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Oct. 12, 1937.
H. L. VAN DOREN El‘ AL
> 2,095,722
CABINET OR SIMILAR ARTICLE
Filed NOV. 6, 1935
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Patented Oct. 12, 1937
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
Harold L.- van Doren and Robert 0. Deig‘ert,
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Toledo, Ohio
Application Novembe‘ri?, 1935, ‘Serial No. 48,454
4 Claims.
(CI. 41-35)
This invention’ relates to a covering for small
articles of ‘furniture and is more ‘particularly
directed to a changeable, decorative covering for
radio cabinets and the like.
The primary object of the invention is the pro
vision of a decorative covering for a radio cabinet
or similar article of furniture, which covering is
releasably held in place so that it may be readily
removed and changed to suit the taste of the
10 owner or the decorative or ‘color scheme of asso
ciated objects.
Another object of the invention is the provision
of simple, inexpensive, effective and easily releas
able means to hold a-covering in place on the
15 article to which it is applied.
Other objects and advantages of the invention
will become apparent as the description proceeds,
reference being had to the accompanying draw
ing, in which
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Figure 1 is a perspective view of a radio cabinet
covered‘in accordance with the present inven
tion; Fig. 2 is a bottom plan view thereof; Fig. 3
is a fragmentary perspective view showing a de
tail of a preferred form of cover retaining means;
25 Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a modi?ed applica
tion of the covering, and Fig. 5 is a bottom plan
view of a cabinet showing a modi?ed form of
cover retaining means.
_
Referring to‘ the drawing, the invention :is
30 shown as applied to a radio cabinet generally
indicated by I , having a front panel which in
cludes a grill opening 2 for the loud speaker in
the usual manner. The cabinet is further pro
vided with a top surface 3 and side surfaces 4 so
35 as to make up a generally rectangular box. The
cabinet is provided with a circumferential recess
between its marginal edge portions 5, which re
cess may be of any desired width to afford the
desired decorative effect. This recess provides
40 the cabinet with projecting ledge portions to pro
tect material placed in the recess in the manner
hereinafter described.
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A covering 6 of any suitable material such as
fabric or decorative paper is provided and is
45 made in the form of a strip having a width sub
stantially coinciding with the width of the re
ce‘ssed portions of the top and side surfaces. As
shown in Fig. 3, the band 6 is preferably turned
back upon itself at each end to form a hem ‘!
50 extending from side to side of the band. In the
preferred form, a rod or other sti? equalizing
element 8 is slipped through the hem 1 and ex
tends slightly beyond the marginal edges of the
band 6 to form a fastening element. On the
55 bottom of the cabinet, as shown in Fig. 2, the
raised side ledge portions 5 are each provided
with a pair 50f spaced notches 9 disposed "in
aligned pairs. The notches 9 are slightly under
cut in the direction of the more closely adjacent
side of the cabinet to adapt them to receive and 5
' hold the respective ends of the rods.
When it is desired to position the decorative
vband 6 on the cabinet, the rods 8 are slipped
through the hems on each end of the band and
one of them is positioned in one of the pairs of
notches 9. The band is then drawn closely about‘
the sides and top of the cabinet within the con
?nes of the recessed portion between the mar
ginal ledge portions 5 and is brought vdown on the
bottom face of the cabinet where the other, free 15
rod 8 is received in the remaining pair of notches
9. The decorating covering is preferably formed
of material having a certain amount of inherent
resiliency such as cloth, so that the rods are
drawn against the undercut sides of the notches 20
9 to hold the cover tightly in position without the
use of any extraneous fastening elements. It
will be readily seen that the covering is easily
removable so that a cloth of a different pattern
or color may be substituted to suit the decorative
scheme of the owner.
As shown in Fig. 4, the invention also compre
hends the extension of the decorative strip from
front to rear of the cabinet. In this instance, it
is preferred to build up each end of the cabinet
to form a side wall l2 which now de?nes the 00
margin of the recess in which the decorative
band is to be received.
In some instances, it may be desirable to po
sition the covering band 6 on the cabinet without
cutting notches in the under surface thereof.
This may readily be done, as shown in Fig. 5, by
providing elastic strips I4 having spring jaws or
clamps l6 at each end thereof. A plurality of
such elastic strips may be attached to the oppo
site ends of the covering band after the latter has
been positioned in the recess of the cabinet so as to
hold it in place and to exert a small tension
thereon so that it will lie smoothly in the recess.
While the invention has been disclosed in con
nection with particular types of retaining means,
it should'be expressly understood that such means
is disclosed simply for purposes of illustration,
and that the invention is not limited to the spe
ci?c means shown, but properly includes all forms
coming within the scope of the appended claims. _
What we claim is:
1. A cabinet of the class described having a top,
sides and bottom, said top, sides and bottom hav
ing a circumferentially extending surface recess,
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top, sides and bottom, said top, sides and bottom
aninherently resilient, decorative covering com
having a circumferentially extending surface
recess, an inherently resilient, decorative covering
comprising astrip of decorating material of a
widthcorresponding to the width of said recess,
prising a strip of decorating material of a width
corresponding to the width of said recessed area,
rigid equalizing elements extending across each
end of said strip and beyond the marginal'edges
thereof,said cabinet having notches adjacent the
equalizing elements extending across each end
of said strip and beyond the marginal edges
recess on the bottom, said notches'being disposed
in aligned pairsvand adapted to receive the ex
tending ends of said equalizing elements whereby
the strip is held in the recess yof‘the top and sides‘
V10 entirely by its inherent resiliency. ~ '
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2. A cabinet of the class described comprising
thereof, and means to fasten said equalizing ele
ments to the bottom of the cabinet.
‘Ll/A cabinet of the class described having a 1O
top», sides and bottom, said top, sides and bottom
v .;having a circumferentially extending surface re
" anI upright box having an exposed topiand' oppo-‘
sitely disposed sides, there beingawontinuous
15 surface recess extending about exposed portions
of the top and sides, a one-piece decorative strip
of relatively ?exible sheet material disposed freely
in said recess, and means
ces's, an inherently resilient, decorative covering
_- ,comprising ,a' strip of decorating material of a 15
width corresponding to the width of said recessed
area, equalizing elements extending across each
end of said strip, and means to fasten the strip
to the bottom of the cabinet whereby the strip
disposed adjacent the" is held in the recess at the top and sides under
bottom surface of the box and engaging the ends 7'
of said strip imposing a tension thereon and re
leasably holding same in place,
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,3. A cabinet of the class described having a
tension.
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HAROLD L. VAN DOREN.
ROBERT C. DEIGERT.
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