Title:
Vanity Organizer Table
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A vanity table organizer that includes multiple compartments for storing jewelry, cosmetic and/or both items in a user friendly and efficient, manner.



Inventors:
Greiner, Lori (Chicago, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/940010
Publication Date:
05/14/2009
Filing Date:
11/14/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
312/325
International Classes:
A47B46/00; A47B67/00
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Primary Examiner:
WILKENS, JANET MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FREDRIKSON & BYRON, P.A. (MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A vanity comprising: a body comprising a front, a back, a left side, a right side, a top extending from the back to the front and from the left side to the right side, a bottom generally parallel with the top, the bottom extending from the back to the front and from the left side and to the right side, the top comprising three sections: a left section, a middle section and a right section wherein the left section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's left side and extends to the body's front, the right section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's right side and extends to the body's front, and the middle section is locate between the left and right sections, the middle section having a fixed portion attached to the body's back and extends towards the body's front and a movable portion pivotally coupled to the fixed portion and extends to the body's front.

2. The vanity of claim 1 further comprising a cabinet located on the fixed portion of the middle section of the top, the cabinet extending generally parallel with the front and back of the body.

3. The vanity of claim 1 further comprising a plurality of legs extending from the bottom of the body.

4. The vanity of claim 1 wherein the left section of the top has an interior surface and an exterior surface wherein the interior surface of the left section has a plurality of elastic loops to hold brushes, the middle section has an interior surface and an exterior surface, the interior surface of the middle section having a mirror disposed thereon, the right section having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the interior surface of the right section having an antitarnish cloth disposed thereon.

5. The vanity of claim 2 wherein the cabinet has a back wall, a top, a bottom, a first side wall, a second side wall that define a cavity and a door hingedly couple to the first side wall of the cabinet, the door having an interior surface and an exterior surface.

6. The vanity of claim 5 wherein the cabinet has a plurality of hooks disposed on an interior surface of the back wall.

7. The vanity of claim 5 wherein the exterior surface of the door has a mirror disposed thereon.

8. The vanity of claim 5 wherein the cabinet has a plurality of receptacles located along the bottom.

9. The vanity of claim 5 wherein the cavity and interior surface of the door are lined with antitarnish cloth.

10. The vanity of claim 5 further comprising an earring stand disposed on the interior surface of the door.

11. The vanity of claim 10 wherein the earring stand comprises a plurality of vertical posts and a plurality of cross bars extending between the plurality of posts.

12. The vanity of claim 1 further comprising a first drawer located below the left section of the top, the interior of the first drawer having a plurality of compartments.

13. The vanity of claim 12 wherein the plurality of compartments include lipstick holders.

14. The vanity of claim 12 further comprising a second drawer located below the right section of the top, the interior of the second drawer having a plurality of compartments.

15. The vanity of claim 14 wherein the second drawer further houses a ring holder.

16. A vanity comprising: a body comprising a front, a back, a left side, a right side, a top extending from the back to the front and from the left side to the right side, a bottom generally parallel with the top, the bottom extending from the back to the front and from the left side and to the right side, the top comprising three sections: a left section, a middle section and a right section wherein the left section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's left side and extends to the body's front, the right section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's right side and extends to the body's front, and the middle section is locate between the left and right sections.

17. A vanity comprising: a body comprising a front, a back, a left side, a right side, a top extending from the back to the front and from the left side to the right side, a bottom generally parallel with the top, the bottom extending from the back to the front and from the left side and to the right side, the top comprising three sections: a left section, a middle section and a right section wherein the left section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's left side and extends to the body's front, the right section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's right side and extends to the body's front, and the middle section is locate between the left and right sections, the middle section having a fixed portion attached to the body's back and extends towards the body's front and a movable portion pivotally coupled to the fixed portion and extends to the body's front; and a cabinet located on the fixed portion of the middle section of the top, the cabinet extending generally parallel with the front and back of the body.

Description:

FIELD

The embodiments of the inventions are directed to a vanity table, and, more particularly, a vanity table that organizes items such a jewelry and/or cosmetics.

BACKGROUND

Vanity table are known and typically have a pivotal top that can be rotated to an open position to expose a storage compartment. Typically the storage compartment is used to hold cosmetic items and the interior surface of the top has a mirror disposed thereon. This allows a user to comfortably sit at the vanity table, rotate the top to its open position to expose the mirror and provide easy access to the compartment. The user can then have access to and apply her cosmetic items comfortably while simultaneously being able to view herself in the mirror.

U.S. Design Pat. No. Des. 303,593 discloses a vanity table with a storage top that has a left and right section, each of which is hingedly attached to the side of the table along one of its long edge so that each section can be rotated away from the center of the table to an open position to expose a storage compartment underneath.

