to a conventional bathroom sink S. A gasket G is preferably inserted between the sink and the recess or cutout in the top of the cabinet so as to provide a waterproof seal at this point.
As this invention may be embodied in several forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof, the present embodiment is therefore i1- lustrative and not restrictive and since the scope of the invention is defined by the appended claims, all changes that fall within the metes and bounds of the claims or that form their functional as well as conjointly cooperative equivalents are therefore intended to be embraced by those claims.
1. A vanity cabinet including a top having a recess formed therein for receiving a sink, said cabinet including adjustable support means for adjusting the vertical position of the cabinet, said adjustable support means comprising a tubular means adjustably connected to said cabinet and a base means adjustably connected to said tubular means, iirst adjustment means for adjusting the position of said cabinet relative to said tubular means, and second adjustment means for adjusting the position of said tubular means relative to said base means.
2. Apparatus as defined in claim 1 wherein said rst adjustment means comprises a plurality of holes formed in said tubural means, and pin means operatively associated with said cabinet for reception in said holes for adjusting the position of the cabinet relative to said tubular means.
3. Apparatus as defined in claim 2 including plate means fixedly secured to said cabinet and having a hole formed therethrough receiving said pin means.
4. Apparatus as defined in claim 2 wherein said cabinet has holes formed therein for receiving said tubular means.
5. Apparatus as defined in claim 1 wherein said second adjustment means includes a threaded screw means, said tubular means having threads formed therein for threadedly engaging said threaded screw means, said threaded screw means being operatively interconnected with said base means.
6. Apparatus as defined in claim 1 wherein said first adjustment means includes a plurality of pairs of holes formed at diametrically opposite sides of said tubular means, plate means fixedly secured to said cabinet and having hole means formed therethrough for receiving said pin means, said cabinet having hole means formed therein for receiving said pin means.
7. Apparatus as defined in claim 6 wherein said second adjustment means includes threaded screw means, said tubular means having threads thereon engaging said threaded screw means, said threaded screw means being operatively interconnected with said base means.
8. Apparatus as defined in claim 1 wherein said recess in the body means comprises a cutout formed therein conforming to the shape of the associated sink, and a gasket means disposed between said cutout and an associated sink.
9. Apparatus as defined in claim 8 wherein the top of said cabinet is generally horizontal and is engageable with a sink at an intermediate portion of the sink.
10. Apparatus as defined in claim 1 wherein said cabinet is of hollow construction having movable doors thereon and including supporting shelves therein.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS CASMIR A. NUNBERG, Primary Examiner U.S. C1. X.R. 248-405