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Title:
HANGING SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/090432
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention is directed to a hanging system in form of a kit. The kit comprises a locking element (1), a fixation piece (21),a connecting piece (2) and a wall bracket (16). The hanging system may be used for hanging curtains from a rail (3, 3a). The locking element (1) and the connecting piece (2) are either used separately or together. The fixation piece (21) is always used together with the locking element (1). The locking element (1) is either used to connect two rails (3) to each other or to attach the connecting piece (2) to the rail (3) and to lock the connecting piece (2) in a desired position in the rail (3).

Inventors:
WAHL DAVID (SE)
Application Number:
PCT/EP2013/077616
Publication Date:
June 25, 2015
Filing Date:
December 20, 2013
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
INTER IKEA SYS BV (NL)
International Classes:
A47H1/104; A47H1/144
Foreign References:
US3344463A1967-10-03
US3273197A1966-09-20
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
STRÖM & GULLIKSSON AB (Malmö, SE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A hanging system in form of a kit, characterized in that the kit comprises a locking element (1), a fixation piece (21), a connecting piece (2) and a wall bracket (16), and that the locking element (1) and the connecting piece (2) are either used separately or together and wherein the fixation piece (21 ) is used together with the locking element (1).

2. The hanging system of claim 1, wherein the locking element (1) is received in one rail (3, 3a) or in two rails (3, 3a) to connect said two rails (3, 3a) to each other and wherein the locking element (1) is lockable in a desired position along the rail (3, 3a).

3. The hanging system of claim 2, wherein each rail (3, 3a) has parallel walls projecting from a partition (31, 31a) of the rail (3, 3a), which walls (30, 30a) have edges (4, 4a) at the free ends and which edges (4, 4a) are directed towards each other and are arranged perpendicular to the projecting walls (30, 30a), and wherein a distance is formed between the edges (4, 4a).

4. The hanging system of claim 3, wherein the locking element (1) is placed between the partition (31, 31a) and the edges (4, 4a) of the walls (30, 30a) and wherein the locking element (1) is pressed between the partition (31, 31a) and the edges (4, 4a) of the walls (30, 30a) in a locked condition for the locking element (1).

5. The hanging system of any of the claims 1 to 4, wherein the connecting piece (2) is connected to the locking element (1), by means of a disc (11) of the connecting piece (2) placed between the locking element (1) and the rail (3, 3a).

6. The hanging system of claim 5, wherein the rail (3, 3a) is connected to the wall bracket (16) in that the connecting piece (2), connected to the locking element (1), is locked in a elongated opening (18) of the wall bracket (16).

7. The hanging system of any of the previous claims, wherein the wall bracket (16) comprises a plate (32) for fastening it to a wall and a bracket (40), and wherein the bracket (40) is to be slid onto the plate (32).

8. The hanging system of claim 5, 6 or 7, wherein the connecting piece (2) is received in an elongated opening (8, 18, 20) with a plate (9) of the connecting piece (2) and the disc (11) of the connecting piece (2) placed at opposite sides of the elongated opening (8, 18, 20) and which plate (9) is pressed against opposite edges of the elongated opening (20) or parts adjacent the elongated opening (8).

9. The hanging system of claim 8, wherein the connecting piece (2) is received in both an elongated through opening (18) of a wall bracket (16) and an elongated through opening (20) of a rod holder (19), whereby the wall bracket (16) and the rod holder (19) are held together between the disc (11) and the plate (9), respectively, of the connecting piece (2).

10. The hanging system of claim 2, wherein the fixation piece (21) is connected to the locking element (1) by means of a part (25) placed between the rail (3, 3a) and the locking element (1), when the locking element (1) is placed in the rail (3, 3a) and wherein the fixation piece (21) has means (26) to fastened it to a ceiling or wall.

11. The hanging system of any of the claims 2 to 10, wherein the rail (3, 3 a) is a curtain rail for one or several curtains.

12. A locking element (1) to be received in a rail (3, 3a), characterized in that the locking element (1) comprises two arms (5) at opposite ends of a central part, which central part has an elongated through opening, that respective arm (5) is connected to the central part by means of a spindle (14) and that respective arm (5) can be turned on the spindle (14) in relation to the central part.

13. The locking element (1) of claim 12, wherein each arm (5) has an eccentric part (15) at the connection to the central part, which eccentric part (15) will project below the central part when the arm (5) is in a horizontal position, parallel with the central part, and which eccentric part (15) will be on level with the central part when the arm (5) is in a vertical position.

