US20160312476A1 - Wall Covering Systems And Wall Covering System Components - Google Patents

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US20160312476A1
US20160312476A1 US15/184,548 US201615184548A US2016312476A1 US 20160312476 A1 US20160312476 A1 US 20160312476A1 US 201615184548 A US201615184548 A US 201615184548A US 2016312476 A1 US2016312476 A1 US 2016312476A1
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Abstract

Wall covering systems and wall covering system components are disclosed. The wall covering systems can comprise a first panel interlocking with a second panel and wherein the first panel comprises features that are configured to mate with features of the second panel. The wall covering system component comprises a panel comprising features to be aligned with and mate with features on adjacent panels.

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    RELATED APPLICATION
  • This application is a continuation-in-part of and claims the benefit of priority to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 15/099,723, filed on Apr. 15, 2016, and claims the benefit of priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/149,401, filed Apr. 17, 2015. Both the non-provisional application and the provisional application identified above are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties herein to provide continuity of disclosure.
  • TECHNICAL FIELD
  • The present disclosure relates generally to the field of wall coverings. More specifically, the present disclosure encompasses wall covering systems and components thereof.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Wall coverings, such as wainscoting and decorative accent finishes, are sometimes provided as multi-part coverings that are installed on a wall to provide the desired appearance and performance. Depending upon the configuration of the parts of such wall coverings, the parts will sometimes require the fastening of one part to another by the use of an adhesive or other type of fastening means. When parts are attached to each other in this manner, expansion and contraction of the parts over time due to environmental conditions can cause the parts to become misaligned and/or warped. Furthermore, the use of such fastening means requires additional time to install the wall covering than would otherwise be needed in the absence of such fastening means. Consequently, there is a need for wall covering systems and wall covering system components that address one or more of the issues that arise from the use of conventional wall coverings.
  • SUMMARY
  • The present disclosure encompasses wall covering systems and wall system covering components. The present disclosure encompasses a wall covering system comprising, consisting essentially of and/or consisting of a first panel comprising a first front side and a first back side opposed to the first front side, a first front face disposed on the first front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the first back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the first back side, and a first shoulder formed in the first back side, and wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder. The wall covering system also comprises, consists essentially of and/or consists of a second panel interlocking with the first panel, wherein the second panel comprises a second front side and a second back side opposed to the second front side, a second front face disposed on the second front side, a convex bead disposed on the second front side, a concave slope disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the convex bead, and a second shoulder disposed on the second front side, wherein a portion of the first panel overlaps a portion of the second panel, wherein the concave arcuate channel is aligned with the convex arcuate bead, and wherein at least a portion of the convex arcuate shoulder is disposed between the concave slope and the convex bead. In another aspect, the first panel can further comprise a first mating surface disposed on the first back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel, and the second panel can further comprise a second mating surface disposed on the first front side between the concave slope and the convex bead, and wherein the first mating surface is aligned with the second mating surface. In a further aspect, the first panel further can comprise a third mating surface disposed on the first back side between the concave arcuate channel and the first shoulder, and wherein the second panel further can comprise a fourth mating surface disposed on the second front side between the convex bead and the second shoulder, and wherein the third mating surface is aligned with the fourth mating surface. In still another aspect, the first panel further can comprise a second convex bead disposed on the first front side, a second concave slope disposed on the first front side between the first front face and the second convex bead, and a third shoulder disposed on the first front side. In still a further aspect, the first panel further can comprise a first bevel disposed on the first front side between the first front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, and wherein the second panel further can comprise a second bevel disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the concave slope. In another aspect, the first panel further can comprise a third bevel disposed on the first front side between the first front face and a second concave slope disposed on the first front side, and wherein the second panel further comprises a fourth bevel disposed on the second front side between the second front face and a second convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the second back side. In another aspect, the first panel further can comprise a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel.
