US2884055A - Curtain suspending devices - Google Patents

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US2884055A
US2884055A US470760A US47076054A US2884055A US 2884055 A US2884055 A US 2884055A US 470760 A US470760 A US 470760A US 47076054 A US47076054 A US 47076054A US 2884055 A US2884055 A US 2884055A
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A. SCHLER CURTAIN SUSPENDING DEVICES April 28, 1959 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Nov. 25, 1954 April28, 1959 A. 'SCHOLER CURTAIN SUSPENDING DEVICES 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Nov. 23, 1954 April 28, 1959 QL 2,884,055
CURTAIN SUSPENDING DEVICES Filed Nov. 23, 1954 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 United States Patent CURTAIN SUSPENDIN G DEVICES Alfred Schiller, Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany, assignor to Vorwerk"& Solm, Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany,,a Ger- .man company Application November 23, 1954, Serial No. 470,760
Claims priority, application Germany November'24, 1953 1. Claim. (Cl. 160-348,)
The invention relates to a device. for the disposing. in folds of curtains, hangings or. the like (hereinafter referred to as curtain(s)), which consists of a supporting tape to be secured to the curtain and a separate'tak'e-up cord for the control of the fold-spacing. Such two-part devices for disposing curtains. in folds have the disadvantage that they have to be applied and adapted to the curtain separately, that is to say each part has itself to. be applied and adapted and this involves troublesome and time-consuming work, the securing of the draw cord to the suspending devices, e.g. runners or hangers (hereinafter referred to as hangers). in order to determine the fold spacing or foldv width of the closed curtain is particularly difiicult and troublesome, as this has. to be effected by knotting, twisting, or clamping of. .the draw cord. and, with the object of achieving a uniform drapery effect While maintaining uniform spacing, by eye or by measurement.
The invention aims to avoid these disadvantages and consists in combining the supporting tape and. the take-up cord, the take-up cord being advantageously woven into the supporting tape so as to be displaceable in the longitudinal direction. The unit which is thus obtained in a very simple manner greatly facilitates marketing and the fitting of the fold disposing device. The fitting of thefold disposing device may according to the invention .be still further improved by providing the draw cord throughout with perforations or eyes for thehooking- .through of the hangers, so that the securing of the cord to -the hangers with uniform spacing,,in order to limit the fold spacing and control the fold width requires merely counting the holes or eyes which have to be kept free between two securing points and can consequently he carried out very easily and without special aids.
The invention further includes the feature that the supporting tape is provided adjacent one edge, at any desired spacing which determines the size of the folds, with elongated holes for the hooking through of the hangers and on each side of these holes with a smaller hole for the free passage of the draw cord, which between two adjacent points of suspension extends alternately on the front and rear side of the supporting tape. Further, according to the invention, the take-up cord together with the hangers is secured to the supporting tape at shorter distances apart than the length of the supporting tape between two adjacent hangers.
In this way it is brought about that, with very simple means, the curtain on being opened and closed is automatically disposed in uniform arch-like folds, the fold arches being supported in the middle plane and being so balanced that tipping and drawing down or out of the folds as a result of the weight of the curtain cannot take place. In order to assist this action the supporting tape may, according to the invention, be stiffened either by means of separate small bars inserted in longitudinal pockets which at the same time have a fold-forming effect or continuously in the longitudinal direction, for example by means of continuously woven-in resiliently flexible means in the form of thin wires, strips, or springs wound in flat or helical form, or the like of metaLpIastic or other suitable material.
