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Title:
MODULAR INNER CABINET SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/242395
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention relates to a modular inner cabinet system which allows the usable area and functionality of inner cabinet to increase. Especially, the present invention relates a modular inner cabinet system which provides the usage of the space within the cabinet at highest efficiency by allowing the interior of the cabinet to be determined according to the personal needs of the user, can be easily assembled without any tools, can also be added later within the cabinet, includes components such as modular drawer, border etc. whose positions within cabinet can be changed according to the changing needs of the user.

Inventors:
BALCI KÖROĞLU HÜLYA (TR)
URAK EVREN (TR)
Application Number:
TR2019/050387
Publication Date:
December 03, 2020
Filing Date:
May 28, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SAMET KALIP VE MADENI ESYA SAN TIC A S (TR)
International Classes:
A47B47/00; A47B96/06
Foreign References:
US20150053635A12015-02-26
US20110241510A12011-10-06
US4800821A1989-01-31
US20180317648A12018-11-08
US5823700A1998-10-20
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ÇEVIK, Fatma (TR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) for increasing the usable area and functionality of inner cabinet wherein the modular inner cabinet system (1 ) comprising a main body (2) being assembled without any tools; at least two rail assemblies (20) that include inner strip (22) and outer strip (21 ) and that allow the inner strip (22) to move back and forth throughout within the outer strip (21 ); and optionally front panel (3.1 ), rear panel (3.2), side panel (3.3), base plate (3.4), bordure (4) structures, characterized by comprising at least two metal strips (10) being arranged vertically along the reciprocal inner side surfaces of the main body (2), preferably in a way to be at the beginning and the end and having alignment holes (1 1 ) formed at regular intervals;

2. at least two claws (21.1 ) being located on the outer surface of the outer strip (21 ) and providing the connection of the rail assembly (20) to the main body (2) by engaging with the alignment holes (1 1 ). A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 1 characterized by comprising at least four holders (30) that provide the connection of the front panel (3.1 ), rear panel (3.2), side panel (3.3) and base plate (3.4) to the rail assembly (20).

3. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 2 wherein the holder (30) has mounting slots (30.1 ) allowing it to be mounted to the rail assembly (20).

4. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 3 wherein rail assembly (20) has mounting nests (22.1 ) on the inner strip (22), as coinciding to the mounting slots (30.1 ).

5. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 2 or 3 wherein said holder (30) is made of elastic material.

6. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to the preceding claims wherein the holder (30) has at least one panel nest (31 ) allowing the edge of one of the panels to locate within.

7. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to the preceding claims characterized by comprising at least one elevation (31.1 ) on the base surface of the panel nest (31 ) and at least one indentation (34.5) formed on lower portion of the panel as corresponding to said elevation (31.1 ).

8. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 2 wherein the holder (30) has a base plate seat surface (32) where mentioned base plate (3.4) could be located on.

9. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 8 wherein the holder (30) has at least one mounting hole (32.1 ) formed on the base plate seat surface (32).

10. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 8 wherein the holder (30) has at least one mounting pin (32.2) formed on the base plate seat surface (32).

11. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 8 wherein the holder (30) has a base plate nest (33) where the corner of the base plate (3.4) is located within.

12. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to claim 8 wherein the holder (30) has at least one insertion slot (34) allowing restricting element (34.1 ) such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. to engage instead of one of side panel (3.3) nests.

13. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to the claim 1 characterized by comprising bordure holder (4.1 ) for providing the connection between the bordures (4) and the mounting nests (22.1 ) formed on the inner strip (22) of the rail assemblies (20).

14. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to the claim 13 wherein the bordure holders (4.1 ) has threaded portion (4.2) as corresponding to the screw thread nest (4.4) located end portions of the bordures (4).

15. A modular inner cabinet system (1 ) according to the claims 13 or 14 wherein the bordure holders (4.1 ) has a close fit portion.

Description:
MODULAR INNER CABINET SYSTEM

Technical Field

The invention relates to a modular inner cabinet system which allows to increase the usable area and functionality of inner cabinet.