  • The present disclosure also encompasses a wall covering system component comprising, consisting essentially of and/or consisting of a panel comprising a front side and a back side opposed to the front side, a front face disposed on the front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the back side, and a first shoulder formed in the back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder, a convex bead disposed on the front side, a concave slope disposed on the front side between the front face and the convex bead, and a second shoulder disposed on the front side. In another aspect, the panel further can comprise a first mating surface disposed on the back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel, and a second mating surface disposed on the front side between the concave slope and the convex bead. In a further aspect, the panel further can comprise a first bevel disposed on the first front side between the front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, and a second bevel disposed on the front side between the front face and the concave slope. In yet another aspect, the panel further can comprise a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel.
  • The present disclosure also encompasses a wall covering system comprising, consisting essentially of and/or consisting of a first panel comprising a first front side and a first back side opposed to the first front side, a first front face disposed on the first front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the first back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the first back side, and a first shoulder formed in the first back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder, a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel, a first bevel disposed on the first front side between the first front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, a first mating surface disposed on the back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel. The wall covering system also comprises, consists essentially of and/or consists of a second panel interlocking with the first panel, wherein the second panel comprises a second front side and a second back side opposed to the second front side, a second front face disposed on the second front side, a convex bead disposed on the second front side, a concave slope disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the convex bead, a second shoulder disposed on the second front side, a second bevel disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the concave slope, a second mating surface disposed on the second front side between the concave slope and the convex bead, wherein a portion of the first panel overlaps a portion of the second panel, wherein the concave arcuate channel is aligned with the convex arcuate bead, wherein at least a portion of the convex arcuate shoulder is disposed between the concave slope and the convex bead, and wherein the first mating surface is aligned with the second mating surface.
  • The present disclosure also encompasses a wall covering system component comprising, consisting essentially of and/or consisting of a panel comprising a front side and a back side opposed to the front side, a front face disposed on the front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the back side, a first shoulder formed in the back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder, a convex bead disposed on the front side, a concave slope disposed on the front side between the front face and the convex bead, a second shoulder disposed on the front side, a first mating surface disposed on the back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel, a second mating surface disposed on the front side between the concave slope and the convex bead, a third mating surface disposed on the back side between the concave arcuate channel and the first shoulder, a fourth mating surface disposed on the front side between the convex bead and the second shoulder, a first bevel disposed on the front side between the front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, a second bevel disposed on the front side between the front face and the concave slope, and a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel.
  • These and other aspects are encompassed by the present disclosure and set forth in more particularity in the detailed description below and the accompanying drawings that are briefly described as follows.
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  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a panel component of a wall covering system encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 2 is a plan view of a portion of the first side of the panel shown in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 3 is a plan view of a portion of the second side of the panel shown in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 4 is a plan view of portions of two adjacent interlocking panels encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of another component panel of a wall covering system encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 6 is a plan view of two adjacent interlocking panels encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 7 is a perspective view of yet another component panel of a wall covering system encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 8 is a perspective view of still another component panel of a wall covering system encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 9 is a plan view of a section of a portion of a wall and wall covering system encompassing aspects of the present disclosure.
  • FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the portion of the wall and wall covering system shown in FIG. 9.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • All illustrations of the drawings are for the purpose of describing selected versions of the present disclosure and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure. The present disclosure is directed to wall covering systems and wall covering system components that can be used as decorative and/or performance elements in a finished interior wall, as, for example, an accent decor wall or wainscot panelized system. The wall covering systems of the present disclosure encompass components that can interlock without the use of interconnecting fastener means securing one component panel to the another component panel. Additionally, the wall covering systems can be configured to allow for expansion and contraction of component parts. The wall covering systems and components thereof disclosed herein can facilitate the vertical alignment of component panels during installation of the wall covering systems, facilitate the replacement of single panels after installation and create V-grooves and other accent designs when joined and installed on a wall.
  • As used herein, the singular forms of “a,” “an,” and “the” encompass the plural forms thereof unless otherwise indicated. As used herein, the phrase “at least one” includes all numbers of one and greater. As used herein, the term “and/or” refers to one or all of the listed elements or a combination of any two or more of the listed elements. As used herein, the term “convex” encompasses a surface that is curved or angled outward. As used herein, the term “concave” encompasses a surface that is curved or angled inward.
