Corbel Installation & FAQ
We have perfectly designed two versions of our line of countertop corbels for maximum strength and ease of installation. The basic difference is the countertop/corbel installation sequence. One is intended to be installed prior to your countertop and the second is intended to be installed after your countertop is installed.
|Corbels first, then Countertop||Countertop first, then Corbels (1)||Countertop first, then Corbels (2)|
We have been building our corbels since 1998 and have encountered many installation situations and related questions.
Can the average homeowner install your corbels properly to studs, cabinets or drywall?
Yes. No problem. Click here to view the instructions in a new window.
Can I use your corbels if my countertop is already installed?
Yes, but you need to choose from this collection of corbels.
Do your corbels come with instructions and hardware?
Yes, we include the necessary hardware for attaching to wooden studs or cabinets. If mounting to drywall, we suggest our drywall installation kit.
What size corbels do I need?
Please use our Corbel Wizard to help you decide the corbel to help support your countertop. Our corbels are a timeless, beautiful architectural feature and we want you to choose the largest corbel possible for your peace of mind that does not interfere with your seating arrangement.
How many corbels do I need?
Another good rule for granite is no more than 30 unsupported inches in length. We feel that this applies to other countertop and shelving materials as well. If the corbels are placed too far apart you may encounter some countertop/shelf deflection or sag.
How much weight can they hold?
We rate all of our corbels at 250 lbs when mounted properly and loaded uniformly. Click here to see our corbels supporting 500lbs.
How much weight can they hold when mounted to drywall only?
We have tested this situation and have concluded that 1/2" drywall will fail at 220 lbs. Make sure to add some drywall kits to your cart if you think you will need them. Click here to go to Drywall Kits.
What style brace should I use: Straight or Concave?
Each brace is equally strong. However, an important thing to consider is that the concave brace will allow for maximum knee clearance when supporting a countertop.
Do you sell your corbels pre-stained or finished?
No. But, they are sanded and ready for stain or finish.
Should I finish/paint them before or after installation?
It will be easier to finish them prior to installation, because you eliminate the need for masking the wall. The brace (diagonal support member) may be unscrewed for ease of finishing. We advise you to number and identify matching parts for ease of assembly later.
Can they be used outdoors?
Yes. However, they will require a properly maintained exterior paint or finish.
Besides countertop and shelf support, what other applications can TMW corbels be used for?
They can also be used for desktops and mantels.
Where are your corbels manufactured?
We manufacture all of our corbels as well as our other products at our 4 - person, 2500 square foot shop in Fort Collins, Colorado.