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Title:
MOUNTING METHOD AND APPARATUS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/211577
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention provides a method of and/or apparatus for mounting a furniture unit on a substantially vertical surface such as a wall. A first mount is established, the furniture unit supported on the mount while level is established, and the second mount then fixed in place. The first and second mounts are vertically spaced so that the unit can rest, under gravity, in a stable manner while level is established and the second mount fixed in place.

Inventors:
SEMPLE, Luke Michael Ritchie (27 Balmoral Road, Andover Hampshire SP10 3HY, SP10 3HY, GB)
Application Number:
GB2019/051112
Publication Date:
November 07, 2019
Filing Date:
April 18, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
NORCROS GROUP (HOLDINGS) LIMITED (Central Way, Andover Hampshire SP10 5AW, SP10 5AW, GB)
International Classes:
A47B95/00; A47B96/06; F16B37/14
Foreign References:
US5893544A1999-04-13
US4136598A1979-01-30
JP2013194888A2013-09-30
US5181817A1993-01-26
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BAKER, Thomas (Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Churchill HouseChurchill Way, Cardiff South Glamorgan CF10 2HH, CF10 2HH, GB)
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Claims:
Claims

A method of mounting an item of furniture on a substantially vertical surface, said item of furniture having a mounting structure, said method including the steps of: fixing a first mount to said substantially vertical surface; engaging said mounting structure with said first mount such that said item of furniture is supported thereby; levelling said item of furniture while supported by said first mount; fixing a second mount to said substantially vertical surface at a position vertically spaced from said first mount; and fixing the position of said item of furniture relative to said substantially vertical surface by applying at least one fixing means extending between one of said mounts and said mounting structure, said at least one fixing means being configured to apply a bias to said mounting structure in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

2 A method as claimed in claim 1 comprising applying a first fixing means between said first mount and said mounting structure, and applying a second fixing means between said second mount and said mounting structure, each of said first and second fixing means being configured to apply a bias to said mounting structure in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

3. A method as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2 comprising supporting said item of furniture on said first mount under gravity.

4. A method as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein said mounting

structure comprises a substantially planar back-board forming part of said item of furniture, mounting apertures being provided in said back-board, said method comprising passing said first and second mounts through said apertures.

5. A method as claimed in claim 4 comprising passing said first mount through an aperture above an aperture for said second mount.

6. A method as claimed in claim 4 or claim 5 wherein said first and second fixing means comprise caps configured to overlie said mounting apertures, said method comprising engaging said caps with said first and second mounts.

7. A method as claimed in claim 6 comprising engaging said caps with said first and second mounts in a manner that provides a progressive bias to said mounting structure in the direction of said substantially vertical surface. 8. A method as claimed in claim 8 comprising screw fitting said caps to said first and second mounts.

9. Apparatus for fixing an item of furniture to a substantially vertical surface, said item of furniture having a mounting structure, said apparatus including a first mount configured to, in use, fix to said substantially vertical surface and engage with said mounting structure to support said item of furniture with respect to said substantially vertical surface; a second mount configured to, in use, fix to said substantially vertical surface at a position vertically spaced from said first mount; and at least one fixing means configured to, in use, extend between one of said mounts and said mounting structure and operable to apply a bias to said mounting structure in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

10. Apparatus as claimed in claim 9 including a first fixing means configured to, in use, extend between said first mount and said mounting structure; and a second fixing means configured to, in use, extend between said second mount and said mounting structure, said first and second fixing means being operable to apply a bias to said mounting structure in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

11. Apparatus as claimed in claim 9 or claim 10 wherein said first mount and second mounts are configured to pass through first and second mounting apertures respectively provided in said mounting structure.

12. Apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 9 to 11 wherein said first mount has a proximal contact face for engagement, in use, with said substantially vertical surface; a distal face; and a first mount peripheral surface extending between said contact face and said distal face, said first mount peripheral surface tapering inwardly in a direction from said distal face to said contact face.

13. Apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 9 to 12 wherein said second mount has a second periphery, at least part of which is configured to extend over and beyond a dimension of said second mounting aperture.

