Patent application title: Bathroom Caddy
Randell Price (Zeeland, MI, US)
IPC8 Class: AB65D5104FI
Class name: Receptacles closures pivotable, (e.g., hinged)
Publication date: 2011-03-17
Patent application number: 20110062174
A bathroom caddy having a housing, a front access door and a top access
door. The front access door is hinged to the housing and the top access
door is hinged to the housing. When opened, a cavity is exposed which
cavity can house a spare roll of toilet paper, cleaning products, a
plunger and a scrub brush.
1. A bathroom caddy comprising:a housing, a front access door coupled to
the housing and a top access door coupled to the housing.
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
This application is a continuation of U.S. Design patent application Ser. No. 29/315,844 filed Jul. 29, 2009, entitled "Bathroom Caddy" the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference. This application also claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/273,883 filed Aug. 10, 2010, entitled "Bathroom Caddy" the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference.
BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE
1. Field of the Disclosure
The disclosure relates in general to a storage device, and more particularly, to a bathroom caddy intended for use in a bathroom to store tools and supplies for bathroom use.
2. Background Art
The use of storage devices is well known in the art. Typically, bathrooms are areas that have a number of tools and supplies which are typically housed in a cabinet or drawer. Problematically, in smaller bathrooms, the lack of storage space necessitates the placement of such tools and supplies on the floor or on the fixtures.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a bathroom caddy which can store tools and supplies in an attractive and utilitarian configuration.
This object as well as other objects of the present invention will become apparent in light of the present specification, claims, and drawings.
SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE
The disclosure is directed to a bathroom caddy that offers the ability to store various objects in a convenient and compact design. Indeed, various features enable a compact retention of the different items that are necessary in a bathroom. This includes spare toilet paper, brushes, cleaning fluids, plungers and the like. Additionally, the bathroom caddy stores these items within reach and with ease of retrieval and access. Furthermore, the bathroom caddy supplies an aesthetic appearance.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The disclosure will now be described with reference to the drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 of the drawings is a perspective view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure;
FIG. 2 of the drawings is a front elevational view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure;
FIG. 3 of the drawings is a back elevational view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure;
FIG. 4 of the drawings is a top plan view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure;
FIG. 5 of the drawings is a bottom plan view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure;
FIG. 6 of the drawings is a first side elevational view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure; and
FIG. 7 of the drawings is a second side elevational view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure.
FIG. 8 of the drawings is a perspective view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure, shown in an open configuration, and in particular, with tools and supplies therein;
FIG. 9 of the drawings is a partial perspective view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure; and
FIG. 10 of the drawings is a perspective view of the bathroom caddy of the present disclosure, showing, in particular, a transparent front access door.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DISCLOSURE
While this invention is susceptible of embodiment in many different forms, there is shown in the drawings and described herein in detail a specific embodiment with the understanding that the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification and is not intended to be limited to the embodiment illustrated.
It will be understood that like or analogous elements and/or components, referred to herein, may be identified throughout the drawings by like reference characters. In addition, it will be understood that the drawings are merely schematic representations of the invention, and some of the components may have been distorted from actual scale for purposes of pictorial clarity.
Referring now to the drawings and in particular to FIGS. 1 through 10, a bathroom caddy according to the present disclosure is shown generally at 10. The bathroom caddy 10 includes housing 12, front access door 14 and top access door 16. The bathroom caddy is sized so as to fit alongside a toilet in a bathroom, while providing an attractive storage compartment in which to releasably retain bathroom products and tools. Among other tools, products and accessories, the bathroom caddy is configured to hold toilet paper 100, cleaning products, like cleaning product 102, plunger 104 and scrub brush 106. Of course, these are only illustrative, and are not to be deemed to be limiting.
The housing 12 is shown as comprising base 20 and upstanding wall 22. The base 20 includes collection tray 28 which is configured to retain and collect any fluids that may drip from the plunger 104. Thus, a slightly concave configuration is shown. Of course, other configurations are contemplated.
The upstanding wall 22 substantially surrounds at least a portion of the base 20. In the embodiment shown, the upstanding wall extends approximately half way around the perimeter of the base. The upstanding wall terminates in a first side edge 36 and a second side edge 38. Additionally, a top edge 34 defines the upper end of the upstanding wall. Together the upstanding wall and the base define cavity 26 with ingress either from the top or from the side.
The upstanding wall 22 further includes outer surface 30 and inner surface 32 opposite the outer surface. A handle, such as handle 45 may be molded into the upper end of the what amounts to the back surface of the upstanding wall 22. Furthermore, vent openings, such as vent openings 44 may be positioned strategically about the back surface of upstanding wall 22. Additionally, the upstanding walls have first shelving unit 40 having slot 41 and second shelving unit 42 having slot 43. The shelving units can be integrally molded with the upstanding wall. In other embodiments, the shelving units can be adjustable relative to the upstanding wall. The two slots 41, 43 are configured to allow for the handle of the plunger to extend beyond the two shelving units. Additionally, the toilet paper can be placed on the first shelving unit 40 with the handle extending through the roll portion of the toilet paper.
The front access door 14 includes outer perimeter 46 which substantially corresponds to the first side edge 36, the second side edge 38 and the top edge 34 so as to close the separation between the two side edges of the upstanding wall 22. The front access door additionally includes outer surface 48 and inner surface 49. The outer surface 48 includes a surface design in the embodiment shown, which substantially corresponds to a sea shell. In other embodiments, other shapes and surface configurations are contemplated. In addition, it will be understood that the design can extend to the base 20 and to the top access door 16. Hinge assembly 50 couples the front access door 14 to the housing 12 about a lower end of the access door 14.
A hook may be positioned on the inner surface 49 of the front access door 14.
The hook is configured to receive scrub brush 106 or the like. The configuration of the base and the front access door is such that the lower end has a larger cross-sectional area than the upper end. Such a configuration accommodates the plunger and the brush in the lower portion while accommodating the toilet paper in the upper end, and thereby minimizing the size of the overall caddy.
Top access door 16 includes outer surface 60 and inner surface 62. As indicated above, the outer surface 60 may include a surface configuration, such as one that continues a pattern from the front access door 14 and/or the housing 12. The top access door fits over the top of the caddy and extends about the outer perimeter defined by the upstanding wall 22 and the front access door 14. The top access door additionally, serves to maintain the front access door 14 in the closed orientation by extending over a portion (i.e., an upper tab 52) thereof.
The foregoing description merely explains and illustrates the invention and the invention is not limited thereto except insofar as the appended claims are so limited, as those skilled in the art who have the disclosure before them will be able to make modifications without departing from the scope of the invention.
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