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Common questions and answers regarding our corbels/brackets

Q: Can a bracket be flipped over to use the top plate as the mounting plate?

A: Some customers will ask if a bracket can be flipped over to use the top plate as the back plate instead.  They need to understand that it won’t be as strong if this is done.  They also need to know that not all designs will allow this, due to the way the design looks.  For example, the Willow design won’t work if you flip it over, it just wouldn’t look right.  The Grant is an example of one that would work.  We will have to add 3 holes to the top plate for this to work in order to install properly.  So that will be an additional charge of $10 per bracket if done. 


Q: Can you make a design in a different size?

A: The answer is no 95% of the time.  The reason is because we stock all of the parts in bulk, so for us to offer any other sizes other than what we already offer, it isn’t practical.  Sometimes a customer will want for us to add a couple of inches to a top plate, that’s ok to do, though it’ll typically add $10 per bracket to do so.  Please call ahead to verify possible design changes.


Q: Do we offer private label products? 

A: If purchased in bulk, we will consider designing and fabricating private labeled products.


Q: How do I measure for proper corbel sizing?

A: When measuring for the use of iron corbels, you’ll need to be concerned with the depth, height and width. The depth is the horizontal part of the bracket that will actually support your counter, shelf or mantle. The height isn’t that important, as long as you have room for it to be installed, but the width is what gives the corbel its substantial look from the front. So if you want a heavier look, start with the 2” width corbels and go up from there.


Q: Does my granite counter top have to be supported?

A: If you have a counter top hangover of more than 8”, then we recommend that you do have some sort of support.


Q: If I do have a hangover of more than 8”, how many corbels will be needed in order to sufficiently support my counter top?

A: We recommend using a support bracket every 40”, but if your counter top is 48” wide, two brackets should work just fine. The deeper the hangover, the more we stress the 40” rule. 


Q: How do I determine what depth is needed for support?

A: We recommend that you leave no more than 4” of hangover on your countertop. It generally looks better to try and get your corbel depth within 1”-2” of the end of the counter. So if you have a 12” hangover on your counter, try to go with a 10” deep corbel if you can, but know that a 7.5” deep corbel will work as well.


Q: I’m worried that my legs will hit the brackets while I’m sitting on the barstool, what should I do?

A: Remember, when your stools are pulled away and you’re seated, you shouldn’t have any problems hitting the brackets with your knees, unless you have barstools that twist from side to side. It all depends on how deep your overhang is and how far your stools will be situated from each corbel.


Q: Can I install these corbels on my own, what’s required if I do decide to do it myself?

A: Please refer to the installation portion of the site for information. Or give us a call and we’ll guide you.


Q: If I order the brackets unfinished, how do I finish them myself? What are my options?

A: Please refer to the finishes portion of the website for more information


Q: If I’m going to have a 6’ long x 16” deep slab of granite as an entry table, how many corbels should I use and how should they be supported.

A: It’s common for businesses and some homes to use this type of application. It would be very beneficial to place the corbels where studs are in the wall. Studs typically run every 16” and if they fall in line with where you want your table to go, then you’re good to go for support. If they don’t, you’re still ok, just make sure you use large toggle bolts and at least 3 corbels. You can get away with two corbels if you hit studs, but we recommend using an under mount angle plate for support no matter what. Refer to the install portion of the site for more info.  Also note, our linear shelf brackets would be a great solution for this type of application.


Q: If I want to use the corbels outside, how will they weather?

A: Our powder coated finishes do very well outside; if our brackets are installed under a counter, they will last for many years to come.


Q: What is the benefit of wrought iron vs. wood?

A: Not only is iron stronger than wood, but it allows for patterns that are hardly practical with wood designs. Iron also compliments wood; it provides a beautiful contrast to an otherwise plain setting.


Q: Can I replace my wood corbels with wrought or cast iron corbels?

A: Of course you can, just make sure you try and go back with at least the same width corbel as used before. It’ll be easier to not have to refinish where it once was. If the area you’re putting your corbel on is painted, then you shouldn’t have any problems at all.


Q: How strong are these corbels? How much weight can they support?

A: With proper installation, typically around 150lbs each.  Our corbels/brackets are made of steel, we use a ¼” back plate and decorative scroll designs that are heavier than any other bracket on the market. So when it comes to mantles, countertops, shelving or anything else in your home that you want to support, it won’t be the bracket that you need to worry about, it’ll be the way they’re installed that you should be concerned with. Proper installation is the key, it’s imperative that the installer take the right steps to ensure structural stability within the wall or whatever surface you’re mounting to. Call if you’re concerned and we’ll guide you.


Q: What would be the difference in design and strength, between the single scroll design vs. the double scroll? For example the Camden 15A vs. the 15A1


A:There are 3 explanations for the different designs. 1) The 15A1 is easier for us to make, so therefore it’s more affordable for you.  2) It's just a strong as the other design; the reason we have a 15A is because some people like a little heavier looking bracket. 3) If you look closely, you'll notice that we have one 3/8" thick laser cut design on the 15A1, now if you compare it to the 15A, you'll see that it has two 3/8" thick laser cut designs.  For the 15A, we take two designs and weld them together to get that heavier look.  Both brackets are very functional, they are just as strong and just as easy to install.  It's really just a personal preference.