Title:
FABRIC PANEL FOR HARD TOP GAZEBO CEILING/FABRIC PANEL INSERT FOR HARD TOP GAZEBO APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF USING SAME
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention relates generally to a fabric panel for hard top gazebo ceiling/fabric panel insert for hard top gazebo apparatus and a method of using same. More particularly, the invention encompasses a fabric insert that is suspended from a hard top gazebo apex and is meant to improve the comfort level of the gazebo and to provide additional aesthetic appeal. The invention further includes rings, clips, Velcro, hook and loop strips, tension cord, tension cord lock, etc., to further support the functioning of the inventive invention.



Inventors:
Pelillo, Luciana Maria (Carmel, NY, US)
Application Number:
14/881153
Publication Date:
04/28/2016
Filing Date:
10/12/2015
Assignee:
PELILLO LUCIANA MARIA
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
52/79.6
International Classes:
E04H15/54; E04H1/12
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Primary Examiner:
MATTEI, BRIAN DAVID
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
AHSAN & ASSOCIATES, PLLC (HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A hard top gazebo apparatus, comprising; (a) at least one fabric panel, said at least one fabric panel having a small edge, a large edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, and wherein said first and said second side edges connect said small edge to said large edge to form said at least one fabric panel; (b) a portion of said small edge being folded to form a pocket, said pocket having, a first opening at one end, and a second opening at an opposite end, and at least one first securing means secured to a portion of said small edge; (c) at least one cord, having a first end and a second end, and wherein at least portion of said at least one cord being moveably inside at least a portion of said pocket: (d) said hard top gazebo having a roof, and wherein said roof having an inner roof surface, and an outer roof surface, and wherein at least one second securing means secured to at least a portion of said inner roof surface; and (e) wherein said at least one first securing means is secured to at least a portion of said at least one second securing means.

2. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein a first end of a clip is secured to said large edge, and a second end of said clip is secured to a hard top gazebo structure.

3. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein a first end of a clip is secured to said large edge, and a second end of said clip is secured to a hard top gazebo structure, and wherein said hard top gazebo structure is a ring.

4. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein a first end of a clip is secured to said large edge, and a second end of said clip is secured to a hard top gazebo structure, and wherein said hard top gazebo structure is a ring, and wherein said ring is slideably secured to a gazebo roof bar iron angle.

5. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein said at least one fabric panel is secured to at least one second fabric panel, such that a portion of said side edge is secured to each other near said small edge.

6. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein said at least one fabric panel is secured to at least one second fabric panel, such that a portion of said side edge is secured to each other near said small edge, and wherein said securing, is done via a group consisting, of glue, stitch, hook and loop material, adhesive, magnet, and combinations thereof.

7. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein said at least one first securing, means is selected from a group consisting of a glue, a hook and loop material, an adhesive, a rivet, a magnet, and combinations thereof.

8. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein said at least one second securing means is selected from a group consisting of a glue, a hook and loop material, an adhesive, a rivet, a magnet, and combinations thereof.

9. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein material for said at least one panel is selected from a group consisting of canvas, cotton, polyester, polymeric fabric, composite material, and combinations thereof.

10. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein peripheral shape of said hard top gazebo roof is selected from a group consisting of a square shape, a rectangular shape, a triangular shape, a circular shape, an elliptical shape, a polygonal shape, and combinations thereof.

11. The hard top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein said at least one second securing means is secured to at least an apex portion of said inner roof surface.

12. The top gazebo apparatus of claim 1, wherein peripheral roof shape of said hard top gazebo is be selected from a group consisting of a square shape, a rectangular shape, a triangular shape, a circular shape, an elliptical shape, a polygonal shape, and combinations thereof.

13. A hard top gazebo apparatus, comprising; (a) four fabric panels, each of said four fabric panels having a small edge, a large edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, and wherein each of said first side edge and said second side edge connects said small edge to said large edge to form each of said four fabric panels; (b) a portion of each of said small edge being folded to form a pocket, said pocket having a first opening at one end, and a second opening at an opposite end, and at least one first securing means secured to a portion of at least one of said small edge; (c) at least one cord, having a first end and a second end, and wherein at least a portion of said at least one cord being moveably inside at least a portion of at least one of said pocket; (d) said hard top gazebo having a roof, and wherein said roof having an inner roof surface, and an outer roof surface, and wherein at least one second securing means secured to at least a portion of said inner roof surface; (e) each of said four panels are secured each to the other along said small edge, such that said first opening at one end of said pocket, and said second opening at an opposite end of said pocket remains open for the free movement of said at least one cord; and (f) wherein said at least one first securing means is secured to at least a portion of said at least one second securing means.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

