Title:
WORK STATIONS FOR MANICURISTS
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Work stations for nail technicians are provided. In this regard, a representative work station, among others, includes a center console module having front, rear, top, and bottom walls. The rear wall includes holes at the proximal end and distal end for storing a nail drill device. The rear wall further includes an opening for storing a control unit of a nail drill device. The opening is adjacent to the holes at one of the proximal end and distal end. The rear wall further includes a drawer positioned between the holes at the proximal end and distal end. The work station further includes two end modules that are coupled to the center console module, forming a “U” shape configuration.



Inventors:
Ton, Quy That (Baton Rouge, LA, US)
Application Number:
12/354852
Publication Date:
07/16/2009
Filing Date:
01/16/2009
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
211/153
International Classes:
A47B87/00; A47F7/00
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Primary Examiner:
CHAN, KO HUNG
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DUANE MORRIS LLP - Atlanta;IP DEPARTMENT (ATLANTIC CENTER PLAZA, 1180 WEST PEACHTREE STREET, NW SUITE 700, ATLANTA, GA, 30309-3348, US)
Claims:
Therefore, having thus described the disclosure, at least the following is claimed:

1. A work station comprising: a center console module having front, rear, top, and bottom walls, the rear wall having holes at the proximal end and distal end for storing a nail drill device, the rear wall further having an opening for storing a control unit of a nail drill device, the opening being adjacent to the holes at one of the proximal end and distal end, the rear wall further having a drawer positioned between the proximal end and distal end of the center console module; and two end modules that are coupled to the center console module, forming a “U” shape configuration.

2. The work station as defined in claim 1, wherein the end modules include a first end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls, the bottom wall being coupled to transporting mechanisms, the rear wall having a cabinet with a door that is coupled to one of the left and right side walls via at least one hinge, the inner surface of the cabinet being attached with a bottle organizer, the top wall being attached with a fan and having holes for hanging a lamp or drill.

3. The work station as defined in claim 2, wherein the bottle organizer includes the following: a first sidewall having a proximal end and a distal end; a second sidewall having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the second sidewall being attached to the distal end of the first sidewall in a normal position; a top wall being attached to top portions of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, the top wall having holes with various diameters, the top wall further having recesses with various diameters; and a bottom wall being attached to bottom portions of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, the bottom wall having first and second sets of recesses with various diameters, the first set of recesses, the first set of recesses being aligned with the holes of the top wall, respectively, for containing items that register through the holes, the recesses of the top and bottom walls being configured to contain items.

4. The work station as defined in claim 3, wherein the top and bottom walls of the bottle organizer each having two straight sides and a semi-circular side, the two straight sides of the top wall being attached to the first and second sidewalls, the semi-circular side of the top wall having at least one indentation.

5. The work station as defined in claim 2, wherein the cabinet of the first end module includes top and bottom shelves that are separated by a shelf, the shelf having an electrical port that allows electrical wires to be passed between the top and bottom shelves, the portion of the left or right sidewall of the first end module that is connected with the center console module including an electrical port for allowing electrical wires to pass through from the center console module to the first end module.

6. The work station as defined in claim 2, wherein the rear wall of the first end module includes top and bottom drawers, the cabinet being placed between the top and bottom drawers.

7. The work station as defined in claim 1, wherein the end modules include a second end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls, the top wall having holes for hanging a lamp or drill, the bottom wall being coupled to transporting mechanisms, the rear wall having at least one drawers for storing at least one of the following: buffing blocks, files, tools, bottles, cotton, and trash.

8. The work station as defined in claim 1, wherein the end modules include a third end module, the third end module being a flat structure having a proximal end and distal end, the proximal end being coupled to one of the side ends of the center console module, the distal end being coupled to transporting mechanisms.

9. The work station as defined in claim 1, wherein the top wall of the center console module includes an arm rest placed adjacent to the front wall of the center console module.

