Title:
Knock-down 2 swing door storage cupboard
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A knock-down 2 swing door storage cupboard that is ready-to-assemble in accordance with the method of the present invention. The cupboard has two front doors that can be opened and shut by using hinge pins instead of a hinge. The cupboard is made of steel that is rigid, durable, and light-weight. The components of the cupboard are packed in a flat carton in order to save the cost of packing and transportation.



Inventors:
Kunanantakul, Surapol (Khwaeng Dorkmai, TH)
Application Number:
10/636104
Publication Date:
05/13/2004
Filing Date:
08/07/2003
Assignee:
Siam Steel International Public Company Limited (Bangyaprak, TH)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B47/04; (IPC1-7): A47B47/00
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Primary Examiner:
EDELL, JOSEPH F
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Volpe Koenig (PHILADELPHIA, PA, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A cupboard comprising a back panel made in two parts in order to save space for packaging and transportation, and a bottom panel having a flange that absorbs the upper weight of the bottom panel.

2. The cupboard recited in claim 1, having left and right side panels, wherein each side panel has a top front corner that can be secured to the top panel; a top back corner for reinforcement; a bottom front corner that can be secured to an inner kickplate; and a bottom back corner that can be connected to a cupboard base.

3. The cupboard recited in claim 2, including an inner kickplate, comprising two pre-punched holes on each side of the kickplate in order to force the kickplate to be in the upright position for connection with the left and right side panels.

4. The cupboard recited in claim 3, including a bottom panel that is held by a left, right, front and back flange.

5. The cupboard recited in claim 4, including an outer kickplate that is used for attaching the inner kickplate by inserting a plastic door guide going through a hole in an outer bottom rail and through a hole of the inner bottom rail.

6. The cupboard recited in claim 5, including a top panel that includes a slot to hold the left and right back panel and left and right side panels.

7. The cupboard recited in claim 6, including a plurality of shelves which are attached using a plurality of shelf clips.

8. The cupboard recited in claim 7, including a left door and right door, means for preventing one of the doors from opening, and means for absorbing the impact of one of the doors from hitting the cupboard when closing.

9. The cupboard recited in claim 8, including a swan handle and means for locking both the top and bottom of one of the doors.

10. A ready to assemble cupboard comprising a top panel, bottom panel, left panel, right panel, back panel, left door, right door, shelves, and kickplates, said back panel constructed to be unfolded and connected to the side and back panels, and including an L-bar to strengthen the corner of the cupboard; a top and bottom rail to reinforce the left and right door, and bolts fixing the shelf to the cupboard that cannot be removed by hand.

11. The cupboard recited in claim 10, wherein the components are assembled with bolts and screws except that the door is assembled with a hinge pin.

12. The cupboard recited in claim 11, including means for locking the doors.

Description:

FIELD OF INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a storage cupboard having two doors that is provided in the ready-to-assemble (RTA) condition.

SUMMARY

[0002] The present invention provides a knock-down 2 swing door storage cupboard that is ready-to-assemble in accordance with the method of the present invention. The cupboard has two front doors that can be opened and shut by using hinge pins instead of a hinge. The cupboard is made of steel that is rigid, durable, and light-weight. The components of the cupboard are packed in a flat carton in order to save the cost of packing and transportation.

[0003] In the first embodiment, the width and depth of the cupboard are 36″×18″ and the cupboard is available in three heights, 42″, 72″ and 78″. In a second embodiment, the cupboard has a 30″ width, 66″ height, and 15″ depth.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING(S)

[0004] Throughout the drawings, the first embodiment and the second embodiment of the invention are identified using the reference letters “A” and “B”, respectively. For example, all figures labeled with the suffix “A”, e.g., FIG. 4A, illustrate the first embodiment of the invention, and all figures labeled with the suffix “B”, e.g., FIG. 4B, illustrate the second embodiment of the invention.