The instant patent application claims priority to and the benefit of pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 62/067,425, filed on Oct. 22, 2014, titled “Fabric Panel For Hard Top Gazebo Ceiling, Apparatus, System, And A Method Thereof,” the entire disclosure of which provisional application is incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to a fabric panel for hard top gazebo ceiling /fabric panel insert for hard top gazebo apparatus and a method of using same. More particularly, the invention encompasses a fabric insert that is suspended from a hard top gazebo apex and is meant to improve the comfort level of the gazebo and to provide additional aesthetic appeal. The invention further includes rings, clips, Velcro, hook and loop strips, tension cord, tension cord lock, etc., to further support the functioning of the inventive invention.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Many people prefer hard top gazebos because they can be left outside all year long and, unlike fabric top gazebos, they do not have to be disassembled during the winter months.

Hard top gazebos do have shortcomings, such as, for example, sitting under a hard top gazebo can be difficult in warm weather if the gazebo sits in direct sunlight, as the temperature underneath the hard top gazebo increases substantially due to the beating of the sun rays on the roof of the hard top gazebo.

Furthermore, in addition to the penetration of the sun's rays, gazebos whose roofs are transparent or semi-transparent are also subject to unsightly debris such as leaves and dirt landing on their exterior or the top roof surface of the hard top gazebo.

This invention improves on the deficiencies of the prior art and provides an inventive set of fabric panels that can be inserted inside a hard top gazebo, and suspended from the inside portion of the gazebo roof apex or the underside of a hard top gazebo.

PURPOSES AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention is a novel fabric panel for hard top gazebo ceiling/fabric panel insert for hard top gazebo apparatus and a method of using same.

Therefore, one purpose of this invention is to provide a fabric panel for hard top gazebo ceiling/fabric panel insert for hard top gazebo apparatus and a method of using same.

Another purpose of this invention is to provide fabric panels to reduce the ambient temperature within the gazebo. Furthermore, the level of comfort can be increased based on the fabric used to make the panels.

Yet another purpose of this invention is to provide fabric panels to conceal anything that lands on top of tine gazebo, thus preventing unsightly views from within and underneath the gazebo.

Still yet another purpose of this invention is to provide fabric panels to soften the look of the hard top gazebo.

Still yet another purpose of this invention is to provide fabric panels to provide different aesthetic options to an outside patio with &brie panels that can vary in material, color, print, etc., to name a few.

Therefore, in one aspect this invention comprises a hard top gazebo apparatus, comprising;

(a) at least one fabric panel, said at least one fabric panel having a small edge, a large edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, and wherein said first and said second side edges connect said small edge to said large edge to form said at, least one fabric panel;
(b) a portion of said small edge being folded to form a pocket, said pocket having a first opening at one end, and a second opening, at an opposite end, and at least one first securing means secured to a portion of said small edge;
(c) at least one cord, having a first end and a second end, and wherein at least a portion of said at least one cord being moveably inside at least a portion of said pocket;
(d) said hard top gazebo having a roof, and wherein said roof having an inner roof surface, and an outer roof surface, and wherein at least one second securing means secured to at least a portion of said inner roof surface; and
(e) wherein said at least one first securing means is secured to at least a portion of said at least one second securing means.

In another aspect this invention comprises a hard top gazebo apparatus, comprising;

(a) four fabric panels, each of said four fabric panels having, a small edge, a large edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, and wherein each of said first side edge and said second side edge connects said small edge to said large edge to form each of said four fabric panels;
(b) a portion of each of said small edge being folded to form a pocket, said pocket having a first opening at one end, and a second opening at an opposite end, and at least one first securing means secured to a portion of at least one of said small edge;
(c) at least one cord, having a first end and a second end, and wherein at least a portion of said at least one cord being: moveably inside at least a portion of at least one of said pocket;
(d) said hard top gazebo having a roof, and wherein said roof having an inner roof surface, and an outer roof surface, and wherein at least one second securing means secured to at least a portion of said inner roof surface;
(e) each of said four panels are secured each to the other along said small edge, such that said first opening at one end of said pocket, and said second opening at an opposite end of said pocket remains open for the free movement of said at least one cord; and
(f) wherein said at least one first securing means is secured to at least a portion of said at least one second securing means.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention may best be further understood by reference to the ensuing detailed description in conjunction with the drawings in which:

FIG. 1, illustrates a front side view of the fabric panels including the shapes in which the fabric panels are cut, stitched or secured, and the attachment of Velcro (hook and loop) strips for a hard top gazebo according to an embodiment of this invention.

