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Information on Iron Brackets from Carolina Rustica

* Sizes and materials
* Not just for the workshop or garage
* The right place to mount your iron brackets

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Iron Artistica Scroll Bracket

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all Carolina Rustica brackets are priced and sold as a pair. When we refer to brackets, typically we are talking about a pair of brackets.


Sizes and materials


Iron brackets basically come in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Smaller brackets like our Small Curl 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-sized brackets like the one pictured above or our new Iron Artistica Rope Brackets are used to support countertop overhangs of 10 to 16 inches and work especially well for building shelves. They are also used in purely decorative applications as well. These hand-forged solid iron brackets are used in other heavy-duty applications besides holding up overhanging stone countertops, such as supporting mailboxes, or exterior uses. Countertop brackets are being used much more often to support stone or granite countertops. As these types of kitchen counters have gained popularity, so has the need for stylish and functional countertop iron brackets. Always carefully measure the estimated overhang before deciding on a medium or large bracket. You should have at least 1/2" from the end of the bracket to the edge of the counterop. 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 countertop.


We sell two types of brackets: Forged Iron and Cast Iron Brackets.

Midland Iron Brackets: Forged Iron
Small Bird Brackets: Cast Iron

Forged iron brackets are the strongest. The forging process creates a more rigid stucture 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. Our brackets are a good example of how sturdy design can also be flowing and aesthetic, while offering tremendous support.

Cast iron is more brittle than forged iron. When lateral pressure is put on more elaborate cast iron brackets, they can break. Cast iron brackets have more specific applications. We recommend them for holding up countertops 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.

Not just for the workshop or garage


Iron brackets are one type of home accent that can completely change the look and feel of an area. Decorative iron wall brackets are useful throughout your home. They provide a striking alternative to more traditional shelving. Used singly, they also make for a creative way to hang a plant, bird feeder or hanging candle holder.


Our iron shelf brackets come in a variety sizes and styles (see above for size options). No matter what style of decor you choose for your home, we have an iron bracket that will add a tasteful yet functional accent. Wall brackets are perfect for areas where traditional shelving may not be practical, allowing you to utilize otherwise empty wall area to create your own unique look to your living spaces. As we noted above, the single most popular application is as a countertop bracket. Remember that all of our Iron Artistica bracket designs are totally original and you will not find them anywhere else!


Iron brackets come in a variety of finishes, including unfinished cast iron for a natural iron look. Can't decide what style and finish would work best for you? Give us a call, we're happy to help you choose the right iron bracket for your needs.


The right place to mount your iron brackets


* Always anchor weight-bearing brackets directly into a wall stud. We cannot guarantee weight loads despite the sturdiness of our iron brackets.


  • As a rule of thumb, you should use support brackets every 24 inches. For very light loads, you can get away with 36 inches between supports.
  • Consider the weight load the shelf will bear. The weight of common everyday objects can be greater than you realize. A cubic foot of magazines weighs over 55 pounds. Put a few stacks of those and a few books or a plant on a shelf and you have a fair amount of weight.
  • The easiest way to find your wall studs is to use an electronic or magnetic studfinder. If you don't have a studfinder, study the baseboard for nails. The studs should be right behind them. Another hint: studs are generally placed 16 inches apart. Lightly tapping on the wall with a hammer or your knuckles should produce a distinctly more "solid" sound over the stud.

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