14. A connecting piece (2), characterized in that it comprises a plate (9), a rod (10) and a disc (11), that the plate (9) and disc (11) are placed at opposite ends of the rod (10), that the disc (11) has an outer diameter exceeding an outer diameter of the rod (10) and that the plate (9) is connected to a spindle (12) at an upper part of the rod (10) in such a way that the plate (9) may be turned on the spindle (12).

15. The connecting piece (2) of claim 14, wherein the plate (9) has pegs (13) projecting from opposite edges and wherein the pegs (13) are placed at an end of the plate (9) opposite to the connection with the spindle (12).

16. The connecting piece (2) of claim 14 or 15, wherein the rod (10) and the disc (11) are made in one piece.

17. A fixation piece (21), characterized in that it comprises an arm (22), a plate (23), a spindle (24) and a rectangular plate (25), that the arm (22) is connected to one side of the plate (23) by means of the spindle (24), which spindle (24) is received in an opening of plate (23) and that the arm (22) is moveable in relation to the plate (23) by means of the spindle (24).

18. The fixation part (21) of claim 17, wherein the plate (23) has openings for receiving fastening screws (26) and wherein the arm (22), the spindle (24) and the rectangular plate (25) are made in one piece.

19. The fixation piece (21) of claim 17 or 18, wherein the arm (22) has a circular portion (27) placed adjacent the plate (23), wherein the rectangular plate (25) is placed at a free end opposite the plate (23) wherein the rectangular plate (25) is rotated by means of the arm (22) around an axis going longitudinally through the spindle (24) and wherein the rectangular plate (25) is placed at a distance from the circular part (27) of the arm (22).

20. A wall bracket (16) comprising a bracket (40) and a plate (32) to be fastened to a wall, which bracket (40) has an elongated through opening (18) in a horizontal part (17), characterized in that the wall bracket (16) is slid

transversally onto the plate (32).

21. The wall bracket (16) of claim 20, wherein the bracket (40) is slid onto the plate (32) by means of grooves at the ends of a vertical part of the bracket (40), cooperating with recesses (35) at opposite ends of sides (33) of the plate (32) and wherein the plate (32) has a spring (37) to be received in a through hole (38) in the bracket (40) to lock the bracket (40) in a central position on the plate (32).

Description:
HANGING SYSTEM

Technical Field

The present invention concerns a kit for a hanging system.

The kit comprises a locking element, a connecting piece, a fixation piece and/or a wall bracket. The different parts of the kit are often used in connection with a rail, for instance a curtain rail.

Background

The parts of the kit of the present invention has especially been developed for hanging of curtains, but a person skilled in the art realizes that it may also be used for hanging or connecting other objects.

When hanging for instance curtains, many different systems are used. Such hanging systems may comprise rails of different sizes and outer forms, and brackets or the like for receiving the rails. The brackets or the like may be fastened to walls or ceilings. Normally, the rails and connection or fixation parts to co-operate with the rails are given a specific design. This means that different parts can only be used for a specific system and cannot be used for different systems. Often there are also specific parts for different sizes in one system.

Summary

The kit of the present invention may be used for hanging rails for instance for either single curtains or several curtains. It may also be used for hanging rails for other parts than curtains. The kit also includes parts not solely intended for rails. One intention of the present invention is to be able to use the same kit for a number of different situations. Thus, one could say that the kit is a kind of universal hanging system, which will reduce the number of components needed for hanging different kinds of rails. It is for example possible to use the kit of the present invention with different rails, rods etc. for hanging curtains.

The hanging system of the present invention can be used in several different areas. Even though it is mainly shown in connection with curtains, with the rail or rails in a generally horizontal orientation, a person skilled in the art realizes that it may be used for hanging of different things. It is also possible to use with rails of vertical or any other orientation. Possible further use includes hanging of shelves, signs, lamps etc.

According to one aspect of the present invention, it provides means for flexible placing of connecting parts in a rail or the like.

According to the present invention a kit is provide, which kit may be used in different hanging systems, for example for hanging curtains. The kit comprises a locking element, a connecting piece, a fixation piece and a wall bracket. The locking element may be used to connect two rails to each other or to lock the connecting piece or fixation piece at desired positions along a rail. The connecting piece is used to connect different parts to the rail or to each other. The fixation piece is used to fasten a rail to a ceiling or a wall. The wall bracket is used to fasten for instance a rail or a curtain rod to a wall.

Further objects and advantages of the present invention will be obvious to a person skilled in the art reading the detailed description below.

