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Television stand

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

Jeffrey A. White, Susan L. Farrell

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A television stand includes a shelf made of a ferrous sheet metal that helps shield a television or other audio/video items from the magnetic field of a nearby center-channel speaker. Other features of the stand include an open design to promote natural, convective airflow that helps cool audio/video components; numerous parts sharing a common material thickness for ease of manufacture; infinitely repositionable center supports; combination cable collector and bumper; metal grain-like finish with a clear protective coating; shelves and side panels with integral flanges for stiffness and/or mounting purposes; and the use of acorn nuts for not only fastening, but also for helping to prevent the television from being accidentally slid off the top shelf of the stand.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front view of a three-tier television stand supporting various audio/video items.

FIG. 2 is a back view of the stand of FIG.

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FIG. 3 is a right side view of the stand of FIG. 1, but also showing an enlarged exploded view of a typical screw and nut being assembled.

FIG. 4 is a top view of the stand in FIG. 1, but with the various audio/video items omitted.

FIG. 5 is a front view of the stand in FIG.

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FIG. 6 is a back view of the stand in FIG.

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FIG. 7 is a bottom view of the stand in FIG.

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FIG. 8 is the side view of the stand in FIG.

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FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view taken along line

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9 of FIG.

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FIG. 10 is front view of a two-tier television stand.

FIG. 11 is a side view of the stand of FIG.

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Claims

1. A television stand for supporting at least one of a television and a center-channel speaker, comprising:

2. The television stand of claim 1, wherein the upper shelf is interposed between the television and the center-channel speaker.

3. The television stand of claim 1, wherein the base, the upper shelf, the first side panel, the second side panel, and the plurality of mounting flanges all have a substantially equivalent material thickness.

4. The television stand of claim 1, wherein the first side panel and the second side panel each define a plurality of openings to facilitate natural airflow therethrough.

5. The television stand of claim 1, further comprising a plurality of acorn nuts protruding upward from the upper shelf to help prevent the television from sliding off the upper shelf and to help bolt the upper shelf to the first side panel and the second side panel.

6. The television stand of claim 1, wherein the upper shelf defines a hexagon with two substantially 90-degree angles and two pairs of substantially parallel sides.

7. The television stand of claim 1, wherein the base defines a hexagon with two substantially 90-degree angles and two pairs of substantially parallel sides.

8. The television stand of claim 1, further comprising a central support that includes an upper end pressed up against the upper shelf and a lower end pressed down against the base to help support the upper shelf.

9. The television stand of claim 8, further comprising a resilient pad disposed at each of the upper end and the lower end of the central support to help hold the central support frictionally between the base and the upper shelf.

10. The television stand of claim 8, wherein the central support has a material thickness that is substantially equivalent to that of the base and the upper shelf.

11. The television stand of claim 1, further comprising a back panel disposed on top of the base and being bolted to the base and the upper shelf; and further comprising a cable guard bolted to the back panel and the base, wherein the cable guard defines a cable-receiving opening and protrudes horizontally beyond an outer perimeter of the base.

12. A television stand for supporting a television, comprising:

13. The television stand of claim 12, wherein the base, the middle shelf, the top shelf, the first lower side panel, the second lower side panel, the first upper side panel, the second upper side panel, and the plurality of mounting flanges all have a substantially equivalent material thickness.

14. The television stand of claim 12, further comprising a common bolt that attaches both the first lower side panel and the first upper side panel to the middle shelf.

15. The television stand of claim 12, wherein the first lower side panel, the first upper side panel, the second lower side panel, and the second lower side panel each define a plurality of openings to facilitate natural airflow therethrough.

16. The television stand of claim 12, wherein the base, the middle shelf, the top shelf, the first lower side panel, the second lower side panel, the first upper side panel, and the second upper side panel are each made of metal to promote heat dissipation.

17. The television stand of claim 12, further comprising a plurality of acorn nuts protruding upward from the top shelf to help prevent the television from sliding off the top shelf and to help bolt the top shelf to the first upper side panel and the second upper side panel.

18. The television stand of claim 12, wherein the top shelf defines a hexagon with two substantially 90-degree angles and two pairs of substantially parallel sides.

19. The television stand of claim 12, wherein the middle shelf defines a hexagon with two substantially 90-degree angles and two pairs of substantially parallel sides.

20. The television stand of claim 12, wherein the base defines a hexagon with two substantially 90-degree angles and two pairs of substantially parallel sides.

21. The television stand of claim 12, further comprising a central support that includes one end pressed up against the middle shelf to help support at least one of the middle shelf and the top shelf.

22. The television stand of claim 21, further comprising a resilient pad disposed at the one end to promote a frictional grip between the central support and the middle shelf.

23. The television stand of claim 21, wherein the central support has a material thickness that is substantially equal to that of at least one of the base, the middle shelf, the top shelf, the first lower side panel, the second lower side panel, the first upper side panel, and the second upper side panel.

24. The television stand of claim 21, further comprising: