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Title:
METHOD AND UNIT FOR STORAGE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1995/012335
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method of storage comprising the steps of: locating a storage unit (11) at a working position (X) where access to the unit by a user is readily achieved from a floor (F) or other relatively safe working location; connecting the unit (11) by a linkage (13, 14) to an anchorage (15, 16) such that the unit (11) can be displaced between the working location (X) and a stable off-set location (H) where the unit (11) can be retained. Typically the off-set location (H) is generally vertically above or is generally horizontally to one side of the working location (X). The invention is also directed to a storage unit (11) comprising: a carcase (12) to receive articles for storage; an inboard mounting (24, 25) on the carcase (12) to bear the weight of the carcase (12) and of articles located therein or thereby; a mechanical linkage (13, 14) of generally longitudinal form, one end (26, 27) of the linkage (13, 14) being pivotably attached to the inboard mounting (24, 25); an outboard mounting (38, 39) on the other end of the linkage (13, 14) to the one end for pivotable attachment to an anchorage (13, 14), such as on a wall (W) or beam, and off-set from carcase (12) such that the carcase (12) can be moved between a working position (X), when the linkage (13, 14) is in a first configuration relative to the carcase (12), and a stable off-set position (H) when the linkage (13, 14) is in a second configuration relative to the carcase (12).

Inventors:
Eagles
Edward
John
Application Number:
PCT/GB1994/002384
Publication Date:
May 11, 1995
Filing Date:
October 31, 1994
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Eagles
Edward
John
International Classes:
A47B46/00; (IPC1-7): A47B46/00
Foreign References:
US4026434A
CH616834A5
US3857623A
US3734588A
FR2163939A5
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A method of storage for articles in a storage unit characterised by the steps of: locating storage unit (11) at a working position (X) where access to the unit (11) by a user is readily achieved from a floor (F) or other relatively safe working location; .
2. connecting the unit (11) by a linkage (13, 14) to an anchorage (15, 16) such that the unit (11) can be displaced between the working location (X) and a stable offset location (Y) where the unit (11) can be retained. A method of storage as claimed in Claim 1 characterised in that the offset location (Y) is generally vertically above the working location (X). A method of storage as claimed in Claim 1 characterised in that the off set location is generally horizontally to one side of the working location. A storage unit comprising a carcase in which articles are to be stored characterised by: 1 inboard mounting (24, 25) on the carcase (12) to bear the weight of the carcase (12) and of any articles located therein or thereby; 2 a mechanical linkage (13, 14) of generally longitudinal form, one end (26, 27) of the linkage (13, 14) being pivotably attached to the inboard mounting (24, 25); .
3. an outboard mounting (38, 39) on the other end of the linkage (13, 14) to the one end (26, 27) for pivotable attachment to an anchorage (15, 16), such as on a wall (W) or beam, and off set from carcase (12) such that the carcase (12) can be moved between a working position (X), when the linkage (13, 14) is in a first configuration relative to the carcase 12 and a stable offset position (Y) when the linkage (13, 14) is in a second configuration. A storage unit as claimed in Claim 3 characterised in that the outboard mounting (38, 39) is adapted to provide for an offset position (Y) for the carcase (12) substantially above the working position (X). A storage unit as claimed in Claim 3 characterised in that the outboard mounting is adapted to provide for an offset position for the carcase substantially lies horizontal with the working position.
Description:
METHOD AND UNIT FOR STORAGE

Technical Field

The present invention relates to a method of, and a unit for, storage. In particular it is concerned with the provision of a storage unit for use in locations which might otherwise be inaccessible.

Background Art

Storage units for domestic and office use tend to be is located where they can be readily accessed by an adult without needing to use additional accessing means. Typically this means that the furthest recess of such a unit cannot be higher than can be reached by an extended arm of a standing adult. However even small houses, offices or other locations requiring storage often have space available whose height or lateral displacement from a stable loading position is greater than that which can be reached by a raised or extended arm. In such a situation an adult can make use of a device such as a chair or ladder to increase their working height. However this involves recovering and positioning the device which can be time consuming and inconvenient and the use of such a device can be hazardous.

Disclosure of invention

According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a method of storage comprising the steps of:

1 locating a storage unit at a working position where access to the unit by a user is readily achieved from a floor or other relatively safe working location;

2 connecting the unit by a linkage to an anchorage such that the unit can be displaced between the working location and a stable off-set location where the unit can be retained.

According to a first preferred version of the first aspect of the present invention the off-set location is generally vertically above the working location.

According to a second preferred version of the first aspect of the present invention the off-set location extends generally horizontally to one side of the working location.

