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Title:
UNIVERSAL BRACKET FOR WINDOW AND DOOR COVERINGS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/046224
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A bracket is disclosed that is configured for removable engagement with a clip for a window or door covering. The bracket includes a receipt structure that is configured to receive the clip in a variety of discrete positions along a vertical height of the bracket to facilitate variation in a vertical location of the clip relative to the bracket.

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Inventors:
FITZGERALD RYAN D (AU)
Application Number:
US2020/049210
Publication Date:
March 11, 2021
Filing Date:
September 03, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ALWOOD IND (US)
International Classes:
E06B9/17; E06B9/42
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DEBONO, Michael J. et al. (Suite 624Troy, Michigan, US)
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Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A bracket configured for removable engagement with a clip for a window or door covering, the bracket comprising: an upper wall including at least one through hole configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to a mounting surface; an inner wall extending from the upper wall; a receipt structure provided on the inner wall and defining a plurality of openings configured to receive the clip such that the clip is supportable in a variety of discrete positions along a vertical height of the bracket to facilitate variation in a vertical location of the clip relative to the bracket; a plurality of receptacles supported by the inner wall and extending in generally parallel relation to a width of the bracket, each receptacle being configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to the mounting surface; a first mounting structure supported on an outer surface of the bracket and configured to engage a decorative element; and a second mounting structure supported on the outer surface of the bracket and configured to engage a support member such that the bracket is securable to the mounting surface via engagement with the support member, wherein the first mounting structure extends in a first direction and the second mounting structure extends in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

2. The bracket of claim 1, wherein the receipt structure includes: a pair of first ridges extending inwardly from the inner wall and positioned adjacent to the upper wall; and a pair of second ridges spaced from the pair of first ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of first ridges and the pair of second ridges define a first opening.

3. The bracket of claim 2, further including a guard extending from the upper wall along the vertical height of the bracket, the guard being configured for engagement with the clip to inhibit over-advancement of the clip through the first opening.

4. The bracket of claim 2, wherein the receipt structure further includes: a pair of third ridges spaced from the pair of second ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of second ridges and the pair of third ridges define a second opening; a pair of fourth ridges spaced from the pair of third ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of third ridges and the pair of fourth ridges define a third opening; and a pair of fifth ridges spaced from the pair of fourth ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of fourth ridges and the pair of fifth ridges define a fourth opening.

5. The bracket of claim 4, wherein the bracket is monolithically formed.

6. A bracket configured for removable engagement with a clip for a window or door covering, the bracket comprising a receipt structure configured to receive the clip in a variety of discrete positions along a vertical height of the bracket to facilitate variation in a vertical location of the clip relative to the bracket.

7. The bracket of claim 6, wherein the receipt structure includes: a plurality of ridges extending inwardly from an inner wall of the bracket such that adjacent ridges define an opening configured to receive the clip in a direction extending in generally parallel relation to a width of the bracket.

8. The bracket of claim 7, wherein the receipt structure includes: a pair of first ridges positioned adjacent to an upper wall of the bracket; and a pair of second ridges spaced from the pair of first ridges along a vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of first ridges and the pair of second ridges define a first opening.

9. The bracket of claim 8, wherein the bracket is monolithically formed.

10. The bracket of claim 9, wherein the bracket includes a symmetrical configuration.

11. The bracket of claim 8, further including a guard extending from the upper wall along the vertical height of the bracket, the guard being configured for engagement with the clip to inhibit over-advancement of the clip through the first opening.

12. The bracket of claim 8, wherein the receipt structure defines a plurality of openings.

13. The bracket of claim 12, wherein the receipt structure further includes: a pair of third ridges spaced from the pair of second ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of second ridges and the pair of third ridges define a second opening; a pair of fourth ridges spaced from the pair of third ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of third ridges and the pair of fourth ridges define a third opening; and a pair of fifth ridges spaced from the pair of fourth ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of fourth ridges and the pair of fifth ridges define a fourth opening.

14. The bracket of claim 6, wherein the bracket includes an upper wall with at least one through hole configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to the mounting surface.

15. The bracket of claim 6, further including a plurality of receptacles extending in generally parallel relation to a width of the bracket, each receptacle being configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to the mounting surface.

16. The bracket of claim 6, further including a mounting structure on an outer surface thereof configured to engage a decorative element.

17. The bracket of claim 16, wherein the mounting structure includes a first mounting structure on a first side of the bracket and a second mounting structure on a second side of the bracket, the first mounting structure being configured to engage the decorative element and the second mounting structure being configured to engage a support member such that the bracket is securable to the mounting surface via engagement with the support member.

18. A method of installing a covering for a window or door, the method comprising: securing a first bracket and a second bracket to a mounting surface on opposite sides of the window or door; inserting a first clip supporting a first end of the covering into one of a plurality of openings spaced vertically along a height of the first bracket; and inserting a second clip supporting a second end of the covering into one of a plurality of openings spaced vertically along a height of the second bracket.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein securing the first bracket and the second bracket to the mounting surface includes inserting fasteners through the first bracket and the second bracket into the mounting surface.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein securing the first bracket and the second bracket to the mounting surface includes: connecting a mounting structure on an outer surface of the first bracket to a first support member secured to the mounting surface such that the first bracket is secured to the mounting surface via the first support member; and connecting a mounting structure on an outer surface of the second bracket to a second support member secured to the mounting surface such that the second bracket is secured to the mounting surface via the second support member.

