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French door covering

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Bette Wade, Trudy Lynn Wade

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A plurality of barriers cover windows in French doors in which the window in each door has a first area smaller than a second area of the French door in which it is located. Each barrier includes a rigid frame defining a third area larger than the first area. First and second fabric covers stretched on opposite sides of the frame provide opacity and decoration. The barrier is hung on a French door so that the window is covered by the barrier without tools or manipulation of parts. The decorative fabric covers cooperate with one another to make a unitary decorative scene.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be better understood by a reading of the Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiments along with a review of the drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of several adjacent doors having barriers according to a first embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of one door with the barrier removed and reversed;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a door with its barrier removed and reversed for an alternate embodiment; and

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of another embodiment.

Claims

1. In combination with a French door having a glass window in which the window has a first area that is smaller than the area of the French door, a barrier adapted to be secured to the interior of the French door comprising

2. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the first and second fabric covers are stretched across and cover the frame.

3. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein one of the fabric covers provides opacity to the barrier.

4. A barrier as claimed in claim 3 wherein the fabric cover that provides opacity faces the door.

5. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein one of the fabric covers is decorative.

6. A barrier as claimed in claim 5 wherein the fabric cover that is decorative faces away from the door.

7. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein one of the fabric covers provides opacity to the barrier and the other fabric cover is decorative.

8. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the means for hanging permits the barrier to be hung on or removed from the French door without tools or manipulation of parts.

9. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the frame is a wooden frame.

10. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the frame is a rigid plastic.

11. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the first and second fabric covers are joined together to make a sleeve and the frame is inserted within the sleeve.

12. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the means for hanging includes a projection from one side of the barrier that cooperates with a sawtooth-topped strap affixed to the French door.

13. A barrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein the hanging means includes a receiver portion on the frame that cooperates with a post or hook on the French door.

14. A plurality of barriers and French doors as claimed in claim 1, wherein the French doors are adjacent one another and one of the fabric covers of each barrier is decorative and each decorative fabric cover is unique from the decorative covers of the other barriers, and the decorative covers of the plurality of barriers cooperate to make a unitary decorative scene as hung on the plurality of French doors.

15. A plurality of barriers and a plurality of French doors for covering windows on the French doors, each French door having a glass window that has a first area smaller than a second area of the French door in which the window is located, each barrier comprising

16. A method of decorating and providing privacy to a room with a French door that has a window in it comprising

17. A method as claimed in claim 16 wherein hanging includes hanging on multiple French doors to make a composite decorative image.

18. A method as claimed in claim 16 wherein hanging includes hanging an opaque barrier to black out outside light from the building.

19. A method as claimed in claim 16 further comprising storing a removed barrier away from the window in the French door.

20. A method as claimed in claim 16 wherein hanging includes lowering an upper frame section of the barrier onto a support on the French door.

21. A method as claimed in claim 16 wherein removing includes raising an upper frame section of the barrier off of a support on the French door.

22. A method of decorating and providing privacy to a room with French doors that have windows in them comprising