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Title:
TABLE INCLUDING WIRE MANAGEMENT POCKETS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/241190
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A table includes a base defining a wire management pocket and a central area, a power receptacle mounted to the base adjacent the wire management pocket, a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base, and a tabletop supported on the base. The tabletop is slidably removable from the base to provide access to the wire management pocket.

Inventors:
MULDER CRAIG (US)
FULLER BRIAN (US)
Application Number:
US2019/036466
Publication Date:
December 19, 2019
Filing Date:
June 11, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MILLER HERMAN INC (US)
International Classes:
A47B1/06; A47B13/00; A47B13/08; A47B17/00; A47B21/00; A47B37/00
Foreign References:
US20030070595A12003-04-17
EP2220963A22010-08-25
US6415723B12002-07-09
US20090165680A12009-07-02
US20050268823A12005-12-08
US20050263042A12005-12-01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
TRAUTSCHOLD, David, J. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A table comprising:

a base defining a wire management pocket and a central area;

a power receptacle mounted to the base adjacent the wire management pocket;

a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base; and

a tabletop supported on the base, the tabletop being slidably removable from the base to provide access to the wire management pocket.

2. The table of claim 1 , wherein one of the tabletop or the base includes a mounting clip for securing the tabletop to the base, wherein another of the tabletop or the base includes a bracket for engaging the mounting clip.

3. The table of claim 2, wherein the bracket defines an opening that receives the mounting clip.

4. The table of claim 2, wherein the bracket has a cantilevered edge that engages the mounting clip.

5. The table of claim 2, wherein the mounting clip is a first mounting clip and the bracket is a first bracket, wherein the one of the tabletop or the base includes a second mounting clip, wherein the another of the tabletop or the base includes a second bracket for engaging the second mounting clip, and wherein the first and second brackets are located on opposite sides of the central area of the base.

6. The table of claim 5, wherein the one of the tabletop or the base includes a third mounting clip, wherein the another of the tabletop or the base includes a third bracket for engaging the third mounting clip, and wherein the third bracket is located toward an end of the base.

7. The table of claim 1, wherein the tabletop includes a first piece and a second piece, and w'herein each piece is independently removable from the base.

8. The table of claim 1 , wherein the power receptacle is mounted to an edge of the base underneath the tabletop.

9. The table of claim 1, wherein the central area of the base houses power receptacles covered by a power access door.

10. The table of claim 1 , wherein the tabletop covers the wire management pocket when the tabletop is supported on the base.

11. The table of claim 1, wherein the tabletop is slidable along the base between an unsecured position, in which the tabletop is removable from the base, and a secured position, m which the tabletop is not removable from the base.

12. The table of claim 11, wherein when the tabletop is in the unsecured position, the tabletop is liftable away from the base.

13. The table of claim 1, wherein the base has a plurality of separating structures defining a plurality of ware management pockets, wherein the table further comprises a plurality of power receptacles, and wherein each power receptacle is mounted to the base adjacent one of the plurality' of ware management pockets.

14. The table of claim 1, wherein the wire management pocket is configured to store a cable connected to the power receptacle.

15. A table comprising:

a base having a plurality of separating structures, the plurality of separating structures defining a plurality' of wire management pockets;

a plurality of power receptacles, each power receptacle mounted to the base adjacent one of the plurality' of wire management pockets;

a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base; and

a tabletop removably coupled to the base, the tabletop being removable from the base without the use of tools to provide access to the plurality of wire management pockets.

16. The table of claim 15, wherein the tabletop is slidable along the base and hftahle away from the base to remove the tabletop from the base.

17. The table of claim 15, wherein the tabletop includes a mounting clip for securing the tabletop to the base, and wherein the base includes a bracket for engaging the mounting clip.

18. The table of claim 15, wherein the base includes a central area that houses power receptacles, wherein the central area is one of the plurality of separating structures such that a first wire management pocket is located on a first side of the central area and a second wire management pocket is located on a second side of the central area.

19. A table comprising:

a base defining a wire management pocket;

a power receptacle mounted to the base adjacent the wire management pocket;

a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base;

a tabletop supported on the base, the tabletop being movable relative to the base between a first position, in which the tabletop covers the wire management pocket and is secured to the base, and a second position, m which the tabletop covers the wire management pocket and is removable from the base.

20. The table of claim 19, wherein the tabletop is slidable relative to the base.

Description:
TABLE INCLUDING WIRE MANAGEMENT POCKETS

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] T his application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/683,377, filed

June 11, 2018, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to tables and, more particularly, to conference tables having wire management pockets for integrated power receptacles.

SUMMARY

[0003] In one embodiment, the invention provides a table including a base defining a wire management pocket and a central area, a power receptacle mounted to the base adjacent the wire management pocket, a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base, and a tabletop removably coupled to the base. The tabletop is slidably removable from the base to provide access to the wire management pocket.

