Mounted On Opposing Walls Patents (Class 248/264)
  • Patent number: 11191373
    Abstract: A mounting device is provided for hanging articles on a wall or other mounting surface. The disclosed mounting device includes a bracket having a raised center portion arranged between two side portions formed integral and contiguous with the raised center portion, and a fastener having a flattened head and a shaft extending therefrom. The raised center portion of the bracket includes a first pair of opposing sidewalls, and the flattened head of the fastener includes a second pair of opposing sidewalls. When the flattened head of the fastener is slidably engaged with the raised center portion of the bracket, each of the second pair of opposing sidewalls is arranged adjacent and parallel to a respective one of the first pair of opposing sidewalls. This prevents substantial rotational movement of the bracket around the fastener to ensure that the wall-mounted article remains at a desired location and orientation on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Nielsen & Bainbridge, LLC.
    Inventors: Kimkie Ng, Patrick Pun, Randall Ben Faltesek, Jamey Yarnall, John Fenno
  • Patent number: 11058245
    Abstract: A mountable hanging structure may be mounted between two intersecting walls forming a corner. The hanging structure may comprise a rod comprising a body with a curved section extending between first and second ends and a mounting assembly comprising two retainers. Each of the retainers may comprises (1) a base configured for mounting to one of the intersecting walls, (2) a flange extending from the base for receiving a respective end of the rod, wherein the flange comprises one or more holding elements configured to receive the ends of the rod and prevent the rod from rotating relative to the base, and (3) a shroud configured for connecting to the base and comprising a bore for receiving an end of the rod. The base and the shroud may comprise interlocking members for interlocking the shroud to the base to mount the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Erin Smith Wright, Brian Roderman, David Singer, Justin Pendleton, Sara Roueche Dulski, Kevin Shin
  • Patent number: 10415307
    Abstract: A roller shade mounting element includes a mount portion configured to couple to a support surface and a bracket portion configured to support a roller window shade assembly. The bracket portion includes a first end and a second end substantially opposite the first end, a first surface at the first end configured to bear against the support surface, a second surface between the first end and the second end where the second surface is configured to extend adjacent an end of the roller window shade assembly, and a member coupled with the bracket portion. The member extends outward from the second surface, and the member is configured to engage and limit rotation of at least a portion of the roller window shade assembly. The combination of the bracket portion and the roller window shade assembly completely obscures at least a portion of the mount portion to an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GeigTech East Bay LLC
    Inventor: James Geiger
  • Patent number: 9583926
    Abstract: A hanger bar is provided for suspending and securing an electrical box between ceiling joists. The hanger bar is comprised of a main tube section, a box support bracket, a box which attaches to the box support bracket and two end plates which are attached to the main tube section without the use of fasteners or welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Zachary Ye
  • Patent number: 9560914
    Abstract: A removable bracket includes a generally planar body having a front face, a rear face, a first longitudinal side, a second longitudinal side, a first lateral side, and a second lateral side. Each of the first lateral side and the second lateral side extends between the first longitudinal side and the second longitudinal side and includes a lip extending outwardly from the front face. A lateral axis bisects the body and a longitudinal axis bisects the body. The body is symmetrical about each of the lateral and longitudinal axes. Two supports extending generally perpendicularly outwardly from the front face proximate to and on either side of the lateral axis. A kit includes a plurality of the brackets, and at least one of a rod, a first shelf, a plurality of extension pieces, and a second shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Steve Bright
  • Patent number: 9131795
    Abstract: An adjustable rod assembly includes first and second tubes having first and second arcuate portions, third and fourth tubes of generally straight configurations, first and second end supports, and a tension rod mechanism secured within the third tube. The first tube has a first end, a second opposing end, and a planar surface extending from the second end toward the first end. The first tube is telescopingly received within the third tube and the second tube. The third tube is rotatable relative to the first tube and is rotatably secured within the fourth tube. The fourth tube is secured to the first end support and the second tube is secured to the second end support. The tension rod mechanism rotates with the third tube and has a threaded portion configured to extend from an interior of the third tube to an interior of the first tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kaveh Didehvar, Joseph Webb, Alex Mikita
  • Patent number: 8991625