Description:
UNIVERSAL BRACKET FOR WINDOW AND DOOR COVERINGS

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present disclosure relates to coverings (e.g., shades, blinds, etc.) for windows, doors, and the like and, more specifically, to an adjustable bracket that allows for adjustment in the height (vertical position) of such coverings.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Window and door coverings, such as roman shades, roller shades, blinds, etc., are often mounted via brackets that are installed using one or more fasteners (e.g., screws, nails, etc.). In the event that the height (vertical position) of such coverings requires adjustment (e.g., for the purpose of leveling, to eliminate gapping with the jamb(s), sill(s), etc.), the brackets must be removed, relocated, and reinstalled, which can be cumbersome and time consuming.

[0003] The present disclosure addresses these issues by providing an adjustable bracket that allows the height of coverings to be varied without necessitating the removal, relocation, and reinstallation typically associated with such adjustments.

SUMMARY

[0004] In one aspect of the present disclosure, a bracket is disclosed that is configured for removable engagement with a clip for a window or door covering. The bracket includes: an upper wall; an inner wall extending from the upper wall; a receipt structure that is provided on the inner wall; a plurality of receptacles that are supported by the inner wall; and first and second mounting structures that are supported on an outer surface of the bracket. The upper wall includes at least one through hole that is configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to a mounting surface (e.g., on or about a window or a door). The receipt structure defines a plurality of openings that are configured to receive the clip such that the clip is supportable in a variety of discrete positions along a vertical height of the bracket to facilitate variation in a vertical location of the clip relative to the bracket. The plurality of receptacles extend in (generally) parallel relation to a width of the bracket, and each receptacle is configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to the mounting surface. The first mounting structure extends in a first direction and is configured to engage a decorative element, and the second mounting structure extends in a second direction opposite to the first direction and is configured to engage a support member such that the bracket is securable to the mounting surface via engagement with the support member.

[0005] In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may include a pair of first ridges that extend inwardly from the inner wall and are positioned adjacent to the upper wall and a pair of second ridges that are spaced from the pair of first ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of first ridges and the pair of second ridges define a first opening. In certain embodiments, the bracket may further include a guard that extends from the upper wall along the vertical height of the bracket. In certain embodiments, the guard may be configured for engagement with the clip to inhibit over-advancement of the clip through the first opening. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may further include a pair of third ridges that are spaced from the pair of second ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of second ridges and the pair of third ridges define a second opening. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may further include a pair of fourth ridges that are spaced from the pair of third ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of third ridges and the pair of fourth ridges define a third opening. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may further include a pair of fifth ridges that are spaced from the pair of fourth ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of fourth ridges and the pair of fifth ridges define a fourth opening. In certain embodiments, the bracket may be monolithically formed. It is envisioned that the bracket described above may include any combination of features and elements described in this paragraph.

[0006] In another aspect of the present disclosure, a bracket is disclosed that is configured for removable engagement with a clip for a window or door covering. The bracket includes a receipt structure that is configured to receive the clip in a variety of discrete positions along a vertical height of the bracket to facilitate variation in a vertical location of the clip relative to the bracket.

[0007] In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may include a plurality of ridges that extend inwardly from an inner wall of the bracket such that adjacent ridges define an opening that is configured to receive the clip in a direction extending in (generally) parallel relation to a width of the bracket. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may include a pair of first ridges that are positioned adjacent to an upper wall of the bracket and a pair of second ridges that are spaced from the pair of first ridges along a vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of first ridges and the pair of second ridges define a first opening. In certain embodiments, the bracket may be monolithically formed. In certain embodiments, the bracket may include a symmetrical configuration. In certain embodiments, the bracket may further include a guard that extends from the upper wall along the vertical height of the bracket. In certain embodiments, the guard may be configured for engagement with the clip to inhibit over-advancement of the clip through the first opening. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may define a plurality of openings. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may further include a pair of third ridges that are spaced from the pair of second ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of second ridges and the pair of third ridges define a second opening. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may further include a pair of fourth ridges that are spaced from the pair of third ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of third ridges and the pair of fourth ridges define a third opening. In certain embodiments, the receipt structure may further include a pair of fifth ridges that are spaced from the pair of fourth ridges along the vertical height of the bracket such that the pair of fourth ridges and the pair of fifth ridges define a fourth opening. In certain embodiments, the bracket may include an upper wall with at least one through hole that is configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to the mounting surface. In certain embodiments, the bracket may further include a plurality of receptacles that extend in (generally) parallel relation to a width of the bracket. In certain embodiments, each receptacle may be configured to receive a fastener to secure the bracket in relation to the mounting surface. In certain embodiments, the bracket may further include a mounting structure on an outer surface thereof that is configured to engage a decorative element. In certain embodiments, the mounting structure may include a first mounting structure on a first side of the bracket and a second mounting structure on a second side of the bracket. In certain embodiments, the first mounting structure may be configured to engage the decorative element and the second mounting structure may be configured to engage a support member such that the bracket is securable to the mounting surface via engagement with the support member. It is envisioned that the bracket described above may include any combination of features and elements described in this paragraph.

