US 3905062 A
A plurality of paper or fabric strips which are used to cover a wall are securely held in position on the latter by a simple and readily fitted arrangement comprising spaced parallel clamping assemblies having medial portions secured to the wall by means of screws for example and cooperating with longitudinal auxiliary portions extending over the edges of each medial portions to which they are secured by hooks or similar attaching means. Each edge of each paper or fabric strip is folded over the corresponding auxiliary portion, so as to be held securely by it over the medial portion. Said auxiliary portions may be independent of the medial portion or may be formed by the folded back marginal areas of the clamping assembly.
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United States Patent de Navas Albareda Sept. 16, 1975 15 ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING 3,403,429 10/1968 Smith 24/201 c COATING STRIPS ON A WALL 37474781  Inventor: Jose Luis de Navas Albareda,
Barcelone, Spain 173] Assignee: Repla International S.A.H., Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Filed: May 31, 1973  Appl. No.: 365,640
 Foreign Application Priority Data June 7, 1972 Switzerland 8423/72  US. Cl 16/4; 2/DlG. 6  Int. Cl A47g 27/04  Field of Search 16/4, 16, 10; 2/DIG. 6; 24/D1G. l6; 297/DIG. 6
 References Cited UNlTED STATES PATENTS 924,355 6/1909 Howard 16/16 1,739,943 12/1929 Bo1ender..... 16/16 2,498,991 2/1950 Gibson 16/5 10/1969 Gaylord, Jr. 24/DlG. 18
Primary Examiner' Paul R. Gilliam Assistant ExaminerDoris L. Troutman Attorney, Agent, or FirmEmory L. Groff, Jr.
 ABSTRACT A plurality of paper or fabric strips which are used to cover a wall are securely held in position on the latter by a simple and readily fitted arrangement comprising spaced parallel clamping assemblies having medial portions secured to the wall by means of screws for example and cooperating with longitudinal auxiliary portions extending over the edges of each medial portions to which they are secured by hooks or similar attaching means. Each edge of each paper or fabric strip is folded over the corresponding auxiliary portion, so as to be held securely by it over the medial portion. Said auxiliary portions may be independent of the medial portion or may be formed by the folded back marginal areas of the clamping assembly.
5 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures PATENTEU l 975 ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING COATING 'STSON A-WA-LLLJ.
When it is'desired to cover a wal lwith coating strips of fabric or paper,..,for instance, it isa difficult matter to join such strips edge to edgewithout detrirnentally affecting the appearance of the wall. J I v I v The present invention has for itso bject to provide meansfor more readily and more speedily affixing wallpaper of fabric "on a wall while ensuring an excellent aesthetic appearance.
More specifically, the invention covers an arrangement for securing coating strips on a wall, said arrangement including elongated clamping members adapted to be secured to a wall with a spacing between said members equal substantially to the breadth of said strips, each of which members is provided on its side which is to face away from the wall with means for securing two cooperating members each adapted to clamp the edge of a coating strip between itself and said clamping member.
The accompanying drawing illustrates diagrammatically and by way of example an embodiment of the invention and a modification thereof. In said drawing:
FIG. 1 is a horizontal sectional view of a clamping member secured to a wall before the strip of fabric is laid on it.
FIGS. 2 and 3 are similar views, showing the manner of securing the fabric.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view, showing the fabric in its wall-covering position.
FIG. 5 is similar to FIG. 4 and illustrates the modification referred to.
In FIG. 1, there is shown, in transverse cross-section, an elongated clamping assembly, generally designated 1, having a rear surface 4a secured to a wall 2, for instance by means of screws, which are not. illustrated. On the surface 4b of said assembly, opposite the surface 4a which is to engage the wall 2, the assembly 1 includes two longitudinal marginal areas 3 defined by auxiliary portions 4'4', each provided with projections or catching means 5 and cooperating with a medial portion 4 provided with catching means 8 along each lateral limit. The intermediate areas 6 define that area of the auxiliary portions each provided with catching means 7 in the areas of the medial portion 4 containing the catching means 8. As will be seen hereinafter, the catching means 7 and 8 are adapted to be inner engaged after lengthwise folding of the clamping assembly 1. The breadth of the medial portion 4 is equal to at least the sum of the breadth of the two auxiliary portions 4-4.