14. Apparatus as claimed in claim 13 wherein said second mounting aperture comprises a substantially circular hole and wherein said second mount includes an annular collar of greater diameter than a diameter of said circular hole; and wherein said second mount has a proximal contact face for engagement, in use, with said substantially vertical surface; and a distal face, an outer surface of said collar defining said distal face.

15. Apparatus as claimed in claim 14 wherein said first and second mounts each include a cavity extending inwardly from said distal faces, said cavities terminating in fixing flanges, the outer surfaces of which define said proximal contact faces; and wherein said first and second fixing means comprise caps engageable with said cavities.

16. Apparatus as claimed in claim 15 wherein each said cavity comprises a

cylindrical cavity, a cylindrical surface of which is provided with a female screw thread to, in use, engage with a male screw thread on each cap.

17. Apparatus as claimed in claim 12 or claim 14 wherein the contact faces of said first and second mounts are provided with annular grooves configured and operable to receive O-rings. 18. Apparatus as claimed in any one of claims 9 to 17 when configured, arranged and operable to perform the method claimed in any one of claims 1 to 8.

Description:
MOUNTING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Field of the Invention

This invention provides a method of and/or apparatus for mounting items of furniture on a vertical surface such as a wall. In this context furniture includes items such as cupboards and shelves but may also include (but not be limited to) items such as mirrors and works of art.

Background to the Invention

It is well known to mount a furniture item on a wall using devices which not only provide vertical support but which also include some form of adjustment to enable the furniture device to be levelled. One such arrangement is described in our British Patent No. 2 427 119. The apparatus described in this patent functions well but is bulky, relatively costly to manufacture and further, if the item is to sit flush against the wall, a rebated surface on the rear of the item is required to accommodate the mounting components.

Some of the problems described above are addressed by the mounting apparatus described in our British Patent No. 2 498 380 which uses horizontally spaced connectors that include adjusters to establish or correct level once the two connectors have been fixed in place. The connectors include cam adjusters to fine-tune level, approximate level needing to be established before the connector bases are fitted to the wall. Further, when mounting a furniture item via mounting holes pre-formed in the item, the spacing between the connectors needs to be established before the connector bases are fixed to the wall and the item must be supported at all times until both connectors are fixed in place.

It is an object of the invention to provide a method and apparatus which will go at least some way in addressing the drawbacks mentioned above; or which will at least provide a novel and useful alternative. Summary of the Invention

Accordingly, in one aspect, the invention provides a method of mounting an item of furniture on a substantially vertical surface, said item of furniture having a mounting stmcture, said method including the steps of: fixing a first mount to said substantially vertical surface; engaging said mounting structure with said first mount such that said item of furniture is supported thereby; levelling said item of furniture while supported by said first mount; fixing a second mount to said substantially vertical surface at a position vertically spaced from said first mount; and fixing the position of said item of furniture relative to said substantially vertical surface by applying at least one fixing means extending between one of said mounts and said mounting structure, said at least one fixing means being configured to apply a bias to said mounting structure in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

Preferably said method comprises applying a first fixing means between said first mount and said mounting stmcture, and applying a second fixing means between said second mount and said mounting structure, each of said first and second fixing means being configured to apply a bias to said mounting stmcture in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

Preferably said method comprises supporting said item of furniture on said first mount under gravity.

Preferably said mounting stmcture comprises a substantially planar back-board forming part of said item of furniture, mounting apertures being provided in said back-board, said method comprising passing said first and second mounts through said apertures.

Preferably said method comprises passing said first mount through an aperture above an aperture for said second mount.

Preferably said first and second fixing means comprise caps configured to overlie said first and second mounting apertures, said method comprising engaging said caps with said first and second mounts.

Preferably said method comprises engaging said caps with said first and second mounts in a manner that provides a progressive bias to said mounting stmcture in the direction of said substantially vertical surface.

Preferably said method comprises screw-fitting said caps to said first and second mounts.