[0008] In another aspect of the present disclosure, a method is disclosed for installing a covering for a window or door. The method includes securing a first bracket and a second bracket to a mounting surface on opposite sides of the window or door; inserting a first clip supporting a first end of the covering into one of a plurality of openings spaced vertically along a height of the first bracket; and inserting a second clip supporting a second end of the covering into one of a plurality of openings spaced vertically along a height of the second bracket. [0009] In certain embodiments, securing the first bracket and the second bracket to the mounting surface may include inserting fasteners through the first bracket and the second bracket into the mounting surface. In certain embodiments, securing the first bracket and the second bracket to the mounting surface may include connecting a mounting structure on an outer surface of the first bracket to a first support member secured to the mounting surface such that the first bracket is secured to the mounting surface via the first support member; and connecting a mounting structure on an outer surface of the second bracket to a second support member secured to the mounting surface such that the second bracket is secured to the mounting surface via the second support member. It is envisioned that the method described above may include any combination of features, elements, and/or tasks described in this paragraph.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [0010] According to common practice, the various features of the drawings may not be to scale, and may be arbitrarily expanded or reduced for clarity.

[0011] FIG. 1 A is a rear, perspective view of a bracket according to the principles of the present disclosure shown supporting a clip for a covering (e.g., a shade, blinds, etc.) for a window or a door in a lowermost position.

[0012] FIG. IB is a rear, perspective view of the bracket shown supporting the clip in an uppermost position.

[0013] FIG. 2A is a rear, plan view of the bracket and the clip shown in the uppermost position.

[0014] FIG. 2B is a rear, plan view of the bracket and the clip shown in a first intermediate position beneath the uppermost position.

[0015] FIG. 2C is a rear, plan view of the bracket and the clip shown in a second intermediate position beneath the first intermediate position.

[0016] FIG. 2D is a rear, plan view of the bracket and the clip shown in the lowermost position.

[0017] FIG. 3 is a partial, rear, plan view of the bracket.

[0018] FIG. 4 is a front, perspective view illustrating a face-mounted installation of the bracket, the clip, and a covering to a mounting surface.

[0019] FIG. 5 is a front, perspective view illustrating connection of the clip, the bracket, and a support member during the face-mounted installation of the bracket. [0020] FIG. 6 is a vertical, cross-sectional view illustrated the clip, the covering, the bracket, the support member, and a decorative element (e.g., fascia) upon completion of the face-mounted installation.

[0021] FIG. 7 is a front, perspective view illustrating an inside, side-mounted installation of the bracket, the clip, and the decorative element.

[0022] FIG. 8 is a side, perspective view of the bracket and the clip during upon completion of the inside, side-mounted installation.

[0023] FIG. 9 is a side, perspective view illustrating an inside, top-mounted installation of the bracket, the clip, and the decorative element.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0024] The present disclosure describes brackets that are configured for use with coverings for windows, doors, etc., including, for example, roman shades, roller shades, blinds, etc. Typically, such coverings include (or are connectable to) a clip, connector, or the like, which allows for attachment of the covering to a specific bracket (or other such support) that is secured in place on a mounting surface (e.g., adjacent to the window, the door, etc., to be covered). Known brackets, however, are often configured for use with a particular clip, and must be removed, relocated, and reinstalled to vary the height (vertical position) of the covering being supported.

[0025] The presently disclosed brackets, by contrast, are universal, in that they may be configured for use with a variety of coverings (and a variety of corresponding clips). Additionally, the brackets described herein allow for adjustment in the height (vertical position) of a covering, which facilitates and simplifies leveling and allows the covering to be positioned as necessary or desired to conceal, obscure, or otherwise eliminate gapping between the covering and the window, the door, the jamb(s), the sill(s), etc.. As described in detail herein below, the configuration of the presently disclosed brackets eliminate the need for removal, relocation, and reinstallation typically associated with such adjustments.

[0026] Although (generally) described herein in the context of windows and roller shades, it should be appreciated that the presently disclosed brackets may be utilized in a variety of locations (e.g., on a door), and may be configured to support a variety of coverings (e.g., roman shades, blinds, etc.). For example, in one implementation, it is envisioned that the presently disclosed brackets may be used to mount a covering over door glass (e.g., in a French door). [0027] The presently disclosed brackets are also configured to support a decorative element (e.g., fascia), which allows for further customization in the appearance of the window, the door, etc., with which the covering is associated, and supports use with an assortment of coverings during a variety of installations including, for example, a face- mounted installation; an inside, side-mounted installation; and an inside, top mounted installation. As described below, in a face-mounted installation, the brackets are secured to (or adjacent to) an outer (end) face of the mounting surface (e.g., the window, the door, etc., to be covered), whereas in inside-mounted installations, the brackets are secured to inner (side) or top (upper) faces of the mounting surface (e.g., adjacent to the jamb of a door, the jamb or frame of a window, etc.).

