Title:
Combination Wallmount and Desktop Structure
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The invention related to a combination wallmount and desktop structure, which has an improved structure and thus can be used on both a wall and a desk. The structure can be hung on the wall or stood up on the desk for a user's convenience, and can be folded using a folding part, thus increasing the user's convenience and reducing the volume during a delivery process, and can be used as a wallmount structure or as a desktop structure without making it necessary to purchase the wallmount structure and the desktop structure separately, thus reducing costs.



Inventors:
Choi, Deok-hwan (Seoul, KR)
Application Number:
12/278737
Publication Date:
07/02/2009
Filing Date:
02/09/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
24/442, 248/220.21, 24/303
International Classes:
A47B96/06; A44B18/00; A44B99/00
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Primary Examiner:
GARFT, CHRISTOPHER
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SUGHRUE MION, PLLC (WASHINGTON, DC, US)
Claims:
1. A combination wallmount and desktop structure, comprising: a main body having a shape of a plate, with at least one page coupled to a first end of the main body via connecting means; a wall-mounting surface extending from a second end of the main body, folded via a folding part, and having hanger means to be mounted to a wall; and coupling means for detachably attaching the wall-mounting surface to the main body.

2. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the connecting means comprises: a plurality of coupling holes formed in the first end of the main body and an end of the page, respectively; and a coupling ring inserted into the coupling holes.

3. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the hanger means comprises: an extension surface extending outwards from the wall-mounting surface; and a wall-mounting hole formed at a predetermined position in the extension surface.

4. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the hanger means comprises: an extension surface extending outwards from the wall-mounting surface; a support member integrally attached to the wall; and a fastening member integrally fastened to a back of the extension surface, and detachably attached to the support member.

5. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 4, wherein the support member and the fastening member are a Velcro fastener.

6. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 4, wherein the fastening member is a magnetic member, and the support member is made of a metal material that can be held to the fastening member by magnetic force.

7. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, further comprising: a holding surface extending from the wall-mounting surface, and folded by at least one folding part, an end of the holding surface being detachably attached to a back of the wall-mounting surface.

8. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the wall-mounting surface comprises a holder, the holder being cut at a predetermined portion thereof from the wall-mounting surface and being integrally coupled at a predetermined portion thereof to the wall-mounting surface in such a way as to be folded, thus allowing both sides of the holder to be bent backwards.

9. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the connecting means comprises a plurality of fitting slots each having a shape of a slash and formed in the page so that corners of a planar article are fitted into the fitting slots.

10. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the coupling means comprises a coupling member, which is made of a magnet and is provided on a front of the wall-mounting surface at a position where the coupling ring contacts the wall-mounting surface, when the combination is folded by the folding part.

11. The combination wallmount and desktop structure as set forth in claim 1, wherein the coupling means comprises pieces of tape which are provided at corresponding positions on the wall-mounting surface and the main body.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates generally to a combination wallmount and desktop structure and, more particularly, to an improved combination wallmount and desktop structure, which is constructed so that the combination can be placed on a desk or hung and supported on a wall, according to a user's intention.

BACKGROUND ART

Generally, a desk calendar is provided with a triangular support part comprising thick triangular cardboard, so that the calendar can be stood on a desk. Several calendar pages are rotatably coupled to one surface or the other surface of the triangular support part by fitting a coil spring into ends of the pages.

Such a desk calendar requires a separate packing box for delivery through postal mail service. Since the packing box has a large volume, it is not easy to deliver the desk calendar. Further, the manufacturing cost is increased. When the desk calendar has been sent to a person, the original function of the packing box is not needed, and thus the packing box is discarded and generates waste.

Further, when the desk calendar is delivered in a relatively cheap plastic bag in place of the packing box, the coil spring, which is not strong, may be deformed during the delivery process, so that the desk calendar may be damaged. Such damage to the desk calendar results in dissatisfied consumers.

Meanwhile, since a wall calendar does not require an additional support structure, a large number of wall calendars can be stacked and stored. When such a wall calendar is packed, the wall calendar does not require an additional packing box. As when the wall calendar is stored, many wall calendars can be carried after they are stacked, and put into a box or a bag. However, the wall calendar is problematic in that it is impossible to stand the wall calendar up on a horizontal surface, unlike the desk calendar. Further, in order to attach the wall calendar to a wall, hardware protruding from the wall, such as a nail or a screw, is required.

