Storage rack

  • US 9,144,332 B2
  • Filed: 01/29/2014
  • Issued: 09/29/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/26/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rack for holding articles, comprising:

  • a frame having;

    a rear support having two vertical bars and at least one horizontal bar extending between the vertical bars;

    a left support having a plurality of left support horizontal bars extending between two left support vertical bars;

    a right support having a plurality of right support horizontal bars extending between two right support vertical bars;

    wherein the left support is pivotably connected to one of the vertical bars of the rear support and the right support is pivotably connected to the other vertical bar of the rear support;

    a plurality of shelves, each shelf having;

    an enclosing frame member that has two opposing first sides connected by two opposing second sides, with each second side having an interior defined by a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface, wherein each second side has a planar top surface and a planar bottom surface;

    at least one slot provided on each of the first surfaces of the second sides, each slot defining an opening located entirely between the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface of the corresponding second side;

    a plurality of separate elongated slats, each slat having a length that is greater than its width, each slat having a plurality of outer surfaces that encircle a cross-section so that the cross-section of each slat is retained inside a slot of the at least one slot, each slat having opposing ends that are positioned at opposing slots at the second sides in a manner such that each end of each slat is retained inside the interior of a corresponding second side, with the second surface completely covering the interior so that the ends of the slats are not visible from outside the second surface;

    a connecting bar that is connected to all the slats; and

    at least one connector for removably connecting one second side of a shelf to the left support, and another of the at least one connector removably connects the other second side of the shelf to the right support; and

    wherein each of the left support, the rear support and the right support has at least one horizontal bar that is positioned at a vertical level that is higher than the highest shelf.

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