[0028] FIGS. 1 A-6 illustrate a bracket 100 according to the principles of the present disclosure that is removably connectable to a mounting surface S (FIG. 4) (e.g., a window W, a wall supporting the window W, a jamb of the window W, a door, etc.). The bracket 100 is configured for releasable connection to (removable engagement with) a clip 200, which supports a covering 300 (FIG. 4) for the window W (e.g., a roller window shade 302), as well as one or more decorative elements 400 (e.g., fascia 402), which enhance the overall aesthetic appearance and/or functionality of the window W, the door, etc. The bracket 100 may include (e.g., may be formed partially or entirely from) any suitable material or combination of materials, including, for example, plastics, polymers, metallic materials, etc., and may be formed using any suitable method of manufacture, including, for example, 3-D printing, extrusion, casting, etc. In certain embodiments, it is envisioned that the material(s) from which the bracket 100 is formed may include resilient properties to allow for deflection during installation in the manner described herein below.

[0029] The bracket 100 includes a body 102 having respective upper and lower body portions 102u, 1021 (FIGS. 1A, 2 A), and defines opposing front and rear portions 104f, 104r (FIG. 5), respectively, as well as: a (horizontal) length Lb (FIG. 5); a width Wb; and a (vertical) height Hb. In the illustrated embodiment, the bracket 100 is symmetrical about a vertical axis (e.g., a central plane P (FIG. IB) of the bracket 100), and is shown as being integrally (e.g., monolithically) formed such that bracket 100 is unitary in construction. It should be appreciated, however, that one or more components of the bracket 100 may be formed separately in alternate embodiments, and connected in any suitable manner (e.g., via an adhesive, welding, etc.).

[0030] The upper body portion 102u defines an upper wall 106 (FIG. 5) with one or more through holes 108 that are configured to receive fasteners 110 (FIG. 9) (e.g., screws, nails, etc.) during an inside, top-mounted installation, as described in further detail below. The upper body portion 102u includes inner walls 112i; outer walls 112o supporting arms 114 (FIG. IB), each defining a tooth 116; and a receipt structure 118 that is configured to removably receive the clip 200. As seen in FIGS. 2A-2D, for example, in certain embodiments, the upper wall 106 may extend outwardly of the outer walls 112o (i.e., along the length Lb of the bracket 100).

[0031] The receipt structure 118 is provided on (supported by) the inner walls 112i and includes a plurality of ridges 120 (FIGS. 1 A, 3), which are arranged in pairs that extend inwardly from the inner wall 112i towards each other along the length Lb of the bracket 100 from (generally) identical vertical positions along the height Hb of the bracket 100. Adjacent ridges 120 are spaced from each other along the height Hb of the bracket 100 so as to define a series of lateral openings 122 (e.g., grooves 124) that extend along the width Wb of the bracket 100. The openings 122 are configured to receive a flange 202 (FIGS. 1A, 5) of the clip 200 such that the flange 202 is slidable into and out of the openings 122 during connection and disconnection of the clip 200 to the bracket 100, whereby the clip 200 is supportable in a variety of discrete vertical positions along the height Hb of the bracket 100, as seen in FIGS. 2A-2D, to thereby allow for variation in the vertical location of the clip 200 relative to both the bracket 100 and the mounting surface S.

[0032] In the particular embodiment shown throughout the figures, the bracket 100 is illustrated as including five pairs of ridges 120i-120iv (FIG. 3) that collectively define four openings 122i-122iv such that the clip 200 is supportable in four discrete positions. More specifically, the bracket 100 includes a pair of (first) ridges 120i that are located adjacent to (e.g., are formed integrally with) the upper wall 106; a pair of (second) ridges 120ii that are spaced vertically from the ridges 120i; a pair of (third) ridges 120iii that are spaced vertically from the ridges 120ii; a pair of (fourth) ridges 120iv that are spaced vertically from the ridges 120iii; and a pair of (fifth) ridges 120v that are spaced vertically from the ridges 120iv. The ridges 120i, 120ii define a (first) opening 122i that is configured to receive the clip 200 in an uppermost position (FIG. 2A); the ridges 120ii, 120iii define a (second) opening 122ii that is configured to receive the clip 200 in a (first) intermediate position (FIG. 2B) beneath the uppermost position; the ridges 120iii, 120iv define a (third) opening 122iii that is configured to receive the clip 200 in a (second) intermediate position (FIG. 2C) beneath the (first) intermediate position; and the ridges 120iv, 120v define a (fourth) opening 122iv that is configured to receive the clip 200 in a lowermost position (FIG. 2D) beneath the (second) intermediate position. It should be appreciated, however, that the number of ridges 120 and openings 122, and, thus, the number of positions for the clip 200, may be increased or decreased without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0033] Each of the ridges 120 includes a flared configuration defining upper and lower contact surfaces 126u, 1261 (FIG. 3), respectively, and a height Hr that increases with distance from the inner wall 122i, whereby the openings 122 each define a maximum height Ho adjacent to the inner wall 112i that is greater than a corresponding dimension (thickness) defined by the flange 202 of the clip 200. More specifically, the ridges 120 each taper vertically at the ends thereof such that the contact surfaces 126u, 1261 are defined by (generally) triangular apices. The tapered configuration at the ends of the ridges 120reduces the surface area defined by upper and lower contact surface 126u, 1261 as compared to that which would be defined by non -tapered ridges 120, thereby reducing friction during insertion and removal of the flange 202 into and from the receipt structure 118 to facilitate connection of the clip 200 to the brackets 100. More specifically, as seen in FIG. 3, for example,