10. A work station comprising: a center console module having front, rear, top, and bottom walls; and two end modules that are coupled to the center console module, forming a “U” shape configuration, the end modules including a first end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls, the bottom wall being coupled to transporting mechanisms, the rear wall having a cabinet with a door that is coupled to one of the left and right side walls via at least one hinge, the inner surface of the cabinet being attached with a bottle organizer.

11. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the top wall of the first end module is attached with a fan and having holes for hanging a lamp or drill.

12. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the bottle organizer includes the following: a first sidewall having a proximal end and a distal end; a second sidewall having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the second sidewall being attached to the distal end of the first sidewall in a normal position; a top wall being attached to top portions of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, the top wall having first and second sets of holes with various diameters, the top wall further having at least one recess; and a bottom wall being attached to bottom portions of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, the bottom wall having first, second, and third sets of recesses with various diameters, the second and third sets of recesses being aligned with the first and second sets of holes of the top wall, respectively, for containing items that register through the holes of the top wall.

13. The work station as defined in claim 12, wherein the top and bottom walls of the bottle organizer each having two straight sides and a semi-circular side, the two straight sides of the top and bottom walls being attached to the first and second sidewalls, the semi-circular side of the top wall having at least one indentation, the recesses of the top and bottom walls being configured to contain items.

14. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the cabinet of the first end module includes top and bottom shelves that are separated by a shelf, the shelf having an electrical port that allows electrical wires to be passed between the top and bottom shelves, the portion of the left or right sidewall of the first end module that is connected with the center console module including an electrical port for allowing electrical wires to pass through from the center console module to the first end module.

15. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the rear wall of the first end module includes top and bottom drawers, the cabinet being placed between the top and bottom drawers.

16. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the end modules include a second end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls, the top wall having holes for hanging a lamp or drill, the bottom wall being coupled to transporting mechanisms, the rear wall having at least one drawers for storing at least one of the following: buffing blocks, files, tools, bottles, cotton, and trash.

17. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the end modules include a third end module, the third end module being a flat structure having a proximal end and distal end, the proximal end being coupled to one of the side ends of the center console module, the distal end being coupled to transporting mechanisms.

18. The work station as defined in claim 10, wherein the top wall of the center console module includes an arm rest placed adjacent to the front wall of the center console module.

19. A work station comprising: a center console module having front, rear, top, and bottom walls, the rear wall having holes at the proximal end and distal end, the rear wall further having an opening that has a height that is substantially the height of the rear wall, the opening being adjacent to the holes at one of the proximal end and distal end, the rear wall further having a drawer positioned between the proximal end and distal end of the center console module; and two end modules that are coupled to the center console module, forming a “U” shape configuration, the end modules including a first end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls, the bottom wall being coupled to transporting mechanisms, the rear wall having a cabinet that is coupled to one of the left and right side walls via at least one hinge, the inner surface of the cabinet being attached with a bottle organizer.

20. The work station as defined in claim 19, wherein the bottle organizer includes the following: a first sidewall having a proximal end and a distal end; a second sidewall having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the second sidewall being attached to the distal end of the first sidewall in a normal position; a top wall being attached to top portions of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, the top wall having at least one hole and at least one recess; and a bottom wall being attached to bottom portions of the first and second sidewalls, respectively, the bottom wall having first and second sets of recesses, the first set of recesses being aligned with the holes of the top wall, respectively, for containing items that register through the holes.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims priority to copending U.S. provisional application entitled “MODULAR MANCURIST STATION,” having Ser. No. 61/011,281, filed on Jan. 16, 2008, which is entirely incorporated herein by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present disclosure is generally related to work stations and, more particularly, is related to work stations for manicurists.

BACKGROUND

In the nail industry, a nail technician keeps multiple nail products and grooming supplies at a work station. However, the nail products and grooming supplies often get lost in crowded countertops or drawers and result in spills.

SUMMARY

Work stations for nail technicians are provided. In this regard, a representative work station, among others, includes a center console module having front, rear, top, and bottom walls. The rear wall includes holes at the proximal end and distal end for storing a nail drill device. The rear wall further includes an opening for storing a control unit of a nail drill device. The opening is adjacent to the holes at one of the proximal end and distal end. The rear wall further includes a drawer positioned between the holes at the proximal end and distal end. The work station further includes two end modules that are coupled to the center console module, forming a “U” shape configuration.

