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When many people think of brackets they usually envision unattractive industrial styled pieces of angled metal that support shelving in closets and garages. While those types of brackets still have their place there is also a wonderful assortment of architecturally inspired decorative brackets that can be used for shelving support and so much more.
Iron Accents offers one of the largest selections of decorative architectural brackets available. Our line of sturdy cast iron brackets, unique forged iron brackets, quality wrought iron brackets, and beautifully detailed aluminum brackets include over 60 designs, and many are available in a variety of custom designer colors.
Smaller brackets are great for minimal overhangs of 4-6 inches and also have a variety of ornamental applications. Customers have used these brackets for corner decoration, bookends, and for mounting small signs.
Medium to large brackets are used to support counter top overhangs, work especially well for building shelves. This size bracket also works well in other applications such as supporting mailboxes or fireplace mantles, and are just as popular used in purely decorative applications.
Corner brackets offer a unique way to give an ordinary doorway or window an extraordinary new look. Just mount a set of two ornate brackets in the corners of an opening to distinctively decorate a doorway or embellish an entrance. Sets of corner brackets can also be attached to posts to add an element of architectural detail on your front or screened-in porch. Our brackets are available in styles ranging in design from traditional to rustic so there is sure to be something to blend with your application.
Wrought and cast iron brackets are available in styles designed to blend in with almost any style decor. They are perfect for the home owner who is looking for something different and unique. Although not initially designed to support counter overhangs their fundamental shape and strength makes them a viable alternative to wood brackets or corbels. Counter top brackets are being used much more often to support stone or granite counter tops. As these types of kitchen counters have gained popularity, so has the need for stylish and functional counter top iron brackets. Over the past few years we have worked with many home owners as well as kitchen designers who have beautifully enhanced their kitchens design with decorative iron brackets. When deciding on a bracket for your counter top always carefully measure the estimated overhang, you should have at least 1/2" from the end of the bracket to the edge of the counter top. Also consider where people will be sitting at the counter and space the support brackets accordingly. You want to leave plenty of leg room while still adequately supporting the counter top.
Aluminum is a silvery-white metallic element, having good conductive and thermal properties. It is used to form many hard, light-weight, corrosion-resistant parts. The aluminum castings used in our brackets are poured from ingots equal to or better than no. 319 alloy, giving them strength and durability at approximately 1/3 the weight of iron.
Unlike wrought iron, cast iron is too hard and brittle to be shaped by hammering, rolling, or pressing. Cast iron is more brittle than forged iron. When lateral pressure is put on more elaborate cast iron brackets, they can break. However, because it is more rigid and more resistant to buckling than other forms of iron, it can withstand great compression loads. We recommend them for holding up counter tops provided they are adequately secured. There is no lateral pressure on brackets when used in this support application so they will provide excellent performance. One advantage of cast iron brackets over forged iron brackets is that cast iron is more elaborate and decorative. Cast iron also has the benefit of mass production. Once the mold is made many copies can be produced for reasonable cost.
If your counter tops are made of a heavy material, such as granite or marble, then corbels and brackets are essential for support.
The term forged means hammered and shaped on an anvil when hot, usually prior to being wrought or added to a wrought design. Wrought iron designs are made by heating and bending or forming the rods of wrought iron. Forged iron brackets are very strong as the forging process creates a rigid structure that is very robust. Forged iron brackets may have a little "give" to them under extreme conditions, but we have not know one ever to break.
One of the most popular items we carry, decorative corner brackets are also the most versatile. With sizes ranging from 4.75" to 24" corner brackets can be used for everything from supporting shelves and counters to framing windows and doorways. With so much to choose from our stunning designs are sure to spark your creativity.
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