TODAY’S PATENT – EXPANDABLE FURNITURE
Invented by Saad Minur Bashir Rassam and assigned to Rassam Innovations Ltd. The invention was granted patent by the USPTO on 30-10-2018 and the publication date is also the same. The patent no. for the invention is US10111519B2. This invention relates to expandable furniture and storage structures that can be adjusted to fit specific spaces.
Traditional furniture items like wardrobes, cupboards, and kitchen cabinets are typically rigid and come in fixed dimensions. Often, these dimensions do not precisely match the available space, leaving gaps and inefficiencies. While some extendable furniture exists, like dining tables with fold-out flaps or adjustable beds, they offer limited fixed dimensions. This invention introduces a storage structure with at least one extendable wall, consisting of at least three slidable panels.
Notably, at least one of these panels is hollow and receives part of another panel. The first two panels are co-planar and can move relative to each other and other panels, adjusting the wall’s dimensions. A linkage mechanism connects the first and second panels, facilitating their relative movement while maintaining them in the same plane.
This design allows flexible adjustment of the wall’s dimensions to fit various spaces efficiently. Additionally, the storage structure may comprise first, second, and third panels with a linkage secured to the third panel. When the first or second panel moves relative to the third panel, the linkage causes the other panel to move by the same distance but in the opposite direction, ensuring symmetry.
Various linkage configurations are possible, such as a linkage bar system or toothed racks with a toothed wheel. Guide rails or bearings can facilitate panel movement, and stop mechanisms limit their relative motion. The extendable wall can have a rectangular shape and be incorporated into various furniture types, including wardrobes, cupboards, cabinets, shelves, tables, and more. This invention allows for highly customizable furniture, optimizing space utilization in various environments.