  • FIGS. 1-10 illustrate aspects of wall covering systems and wall covering system components encompassed by the present disclosure. FIG. 1 illustrates a panel 100 that can be used as a component in a wall covering system. The panel 100 is generally rectangular with a length longer than its width and can be formed of a suitable material, such as wood, such as medium-density fiberboard, metal or polymeric materials, such as polyvinyl chloride. The panel 100 can be solid or contain voids in order to reduce the mass and cost thereof. The panel 100 is configured to be used as one panel in a multi-panel wall covering system in which at least two adjacent panels interlock with each other via the engagement of retention features formed on the panels that allow one panel to be interlocked with an adjacent panel when installed on a wall without the use of separate fastener means that directly connect one panel to another.
  • The panel 100 includes a front side 102 an opposing back side 104, a first side 120 and an opposed second side 150. The front side 102, with a front face 110 formed thereon, is configured to be aligned facing outward from a wall on which the panel 100 is installed and the back side 104 is configured to be aligned facing inward toward the wall when the panel 100 is installed on a wall. As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, proximal to the first side 120 are features that can cooperate with features on adjacent panels to interlock the panel 100 with adjacent panels in a wall covering system. A first bevel 122 depends from the edge of the front face 110 and can extend the length of the panel 100. The front face 110 and the first bevel 122 have a layer 160 formed thereon that can serve as a finish that provides the desired appearance and performance for the panel 100. A convex arcuate shoulder 124 depends from the first bevel 122 and is disposed on the back side 104 of the panel 100. A concave arcuate channel 128 is formed in the back side 104 of the panel 100. Along one edge of the concave arcuate channel 128 is formed a first convex channel shoulder 125 and along the opposing edge of the concave arcuate channel 128 is a second convex channel shoulder 126. A first mating surface 127 is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder 124 and the concave arcuate channel 128. A second mating surface 129 can be formed in the back side 104 of the panel 100 with the concave arcuate channel 128 disposed between the first mating surface 127 and the second mating surface 129. The first and second mating surfaces 127 and 129 can be configured as flat surfaces as shown in FIGS. 1-3. A first shoulder 130 is formed in the back side 104 of the panel 100 with the concave arcuate channel 128 aligned between the first shoulder 130 and the convex arcuate shoulder 124.
  • As shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, the panel 100 also includes on the second side 150 additional interlocking features that comprise a concave slope 136 formed on the front side 102. Between the concave slope 136 and the front face 110 is formed a second bevel 134 from which the concave slope 136 depends. Adjacent the base of the concave slope 136 is formed a third mating surface 138 formed in the first side 102 of the panel 100. A convex bead 140 projects from the first side 102 and can be adjacent the third mating surface 138. A fourth mating surface 142 is also formed on the first side 102 and aligned with the convex bead 140 disposed between the third mating surface 138 and the fourth mating surface 142. As with the first and second mating surfaces 127 and 129, the third and fourth mating surfaces 138 and 142 can be flat surfaces. Disposed between the fourth mating surface 142 and the outer edge 146 of the second side 150 is a second shoulder 144.