    Abstract: An adjustable curtain rod assembly includes an adjustable-length rod having a first end and a second end, a bracket pivotably coupled to one of the first and second ends of the rod about a pivot axis that is oriented substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the rod, a first contact pad on the bracket spaced in a lateral direction from the pivot axis for frictionally engaging a support surface, and a second contact pad on the bracket spaced in an opposite lateral direction from the pivot axis as the first mounting pad for frictionally engaging the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Focus Products Group International, LLC
    Inventors: William Bucklew, Aurelio Reyes, Michael Mastroianni
  • Patent number: 8814114
    Abstract: A window rod assembly includes two support arm assemblies each including a bracket, a support arm having a first end rigidly connected to the bracket, and a tube rigidly connected to a second end of the support arm; a curtain rod including a first rod section and a second rod section configured in a telescoping arrangement and sized to fit into the tubes of the support arm assemblies; a locking mechanism for securing the relative axial position of the first rod section with respect to the second rod section; and a force adjusting mechanism mounted on at least one of the support arm assemblies and configured to apply an inward force to the curtain rod at a location within the first tube and an outward force to the support arm assemblies to force the brackets into support surfaces of a window opening or window casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Maytex Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Baines
  • Patent number: 8806670
    Abstract: A rotatable shower rod system may be provided. The system may include a pair of mounting brackets coupled to a wall, the pair of mounting brackets includes a stationary portion; a rotatable portion rotatably coupled to the stationary portion, the rotatable portion rotates to at least one of a first position and a second position about an axis of rotation; and a cover coupled to the stationary portion; and a curved rod extending between the pair of mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Colleen O'Connell
  • Patent number: 8777023
    Abstract: A hanger for hanging of garlands and the like around a doorway can be removably placed within a doorway, where it is secured by pressure and friction, thereby avoiding any damage to the door or door frame. The hanger includes outward extensions that extend outward of the door frame to permit hanging of garlands and the like on either side of the doorway. The hanger may also include one or more central extensions for supporting the garlands or the like centrally above the doorway so that the garland or the like does not hang downward too much, thus keeping the doorway clear. The hanger can also be a part of the decoration around the doorway. Various configurations of the hanger may fit different widths of door frames, including a wide range of door frame widths, and features of the hanger provide additional flexibility for different door configurations including sidelights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Treekeeper, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Hendricks, Erik Bornemeier
  • Patent number: 8636256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a curtain support assembly to receive a curtain rail for a curtain for separating at least two regions in a cabin of a vehicle, comprising one or several header components for covering a space formed between the curtain rail and a ceiling in the cabin. The assembly according to the invention comprises one or several load-bearing frame structures, each comprising at least one profile component, on which in each case on at least one side the header components are arranged. The frame structure may be made from standard components and may comprise header components that are hardly subjected to any mechanical loads and that are therefore less demanding to produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Mosler, Andreas Neumann
  • Patent number: 8448908
    Abstract: A support device for supporting at least one predetermined foldable member includes a pair of bracket members for mounting on a predetermined vertical structure a predetermined distance apart, a securing mechanism operably connected to each bracket member and engageable with such predetermined vertical structure for securing each of such bracket members to such predetermined vertical structure, and a support rod manufactured from a first predetermined material and having a first predetermined size and a first predetermined shape and including a first end and a second end, such support rod for supporting such at least one predetermined foldable member releasably thereon and being releasably supportable in a substantially horizontal position by such bracket members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Ellen S. Taurins
  • Patent number: 8341775
    Abstract: An adjustable curved double curtain rod shower assembly for hanging and supporting the weight of two shower curtains and attached to the walls of a shower area and forms a shower enclosure area and the curtain rod assembly comprises: (a) two adjustable curved curtain rods in a horizontal plane one an inner rod and the second an outer rod and each rod comprises a first and a second tubular section wherein the first section fits into the second section thereby providing for telescopic adjustment of each of the rods and two end pieces that join the ends of each of the two adjustable rods together; (b) two end hanging means having pivotably positioned therein the two end pieces wherein each of the hanging means is attached to the walls of the shower enclosure and when shower curtains are attached to each of the rods form an enclosed shower area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventor: Kaveh Didehvar
  • Patent number: 8214938