Further, if either one of the above-mentioned wall calendar or the desk calendar has a shape that is unsuitable for a user, the calendar cannot be used, thus limiting the installation options, and the desired type of calendar must subsequently be purchased, thus incurring additional cost.

DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION

Technical Problem

Accordingly, the present invention has been made keeping in mind the above problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide an improved combination wallmount and desktop structure, which can be used on a wall or a desk according to a user's selection, thus having the advantages of both wall calendars and desk calendars.

Technical Solution

In order to accomplish the above object, the present invention provides a combination wallmount and desktop structure, including a main body which has a shape of a plate, with at least one page coupled to a first end of the main body via a connecting means, a wall-mounting surface which extends from a second end of the main body, is folded via a folding part, and has a hanger means to be mounted to a wall, and a coupling means for detachably attaching the wall-mounting surface to the main body.

The connecting means includes a plurality of coupling holes which are formed in the first end of the main body and an end of the page, respectively, and a coupling ring which is inserted into the coupling holes.

The hanger means includes an extension surface extending outwards from the wall-mounting surface, and a wall-mounting hole formed at a predetermined position in the extension surface.

The hanger means includes an extension surface extending outwards from the wall-mounting surface, a support member integrally attached to the wall, and a fastening member integrally fastened to a back of the extension surface and detachably attached to the support member.

The support member and the fastening member are a Velcro fastener.

The fastening member is a magnetic member, and the support member is made of a metal material that can be held to the fastening member by magnetic force.

The combination wallmount and desktop structure further includes a holding surface which extends from the wall-mounting surface, and is folded by at least one folding part, an end of the holding surface being detachably attached to a back of the wall-mounting surface.

The wall-mounting surface includes a holder, the holder being cut at a pre-determined portion thereof from the wall-mounting surface and being integrally coupled at a predetermined portion thereof to the wall-mounting surface in such a way as to be folded, thus allowing both sides of the holder to be bent backwards.

The connecting means includes a plurality of fitting slots each having a shape of a slash and formed in the page so that corners of a planar article are fitted into the fitting slots.

The coupling means includes a coupling member, which is made of a magnet and is provided on a front of the wall-mounting surface at a position where the coupling ring contacts the wall-mounting surface, when the combination is folded by the folding part.

The coupling means includes pieces of tape which are provided at corresponding positions on the wall-mounting surface and the main body.

Advantageous Effects

The present invention provides a combination wallmount and desktop structure, which has an improved structure that can be used for both a wall and a desk, so that the combination can be hung on the wall or can be stood up on the desk for a user's convenience, and can be folded using a folding part, thus increasing the user's convenience and reducing the volume during a delivery process, and which can be used as a wallmount structure or as a desktop structure without requiring the separate purchase of a wallmount structure or a desktop structure, thus reducing the cost.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the coupling state of the combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a view showing the state where the combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the first embodiment of the present invention, is used as a wall-mounted structure;

FIG. 4 is a view showing the state where the combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the first embodiment of the present invention, is used as a desktop structure;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing one example of a hanger means of the combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view showing another example of a hanger means of the combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view showing a combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the second embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing a combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to a modification of the second embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a perspective view showing a combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to another modification of the second embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view showing the state where a holder is additionally attached to a wall-mounting surface of the combination wallmount and desktop structure;

FIG. 11 is a perspective view showing a combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the third embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view showing the coupled state of the combination wallmount and desktop structure of FIG. 11; and

FIG. 13 is a perspective view showing a combination wallmount and desktop structure, according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention.

MODE FOR THE INVENTION

Hereinafter, the preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the drawings, the same reference numerals are used throughout the different drawings to designate the same or similar components.

First Embodiment

A combination wallmount and desktop structure according to the first embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIGS. 1 to 4. The combination includes a main body 110 having a plate shape, a wall-mounting surface 120, and a coupling means. A plurality of pages 200 is rotatably coupled to one end of the main body 110 via a coupling ring 150. The wall-mounting surface 120 extends from the other end of the main body 110 in such a way as to rotate via at least one folding part 130 which is formed on the other end of the main body 110. The wall-mounting surface 120 is provided with a hanger means for hanging the combination on a wall W. The coupling means selectively attaches or detaches the wall-mounting surface 120 to or from the main body 110, thus allowing the combination to be stood up on a desk.