[0034] In various embodiments of the disclosure, it is envisioned that the configuration of the ridges 120 and the openings 122 may be varied to facilitate use of the brackets 100 with a variety of clips 200, which may differ in size, configuration, manufacturer, etc., so as to increase the versatility of the bracket 100. For example, brackets 100 including smaller or larger ridges 120 and/or openings 122 would not be beyond the scope of the present disclosure.

[0035] In certain embodiments, such as that shown throughout the figures, the bracket 100 includes a stop 128 (FIG. 1 A) that extends vertically downward from the upper wall 106 along the height Hb of the bracket 100. The stop 128 is configured for contact with the flange 202 of the clip 200 when the clip 200 is in the uppermost position (FIGS. IB, 2A) to maintain vertical separation between the flange 202 and the upper wall 106 to thereby reduce the surface area of the bracket 100 and the clip 200 in contact during insertion and, thus, friction during insertion of the flange 202 into, and removal of the flange 202 from, the receipt structure 118. The stop 128 may be configured in any manner suitable for this intended purpose. For example, in the specific embodiment shown throughout the figures, the stop 128 include a (generally) linear configuration defining a rib 130. It should be appreciated, however, that the stop 128 may assume various configuration in alternate embodiments without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. For example, it is also envisioned that the stop 128 may include one or more detents (or other such protrusions), either in addition to, or instead of, the rib 130. [0036] In certain embodiments, such as that shown throughout the figures, the bracket 100 includes one or more guards 132 (FIGS. 1 A, 3) that also extend vertically downward from the upper wall 106 along the height Hb of the bracket 100. The guard(s) 132 are located at the rear portions 104r of the body 102 and configured for contact (engagement) with the clip 200 (e.g., with the flange 202, a rear surface 204 of the clip 200, etc.) when the clip 200 is in the uppermost position (FIGS. IB, 2A) to inhibit (if not entirely prevent) over advancement of the clip 200 through the (first) opening 122i. More specifically, the guard(s) 132 prevent the flange 202 from exiting the rear portion 104r of the bracket 100 in the direction of insertion identified by the arrow 1 (FIG. 5), which extends in (generally) parallel relation to the width Wb of the bracket 100, and may be configured in any manner suitable for this intended purpose. For example, although shown as being (generally) linear in configuration and as defining teeth 134 (FIG. 1 A), it should be appreciated that the guard(s) 132 may assume various configuration in alternate embodiments without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. For example, it is envisioned that the guard 132 may instead be configured as a single end wall that extends along the length Lb of the bracket 100.

[0037] Although illustrated as being laterally inset (i.e., spaced from the rear portion 104r along the width Wb of the bracket 100) in the illustrated embodiment, it should be appreciated that the particular location of the guard(s) 132 may be varied in alternate embodiments of the disclosure. For example, embodiments in which the guard(s) 132 are positioned flush with the rear portion 104r are also contemplated herein, as are embodiments in which the guard(s) 132 are positioned beyond the rear portion 104r.

[0038] With reference to FIGS. 2 A and 3, in the particular embodiment of the bracket 100 illustrated, the respective inner and outer walls 112, 112o define (vertical) channels 136i, 136ii there between. The dimensions of the 136i, 136ii are dictated by the particular dimensioning of the receipt structure 118, which is configured in accordance with a (horizontal) width Wc (FIG. 2A) of the clip 200. It should be appreciated, however, that the configuration (e.g., dimensions) of channels 136i, 136ii may varied in alternate embodiments of the disclosure, or that the channels 136i, 136ii may be eliminated altogether. For example, the (horizontal) width Wr (FIG. 2D) of the receipt structure 118 may be increased by reducing the dimensions of the channels 136i, 136ii, or by eliminating the channels 136i,

136ii (e.g., via integral formation of the walls 112i, 112o together), thereby allowing for use of the bracket 100 with clips 200 that vary in configuration, and further increasing the versatility of the bracket 100. [0039] The lower body portion 1021 includes a plurality of receptacles 138 (FIGS. IB,