The end modules can include a first end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls. The top wall includes holes for hanging a lamp or drill. The bottom wall is coupled to transporting mechanisms. The rear wall includes a cabinet that is coupled to one of the left and right side walls via at least one hinge. The inner surface of the cabinet is attached with a bottle organizer.

The end modules can further include a second end module having front, rear, top, bottom, left and right side walls. The top wall includes holes for hanging a lamp or drill. The bottom wall is coupled to transporting mechanisms. The rear wall includes at least one drawer for storing at least one of the following: buffing blocks, files, tools, bottles, cotton, and trash.

The end modules can further include a third end module that has a flat structure with a proximal end and distal end. The proximal end is coupled to one of the side ends of the center console module and the distal end is coupled to transporting mechanisms.

Other systems, methods, features, and advantages of the present disclosure will be or become apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following drawings and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features, and advantages be included within this description, be within the scope of the present disclosure, and be protected by the accompanying claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Many aspects of the disclosure can be better understood with reference to the following drawings. The components in the drawings are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon clearly illustrating the principles of the present disclosure. Moreover, in the drawings, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the several views.

FIG. 1 is a rear view of an embodiment of a work station in accordance with the disclosure;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the work station, such as that shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an end module of a work station, such as that shown in FIG. 1, having a bottle organizer;

FIGS. 4 and 5 are top views of an embodiment of the top and bottom walls of the bottle organizer, respectively, such as that shown in FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another embodiment of an end module of a work station, such as that shown in FIG. 1, having a bottle organizer;

FIG. 7 is a rear view of another embodiment of a work station, such as that shown in FIG. 1, that includes an end module being a flat structure; and

FIG. 8 is a rear view of another embodiment of a work station, such as that shown in FIG. 1, that can be utilized by two manicurists.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Exemplary work stations are first discussed with reference to the figures. Although these work stations are described in detail, they are provided for purposes of illustration only and various modifications are feasible.

FIG. 1 is a rear view of an embodiment of a work station 150 in accordance with the disclosure. The work station 150 includes a center console module 152 having front wall 102, rear wall 104, top wall 106, and bottom wall 108. The top wall 106 of the center console module 152 includes an arm rest 192 placed adjacent to the front wall 102 of the center console module 152. The rear wall 104 includes holes 164a, 164b at the proximal end 112 and distal end 114 for storing, e.g., a nail drill device 182 and other devices that should be appreciated by a person of ordinary skill in the art. The holes 164a, 164b have diameters such that either electrical wires and/or the nail drill device can pass through them. The rear wall 104 further includes an opening 160 for housing, e.g., a control unit 180 of a nail drill device and other devices that should be appreciated by a person of ordinary skill in the art. The opening 160 has a height that is substantially the height of the rear wall 104.

In this example, the opening 160 is adjacent to the holes 164b at the distal end 114 of the center console module 152. The rear wall 104 further includes a drawer 162 positioned between the holes 164a, 164b at the proximal end 112 and distal end 114. The drawer 162 can store nail drill device (not shown) and includes holes 165 that allows extendable or telescoping attachments 184, e.g., electrical wires, to extend outside of the drawer 162. It should be appreciated that the drawer 162 and opening 160 can be configured to house or store various tools and other devices that can be employed by a manicurist in the manicuring process. It should also be appreciated that holes 164a, 164b, 165 may be used for extendable or telescoping attachments or any apparatus configured to work in conjunction with other manicurist devices housed in the opening 160 and/or drawer 162. The work station 150 further includes two end modules 154, 156 that are coupled to the center console module 152, forming a “U” shape configuration.

The end modules 154, 156 may be attached to the center console module 152 using connecting devices or apparatuses that should be appreciated by a person of ordinary skill in the art. Such connecting devices may include, but are not limited to: dowels, screws, hinges, tongue and groove fasteners, or other connecting devices that are known in the art. The center console module 152 can be connected to various end modules other than the end modules 154, 156 shown in FIG. 1, which are further describe in relation to FIG. 3 and 6-8.

