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Installation Tips

Corbel Installation Tips

If you’re interested in installing your corbels yourself, then please take the time to read these tips. Your installation application will dictate how to properly install your brackets. If you are not familiar with these types of installations, then we recommend using a licensed installer.


Installing corbels over wood

Tools needed: drill, pencil or pen, screws, drill bit, liquid nails, level and tape measure

  • 1st, hold your corbel up where you would like for it to go.
  • Take a pencil or black sharpie and mark a dot on the wood where the screw holes are on the corbel, trying to stay in the middle of each hole.
  • Locate what type of screws you’re going to use and then locate a wood drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw. You’ll need to pre-drill your holes before you mount the corbel.

Notes: We recommend using an 1 ¼” long screw that will be flush when mounted. Make sure you don’t get a drill bit that is the same diameter as the screw, even half the size of the screw will work.  Make sure and angle the drill when drilling your pilot holes, you’ll want to drill the hole at the same angle as the screw will go.  Your drill is going to be snug against the corbel when you go to screw in the screws, so this is why it’s important to make sure your screw follows the same path as the pilot hole.


Installing corbels over sheetrock

Tools needed: drill, pencil or pen, toggle bolts or screws, hammer and one nail, drill bit, liquid nails, level and tape measure

Installation will depend on whether or not you’re installing shelving on top of the corbels, or if you are installing corbels underneath your counter top.

Installing corbels over sheetrock, for countertop support

  • First hold your corbel into place where you would like for it to go. We recommend bringing the corbel 2” or so in from the edge.
  • Make sure it’s tight and straight.  Now take a pen or sharpie and mark the holes.
  • Take the corbel down and grab a hammer and nail; you’ll be nailing the nail right where you marked the holes. This will allow you to see if you’re going to hit a wood stud or not.  You’ll most likely hit wood with the top two holes, but you may not with the bottom hole.  That’s ok; you can use a toggle bolt for the bottom hole.
  • If you need to use a toggle bolt for the bottom hole, we recommend using at least a 2” depth.  You’ll need to go ahead and push the toggle bolt through the hole of the corbel, then attach the wing on the back side, leaving 2-3 threads showing past the end. 
  • You now need to drill the hole for the toggle bolt to push through, making sure not to use a drill bit larger than the toggle wing.  You can match the drill bit by holding the wings together in the folded position. 
  • Now you have your toggle bolt in place and the hole is drilled, you’re ready for installation.
  • You might want some help putting the corbel into place.  We recommend putting a small bead of liquid nails on top of the top-plate of the corbel before you screw it in.
  • Next you’ll need to push the toggle bolt through the hole, making sure that the wing opens up on the back side of the sheetrock.  Once it’s through, you’re ready to line the corbel up and screw the two top holes into place.  Once these are tight, you’re ready to tighten up the toggle bolt as well.
  • Now just repeat these steps for the other corbels. 