In a second aspect the invention provides apparatus for fixing an item of furniture to a substantially vertical surface, said item of furniture having a mounting stmcture, said apparatus including a first mount configured to, in use, fix to said substantially vertical surface and engage with said mounting structure to support said item of furniture with respect to said substantially vertical surface; a second mount configured to, in use, fix to said substantially vertical surface at a position vertically spaced from said first mount; and at least one fixing means configured to, in use, extend between one of said mounts and said mounting structure and operable to apply a bias to said mounting stmcture in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface.

Preferably said apparatus includes a first fixing means configured to, in use, extend between said first mount and said mounting stmcture; and a second fixing means configured to, in use, extend between said second mount and said mounting stmcture, said first and second fixing means being operable to apply a bias to said mounting stmcture in a direction toward said substantially vertical surface. Preferably said first mount and second mounts are configured to pass through first and second apertures respectively provided in said mounting structure.

Preferably said first mount has a proximal contact face for engagement, in use, with said substantially vertical surface; a distal face; and a first mount peripheral surface extending between said contact face and said distal face, said first mount peripheral surface tapering inwardly in a direction from said distal face to said contact face.

Preferably said second mount has a second periphery, at least part of which is configured to extend over and beyond a dimension of said second mounting aperture.

Preferably said second mounting aperture comprises a substantially circular hole and wherein said second mount includes a circular collar of greater diameter than a diameter of said circular hole; and wherein said second mount has a proximal contact face for engagement, in use, with said substantially vertical surface; and a distal face, an outer surface of said collar defining said distal face.

Preferably said first and second mounts each include a cavity extending inwardly from said distal faces, said cavities terminating in fixing flanges, the outer surfaces of which define said proximal contact faces; and wherein said first and second fixing means comprise caps engageable with said cavities.

Preferably each said cavity comprises a cylindrical cavity, a cylindrical surface of which is provided with a female screw thread to, in use, engage with a male screw thread on each cap.

Preferably the contact faces of said first and second mounts are provided with annular grooves configured and operable to receive O-rings.

Preferably said apparatus is configured, arranged and operable to perform the method set forth above.

Many variations in the way the invention may be performed will present themselves to those skilled in the art, upon reading the following description. The description should not be regarded as limiting but rather as an illustration, only, of one manner of performing the invention. Within the limits defined by the appended claims any element or component should be taken as including any or all equivalents thereof whether or not specifically mentioned.

Brief Description of the Drawings

One working embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1: shows an isometric view of an item of furniture with mounting

apparatus according to the invention shown in exploded form.

Figure 2: shows, in smaller scale, a front view of the item of furniture shown in

Figure 1

Figure 3: shows a cross-section along the line B-B in Figure 2,

Figure 4: shows an enlarged view of the area circled C in Figure 3; and

Figure 5: shows an enlarged view of the area circled D in Figure 3.

Detailed Description of Working Embodiment

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for mounting an item of furniture, such as shelving unit 10, to a vertical surface 11 such as a wall. As will be apparent from the description that follows, the invention allows the mounting process to be carried out simply and effectively as a one-person operation with the unit 10 preferably being supported as level is established and final fixing effected.

In the form shown in the drawings the unit 10 has a mounting structure preferably in the form of a back board 13 having a vertical centreline 14 (Figure 2). Conveniently provided or formed in the surface 13 is a first aperture 15 and a second aperture 16. The apertures 15 and 16 are preferably circular apertures, are spaced vertically, and are preferably spaced along the vertical centreline 14.

The mounting apparatus comprises a first mount 18 which, in use, locates in the first aperture 15 and a second mount 19 which, in use, locates in the second aperture 16.

In the particular example described herein the first mount 18 has a proximal contact face 20 for engagement with the wall 11, a distal face or plane 21 and a periphery 22 joining the faces 20 and 21. As can be seen in Figure 1, the periphery 22 is circular but, as is apparent from Figure 4, the periphery 22 tapers inwardly from the distal face 21 to the proximal face 20. The maximum diameter of the periphery 22 is less than the diameter of the aperture 15.