  • In one example of a panel 100, the width of the panel 100 can be about 0.4 m, the length about 2.4 meters and the thickness about about 6 mm. The angle relative to the front face 110 of the bevels 122 and 134 can be about 45°. The radii of the convex arcuate shoulder 124 and the concave slope 136 can be about 3 mm, whereas the radii of the concave arcuate channel 128 and the convex thread 140 can be about 1.6 mm. The radii of the first and second convex channel shoulders 125 and 126 and the first and second shoulders 130 and 142 also can be about 1.6 mm. The widths of the first mating surface 127 and the second mating surface 128 can be about 0.6 mm and 1.6 mm, respectively. The widths of the third and fourth mating surfaces 138 and 142 can be about 3 mm. The edge 146 of the panel 100 can include a 45° angle. The present disclosure contemplates alternative dimensions for the features of the wall covering systems and wall covering system components disclosed herein.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates adjacent panels, first panel 100 a and second panel 100 b, of a wall covering system 400 encompassed by the present disclosure. The first and second panels 100 a and 100 b are installed on a wall and aligned in overlapping relationship with each other. The back side 104 a of the first panel 100 a and the back side 104 b of the second panel 100 b are aligned proximal to a wall, not shown, while the opposing front sides 102 a and 102 b are aligned distal from the wall and facing outward from the wall. The first panel 100 a is disposed in an interlocking alignment with the second panel 100 b. The interlocking alignment of the two panels 100 a and 100 b includes a portion of the second panel 100 b overlapping a portion of the front side 102 a of the first panel 100 a. The first bevel 122 b of the second panel 100 b is positioned proximal to the second bevel 134 a of the first panel 100 a to form a groove in the outer face of the wall. The groove can be v-shaped if both bevels 122 b and 134 a are flat surfaces. The convex arcuate shoulder 124 b is aligned adjacent the concave slope 136 a of the first panel 100 a in a mating relationship. The first mating surface 127 b is aligned to contact the third mating surface 138 a on the first panel 100 a, and the concave arcuate channel 128 b is aligned with at least a portion of the convex bead 140 a disposed therein. The depth of the concave arcuate channel 128 b can be equal to or greater than the height of the convex bead 140 a to allow for expansion and contraction of the panels 100 a and 100 b without distortion of the alignment of the panels. The second mating surface 129 b is aligned to mate with the fourth mating surface 142 a formed on the front side 102 a of the first panel 100 a.
  • When the first and second panels 100 a and 100 b are used in a wall covering system 400 and installed on a wall in an interlocking alignment, the alignment of the convex bead 140 a with the concave arcuate channel 128 b restricts the movement of the second panel 100 b in relation to the first panel 100 a in the lateral direction when the convex bead 140 a is aligned vertically on a wall by the engagement of the convex bead 140 a with the side walls of the concave arcuate channel 128 b. The first and second panels 100 a and 100 b are aligned so that the front face 110 a is coplanar with the first face 110 b and the back face 132 a is coplanar with the back face 132 b. As shown in FIG. 4, the front faces 110 a and 110 b, the bevels 134 a and 134 b and the concave slope 136 a can have a coating or layers 160 a and 160 b formed thereon to provide a consist finish across the front face of the wall covering system 400 that provides the appearance and performance desired in a particular wall covering system installation.
  • The interlocking features of the first and second panels 100 a and 100 b can be configured so as to facilitate the interlocking alignment of one panel with the other and for the expansion and contraction of the panel bodies. The first convex channel shoulder 125 b and the second convex channel shoulder 126 b formed along opposing edges of the concave arcuate channel 128 b can be configured to as to facilitate the slidable movement of the second panel 100 b into interlocking alignment with the first panel 100 a so that the convex bead 140 a is aligned with and at least partially disposed in the concave arcuate channel 128 b. Likewise, the concave slope 136 a and the convex arcuate shoulder 124 b can be sloped so that convex arcuate shoulder 124 b can be brought into alignment adjacent the concave slope 136 a. Also, the first shoulder 130 a formed on the back side 104 b of the second panel 100 can be angled to move into mating alignment with the second shoulder 144 a formed on the first panel 100 a so that the edge 146 a is aligned adjacent the second panel 100 b.
  • FIGS. 5 and 6 illustrate another embodiment of a wall covering system 500 and wall covering component in the form of panel 200. The panel 200 includes a front side 202, an opposed back side 204, a first side 220 and an opposed second side 250. Proximal to the first side 220 is a first bevel 222 depending from a front face 210 formed on the first side 202 of the panel 200. A convex arcuate shoulder 224 depends from the first bevel 222 and is aligned adjacent a first mating surface 227. A concave arcuate channel 228 is disposed adjacent the first mating surface 227 and is formed in the back side 204 of the panel 200. On either opposed edge of the concave arcuate channel 228 is formed a first convex channel shoulder 225 and an opposed second convex channel shoulder 226. A second mating surface 229 is formed on the back side 204 of the panel 200 and is separated from the first mating surface 227 by the concave arcuate channel 228. A first shoulder depends from the second mating surface 229.