Installing corbels over sheetrock, for shelf support

  • First you need to identify where you want to place your shelf.   Hold your shelf up into place, take a pencil and mark a small line underneath on the bottom side of the shelf.  Also make sure you mark a small line on the outside edges of the shelf.  Once marked, now you’re ready to place your corbels.
  • You’ll probably want to install each corbel 2-3” in from the edge of the shelf.  Place the first corbel on the wall with the top of the corbel matching up with the mark you made for the shelf.  Make sure your corbel is straight; now mark your holes with a pencil.
  • Take a hammer and nail and drive the nail into each mark, this will allow you to see if you’re going to hit a stud or not.  Note: a few things might happen.  1) You may hit a stud with one top hole, but not the other.  That’s ok; you can use a wood screw on one side and a toggle on the other.  We would prefer that you hit a stud if possible, but it’s not mandatory for proper stability. 2) You might hit a stud with both top holes and the bottom hole, that’s great, but highly unlikely. 3) You might not hit a stud at all, that’s ok as well, toggle bolts are strong enough to handle quite a bit of weight.
  • Let’s act like you’re not going to hit any studs.  You need to use at least 2” toggle bolts.  You’ll need to grab a drill bit that is the same size diameter as the wing on the toggle bolt (while in the folded position). 
  • Drill your holes in the wall
  • Take the toggle bolts and push them through the holes on the corbels, attaching the wings on the back side, leaving around 2-3 threads showing.
  • Now hold the corbel into place and push the wing through each hole in the wall, starting with the top holes first. You may need some help holding the corbel while you push the wings through.
  • Once they are all through and the wings are fully opened and can not come out of the hole, you’re ready to tighten them up.
  • Make sure the corbel is straight and level with the mark on the wall. Tighten the top toggles first and then tighten the bottom one last. 
  • Now it’s time to take your level and place it on top of the corbel you just installed.  You want to do so in order to make sure you place the other corbel perfectly level with the already installed corbel.
  • Mark your line on the wall at the bottom of the level, opposite of the installed corbel.  Now you have your perfectly straight line to install your next corbel up against. 
  • Repeat the same step as last time and you’ll be ready to install your shelf.


Installing corbels over brick

Tools needed: drill, tap con screws, masonry drill bit, liquid nails and tape measure

If you’re installing your corbels over brick, chances are your supporting a mantle or countertop, so we’ll go with instructions that work for those applications. Keep in mind, this process is a little tricky, so I recommend letting someone with some pretty good installation experience do the job.

  • First you’ll need to situate the corbels where you’ll want them installed. Hold the corbel with one hand and mark where the holes are to be drilled with your sharpie.
  • Now you need to locate a masonry drill bit that is the proper size for the tapcon screws you’re going to use. Most tapcon screws come with a bit, I suggest using the one provided if possible.  
  • You’ve marked your holes, now it’s time to drill them. Make sure you get the drill lined up like it will be when you’re going to screw the tapcons into place. Be sure to drill at least as deep as the screw or it won’t go all the way in.  Note: the screw will take the same direction as the hole, so if you can’t get your drill straight with the way you drilled the hole, because the bracket is keeping you from doing so, you could have problems.
  • Now, put a small bead of liquid nails on top of the corbel, hold the corbel up into place with one hand or get some help. Screw your tapcon screw in slowly, making sure not to strip it out once it’s tight. Once it’s tight, your good to go, don’t press any further or you may strip out the brick or mortar. Remember, once the hole is stripped out, you’ll have to move the corbel to a new location.  Now the screws are tight and the liquid nails are drying, you’re good to go.


Installing corbels over stone

Tools needed: drill, tap con screws, masonry drill bit, liquid nails and tape measure

This process is much more difficult than the other applications. We suggest having trained professionals for this application. Even though you may higher this install out, we’ll provide some tips to help you understand what’s entailed for this type of installation.

Installing the corbels before the stone is in place

  • If you’re lucky enough to plan ahead, you’ll want to install wood backing for your corbels, before the stone work is done.  If you can’t install the corbels before the stone work is in place, then we have a different set of install tips below.
  • You need to understand the depth of your rocks or stone. It’ll be your goal to try and get your corbels flush with the face of the rocks. What we mean by that is, you want the back plate to be flush with the face of the stones. So, how do you do that?
  • You’ll need to position a wood back-brace to screw the corbel into. Do this before you lay any stone or rock, because you’re going to lay the stone around the corbel once the corbel has been screwed into place. Make sure the thickness of the back-brace is as deep as your rock. If you have 4” deep stone, then you’ll want to use 2-2x4’s behind your corbel. Note: make sure the wood back-brace is cut to the same size as your corbels back plate.  If not, you’ll have to notch the back of the stone out in order to fit up close to the corbels.
  • Now that the back-braces have been installed where the corbels need to go, it’s time to install the corbels. Screw them into the wood bakers, just as described in the wood application installation process. Once in place, you’re ready for the stone.  

