Title:
Hanging or storage means attachable to a sink
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The object of the invention is a hanging or storage means attachable to a sink, comprising an attachment assembly (2, 3) for attaching the hanging or storage means (1) to a sink (8, 9, 10). The attachment assembly comprises an attachment magnet (2) connected to the hanging or storage means (1) and a separate counter-magnet (3) attached on the backside of the sink (8) or basin (9). The mutual attractive force of the magnets (2, 3) is designed to provide a detachable attachment of the hanging or storage means (1) through the wall material (10) of the sink (8) or basin (9) on the upper surface of the sink (8) or on the inner surface of the vertical wall (10) of the basin (9). The invention facilitates the hanging and storage of various kinds of equipment and accessories, such as a dishcloth, relating to the kitchen sink.



Inventors:
Mansikkamaa, Miika (Lohja, FI)
Application Number:
12/308189
Publication Date:
12/24/2009
Filing Date:
06/11/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47F5/00
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Primary Examiner:
KRYCINSKI, STANTON L
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DENNISON, SCHULTZ & MACDONALD (1727 KING STREET, SUITE 105, ALEXANDRIA, VA, 22314, US)
Claims:
1. A hanging or storage means attachable to a sink, comprising an attachment assembly for attaching the hanging or storage means to a sink, wherein the attachment assembly comprises an attachment magnet connected to the hanging or storage means and a separate counter-magnet attachable on the backside of the sink or basin, the mutual attractive force of the magnets being designed to provide a detachable attachment of the hanging or storage means through the wall material of the sink or basin on the upper surface of the sink or on the inner surface of the vertical wall of the basin.

2. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the attachment magnet is fixed so as to be a part of the hanging or storage means or a part of a holder onto which the hanging or storage means can be detachably and replaceably attached.

3. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1 wherein the counter-magnet is provided with an adhesive which attaches the counter-magnet in place in the desired position on the backside of the sink or basin.

4. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein there is a protective film on the surface of the attachment magnet to prevent the surface of the sink or basin from being scratched.

5. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging or storage means is a straight or curved bar on one or both ends of which, or in the vicinity of the ends, is an attachment magnet.

6. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 5, wherein the bar-like hanging or storage means is attached only at one end, while the other end is free.

7. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein at least two attachment magnets are adjacent to one another at the same end of the bar-like hanging or attachment means and at least two counter-magnets are correspondingly located adjacent to one another on the opposite side of the wall of the sink or basin.

8. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the bar-like hanging or storage means is in the shape of an arch or handle and the attachment surfaces of the attachment magnets at its opposite ends are either on the same plane or essentially at a 90° angle with respect to one another.

9. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the attachment magnet is coated with rubber or a similar high-friction material.

10. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the storage means is a container with an attachment magnet in its base.

11. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging or storage means is a bar-like articulated lever, which can be turned about its articulated shaft into different positions.

12. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein there are several attachment magnets in a joint holder and correspondingly several counter-magnets in a joint counter-holder.

13. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein two or more counter-magnets are fixed to an intermediate support, which keeps the counter-magnets at a distance from one another as an integral structure.

14. A hanging or storage means as claimed in any claim 1, wherein one or more attachment magnets are placed in a watertight casing.

15. A hanging or storage means as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging or storage means is selected from the group consisting of a hanging bar for a dishcloth, a hanging bar or hook for a dishwashing brush, a pump container for washing-up liquid, a sieve for foodstuffs, a drying rack for cutlery, and a cup-like dish on the side of which is an attachment magnet.

Description:

The invention relates to a hanging or storage means attachable to a sink, comprising an attachment assembly for attaching the hanging or storage means to a sink.

The storage of especially a dishcloth in connection with a sink is problematic. For example, a dishcloth placed on the water tap is disturbingly visible, hinders the use of the tap as a water supply, and may fall into the sink and become wet, which is unhygienic. Various racks and a storage bar (U.S. Pat. No. 5,217,123) fastened in the sink with suction pads have been suggested for storing the dishcloth. The fastening of such racks and bars, or keeping them fastened is, however, problematic. Their design and the possibilities of placing them in connection with the sink are also not always the best possible. Work on and around the sink also involves many other accessories and equipment, the use of which would be facilitated by their detachable attachment to the sink. Finding a functional attachment solution would in fact make it possible to develop new kinds of accessories and instruments.

The aim of the invention is to solve the above problem and to provide a hanging or storage means of the above-mentioned type, which is easily attachable to any desired location on the sink and also easily detachable and re-attachable.

This aim is achieved by means of the invention, on the basis of the characteristics disclosed in the appended claim 1. The dependent claims disclose preferred embodiments of the invention.

The attachment according to the invention using an attachment magnet and its counter-magnet on either side of a sink wall makes it possible to freely select the place of attachment and the design of the hanging or storage means for a variety of uses. In design and choice of material, aesthetic aspects may also be taken into account so as to match the design of the hanging or storage means with the design of the sink. A particular advantage of the magnet attachment according to the invention is that following detachment, the hanging or storage means is automatically guided to the correct place of attachment originally selected as desired by the user and subsequently changeable, if necessary.

