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Publication numberUS3699610 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 24, 1972
Filing dateSep 8, 1969
Priority dateJun 23, 1969
Also published asCA884709A
Publication numberUS 3699610 A, US 3699610A, US-A-3699610, US3699610 A, US3699610A
InventorsHarby Bernard M
Original AssigneeHarby Ltd Bernard
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Drapery track assembly
US 3699610 A
Abstract
A drapery track assembly includes a wall plate securable to a wall, and a track-carrying member having at least one track for carrying curtain runners extending longitudinally of the member, said wall plate having interlocking means and said track-carrying member having interlocking means co-operable with the interlocking means of said wall plate by an interlocking action to secure the track-carrying member to the wall plate. The interlocking means of the track-carrying member may include a substantially vertical flange, and the interlocking means of the wall plate may include a lower forwardly projecting ledge and an upper downwardly projecting lip to enable the upper edge of the flange to be positioned behind the lip and the lower edge of the flange to rest on the ledge. The track-carrying member may include a plate-like body from which the track is suspended. Preferably, the plate-like body extends forwardly from the wall plate in an upwardly inclined direction when the track-carrying member is secured to the wall plate attached to a wall.
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United States Patent Harby 1 Oct. 24, 1972 [54] DRAPERY TRACK ASSEMBLY 124,859 5/ 1949 Sweden ..16/87.4 170,983 8/1934 Switzerland ..l6/96 [72] Inventor. Bernard M. Harby, West Vancouver, Columbia, Canada Switzerland [73] Assignee: Bernard Hal-by Limited, Vancouver, Primary Examiner-Bobby R. Gay

I Brit sh Co u Canada Assistant ExaminerPeter A. Asc'henbrenner [22] Filed: Sept 8, 1969 Attorney-Stevens, Davis, Miller & Mosher 21 Appl. No.: 856,024

30 Foreign Application Priority Data June 23, 1969 Canada ..055,071

[52] US. Cl. 16/94 D, 248/224, 16/93 D [51] Int. Cl ..A47h 15/00, E05d 13/02 [58] Field of Search ..16/87, 87.4, 87.8, 94, 95, 16/96; 298/223, 224; 160/235 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,371,701 3/1968 Toti ......160/235 3,381,636 5/1968 Saiberlich ..248/224 3,117,353 1 H1964 Edwards ..248/224 459,844 9/1891 Thomas ..248/223 2,117,606 5/1938 French ..16/87.8 815,371 3/1906 Myers ..16/94 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 254,538 9/ 1964 Australia ..16/87.4 254,074 7/1963 Australia ..16/94 [57] ABSTRACT A drapery track assembly includes a wall plate securable to a wall, and a track-carrying member having at least one track for carrying curtain runners extending longitudinally of the member, said wall plate having interlocking means and said track-carrying member having interlocking means co-operable with the interlocking means of said wall plate by an interlocking action to secure the track-carrying member to the wall plate. The interlocking means of the track-carrying member may include a substantially vertical flange, and the interlocking means of the wall plate may include a lower forwardly projecting ledge and an upper I downwardly projecting lip to enable the upper edge of the flange to be positioned behind the lip and the lower edge of the flange to rest on the ledge. The track-carrying member may include a plate-like body from which the track is suspended. Preferably, the plate-like body extends forwardly from the wall plate in an upwardly inclined direction when the track-carrying member is secured to the wall plate attached to a wall.

PATENTEDucI24 1912 SHEET 1 [IF 2 PATENTED B 24 I97? 3. 6 99,610

suwanrz DRAPERY TRACK ASSEMBLY This invention relates to drapery track assemblies which are securable to a wall or ceiling and include means from which curtains can be suspended.

Drapery track assemblies have to fulfil .several requirements. They should be inexpensive, and thus easy to manufacture from inexpensive material. They should have a small number of separate parts, and should be easy to secure to a wall or ceiling. Even though drapery track assemblies may have to be long in view of the wide windows commonly found in houses and elsewhere, they should be capable of being conveniently packaged and handled. Also, they have to be quiet and reliable in operation.