Brief Description of the Drawings

The invention will be explained further below by way of examples and with reference to the enclosed drawings. In the drawings:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of parts of the kit of the present invention,

Fig. 2 is a perspective view corresponding to Fig. 1 with a locking element in a locking position,

Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the locking element shown in Figs. 1 and 2, Fig. 4 is a side view of the locking element of Fig. 3,

Fig. 5 is an end view of a rail which the kit of the present invention can be used with,

Fig. 6 is an end view of an alternative rail,

Fig. 7 is perspective view illustrating one possible use of a connecting piece of the present invention,

Fig. 8 is a perspective view corresponding with Fig. 7, with the connecting piece in a different position,

Fig. 9 is a perspective view illustrating a further possible use of the connecting piece of the present invention,

Figs. 10 and 11 are perspective views corresponding with Fig. 9, with the connecting piece in different positions, Fig. 12 is a perspective view illustrating one possible use of a fixation piece according to the present invention,

Fig. 13 is a perspective view corresponding with Fig. 12, with the fixation piece in a different position, and with the rail cut in illustrating purpose,

Fig. 14 is a perspective view of a wall bracket having means for fastening a bracket to a wall, and

Fig. 15 is a perspective view of the wall bracket of Fig. 14 in an assembled condition. Detailed Description

The expressions "horizontal", "vertical", "lower", "upper" and similar expressions, as used in this description, are in view of the Figs, referred to and normally in relation to the normal use of respective component.

A kit for a hanging system according the present invention comprises a locking element 1, a connecting piece 2, a fixation piece 21 and a wall bracket 16. In the example shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the locking element 1 is used to connect two rails 3 to each other. The connecting piece 2 is received in the locking element 1 , which connecting piece 2 may be used to connect the rails 3 to a further part. The locking element 1 may also be used to lock the connecting piece 2 in a desired position in a single rail 3. Thus, the locking element 1 is to be received in a single rail 3 or to connect two rails 3 end to end to each other.

The rail 3 can be a rail 3 for curtains and it has an upper space 28 and a lower space 29 separated by a partition 31. The locking element 1 is to be received in the upper space 28 and a curtain is to be received in the lower space 29. The rail 3 may be designed to hold one or more curtains in a single track, as indicated in Fig. 5, or two or more curtains placed parallel to each other in separate tracks, as indicated in Fig. 6. The rail 3a of Fig. 6 has an upper space 28a and three lower spaces 29a, 29b, 29c, which lower spaces are to receive a curtain each. Depending on whether one curtain or several curtains are to be received in the rail 3, the dimensions and design of the lower space 29 will normally differ. The upper spaces 28, 28a of the rails 3, 3a, receiving the locking elements 1, will normally have the same dimensions and design, irrespectively of how many curtains are to be received in the rails 3, 3a.

Each rail 3, 3a is open upwards with walls 30, 30a projecting upwards from the partition 31 , 31a. The walls 30, 30a end with upper edges 4, 4a, having a horizontal extension and directed towards each other. The locking element 1 has a central part to be placed below the upper edges 4, 4a, whereby the locking element 1 is to be inserted in the rail 3, 3a from one open end and be slid to the desired position.

At opposite ends of the locking element 1 an arm 5 is placed, and each arm 5 is connected to the central part of the locking element 1 by means of a spindle 14. By means of the spindle 14 each arm 5 can be turned upwards in relation to the central part of the locking element 1. Each arm 5 is less wide than the distance between the horizontal upper edges 4, 4a of the rail 3, 3a, whereby the arms 5 can be moved free of the upper edges 4, 4a of the rail 3, 3a. Each arm 5 has a serrated surface 7 at the outer free end, which serrated surface 7 is inclined and facing away from the central part of the locking element 1. The serrated surfaces 7 will facilitate manual handling of the arms 5. Each serrated surface 7 has a cam 6, placed at a lower end, and which cam 6 is to abut the partition 31, 31a of the rail 3, 3 a in a lowered position of respective arm 5. In the shown embodiment each arm 5 is connected to the spindle 14 with two portions straddling a portion of the central part of the locking element 1 connected to the spindle 14. Each portion of the arms 5 connected to the spindle 14 has a lower eccentric part 15. Each eccentric part 15 has such a design, that when the arm 5 is in a lowered horizontal position the eccentric parts 15 will be pressed against the partition 31, 31a of the rail 3, 3 a and when the arm 5 is in a raised vertical position, the eccentric parts 15 are no longer pressed against the partition 31 , 3 la of the rail 3, 3 a. In the lowered horizontal positions of the arms 5 the central part of the locking element 1 will be pressed against lower surfaces of the upper edges 4, 4a of the rail or rails 3, 3a, by means of the eccentric parts 15. At the same time the central part of the locking element 1 will be positioned at a distance from the partition 31, 31a of the rail 3, 3 a.

