1. A DECORATIVE AND INSULATING TOILET BOWL COVER, COMPRISING: AN ELONGATED PLIABLE, SELF-SUPPORTING SHEET ADAPTED TO BE ENCIRCLED ABOUT A TOILET BOWL AND TO ACT AS A BASE FOR A COVER THEREFOR, SAID SHEET HAVING CURVED EDGES THE RADIUS OF CURVATURE OF EACH BEING SUCH AS TO DEFINE A PAIR OF PARALLEL SPACED PLANES WHEN SAID SHEET IS ENCIRCLED ABOUT A TOILET BOWL WITH THE UPPER EDGE BEING DISPOSED ADJACENT THE UPPER EDGE OF SAID BOWL AND THE LOWER EDGE BEING DISPOSED ADJACENT THE BASE OF SAID BOWL, SAID SHEET DEFINING WHEN ITS ENDS ARE TOGETHER A SUBSTANTIALLY ELLIPTICAL SHAPE OF ABOUT THE SIZE OF SAID BOWL; A DECORATIVE COVER FOR SAID SHEET; MEANS FOR RETAINING SAID DECORATIVE COVER ON SAID SHEET, AND MEANS FOR HOLDING SAID ENDS TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN SAID TOILET BOWL COVER IN PLACE ON SAID TOILET BOWL.
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April 16, 1963 s. s. D'oLNlcK TOILET BowL COVER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Aug. 18. 1960 INVENTOR. @mumoZmLc/la BY M d United States Patent O 3,085,611 TOILET BOWL COVER Seymour S. Dolnick, Milwaukee, Wis., assignor to Glen Mfg. Inc., a corporation of Wisconsin Filed Aug. 18, 1960, Ser. No. 50,395 6 Claims. (Cl. 150--52) This invention relates to a toilet bowl cover and more particularly to a decorative and insulating toilet bowl cover.
It has long Abeen the wish of the housewife to beautify and camouflage toilet bowls found in the American bathroom. These bowls are generally made of porcelain or other ceramic material and often become scarred or defaced in some manner. Further, during the humid periods of the year in areas where cold water is supplied to flush toilets, the bowls will form condensation on their outer surfaces which drips or runs to the floor and creates another unsightly problem. Moreover, the noise accompanying flushing is often distasteful to the user and it is desirable to eliminate such noise as much as possible.
`It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a decorative and insulating toilet bowl cover which is capable of covering the marks and defects on the toilet bowl while at the same time insulating the bowl against both moisture and undesirable noise.
It is another object of this invention to provide a decorative and insulating toilet bowl cover which comprises an elongated pliable sheet adapted to be tit around a toilet bowl, a decorative cover for said sheet, means for positioning the cover on the sheet and means for holding said sheet and cover in place on said bowl.
Other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken together with the accompanying drawings.
Of the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a toilet bowl and toilet tank with the cover of this invention shown in place on the toilet bowl and with the outline of the toilet bowl shown in dotted lines;
FIGURE 2 is a top plan view of the toilet bowl co'ver of this invention in place on a toilet bowl;
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken along the line 3--3 of FIGURE 2 showing the toilet bowl in dotted lines;
AFIGURE 4 is a partial view taken along the line 4-4 of FIGURE 2;
yFIGURE 5 is a partially broken rear elevational view of the toilet bowl cover in an extended condition showing one embodiment of the decorative cover; and v FIGURES 6, 7 and 8 are views similar to FIGURE 5 each showing another embodiment of the decorative cover.
Referring now -to FIGURE 1, a toilet bowl cover 10 is shown therein in place'on a toilet bowl 11 shown in dotted lines. The bowl is of conventional construction and in this case is shown associated with a wall-type tank 12. Toilet bowls are manufactured with this type of tank or wi-th a tank often referred to as a free standing tank (not shown) or with no tank at all. However, in any of these constructions, the toilet bowl cover about to be described is satisfactory for covering the toilet bowl. In addition, the bowl shown in FIGURE 1 is associated with a conventional toilet seat 13.
As can be clearly seen by the dotted lines in FIGURE 3, toilet bowl 11 is wider at its upper portion 11a than at its base portion 11b. In addition, the bowl includes a slightly outwardly extending lip 11C. Thus, the sides of the toilet bowl as well as its front and rear does not define an easily covered surface. Furthermore, when the bowl is viewed from the top (FIGURE 2) it can be seen lCe that although it substantially defines an ellipse, the ellipse is slightly dished in on the sides as at 11d.
