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Title:
SUPPORT DEVICE FOR SHELVES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/239443
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A support device for shelves (21) suitable to cooperate with a hole (23) made in a lateral wall (22) of a furnishing element (20) in order to position a shelf (21) at the desired height, comprising: - a pin (11), or a screw (111), insertable in the hole (23) made on a lateral wall (22) of the furnishing element (20) and extending along an axis of development (X); - a support base (12) that extends from the side opposite the pin (11) or screw (111), parallel and offset with respect thereto; and - a connection portion (13), disposed in an intermediate position between the pin (11) or screw (111) and the support base (12) and suitable to connect one to the other.

Inventors:
SALLUZZO IGOR (IT)
Application Number:
IT2019/050140
Publication Date:
December 19, 2019
Filing Date:
June 14, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MEDIA PROFILI SRL (IT)
International Classes:
A47B57/48; A47B96/06; A47B96/07
Foreign References:
JPS5245512U1977-03-31
US4639161A1987-01-27
US1393012A1921-10-11
JPS5245513U1977-03-31
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PETRAZ, Davide Luigi et al. (IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. Support device for shelves (21) suitable to cooperate with a hole (23) made in a lateral wall (22) of a furnishing element (20) in order to position a shelf (21) at the desired height, comprising:

- a pin (11), or a screw (111), insertable in the hole (23) and extending along an axis of development (X);

- a support base (12) that extends from the side opposite said pin (11), or screw (111), parallel and offset with respect thereto; and

- a connection portion (13), disposed in an intermediate position between said pin

(11) or screw (111) and said support base (12) and suitable to connect one to the other;

characterized in that said support base (12) is flat on both sides and said support device has a first configuration of use in which said support base (12) is positioned lower than said pin (11) or screw (111), and has a first support surface (14), or internal surface, for said shelf (21), and a second configuration of use, rotated with respect to the first configuration of use, in which said support base

(12) is positioned higher than said pin (11) and has a second support surface (15), or external surface, for said shelf (21), parallel to and opposite said first internal support surface (14), and in which said connection portion (13) extends in height on one side at least above the pin (11) or the screw (111), and on the other side flush with said second external surface (15) of said support base (12).

2. Support device as in claim 1, characterized in that said support base (12) has a thickness (S2) comprised between 0.8 and 1.2 times a diameter of said pin (11) or screw (111).

3. Support device as in any claim hereinbefore, characterized in that said connection portion (13) has a thickness (S3) comprised between about ¼ and ½ of a thickness (S2) of said support base (12).

4. Support device as in any claim hereinbefore, characterized in that said support base (12), in correspondence with a connecting zone with said connection portion (13), has a width (L) less than its maximum width (Lmax).

5. Support device as in any claim hereinbefore, characterized in that said pin (11) comprises at least one protruding rib (16) that extends parallel to said axis of development (X) toward the outside from the lateral surface of said pin (11).

6. Support device as in any claim hereinbefore, characterized in that said connection portion (13) has a first connection zone (l3a) with the support base

(12), and a second connection zone (l3b) with the pin (11), offset and opposite with respect to the first connection zone (13a).

7. Support device as in any claim hereinbefore, characterized in that said connection portion (13) is provided with a rectilinear end (17) disposed substantially flush with said second support surface (15) and with an at least partly rounded portion (18), opposite said rectilinear end (17).

8. Support device as in any of the claims from 1 to 4, characterized in that said connection portion (13) has a through hole (31) with flaring (31a) to allow the passage of said screw (111) and the housing of the head (11 la) of the screw (111) in said flaring (31a).

9. Furnishing element comprising two lateral walls (22), parallel and opposite one another, each provided with pairs of positioning holes (23) made in the thickness of said lateral walls (22) in positions correlated to each other, and at least one shelf (21), characterized in that it comprises at least one support device (10) as in any of the claims from 1 to 8 cooperating with one of said holes (23) to support said shelf (21).

10. Furnishing element as in claim 9, characterized in that said shelf (21) comprises at least one housing seating (27) made in its lower surface (29) and suitable to house said support base (12) of said support device (10).