To connect two rails 3, 3a to each other only the locking element 1 need to be used. The connecting piece 2 is only attached if any further parts are to be connected or if the rail 3. 3a is to be connected to a bracket or the like.

An elongated through opening 8 is arranged in the middle of the central part of the locking element 1. The connecting piece 2 is to be placed in the through opening 8 of the locking element 1.

The connecting piece 2 comprises a plate 9, a rod 10 and a disc 11.The plate 9 is placed at an upper end of the rod 10 and is connected to the rod 10 at one end by means of a spindle 12. By means of the spindle 12 the plate 9 can be turned between a raised vertical position and a lowered horizontal position. The disc 11 is fixed to the lower part of the rod 10 in a perpendicular position in relation to the rod 10. Normally, the rod 10 and the disc 11 are made as an integrated single part. The plate 9 has two pegs 13 placed at opposite sides of the plate 9. The pegs 13 are placed near the free end of the plate 9, which is the end of the plate 9 opposite the end connected to the spindle 12. The pegs 13 are to lock the plate 9 in the lowered horizontal position, in that the pegs 13 are pressed against the sides of an opening receiving the connecting piece 2.

In the embodiment of Figs.7 and 8, the rail 3 is connected to the wall bracket

16 by means of the connecting piece 2. The connecting piece 2 is received in the through opening 8 of the locking element 1 , with the disc 11 of the connecting piece placed below the locking element 1. When mounting the combined locking element 1 and connecting piece 2 inside a rail 3, 3a the connecting piece 2 is inserted through the opening 8 of the locking element 1 from below. The outer diameter of the disc 11 is larger than the inner width of the opening 8 of the locking element 1 , whereby the disc 11 will be placed below the locking element 1. The combined locking element 1 and connecting piece 2 is then inserted at one end of the rail 3, 3 a and is slid to the desired position, with the arms 5 of the locking element 1 in a raised vertical position. Inside the rail 3, 3 a the disc 11 of the connecting piece 2 is placed between the locking element 1 and the inner bottom of the rail 3, 3 a. When the combined locking element 1 and connecting piece 2 has reached the desired position the arms 5 of the locking element 1 are lowered to a horizontal position, whereby the central part of the locking element 1 is pressed against the upper edges 4, 4a of the rail 3, 3a. Thereafter, the plate 9 of the connecting piece 2 is inserted from below in an elongated through opening 18 of a horizontal part 17 of the wall bracket 16. The plate 9 has to be turned to be parallel with the extension of the through opening 18. The plate 9 is then turned 90° around an axis going longitudinally through the rod 10 of the connecting piece 2. Thereafter the plate 9 is lowered to a horizontal position in which the pegs 13 of the plate 9 will be pressed against the sides of the through opening 18 of the wall bracket 16, locking the rail 3, 3a to the wall bracket 16. Thus, the width of the plate 9 is adapted to the inner dimension of the through opening 18. By lifting the plate 9 to a raised position, the position of the rail 3, 3a may be amended by sliding, wherein the connecting piece 2 will slide along the through opening 18 of the wall bracket 16.

In Figs. 9 to 11 one example of fixing a rod holder 19 to a wall bracket 16 is shown. The rod holder 19 has a hook part and a horizontal part, which horizontal part has an elongated through opening 20. The rod holder 19 is connected to the wall bracket 16 by means of the connecting piece 2. To connect the rod holder 19 to the wall bracket 16, the rod holder 19 is placed on top of the wall bracket 16, in such a position that the elongated through opening 20 of the rod holder 19 is placed directly over the elongated through opening 18 of the wall bracket 16. Then the plate 9 of the connecting piece 2 is inserted through the through openings 18, 20 of the wall bracket 16 and the rod holder 19, respectively. The connection piece 2 is inserted from below and is pushed upwards until the disc 11 of the connection piece 2 will abut a lower surface of the wall bracket 16. The connection piece 2 is thereafter rotated 90° and the plate 9 is turned to a horizontal position, in which position the pegs 13 of the plate 9 is pressed against the inner sides of the elongated opening 20 of the rod holder 19. The rod holder 19 is to receive a curtain rod. In the same way as stated above the widths of the elongated opening 18 of the wall bracket 16 and the opening 20 of the rod holder 19 are adapted to the dimensions of the disc 11 and the plate 9, respectively, of the connecting piece 2.