In a detailed description, the hanger means includes an extension surface 125 which is formed by extending part of the wall-mounting surface 120 outwards, and at least one hole 125a which is formed in the extension surface 125. Thus, in a general manner, a hanger member 610, such as a nail or a screw protruding from the wall, is inserted into the hole 125a, so that the combination is secured to the wall.

Preferably, the extension surface 125 extends from one edge of the wall-mounting surface 120 in such a way as to be rotatably folded. An advertisement may be attached to or printed on the extension surface 125.

The coupling means includes the coupling ring 150, which is made of a metal material, and at least one coupling member 310, which is installed at a predetermined position on the front of the wall-mounting surface 120 and is made of a magnetic material, so that the coupling ring 150 made of the metal material is attached to the coupling member 310 by magnetic force.

The folding part 130 is provided between the main body 110 and the wall-mounting surface 120, and is formed in a horizontal direction so that the main body 110 and the wall-mounting surface 120 can be bent and rotated. The folding part 130 comprises a plurality of folding parts which are spaced apart from each other, thus serving as a bottom surface when the combination is used as a desktop structure.

That is, the wall-mounting surface 120 and the main body 110 are obliquely supported by the folding part 130, and are detachably attached to each other by the coupling means. Thereby, when seen from the side, the combination has a triangular cross-section.

FIG. 5 shows another example of a hanger means, according to the present invention. In place of the above-mentioned hanger member and hole 125a, hook and pile pieces of a Velcro fastener 125b are provided on the back of the extension surface 125 and the wall W, thus allowing the combination to be detachably attached to the wall W.

That is, the hanger means, used to attach the combination to the wall W, includes a hook or pile piece (not shown) of the Velcro fastener, which is integrally attached to the wall, and a pile or hook piece of the Velcro fastener, which is integrally attached to the back of the extension surface 125 or the wall-mounting surface 120, and corresponds to the hook or pile piece of the wall. The hook and pile pieces of the wall W and the extension surface 125 or wall-mounting surface 120 engage with each other, so that the combination is secured to the wall W.

FIG. 6 shows a further example of a hanger means, according to the present invention. The hanger means includes a support member 400 which is integrally attached to the wall W and is made of a metal material, and a fastening member 125c which comprises a magnet to be attached to the support member 400 by magnetic force and is integrally attached to the back of the wall-mounting surface 120 or the extension surface 125.

Here, the support member 400 may comprise a magnet, which is the same as the material of the fastening member 125c, in place of the metal material.

The combination constructed as described above may be used as a desktop structure or a wallmount structure according to a user's intention. When the combination is used as the wallmount structure, the combination is hung on the wall W using the hanger means. The pages 200, coupled via the coupling ring 150, rotate around the folding part 130 to be in close contact with the wall-mounting surface 120. The rotated pages 200 are hung on the wall and are kept in close contact with the wall-mounting surface 120 by the coupling ring 150 and the coupling member 310.

The coupling ring 150, made of the metal material, is attached to the coupling member 310, made of the magnetic material, so that the wall-mounting surface 120 is kept near the main body 110.

Further, the pages 200 are kept in close contact with each other using the coupling ring 15 and the coupling member 310. Alternatively, in the state where the folding part 130 is not folded, the pages 200 may be in close contact with the wall and thus used.

Meanwhile, when the combination is used as a desktop structure, the wall-mounting surface 120 and the main body 110 are bent and are obliquely supported relative to the folding part 130 to thus have a triangular cross-section when seen from a side. The coupling ring 150 is integrally coupled to the coupling member 310 of the wall-mounting surface 120 by magnetic force, and the folding part 130 is in contact with a bottom surface, such as a desk. Thereby, the combination is stood up on the desk.

Second Embodiment

FIG. 7 shows the second embodiment of the present invention. As in the first embodiment, a combination wallmount and desktop structure of the second embodiment includes a main body 110, to which a plurality of pages 200 is coupled, a wall-mounting surface 120 which is foldably coupled to the main body 110, and a coupling means, which selectively couples the main body 110 to the wall-mounting surface 120. However, the combination wallmount and desktop structure of the second embodiment further includes a holder on the wall-mounting surface 120. Both sides of the central portion of the wall-mounting surface 120 are cut, thus providing supports 126a and 126b which are foldable and are spaced apart from each other. Further, a locking flap 126c is foldably provided between the supports 126a and 126b, and interferes with the supports 126a and 126b.