1 1. Furnishing element as in claim 9 or 10, characterized in that said shelf (21) comprises at least one recess (26) suitable to house said connection portion

Description:
“SUPPORT DEVICE FOR SHELVES”

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention concerns a support device suitable to support a shelf in a furnishing element, for example a wardrobe, a cupboard, a wall unit, a refrigerator, or a shelving unit, in cooperation with suitable holes made internally in the lateral wall of the furnishing element itself.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Furnishing elements are known, such as for example wardrobes, wall units, or cupboards, the vertical walls of which are provided at least internally with positioning holes provided in pairs on opposite internal faces and at heights corelated to each other, in which specific support devices can be inserted to allow the positioning of shelves at the desired height.

A user can therefore choose on each occasion at what height to position the shelf according to needs, so as to define containing compartments of different sizes, for example based on the height of the articles or clothes to be housed in each compartment.

Known support devices are generally provided with a pin insertable in the hole and with a support base which protrudes from the opposite side with respect to the pin and which is positioned, during use, toward the inside of the furnishing element, and on which the shelf is located resting.

Generally, known support devices are wedge-shaped, that is, the support base comprises a flat support surface which lies on a horizontal plane, which is suitable to support a portion of the shelf, and has a thickness decreasing toward its end opposite the pin.

One disadvantage of known support devices is that they generally allow a single position of use, so that they do not allow to adapt the height of the shelf in a desired manner.

Furthermore, known support devices have a univocal position of insertion in the holes present on the wall of the furnishing element, and therefore do not allow to vary the inter-axes with respect to the pitch defined between successive holes.

A further disadvantage is that these support devices do not guarantee a stable coupling between the furnishing element and the respective shelves with which they are associated.

JP 52-45513, US 1,393,012 and US 4,639,161 describe support elements for shelves on which the preamble of the independent claim is based.

One purpose of the present invention is to provide a support device that is improved with respect to the devices of the state of the art.

In particular, one purpose of the present invention is to provide a support device which allows to position a shelf at different heights with respect to the positioning hole, as a function of needs, so as to vary the pitch between adjacent shelves.

Another purpose of the present invention is to provide a support device for shelves which allows to guarantee, during use, a stable and secure coupling between a wall of a furnishing element and the respective shelf.

The Applicant has devised, tested and embodied the present invention to overcome the shortcomings of the state of the art and to obtain these and other purposes and advantages.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is set forth and characterized in the independent claims, while the dependent claims describe other characteristics of the invention or variants to the main inventive idea.

Embodiments described here concern a support device for shelves comprising a pin or a screw, insertable in a hole in a lateral wall of a furnishing element, a support base which extends from the side opposite the pin, parallel and offset with respect thereto, and a connection portion, disposed in an intermediate position between the pin and the support base, which extends in height on one side at least above the pin or the screw, and on the other flush with an external surface of the support base, and is suitable to connect one with the other.

According to one aspect of the present invention, the support base is flat on both of its opposite sides and allows to support a shelf at two different heights as a function of needs.

According to some embodiments, the pin or the screw are in a single body with support base and connection portion.

According to other embodiments, the pin or the screw are separate elements with respect to the support base and the connection portion.

According to some embodiments, the support device has a first configuration of use in which the support base is positioned lower than the pin or the screw, and a second configuration of use, rotated with respect to the first configuration of use, in which the support base is positioned higher than the pin or the screw.

Advantageously, the two configurations are defined by means of a 180° rotation of the device around the axis of rotation defined by the pin or by the screw.

In this way, by using the same support device, and simply rotating it, it is possible to obtain two different positions for mounting the shelf without requiring another hole in the wall of the furnishing element, therefore allowing a variation of the inter-axis with respect to the pitch defined between the holes.

According to further embodiments, the support base has a thickness comprised between 0.8 and 1.2 times the diameter of the pin or of the screw, so as to guarantee an adequate support of the shelf.

According to some embodiments, the thickness of the connection portion is very small, so as not to interfere with the shelf and allow its positioning in the free space commonly present between shelf and wall.

According to further embodiments, the connection portion can be inserted inside a recess made in the shelf.

According to further embodiments, the support base can be configured to be inserted in a suitable seating made in the thickness of the shelf to be supported, so as to constrain the latter in a stable manner to the wall of the furnishing element in which the respective pin or the respective screw is inserted.