FIG. 2, illustrates a back side view of the fabric panels with fully formed and secured pockets according to an embodiment of this invention.

FIG. 3, illustrates a finished front view look of the fabric panels with stitched and secured corners, tension cord, and tension cord lock according to an embodiment of this invention.

FIG. 4a, illustrates a three-layer view, namely, the gazebo roof, the fabric panel, and the gazebo roof apex, along with showing the finished product suspended from the gazebo apex, with the Velcro (hook and loop) strip attached to gazebo apex flat surface according to an embodiment of this invention.

FIG. 4b, illustrates a view of the gazebo roof apex from below, that is looking, up from the ground according to an embodiment of this invention.

FIG. 4c, illustrates a ring and clip on one of the corners of the hard top gazebo according to an embodiment of this invention.

FIG. 4d, illustrates a ring and clip on the perimeter of the hard top gazebo according to an embodiment of this invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The inventive fabric panel for hard top gazebo ceiling/fabric panel insert for hard top gazebo apparatus and a method of using, same will now be discussed with reference to FIGS. 1 through 4d. Although the scope of the present invention is much broader than any particular embodiment, a detailed description of the preferred embodiment follows together with drawings. These drawings are for illustration purposes only and are not drawn to scale. Like numbers represent like features and components in the drawings.

FIG. 1, illustrates a from side view of the fabric panels 8, including the shapes in which the fabric panels 8, are cut, stitched or secured, and the attachment of Velcro (hook and loop) strips 20, 21, for a square roof or a rectangular roof or a circular roof hard top gazebo 150, according to an embodiment of this invention 23. FIG. 1, further illustrates a preferred shape in which one or more of the fabric panels 8, are cut, preferably, there are four isosceles trapezoidal shaped fabric panels 8, with identical pairs, such as, for example, two large or major or first fabric panels 6, and two small or minor or second fabric panels 7. However, each of the fabric panels 8 comprising fabric panels 6, 7, can be of the same size and shape, such as, for example, for a square roof 153, hard top gazebo 150, or each of the fabric panels 8, comprising, fabric panels 6, 7, can be of a different size and shape, such as, for example, for a circular or an elliptical roof 153, hard top gazebo 150 Each fabric panel 8, has an upper or top base or small edge 1, a lower or bottom base or large edge 2, a front face or side 3, a back face or side 4, and two legs OF side supports or first/second side edge 5. The back side 4, faces towards the underside of a hard top gazebo's roof 153a, i.e., looking up towards sky from the round 160. The front sides 3, faces towards the floor or ground or Earth 160. The dimensions of the fabric panels 8, are dependent on the size and shape of the hard top gazebo's roof 153. Each fabric panel 8, preferably is cut larger than the needed dimension, such as, approximately ten to fourteen inches, and preferably, twelve inches, wider, and approximately, five to seven inches, and preferably, about six inches, longer, along the top base 1. Along, each bottom base 2, and leg 5, approximately ½″ (one half inch) of panel material is folded over and stitched or securely fastened 9, to the back side 4, of the fabric panels 8. This is to reinforce the ends, and also to add aesthetic appeal to the fabric panels 8. Velcro (loop) strips 20, are attached to each front side 3, of the large fabric panels 6, but below the top base 1. Each Velcro (loop) strip 20, is preferably positioned below pocket fold lines 101. The area above each pocket fold line 101, and the top base 1, forms the pocket area 102.

FIG. 2, illustrates a back side view of the fabric panels 8, with fully formed and secured pockets 10, according to an embodiment of this invention. FIG. 2, further illustrates that the pockets 10, that are formed on the back side 4, of the fabric panels 8, will eventually be used to slideably hold a rope or string or tension cord 15. All four fabric panels 8, have a pocket 10. The pockets 10, are formed by folding over approximately one to two inches, and preferably about inches, of panel material along the pocket fold line 101, and then stitching or secured fastening 19, to the top base 1, to the back side 4, of the fabric panels 8. The left and right sides of the pockets 10, are left unstitched or unsecured in order to form a first large pocket openings 6a, a second large pocket opening 6b, a first small pocket opening 7a, and a second small pocket opening 7b, in the fabric panels 8. The pocket 10, would be used for the slideable passage of at least one rope or string or tension cord 15.