2B, 3), and engagement members 140. The receptacles 138 are supported by (e.g., are formed integrally with) the inner wall 112i and are configured to receive fasteners 142 (FIG. 7) (e.g., screws, nails, etc.) to facilitate securement (connection) of the bracket 100 to the mounting surface S during an inside, side-mounted installation, as described in further detail below. More specifically, the receptacles 138 extend in (generally) parallel relation to the width Wb of the bracket 100. Although shown as including four receptacles 138 (and four corresponding fasteners 142), it should be appreciated that the number of receptacles 138 and the number of fasteners 142 may be increased or decreased in alternate embodiments without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0040] The engagement members 140 facilitate connection of the bracket 100 to not only the decorative element 400 (e.g., the fascia 402), but to a support member 500 (FIG. 5) (e.g., a clasp 502) during a face-mounted installation, as described in further detail below. As seen in FIG. 3, each engagement member 140 is (generally) V-shaped in configuration, and includes an upper strut 144u defining an outer contact surface 146u and a lower strut 1441 defining an outer contact surface 1461.

[0041] Together with the arms 114, the engagement members 140 define (first and second) mounting structures 148i, 148ii. The mounting structures 148i, 148ii are supported on (e.g., are formed integrally with) opposite (first and second) outer surfaces (sides) 150i, 150ii of the bracket 100, respectively, whereby the mounting structures 148i, 148ii extend in (generally) opposite directions. As described in further detail below, the mounting structures 148i, 148ii facilitate connection of the bracket 100 to not only the decorative element 400 FIG. 4) (e.g., the fascia 402), but to the support member 500 (FIG. 5).

[0042] With reference now to FIGS. 7-9 as well, various installations of the bracket 100, the covering 300, and the decorative element(s) 400 will be discussed.

[0043] FIGS. 4-6 illustrate a face-mounted installation, in which a pair of the brackets 100 (e.g., first and second brackets 100) are secured to (or adjacent to) an outer (end) face So of the mounting surface S (e.g., on opposite sides of the window W, the door, etc., to be covered) such that the brackets 100 extend from the outer face So in (generally) orthogonal relation thereto. Although described in connection with a window W throughout the following discussion, it should be appreciated that the principles of the installations described below also find applicability to other mounting surfaces S (e.g., doors, etc.).

[0044] Initially, one or more support members 500 (e.g., clasps 502) are secured to the outer face So (e.g., in correspondence with the ends of the covering 300), each of which includes: an uppermost shoulder 504u (FIG. 4); a (first) intermediate shoulder 504i located beneath the uppermost shoulder 504u and defining a (downward-facing) channel 506i (FIG. 5); a (second) intermediate shoulder 504ii located beneath the intermediate shoulder 504i and defining a (downward-facing) channel 506ii; and a lowermost shoulder 5041 located beneath the intermediate shoulder 504ii and defining an (upward-facing) channel 5061; and a stop 508 that is configured for contact with the engagement members 140 (e.g. the struts 144u. 1441).

In certain embodiments, such as that seen in FIGS. 4-6, it is envisioned that the support member(s) 500 may be secured to the outer face So via one or more fasteners 510, which may be inserted through one or more corresponding through holes 512 in each support member 500. In such embodiments, it is envisioned that the shoulders 504i, 504ii may define a slot 514i there between to accommodate the fastener(s) 510 (e.g., head portions thereof). It should be appreciated, however, that the support member(s) 500 may be secured to the outer face So in any suitable manner, such as, for example, via a (releasable) adhesive.

[0045] After securement of the support members 500, a bracket 100 is connected to each of the support members 500 and, thus, to the mounting surface S, via the mounting structures 148. More specifically, one of the arms 114 is positioned such that the tooth 116 is received by the channel 506ii defined by the intermediate shoulder 504ii, and the engagement member 140 is positioned such that ends of the upper and lower struts 144u, 1441 (FIG. 3) are received by the channels 506ii, 5061 respectively defined by the shoulders 504ii, 5041such that the engagement member 140 is positioned within a slot 514ii defined between the shoulders 504ii, 5041. During (and after) connection of the bracket 100 to the support member 500, the stop 508 (FIG. 4) may contact the engagement member 140 (e.g., the struts 144u, 1441) to inhibit (if not entirely prevent) the bracket 100 from sliding entirely through the support member, 500, thereby guarding against inadvertent disconnection of the bracket 100 and the support member 500.

[0046] To facilitate contact between the arm 114 and the shoulder 504ii, it is envisioned that each of the arms 114 and the shoulder 504i may include corresponding arcuate or beveled surfaces 152 (FIG. 3) and 516 (FIG. 6), respectively, such that the arm 114 is forced beneath the shoulder 504i upon the application of force to the brackets 100. When so positioned, as seen in FIG. 6, the upper wall 106 of the bracket 100 may be positioned adjacent to (or in contact with) the uppermost shoulder 504u to reduce (if not entirely eliminate) spacing between the upper wall 106 and the support member 500 (e.g., to reduce (if not entirely prevent) relative movement between the brackets 100 and the support members 500. [0047] As mentioned above, it is envisioned that the brackets 100 may include (e.g., may be formed partially or entirely from) resiliently deflectable material(s), which will allow the brackets 100 to flex and/or bend during connection to the support members 500, and thereby create an interference fit with the support members 500. It is also envisioned that the brackets 100 may snap into place (relative to the support members 500) to create an audible indication that the brackets 100 have been properly connected to the support members 500.

