Iron brackets are architectural elements that are used for structural or decorative purposes. Putting it in layman's term, these brackets are intermediate components that are used for fixing one part to another. The brackets can support a wide range of architectural forms such as wall, balcony, beams, window box, shelf etc. Although traditionally the term iron bracket meant an L-shaped iron made object, today the word encompasses all intermediate components that are made from iron, irrespective of shape.
Iron brackets are an intrinsic part of all constructions, be it residential apartments, commercial spaces or even industrial facilities. These are available in a wide range of varying dimensions, shapes etc. Moreover, to be optimal for any application, these brackets can also be customized easily.
Iron Brackets are Generally Made From:
Attributes of Iron Brackets:
These are very long lasting and require minimal maintenance
The brackets are resistant to abrasion
Also resistant to chips and winding
Optimal tolerance to impacts, shocks and vibrations
Iron brackets are generally designed in such a way so as to not become an eyesore when used
Iron Brackets Can be Used for:
Supporting granite counter tops
Supporting shelving( bookcases, bookshelves etc.)
Supporting bar top overhangs
Supporting fireplace mantels
Iron brackets are used to mount modern facade cladding systems on to the outside of buildings
Also used to form architectural sculptures
Some Ideas for Using Iron Brackets:
Smaller brackets are great for minimal overhangs of 4-6 inches and also for a variety of ornamental applications such as for corner decoration, bookends etc.
Medium or large brackets are usually ideal for supporting counter top overhangs and also for building shelves
Use wrought iron brackets for making shelf's because these provide an eye catching look
For holding up counter tops, always use brackets made from cast iron since they can withstand heavy compression loads
For architectural purposes, always use wrought iron brackets because these can be easily hammered into a particular shape
Guidelines for Mounting an Iron Brackets:
Try and use support brackets after every 24 inches. If the bracket will carry light loads, support brackets can be used after every 36 inches.
Always consider the load that the bracket will bear before deciding on a particular iron bracket.
Always anchor weight bearing brackets directly in to a wall stud.
Make sure that all sides of an iron bracket are correctly mounted, this will eliminate any chance of a particular side failing because of having to bear extra weight.