In this way, the support device also acts as a constraining element between wall and shelf.

According to some embodiments, the support base can have an at least partly rounded shape, so as to facilitate the insertion in the seating.

According to further embodiments, in correspondence with the connection zone with the connection portion, the support base has a width smaller than its maximum width, so as to prevent the support device from being removed from the seating in a lateral direction, allowing a reciprocal positioning only in the vertical direction. Embodiments described here also concern a furnishing element comprising two lateral walls, parallel and opposite each other, each provided with pairs of positioning holes made in the thickness of the lateral walls in positions correlated to each other, at least one shelf and at least one support device according to the invention cooperating with one of the holes to support the shelf.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and other characteristics of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of some embodiments, given as a non-restrictive example with reference to the attached drawings wherein:

- fig. 1 is a three-dimensional view of a support device according to embodiments described here;

- fig. 2 is a rear view of the support device of fig. 1 ;

- fig. 3 is a view from above of the support device of fig. 1 ;

- fig. 4 is a lateral view of the support device according to the invention in a first configuration of use;

- fig. 5 is a lateral view of the support device according to the invention in a second configuration of use;

- fig. 6 is a schematic view of a furnishing element provided with the support device according to the invention in the first configuration of use;

- fig. 7 is an enlarged detail of fig. 6;

- fig. 8 is a schematic view of a furnishing element provided with the support device according to the invention in the second configuration of use;

- fig. 9 is an enlarged detail of fig. 8;

- fig. 10 shows, with a perspective view, another embodiment of the support device according to the invention;

- fig. 11 shows a front view of the support device of fig. 10;

- fig. 12 shows a schematic view from above of the mounting of the support device of fig. 10 according to the invention;

- figs. 13 and 14 show, in a similar way to figs. 4 and 5, two lateral views of the support device of fig. 10 in two configurations of use.

To facilitate comprehension, the same reference numbers have been used, where possible, to identify identical common elements in the drawings. It is understood that elements and characteristics of one embodiment can conveniently be incorporated into other embodiments without further clarifications.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF SOME EMBODIMENTS

Embodiments described here, with reference in particular to figs. 1-9, concern a support device 10 for shelves 21, of the type suitable to position a shelf 21 with respect to a positioning hole 23 provided on a lateral wall 22 of a furnishing element 20.

The furnishing element 20 can be for example a wardrobe, a cupboard, a wall unit, a shelving unit, a refrigerator, or suchlike.

The furnishing element 20 can comprise two lateral walls 22 opposite each other and connected to each other by an upper wall 24 and a lower wall 25.

The furnishing element 20 can also be provided with a rear panel and/or a hinged, or sliding type panel, not shown.

The holes 23 are made in the thickness of the lateral walls 22, at a predefined pitch with respect to each other, made in opposite pairs on the respective lateral walls 22 in positions correlated with each other.

The support device 10 of figs. 1-9 comprises a pin 11 insertable in a hole 23 of the furnishing element 20, a support base 12 that extends from the side opposite the pin 11, parallel and offset with respect thereto, and a connection portion 13, disposed in an intermediate position between the pin 11 and the support base 12 and suitable to connect one to the other.

The connection portion 13 constrains the pin 11 and the support base 12 in a rigid manner.

According to some embodiments, the pin 11 can have a substantially cylindrical shape, which develops along an axis of development X, and have a diameter Dl, mating with the diameter of the holes 23 and suitable to be inserted therein.

According to some embodiments, the pin 11 can comprise at least one protruding rib 16 which extends parallel to the axis of development X toward the outside from the lateral surface of the pin 11, suitable to interfere with the internal surface of a hole 23 to guarantee a stable positioning of the pin 11 inside the hole 23 itself, preventing any unwanted rotations thereof.

According to some embodiments, the pin 11 can comprise two or more ribs 16, for example four, uniformly distanced from each other around the axis of development X.

According to some embodiments, the support base 12 is flat on both its opposite sides, and allows to support a shelf 21 at two different heights according to needs, also with respect to a single hole 23.