    Abstract: A shower bar assembly that includes a pair of mounting brackets configured and arranged to be mounted to a wall of a shower stall is disclosed. Each of the mounting brackets has a base portion with a first shelf and a second shelf projecting from the base portion. The first and second shelves each have a retaining peg projecting from each shelf, respectively. A tubular shower bar is included and has two opposing ends. Each of the ends of the tubular shower bar has a pair of surfaces in which each defines an aperture through the tubular shower bar. Each end of the tubular shower bar is configured and arranged to slide onto the first and second shelves of the mounting brackets, with the apertures interlocking with each of the retaining pegs, respectively, to suspend the shower bar between the mounting brackets and to prevent the shower bar from rotating between the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael Hanley, Leo E. LaBarre, Sally Voas
  • Patent number: 8118287
    Abstract: A shock-mitigating damper apparatus for vertical shocks has a scissor linkage extending vertically between a base and an object. A damper is also connected between the base, the object, and is mounted to the base for substantially horizontal reciprocating damper motion. An articulated arm assembly connects one end of the damper to the object at a point substantially in vertical alignment with an intermediate pivot point for the scissors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: STiDD Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Schordine
  • Patent number: 8069508
    Abstract: A rotatable shower rod system may be provided. The system may include a pair of mounting brackets coupled to a wall, the pair of mounting brackets includes a stationary portion; a rotatable portion rotatably coupled to the stationary portion, the rotatable portion rotates to at least one of a first position and a second position about an axis of rotation; and a cover coupled to the stationary portion; and a curved rod extending between the pair of mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Colleen O'Connell
  • Patent number: 8056873
    Abstract: A curtain rod assembly for a window having a window casement is disclosed. The curtain rod assembly includes left and right brackets. Each bracket has a curtain rod support extending therefrom. An adjustable support rod is coupled to the left and right brackets. The adjustable support rod is configured and arranged to brace the left bracket and the right bracket against the window casement. A decorative curtain rod is suspended between the curtain rod supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Hanley, Mary Woodhouse
  • Publication number: 20110147326
    Abstract: A shower rod snap-fit assembly (200) includes a shower curtain rod (101) having at least one first aperture (202) at each end of the rod. A resilient spring (201) is used for insertion into each end of the shower curtain rod (101) such that portions of the resilient spring (201) extend through the at least one first aperture (202). A base member (105) is used for attachment to a wall and has plurality of second apertures (205). In use, the shower curtain rod (101) is inserted into the base member (205) such that the plurality of second apertures (205) receive portions of the resilient spring (201) extending from the at least one first aperture (202) for holding the shower curtain rod (101) into a fixed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Patrick Woolley, II
  • Patent number: 7762508
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a rod member for use in shower curtains comprises a holder, a connecting member and two cover pieces screwed at the end portions of the holder, wherein the holder includes a fixing groove formed therein and a gap, the width of which is less than the diameter of the fixing grove, arranged at one side thereof, and includes a connecting member axially disposed in the fixing groove thereof and having pivotal shafts mounted at two end portions thereof, and having an insertion notch for inserting a rod member therein secured on the outer peripheral surface thereof, and includes the cover pieces screwed at two end portions thereof and having axial opening in response to the pivotal shafts of the connecting member attached thereon, thereby utilizing the connecting member to fixing various types of rod members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-He Xu
  • Patent number: 7703500
    Abstract: A bracket and head rail assembly is provided. A recess is formed at both ends of the upper portion of a head rail. The recess is sunken at both sides to form a first slot and a second slot. The bracket includes a body and a fastener, wherein a claw is extended from the body, and an elastic part is extended from the fastener and bears against the body, such that the fastener is slidably disposed in the body. When being assembled, the first and second slots are easily locked with the claw and the fastener, and alternatively, they are exchanged with each other for locking with the claw and the fastener respectively. Then, the head rail and the fastener are designed into a thin configuration, and then, formed by bending and processing sheets, so as to achieve the advantages of simple assembly, mass production, and nice appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Che Wen, Chih-Yao Chang
  • Patent number: 7512997
    Abstract: In some embodiments an apparatus to hold shower curtains is disclosed. The apparatus includes a shower bar and mounting brackets. The mounting brackets are connected to at least one wall to receive the shower bar. The shower bar may be made of a flexible material that has a rectangular cross section and a rounded upper edge. The rectangular cross section enables the shower curtains to lay flat on the bar. The flexible material may enable the shower bar to be flexed during installation or to absorb contact from an object. Other embodiments are otherwise disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: John S. Dewees