FIG. 3, illustrates a finished front view look of the fabric panels 8, with stitched and secured comers, tension cord 15, and tension cord lock 16, according to an embodiment of this invention. FIG. 3, further illustrates the stitching or secured. fastening of the corners 14, along the top base 1, of the fabric panels 8. Stitching, or secured fastening the corners 14, connects all four fabric panels 8, together. Each section of stitching or secured fastening has a starting, point 14a, and an ending point 14b, along the legs 5, of the fabric panels 8. For most applications the starting point 14a, and ending point 14b, are approximately about 18 inches apart. The remaining sections of the legs 5, that are not stitched or securely fastened, but are manually overlapped with each other. These overlapped sections allow for easy roof access for cleaning, additional enhancements, or repairs. The tension cord 15, slideably runs through all for pockets 10, via the pocket openings for the large 6a/6b, and small 7a/7b, fabric panels 8. Once the tension cord 15, runs through all pockets 10, the two ends of the tension cord 15, are inserted into the tension cord lock 16. The tension cord lock 16, has at least one hole or opening, for the slideable passage. of one or both of the unsecured ends of the tension cord 15, and to securely hold one or both unsecured ends of the tension cord 15, via the tension cord lock mechanism (not shown). The tension cord 15, is tightened and loosened via the tension cord lock 16.

FIGS. 4a through 4d, illustrate how the fabric panels 8, for the hard top gazebo 150, are joined together. The connections or mating with the inventive fabric panel 8, preferably occur at the inside portion of the gazebo roof apex 151, and at the gazebo roof bar iron angles 158. The installation of the inventive fabric panel 8, to the hard top gazebo 150, does not require any disassembly of the pre-existing or an already erected hard top gazebo 150.

FIG. 4a, illustrates a three-layer view, namely, the gazebo roof 153, the fabric panels 8, and the gazebo roof apex 151, along with a cut-away showing the installed fabric panels 8, suspended from the gazebo roof apex 151, with the Velcro (hook and loop) strip 20, 21, attached to gazebo roof apex flat surface 155, according, to an embodiment of this invention. FIG. 4a, further illustrates the fabric panels 8, that are attached to the underside I 53a, of the hard top gazebo 150, as well as provide a relative view of the fabric panels 8, to the gazebo roof 153, and to the gazebo roof apex 151. To achieve suspension from the gazebo apex 151, both the Velcro strips 20 and 21, and the tension cord 15, are connect the fabric panels 8, to all edges of the gazebo roof apex 151. The Velcro (hook) strips 21, with an adhesive backing are attached to the gazebo roof apex flat surfaces 155. The fabric panels 8, are secured to the gazebo roof apex flat surfaces 155, by joining the Velcro (loop) strips 20, on the large fabric panels 6, to the Velcro (hook) strips 21. A tight fit around the gazebo roof apex non-flat surfaces 156, is achieved by tightening the tension cord 15, via the tension cord lock 16. For the ease of understanding the loop strips 20, are discussed attached to the fabric panels 8, and the hook strips 21, are discussed attached to the gazebo roof apex surface 155, but this order can be changed or reversed, or some other securing means or secured fastening means 20, 21, could be used, such as, for example, an adhesive, a glue, a rivet, magnet, to name a few.

FIG. 4b, illustrates a view of the gazebo roof apex 151, from below, that is looking up from the ground 160, according to an embodiment of this invention. This illustration demonstrates that the fabric panels 8, mold around the gazebo roof apex 151, with the use of the tension cord 15, and the tension cord lock 16, and around the gazebo roof apex 151.