[0004] In another embodiment, the invention provides a table including a base having a plurality of separating structures defining a plurality of wire management pockets, a plurality of power receptacles each mounted to the base adjacent one of the plurality of wire management pockets, a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base, and a tabletop removably coupled to the base. The tabletop is removable from the base without the use of tools to provide access to the wire management pocket.

[0005] In another embodiment, the invention provides a table including a base defining a wire management pocket, a power receptacle mounted to the base adjacent the wire management pocket, a leg coupled to the base for supporting the base, and a tabletop supported on the base. The tabletop is movable relative to the base between a first position, in which the tabletop covers the wire management pocket and is secured to the base, and a second position, in which the tabletop covers the w re management pocket and is removable from the base. [0006] Other aspects of the invention will become apparent by consideration of the detailed description and accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] Fig. 1 is a top perspective view of a table embodying the invention, the table including a tabletop in a secured position.

[0008] Fig. 2 is a bottom perspective view of the table.

[0009] Fig. 3 is a top perspective view of the table with the tabletop lifted away.

[0010] Fig. 4 is a bottom perspective view of a portion of the tabletop.

[0011] Fig. 5 is an enlarged view of a portion of the table.

[0012] Fig. 6 is an enlarged view of another portion of the table.

[0013] Fig. 7 is a top perspective view of the table with the tabletop moved to an unsecured position.

[0014] Fig. S is an enlarged perspective view of a central area of the table.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0015] Before any embodiments of the invention are explained m detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and the arrangement of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the following drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or of being carried out in various ways.

[0016] Figs. 1-2 illustrate a table 10. The illustrated table 10 is a relatively large rectangular table suitable for use in, for example, a conference room. The table 10 allows multiple people to be seated around the table 10 simultaneously. In other embodiments, the table 10 may be configured for other uses, such as personal use for a single person (e.g , a desk). Additionally or alternatively, the table 10 may be other shapes (e.g , round, square, oblong, hexagonal, irregular, etc.) and/or may have other dimensions.

[0017] The table 10 includes a base 14, a plurality of legs 18 coupled to the base 14 for supporting the base 14 above the floor, and a tabl etop 22 positioned on top of the base 14 so that the tabletop is supported by the base 14. In the illustrated embodiment, the table 10 also includes a plurality of power receptacles 26 mounted to the base 14. As shown in Fig. 2, the power receptacles 26 are positioned at an edge 28 of the base 14, underneath the tabletop 22. The power receptacles 26 provide outlets (e.g., USB outlets, three-prong outlets, etc.) for plugging in and powering/charging external devices (e.g., phones, laptop computers, tablet computers, etc.). In the illustrated embodiment, the table 10 includes six power receptacles 26 spaced apart around the table 10 Two power receptacles 26 are positioned on each side of the table 10, and one power receptacle 26 is positioned at each end of the table 10. In other embodiments, the Sable 10 may include fewer or more power receptacles 26, depending on the size of the table 10.

[0018] As shown in Fig. 8, the illustrated table 10 further includes power receptacles 29 located in a central area 30 defined in the base 14. The power receptacles 29 are covered by one or more power access doors 34 (Fig. 1), which provide a relatively continuous aesthetic with the tabletop 22. The power access doors 34 are selectively openable to provide access to the power receptacles m the central area 30.

[0019] As shown in Fig 3, the tabletop 22 is removably coupled to the base 14. More specifically, the tabletop 22 is slidably removable from the base 14 Additionally, the tabletop 22 is removably coupled to the base 14 without tools (e.g., without requiring a user to use a screwdriver, Allen wrench, socket, or other tool to unsecure the tabletop 22 from the base 14).

In the illustrated embodiment, the tabletop 22 is formed of two pieces 22A, 22B. In this embodiment, each piece 22A, 22B is separately slidably removable from the base 14. In other embodiments, the tabletop 22 may be formed from a single piece. Additionally, the tabletop 22 may be composed of wood, stone, metal, glass, composites, or other suitable materials.