  • Publication number: 20080282464
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is used to mount a curved rod to a mounting surface. The mounting assembly includes a base, a guide and a cover. The base is fixed to the mounting surface by inserting screws through holes in the base and into the mounting surface. The guide fits around the base and can move along a length of the base. The cover is placed over the base and secured to the guide, such that the cover can also move along the length of the base. The mounting assembly interfaces with an end of the curved rod that approaches the mounting assembly at a given angle. Movement of the cover allows the mounting assembly to interface with ends of curved rods approaching the mounting assembly over a range of angles. The mounting assembly can include a shaft that is connected to the base and interfaces with the end of the curved rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Alan M. Bauer
  • Patent number: 6845955
    Abstract: A telescopic stick includes a retaining mount, a supporting sleeve, an inner tube, and an outer tube wherein the retaining mount has a base disposed at one side thereof, a step-wise through hole disposed at the center of the base thereof, a resilient stop block protruding at the upper surface of the base thereof, and a half-tubular abutment plate extending outwards at the lower surface of the base thereof. The supporting sleeve has a circular registration recess defined by an engagement ring and an abutment face of the same diameter at both sides thereof respectively, and a sleeve column with axial flexible ribs distributed thereon to be adapted at the corresponding outer side of the inner and outer tubes therein respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Ching Feng Blinds Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ben Hsu
  • Publication number: 20040065797
    Abstract: A combination spring tension rod and mounting bracket assembly easily mounts within a window opening. A pair of mounting bracket devices are mounted to opposite ends of the spring tension rod. The spring tension rod is compressed and positioned such that bearing surface portions of the bracket devices extend into the window opening. The spring tension rod is then released and forces the bearing surfaces to bear against opposed and facing surfaces of the window opening when installed. The spring force of the spring tension rod retains the rod and brackets in the installed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald T. Bell
  • Patent number: 6694543
    Abstract: An adjustable, compressive mount for a shower curtain rod fits neatly within the curtain rod to maintain the esthetic appearance of the rod. A rotatable extension within the rod is moved in and out of the rod to alter the effective length of the rod. Extending the rod to fit within the enclosure provides a frictional fit against the opposing walls of the shower enclosure, without the need to place screws into the walls of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Sean A. Moore
  • Patent number: 6588060
    Abstract: A hinged drapery rod provides a continuous drapery mounting surface that extends across a two-panel door configuration wherein one door is stationary and the other door is operable, opening interiorly and hinged between the doors. The hinged drapery rod of the invention comprises a flexible, expandable bridging member extending between and attached to two directionally opposed elongated rods. The length of the flexible, expandable bridging member varies during opening and closing of the operating door. The drapery rod of the invention allows a continuous drapery to be mounted across the two-door configuration and also may be used on a single door/window combination where the door is hinged between the door and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventors: Anita Arentsen, Robert Mrugala
  • Patent number: 6561475
    Abstract: A curtain traverse rod is secured to the wall by a locating structure which is formed of a wall bracket and a fastening member. The wall bracket is provided with a locating piece which is in turn provided with an elastic body and a retaining edge. The fastening member is fastening with one of two longitudinal ends of the curtain traverse rod and is provided with an arresting piece corresponding in location to the elastic body of the wall bracket, and with an elastic piece corresponding in location to the retaining edge of the wall bracket. The fastening member is detachably fastened to the wall bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Lung-Tang Chuang
  • Publication number: 20030010880
    Abstract: A curtain rod support system includes a support member and a mounting plate attachable to a supporting structure with a pair of screws. The mounting plate has a fixed member, and preferably a threaded member extending therefrom and engageable with the support member, virtually eliminating the need for additional, trial and error adjustment of the mounting plate with respect to the supporting structure. The mounting plate is first affixed to the support structure using the pair of screws, the fixed screw of the mounting plate is inserted into a blind bore in the support member, and the support member is rotated until the screw has essentially fully advanced within the bore. The support member has a second bore completely therethrough and through which a curtain rod may be extended so that the support member bears the weight of the curtain rod and suspended draperies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Han-Sen Lee