U.S. Design Pat. No. Des. 303,594 discloses a vanity table having a mirror centrally disposed on a top of the table and a cabinet disposed on top of the table on each side of the mirror. It appears that a plurality of hooks are disposed on a side wall of the left cabinet.

U.S. Design Pat. No. Des. 311,832 disclose a vanity table that combines certain features of Design Pat. Nos. 303,593 and 303,594 discussed above. In particular, a vanity table is disclosed with a storage top that has a left and right section, each of which is hingedly attached to the side of the table along one of its long edges so that each section can be rotated away from the center of the table to an open position to expose a storage compartment underneath. A mirror is centrally disposed on top of the table and a cabinet disposed on top of the table on each side of the mirror.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,192,329 discloses a portable dressing table or vanity that has a centrally disposed mirror that can be rotated to an upright position when the table is being used and can be folded down flat so that it forms part of the top surface of the table. On each side of the mirror is a lid hingedly coupled along an inner long edge so that the lid can be rotated from a closed position where it forms part of the top of the table to an open position where the lid is rotated towards the center of the table to expose a storage compartment underneath.

SUMMARY

According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a vanity having a body including a front, a back, a left side, a right side, a top extending from the back to the front and from the left side to the right side, and a bottom generally parallel with the top, the bottom extending from the back to the front and from the left side and to the right side. The top includes three sections: a left section, a middle section and a right section. The left section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's left side and extends to the body's front, the right section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's right side and extends to the body's front, and the middle section is locate between the left and right sections, the middle section having a fixed portion attached to the body's back and extends towards the body's front and a movable portion pivotally coupled to the fixed portion and extends to the body's front.

According to a second aspect of the invention, there is provided a vanity having a body including a front, a back, a left side, a right side, a top extending from the back to the front and from the left side to the right side, and a bottom generally parallel with the top, the bottom extending from the back to the front and from the left side and to the right side. The top includes three sections: a left section, a middle section and a right section. The left section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's left side and extends to the body's front, the right section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's right side and extends to the body's front, and the middle section is locate between the left and right sections.

According to a third aspect of the invention, there is provided a vanity having a body including a front, a back, a left side, a right side, a top extending from the back to the front and from the left side to the right side, and a bottom generally parallel with the top, the bottom extending from the back to the front and from the left side and to the right side. The top includes three sections: a left section, a middle section and a right section wherein the left section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's left side and extends to the body's front, the right section is pivotally coupled to the body's back adjacent to the body's right side and extends to the body's front, and the middle section is locate between the left and right sections, the middle section having a fixed portion attached to the body's back and extends towards the body's front and a movable portion pivotally coupled to the fixed portion and extends to the body's front. The vanity further includes a cabinet located on the fixed portion of the middle section of the top, the cabinet extending generally parallel with the front and back of the body.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the vanity table.

FIG. 2 is a front elevation view of the vanity table shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a rear elevation view of the vanity table shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the vanity table showing its top left, right and middle sections rotated to their partially open position and left and right top drawers pulled out.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the vanity table showing its top sections rotated to their closed position, the left and right bottom drawers pulled out and the cabinet door swung open.

FIG. 6 is a top elevation view of the interior of the upper left drawer according to an embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 7 is a top elevation view of the interior of the upper right drawer according to another embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 8 is a top elevation view of the interior of the bottom left according to another embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 9 is a top elevation view of the interior of the bottom right drawer according to another embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the vanity table 10. The vanity table 10 has a front 12, a back 14, a left side 16, a right side 18, a top 20 extending from the back 14 to the front 12 and from the left side 16 to the right side 18 and a bottom 22, generally parallel with the top 20, the bottom 22 extending from the back 14 to the front 12 and from the left side 16 and to the right side 18. Four legs 24 extend from generally the bottom 22 of the table.

The top 20 of the table has three sections: a left section 26, a middle section 28 and a right section 30. The left section 26 is pivotally coupled to the body's back 14 adjacent to the body's left side 16 and extends to the body's front 12. The right section 30 is pivotally coupled to the body's back 14 adjacent to the body's right side 18 and extends to the body's front 12. The middle section 28 is locate between the left and right sections, 26 and 28. In one embodiment, the middle section 28 has a fixed portion 32 attached to the body's back 14 and extends towards the body's front 12 and a movable portion 34 pivotally coupled to the fixed portion 32 and extends to the body's front 12. In another embodiment, the middle section 28 is pivotally coupled to the body's back 14 and extends to the body's front 12. In another embodiment, the middle section 28 is fixedly coupled to the body's back 14 and front 12.

In the embodiments where the middle section 28 includes a fixed portion 32 and a movable portion 34 or where the middle section 28 is fixedly coupled to the body's back 14 and front 12, a cabinet 36 can be disposed on an exterior surface of the fixed portion 32. The cabinet 36 extends generally parallel with the front 12 and back 14 of the body. The cabinet 36 will be described in further detail hereinafter, but it can be seen that it has a door 38 with an exterior surface on which is disposed a mirror 40.