FIG. 4c, illustrates a ring 130, and clip 132, on one of the corners of the hard top gazebo 150, according to an embodiment of this invention, while FIG. 4d, illustrates a ring 130, and clip 132, on the perimeter of the hard top gazebo 150, according to an embodiment of this invention. Along the perimeter of the gazebo roof 152, each bottom base 2, of the fabric panels 8, is attached via at least one clip 132. Preferably, the clip 132, has a clip hook 131, that is hooked on or secured to the ring 130, while the opposite end has clip 132, with a clip jaw 133, that is clipped or secured onto one end of the fabric panel 8. The rings 130, are normally about 1 inches in diameter, however, the rings 130, can be of a different diameter. Each ring 130, has a spring-controlled gate (not shown) that allows for the effortless opening and closing of the ring 130. The rings 130, are slid and securely hung onto the gazebo's roof bar iron angles 158, preferably one on each corner of the gazebo perimeter 152, the remaining located along the gazebo perimeter 152. The clip jaws 133, are used to secure the bottom base 2, of each fabric panel 8. In addition, preferably, each corner ring holds two clips 132, as there will be two corner fabric panels 8, meeting each other, and each one needs its own clip 132. The hardtop gazebo 150, has a plurality of gazebo legs 154, and wherein the gazebo roof bar iron angle 158, are mated with and secured to the gazebo legs 154.

Fully assembled and suspended from the gazebo roof 153, the installed fabric panel 8, conceals the underside 153a, of the hard top gazebo roof 153. By concealing the underside 153a, of the hard top gazebo roof 153, unwanted objects such as cables, lights, utilities, along with any debris on the hard top gazebo roof 153, can be hidden from view. The fabric panels 8, also reduce the ambient temperature within the hard top gazebo by adding an extra layer of insulation between the roof 153, and the remaining structure. In cases where the gazebo roof 153, is composed of transparent or semi-transparent panels 153, the fabric panels 8, block unwanted sunrays that penetrate through the gazebo roof 153, as well as anything landing on the top of the gazebo roof 153. The fabric panels 8, gently bow to increase their aesthetic appeal.

As stated earlier that this invention 23, provides fabric panels 8, that assist in reducing the ambient temperature within the gazebo 150. Furthermore, the level of comfort can be further increased based on the types of material for the fabric panels 8, that are used to make the fabric panels 8.

This invention 23, further provides fabric panels 8, that can be easily used to conceal anything that lands or adheres onto the top of the roof 153, of the hard top gazebo 150, thus preventing unsightly views from within and underneath the hard top gazebo 150. With the use of the fabric panels 8, an additional advantage that one obtains is the softening of the look and feel of the hard top gazebo 150, which is aesthetically appealing.

Yet another advantage one gets with this invention 23, is the ability to provide fabric panels 8, that can be used to provide different aesthetic options to an outside patio or hard top gazebo 150, with fabric panels 8, that can vary in material, color, print, theme, etc., to name a few.

The securing or fastening means 9, for the inventive fabric panels 8, can be selected from a group comprising a glue, a stitch, a Velcro, a hook and loop material, an adhesive, a magnet, and combinations thereof, to name a few.

The securing or fastening means 19, for the inventive fabric panels 8, can be selected from a group comprising a glue, a stitch, a Velcro, a hook and loop material, an adhesive, a magnet, and combinations thereof, to name a few.

The securing, means 20, for the inventive fabric panels 8, can be selected from a group comprising a clue, a. Velcro, a hook and loop material, an adhesive, a rivet, a magnet, and combinations thereof, to name a few.

The securing means 21, for the hard top gazebo 150, can be selected from a group comprising a glue, a Velcro, a hook and loop material, an adhesive, a rivet, a magnet, and combinations thereof, to name a few.

The material for the panel 8, could be selected from a group comprising canvas, cotton, polyester, polymeric fabric, composite material, and combinations thereof, to name a few.

The peripheral shape of the hard top gazebo roof 153, could be selected from a group comprising a square shape, a rectangular shape, a triangular shape, a circular shape, an elliptical shape, a polygonal shape, and combinations thereof, to name a few.

The following example is provided to further illustrate the invention and is not intended to be limiting thereof.

EXAMPLE

Cutting the fabric panel 8, bigger than needed, allows for adjustments to be made, such as, stitching the ends and to effectively have the fabric panel 8, bow.

For a hard top gazebo, having a length of about 12 feet, and a width of about 10 feet, the large roof panel 153, dimensions are usually, about 45 degree for a small angle, and about 135 degrees for a large angle, with a length of about 140 inches, and a width of about 56 inches. The small roof panel 153, dimensions are usually, about 47 degree for a small angle, and about 133 degrees for a large angle, with a length of about 114 inches, and a width of about 57 inches.

Thus fir the corresponding large panel 6, the dimensions should be preferably, about 152 inches for the length, which accounts for about 140 inches for the length of the panel 6, and about 12 inches for the pockets 10, and about 62 inches for the width, which accounts for about 56 inches for the width of the panel 6, and about 6 inches for the legs 5. Similarly, for the corresponding small panel 7, the dimensions should be preferably, about 126 inches for the length, which accounts for about 114 inches for the length of the panel 7, and about 12 inches for the pockets 10, and about 62 inches for the width, which accounts for about 56 inches for the width of the panel 7, and about 6 inches for the legs 5.