  • Patent number: 6499186
    Abstract: A hinged drapery rod provides a continuous drapery mounting surface that extends across a two-panel door configuration wherein one door is stationary and the other door is operable, opening interiorly and hinged between the doors. The hinged drapery rod of the invention is constructed so that the length of the rod varies during opening and closing of the operating door. The drapery rod of the invention allows a continuous drapery to be mounted across the two-door configuration and also may be used on a single door/window combination where the door is hinged between the door and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Anita Arentsen
  • Patent number: 6367755
    Abstract: An inverted suspension fixture (10) for mounting of a valance or curtain across a doorway (12) is provided. The fixture (10) includes first and second brackets (34,32) respectively mounted to the door adjacent the free margin (24) thereof and to the opposed stile (16) or to the portion of the wall (14) adjacent the latter. An elongated, telescoping rod (36) is operatively coupled with the brackets (32, 34) so that, upon opening of the door (20) the rod telescopes together to assume a retracted condition; upon closing of the door (20), the rod telescopes apart to assume its original expanded condition. The fixture (10) may be modified using any combination of brackets (32, 32a, 32c, 34) for double french or atrium doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Susan Arena
  • Patent number: 6325349
    Abstract: A self-leveling window support bracket for supporting window coverings within and/or over a window casing. The window support bracket comprises an L-shaped face plate, with a vertical and a horizontal section, which engages the exterior face of the window casing. Vertical and horizontal ears extend perpendicularly from the vertical and horizontal sections of the face plate. The ears are attached to the interior face of the window casing such that they are self-leveling. At least one curtain mounting projection is mounted on the face plate for supporting window coverings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Gaither Breaux
  • Patent number: 6283427
    Abstract: A supporting mechanism for a window screening device comprises a first pair of bracket members for mounting on each of a pair of opposed parallel frame surfaces of the frame structure and a second pair of coupling members engageable by the screening device. Each bracket member and each coupling member comprises an engaging mechanism for releasable sliding engagement of a coupling member with a bracket member. Each bracket member or each coupling member is provided with a resilient mechanism engageable with an abutment of a coupling member or a bracket member to retain the bracket member and the coupling member in mutual engagement. The bracket members are identical standard members each comprising a relatively flat front part protruding from said frame surface and having a substantially smooth external surface and engaging mechanism formed by a pair of opposed parallel side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Brent Møller, Torben Holst Nielsen, Carsten Brønnum Grinvalds, Gert Godvig Lassen
  • Patent number: 6279863
    Abstract: A pair of brackets for hanging a window blind which are both easy to install and to remove and which can be used to facilitate cleaning the blind. Each bracket includes a four-sided structure which, except for its being open on both its top and one of its vertical sides, is generally in the shape of a rectangular prism. Each bracket, which is a mirror image of the other, can be fabricated as single, unitary piece from sheet metal. Folded downwardly from the upper edge of a vertical side panel in this structure is an external flap. The bracket is installed with the use of a single screw whose shank is slip fitted into a slot formed in this flap. Since both the flap and the screw head are hidden behind the vertical side panel, neither the flap nor the screw head can interfere with the subsequent placement of a window blind mounting bar in the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Richard D. Hall
  • Patent number: 5641143
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting a curtain rod for use with an opening such as a window. The bracket is designed to be mounted on the inside surface of the window frame to prevent marring of the window molding or adjacent wall surface facing the interior of the room and to allow viewing of the window molding and the corner blocks around the window. The bracket is characterized by a main portion, a first extension, and a retaining member. The main portion incudes a hole formed therein for receipt of a wood screw or nail. The first extension projects from the main portion and includes a first end distal to the main portion. The retaining member is displaced from the first end to provide a supporting surface for supporting the curtain rod such that the bracket is capable of supporting the rod in proximity to the window when the main portion is secured to the inside surface of the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Inventors: Norberto C. Garza, Stephanie Garza
  • Patent number: 5615721
    Abstract: An attachment for tension mounted shower rods to provide decorative accents to the shower rod. The attachment includes an L-shaped bracket extending from a circular member adapted to be positioned between the end of the shower rod and the wall. The L-shaped bracket is designed to extend out in front of the shower rod and accepts a decorative accent. The accent piece frictionally engages the bracket allowing exchange of accents for a variety of ornamental appearances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corp.
