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US3485544A
US3485544A US3485544DA US3485544A US 3485544 A US3485544 A US 3485544A US 3485544D A US3485544D A US 3485544DA US 3485544 A US3485544 A US 3485544A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47BTABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE
    • A47B77/00Kitchen cabinets
    • A47B77/04Provision for particular uses of compartments or other parts ; Compartments moving up and down, revolving parts
    • A47B77/10Provision for particular uses of compartments or other parts ; Compartments moving up and down, revolving parts with members movable outwards to a position of use, e.g. tables, ironing boards
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47BTABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE
    • A47B46/00Cabinets, racks or shelf units, having one or more surfaces adapted to be brought into position for use by extending or pivoting
    • A47B46/005Cabinets, racks or shelf units, having one or more surfaces adapted to be brought into position for use by extending or pivoting by displacement in a vertical plane; by rotating about a horizontal axis

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United States Patent O U.S. Cl. 312-248 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A hinged shelf that is upwardly retractable against the underslde of a wall mounted cabinet or the like, into an out-of-the-way and out-of-sight position.

This invention relates generally to retractable shelves. A principal object of the present invention is to provide a retractable shelf which is downwardly hingeable from the underside of the wall mounted cabinet and which accordingly may be conveniently used to support a cookbook in an open position during cooking procedure wherein the cookbook accordingly does not take up any place additionally upon a counter top and which is better positioned for being read.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a retractable shelf which serves its principal object in the extended position and when not being used for the principal object is out-of-the-way and out-of-sight in the retracted position.

Yet a *further object of the present invention is to provide a retractable shelf which will be used for holding cards, notes and other matter for ready reference.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a retractable shelf which is readily mountable against the underside of a wall mounted cabinet within a bathroom, library, workshop or oice.

Other objects of the present invention are to provide a retractable shelf which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and eiiicient in operation.

These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the present invention shown in an extended position;

FIGURE 2 is a cross-sectional view taken on the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1, and showing in phantom lines the shelf in a retracted position.

Referring now to the drawing in detail, the reference numeral represents a vanishelf, accordingto the present invention, wherein there is an assembly 11 that is hingedly supported upon the underside of a wall mounted cabinet 12.

As is shown in FIGURE 1 of the drawing, the cabinet 12 is constructed with horizontal ybeams 13 upon which the cabinet body rests, the beams 13 thus forming side walls for an area 14 which is readily suitable for use as a storage space.

In the present invention, the storage space 14 is utilized for storing the assembly 11 and supported objects in an out-of-the-way and out-of'sight position.`

The assembly 11 includes a hinged panel 15 and a slideable panel 16, the hinged panel 15 being supported upon hinges 17 secured to a lower edge of one ofthe beams 13. A pair of openings 18 are formed in the panel 15, a prop 19 being normally stored within the opening 18, such prop 19 being connected by a hinge 20 along the lower edge of each opening 18. Each prop 19 has a rubber bumper or pad 21 at its opposite end for the purpose of engaging a wall 22 without marring the same.

The panel 15 includes a groove 23 on the underside Patented Dec. 23, 1969 ICE thereof and along each side edge 24, the grooves 23 providing support means for the slideable panel 16. The panel 16 is of generally rectangular character and includes a closet 25 at its one end.

In operative use, the vanishelf may be used for storing of` goods on the underside of the cabinet 12 as is indicated by the phantom lines of FIGURE 2. When access is desired to the stored goods, the vanishelf may be lowered into the position as is indicated in FIGURE 1 wherein the forward end of the shelf is pulled downwardly so that the same is hinged about the hinge 17, the panel 16 then being slideably withdrawn from below the panel 15 until a cleat or stop 26 upon the upper side of the panel 16 abuts with a stop 27 upon the underside of the panel 15 thus limiting the slideable travel of the panel 16 relative to the panel 15. While the panel 16 has moved to its lowermost position, as shown in the drawing, the props 19 thus are freed so to pivot downwardly about the hinges 20 sequentially with the panel 16, thus bringing the props into position shown in FIGURE 2 wherein they may abut against the side wall 22 thus maintaining the assembly in the position as indicated. The undersides of each prop 19 abuts against the end edge 29 of panel 16, thus allowing the props to lower gradually as the panel 16 is slideably withdrawn thus as the panel 16 reaches the lowermost limit of slideable movement the props 19 are in proper position for resting against the Wall 22". Said drawing indicates that boxes of various groceries 30 and other objects may be readily stored in a hidden condition and yet made easily available when the shelf is lowered.

It will be readily apparent that the shelf comprises an ideal solution for holding receipts in the form of cards or cookbook over a kitchen counter to save counter space and yet keep the book or cards lfrom getting soiled and to place the book or cards more conveniently for reading or reference.

A latch 31 on the cleat 25 engages a tongue 32 secured on the inner side of beam 13 thus providing securement means for retaining the vanishelf in a retracted position.

I claim:

1. In a hidden storage shelf, the combination of an assembly hingedly secured to the underside of a wall mounted cabinet, said assembly including a hinged panel and a slideable panel, said hinged panel supporting said slideable panel, said assembly in a retracted position being parallel with the underside of said wall mounted cabinet, and said assembly in an extended position extending angularly downwardly to allow access thereto, said hinged panel comprising a rectangular member hingedly secured along one side to a supporting surface below said wall mounted cabinet, and said hinged panel having a groove on its underside adjacent each side edge for slideably supporting said slideable panel, said slideable panel comprising a rectangular member having a cleat at one end thereof for supporting various goods thereon when said assembly is in an inclined position, and said slideable panel having a stop at its opposite end located upon its upper side which is in alignment for :abutment with a stop upon the underside of said hinged panel to limit the slideable distance of travel of said slideable panel, said hinged panel being provided with a pair of openings therein, a pivotable prop stored within each of said openings, each of said props being hingedly Imounted along one edge to an edge of said opening, said props being downwardly hingeable out of said openings when said slideable panel is retracted out of the way.

2. The combination as set forth in claim 1 wherein the underside of said prop slides along the end edge of said slideable panel so that as the said slideable panel is withdrawn the props will gradually lower wherein the 3 4 slideable panel reaches its lowermost position said props References Cited will be in proper alignment against a supporting wall. UNITED STATES PATENTS 3. The combination as set forth in claim 2 wherein as said slideable panel is slideably 4pushed to the retracted 310711288 1/1963 Gan/mer 221-46 position said end edge of said slideable panel pushes 5 3,331,645 7/1967 VerCellOtl 312248 X against underside of said props gradually retracting them 3,333,912 8/ 1967 Kunz et al 312-248 X fully into Said Openings in Said hinged panel. 3,333,913 8/1967 Heisler 312 243 4. The combination as set forth in claim 2 wherein a latch is secured to said cleat of said sliding shelf panel CASMIR A NUNBERG, Primary Examiner and a tongue is secured beneath said Wall mounted cabilo net for normally maintaining said assembly in a retracted U S C1 X R,

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