  • Proximal to the second side 250 of the panel 200 is formed a second bevel 234 formed in the first side 202 and which depends from the front face 210. Adjacent the second bevel 234 is a concave slope 236 that depends from the second bevel 234 and is disposed between the second bevel 236 and a third mating surface 238. Adjacent the third mating surface 238 and formed on the first side 202 is a convex bead 240. Between the convex bead 240 and the edge 246 of the panel 200 is formed a fourth mating surface 242 and a second shoulder 244. The widths of both of the first mating surface 227 and the second mating surface 238 are greater than the thickness of the panel 200 between the front side 202 and the back side 204.
  • As shown in FIG. 6, a first panel 200 a is disposed in interlocking alignment with a second panel 200 b in a wall covering system 500 on a wall. A portion of the second panel 200 b overlaps a portion of the first panel 200 a and a portion of the first panel 200 a is disposed between a portion of the second panel 200 b and a wall substrate, not shown, to which the wall covering system 500 is mounted. The front faces 210 a and 210 b are aligned coplanar to each other and are disposed with first bevel 222 b and second bevel 234 a there between with the two bevels 222 b and 234 a cooperating to form a groove in the outer surface of the wall panel system 500. The convex arcuate shoulder 224 b is aligned to mate with concave slope 236 a and the first mating surface 227 b is disposed between the third mating surface 238 a and the outer surface of the wall covering system 500. The widths of the first mating surface 227 b, formed on the second panel 200 b, and the third mating surface 238 a, formed on the first panel 200 a, are greater than the thickness from the front surface 210 a to the back surface 232 a of the first panel 200 a. The concave arcuate channel 228 b, having a first convex channel shoulder 225 b and an opposed second convex channel shoulder 226 b formed on opposing edges thereof, is disposed in interlocking alignment with the convex bead 240 a so as to limit the lateral movement of the second panel 200 b relative to the first panel 200 a. The first shoulder 230 b is aligned to mate with the second shoulder 244 a to allow the edge 246 a of the first panel to be aligned adjacent a portion of the back surface 232 b of the second panel so that the first and second back faces 232 a and 232 b are coplanar with each other. The wall covering system 500 includes a facing layer that is formed by a first layer 260 a and a second layer 260 b formed on portions of the first and second panels 200 a and 200 b.
  • FIG. 7-10 illustrate a wall covering system 600 and components thereof that are encompassed by the present disclosure. FIG. 7 illustrates yet another panel 300 that can serve as a component of a wall covering system 600. The panel 300 is configured to include interlocking features formed on one side of the panel but no corresponding mating features on the other side of the panel as are formed on the panels 100 and 200. The panel 300 includes a front side 302 having a front face 310 formed thereon, wherein the front face 310 can serve as a portion of the outer face of the wall covering system 600. The first side 320 of the panel 300 includes right angle formed between the front face 310 and the first side 320 and another right angle between the back face 332 and the first side 320, which can be a flat surface. The second side 350 includes a bevel 334 disposed on the front side 302 of the panel 300. A concave slope 336 depends from the bevel 334 and is disposed between the bevel 334 and a first mating surface 338, which is separated from a second mating surfaced 342 formed on the front side 302 of the panel 300 by a convex bead 340. A first shoulder 344 formed on the front side 302 separates the second mating 342 from the edge 346.