As is again evident from Figures 1 and 4, the mount 18 further includes a cavity 23 extending inwardly from the distal face 21, the cavity preferably including a female thread 24 and terminating in fixing flange 25. The outer surface of the fixing flange comprises the contact face 20 which is preferably formed with an annular groove to receive an O-ring 26.

The female thread 24 in cavity 23 provides a suitable fixing for fixing means, preferably in the form of cap 30, that has a correspondingly male-threaded fixing spigot 31. The cap 30 further includes a peripheral skirt 32, the diameter of which is greater than the diameter of aperture 15 and which, when the threads 31 and 24 are engaged, can apply a bias to the surface 13 in the direction of wall surface 11. The cap 30 may include a slot 33 to facilitate the application of torque to the cap by means of a screwdriver or the like. It will be appreciated that this arrangement allows a variable degree of bias to be applied in the direction of wall 11.

The second mount 19 has a proximal contact face 40 for engagement with the wall 11, a distal face or plane 41 and a periphery 42 joining the faces 40 and 41. As can be seen in Figure 1, the periphery 42 is circular but, as is apparent from Figure 5, the periphery 42 is preferably a plain circular section, the diameter of which is just less than the diameter of second aperture 16. An important feature of the second mount 19 is the provision of an extension, preferably in the form of collar 43, on or at the distal face 41, the diameter of the collar 43 being greater than the diameter of the second aperture 16.

As with the first mount 18, the second mount includes a cavity 44 extending inwardly from the distal face 41, the cavity preferably including a female thread 45 and terminating in fixing flange 46. The outer surface of the fixing flange comprises the contact face 40 which, like in the case of the first mount 15, is preferably formed with an annular groove to receive an O-ring 47.

As with the first mount the female thread 45 in cavity 44 provides a suitable fixing for a second fixing means, also preferably a cap 50 that has a correspondingly male- threaded fixing spigot 51. The cap 50 further includes a peripheral skirt 52, the diameter of which is greater than the diameter of aperture 16, is greater than the diameter of the collar 43 and which, when the threads 51 and 45 are engaged, can apply a bias to the surface 13 in the direction of wall surface 11. The cap 50 may include a slot 53 to facilitate the application of torque to the cap by means of a screwdriver or the like.

It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the apparatus are conveniently configured so that the caps 30 and 50 are identical and thus inter-changeable.

In use, furniture unit 10 may be mounted as follows:

First mount 18 is attached to the wall 11 by means of fixing screw 55 and, preferably, washer 56. Once the mount 18 is fixed in place the unit 10 can be supported on the mount by engaging aperture 15 over the mount 18. The tapered periphery 22 of the mount 18 tends to bias the unit toward the wall 11 and thus resist the unit 10 dis engaging from the mount 18 while further elements of the mounting method are effected. As a further measure to resist dis-engagement, the cap 30 may be loosely engaged with the mount 18.

With the unit 10 supported on mount 18, level can be established, using a spirit level or the like, and then the second mount engaged through second aperture 16 and fixed in place with fixing screw 57 and, preferably, washer 58. Caps 30 and 50 can then be tightened to bias the unit 10 firmly and securely against the wall 11.

A feature of the assembly process is that, as the mounts are displaced into contact with the wall 11, O-rings 26 and 47 create a friction between their respective mounts and the wall. This friction prevents the mounts spinning on their respective fixing screws as the caps 30 and 50 are screwed into place, or unscrewed.

While it is convenient to apply the first mount 18 shown in Figure 4 through the first or upper aperture 15, it is possible to engage the first mount through the lower aperture 16 and complete the fixing procedure by passing the second mount through the upper aperture 15 however this would have the disadvantage that the unit is unstable and needs support until the second mount is fixed in place. Whilst in the case of the example described the unit 10 is fixed in place by a single first mount and a single second mount, those skilled in the art will appreciate that larger units may be mounted by multiples of first and second mounts in equal or unequal numbers as required or appropriate. It will thus be appreciated that the invention provides a simple yet effect method and apparatus for mounting an item of furniture which, at least in the case of the example described, has the advantage that the unit can be supported, levelled and fixed by one person in a sequence that does not require the unit to be removed after initial support has been established.