[0020] Fig. 5 illustrates an underside of one of the pieces 22 A of the tabletop 22. The other piece 22B of the tabletop 22 is substantially the same. The tabletop 22 includes mounting clips 38 for securing the tabletop 22 to the base 14. In the illustrated embodiment, the piece 22A of the tabletop 22 includes seven mounting clips 38 spaced apart on the underside of the tabletop 22. In other embodiments, the piece 22A of the tabletop 22 may include fewer or more mounting clips 38. Each mounting clip 38 is generally formed as a cantilevered spring that can releasably grasp a portion of the base 14. In other embodiments, the tabletop 22 may include other suitable mounting means for releasably securing the tabletop 22 to the base 14

[0021] As shown in Figs. 5 and 6, the base 14 includes mounting areas 42 configured to be engaged by the mounting clips 38 of the tabletop 22 For example, as shown in Fig. 5, a bracket 46 located toward the middle of the base 14 includes four openings 50 that can receive mounting clips 38. Two of the openings 50 receive two mounting clips 38 for one piece 22A of the tabletop 22, and the other two openings 50 receive two mounting clips 38 from the other piece 22B of the tabletop 22 A similar bracket with openings is aligned with the bracket 46 on the other side of the central area 30. As shown in Fig. 6, brackets 54 located toward the end of the base 14 each include an opening 58 that can receive mounting clips 38. In addition, a bracket 62 adjacent the power access door 34 includes a cantilevered edge 66 that can be engaged by one of the mounting clips 38. In other embodiments, the base 14 may include mounting areas 42 located or formed in different structures 74 of the base 14. In some embodiments, the base 14 may include the mounting clips 38 and the tabletop 22 may include the mounting areas 42 configured to engage the mounting clips 38.

[0022] To connect the tabletop 22 to the base 14, the mounting clips 38 are aligned with the mounting areas 42 on the base 14, and the tabletop 22 is lowered along a lifting axis 67 to be supported on the base 14 an unsecured position. Once the mounting clips 38 are positioned in the corresponding openings 50, 58, the tabletop 22 is slid a small amount relative to the base 14 along a sliding axis 69 so the mounting clips 38 engage edges of the brackets 46, 54 defining the openings 50, 58 (or the cantilevered edge 66 of the bracket 62). The tabletop 22 is then releasably secured to the base 14 in a secured position. Since the tabletop 22 is split into two pieces 22A, 22B, each piece 22A, 22B can be independently coupled to the base 14 m a similar manner, albeit at opposite ends of the table 10. The two pieces 22A, 22B of the tabletop 22 are slid toward each other to engage the mounting clips 38 with the corresponding mounting areas 42 on the base 14. [0023] To remove the tabletop 22 from the base 14, the tabletop 22 is slid a small amount relative to the base 14 along the sliding axis 69 so the mounting clips 38 disengage the edges of the brackets 46, 54 (or the cantilevered edge 66 of the bracket 62). The tabletop 22 is released from being secured to the base 14 in the secured position and is slid until the mounting clips 38 are aligned with the corresponding openings 50, 58 so that the tabletop 22 is in the unsecured position. The tabletop 22 is lifted along the lifting axis 67 to be removed from the base 14 In this embodiment, the lifting axis 67 is generally perpendicular to the sliding axis 69. In other embodiments, the lifting axis 67 may be positioned at a different angle to the sliding axis 69, or may be parallel to the sliding axis 69.

[0024] Referring back to Fig. 3, the base 14 defines a plurality of pockets 70. Each pocket 70 corresponds to and is adjacent one of the power receptacles 26. The pockets 70 provide storage areas for cables or wires connected to the power receptacles 26 and can be referred to as wire management pockets. In particular, the pockets 70 provide a void underneath the tabletop 22 to fit extra lengths of cables extending from the central area 30 of the table 10 (which is connected to a building’s power supply) to the power receptacles 26 located at the edge 28 of the table 10. In the illustrated embodiment, the pockets 70 are separated by structures 74 (e.g., brackets, moldings, etc.) of the base 14 so that each power receptacle 26 is associated with a discrete pocket 70. Such an arrangement reduces confusion regarding which cables are associated with which power receptacles 26. In other embodiments, multiple power receptacles 26 may be associated with the same pocket.

[0025] In some embodiments, pockets are located on a first side of a longitudinal axis 78 running through the central area 30, and pockets are located on an opposite side of the longitudinal axis 78 running through the central area 30. The central area 30 in these embodiments acts as a shared structure 74 for separating the pockets 70 located on the first side of the longitudinal axis 78 from the pockets 70 on the opposite side of the longitudinal axis 78.

[0026] Additionally, the pockets 70 can be used to store electrical componentry used for collaboration within a meeting place setting. For example, routers, sharing hubs, data controllers, and the like may be stored within the pockets 70 and also connected to the cables. [0027] The pockets 70 are covered by the tabletop 22 when the tabletop 22 is supported on the base 14, but the pockets 70 are easily accessible by removing the tabletop 22 from the base 14, as explained above. Such an arrangement allows the power receptacles 26 and associated cables to be accessed from above the table 10, rather than below the table, for initial installation, maintenance, and/or replacement. In addition, as shown in Fig. 2, cables are not visible underneath the table 10, providing a cleaner aesthetic with no visible wires or fasteners holding cables, and reducing the possibility of a user seated at the table 10 snagging or pulling on the cables.

[0028] V arious features and advantages of the invention are set forth in the following claims.