According to some embodiments, the support base 12 comprises a first surface, or internal surface 14, and a second surface, or external surface 15 parallel to and opposite each other, each of which extend on a plane parallel to the axis of development X of the pin 11.

As shown in figs. 4 and 5, better described below, the surfaces 14 and 15 of the support base 12 exchange their functions by means of a 180° rotation of the support device 10 around the pin 11; in fig. 4, the first internal surface 14 acts as a support surface for the shelf 21 , while in fig. 5 the second external surface 15 has the function of support surface for the shelf 21.

It should be noted that the connection portion 13 develops in height on one side above the position of the pin 16, while on the other side it is flush with the external surface 15 of the support base 12.

According to some embodiments, in fact, the support device 10 has a first configuration of use (fig. 4) in which the support base 12 is positioned lower than the pin 11 , and a second configuration of use, rotated with respect to the first configuration of use (fig. 5), in which the support base 12 is positioned higher than the pin 11.

According to some embodiments, the second configuration of use is rotated by 180° around the axis of development X of the pin 11 with respect to the first configuration of use.

In this way, it is possible to vary the inter-axis with respect to the pitch defined between the holes 23, positioning a shelf 21 in two different positions with respect to a single hole 23.

According to some embodiments, the connection portion 13 is disposed orthogonal with respect to the axis of development X of the pin 11 and to the support surfaces 14, 15 of the support base 12.

According to some embodiments, the support base 12 has a thickness S2 comprised between 0.8 and 1.2 times the diameter D1 of the pin 11, so as to guarantee an adequate support of the shelf 21. According to further embodiments, the connection portion 13 has a reduced thickness S3, for example comprised between about ¼ and ½ of the thickness S2 of the support base 12.

In this way, the connection portion 13, during use, does not interfere with the shelf 21, and, according to possible applications, it can be positioned in a free space 30 present between shelf 21 and lateral wall 22, due to a minimum difference between the length of the shelf 21 and the distance between the lateral walls 22 (figs. 4 and 5).

According to variant embodiments, the connection portion 13 can be configured to be inserted inside a suitable recess 26 made in the shelf 21.

According to further embodiments, the support base 12 can be configured to be inserted in a suitable housing seating 27 made in the thickness of the shelf 21 to be supported, so as to constrain the latter in a stable manner to the lateral wall 22 of the furnishing element 20 in which the respective pin 11 is inserted.

In this way, the support device 10 acts as a holding element between the lateral wall 22 and the shelf 21.

According to some embodiments, the support base 12 can have any shape whatsoever, for example round, oval, polygonal, or a profile given by a combination of curved and rectilinear segments.

According to possible variants, the support base 12 has an at least partly rounded profile, so as to facilitate the insertion in a housing seating 27.

According to further embodiments, in correspondence with the connection zone with the connection portion 13, the support base 12 and the connection portion 13 have a width L smaller than the maximum width Lmax of the support base 12.

In this way, when the support base 12 is inserted in a suitable housing seating 27 mating in shape in the shelf 21, the support device 10 cannot be removed from the housing seating 27 in a lateral direction, allowing a reciprocal positioning of the two components only in a vertical direction.

According to further embodiments, the connection portion 13 has a first connection zone 13a with the support base 12, and a second connection zone 13b with the pin 11, in an offset and opposite position with respect to the first connection zone 13 a. According to some embodiments, in correspondence with the first connection zone 13a, the connection portion 13 is provided with a rectilinear end 17 disposed substantially flush with the second support surface 15.

According to possible solutions, the connection portion 13 has an at least partly rounded portion 18, opposite the rectilinear end 17, in proximity to the second connection zone 13b with the pin 11.

According to some embodiments, the rounded portion 18 allows an easier insertion inside the recess 26, or possibly inside the free space 30 between the shelf 21 and the lateral wall 22, preventing possible blockages with the shelf 21 itself.

Embodiments described here also concern a furnishing element 20 comprising two lateral walls 22, parallel and opposite to each other, each provided with pairs of positioning holes 23 made in the thickness of the lateral walls 22 in positions correlated to each other, a shelf 21 and at least one support device 10 according to the invention.

According to some embodiments, the shelf 21 can comprise at least one housing seating 27 suitable to house the support base 12.