A plurality of drawers 42, 44, 46 and 48 (see FIG. 2) are located underneath the top 20 of the body. In an embodiment, there are two drawers 42, 46 located under the left section 26 of the top 20, two drawers 44, 48 located under the right section 30 of the top 20 and one drawer 49 located under the middle section 28 of the top 20. Of course the number of drawers may be varied. In addition, instead of having legs 24 supporting the body, a series of drawers or a cabinet may be located under both the left and right sections of the top 20 that extend to the floor. Room is left under the middle section 28 to allow a user to place comfortably her legs when she is using the vanity table 10.

FIG. 2 is a front elevation view of the vanity table 10 shown in FIG. 1. It can be seen the located an interior surface of the left, right and middle sections 26, 30 and 28 of the top 20 are cutouts 50 that allow a user to rotate the sections of the top 20 to their open position as will be explained in detail hereinafter. FIG. 3 is a rear elevation view of the vanity table 10 shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the vanity table 10 showing its top left, right and middle sections 26, 30 and 28 rotated to their partially open position and left and right top drawers pulled out. The left section 26 of the top 20 has an interior surface on which is disposed a plurality of elastic loops 52 that can be used to secure items such as brushes, mascara or lipstick tubes or such to the interior of the left section 26 as shown. The middle section 28 has an interior surface on which is disposed a mirror 54, as shown. The right section 30 has an interior surface that does not have anything disposed thereon although it could also have a plurality of elastic loops 52 or a mirror 54, for example. The location of the various items on the interior surfaces of the sections may be arranged differently from that shown in FIG. 4 but still define features of the embodiments of the invention. Located underneath the left and right top sections 26 and 30 is an upper left and right drawer 42 and 44 respectively which are show partially pulled out. Each of the drawers has various dividers 56 used to form compartments within the drawer. The dividers 56 may be fixed or they may be removable so that a user can configure the storage space located within the drawer according to her desired use. Located underneath the middle section 28 is a compartment that also has dividers 56 which may or may not be removable. Located directly underneath the upper left and right drawers 42 and 44 is a lower left and right drawer as seen in FIG. 5.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the vanity table 10 showing its top 20 sections rotated to their closed position, the left and right bottom drawers 46 and 48 pulled out and the cabinet door 38 swung open. The lower left 46 drawer has a plurality of dividers 56 used to create lipstick tube holders 58. A sole divider 56 divides the remaining portion of the compartment of the lower left drawer 46. Alternatively instead of a sole divider, multiple dividers may be located in the drawer. The bottom right drawer 48 also has a plurality of dividers 56 as well as it may or may not have a ring holder 51. The ring holder 51 may be formed of a plurality of slits formed in an spongy material as is well know or plurality of rolls adjacent one another where the ring is secured between adjacent rolls.

The cabinet 36 is located on the fixed portion 32 of the middle section 28 of the top 20 and extends generally parallel with the front 12 and back 14 of the body. The cabinet 36 has a back wall 60, a top 62, a bottom 64, a first side wall 66, a second side wall 68 that define a cavity 70 and a door 38 hingedly couple to the first side wall 66 of the cabinet 36, the door 38 having an interior surface and an exterior surface. Located inside the cabinet 36 are a plurality of hooks 72 disposed on an interior surface of the back wall 60. The door 38 has an exterior surface on which is disposed a mirror 40 (see FIG. 1).

A plurality of receptacles 74 are located along the bottom of the cabinet's cavity 70. In one embodiment, the cavity 70 and interior surface of the door 38 may be lined with antitarnish cloth. In addition, an earring stand 76 is disposed on the interior surface of the door 38. The earring stand 76 has a plurality of vertical bars 78 attached to the interior surface of the door 38. A plurality of crossbars 80 extend between the vertical bars 78, as shown. The crossbars 80 can be fixedly attached or they may be removably attached to the vertical bars 78.

The vanity table 10 allows a user to sit comfortably at the table and locate her jewelry and cosmetics in an organized fashion. The mirrors 40 and 54 provided on the exterior surface of the cabinet 36 door 38 and on the interior surface of the middle section 28 of the top allow the user to properly apply her makeup, as well as see how an article of jewelry will look on her.

FIG. 6 is a top elevation view of the interior of the upper left drawer according to an embodiment of the invention. FIG. 7 is a top elevation view of the interior of the upper right drawer according to another embodiment of the invention. A ring holder 51 may be provided in the back of the drawer and may be formed of a plurality of slits formed in an spongy material as is well know or plurality of rolls adjacent one another where the ring is secured between adjacent rolls. FIG. 8 is a top elevation view of the interior of the bottom left drawer according to another embodiment of the invention. FIG. 9 is a top elevation view of the interior of the bottom right drawer according to another embodiment of the invention. While each drawer is shown having a particular configuration, the embodiments of the invention are not limited to what is shown and various arrangements are contemplated. As previously mentioned, the dividers may be removable so that a user can configure the interior of the drawers to suit her particular needs. If the drawer is meant to hold jewelry, it may be lined with an antitarnish cloth. Alternatively, if it is meant to hold cosmetic items it made be made of a material that is easily cleaned. For example, the interior of the drawer may be lined with plastic or vinyl or an insert of plastic that holds the dividers may be provided separately so that it can be placed in the drawer.

