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Title:
HANGER FOR A PANEL CURTAIN AND A CABINET WITH PANEL HANGERS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2006/073354
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A hanger for a panel curtain comprising a rod (14; 21) with transverse suspension hooks (15, 16; 22, 23) at each end. At least one end of the rod is doubly folded such that the suspension hooks are located at a certain distance from the end of the rod. It is possible to construct a cabinet, such as a shower cabinet or a fitting room, with such panel hangers, and the panel curtains can be drawn such that they overlap.

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Inventors:
Schörling, Stefan (Hälla, Fellingsbro, S-710 41, SE)
Eriksson, Patrik (Mygghyttan 1080, Fellingsbro, S-710 41, SE)
Application Number:
PCT/SE2006/000001
Publication Date:
July 13, 2006
Filing Date:
January 02, 2006
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Schörling, Stefan (Hälla, Fellingsbro, S-710 41, SE)
Eriksson, Patrik (Mygghyttan 1080, Fellingsbro, S-710 41, SE)
International Classes:
A47H1/02; A47H1/142; A47H13/00; A47H15/00; A47H23/02; A47H23/04; A47H
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Åslund, Roland (Avesta Patentbyrå, P.O. Box 99, Krylbo, S-775 26, SE)
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Claims:
Claims
1. A hanger for a panel curtain (11, 24, 52), comprising a rod (14, 21, 44, 51, 60) on which it is intended that the panel curtain is to be suspended and suspension means (15, 16, 22, 23, 45, 46, 53, 61, 62) at each end of the rod for interaction with a guide (13, 25, 30, 40, 63) along which the hanger can be displaced, characterised in that the suspension means of at least one end is located at a certain distance in from the end of the rod.
2. The hanger according to claim 1, characterised in that at least one end of the rod (14, 21, 44, 51, 60) is doubly folded such that the suspension means (15, 16, 22, 23, 45, 46, 53, 61, 62) is drawn inwards a certain distance from the end of the rod.
3. The hanger according to claim 2, characterised in that both ends of the rod (14, 21, 44, 51, 60) are doubly folded.
4. The hanger according to claim 2, characterised in that the suspension means (15, 16, 22, 23, 45, 46, 53) are hooks.
5. The hanger according to claim 4, characterised in that the rod (21) has its hooks (22, 23) displaced to the side.
6. The hanger according to claim 5, characterised in that the rod (21) has its hooks (22, 23) facing in different directions.
7. The hanger according to any one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the rod (44) is curved such that it is adapted to a curved guide (40).
8. The hanger according to claim 1, characterised in that the suspension means (53) have snapon attachments (54, 55) adapted to be snapped around the rod (51) and the panel curtain (52) on the rod.
9. A cabinet, for example a shower cabinet or a fitting room, characterised by a curved carrier rod (40) that carries panel hangers (4446) with panel curtains in a manner that allows them to be displaced (4446), and the panel hangers are curved such that they coincide with the carrier rod and the panel hangers have suspension means (45, 46) at each end, whereof at least one is located at a certain distance from the end such that the panel curtains overlap when they are pulled.
10. The cabinet according to claim 9, characterised in that at least one end of the panel hanger (44) is doubly folded and has integrated suspension means (45, 46) at the ends.
11. The cabinet according to claim 10, characterised in that the two ends of the panel hanger (44) are doubly folded.
Description:
Hanger for a panel curtain and a cabinet with panel hangers

Technical Area

The present invention relates to a hanger for a panel curtain, comprising a rod from which it is intended that the panel is to be suspended and suspension means at each end of the rod for interaction with a guide along which the hanger can be displaced. The invention relates also to a cabinet with such hangers.

The Prior Art

WO 03096852 shows hangers for panel curtains of this type.

Aim and Brief Description of the Invention

It is one aim of the invention to allow in a simple manner the overlapping of panel curtains. This is achieved according to the invention by the suspension means of at least one end being located at a certain distance in from the end of the rod.

Brief Description of Drawings

Figure 1 shows a panel curtain on a panel hanger suspended on a curtain rod.

Figure 2 shows the panel hanger of Figure 1.

Figure 3 shows the panel hanger viewed as is specified by the arrows 3 in Figure 2.

Figure 4 shows the panel hanger viewed as is specified by the arrows 4 in Figure 2.

Figures 5, 6 and 7 are equivalent to the Figures 2, 3 and 4, respectively, but show a modified design of panel hanger.

Figure 8 shows a panel curtain on a panel hanger of the type that is shown in Figures 5, 6 and 7 suspended from a curtain rod.

Figure 9 shows, seen from above, two curtain rods with panel hangers of the type shown in

Figures 5, 6 and 7.

Figure 10 shows a curtain rod seen from above.

Figure 11 shows a curved panel hanger seen from the side.

Figure 12 shows the panel hanger of Figure 11 seen from above.

Figure 13 shows a panel hanger with panel curtain seen from the side.

Figure 14 shows a panel hanger seen from the side.

Figure 15 shows the panel hanger of Figure 14 seen from above.

Figure 16 shows the panel hanger of Figures 14 and 15 mounted in a curtain rail.

Description of the Illustrated and Preferred Embodiment

Figure 1 shows a panel curtain 11 on a panel hanger 12 that is suspended on a guide in the form of a curtain rod 13 such that it can be displaced along it.