[0005] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of each embodiment of the Knock-Down 2 Swing Door Storage Cupboard;

[0006] FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0007] FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0008] FIG. 4A shows how to assemble left & right back panels of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0009] FIG. 4B shows how to assemble the left & right side panels with the bottom panel of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0010] FIG. 5A shows how to assemble the back panel with the side panel of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0011] FIG. 5B shows how to assemble the back panel with the left & right side panels of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0012] FIG. 6A shows how to assemble the bottom rail with the left & right side panels of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0013] FIG. 6B shows how to assemble the back panel with the left & right side panels and bottom panel of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0014] FIG. 7A shows how to assemble the bottom panel with the left & right back panels and left & right side panels of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0015] FIG. 7B shows how to assemble the top panel with the body by using an L bar of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0016] FIG. 8A shows how to assemble the outer bottom rail with the inner bottom rail of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0017] FIG. 8B shows how to assemble the top panel with the body of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0018] FIG. 9A shows how to assemble the top panel with the body of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0019] FIG. 9B shows how to assemble the top rail and the bottom rail with the body of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0020] FIG. 10A shows how to assemble the door magnetic catch and the shelf clips of the first embodiment of the invention;

[0021] FIG. 10B shows how to assemble the shelf clips and the shelf of the second embodiment of the invention;

[0022] FIG. 11A shows how to assemble the door and the rod of the first embodiment of the invention; and,

[0023] FIG. 11B shows how to assemble the magnetic catch, handle, and rod of the door of the second embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT(S)

[0024] The apparatus and method of the present invention are described with reference to FIGS. 1-11 wherein like reference numerals are used throughout to designate like elements.

[0025] A first embodiment of the cupboard is shown in a disassembled condition in FIG. 2 and is designated generally by reference numeral 30. The cupboard comprises the following components: top panel 1; bottom panel 2; left 3 and right 4 back panels; shelves 5; left panel 6; right panel 7; left door 8; right door 9; outer kickplate 10; inner kickplate 11; hinge pin 12; plastic door guide 13, plastic part 14; shelf clip 15; screws 16; lock components 17-19; screws 20; magnetic catch 21; slots 22, 24; and, connectors 23, 25.

[0026] Left and right back panels. Make it in 2 parts in order to save the space for packaging & transportation and easy to assemble as the size of the panels are not too large and each panels will be able to hold and properly locked (FIG. 4A). There is flange (FIG. 4A) for the bottom panel to have the position to hold in order to absorb the upper weight of bottom panel.

[0027] Left and right side panels. Each corner of the panels will have the following parts. Top corner front is the part to hold the screw and top panel (FIG. 5A). Top corner back is the part to strengthen the case (FIG. 5A). Bottom corner front is the part to hold with inner kickplate (FIG. 5A). Bottom corner back is the part to be the cupboard base (FIG. 5A).

[0028] Inner kickplate. There are 2 pre-punched holes on each side in order to force the inner kickplate to be in the right position for holding with both side panels with screws 2 holes each side that it will be easier for assembling. The user can put in the screw easily without pointing into the hole (FIG. 6A).

[0029] Bottom Panel. When assembling with the case, it will be firmly held by both side & back flange that has to put on both sides slot of side panel and back both left and right (FIG. 7A). Then the front flange must be put on the 3 slot of inner bottom rail to strengthen the case.

[0030] Outer kickplate. Used for attaching the inner kickplate for nice look and holding by inserting the plastic door guide by going through the hold of outer bottom rail all the way to the hold of inner bottom rail (FIG. 8A).

[0031] Top Panel. There will be flange and slot to hold the left & right back panel and left & right side panels by having 4 taps at the back and use 2 screws to hold the front in order to fix the top panel with the case (FIG. 9A).

[0032] Shelf. After putting on the shelf clips, the edging will be proper fit with the shelf clip that it will be strong to take the weight. (FIG. 10A)

[0033] Left door. After assembling the case, there is a unique at the edging that connect with the right door as the flange to go together with the right door to prevent from opening. There are also the positions to plug in the rubber absorber to prevent the noise of the door hitting the case when closing (FIG. 11A).

[0034] Right door. Swan handle design in which the user can open the door easily that there will be edging all the way (FIG. 11A). The keylock and door rod can be locked both top and bottom by using key turning lock and unlock (FIG. 11A).