According to a second aspect of the present invention there is provided a storage unit comprising:

1 a carcase to receive articles for storage;

2 an inboard mounting on the carcase to bear the weight of the carcase and of articles located therein or thereby;

3 a mechanical linkage of generally longitudinal form, one end of the linkage being attached to the inboard mounting;

4 an outboard mounting on the other end of the linkage to the one end for attachment to an anchorage, such as on a wall or beam, off- set from carcase such that the carcase can be moved between a working position, when the linkage is in a first configuration, and a stable off¬ set position when the linkage is in a second configuration.

According to a first preferred version of the second aspect of the present invention the storage unit has outboard mountings adapted to provide for an off-set position for the carcase substantially vertically above the working position. Alternatively the outboard mountings can provide for the off-set position to be extended substantially horizontally from the working position.

Brief description of drawings

An exemplary embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawing of which the sole figure is a perspective view of a storage unit.

Mode for caπying out invention

Storage unit 11 is made up of a carcase 12, a mechanical linkage comprised of arms 13, 14 and anchorages 15, 16. The unit 11 is shown sitting on a floor F in a working location X awaiting the loading of items for storage.

The carcase 12 is made up of U-section side members 17, 18 coupled by way of shelves 19, 20, 21 to provide a rigid structure capable of supporting its own weight and that of items placed on the shelves 19, 20, 21 without significant deformation.

As side members 17, 18 mirror one another in form and function only side member 17 is described in detail hereafter. The corresponding references relating to side member 18 are given in parenthesis. Side member 17 (18) has towards its upper side 22 (23) a horizontal pivot 24 (25) whereby inboard end 26 (27) of arm 13 (14) is pivotably coupled to the carcase 12. The pivot 24 (25) lies on a vertical axis VI (V2) approximately halfway across the side member 17 (18).

Anchorages 15, 16 are secured to a wall W by load bearing fastenings 28 (29) of conventional type. As anchorages 15, 16 are identical in form and function only anchorage 15 is described in detail hereafter. The corresponding reference relating to anchorage 16 are given in parenthesis. Anchorage 15 (16) is a hollow steel fabrication with side panels 30, 31 (32, 33), back panel 34 (35) and bottom panel 36 (37). Anchorage 15 (16) has near its bottom panel 36 (37) a horizontal pivot 38 (39) whereby outboard end 40 (41) of arm 13 (14) is pivotably coupled to the anchorage 15 (16). The pivot 38 (39) lies on a vertical axis VI' (V2') approximately one third of the way across the anchorage 15 (16).

Once the shelves 19, 20, 21 of carcase 12 have been loaded as required the carcase 12 is pushed upwardly from working position X to pivot around inboard pivots 24, 25. Arms 13, 14 constrain movement of the carcase 12 around path P until the side members 17, 18 seat, respectively on bottom panels 36, 37 of the anchorages 15, 16 where the carcase 12 is retained in a stable off-set location H shown in

broken outline. In this location H the outboard pivots 38 (39) of the arms 13, (14) lie further away from the wall W than the inboard pivots 24, (25). That is to say with the carcase 12 in moving into its off-set position the arms 13, 14 pivot over- centre providing for a stable off-set location H. Axis S shows the alignment of pivot 24 and pivot 38 with the carcase 12 in its off-set position.

The arms 13, 14 provide a simple form of linkage. However if desired some other form of mechanical linkage can be used such as a pair of arms at either end of the carcase to provide a parallelogram link in order to maintain a particular alignment of the carcase when moving between working and off-set positions. In addition a counterbalancing system can be incorporated, typically using weights or springs, to provide for a degree of servo-assistance during displacement of the carcase 12 between its working and off -set positions.

Apart from attachment to a wall (that is to say a vertical surface) the anchorages 15, 16 can be located on a horizontal surface (such as a ceiling) or to a frame or other secure location adapted to provide for the support of the carcase when in its off-set position and when moving between the working and off-set positions.

The exemplary embodiment refers to a carcase 12 moving in a generally vertical direction between working position and off-set position by means of horizontal pivots 24, 25 between arms 13, 14 and carcase 12; and horizontal pivots 38, 39 between arms 13, 14 and anchorages 15, 16. In an alternative arrangement rather than mounting the arms side by side for vertical movement of the carcase the arms can be mounted one above the other to provide for horizontal movement of a carcase to which one end of such arms are attached. Such an arrangement is convenient for a carcase located for movement between a working position on a landing to an off-set position over a stairway descending downwardly from the landing.

Industrial applicability

A storage unit embodying the present invention is readily used in a variety of environments including domestic, recreational, office and factory sited to enable a substantial increase in readily accessed storage space to be provided either on its own or to supplement existing conventional storage means.