The end module 156 includes front wall 122, rear wall 124, top wall 126, bottom wall 128, left and right side walls 125, 127. The top wall is attached with a fan and having at least one hole 188 for hanging a lamp 186 or drill (not shown). The bottom wall 128 is coupled to transporting mechanisms 174, such as casters, which allows the entire modular table 150 to be portable. It should be appreciated that such transporting mechanism may include, but not limited to, casters, wheels, or other transporting mechanisms known to a person of ordinary skill in the art. The rear wall includes a cabinet 129, which is further described in relation to FIG. 6. The top wall 126 includes a cut-out portion in which a fan 176 can be placed inside the cut-out portion such that the fan 176 is flush with the top surface 178 of the top wall 126.

The end module 154 includes front wall 132, rear wall 134, top wall 136, bottom wall 138, left and right side walls 135, 137. The top wall 136 includes at least one hole 190 for hanging a lamp or drill (not shown). The bottom wall 138 is coupled to transporting mechanisms 172. The rear wall 134 includes three drawers 158, 159, 170 for storing at least one of the following: buffing blocks, files, tools, bottles, cotton, and trash.

FIG. 2 is a front view of the work station 150, such as that shown in FIG. 1. The center console module 152 and end modules 154, 156 are viewed from the perspective of a customer or person receiving a manicure.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an end module 350 of a work station 150, such as that shown in FIG. 1, having a bottle organizer 300. The end module 350 includes top and bottom drawers 318, 320 and a cabinet 322 that houses the bottle organizer 300. The cabinet 322 is placed between the top and bottom drawers 318, 320. In this example, the cabinet 322 includes a door 314 that is coupled to right side walls via at least one hinge (not shown). The inner surface 324 of the cabinet 322 is attached with the bottle organizer 300.

The bottle organizer 300 includes a first sidewall 302 and a second sidewall 304, each having a proximal end 332, 342 and a distal end 334,.344, respectively. The second sidewall 304 is attached to the inner surface of the door 314 of the cabinet 322. The distal end 344 of the second sidewall 304 is attached to the distal end 334 of the first sidewall 302 in a normal position. The bottle organizer 300 further includes a top wall 306 and bottom wall 308 that are attached to the top and bottom portions of the first and second sidewalls 302, 304, respectively.

The top and bottom walls 306, 308 of the bottle organizer 300 each having two straight sides 336, 338, 346, 348 and a semi-circular side 310, 312. The inner surfaces at the straight sides 336, 338, 346, 348 of the top and bottom walls 306, 308 are attached to the first and second sidewalls 302, 304, respectively. The semi-circular side 310 of the top wall 306 includes at indentations 420 (FIG. 4). The top and bottom walls 306, 308 have a semi-circular shape, but can have other shapes as can be appreciated. The bottle organizer 300 is further described in relation to FIGS. 4 and 5.

FIGS. 4 and 5 are top views of an embodiment of the top and bottom walls 306, 308 of the bottle organizer 300, respectively, such as that shown in FIG. 3. The top wall 306 includes a first hole 414 and a first set 416 of holes with various diameters. The first hole 414 has a smaller diameter than the first set 416 of holes. The first hole 414 is placed adjacent to the corner where the straight sides 336, 338 connect. The top wall 306 further includes at least one recess 418, 419.

In this example, the at least one recess 418, 419 includes a first recess 419 and first set 418 of recesses. The first set 418 of recesses has a diameter smaller than the first recess and the diameter of the first recess 419 is smaller than the diameter of the first hole 414. The first set 418 of recesses has a diameter smaller than the first recess 419. The first set 418 of recesses is placed adjacent to the semi-circular side 310, which includes indentations 420 that are placed between the first set 418 of recesses. The first set 416 of holes is placed between the first hole 414 and the first set 418 of recesses. The first recess 419 is placed substantially in the center of the top wall 306 surrounded by the first hole 414, first set 416 of holes, and first set 418 of recesses.

