Metal Shelf Bracket
Metal Shelf Bracket
There are literally hundreds of styles, sizes, and uses for metal shelf brackets, including variations of:
- Decorative metal shelf brackets
- L-Brackets (can support 25 to 750 lbs.)
- Folding L-Brackets
- Cantilever Support Brackets (some can support up to 1,000 lbs.)
- Utility Shelf Brackets
- Metal Shelf Brackets for closets (shelf and rod supports in one)
- Wall Mounted Shelving Systems (with metal shelf brackets and wall standards)
You can find metal shelf brackets in home supply stores or online. If you are purchasing decorative metal shelf brackets, you just need to find something you like and that is sturdy.
For the other shelf brackets, you need to know how you will be using your shelves, what weight you need to support, and then finally decide which type of metal shelf bracket will work best for you.
Regarding how much weight metal self brackets will support, you will need to install them according to the manufacturer's directions for optimal support. This usually means securing the bracket to a stud in the wall.
USING DECORATIVE METAL SHELF BRACKETS IN YOUR KITCHEN
An easy, inexpensive, and wonderful decorating idea is to hang decorative metal shelf brackets (you can use wooden shelves as well) in your kitchen. If you don't have upper cabinets in an area, you can install metal shelf brackets and shelves. Suddenly you have beautiful, open, storage space.
Installing open shelves in your kitchen (or in other rooms as well) is not only handy, it adds decorative appeal and contrast. You will also save quite a bit of money versus install cabinets.
DECORATIVE METAL SHELF BRACKETS CAN HELP YOU REMODEL OR EVEN SELL YOUR HOUSE (yes, really)
If you have old, outdated cabinets in your kitchen, but don't have quite enough money to spend on completely replacing allthe cabinets, (or are just trying to update your house a bit to sell it) try this:
- Rip out the old cabinets
- Fix and paint your walls as needed
- Install new base cabinets and countertop
- Install a few upper cabinets
- In the rest of the open wall areas install decorative shelving, utilizing metal shelf brackets
- You will save money on your kitchen remodel
- It will help you sell your house, if that's the case
- Added bonus - your kitchen will feel more open and larger, great for small kitchens!
L-BRACKETS AND FOLDING L-BRACKETS
Some L-brackets can support up to 1,000 lbs. per pair, others much less. Check with your supplier or look at the package to make sure they will support what you need them too. Again, you will also need to install them properly to be able to support that much weight.
The more expensive the bracket, usually the larger it is and/or the more weight it will support.
Folding L-Brackets allow for flexibility if you've got limited space. You can fold your shelf down and out of the way when needed. Depending on what brand you purchase, they can support up to 750 lbs. or more per pair. Knape and Vogt's folding L-bracket (shown at right)adjusts to 90, 80, 70 degrees, as well as folding flat. They come in 12" or 16" depths, white or zinc.
There are also folding brackets (versus folding L-brackets) like the one pictured at left. They will be less expensive, but usually won't hold as much weight as their L-Bracket counterparts, and may not fold as flat.
WHAT ARE CANTILEVER METAL SHELF BRACKETS, AND WHAT CAN THEY BE USED FOR?
Cantilever support brackets work great in your garage or shop. We used them in our woodworking shop, along a back wall. The entire wall, 14 feet up, were cantilever brackets and shelving which easily supported all of our face frame material. For those of you who might not know, face frames are the wooden board lengths (we used 1" to 4") that are cut and used to build face frames for kitchen cabinets.
They can also be used to support computer work stations, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) stations, chop saws or other tools and heavier equipment.
The picture at left is a desk/computer area in a home. Along the back wall, for support, was a perfect place to implement a cantilever metal shelf bracket.
In our woodworking shop, we used these type of metal shelf brackets quite often for computer work areas. Often customers want a large expanse without any seen support, so they can freely move without hitting their legs, etc. Cantilever metal shelf brackets work wonderfully for these types of situations, but keep in mind they are probably the most costly of any of the metal shelf brackets.
BUILDING YOUR OWN COMPUTER WORK STATION
You can build your own computer work station on the cheap. Purchase a couple (or however many you need) of cantilever metal shelf brackets, then top with a piece of laminate countertop and - wallah - you have a computer work station. You can order laminate countertop from your local supply store, build your own countertop, or even pick one up from the extras at your local supply store. Just be sure having a square end at your computer work station isn't a problem, and order then apply end-splashes to the countertops if you need them (or don't like the look of "raw" countertop edges if that's the case).
UTILITY SHELF BRACKETS
This type of metal shelf bracket comes in a variety of sizes. They work great for storage rooms, closets, laundry rooms, shops and garages. They are usually very cost-friendly. The one at right is a Stanley Utility Shelf Bracket, that has a baked enamel gray color.
SHELF AND ROD SUPPORTS FOR YOUR CLOSETS.
You can obviously use these handy shelf and rod supports in your closet, but they might work just as well for you on an open wall area of your laundry room, or directly underneath a short upper cabinet in your laundry room. In laundry rooms, you can hang clothes on these metal shelf brackets to dry, or in wait of ironing or just for the next day to wear. They can come in quite handy.
The one pictured here is from Knape and Vogt, white, and holds a 1 1/16" and 1 5/16" rod.
METAL SHELF BRACKETS AND STANDARDS
While not the prettiest metal shelf brackets, metal shelf brackets and standards are the most flexible as far as adjusting the height of your shelf goes. You probably don't want them in your living room, but they will work well in your garage. You may also find them in some kitchen and bath cabinetry.
If you want to spruce of the looks of these standards, and you are handy and have the tools, you can cut a wooden board, put a dado in it to fit the wall standard you'll be using, and then paint or stain it to complement the color of the standard.
Sizes and weight support with these types of shelves varies, so be sure to get what you need when you purchase these types of metal shelf brackets and standards.
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