Especially, the present invention relates a modular inner cabinet system which provides the usage of the space within the cabinet at highest efficiency by allowing the interior of the cabinet to be determined according to the personal needs of the user, can be easily assembled without any tools, can also be added later within the cabinet, includes components such as modular drawer, border etc. whose positions within cabinet can be changed according to the changing needs of the user.

Prior Art

The loss of space within the cabinet and difficulties in accessing the most rear portions of the cabinets are increasing day by day. While the cabinets used in daily life have wide usage areas, their inner design may not always be useful. The needs of the users change over time and the existing shelf arrangements of the cabinets have become insufficient. New spaces can be created to keep things in order or to save even more space by adding an extra shelf to these cabinets.

Especially, the reorganization of the shelves of an installed cabinet and installation of new shelves are also problems of the conventional cabinet inner systems. When the cabinet shelves are added later, many external tools such as drills, screws and similar tools are required. When installing new shelves; many matters such as shelf depths and spacing, the material used, the cutting of the shelves within required size, shelf supports, screwing of the shelves and edge covering bands need to be considered.

With the currently used shelf systems, cabinet inner shelves cannot be arranged easily and practically according to the desire of the users. This cause the need for light cabinet inner shelf systems which can be added later and easily assembled without any require of tool to emerge.

The document US4500146 describes a shelf system having a plurality of vertical rails that can be placed in the corners of a cabinet. There are shelf elements at each shelf which allow the shelf assembly to be used with cabinets in different sizes and which provide the shelves to extend laterally. A releasable fastening element holds the shelf elements in their adjusted positions. However, it is not possible that shelf systems mentioned here are easily assembled by the user without an external tool.

The document US20040263030 explains a modular cabinet system with adjustable units, that is easily assembled and packaged by the user. However, this document is not about a shelf system which provides the usage of the space within the cabinet at highest efficiency, has design allowing easily being assembled by users without any tools, can also be added later within the cabinet.

The document CN204245567 claims an adjustable wardrobe assembly. The system mentioned here comprises an upper positioning cross beam, a lower positioning cross beam, a lot of clamping vertical beam and detachable support frames arranged on the clamping vertical beams. Said system allows the space within a wardrobe to be freely changed. However, there is no light and modular system here that allows users to make easy assemble without any external tool.

As a result, the need for a shelf system which allows efficient storage by allowing users to determine cabinet arrangements according to their needs without considering the standards, allows users easily and practically to change the existing arrangement in accordance with their changing needs, in addition to all of them, provides easy assembling without any additional tool causes the solution of the present invention to emerge. The Aim and The Brief Description of the Invention

The aim of the present invention is to present a modular inner cabinet system which allows to increase the usable area and functionality of inner cabinet.

Another aim of the present invention is to present a shelf system which provides the usage of the space within the cabinet at highest efficiency, has a design allowing easy assemble without any tools, can also be added later within the cabinet.

Another aim of the present invention is to present a modular inner cabinet system which provides the usage of the space within the cabinet at highest efficiency by allowing the interior order of the cabinet to be determined according to the personal needs of the user, can be easily assembled without any tools, can also be added later within the cabinet, includes components such as modular drawer, border etc. whose positions within cabinet can be changed according to the changing needs of the user.

Another aim of the present invention to provide a lightweight inner cabinet system which allows easy access to every region within the cabinet and easily being assembled without the use of any tool.

Description of the Figures

In Figure 1 a, a front perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present holder which allows the front, rear and side panels to be fixed in a modular manner is given.

In Figure 1 b, a rear perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder is given.

In Figure 1 c, a top perspective view of said embodiment of the present holder is given.

In Figure 2a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has an elevation allowing panels to be fixed horizontally on the lower surface of the panel nest is given. In Figure 2b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has elevations allowing panels to be fixed horizontally on the lower surface of the panel nest is given.