In other embodiments, the pivotable sections of the top may have other configurations. Fir example, a particular pivotable top section, whether it be the left, right or middle section, may not extend the entire distance from the back of the body to its front. Instead, it may only extend halfway so that it extends from the front of the body to a point midway between the front and the back of the body. The remaining portion would be fixed, i.e. not movable. In another embodiment, a particular top section may be slidable so that it folds like an accordion or closet door as it is slid towards the back of the body. It will be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that various configurations of the described embodiments are possible. Thus, as an example, the left top section may be of the pivotable lid-type while the right top section may be of the slidable-type or vice versa.

In other embodiments, the loops for holding brushes may be located on other positions of the vanity organizer. For example, they may be located in one of the drawers. As an example, the drawer underneath the middle top section may be provided with loops in its interior. Or the loops may be provided on the interior surface of the middle top section adjacent one or both side of the mirror. In addition, a panel could be added to the bottom of the vanity organizer that can be pivoted away from the bottom of the organizer towards the user. The lops may be provided on an exterior surface of such a panel so that as the panel is pivoted towards the user, the loops face the user and are accessible to the user.

While the top left, right and middle drawers have been shown as pullout-type drawers, in other embodiments, the may be fixed since access to the interior of these drawers is provided through the left, right and middle top sections.

In other embodiments, the left and right top sections are not pivotably coupled to the back of the body, but rather are coupled along one of their sides. For example, the top left section may be pivotally coupled along its right side to a center section of the top so that as it is rotated open, it rotates towards the middle top section. The top right section may be pivotally coupled along its left side to a center section of the top so that as it is rotated open it rotates towards the top middle section. The exterior surfaces of such left and right top sections may be provided with mirror so that when they are rotated open, and the middle section is rotated open, they present a three-way or tri-fold type mirror to the user. The top left and right sections may be adjustable when in their rotated open position so that the user can adjust the angle of the mirror located on the exterior surface of the sections.

In addition, in some embodiments, the middle top section may have coupled on its interior surface a left and right panel that each fold inward underneath the interior surface of the top middle section so that the middle section can be rotated to its closed position. When the middle section is rotated to its open or partially open position, the left and right panels may be rotated away from the interior surface of the middle section and each panel may be provided with a mirror to provide a three-way or tri-fold mirror to the user. The angle of the left and right panels may be adjusted by the user.

The cabinet 36 located on top of the organizer may in one embodiment, be removable. In other embodiments, the cabinet 36 may be rotatably coupled to the vanity organizer so that it can be rotated preferably 360 degrees, for example. In addition, the cabinet 36 located on top of the organizer may be of the swivel type with multiple compartments such as described in the following applications: U.S. Ser. No. 11/368,019 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Mar. 3, 2006; U.S. Ser. No. 29/263,540 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Jul. 25, 2006; U.S. Ser. No. 29/277,341 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Feb. 22, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/277,342 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Feb. 22, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/277,343 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Feb. 22, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/277,344 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Feb. 22, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/277,345 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Feb. 22, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/277,346 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Feb. 22, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/281,878 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Jul. 5, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/281,880 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Jul. 5, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,087 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,095 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,097 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,098 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,101 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,104 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,106 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,110 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,113 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,115 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,118 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,119 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,121 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,123 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,124 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,128 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,134 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,136 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,139 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007; U.S. Ser. No. 29/295,141 entitled “Swivel Organizer” filed Sep. 21, 2007 all of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.

In addition, the cabinet 36, whether it is rotatable or not may include a tri-fold mirror arrangement as described in U.S. Ser. No. 11/610,170 entitled “Tri-Fold Mirror Swivel Organizer” filed Dec. 13, 2006 and U.S. Ser. No. 11/768,979 entitled “Tri-Fold Mirror Organizer” filed Jun. 27, 2007 all of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.

The hinges used to couple the top left and right sections preferably have a stop so that those top sections can be rotated about 110 degrees. The top middle section uses hinges that allow a user to adjust the tilt of the middle section by using adjustable hinges.

The vanity organizer has been described in various embodiments as hold jewelry items and cosmetic items. Alternatively, the vanity organizer may house all jewelry items or all cosmetic items depending on the needs of the user.

The embodiments of the invention are subject to many variations and modifications while remaining within the scope of the embodiments of the invention.