Title:
Collapsible closet
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A collapsible closet includes a front frame, a rear frame and two foldable lateral plank assemblies through which the front frame is connected with the rear frame. Each of the foldable plank assemblies includes two planks pivotally connected with each other. One of the planks of each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies is pivotally connected with the front frame. The other of the planks of each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies is pivotally connected with the rear frame.



Inventors:
Ho, Wen-te (Shen Chen City, TW)
Ho, Wen-chang (Shen Chen City, TW)
Application Number:
10/675962
Publication Date:
03/31/2005
Filing Date:
09/30/2003
Assignee:
HO WEN-TE
HO WEN-CHANG
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B43/00; (IPC1-7): A47B43/00
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Primary Examiner:
WILKENS, JANET MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHARLES E. BAXLEY, ESQUIRE (NEW YORK, NY, US)
Claims:
1. A collapsible closet including: a front frame; a rear frame; and two foldable lateral plank assemblies through which the front frame is connected with the rear frame.

2. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 wherein each of the foldable plank assemblies includes two planks pivotally connected with each other.

3. The collapsible closet according to claim 2 wherein one of the planks of each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies is pivotally connected with the front frame, and the other of the planks of each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies is pivotally connected with the rear frame.

4. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 wherein the front frame includes two front legs and at least two crossbars through which the front legs are connected with each other.

5. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 wherein the front frame includes a first crossbar, a second crossbar and a third crossbar.

6. The collapsible closet according to claim 5 further including at least one upper door attached to the front frame between the first crossbar and the second crossbar.

7. The collapsible closet according to claim 6 wherein the front frame includes two upper doors.

8. The collapsible closet according to claim 7 wherein each of the upper doors is attached to one of the front legs.

9. The collapsible closet according to claim 5 further including at least one lower door mounted on the front frame between the second crossbar and the third crossbar.

10. The collapsible closet according to claim 9 wherein the front frame includes two lower doors.

11. The collapsible closet according to claim 10 wherein each of the lower doors is attached to one of the front legs.

12. The collapsible closet according to claim 3 including at least two hinges arranged between one of the planks of each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies and the front frame.

13. The collapsible closet according to claim 12 wherein each of the hinges includes: a first member embeddedin the plank; a second member embedded in the front frame; and at least two strips for connecting the first member with the second member.

14. The collapsible closet according to claim 3 including at least two hinges arranged between one of the planks of each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies and the rear frame.

15. The collapsible closet according to claim 14 wherein each of the hinges includes: a first member embedded in the plank; a second member embedded in the rear frame; and at least two strips for connecting the first member with the second member.

16. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 further including a rear plank attached to the rear frame.

17. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 further including a top board mounted on the front frame, the rear frame and the foldable lateral plank assemblies in a detachable manner.

18. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 further including at least one board installed therein.

19. The collapsible closet according to claim 1 further including at least one board installed therein.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

The present invention is related to a collapsible closet.

2. Related Prior Art

Referring to FIG. 7, a conventional closet 100 includes a bottom board 110, two lateral planks 120, a rear plank 130 and a top board 140. The lateral planks 120 are installed on the bottom board 110. The rear plank 130 is installed on the bottom board 110 and connected with both of the lateral planks 120. The top board 140 is installed on the lateral planks 120 and the rear plank 130. The closet 100 is not collapsible and hence occupies a large space during storage and transportation.

The present invention is therefore intended to obviate or at least alleviate the problem encountered in prior art.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

It is an objective of the present invention to provide a collapsible closet that can occupy only a small space during storage and transportation.

According to the present invention, a collapsible closet includes a front frame, a rear frame and two foldable lateral plank assemblies through which the front frame is connected with the rear frame.

Other objects, advantages, and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the attached drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The present invention will be described through detailed illustration of the preferred embodiment referring to the drawings.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a collapsible closet in a closed position according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective partial view of the collapsible closet of FIG. 1 in an open position.

FIG. 3 is a perspective partial view of the collapsible closet of FIG. 1 in a half collapsed position.

FIG. 4 is a perspective partial view of the collapsible closet of FIG. 1 in a completely collapsed position.