The toilet bowl cover of this invention includes an insert strip or sheet 14 which is normally suiciently stiff to be self-supporting and yet is pliable, and may be made of such things as plastic, water impervious jute or the like. As can be clearly seen in FIGURES 5 through 8 wherein the sheet 14 is extended, the sheet is constructed with curved upper and lower edges 14a and 14b. The curves of these edges have been carefully calculated so that when the strip is curved about a toilet bowl with the strips ends 14C and 14d fastened together, the upper and lower edges will define substantially parallel planes as can be seen in FIGURE 3 while the upper edge 14a abuts the lip 11C and the lower edge 14b abuts the base 11b. 'I'hus, the strip 14 closely approximates the over-all shape of the toilet bowl and is in intimate contact with it throughout its almost entire upper and lower surfaces. Further, the contact between the edges of the strip and the bowl are such as to limit air movement, with one exception which will -be explained later, so -that insulation both against condensation and noise is possible.
The strip -14 is provided with a decorative cover 15, various embodiments of which are shown in FIGURES 5 through 8. The cover may be constructed of an absorbent material such as chenille or turkish toweling, both of which are highly decorative and pleasing to the eye. These materials are also often used in decorating or covering other plumbing parts found in the average bathroom So that an over-all decoration of the plumbing fixtures is possible when a toilet bowl cover of the material described herein is also provided. The decorative cover 15 is held in place on the strip 14 by several methods. Thus, in FIGURE 5, an inner panel 16 is sewed to the edges 15a of the cover. This provides a pocket in the cover which is adapted to receive the strip 14. The cover is left open at one end 15b and a flap of material 15e together with a plurality of closure snaps 16a are provided. This allows the strip 14 to be inserted within the cover and be maintained there by means of the closure snaps 16a.
In FIGURE 6, a plurality of straps 17 are provided on the inner side of the cover and are riveted 18a thereto. These str-aps hold the cover in place on the strip 14. FIGURE 7 shows a cover wherein a plurality of male 18 and female 19 snaps `are provided on the cover and the strip 14, respectively. By means of these snaps, the cover is held in place on the strip. In FIGURE 8, the edges 15a and the ends 15d have been provided with elastic material 20 which holds the cover in place on the strip 14.
The cover including the strip 14 and. the decorative cover 15 may be held in place on the toilet bowl in any one of a number of ways. In FIGURE 4, however, is shown one of the means for holding the cover in place.
Thus, a plurality of elastic loops 21 are attached as by basting to one end of the decorative cover 15 and a plur-ality of hooks 22 are attached to the other end of the cover 15. 'Ihe loop portion 21a is designed to fit over the hooks 22. By means of the loop 21 and the hooks 22, the cover is satisfactorily maintained in position on the bowl.
As previously pointed out, the toilet bowl although `substantially elliptically shaped is `dished in at 11d. For this reason a strap 23 is provided on the cover 15. One end of the strap 23 is attached to the cover by means of rivets 24. The other end is provided with a male snap 25 which is adapted to be received by a female snap 26 attached to the corresponding position on the other side of the cover as at 15e in FIGURE 5. When the cover :is in position on the bowl and the elastic loops 21 are joined to the hooks 22, and the strap 23 is in place, the strap urges a slight pressure on the sides of the cover 15. It thus urges the cover into contact with the portions of the bowl 11d where `they `are slightly dished in. This construction provides con-tact between the cover and the bowl at this point thereby providing a joint which maintains the dead air space between the bowl and cover to eltectively insulate the bowl against condensation and to substantially eliminate the llushing noise.
Having thus described my invention as related to the embodiments shown in the accompanying drawings, -it is my intention that the invention be not limited by any of the details of description unless otherwise specified, but rather be construed broadly within .its spirit vand scope as set out in the accompanying claims.
1. A decorative and insulating toilet bowl cover, comprising: an elongated pliable, self-supporting sheet adapted to be encircled about a toilet bowl and to act as a base for `a cover therefor, said sheet having curved edges the radius of curvature of each being such as to dene a pair of parallel spaced planes when said sheet is encircled about a toilet bowl with the upper edge being disposed adjacent the upper edge of said bowl and the lower edge being disposed `adjacent the base of said bowl, said sheet dening when its ends are together a substantially elliptical shape of about the size of said bowl; a decorative cover for said sheet; means for retaining said decorative cover on said sheet, and means lfor holding said ends together to maintain said toilet bowl cover in place on said toilet bowl.
2. The device of claim 1 wherein a strap is provided between the top edges of said cover to urge said cover into contact with a portion of said bowl.
3. The ldevice of claim 1 wherein said first means is an inner panel on said cover.
4. The device of claim 1 wherein said irst means is a plurality of straps having one end connected to a side of said cover and the other end connected to another side of said cover.
5. The device of claim l wherein said rst means is a plurality of snaps onsaid decorative cover `and said sheet includes a corresponding plurality of snaps adapted to mate with said decorative cover snaps.
6. The device of claim 1 wherein the borders of said cover are elastcized.
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