In Figs. 12 and 13 one example of fixing a rail 3 to a ceiling is shown. A person skilled in the art realizes that the same technique can be used to fix a rail 3, 3a to a wall. The fixation piece 21 of the kit is used to fasten the rail 3 to a ceiling. The fixation piece 21 comprises an arm 22, a plate 23, a spindle 24 and a rectangular plate 25. In the shown example the fixation piece 21 is fastened to the ceiling by means of two screws 26, received in through openings of the plate 23 of the fixation piece 21. The arm 22 is placed on the side of the plate 23 to be facing the rail 3 in use. The arm 21 is received in a through opening in the centre of the plate 23 by means of a spindle 24. In the area of the spindle 24 the arm 21 has a circular portion 27. The circular portion 27 is to rest on top of the rail 3. Thus, the diameter of the circular portion 27 is larger than the distance between the upper edges 4 of the rail 3. The rectangular plate 25 is placed below the circular portion 27 of the arm 21 and the rectangular plate 25 is placed below the circular portion 27 a distance adapted to the thickness of the locking element 1 at the elongated through opening 8. The rectangular plate 25 can be turned between a position in which it is placed parallel with the plate 23 and a position in which it is perpendicular to the plate 23. The rectangular plate 25 is made to follow the movement of the arm 22. The arm 22 and the rectangular plate 25 are turned around an axis going longitudinally through the spindle 24. The rectangular plate 25 is

dimensioned to be inserted in the elongated through opening 8 of the locking element 1 , when the rectangular plate 25 is parallel with the plate 23. With the rectangular plate 25 placed perpendicularly to the plate 23, as shown in Fig. 13, the dimension of the rectangular plate 25 hinders the rectangular plate 25 to go through the elongated opening 8 of the locking element 1. The arm 22, the spindle 24 and the rectangular plate 25 are normally integrated into one single component. For fixing the rail 3, 3a to a ceiling, the fixation piece 21 is first fastened to the ceiling by means of the screws 26. Then the rectangular plate 25 is placed with its main extension parallel with the plate 32 and the elongated opening 8 of the locking element 1, by turning the arm 22 around the spindle 24. The rectangular plate 25 is then inserted into the elongated opening 8 of the locking element 1 by raising the rail 3, 3 a until the rectangular plate 25 is placed between the partition 31 , 3 la of the rail 3, 3 a and lower sides of the elongated opening 8. Thereafter the arm 22 is turned, around an axis going longitudinally through the spindle 24, into a position where the rectangular plate 25 is placed perpendicular to the elongated opening 8. The rail 3, 3a will thereby rest on the fixation piece 21 in that the locking element 1 rests on the rectangular plate 25, at the elongated opening 8. The rail 3, 3a may be loosened from the fixation piece 21 by acting vice versa.

The wall bracket 16 comprises a bracket 40 and a plate 32 for fastening it to a wall. The plate 32 has a rectangular form in the shown embodiment, with two sides 33, projecting from opposite edges of the plate 32. The sides 33 are to be directed away from the wall. At the ends of the sides 33 flanges 34 are placed directed toward each other. The flanges 34 are placed perpendicular to the sides 33. In the part to be facing the wall the sides 33 of the plate 32 has recesses 35 at opposite ends. The bracket 40 has a horizontal part and a vertical part. The bracket 40 has grooves 36 at the ends of the vertical part and on the side to be facing the wall, which grooves 36 are to receive the plate 32. The recesses 35 of the plate 32 and the grooves 36 of the bracket 40 are given such a form that sides of the grooves 36 will be received in the recesses 35, when the bracket 40 has been mounted to the plate 32. The plate 32 has a spring 37 at one end, which spring 37 is to co-operate with a through hole 38 of the bracket 40. In fastening the bracket 16 to a wall, the plate 32 is first fastened to the wall by means of screws 39, in such a position that the recesses 35 are placed at an upper and a lower end, respectively. The bracket 40 is then slid from one side onto the plate 32, whereby the upper and lower ends of the sides 33 will be received in the grooves 36 of the bracket 40 and sides of the grooves 36 will be placed in the recesses 35. The bracket 40 is slid on the plate 32 until the spring 37 of the plate 32 will go into the through opening 38 of the bracket 40. Thereby, the bracket 40 will be locked in a central position on the plate 32.