Most known drapery track assemblies lack at least one of these requirements, and thus it is anobject of this invention to provide an improved draperytrack assembly which substantially meets the above-mentioned requirements.

According to this invention, a drapery track assembly includes a wall plate securable to a wall, and a track carrying member having at least one track for carrying curtain runners extending longitudinally of the member, said wall plate having interlocking means and said track-carrying member having interlocking means co-operable with the interlocking means of said wall plate by an interlocking action to secure the track-carrying member to the wall plate.

The interlocking means of the track-carrying member may include a substantially vertical flange, and the interlocking means of the wall plate may include a lower forwardly projecting ledge and an upper downwardly projecting lip to enable the upper edge of the flange to be positioned behind the lip and the lower edge of the flange to rest on the ledge.

The track-carrying member may include a plate-like body from which the track is suspended. Preferably, the plate-like body extends forwardly from the wall plate in an upwardly inclined direction when the trackcarrying member is secured to the wall plate attached to a wall.

The track may include two downwardly extending arms having free end portions spaced from and directed towards one another. The free end portions may extend in the same substantially horizontal plane. If desired, the track-carrying member may have two tracks for carrying curtain runners extending longitudinally of the member in side-by-side parallel relationship.

The plate-like body of the track-carrying member may have two spaced upwardly extending projections engageable with a ceiling to correctly position the body with respect thereto.

The track-carrying member may have means for securing a valance plate thereto. The valance plate may have means enabling it to be interlocked with the corresponding means of the track-carrying member. The track-carrying member may have a front plate depending from the front edge of the plate-like body, the front plate having means on its front surface for securing the valance plate thereto. This securing means may include two horizontal vertically spaced projections with grooves in their upper surfaces to receive complementary projections on the rear surface of the valance plate. Alternatively, the valance plate may be integral with the track-carrying member.

The drapery track assembly according to the invention can bereadily installed by first securing the wall plate to a wall, and then connecting the track-carrying member thereto by interlocking action. Alternatively, the track-carrying member can be secured to a ceiling,

I where this is more convenient, thus dispensing with the wall plate. In the case where the valance plate is not integral with the track-carrying member, it may readily be attached thereto, for example by the interlocking action referred to above.

The track-carrying member, wall plate and valance plate may be easily and inexpensively manufactured by extrusion of a suitable material, for example aluminum. Thus, the assembly is not unduly expensive, nor difficult to package and handle. Also, it will be appreciated that relatively few parts are involved. By the use of suitable curtain runners in the track, quiet and reliable operation is obtained.

It will be understood that terms such as horizontal, vertical, front and rear are used in this specification to facilitate the description of the various parts of the drapery track assembly, and that these terms refer to the attitude of the various parts after installation.

Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, of which,

FIG. 1 is a sectional side view of a drapery track assembly with the wall plate secured to a wall,

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary front view of the assembly of FIG. 1, with the valance plate removed, showing one end of the assembly,

FIG. 3 is a sectional view showing the track-carrying member secured to a ceiling, and

FIG. 4 is a sectional side view of an assembly used with a false ceiling.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, FIG. I shows a drapery track assembly including a wall plate 1 secured to a wall 2 near aceiling 3. The wall plate 1 has a vertical plate-like body 4 with a horizontal ledge 5 projecting forwardly from its lower edge. A horizontal flange 6 projects forwardly from the upper edge of the plate-like body 4, and a lip 7 projects downwardly and outwardly from the front end of the flange 6. The wall plate 1 is secured to the wall 2 by a series of longitudinally spaced countersunk screws 4a passing through the plate-like body 4.

The assembly also includes a track-carrying member 8 which has a plate-like body 9 at the rear edge of which is a vertical flange 10 extending above and below the body 9 at its junction therewith. The flange 10 can be interlocked with the wall plate 1 to secure the trackcarrying member 8 thereto. To do this, the upper edge of the flange 10 is inserted between the lip 7 and the body 4 and is then moved angularly towards the body 4 to position the lower edge of the flange 10 over the ledge 5 of the wall plate 1. The weight of the track-carrying member 8 is then supported by the ledge 5, and the lip 7 prevents the flange 10 from moving away from the wall plate 1. The plate-like body 9 extends from the vertical flange 10 in an upwardly inclined direction so that the front edge of the body 9 is relatively close to the ceiling 3.

