Variable shelf apparatus and refrigerator having the same

  • US 9,574,820 B2
  • Filed: 07/17/2015
  • Issued: 02/21/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/17/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A variable shelf apparatus comprising:

  • a first shelf part;

    a second shelf part configured to slidably couple with the first shelf part and comprising a pair of rotating protrusions protruding at both sides of the second shelf part; and

    a support part configured to;

    support the first shelf part to slide along the support part, andsupport the second shelf part to rotate while being coupled with the pair of rotating protrusions,whereinthe support part includes;

    an upper surface,a lower surface,first guide sections extending from the lower surface toward the upper surface,second guide sections, anda pair of rotating protrusion receiving grooves formed in between the upper surface and the lower surface, the pair of rotating protrusion receiving grooves selectively coupled with and separated from the pair of rotating protrusions, the pair of rotating protrusions prevented from being separated from the support part when a force is applied upward with respect to the variable shelf apparatus while the rotating protrusions are coupled with the rotating protrusions receiving grooves; and

    wherein each second guide section connects one of the first guide sections to one of the rotating protrusion receiving grooves.

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