In Figure 3a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has mounting holes allowing the base plate to be fixed vertically and horizontally on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 3b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has mounting holes allowing the base plate to be fixed vertically and horizontally on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 4a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as the elevations within the panel nests, the mounting pins allowing the base plate to be fixed vertically on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 4b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as the elevations within the panel nests, the mounting pins allowing the base plate to be fixed vertically on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 5a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has not elevations within the panel nests but has the mounting pins allowing the base plate to be fixed vertically on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 5b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has not elevations within the panel nests but has the mounting pins allowing the base plate to be fixed vertically on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 6a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has base plate nest allowing the base plate to be fixed on the base plate seat surface is given.

In Figure 6b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has base plate nest allowing the base plate to be fixed on the base plate seat surface is given. In Figure 7a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 7b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 8a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as mounting pins on the base plate seat surface, insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 8b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as mounting pins on the base plate seat surface, insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness is given.

In Figure 9a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as elevations within the front or rear panel nest, insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 9b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as elevations within the front or rear panel nest, insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 10a, a front perspective view of an embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as elevations within the front or rear panel nest and as well as the mounting pins on the base plate seat surface, insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 10b, a top perspective view of mentioned embodiment of the present holder, which has, as well as elevations within the front or rear panel nest and as well as the mounting pins on the base plate seat surface, insertion slots allowing mountage of the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. thereto, instead of side panel nests, to provide lightness, is given.

In Figure 1 1 , a perspective view of rail assembly composed of an outer strip and an inner strip movable back and forth through within mentioned outer strip, is given.

In Figure 12a, a perspective view of a modular drawer, which is assembled by means of the holder and side portions of which rail assemblies are mounted to from the outer, is given.

In Figure 12b, a front view of mentioned modular drawer which is assembled by means of holder and side portions of which rail assemblies are mounted to from the outer, is given.

In Figure 13, an exploded perspective view of said modular drawer which is assembled by means of holder and side portions of which rail assemblies are mounted to from the outer, is given.

In Figure 14, a perspective view of a modular drawer to which the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. are fastened instead of side panel to provide lightness and side portions of which rail assemblies are mounted to from outside, is given.

In Figure 15, an exploded perspective view of mentioned modular drawer to which the materials such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. are fastened instead of side panel to provide lightness and side portions of which rail assemblies are mounted to from outside, is given.

In Figure 16, a perspective view of modular bordure structures which are inserted between the rail assemblies reciprocally is given.

In Figure 17, an exploded perspective view showing how the connection between the rail assemblies and the bordure structures are provided is given.

In Figure 18, perspective views of bordure holder which provides montage between rail assemblies and bordure structures are given.

In Figure 19, a perspective view of metal strip including two alignment holes (at each level) where the claws on the outer surface of the rail assemblies will be inserted to is given. In Figure 20, a perspective view of metal strip including one alignment hole (at each level) where the claws on the outer surface of the rail assemblies will be inserted to is given.

In Figure 21 , a perspective view of rail assembly which is mounted onto mentioned metal strips is given.

In Figure 22a, a front perspective view of a preferred arrangement of the present modular inner cabinet system is given.

In Figure 22b, a front view of a preferred arrangement of the present modular inner cabinet system is given.

In Figure 22c, a rear perspective view of a preferred arrangement of the present modular inner cabinet system is given.