According to some embodiments, the housing seating 27 and the support base 12 have shapes and sizes mating with each other, allowing a reciprocal coupling only in the vertical direction, and preventing a relative movement in the horizontal direction.

According to some embodiments, the depth of the housing seating 27 is substantially the same as the thickness S2 of the support base 12, which can be positioned substantially flush inside it.

According to some embodiments, the housing seating 27 is made in a lower surface 29 of the shelf 21, in correspondence with a lateral edge thereof.

According to some embodiments, each shelf 21 comprises four housing seating 27 made in pairs, opposite each other two by two, in positions correlated to the holes 23, each suitable to house a support base 12 of a respective support device 10.

According to further embodiments, the shelf 21 can comprise at least one recess 26 suitable to house a connection portion 13 of a support device 10.

According to some embodiments, the recess 26 can be made in a lateral surface 29 of the shelf 21.

The recess 26 in particular can be made in continuity with the housing seating 27.

According to some embodiments, each shelf 21 comprises four recesses 26 made in pairs, opposite each other two by two, in positions correlated to the holes 23, each suitable to house a connection portion 13 of a respective support device 10.

According to some embodiments, the recesses 26 can have a larger size than the connection portion 13, to facilitate the reciprocal positioning between shelf 21 and support device 10.

Figs. 6 to 9 show a furnishing element 20 according to some embodiments of the present invention with a support device 10 in the two possible configurations of use.

In a first configuration of use (figs. 6 and 7), in which the support base 12 is positioned lower than the pin 11, the support device 10 is completely integrated in the shelf 21.

In particular, in the first configuration of use, the support base 12 is inserted in the housing seating 27 so that the first support surface 14 is in contact with the shelf 21 and the connection portion 13 is inserted in the recess 26, so that the support device 10 is substantially retracted inside the shelf 21.

In the second configuration of use (figs. 8 and 9), rotated 180° around the axis of development X with respect to the first configuration of use, the support base 12 is positioned higher than the pin 11, and the support device 10 is partly visible below the shelf 21.

In particular, in the second configuration of use, the support base 12 is inserted in the housing seating 27 so that the second support surface 15 is in contact with the shelf 21, and a part of the connection portion 13 extends below the shelf 21.

In the embodiment shown in figs. 10-14, in which the same numbers correspond to components equal or equivalent to those described with reference to figs. 1-9, the support device 110 has a support base 12, a connection portion 13 and a screw 111 to attach the support device 110 to the corresponding wall 22 of a furnishing element 20.

For this purpose, the connection portion 13 has a flared through hole 31, which allows the insertion and passage of the screw 111, as well as the housing of the head 11 la of the screw 111 in a flare 3 la of the through hole 31, for the insertion of the screw 111 itself in one of the holes 23.

In the same way as seen above, the support device 110 can be positioned in a first configuration of use (fig. 13) with the first internal surface 14 facing upward, on which the shelf 21 rests.

Or, by means of a 180° rotation around the axis defined by the screw 111, the support device 110 can be positioned in a second configuration of use, in which the internal surface faces downward, while the external surface 15 faces upward, and the shelf 21 rests on it.

In this case too, the connection portion 13 extends in height on one side at least above the pin or the screw 111, and on the other side flush with the second external surface 15 of the support base 12.

It is clear that modifications and/or additions of parts may be made to the support device 10 and furnishing element 20 as described heretofore, without departing from the field and scope of the present invention.

In particular, although with reference to the attached drawings an embodiment of the support device 10 has been described having a first configuration of use and a second configuration of use rotated 180° with respect to each other, in which the two support surfaces 14, 15 are parallel and opposite, a support device 10 in which the two support surfaces 14, 15 are at offset heights with respect to each other in relation to the pin 11 , and in which the two configurations of use are rotated with respect to each other by an angle different from 180°, for example 90°, or generally comprised between 0° and 180°, also falls within the scope of the present invention.

It is also clear that, although the present invention has been described with reference to some specific examples, a person of skill in the art shall certainly be able to achieve many other equivalent forms of support device 10 and furnishing element 20, having the characteristics as set forth in the claims and hence all coming within the field of protection defined thereby.