The panel hanger 12 is shown in Figures 2-4. It comprises a rod 14 of metal, for example a cold- drawn rod of high-strength steel with a diameter of 4-6 mm, and it has its two ends doubly folded such that the transverse suspension hooks 15, 16 are located at a certain distance, for example 3-6 cm, in from the ends. The double folding will be positioned horizontally when then panel hanger is suspended on the curtain rod 13. Through at least one of the suspension hooks being withdrawn in from the end of the panel hanger, it is possible to obtain the desired overlap between panel curtains also when the panel hangers are suspended on a single rod. It is also possible to obtain closure against a wall when the curtain rod is attached at an end attachment. If the invention is used in a bathroom in front of a bathtub, it is thus possible to obtain closure both against the wall and between the panel curtains. It is possible to obtain in the same manner total darkness, in a bedroom, for example, if light-tight panel curtains are used. It is appropriate that the suspension hooks are open to such a degree that they can be placed over the curtain rod as is shown, and they may alternatively have a more closed form such that they must be placed onto the rod from the end of the rod. The panel curtain 11 has a track at its upper end through which the panel curtain has been passed and it has a similar track at its lower edge in which a rigid rod has been introduced such that the panel curtain is suspended in a smooth and stable manner.

Figures 5-8 show a modified embodiment of panel hanger. The panel hanger 20 shown in Figures 5-7 has the double folding of the rod 21 in a vertical plane, and it has its hooks 22, 23 directed each in a different direction. Figure 8 shows the panel hanger 20 with its panel curtain 24 suspended on a curtain rod 25. The suspension hooks are in this case each directed in different directions, and the curtain is suspended slightly obliquely. This oblique suspension is an advantage when panel hangers that overlap are pushed together. It is, of course, not necessary that the double folding lie in a vertical plane in this embodiment. The embodiments of the panel hanger shown are solely examples of the invention.

Figure 9 shows from above two guides in the form of curtain rods 30, 31 and three panel hangers 32, 33, 34 of the type that is shown in Figures 5-7. The panel hangers have one hook placed onto

one 30 of the rods and the second hook placed on the second 31 rod. Through the suspension of the panel hangers in this way on two guides, several panel curtains can be tightly packed behind each other and do not in this case occupy much more space than a single panel curtain. It is an advantage if the curtains are suspended slightly obliquely, as shown, and it is possible to adapt the design of the hooks such that the desired angle to the curtain rods is obtained. It is also possible, if desired, to design the hooks such that the panel curtains are located parallel with the curtain rods.

The panel hanger shown in Figure 2 can be modified such that one fold of the double folding is located opposite to the second fold. The hooks may also be turned to face different directions as shown in Figure 5. The width of the double folding can be selected such that the rod of the panel hanger obtains the desired angle relative to the guides.

Figure 10 shows a guide 40 in the form of a bent tube and attachments 41, 42 with which the tube can be attached to walls that form a corner. Figures 11 and 12 show a panel hanger 43 with a bent rod 44 that has a degree of curvature that coincides with that of the guide 40. The rod 44 has longer double folds than those of previously shown embodiments such that the hooks 45, 46 are located further from the ends of the panel hanger, and the double folds are constructed such that the two parts of the rod grip against each other at the hooks, as is specified by the reference numbers 47. It is appropriate that the hooks are located between 5 and 10 cm in from the ends of the panel hanger. If the rod is manufactured from high-strength steel, a strong spring force is obtained that grips the panel curtain. It is simple to build a cabinet, for example a shower cabinet or a fitting room, with a curved guide and a curved panel with the desired overlap between the panel curtains. The lower part of the panel is to have, naturally, a rigid rod that has the same degree of curvature as the panel hanger. This rigid rod may be, for example, a flat aluminium profile that provides a suitable weight. The guide 40 may have a central attachment 48 to the ceiling since the indrawn location of the hooks provides overlap to the curtains even if the hooks are placed on either side of this central attachment. Two or three panel hangers are located on each side of the central attachment and they are located with their hooks overlapping such that the function of conveying a neighbour is obtained. It may be sufficient that the panel hangers have the hook on only one side withdrawn from the end in order to obtain sufficient overlap. Through the hooks being withdrawn from the ends, it is possible to obtain balance in the suspension of the panel hanger such that it is suspended horizontally.

Figure 13 shows a panel hanger 50 with a rod in the form of a flat profile 51 , which may be of metal or of another material. A panel curtain 52 has a channel sewn into its upper part and the panel hanger is inserted into the channel. It is not necessary that the channel be sewn. It may be formed, for example, through the upper end of the curtain being folded over the top and around the rod, fastening it to itself by, for example, hook-and-loop tape or by curtain tape with heat-activated glue. A plastic hook 53 holds the flat profile through the provision of two hooks 54, 55 that can be snapped over the profile to hold it fixed. Two hooks 53 may be attached to the flat profile 51 to form a panel hanger 50 with the hooks at the desired distance from the ends of the flat profile. Loose hooks may be attached also by other methods. It is possible to have indentations in the panel such that the hook can grip the rod directly instead of gripping both the panel and the rod as shown. It is also possible to have hook-and-loop attachment between the flat profile and a hook.

Figures 14 and 15 show a panel hanger with a rod 60 that has suspension means in the form of gliders 61, 62 at its two ends instead of hooks. Figure 16 shows a guide in the form of an aluminium profile 63 that has three channels 64, 65, and 66. One glider 61 of the panel hanger 60 has been introduced into one of the channels 64 and the second glider 62 has been introduced into the channel 66.