A sufficient hold or purchase on the curtain is also achieved if, according to the invention each second hanger is omitted, as the take-up cord is so stretched or stiff that it maintains the curtain at the correct height at those points. The take-up cord can be secured, at those points at which a hanger is omitted, by a small clamp at. the points at which it passes through the supporting tape. This way of carrying out the inventionhas the advantage that the curtain can be pushed closer together, as of course each second hanger is missing and consequently the remaining hangers can also be pushed closer together in or on the runway orrail. The clamping of the take-up cord to thesupporting tape at those points at which a hanger is omitted, can even be dispensed with, as the take-up cord, as a result of friction between it and the opening in the supporting tape forms. the folds. as.
longitudinal pockets and a take-up cord in the stretched condition;
Figure .2 is a perspective view in the folded condition.
in conjunction with a curtain and hangers;
Figures 3 to 7 illustrate in elevation five other forms of supporting tape having the take-up cord as a foldforrning means in the stretched condition and Figure 8 illustrates in perspective the supportingtape according to Figure 3 in the folded condition in (mm junction with curtain and hangers.
in the form of construction according to Figures 1 and 2, 3 is the supporting tape which .is of any desired width, colour and bond or binding, and on the longitudinal axis of which, at regular intervals accordingto the desired size of fold, are woven-in pockets 4 of appropriate length. into these pockets 4 are inserted, through openings 5, narrow stiffening bars 6 of plastic, metal, wire or the like. 7 is the take-up cord, which in itself is made as a cord, braid or small ribbon with woven-in round or slot-like openings 8 throughout. .It is introduced during weaving of the supporting tape. inthe direction of the warp threads and near that edge of the tape. which is intended for the attachment of any kind of hangers 9, 9', V, which are available commercially, and is so woven or threaded into the tape that it is displaceable longitudinally and so that it passes over the middle of the pockets alternately from one side to the other of the tape and extends between two adjacent points of stififcning so that it is floating over the front or rear of the tape. The supporting tape is provided, above the middle of the pockets for the stiffening bars, with an elongated hole it) for hooking through the hangers and on each side thereof with a smaller hole 11 for the free passage of the take-up cord 7.
The application and operation of the device according to Figures 1 and 2 is as follows:
The supporting tape is sewn to the upper edge of a curtain 12 in the known manner. If the hangers 9, 9', 9" are merely hooked through the slots 10, the curtain can be drawn to without folds forming, while on opening of the curtain the supporting tape and thus also the curtain becomes disposed, as a result of the stilfening bars, in regular folds which are constrained to form alternately forwards and perpendicular to the plane of pull. If, on hooking-in the hangers, the latter are at the same time also hooked through an opening in the take-up cord, then as a result, and corresponding to the fixed lengths of cord remaining between two points of attachment, an appropriate fold-width is determined according to their magnitude and,.as Figure 2 illustrates, compulsorily retained on drawing to of the curtain.
In the forms of construction according to Figures 3 to 8, 13 is the supporting tape of any desired Width, colour and bond or binding, and 14 the take-up cord, which in itself is made as cord, braid or small ribbon having woven-in round or slot-like perforations 15 throughout, is introduced during weaving of the supporting tape in the direction of the warp threads near that edge of the tape which is intended for the attachment of any of the kinds of hanger 16, 16', 16" which are commonly available commercially and is so woven into the tape that it is displaceable longitudinally and passes so that it is floating over the tape between two adjacent points of attachment for the hangers 16, 16, 16" and passes through at these points alternately from one side to the other of the tape. In the examples of construction i1- lustrated elongated holes 17 are provided as points of attachment for the hangers 16, 16', 1.6" at spacings which determine the size of fold desired. Left and right thereof is arranged a smaller hole 18 for the free passage of the take-up cord 14, it being possible to use these holes like wise for the hooking-in of the hangers.
The application and operation of the device according to Figures 3-8 is as follows:
The suspension tape is sewn in known manner to the upper edge of a curtain 19. On the hooking of the hangers 16, 16', 16" through the openings 17 or 18, the hangers are at the same time also hooked through an opening 15 in the cord 14, the spacings being chosen shorter than the length of tape between two hangers, so that on being opened and closed the curtain 19 automatically disposes itself in uniform arch-like folds extending alternately forwards and backwards, the foldarches being kept in the middle plane (Figure 8). In this way tipping over or pulling down or out of the folds as a result of the weight of the curtain or hanging is prevented. As the constructional examples according to Figures 4-7 show, the suspension tape can be further stiffened throughout in the longitudinal direction in order to assist this efiect, for example by means of continuously wovenin resiliently flexible means. In the form of construction according to Figure 4, these are squirted threads 20 of plastic, preferably Perlon or nylon, of a thickness of for example 0.8 mm., or strips 21 (Figure 7) consisting likewise of plastic or of metal, or springs 22 or 23 wound in helical form or flat (Figures and 6).