Installation of the fabric panel 8, on the underside 153a, of the hard top gazebo roof 153, will require a stepladder. Installation starts by using a stepladder to stick, for example, the Velcro (hook) strips 21, on each flat edges of the gazebo roof apex 151. Then one would hang all of the rings 130, and clips 132, onto their designated gazebo roof bar iron angle 158. Two people can then bring the fabric panel 8, already completely opened underneath the hard top gazebo 150, having the from side 3, facing the floor 160. Both individuals can begin by gripping the corner edges of each fabric panel 8, bottom base 2, with the corner clips 132. Then, they would grip the fabric panel 8, bottom bases 2, along the gazebo roof perimeter 152, using the remaining clips 132. Once all ring locations are fastened, the fabric panel top base 1, can be strapped to the gazebo roof apex 151. One would align the Velcro (loop) strips 20, with the Velcro (hook) strips 21, and attach them to each other. Finally, one would grab the top base 1, of the small fabric panels 7, and wrap them around the non-flat edges of the gazebo roof apex 151, while adjusting the tension cord 15, using the cord lock 16, to tighten or loosen the grip.

LEGEND

  • 1—Fabric panel upper or top base or small edge
  • 2—Fabric panel lower or bottom base or large edge
  • 3—Fabric panel front face or side
  • 4—Fabric panel back face or side
  • 5—Fabric panel leg or side support or first/second side edge
  • 6—Large or major or first fabric panel
  • 6a—Large fabric panel first pocket opening
  • 6b—Large fabric panel second pocket opening
  • 7—Small or minor or second Fabric panel
  • 7a—Small fabric panel first pocket opening
  • 7b—Small fabric panel second pocket opening
  • 8—Fabric panels (all four)
  • 9—Fabric panel stitching or secured fastening
  • 10—Pocket
  • 101—Pocket fold line
  • 102—Pocket area
  • 14—Corner stitching, or secured fastening
  • 14a—Starting point for corner stitching or secured fastening
  • 14b—Ending point for corner stitching or secured fastening
  • 15—Rope Of string or tension cord
  • 16—Tension cord lock
  • 19—Pocket stitching or secured fastening
  • 20—Velcro (hook or loop) strip
  • 21—Velcro (loop or hook) strip
  • 23—Invention
  • 130—Ring
  • 131—Clip hook
  • 132—Clip
  • 133—Clip jaws
  • 150—Hard Top Gazebo
  • 151—Gazebo roof apex
  • 152—Gazebo roof perimeter
  • 153—Gazebo roof
  • 153a—Underside of hard top gazebo's roof
  • 154—Gazebo leg
  • 155—Gazebo roof apex flat
  • 156—Gazebo roof apex non-flat
  • 158—Gazebo roof bar iron angle
  • 160—Ground or floor or Earth.

Thus, the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described herein and the constituent elements of the invention can be modified in various manners without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Various aspects of the invention can also be extracted from any appropriate combination of a plurality of constituent elements disclosed in the embodiments Some constituent elements may be deleted in all of the constituent elements disclosed in the embodiments. The constituent elements described in different embodiments may be combined arbitrarily.

Still further, while certain embodiments of the inventions have been described, these embodiments have been presented by way of example only, and are not intended to limit the scope of the inventions. Indeed, the novel apparatus and method described herein may be embodied in a variety of other forms; furthermore, various omissions, substitutions and changes in the form of the apparatus and method described herein may be made without departing from the spirit of the inventions.

It should be further understood that throughout the specification and claims several terms have been used and they take the meanings explicitly associated herein, unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. For example, the phrase “in one embodiment” as used herein does not necessarily refer to the same embodiment, though it may. Additionally, the phrase “in another embodiment” as used herein does not necessarily refer to a different embodiment, although it may. Thus, various embodiments of the invention may be readily combined, without departing from the scope or spirit of the invention.

While the present invention has been particularly described in conjunction with a specific preferred embodiment, it is evident that many alternatives, modifications and variations will be apparent to those skilled in the art in light of the foregoing description. It is therefore contemplated that the appended claims will embrace any such alternatives, modifications and variations as falling within the true scope and spirit of the present invention.