FIG. 5 is an exploded view of the collapsible closet of FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is an enlarged exploded partial view of the collapsible closet of FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 is an exploded view of a conventional closet.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a collapsible closet 1 includes a front frame and a rear frame.

The front frame includes two front legs 10, a first crossbar 11, a second crossbar 12 and a third crossbar 13. The front legs 10 can stand on the ground. The front legs 10 are connected with each other by means of the crossbars 11, 12 and 13.

The rear frame includes two rear legs 20 that can stand on the ground.

Two doors 40 are attached to the front frame between the first crossbar 11 and the second crossbar 12. Each of the doors 40 is pivotally connected with one of the front legs 10.

Two doors 50 are attached to the front frame between the second crossbar 12 and the third crossbar 13. Each of the doors 50 is pivotally connected with one of the front legs 10.

A rear plank 60 is attached to the rear frame.

The collapsible closet 1 includes two foldable lateral plank assemblies 30 through which the front frame is connected with the rear frame. Each of the foldable lateral plank assemblies 30 includes two lateral planks 31 connected with each other. In each foldable lateral plank assembly 30, one lateral plank 31 is pivotally connected with one of the front legs 11 by means of three hinges 90 and the other lateral plank 31 is pivotally connected with one of the rear legs 20 by means of three hinges 90.

A top board 70 can be mounted on the front frame, the rear frame and the foldable lateral plank assemblies 30.

Several boards 80 are installed in the collapsible closet 1.

Referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, the top board 70 and the boards 80 are removed from the collapsible closet 1. Thus, the foldable lateral plank assemblies 30 can be folded. That is, the collapsible closet 1 can be collapsed. As collapsed, the collapsible closet 1 occupies a small space.

Referring to FIGS. 5 and 6, three hallow cavities 22 are defined in each of the rear legs 20 for receiving the hinges 90. In the bottom of each shallow cavity 22, a deep cavity 24 and two holes 26 are defined. The deep cavity 24 is located between the holes 26.

Three shallow cavities 32 are defined in an edge of each of the lateral planks 31 for receiving the hinges 90. In the bottom of each shallow cavity 32, a deep cavity 34 and two holes 36 are defined. The deep cavity 34 is located between the holes 36.

For convenience, only one exemplary hinge 90, rear leg 20 and lateral plank 31 will be described in detail referring to FIG. 6.

The hinge 90 includes two members 91 and several strips 96 for connecting the members 21 with each other. How the members 91 are connected with each other by means of the strips 96 will not be described in detail for being conventional. Each member 91 includes a plate 92 and a stem 94 extending from the plate 92. The plate 92 defines two apertures 93 corresponding to the holes 26 and 36. The stem 91 defines a recess for receiving the strips 26.

In assembly, the stem 94 of first one of the members 91 (“first member”) is fit in the deep cavity 24 and the plate 92 of the first member 91 is fit in the shallow cavity 22. As embedded in the rear leg 20, the first member 91 will not hurt any person while working with the collapsible closet 1. A bolt 23 is driven into each hole 26 through one hole 93 of the first member 91. Thus, the first member 91 is attached to the rear leg 20. The stem 94 of second one of the members 91 (“second member”) is fit in the deep cavity 34 and the plate 92 of the second member 91 is fit in the shallow cavity 32. As embedded in the rear leg 20, the second member 91 will not hurt any person while working with the collapsible closet 1. A bolt 23 is driven into each hole 36 through one hole 93 of the second member 91. Thus, the second member 91 is attached to the edge of the lateral plank 31.

The hinges 90 used to connect one lateral plank 31 with the other lateral plank 31 in each foldable plank assembly 30 are preferably hinges made available with item nos. 20572, 20573, 20574, 21571 and 21527 by Four Winds Corporation based on 12th Floor, No. 176, Section 1, Keelung Road, Taipei, Taiwan. Of course, other appropriate hinges may be used in the present invention.

The present invention has been described through detailed illustration of the preferred embodiment. Those skilled in the art can derive many variations from the preferred embodiment without departing from the scope of the present invention. Therefore, the preferred embodiment shall not limit the scope of the present invention. The scope of the present invention is defined in the attached claims.





 
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