The body 9 carries two parallel longitudinally extending tracks 11. Each track 11 is formed by two arms 12 which extend downwardly from the body 9 and have free end portions 13 which are directed towards and are spaced from one another so as to lie in the same horizontal plane. Each track 11 can receive curtain runners in known manner, and it provided with end stops (not shown) to retain the runners on the track.

' The track-carrying member 8 also includes a vertical front plate 14 extending vertically downwardly from the front edge. The front surface of the front plate 14 carries two longitudinally extending horizontal and vertically spaced projections 15 with grooves in their upper surfaces. These grooved projections 15 receive complementary shaped and positioned projections 16 on the rear surface of a valance plate 17, whose front surface is suitably decorated. The valance plate 17 is assembled with the track-carrying member 8 by simply hanging it onto the front plate 14.

FIG. 2 is an end view of the assembly without the valance plate 17, and shows how a lower part of the front plate 14 and the tracks 11 are cut away at the end of the track-carrying member 8 to allow the curtain runners and stops (not shown) to be assembled with the tracks 11.

Referring now to FIG. 3, the assembly can be secured to the ceiling 3, omitting the wall plate 1, where this is more convenient. For this purpose, the body 9 of the track-carrying member 8 has a pair of spaced upwardly extending projections 19 which extend to a position in line with the front edge of the body 9 and the upper edge of the flange 10. The track-carrying member 8 is secured to the ceiling 3 by longitudinally spaced countersunk screws 9a passing through the body 9 between the projections 19. The projections 19 limit upward movement of the body 9 when tightening these screws 9a.

FIG. 4 shows how the assembly can be used with a false ceiling 20. In this case, the wall plate is used, but the valance plate 17 is omitted. The wall plate 1 is secured to the wall 2 at such a height that the lower edge of the front plate 14 of the track-carrying assembly 8 is level with the lower surface of the false ceiling 20. A gap between the front plate 14 and the ceiling 20 may be covered by an inverted T-shaped bar 21 secured to the walls or other fixtures in any convenient manner.

In a further embodiment, the front plate 14 is omitted, and the valance plate 17 is integral with the track-carrying member 18 and projects downwardly from the front edge of the body 9.

The wall plate 1, track-carrying member 8 and valance plate 17 may each be manufactured by extrusion of a suitable material, for example aluminum. Aluminum extrusions are suitably inexpensive and sufficiently strong.

I claim:

1. A drapery track assembly including an extruded track-carrying member, said track-carrying member having a substantially horizontal plate-like elongated body with at least one longitudinally extending integral drapery track projecting downwardly therefrom, a first integral vertically extending flange extending along one longitudinal edge of said body, said first flange extending above and below said one edge to provide an upwardly extending lip above said body and a downwardly extending lip below said body, said downwardly extending lip being longer than said upwardly extending li and a second integral vertically extending flange ex ending alongan opposite longitudinal edge of said body and projecting downwardly therefrom, said second'flange having a surface facing away from said drapery track and a pair of integral parallel upwardly directed hook-like projections extending longitudinally along said surface, an extruded valance plate of greater width than said second flange having a pair of integral parallel downwardly directed hook-like projections extending longitudinally along one surface thereof, said integral downwardly directed projections of said valance plate being engaged with said integral upwardly directed projections of said second flange to secure said valance plate to said trackcarrying member with said valance plate extending below said second flange, an extruded wall plate of substantially the same length as said track-carrying member and said valance plate, said valance plate being securable to a wall and having an integral lower forwardly projecting ledge and an integral upper downwardly projecting lip on one face thereof, said downwardly extending lip of said first flange of said track-carrying member resting on said ledge of said wall plate and said upwardly extending lip of said first flange being positioned behind the downwardly pro- 40 jecting lip of said wall plate to secure said track-carry-

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Classifications
U.S. Classification16/94.00D, 248/220.21, 16/93.00D
International ClassificationA47H1/144, A47H1/04, A47H1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47H2001/047, A47H1/04, A47H1/144
European ClassificationA47H1/04, A47H1/144