The invention is illustrated in the following with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 shows a top view of various hanging or storage means attached to a sink. The Figure shows six different variations of a hanging or storage means. There may be many more variations of different designs. In practice, even just one, or preferably a few, hanging or storage means suffice for one sink.

FIG. 2 shows on a larger scale a section of the attachment assembly of the hanging or storage means according to the invention in connection with a kitchen sink or basin wall 10.

FIGS. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 show different embodiments of the attachment assembly.

FIG. 8 shows a hanging or storage means according to one embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 1 shows a sink 8 made of, for example, stainless steel, with a basin 9 with mainly vertical walls 10. The dimensions and designs of the sink and basin may vary in many ways. FIG. 1 shows five different hanging and storage means 1, a common feature of all being that they are bar-like and attached to the wall 10 of the kitchen sink 8 or basin 9 by means of the attachment assembly 2, 3 of the invention. This attachment assembly comprises an attachment magnet 2 which is connected to the hanging or storage means 1. A separate counter-magnet 3 is attachable on the backside of the sink 8 or basin 9. More permanent attachment of the counter-magnet 3 can be ensured by means of an adhesive, such as double-sided tape or glue, which will still allow the place of attachment of the magnet 3 to be changed, if necessary. The mutual attractive force of the magnets 2, 3 is designed to provide a detachable attachment of the hanging or storage means 1 through the wall material 10. The hanging or storage means 1 may be located as desired on the upper surface of the sink 8 or on the inner surface of the vertical wall 10 of the basin 9.

FIG. 1 also shows a storage means 1′ in the shape of a cylindrical container, in the base of which is embedded an attachment magnet 2. This storage container 1′ may be intended for paper towels, serviettes or for drying cutlery. In practice it is often preferable that the attachment magnet 2 is fixed so as to be a part of the hanging or storage means 1, for example, by placing the magnet 2 in a casing 4, which is in turn fixedly connected to the hanging or storage means 1. On the surface of the attachment magnet 2 is preferably a protective film 5 to prevent the surface of the sink or basin from being scratched. This protective film 5 is preferably rubber or similar high-friction material which facilitates the staying in place of the hanging or storage means 1 also when loaded. The attachment magnet 2 is preferably completely enclosed within a watertight casing, thus avoiding corrosion problems and rendering the structure hygienic. The counter-magnet may also be enclosed.

The bar-like hanging or storage means 1 may be in the shape of an arch or handle and the attachment surfaces of the attachment magnets 2 at its opposite ends are either on the same plane or essentially at a 90° angle with respect to one another. The attachment surface of the attachment magnet is typically plane-like, but may also be curved to correspond to the comers of the basin 9 or the curvature of a round sink.

In the embodiments shown, the hanging or storage means 1 is a straight or curved bar, on one or both ends of which, or in the vicinity of the ends, is an attachment magnet 2. In some of the variations shown in FIG. 1, the bar-like hanging or storage means 1 is only attached at one end, while the other end is free. In such a case, it is preferable that there are at least two attachment magnets 2 adjacent to one another at the same end of the bar-like hanging or attachment means 1 and at least two counter-magnets 3 correspondingly located adjacent to one another on the opposite side of the wall 10 of the sink 8 or basin 9. FIG. 3 shows a holder with two attachment magnets 2. FIG. 4 shows the fastening of one attachment magnet 2 to the end of a bar 1, with a screw 7, through a central hole in the magnet 2. The magnet 2 is coated with a protective film 5 which covers the screw 7.

FIG. 5 shows three attachment magnets fitted into a joint holder 12 having a pin with a hole 11a protruding from it, the hole forming an attachment hole for an exchangeable and turning hanging bar, the end of which is bent into a pivoting axis 1a. FIG. 6 shows a counter-magnet arrangement for the attachment magnet arrangement of FIG. 5. The counter-magnets 3 are fixed to the counter-holder 13 in the same positions and spaced in the same way as the magnets 2 in holder 12. The embodiment of FIGS. 5 and 6 is advantageous in that hanging and storages means of various shapes and sizes can be changed to the same holder 12. The holders 12 and 13 may be watertight casings in which the magnets 2 and 3 are placed.

FIG. 7 shows the connecting of two or more counter-magnets 3 at a distance from one another into one piece by means of an intermediate support 14. In this case, the counter-magnets 3 do not necessarily have to be fixed to the rear surface of the wall 10 of the basin 9 with an adhesive. If the magnets 3 fall from their place, they will be easy to find and re-attach to the desired position as a single construction unit.

FIG. 8 further shows an application of the attachment assembly for attaching a washing-up liquid storage means 1″. A pump container 1″ of, for example, stainless steel, which is refillable with washing-up liquid, may be attached to the desired location on the sink 8 so that the washing-up liquid can be pumped directly into the basin.

As appears from the above examples, the invention is suitable for attaching a variety of different hanging or storage means to the kitchen sink or its basin. Further examples not disclosed herein are sieves attachable to the vertical wall of the basin 9 for handling foodstuffs, or cups, for example, for cooling eggs. The term “hanging or storage means” should, therefore, be understood broadly to cover all kinds of accessories and instruments relating to work taking place at the kitchen sink. It is obvious that in addition to the above, many more applications can be found for the attachment device according to the invention and the invention is not in any way limited regarding the design or intended use of the attachable hanging or storage means.





 
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