The bottom wall 308 includes a first recess 514, second recess 519, a first set 516 of recesses, and a second set 518 of recesses with various diameters. The first set 516 of recesses has a diameter smaller than the first recess 514. The second recess 519 has a diameter smaller than the first set 516 of recesses. The second set 518 of recesses has a diameter smaller than the second recess 519.

In this example, the second set 518 of recesses are placed adjacent to the semi-circular side 312. The first recess 514 is placed adjacent to the corner where the straight sides 346, 348 connect. The first set 516 of recesses is placed between the first recess 514 and the second set 518 of recesses. The second recess 519 is placed substantially in the center of the bottom wall 308 surrounded by the first recess 514, first set 516 of recesses, and second set 518 of recesses. The first recess 514 and the first set 516 of recesses of the bottom wall 308 are aligned with the first hole 414 and first set 416 of holes of the top wall 306, respectively, for containing long bottles or containers that register through the holes 414, 416. The first recess 419 and first set 418 of recesses of the top wall and the second recess 519 and the second set 518 of recesses of the bottom wall 308 contain shorter bottles or containers. The bottles or containers generally store nail products and grooming supplies, such as polishes, and glue, of various sizes, forming a two-tier storage rack. Brushes can be hung on the indentations 420.

In one embodiment, the bottle organizer 300 can hold one 16 ounce bottle, two 8 ounce bottles, and six smaller bottles per tier, such as polishes, glue, and brushes. In another embodiment, the bottle organizer 300 can be mounted on the inside of a cabinet door 314 (FIG. 3) or placed on a counter of the work station 150. In other embodiments, the bottle organizer 300 can be used for keeping kitchen supplies and spices organized in kitchen cabinets or on cupboard shelves.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another embodiment of an end module 650 of a work station 150, such as that shown in FIG. 1, having a bottle organizer 300. The end module 650 includes a cabinet 629 that includes a door 602, top shelf 606 and bottom shelf 608, the shelves 606, 608 of which are separated by a shelf 604. It should be noted that the shelf 604 can be adjusted to change the height of the top and bottom shelves 606, 608. The shelf 604 includes an electrical port 610 that allows electrical wires to be passed between the top and bottom shelves 606, 608. It should be noted that the portion of the left sidewall of the end module 650 that is connected with the center console module 152 can include a port (not shown) for allowing electrical wires of the nail drill devices to pass through from the center console module 152 to the end module 650. A power cord 612 with at least one outlet can be stored in the bottom shelf 608 that has a port (not shown) on the bottom wall of the end module 650 so that the power cord can be electrically connected to an outlet.

FIG. 7 is a rear view of another embodiment of a work station 150, such as that shown in FIG. 1, that includes an end module 702 being a flat structure. The center console module 152 is attached to the end module 350, such as that shown in FIG. 3. The center console module 152 is also attached to the end module 702 that is a flat structure having a proximal end 704 and distal end 706. The proximal end 704 is coupled to the center console module 152 and the distal end 706 is coupled to transporting mechanisms 708, such as casters.

FIG. 8 is a rear view of another embodiment of a work station 850, such as that shown in FIG. 1, that can be utilized by two manicurists. The work station 850 includes an end module 154 (FIG. 1) that is placed between two center console modules 152a, 152b. The left and right ends of the center console modules 152a, 152b are connected to two end modules 650a, 650b (FIG. 6), respectively. It should be noted that the cabinet door of the end module 650a has been modified to open from right to left and pivot on the left side wall of the end module 650a.

This description has been presented for purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the disclosure to the precise forms disclosed. Obvious modifications or variations are possible in light of the above teachings. The embodiments discussed, however, were chosen to illustrate the principles of the disclosure, and its practical application. The disclosure is thus intended to enable one of ordinary skill in the art to use the disclosure, in various embodiments and with various modifications, as are suited to the particular use contemplated. All such modifications and variation are within the scope of this disclosure, as determined by the appended claims when interpreted in accordance with the breadth to which they are fairly and legally entitled.