Installing corbels over the actual stone

  • If you are going to try and screw your corbels right into the stone, then you’ll be following the same steps as done in the brick installation process.  The only difference is that you’ll need to ensure that the stone is flat as can be.  If your stone isn’t allowing the corbel to sit flush against the counter or mantle, you’ll have a couple of options.  One option is to try and grind the face of the stones down to where they are flat.  Another option is to screw or liquid nail the top of the corbel to the counter or mantle.  This only works well if they counter or mantle is being supported in other ways.  If it is an option, see the next steps.
  • If you’re going to attach the corbel to a wood mantle, you’re going to follow all of the same steps as in the brick application.  But before you screw the tapcons into place, you’ll attach the top-plate of the corbel to the wood beam first.  Then you’ll screw the tapcons into place.  This will allow a nice snug fit into the wood first.  If you don’t screw the corbel into the wood first, you could potentially strip out the holes in the rock after screwing into the wood.
  • If you’re going to use the corbel to support a stone counter, you’ll want to treat it just the same, but instead of screwing it into the stone counter, you’ll liquid nail it first.  Keep in mind, let it dry before you try and screw into the rock.  You’ll want to prop it up with a board, keeping it straight and tight against the counter.


Vanity Installation Tips

Installing vanities with front legs

Tools needed: drill, screws or toggle bolts, level, small hammer, one nail & a tape measure

Installing an Urban Ironcraft vanity with front legs is easy.  80% of the support comes from the legs, so by properly screwing your vanity into the wall, you’ll be gaining a great look with plenty of stability.  If you consider yourself handy with tools, you won’t need a professional installer, see our tips below for easy self-installation.

  • Most likely you won’t be able to hit a stud, unless you were lucky enough to pre-plan before sheetrock was installed.  First, unpack your vanity from the box, and then place it up against the wall where you would like for it to go.  Make sure that the wall straps are nice and snug against the wall once you’ve measured and found where you would like for it to stay. Then take a level and place it on top of the vanity, making sure that it sets on both sides.  Place it towards the back and make sure that the vanity is setting level while it’s tight against the wall.  Take a pencil and mark the holes where the screws or toggle bolts will need to go.   Then take your vanity off the wall and lay it on the ground.   Now take a 2” nail and lightly tap it into the wall where the screws will need to go.  If you hit a stud, you’ll know to use regular 2” wood screws.  If you don’t hit anything, then you’ll know to use toggle bolts.  Note:  You may hit a stud with one screw hole, but not with any of the others.  That’s ok, you can use both types.
  • If you need to use toggle bolts, you’ll need to stick the bolt through the hole of the vanity strap first and then put the wing on the back of the bolt.  Do this before placing it back against the wall.  You’ll then take a drill bit the same size as the wing and you’ll drill a hole in the wall where the coordinating hole will match up on the vanity strap.  Note: you determine the wing size by screwing the wing onto the bolt and by holding the wings all of the way down.  Hold a drill bit to the end of the wing and make sure that they are the same diameter.  Note: if you hit a stud on one of the holes, then there is no need to drill any holes, just screw right into the wall once the vanity is in place.
  • Once you put the toggle bolts where needed, you’re ready to put the vanity back up against the wall.  Get it close to the holes in the wall and push the wings through the holes.  Then put the vanity up against the wall, using your level to get it straight.  Once straight and in place, screw the toggle bolts in tight.  Once they are tight, you’re now ready to screw any other screws into place if need be.


Installing wall mounted vanities

Tools needed: drill, screws or toggle bolts, level, small hammer, one nail & a tape measure

Installing this type of vanity isn’t difficult, but you will need some help to do so.  It’ll take two people in order to hold and mark your holes at the same time.  You’ll need that second person again once you’re ready to screw the vanity into the wall.  Basically you’re going to follow all of the same directions as for the vanity with legs, but instead of letting it just lean against the wall while you mark your holes, you’ll need a friend in order to stabilize it while you get it level and marked.