Wood brackets size and quantity determination

kitchen counter design with carved wood brackets; countertop support ideas

Most often wood brackets used to support shelves or for additional support of the kitchen counter.

To use wood brackets as shelf support, you have to select the right size wood bracket. To do so, you have to make sure that the depth of the wood bracket covers about 70% of the overall shelf depth, making the shelf more secure.

For more massive shelves and countertops, it is better to select wood brackets that are 1 or 2 inches smaller than the depth of the shelf or countertop.

With a wide variety of wood bracket’s styles and sizes available, choosing the right brackets for your kitchen counter can become a confusing task. In reality, it is not so difficult, and can be narrowed down to three simple steps:

  1. Identify the right size of the wood brackets for your specific application.
    In general, the depth of wood brackets should be at least 1/2 of the countertop’s overhand depth. For example, if the overhang of your countertop is 12 inches deep to provide adequate support to the counter, you should use wood brackets that range from 6 to 9 inches in depth. When installing wood brackets for a shelf, the minimum depth should be at least 2/3 the depth of the shelf. For example, if your shelf depth is 12 inches then chose a wood bracket that is at least 8 inches deep.
  2. Determine wood brackets quantity.
    It is easy to determine how many wood brackets you need to support your kitchen counter. For proper support of the countertop, you will need wood brackets installed every three feet apart. For example, if your granite countertop is 6 to 7 feet long, you will need 3 wood brackets to provide proper support. In this case, two of the wood brackets should be placed on each end of the countertop, and one wood bracket should be placed between them.
  3. Choosing the wood bracket’s style.
    Wood brackets definitely should compliment your kitchen design and go well together with the style of your kitchen cabinets. Wood brackets carved with grape motives like Tucson wood brackets or Santa-Monica brackets will add a Tuscan flavor into the kitchen. If your kitchen is Traditional or Transitional in design, you might like to use brackets with elegant curves and classic lines like Chicago wood brackets.
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If your kitchen cabinets do not have any embellishments, it doesn’t mean that wood brackets for the countertops have to be simple as well. Actually, it is a perfect way to add an elegant touch of understated sophistication to the unembellished kitchen.

Wood brackets with leaf design are very popular and extremely versatile; they can be incorporated in a variety of kitchen styles. Jacksonville wood brackets with an expressive and graceful scrolled leaf on the sides will add elegance to any kitchen. The open-side wood brackets like Melbourne brackets or Washington wood bracket will provide adequate support for the countertops and in the same time create a light and airy feeling.

Wooden brackets carved with lovely spring flowers like Sanford wood brackets are perfect for French provincial style kitchen or Cottage kitchen. Carolina wood brackets and Delray wood brackets will compliment well Shaker kitchen style, Arts-and-crafts kitchen as well as Mission style kitchen.

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