  • FIG. 8 illustrates yet another panel 400 usable as a component in a wall covering system 600. The panel 400 includes a front side 402 that has a front face 410 formed thereon that can serve as a portion of the outer face of the wall covering system 600 shown in FIGS. 9 and 10. Proximal to the first side 420 of the panel 400 are interlocking features that can be aligned with interlocking features of an adjacent panel to interlock panel 400 with the adjacent panel. A bevel 422 depends from the front face 410. A convex arcuate shoulder 421 is formed on the back side 404 of the panel 400 and depends from the bevel 422. Adjacent the convex arcuate shoulder 421 is a first mating surface 427 disposed on the back side 404. A concave arcuate channel 428 with opposing first and second convex channel shoulders 425 and 426 is disposed on the back side 404 between the first mating surface 427 and a second mating surface 429. A shoulder 430 is disposed adjacent the second mating surface 429. The second side 450 of the panel 400 includes a flat edge bounded by right angles between both the front face 410 and the back face 432 of the panel 400.
  • FIGS. 9 and 10 show a wall covering system 600 that encompasses aspects of the present disclosure. The wall covering system 600 includes brackets 605 and 606 are mounted to the substrate 80 of a wall and receive and secure portions of wall panels 300 and 400. Panel 300 is mounted on the wall so that the first side 320 is aligned in and secured to the wall by bracket 606 with the front face 310 facing outward from the wall substrate 80 and the back face 332 disposed proximal to the wall substrate 80. Panel 200 is mounted on the wall and disposed in an interlocking alignment with panel 300. The concave arcuate channel 228 of panel 200 is aligned with the convex bead 340 of panel 300 so that an interlocking relationship between panel 200 and panel 300 is formed that can limit the lateral movement of panel 200 relative to panel 300 due to the engagement of the inner wall of the concave arcuate channel 228 by the convex bead 340. First bevel 222 is aligned adjacent bevel 334 to form a groove vertically aligned in the outer face of the wall covering system 600. Likewise, panel 400 is aligned in interlocking engagement with panel 200 by the alignment of the concave arcuate channel 428 with the convex bead 240. Bevel 422 is aligned adjacent second bevel 234 to form a second groove vertically aligned on the outer face of the wall covering system 600. Panel 400 is mounted on the wall so that the second major end 450 is aligned in and secured by bracket 605 with the front face 410 facing outward from the wall substrate 80. The back faces 232, 332 and 432 are aligned coplanar with each other on the wall, and the front faces 210, 310 and 410 are also aligned coplanar with each other on the wall. The interlocking alignment of panel 200 with both panels 300 and 400 allow for the panels to be mounted on the wall without fasteners interconnecting the panels. The lack of interconnecting fasteners between the panels can allow for the expansion and contraction of the panels without leading to the misalignment or warping of the panels caused by pressure applied to a panel from adjoining panels.
  • Alternative configurations of the wall covering system components encompassed by the present disclosure can include a panel that include a bead with a non-arcuate profile, such as rectangular, triangular, saw-toothed or other profile that can mate with a channel with a similarly configured profile and that is formed on an adjacent panel so as to interlock the one panel with the other panel. Additionally, the present disclosure encompasses wall covering systems and wall covering system components that include interlocking features similar to those described and illustrated herein, but that are disposed in different positions on a panel. For example, a panel can be provided with a convex bead positioned on the back side of a panel and the corresponding channel for aligning with the convex bead on an adjacent panel be positioned on the on the front side of the panel. Each of the interlocking features illustrated in the panels and wall covering systems can extend the length of the panel or be less than the length of the panel.
  • The embodiments set forth herein are provided to illustrate the scope of the present disclosure, but are not provided to limit the scope thereof. The present disclosure contemplates alternative combinations and modifications of the features disclosed herein without departing from the scope thereof. Alternatives, variations and modifications of the embodiments described herein will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art and are encompassed by the present disclosure.

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1. A wall covering system comprising:
a first panel comprising a first front side and a first back side opposed to the first front side, a first front face disposed on the first front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the first back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the first back side, and a first shoulder formed in the first back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder; and,
a second panel interlocking with the first panel, wherein the second panel comprises a second front side and a second back side opposed to the second front side, a second front face disposed on the second front side, a convex bead disposed on the second front side, a concave slope disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the convex bead, and a second shoulder disposed on the second front side, wherein a portion of the first panel overlaps a portion of the second panel, wherein the concave arcuate channel is aligned with the convex arcuate bead, and wherein at least a portion of the convex arcuate shoulder is disposed between the concave slope and the convex bead.