Reference Numbers

1. Inner cabinet system

2. Main body

3. Drawer

3.1. Front panel

3.2. Rear panel

3.3. Side panel

3.4. Base plate

4. Bordure

4.1. Bordure holder

4.2. Threaded portion

4.3. Screw

4.4. Screw thread nest

10. Metal strip

1 1. Alignment hole

20. Rail assembly

21. Outer strip

21.1. Claw 22. Inner strip

22.1 .Mounting nest

30. Holder

30.1 . Mounting slot

31 . Panel nest

31 .1 . Elevation

31 .2. Feder

32. Base plate seat surface

32.1 . Mounting hole

32.2. Mounting pin

33. Base plate nest

34. Insertion slot

34.1 . Restricting element

34.5. Indentation

Detailed Description of the Invention

The invention presents a modular inner cabinet system (1 ) which provides the usage of the space within the cabinet at highest efficiency by allowing the interior of the cabinet to be determined according to the personal needs of the user, can be easily assembled without any tools, can also be added later within the cabinet, includes components such as modular drawer (3), border (4) etc. whose positions within cabinet can be changed according to the changing needs of the user. Thanks to the invention, the functionality of the cabinet interiors increases, more usable space is provided to serve for the needs of the user and the invention eases users to access their things within the cabinet interiors. Maximum usage of cabinet interior space is provided by eliminating the difficulty of access to the areas at the deep of the cabinet, which is the one of the biggest problems of the prior art, thanks to that all shelves (drawers (3), bordure (4) etc.) are mounted to the cabinet main body (2) via rail system. Besides, almost all of the parts (except for a few small parts) of the present inner cabinet system (1 ) are easily assembled by the user without the use of any tools. It is possible that this invention is marketed as a product that user does not need to use any tools for assembling due to the fact that the parts requiring tools for assembling are packaged in the assembled form. Furthermore, the user can place shelves to any desired level thanks to the metal strips (10) on the inner side surfaces of the cabinet main body (2). Unlike the prior art, there is no need to use the tools such as drills, screws etc. for shelves that is desired to be added as extra.

The present inner cabinet system (1 ) generally comprises a main body (2) being assembled without tools; at least two metal strips (10) that are arranged vertically along the reciprocal inner side surfaces of the main body (2), preferably in a way to be at the beginning and the end, and that include alignment holes (1 1 ) formed at regular intervals on their surface; at least two reciprocal rail assemblies (20) that include inner strip (22) and outer strip (21 ), wherein claw (21 .1 ) portions located on the outer strip (21 ) engage to the alignment holes (1 1 ) located at the same level on the reciprocal metal strip (10); and modular shelves allowing to move back and forth within the cabinet by being mounted to the inner strip (22) of the mentioned rail assemblies (20).

The present innovative modular drawer (3) generally comprises front panel (3.1 ), rear panel (3.2), side panels (3.3), base plate (3.4) and holders (30) providing the montage of the panels and base plate (3.4) to each other at the corner regions. There is at least one mounting slot (30.1 ) on the holder’s (30) portions facing to the metal strip (10). Thanks to mentioned mounting slots (30.1 ), the rail assembly (20) is mounted on the drawer’s (3) surface facing to the metal strip (10). The montage of the rail assemblies (20) to the drawers (3) is provided by fixing of the mounting slots (30.1 ) on the holders (30) and mounting nests (22.1 ) on the inner strip (22) of the rail assembly (20) to each other via any connection methods such as screw, riveting etc. One of the mounting slots (30.1 ) is used for mentioned connection while the other one can also be used as centering and clearance pin. The holders (30) are fixed on the rail assemblies (20) in the packaged final product,, thus the requirement of tools in order to assembling can be eliminated. Thus, the user buying the product fixes the rail assemblies (20) to the reciprocal metal strips (10) located on the cabinet inner side surfaces. The fixing operation is provided by engagement of the claws on the outer strip (21 ) of rail assembly (20) to the alignment holes (1 1 ) of the metal strips (10). The user then places the front panel (3.1 ), rear panel (3.2) and side panel (3.3) into the panel nests (31 ) on the holder (30). Lastly, base plate (3.4) is positioned on the base plate seat surfaces (32) of the holders (30). Base plate (3.4) can be used without fastening via materials such as screw etc. after its positioning on the base plate seat surfaces (32) of the holders (30). If a more robust assembly is desired, the connection between base plate (3.4) and holder (30) can be supported via a threaded or non-threaded screw. Thus, in the preferred embodiment of the invention, there is mounting hole (32.1 ) or mounting pin (32.2) on the base plate (3.4).

In the preferred embodiment of the invention, holders (30) are made of elastic material (for example; plastic).

In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the holders (30) comprises two panel nests

(31 ) allowing two consecutive panels to be positioned perpendicular to each other and a base plate seat surface (32) where the base plate (3.4) is located on. The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 1 a, 1 b and 1 c. Besides, as seen from the figures, in the panel nests (31 ), there is at least one feder (31 .2) which makes difficult to remove the panels. Feder (31 .2) structures can be made of same material with the holders (30) or of material of different hardness. It is preferred that the feder (31 .2) structures are located at the top or slightly below of the panel nests (31 ). In the case of below, it causes problems such as failure in insertion of plates or breaking of the holders (30).