[0048] Either prior or subsequent to connection of the brackets 100 and the support members 500, a pair of the clips 200 (e.g., first and second clips 200), which are supported on opposite sides of the covering 300, are inserted into the receipt structure 118 such that the covering 300 and the clips 200 are releasably connected to the brackets 100. More specifically, the flange 202 of each clip 200 is inserted into one of the openings 122 (FIG. 3) defined by the ridges 120. Depending upon the particular configuration of the mounting surface S, it is envisioned that the (first and second) clips 200 may either be inserted into corresponding or non-corresponding openings 122. For example, in an instance where the mounting surface S and the window W (or door) to be covered is level (true), each of the clips 200 may be inserted into the openings 122i, 122ii, etc. However, in instances where the mounting surface S and the window W (or door) to be covered is not level (true), the clips 200 may be inserted into different openings 122 (e.g., one clip 200 may be inserted into the opening 122i on one side of the bracket 100 and one clip 200 may be inserted into the opening 122ii on the opposite side of the bracket 100).

[0049] In certain implementations, it is envisioned that the covering 300 may be oriented as desired by varying the openings 122 into which the flange 202 is inserted (e.g., to level the covering 300, to conceal, obscure, or otherwise eliminate gapping around the window W, etc.). Alternatively, during face-mounted installations, it is envisioned that the flange 202 may be inserted into the uppermost position, as seen in FIG. 6, and that the desired orientation of the covering 300 may be achieved by varying the location of the support members 500 on the outer face So (e.g., prior to connection of the brackets 100). In such implementations, as mentioned above, the flange 202 is inhibited (if not entirely prevented) from exiting the rear portion 104r of the bracket 100 by the guard(s) 132.

[0050] Either prior or subsequent to connection of the clips 200 and the brackets 100, the decorative element 400 (e.g., the fascia 402) may be connected to the exposed (visible) outer surfaces (sides) 150 of the brackets 100 (i.e., the outer surfaces (sides) 150 opposite to the support members 500). To facilitate such connection, as seen in FIG. 6, the decorative element 400 includes a first (uppermost) prong 404i; a second prong 404ii defining a tooth 406ii; a third prong 404iii defining a tooth 406iii and a contact surface 408iii; and fourth prong 404iv defining: a tooth 406iv; a contact surface 408iv; and a channel 410iv. More specifically, the decorative element 400 is positioned such that: the prong 404i is positioned adjacent to (or in contact with) the upper wall 106 of the bracket 100; the tooth 406ii of the prong 404ii is positioned inwardly of the tooth 116 defined by the arm 114 extending from the bracket 100; the contact surface 146u defined by the strut 144u is positioned adjacent to (or in contact with) the contact surface 408iii defined by the prong 404iii; and the end of the strut 1441 is received by the channel 506iv defined by the prong 404iv such that the contact surface 1461 defined by the strut 1441 is positioned adjacent to (or in contact with) the contact surface 408iv defined by the prong 404iv. To facilitate contact between the arm 114 and the prong 404ii, it is envisioned that the prong 404ii may define a beveled surface 412 that is configured in correspondence with the beveled surface 152 (FIG. 3) included on the arm 114 such that the arm 114 is forced beneath the prong 404ii upon the application of force to the decorative element 400.

[0051] To adjust the height (vertical position) of the covering 300, the covering 300 can be separated from the clips 200, and the clips 200 can be removed from the brackets 100 by withdrawing the clips 200 from the receipt structure 118. The clips 200 can then be re inserted into different openings 122, and the covering 300 can be reconnected to the clips 200, thereby obviating any need to remove, relocate, and reinstall the brackets 100.

[0052] FIGS. 7 and 8 illustrate an inside, side-mounted installation, in which the brackets 100 are secured to (or adjacent to) inner (side) faces Si of the mounting surface S (e.g., on an inner frame or jamb of the window W) such that the brackets 100 extend in (generally) transverse (e.g., orthogonal) relation to the mounting surface S.

[0053] Initially, the brackets 100 are connected to the faces Si by inserting the fasteners 142 through the receptacles 138. Thereafter, the clips 200 may be inserted into the receipt structure 118 in the manner discussed above, and the covering 300 (FIGS. 4, 6) may be oriented as desired by varying the openings 122 (FIG. 3) into which the flange 202 is inserted (e.g., to level the covering 300, to conceal, obscure, or otherwise eliminate gapping around the window W, etc.). During such installations, regardless of the openings 122 into which the flange 202 is inserted, the flange 202 is inhibited (if not entirely prevented) from exiting the rear portion 104r of each bracket 100 by the faces Si (or the guard(s) 132 (FIG. 1 A) when the flange 202 is inserted into the uppermost position).