The securing of fabric strips 9 against a wall is performed by laying a succession of clamping or hooking assemblies 1 on said wall with a spacing between them corresponding substantially to the size of the fabric strips to be laid between them. The clamping or hooking assemblies are rigid with the wall, as provided, for instance, by screws, glue or adhesive. The edge of a fabric strip 9 is then hooked over an edge of a hooking assembly 1 through mere pressure exerted on the fabric 9 over the hooks formed by the projections 5 on the cooperating marginal area of the auxiliary portion 4. A similar operation is executed on the opposite edge of the hooking assembly 1. This being done, the opposite auxiliary portions 44 of the assembly 1 are drawn away from the wall and pushed into parallelism as illusside'over the medial portion 4 while the fabric strips 9 are stretched in an edgewise joiningposition over. the
clamping assemblyuas shown at 10in FIG 3.
During the folding of the clamping assembly. 1, the
' catching .means 7 and 8 on each of the intermediate area's interengage and are held fast with reference to each other, so that the auxiliary portions 44' of the assembly 1 are held in their folded position over the medial portion 4. It should be noted that this arrangement ensures an easy and speedy securing of the fabric strips over the wall in a wholly reliable manner.
FIG. 5 illustrates a modification according to which the auxiliary portions 44' of the. clamping assembly 1 are not to be folded back over the medial portion as an integral extension thereof. The fabric strips are secured in a manner similar to that described hereinabove, as provided by auxiliary covering portions 11 and 12 which are independent of the medial portion 4, but act according to the manner described for the folded auxiliary portions 4'4' of the clamping assembly 1 shown in FIGS. 1-3. In the present case, each of the auxiliary covering portion 11 and 12 is provided on one of its surfaces with projections corresponding to the associated catching means 5 and 7 illustrated in FIG. 1 as carried by the clamping assembly on the outside of each set of inner catching means 8.
In a preferred embodiment, the catching means such as 7 and 8 on the intermediate areas of FIG. 1 may be constituted by cooperating eyes and hooks as wellknown per se. According to circumstances, they may be formed integral with the clamping assembly 1 or else be formed independently and secured subsequently to the assembly 1. The latter may advantageously be made of a yielding synthetic resin, although it may be made as well of a metal such as aluminium.
Obviously many modifications may be brought to the embodiments of the invention and, for instance, it is possible to use adhesives for securing the parts together in lieu of projections, such as hooks and eyes. In particular, the use of such adhesives is of great interest when the strips covering the wall comprise wall-paper strips.
1. An arrangement for securing adjacent edge portions of substantially co-planar cover strips in a juxtaposed manner and upon a wall comprising, a plurality of parallel elongated clamping assemblies each provided with a medial portion having a rear surface secured to the wall, said assemblies spaced apart from one another a distance corresponding substantially to the size of the strips to be laid between them, a front surface on said medial portion having first catching means projecting therefrom, each said assembly including a pair of auxiliary portions adapted to overlie said medial portion with the edge portions of an adjacent pair of said co-planar strips sandwiched therebetween and abutting one another, second catching means projecting from each said auxiliary portion and respectively engageable by said first catching means, and third catching means on each said auxiliary portion for attachment to the edge portions of the corresponding strips to secure said strips between said auxiliary portions and said medial portion.
able material, and the central area of said medial portion is bare, said'first catching means located on either side of said bare central area.
4. An arrangement as claimed in claim 1, wherein said medial portion includes a bare longitudinal area the width of which is at least equal to the sum of the width of each of the two auxiliary portions.
5. An arrangement as claimed in claim 1, wherein said auxiliary portions comprise independent strips.