In the preferred embodiment of the invention, for providing the panels to be fixed as horizontally, there are at least one elevation (31 .1 ) on the base surface of the panel nest (31 ) and at least one indentation (34.5) formed lower portion of the panel as corresponding to mentioned elevation (31 .1 ). Rather than the height values of this elevations (31 .1 ), it is necessary that these structures prevent the forward and backward motion of the panel in horizontal plane by engaging within the indentation (34.5). The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 2a and 2b.

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), there is at least one mounting hole (32.1 ) allowing the base plate (3.4) to be fixed on the base plate seat surface

(32) at the horizontal and vertical planes. The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 3a and 3b.

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), there is at least one mounting pin (32.2) allowing the base plate (3.4) to be fixed on the base plate seat surface (32) at the horizontal and vertical planes. The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 5a and 5b. Mentioned pins provide fixing of the base plate (3.4) by engaging to the holes formed on the base plate (3.4).

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), as well as the elevations (31 .1 ) within the panel nests (31 ), there is at least one mounting pin (32.2) allowing the base plate (3.4) to be fixed on the base plate seat surface (32) at the horizontal and vertical planes. The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 4a and 4b.

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), there is a base plate nest (33) allowing the base plate (3.4) to be fixed on the base plate seat surface (32). The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 6a and 6b. In this embodiment, unlike the other embodiments of the invention, it is necessary to mount firstly the base plate (3.4) then the panels since the base plate (3.4) is required to be mounted to the holder (30) as horizontally.

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), one of the side panel (3.3) nests is eliminated for allowing lightness in the drawer (3) and instead of it there is at least one insertion slot (34) allowing restricting element (34.1 ) such as rope, rubber, metal wire etc. to be engaged thereof. Thus, lightness in the drawer (3) and space saving in its sides are provided with this embodiment of the invention by eliminating usage of the side panels (3.3). The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 7a and 7b. The perspective and exploded views of the drawer (3) structure including mentioned restricting elements (34.1 ) are given in Figure 14 and 15.

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), as well as the mounting pins (32.2) on the base plate seat surface (32), there is at least one insertion slot (34) for allowing lightness in the drawer (3). The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 8a and 8b.

In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), as well as the elevation (31 .1 ) within front or rear panel nest (31 ), there is at least one insertion slot (34) for allowing lightness in the drawer (3). The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 9a and 9b. In the preferred embodiment of the present innovative holder (30), as well as the elevation (31 .1 ) within front or rear panel nest (31 ) and as well as the mounting pins (32.2) on the base plate seat surface (32), there is at least one insertion slot (34) for allowing lightness in the drawer (3). The drawings belong to this embodiment are given in Figure 10a and 10b.

In the preferred shelf embodiment of the present invention, for the materials such as shoes or trousers it is also possible to use bordures (4) as base plate (3.4). The connection between the bordures (4) and rail assemblies (20) is provided via bordure holders (4.1 ). In the preferred embodiment, mentioned bordure holder (4.1 ) is made of elastic or metal material. Mounting nests (22.1 ) on the inner strip (22) portion of the rail assembly (20) and screw thread nests (4.4) at the end portion of the bordures (4) are connected to each other via mentioned bordure holder (4.1 ). The thread portion (4.2) of the bordure holder (4.1 ) is inserted within the screw thread nest (4.4) such that the inner strip (22) is remained between the bordure holder (4.1 ) and bordure (4) and then, a screw (4.3) is inserted to rear of the bordure holder (4.1 ). One side of the bordure (4) is threaded while the other portion is close fit. In the other embodiments it is possible that both sides are close fit or threaded. The thread portion (4.2) of the bordure holder (4.1 ) and the screw thread nest (4.4) on the bordure (4) are connected to each other by rotating or are engaged to each other via close fit operation. The thread portion (4.2) on the border holder (4.1 ) fixes the bordure holder (4.1 ) to the bordure (4) and allows to make adjustment by rotating.




 
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