    Inventor: Paul H. Winter
  • Patent number: 5564666
    Abstract: This invention relates to a mounting bracket for use in mounting multiple curtain rods of varying sizes at various heights. The mounting bracket is composed of a plurality of bracket segments, with each bracket segment including a number of rod support flanges. Each rod support flange has hook means for engaging slots in curtain rods. The bracket segments are removably attached to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Walter W. Pfeil
  • Patent number: 5265837
    Abstract: An end support for use with a window covering assembly including a head rail having two ends, and the end support having two identical end support structures each end support structures having a generally rectangular open-sided boxlike structure having an end wall, a back wall meeting the end wall generally at a right angle, and two generally horizontal spaced-apart side walls, the side walls being joined to adjacent edges of the end wall and the back wall, the side walls, and the back wall defining free edges, the free edges, in turn, defining a generally three-sided rectangular opening for receiving an end of the head rail, and the side walls defining further free edges which, together with the free edge of the end wall, define an open side of the boxlike structure, through which an end of the head rail may be inserted and removed, and, a moveable closure swingably mounted on the boxlike structure adjacent the free edge of the end wall and swingable between open and closed positions, and a lock for locking
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: Norbert Marocco
  • Patent number: 5197642
    Abstract: A freight stacking support apparatus is disclosed for supporting oversized freight above a tailgate of a pickup truck. The apparatus comprises a support beam, a securing bracket with a locking mechanism, a triggering button for activating the locking mechanism, and a receiving bracket, where the brackets are affixed to opposing top rear edges of the side walls of a pickup truck and the ends of the support beam are received in slots in the opposing brackets such that the support beam resides parallel to and above the tailgate. When the apparatus is in position, it allows the user to safely transport freight without damaging the tailgate. In addition, it permits user access to the contents of the pickup truck bed through the pivotable tailgate without lifting or removing the supported freight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: David P. Cortelli
  • Patent number: 5189758
    Abstract: A flexible closure support system comprising two end brackets secured to walls with a rail therebetween and supported thereon. A plurality of carriers are carried by the rail and are freely movable the length of the rail. The carriers have button assemblies hooked to one end and roller assemblies hooked to the other end of a symmetric shank. The flexible closure is fastened to the carriers by buttons on the button assemblies; the roller assemblies slide and roll in a roller channel in the rail. Pivoting, pendulum locks attached to the end brackets limit upward movement of the rails when engaging the upper surface of the rail but can be rotated out of the way with the thumb to remove the rail. Optional, resilient accent strips can be pressed into a channel running the length of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: James F. Levy
  • Patent number: 5086540
    Abstract: A support mechanism for room dividers is constructed to support room divider curtain rods, for example, to divide an aircraft cabin into several cabin sections. For this purpose a carrier crossbeam is formed of two beam elements hinged to each other in scissors fashion so that the beam elements can buckle downwardly when an interlocking device is released through an operating handle. The end of each beam element is formed as a wall engaging member, such as a T-shaped mounting foot. Each beam element has an extension, whereby a hinge plate is connected between the beam element and its extension. The operating handle which operates the interlocking device is arranged at the end of the extension. At least one locking device and operating handle units, preferably two such units, are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Schumacher
  • Patent number: 5011030
    Abstract: A fastening member for a telescopic rod having an internal spring and intended to support a curtain on a pane frame or a door, said door is adapted to be mounted on an end portion of the telescopic rod. The member has a first flat portion extending towards the window and is provided at its end with a fixation area for the pane frame, a second flat portion extending from the first portion in a direction substantially perpendicular to the first portion having at its lower end a support area located below the fixation area when in use adapted to bear on the pane frame, and a third flat section extending from the second flat section upwards and in a direction parallel to the first flat section. The third section is sized so that, when the fastening member is in use, its upper end portion, adapted to fit on the rod end portion, is located at a level higher than the level of the fixation area of the first section. The third section is laterally located beyond the vertical pane edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: Jacques Alaurent
  • Patent number: 4848432
    Abstract: A universal mounting bracket is provided for one or both ends of the head rail of a venetian blind or other such article, for example, a curtain rod, fireplace screen, drapery rod, or the like. The mounting bracket is operative for securing the aforementioned articles either within or across the opening of a window frame by compression fit without the necessity of nails and screws or other such items which would permanently injure the window casing. The mounting bracket may be easily installed or removed in order to accommodate simple installation of an article, its realignment or removal for repair or replacement and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Jencraft Corporation
    Inventor: Peter F. Connolly
  • Patent number: 4700918
