US 3583570 A
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are secured on two parallel bolts connecting the platform and curved surface. The bolts also control curvature of the curved  References Cited 1 UNITED STATES PATENTS surface. The carpet samples can be flipped over the curved surface from the platform.
PATENTEU JUN 8 mm m mm 0 1.- Edwara D. B/ack ByDov/s, Hox/le, Faith/all 8 Hapgood Attorneys CARPET SAMPLE DISPLAY RACK This invention relates to display racks or apparatus for large size samples of carpets, rugs and other heavy, bulky fabrics. More particularly, it relates to such racks for holding a large group of carpet samples of usual size which is approximately 3 feet by 4 feet in position for selective viewing by customers in sales and display areas.
in use of such racks, it is desirable to hold the group of carpet samples in a pile or stack in a position to be easily flipped over so that one after another or any particular sample in the stack can be used by flipping over the samples on top of it. As samples are flipped over, they must remain out of the way so not to interfere with the viewing of the one or more particular samples that the customer wishes to see.
It is an object of the invention to provide a carpet display rack that may be easily and inexpensively constructed from readily available materials in a form that is adjustable to accommodate any desired number of samples and to enable additional samples to be added or samples to be removed without difficulty and without detracting from the general advantages and utility of the rack.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will appear as it is described in connection with the accompanying drawing.
ln the drawing:
HO. 1 is a side elevation view of a rack embodying the invention;
HO. 2 is a front end elevation view ofthe rack of FIG. 1',
FIG. 3 is a plan view of the rack of FIG. 1.
Referring to the drawing the preferred form of rack illustrated comprises two identical sidewalls 10 and 12 made of wood or any other desired or suitable material. Referring to FIG. I particularly each sidewall has a bottom horizontal edge 14 and a three-part top edge, the forward or right part 16 being gently inclined upwardly from its front or right end. The rearward part 18 of the top edge of the sidewalls is likewise inclined but is offset downwardly from the forward part 16 by a curved offsetting intermediate edge 17 which curved rearwardly and downwardly from the rear extremity 16r (left in FIG. 1) of the top edge 16 to the edge part 18.
The front edges 13 of each of the sidewalls may be vertical or may be inclined as shown. They are connected by a transverse wall 19 in any suitable fashion. A suitably braced rectangular top wall 20 may be secured upon and between the top edges 16 of the sidewalls, l and 12 to provide a platform on which the stack of carpet samples may rest when being viewed.
Connecting the curved edges 17 is a correspondingly curved intermediate transverse wall 21. A rear top wall 22 extends transversely between the sidewalls and 12 and is secured between them in any conventional or convenient fashion, at a distance of few inches below the rear top edges 18 of the sidewalls. The rear top wall extends longitudinally from the transverse intermediate curved wall 21 to the upper part 26 of a two part transverse rear wall 25, 26 that extends between the rear upstanding back edges of the sidewalls 10 and 12.
This provides a shallow depressed area between the sidewalls to the rear of the intermediate curved wall 21.
For supporting carpet samples CS-2 as they are flipped over from a stack CS-l on the front top wall 20, a curved wall 24 is provided made of any suitable flexible material which is suffciently stiff and strong to support the stack of samples as they are flipped over. Examples of suitable materials are thin wood sheets, or fiberboard, Masonite (T.M.), heavy linoleum, stiff flexible plastic sheets and the like. One end portion 24a of such a sheet may be secured to said upper part 26 of the rear wall 26 by screws so that the curved supporting wall 24 can be shipped disassembled from the remainder of the rack.
The intermediate part of the curved wall 24 is bent toward the front of the rack and down to the rear top wall 22 between sidewalls 10 and 12 and is secured in such bent condition by a pair of threaded bolts 30a and'30b. These bolts extend parallel to said rear top wall 22 above it in parallel spaced positions having one end passing through the bottom of the intermediate curved wall 21 and their other ends passing loosely through the curved wall 24 near its edge. Wing nuts 23 or the like are mounted on the ends of the bolts 30a and 30b so that the location of the flexing end of the wall 24 can be varied and so as to accommodate more or less samples of carpets on the shanks between the lower end of the arcuate wall 24 and the rounded intermediate wall 21.
The shanks of the bolts pass through the carpet samples CS-l and CS2 adjacent one edge thereof so that the samples are secured to the rack in position to bend over and lie on the top platform 20 or to be bent rearward and over the curved supporting wall 24. Thus the bolts 30a, 30b not only adjust the position of the end of the curved wall but also provide means for clamping the ends of the carpet samples between the curved wall and the intermediate vertical wall 17.
The bolts 30a, 30b may be extended forwardly from the intermediate curved wall through a transverse brace 28 that extends between the sidewalls 10 and 12 adjacent the curved intermediate top wall 21 and may be secured thereto but nuts to maintain the bolts firmly in parallel relation.
The arcuate wall may, if desired, have a bias or inherent tendency to move along the bolts 30a, 30b toward the intermediate curved wall 21 and hence presses the carpet samples in that direction clamping them between itself and the wall 21. This bias is overcome to the extent that additional samples are inserted pushing the wall 24 rearward as the insertion takes place. The wing nuts are tightened to assist in the clamping actron.
Modifications within the scope of the invention will occur to those skilled in the art; therefore, the invention is not limited to the specific form and configuration of the parts as illustrated.
What 1 claim is:
1. A display rack comprising sidewalls, top wall means extending between said sidewalls and supported therefrom on which a stack of sample pieces of carpet may rest, a flexible supporting wall means having a movable end adjacent said top wall means and having a curved surface over which said carpet samples may be laid, and means between the ends of said top wall means and said flexible wall means for attaching the edges of said carpet samples.
2. A display rack as claimed in claim 1 wherein said attaching means passes through said movable end of said flexible supporting wall means, and means for adjustably clamping said edges of carpet samples.
3. A display rack as claimed in claim 1 having means to adjust the curvature and the position of one end of said curved supporting wall means relative to said top wall means.
4. A display rack as claimed in claim 1 having means to adjust the curvature and the position of one end of said curved supporting wall means relative to said top wall means, said attaching means passing through said one end of said flexible supporting wall means, and said adjusting means serving also to clamp said edges of the carpet samples between said movable end and said top wall means.
5. A display rack comprising sidewalls, top wall means extending between said sidewalls and supported therefrom on which a stack of sample pieces of carpet may rest, an intermediate wall extending downwardly from the transverse edge of said top wall means, a flexible supporting wall means secured at one end adjacent the ends of said sidewalls and having an upwardly extending curved surface over which said carpet samples may be laid, means extending between said intermediate wall and one end of said curved supporting wall means for adjusting the position of said one end relative to said intermediate wall, said last-mentioned means being adapted to adjustably clamp the edges of a variable number of carpet samples.