[0054] Either prior or subsequent to connection of the clips 200 to the brackets 100, the decorative element 400 (e.g., the fascia 402) may be connected to the bracket 100 via the mounting structures 148in the manner described above with respect to the face-mounted installation illustrated in FIGS. 4-6.

[0055] To adjust the height (vertical position) of the covering 300 (FIGS. 4, 6), the covering 300 can be separated from the clips 200 and the clips 200 can be repositioned in the manner discussed above. The clips 200 can then be re-connected to the brackets 100, and the covering 300 can be reconnected to the clips 300, again obviating any need to remove, relocate, and reinstall the brackets 100.

[0056] With reference now to FIG. 9, an inside, top-mounted installation of the brackets 100 will be discussed, in which the brackets 100 are secured to (or adjacent to) an upper (top) face Su of the mounting surface S (e.g., on an upper frame or jamb of the window W) such that the brackets 100 extend in (generally) transverse (e.g., orthogonal) relation to the mounting surface S.

[0057] Initially, the brackets 100 are connected to the upper surface Su by inserting the fasteners 110 through the through holes 108 (FIG. 5) in the upper wall 106 of the brackets 100. Thereafter, the clips 200 may be inserted into the receipt structure 118 in the manner discussed above, and the covering 300 (FIGS. 4, 6) may be oriented as desired by varying the openings 122 (FIG. 3) into which the flange 202 is inserted (e.g., to level the covering 300, to conceal, obscure, or otherwise eliminate gapping around the window W, etc.). During such installations, regardless of the openings 122 into which the flange 202 is inserted, the flange 202 is inhibited (if not entirely prevented) from exiting the rear portion 104r of each bracket 100 by the faces Si (or the guard(s) 132 (FIG. 1 A) when the flange 202 is inserted into the uppermost position).

[0058] Either prior or subsequent to connection of the clips 200 to the brackets 100, the decorative element 400 (e.g., the fascia 402) may be connected to the brackets 100 via the respective mounting structures 148in the manner described above.

[0059] To adjust the height (vertical position) of the covering 300 (FIGS. 4, 6), the covering 300 can be separated from the clips 200, and the clips 200 can be repositioned in the manner discussed above. The clips 200 can then be re-connected to the brackets 100, and the covering 300 can be reconnected to the clips 300, again obviating any need to remove, relocate, and reinstall the brackets 100.

[0060] Persons skilled in the art will understand that the various embodiments of the disclosure described herein and shown in the accompanying figures constitute non-limiting examples, and that additional components and features may be added to any of the embodiments discussed herein without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. Additionally, persons skilled in the art will understand that the elements and features shown or described in connection with one embodiment may be combined with those of another embodiment without departing from the scope of the present disclosure and will appreciate further features and advantages of the presently disclosed subject matter based on the description provided. Variations, combinations, and/or modifications to any of the embodiments and/or features of the embodiments described herein that are within the abilities of a person having ordinary skill in the art are also within the scope of the disclosure, as are alternative embodiments that may result from combining, integrating, and/or omitting features from any of the disclosed embodiments.

[0061] Use of the term “optionally” with respect to any element of a claim means that the element may be included or omitted, with both alternatives being within the scope of the claim. Additionally, use of broader terms, such as “comprises,” “includes,” and “having,” should be understood to provide support for narrower terms, such as “consisting of,” “consisting essentially of,” and “comprised substantially of.” Accordingly, the scope of protection is not limited by the description set out above but is defined by the claims that follow and includes all equivalents of the subject matter of the claims.

[0062] In the preceding description, reference may be made to the spatial relationship between the various structures illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and to the spatial orientation of the structures. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art after a complete reading of this disclosure, the structures described herein may be positioned and oriented in any manner suitable for their intended purpose. Thus, the use of terms such as “above,” “below,” “upper,” “lower,” “inner,” “outer,” “left,” “right,” “upward,” “downward,” “inward,” “outward,” etc., should be understood to describe a relative relationship between the structures and/or a spatial orientation of the structures. Those skilled in the art will also recognize that the use of such terms may be provided in the context of the illustrations provided by the corresponding figure(s).

[0063] Additionally, terms such as “approximately,” “generally,” “substantially,” and the like should be understood to allow for variations in any numerical range or concept with which they are associated. For example, it is intended that the use of terms such as “approximately” and “generally” should be understood to encompass variations on the order of 25%, or to allow for manufacturing tolerances and/or deviations in design.

[0064] Although terms such as “first,” “second,” etc., may be used herein to describe various operations, elements, components, regions, and/or sections, these operations, elements, components, regions, and/or sections should not be limited by the use of these terms in that these terms are used to distinguish one operation, element, component, region, or section from another. Thus, unless expressly stated otherwise, a first operation, element, component, region, or section could be termed a second operation, element, component, region, or section without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0065] Each and every claim is incorporated as further disclosure into the specification and represents embodiments of the present disclosure. Also, the phrases “at least one of A, B, and C” and “A and/or B and/or C” should each be interpreted to include only A, only B, only C, or any combination of A, B, and C.