2. The wall covering system of claim 1, wherein the first panel further comprises a first mating surface disposed on the first back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel, wherein the second panel further comprises a second mating surface disposed on the first front side between the concave slope and the convex bead, and wherein the first mating surface is aligned with the second mating surface.
3. The wall covering system of claim 2, wherein the first panel further comprises a third mating surface disposed on the first back side between the concave arcuate channel and the first shoulder, wherein the second panel further comprises a fourth mating surface disposed on the second front side between the convex bead and the second shoulder, and wherein the third mating surface is aligned with the fourth mating surface.
4. The wall covering system of claim 1, wherein the first panel further comprises a second convex bead disposed on the first front side, a second concave slope disposed on the first front side between the first front face and the second convex bead, and a third shoulder disposed on the first front side.
5. The wall covering system of claim 1, wherein the first panel further comprises a first bevel disposed on the first front side between the first front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, and wherein the second panel further comprises a second bevel disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the concave slope.
6. The wall covering system of claim 5, wherein the first panel further comprises a third bevel disposed on the first front side between the first front face and a second concave slope disposed on the first front side, and wherein the second panel further comprises a fourth bevel disposed on the second front side between the second front face and a second convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the second back side.
7. The wall covering system of claim 1, wherein the first panel further comprises a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel.
8. A wall covering system component comprising:
a panel comprising a front side and a back side opposed to the front side, a front face disposed on the front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the back side, and a first shoulder formed in the back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder, a convex bead disposed on the front side, a concave slope disposed on the front side between the front face and the convex bead, and a second shoulder disposed on the front side.
9. The wall covering system of claim 8, wherein the panel further comprises a first mating surface disposed on the back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel, and a second mating surface disposed on the front side between the concave slope and the convex bead.
10. The wall covering system of claim 8, wherein the panel further comprises a first bevel disposed on the first front side between the front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, and a second bevel disposed on the front side between the front face and the concave slope.
11. The wall covering system of claim 8, wherein the panel further comprises a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel.
12. A wall covering system comprising:
a first panel comprising a first front side and a first back side opposed to the first front side, a first front face disposed on the first front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the first back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the first back side, and a first shoulder formed in the first back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder, a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel, a first bevel disposed on the first front side between the first front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, a first mating surface disposed on the back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel; and,
a second panel interlocking with the first panel, wherein the second panel comprises a second front side and a second back side opposed to the second front side, a second front face disposed on the second front side, a convex bead disposed on the second front side, a concave slope disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the convex bead, a second shoulder disposed on the second front side, a second bevel disposed on the second front side between the second front face and the concave slope, a second mating surface disposed on the second front side between the concave slope and the convex bead, wherein a portion of the first panel overlaps a portion of the second panel, wherein the concave arcuate channel is aligned with the convex arcuate bead, wherein at least a portion of the convex arcuate shoulder is disposed between the concave slope and the convex bead, and wherein the first mating surface is aligned with the second mating surface.
13. A wall covering system component comprising:
a panel comprising a front side and a back side opposed to the front side, a front face disposed on the front side, a convex arcuate shoulder disposed on the back side, a concave arcuate channel formed in the back side, a first shoulder formed in the back side, wherein the concave arcuate channel is disposed between the convex arcuate shoulder and the first shoulder, a convex bead disposed on the front side, a concave slope disposed on the front side between the front face and the convex bead, a second shoulder disposed on the front side, a first mating surface disposed on the back side between the convex arcuate shoulder and the concave arcuate channel, a second mating surface disposed on the front side between the concave slope and the convex bead, a third mating surface disposed on the back side between the concave arcuate channel and the first shoulder, a fourth mating surface disposed on the front side between the convex bead and the second shoulder, a first bevel disposed on the front side between the front face and the convex arcuate shoulder, a second bevel disposed on the front side between the front face and the concave slope, and a first convex channel shoulder and an opposing second convex channel shoulder formed on the concave arcuate channel.
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