The sub-divided (Figures 1 and 2) or continuous (Figures 4-7) stiffening of the suspension tape increases its supporting action for the folds, but is not necessary for the automatic disposition into folds, as this is brought about by the take-up cord 14 alone, that is to say, without further aid.
I claim:
A curtain heading device comprising a tape adapted to be secured along the upper edge portion of a curtain to support the curtain, said tape having a plurality of hanger openings therethrough spaced longitudinally along the upper edge portion thereof, in combination with a single spacing cord for regulating the spread of the tape and curtain and threaded through spaced openings in said tape alternately on one side of said tape and then on the other side thereof, said cord having a plurality of apertures spaced longitudinally thereof, each hanger opening of the tape and one of the apertures of the cord jointly receiving a single hanger for supporting the tape and curtain, the spacing between successive tape hanger openings being greater than the spacing between the corresponding joint hanger receiving cord apertures so that said cord limits the maximum spacing between each pair of hangers and compels the tape and curtain to assume an undulating accordionlike fold or pleat'extending on both sides of the cord between each set of three successive hangers, said spaced openings through which the cord is threaded are separate from and closely adjacent the hanger openings, respectivelyfa plurality of elongated pockets on said tape in like number tosaid hanger openings in longitudinally spaced relation with one of said hanger openings disposed centrally above the corresponding pocket, said pockets having a' slit opening at one longitudinal edge adjacent one end thereof, a plurality of elongated stiffeners in like number to said hanger openings, one of said elongated stiffeners being removably inserted in each pocket through the slit opening thereof, whereby said stifleners centrally beneath said hanger openings cause the folds to extend uniformly on both sides of the cord with the bends of the folds formed between the spaced adjacent ends of said stiffeners.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 359,896 Shinn et al Mar. 22, 1887 2,161,382 Raapke June 6, 1939 2,366,986 Siden Jan. 9, 1945 2,518,301 French et al Aug. 8, 1950 2,648,379 Bishop Aug. 11, 1953 FOREIGN PATENTS 654,295 Germany Dec. 15, 1937 694,469 Germany Aug. 1, 1940
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US3434524A (en) * 1967-07-14 1969-03-25 Harvey C Fein Curtain suspension device
US3948307A (en) * 1974-12-16 1976-04-06 Vorwerk & Sohn Pleater tape for drapes or curtains or the like
US3952788A (en) * 1974-04-03 1976-04-27 Vorwerk & Sohn, Textil- Und Gummiwerke Pleated pull-up curtain
US20090288785A1 (en) * 2008-05-22 2009-11-26 Graneto Iii Joseph A Systems and methods for deployment of curtains
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US2161382A (en) * 1937-03-15 1939-06-06 William C Raapke Curtain operating means
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US2366986A (en) * 1941-10-01 1945-01-09 Siden Karl Ake Drapery, curtain, and similar hangings
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DE694469C (en) * 1936-11-08 1940-08-01 Willy Kuester n curtains
US2161382A (en) * 1937-03-15 1939-06-06 William C Raapke Curtain operating means
US2366986A (en) * 1941-10-01 1945-01-09 Siden Karl Ake Drapery, curtain, and similar hangings
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US3434524A (en) * 1967-07-14 1969-03-25 Harvey C Fein Curtain suspension device
US3952788A (en) * 1974-04-03 1976-04-27 Vorwerk & Sohn, Textil- Und Gummiwerke Pleated pull-up curtain
US3948307A (en) * 1974-12-16 1976-04-06 Vorwerk & Sohn Pleater tape for drapes or curtains or the like
US20090288785A1 (en) * 2008-05-22 2009-11-26 Graneto Iii Joseph A Systems and methods for deployment of curtains
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US8479800B2 (en) 2008-05-22 2013-07-09 Icp Medical, Llc Systems and methods for deployment of curtains
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