[0035] This Swing-door Storage Cupboard combined of major parts; top panel, bottom panel, left & right panels, left & right doors including shelf and inner & outer bottom rails in which will hold each parts mainly by using flange and connector and put into the precut slots. Then fix with only 6 screws at the important points that there are less parts and easy to assemble. Besides, there is the magnetic catch to hold the door with the case to prevent from opening and easy to lock as it is in the proper position. The door pin can be used as the turning point to open and shut the door easily without hinge. The shelf clip is designed to hold heavy weight.

[0036] The method of assembling the cupboard 30 is described with reference to FIGS. 4-11.

[0037] Referring to FIG. 4, assemble the left 3 and right 4 back panels by aligning the tabs into slotted holes. Then, assemble the right 6 and left 7 side panels in the same manner as illustrated in FIG. 5.

[0038] Referring to FIG. 6, assemble the left and right side panels by using the inner kickplate 11 using four screws 16.

[0039] Referring to FIG. 7, install the bottom panel 2 by fitting the panel into the flange of the inner kickplate and, as seen in FIG. 8, place the outer kickplate 10 into the front and put on the plastic parts 13 and 14.

[0040] Referring to FIG. 9, place top panel 1 with screws 20 into both the left and right back panel, and left and right side panels, using the flange and slot.

[0041] Referring to FIG. 10, install the shelf clips 15 and magnetic catch 21 and put the shelves on the clips.

[0042] Referring to FIG. 11, assemble the doors by the putting the hinge pin 12 into the plastic door guide 13.

[0043] A second embodiment of the cupboard is shown in a disassembled condition in FIG. 3 and is designated generally by reference numeral 30′. The cupboard 30′ includes the following components: top panel 1′; bottom panel 2′; back panel 3′; shelves 4′; left side panel 5′; right side panel 6′; left front door 7′; right front door 8′; shelf clips 9′; door hinge pin 10′; handle 11′; top rail 12′; bottom rail 13′; keylock set 14′, 15′; bracket 16′; screws 17′, 18′, 19′; fastener 20′; and, hinge component 21′.

[0044] The cupboard includes several major parts such as top panel, bottom panel, left & right side panel, back panel, left & right door, shelf, kickplates. The uniqueness of this cupboard is described below.

[0045] Back panel by unfolding according to the require width (FIG. 5B) and connect the side and back panels as the C shape and strengthen with screw (FIG. 5B). Using L bar to strengthen at the corner of the case. (FIG. 7B). Using top and bottom rail to reinforce as the left and right door supporter (FIG. 9B). Using bolt to fix the shelf with the case that can not remove by hand (FIG. 10B). Assembling the case by holding the door with top fixed pin and bottom free pin (FIG. 11B).

[0046] The procedure to assemble the RTA cupboard by fixing with bolt and screw except the door and case with hinge pin only (FIG. 10B).

[0047] Door locking position, in order not to be opened at the connecting position between tab keylock and edge of shelf that have to be installed at the only specified position (FIG. 11B).

[0048] Combined of top panel, bottom panel, left & right side panel, back panel, left & right door, top and bottom rails assembled mainly with bolts or screws. There is L bar for fixing top corner of the cupboard to strengthen the case. The shelves are fixed with bolts and the doors are assembled with fixed top door pin and freely bottom door pin for easy assembly.

[0049] The method of assembling the cupboard 30′ in accordance with an embodiment of the invention is described with reference to FIGS. 4-11.

[0050] Assemble the left 5′ and right 6′ side panels with the bottom panel 2 using four screws as shown in FIG. 4.

[0051] Referring to FIG. 5, slide the back panel 3′ onto both side panels and fix the back panel thereto with four screws 18′. Then, secure the back with another four screws 19′ as shown in FIG. 6.

[0052] Referring to FIG. 7, assemble the top panel 1′ with brackets 16′ on both the left and the right side. Place the top panel into the flange of the side and back panels.

[0053] Referring to FIG. 9, assemble the top rail 12′, and the bottom rail 13′ together with screws 19′, three screws each from the inside. Then, install the shelves as seen in FIG. 10′ and fix with two screws 17′ in front and one at the back of each shelf.

[0054] Referring to FIG. 11, insert the plastic part 21′ and 47′ into the holes of the top and bottom rail on the left and right side. Assemble the keylock set 14′, 15′ and handle 11′ including the door hinge pin 10′ with the door 7′ and 8′.