    Abstract: A hand rail assembly for installation between opposing surfaces includes rod structure and rod support structure adapted to be mounted on the opposing surfaces. The rod support structure is preferably slidably engageable to the surface and preferably includes a body having on a side at least one projection adapted to be received by a complementary depression in the surface so as to prevent movement of the rod support structure along the surface. Rod positioning structure on the opposite side of the body positions the rod structure between the rod support structure so as to prevent disengagement of the rod support structure from the surface while permitting sideways insertion of the rod structure. Locking structure for locking the rod structure to the rod support structure is also provided. The rod structure is preferably of a length substantially that between the respective rod support structure such that the rod support structure cannot be removed without first removing the rod structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Inventor: John Andrasko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4653714
    Abstract: A hand rail assembly for installation between opposing surfaces includes rod structure and rod support structure adapted to be mounted on the opposing surfaces. The rod support structure is preferably slidably engageable to the surface and preferably includes a body having on a side at least one projection adapted to be received by a complementary depression in the surface so as to prevent movement of the rod support structure along the surface. Rod positioning structure on the opposite side of the body positions the rod structure between the rod support structure so as to prevent disengagement of the rod support structure from the surface while permitting sideways insertion of the rod structure. Locking structure for locking the rod structure to the rod support structure is also provided. The rod structure is preferably of a length substantially that between the respective rod support structure such that the rod support structure cannot be removed without first removing the rod structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Inventor: John Andrasko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4607677
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting the headrail of a venetian or pleated blind is provided with housings each having a partially open bottom and a detachable pivoting front plate to facilitate access to the interior of the bracket while mounting it on a wall, and to support the end of the headrail when the front plate is pivoted to the closed position. The housings are righthand or lefthand, but the front plate is interchangeable. The partially open bottom of the housing permits a pleated blind to be attached to one face of the headrail by means of a retaining member extending the full length of the headrail and to support the blind along a line forward of the rear of the headrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Comeau
  • Patent number: 4580753
    Abstract: A support bracket for a venetian blind headrail which is in the form of an open sided box structure including a top (14), bottom (10) and a side (16) and/or rear wall (12) and a separate front wall (18, 20) which is pivotal about a vertical axis with respect to the top and bottom walls, and which includes top and bottom flanges (22). This pivoting is effected by a pivotal connection including a guide aperture (30) formed preferably in the top and bottom flanges, the aperture providing two guide surfaces (32, 34) angled with respect to one another, a hinge element (28) in the top and bottom walls engaging in each aperture, whereby the front wall can be pivoted between an open position and a closed position transverse to the open position. A latch (38, 40) is provided on the top and bottom flanges and on the top and bottom walls, the latch being spaced from the pivotal connection and prevents pivoting of the front wall away from the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas International N.V.
    Inventor: Petrus J. Hennequin
  • Patent number: 4518025
    Abstract: A sun blind for window openings having at least one of the upper and lower edges disposed, at least in part, at other than the horizontal, is disclosed. In one embodiment, the upper edge of the window opening is disposed at other than the horizontal, for example, at a slant, and the sun blind includes an upper rail conforming to the outline of the upper edge of the window opening and a rod fastened to the upper rail spaced apart from the upper rail. The rod is threaded through spaced apertures in the sun blinding member and retains the sun blinding member and a lower rail attached to it. The rod is clamped to the upper rail by fastening clips slidably disposed in the upper rail. Suitable cords are arranged for moving and guiding the sun blinding member. The sun blind can be used in window openings having slanted, peaked and arch-shaped upper or lower edges, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1985
    Assignee: Verosol USA Inc.
    Inventor: Ren S. Judkins
  • Patent number: 4509881
    Abstract: A spindle mounting base for detachably securing a spindle in a desired location, comprising a socket member having an opening configured to receive an end of the spindle, a plate within the socket member movable in a passage into abutment with the end of the spindle, and spring means urging the plate into engagement with the end of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Duplex Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Welch
  • Patent number: 4473225
    Abstract: The horizontal bar includes tubular members freely telescopically interconnected having laterally extending end plates wedged-shaped and received in doorway brackets on opposite sides of the doorway. The brackets are wedged-shaped and include a passageway narrower in width to provide a friction fit between the side edges of the plates and the lateral ends of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: Gravity Guidance, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack V. Miller
  • Patent number: 4461056
    Abstract: A pair of horizontally extending curtain rods for bathroom stalls comprising a mechanism whereby the rods are each supported by end brackets which are adapted to be force-fitted against the walls of the stall to retain the pair of rods in tight engagement with the side walls of the stall. One of the pair of rods is employed primarily to support a conventional shower curtain suspended therefrom whereas the other of the rods supports a decorative curtain extending from the rod to a position closely adjacent the floor of the stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1984
    Inventor: Walter Solinski