That is, the holder is cut at predetermined portions thereof so as to form the supports 126a and 126b which are bent backwards. The locking flap 126c is formed to be foldable and rotated backwards, after the supports 126a and 126b are bent. Both sides of the locking flap 126c interfere with the bent supports 126a and 126b, thus locking the supports 126a and 126b.

Reference numeral “140” denotes a connection surface which connects the main body 110 to the wall-mounting surface 120. The connection surface defines a space when the pages 200 are turned over to the back surface of the main body 110.

FIG. 8 shows a modification of the second embodiment according to the present invention. The holder comprises a holding surface 127 which is foldable, extends from one end of the wall-mounting surface 120 and is folded several times to serve as a bottom surface.

In a detailed description, the holding surface 127 has a structure similar to the folding part 130 of the first embodiment. However, the holding surface 127 is not positioned between the wall-mounting surface 120 and the main body 110, but extends from the end of the wall-mounting surface 120 and is folded several times to be in contact with a support surface, such as a desk.

Thus, when the holding surface 127 is formed, the folding part 130 of the first embodiment can be omitted.

Further, an extension surface 125 used for coupling the combination to the wall W is cut from the wall-mounting surface 120 so as to be bent from the end of the wall-mounting surface 120.

The holding surface 127 is bent at one end and attached to the lower portion of the back of the wall-mounting surface 120 with tape or an adhesive 350. Alternatively, the holding surface 127 may be detachably attached to the wall-mounting surface using a magnet or a Velcro fastener. Further, as shown in FIG. 9, fitting pieces 127a may protrude from one end of the holding surface 127, and fitting slots 120a, each having the shape of a slash, may be formed in the wall-mounting surface 120 so that the fitting pieces 127a can be fitted into the fitting slots 120a.

Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 10, a stand 500 having the function of a holder may be attached to the back of the wall-mounting surface 120 using an adhesive or tape.

Third Embodiment

FIGS. 11 and 12 show the third embodiment of the present invention. According to this embodiment, a holder 700 is provided to have the function of the wall-mounting surface 120, and thus the wall-mounting surface 120 is omitted. In the same manner as the above-mentioned holding surface 127, the supports and the locking flap integrally extend. The holder 700 is connected to the main body 110 to extend from the center of one end of the main body 110. Support wings 710a and 710b are foldably provided on both sides of the holder 700, and a locking flap 720 is provided in the central portion of the holder 700 to be rotatably bent, thus locking the bent support wings 710a and 710b.

Further, a coupler 750 extends integrally from the main body 110 so that the holder 700 is spaced apart from one end of the main body 110. When the combination is used as a desktop structure, the coupler 750 causes the main body 110 to be spaced apart from the support wings 710a and 710b, thus serving as a base surface, which is in contact with a support surface.

Attaching members 320 and 330 are provided at corresponding positions on the main body 110 and the holder 700 so that the main body 110 is detachably attached to the holder 700. The attaching members 320 and 330 preferably comprise magnets having magnetic force.

Fourth Embodiment

FIG. 13 shows the fourth embodiment of the present invention. Fitting slots 210 are formed at positions adjacent to respective comers of the pages 200. The corners of a planar article G are inserted into the corresponding fitting slots so as to support the planar article G.

That is, the fitting slots 210, each having the shape of a slash, are formed in the comers of the pages 200. The corners of the planar article G, such as refillable memo paper, a calendar page, or a photograph, are fitted into the fitting slots 210.

According to this embodiment, the fitting slots 210 are formed in the pages 200. However, the fitting slots 210 may be formed in the main body 110. In this case, the pages may be omitted.

The pages 200 of the invention may be made of various materials other than paper material. For example, the pages may be calendar pages, on which dates are printed, several memo papers, which are coupled to each other via the coupling ring 150, or may be adhesive pages 200 to be used one by one.

Further, the pages 200 may use sheets of a picture album, capable of receiving memo papers, photographs, or pictures.

As described above, the present invention provides a combination wallmount and desktop structure, which has an improved structure that can be used for both a wall and a desk, so that the combination can be hung on the wall or can be stood up on the desk for a user's convenience, and can be folded using a folding part, thus increasing the user's convenience and reducing the volume during a delivery process, and which can be used as a wallmount structure or as a desktop structure without requiring the separate purchase of a wallmount structure or a desktop structure, thus reducing the cost.

Although the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been disclosed for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims.