How to Install Kitchen Counter Corbels

What You'll Need
Stud finder
Masonry anchor
Wood glue
Spirit level
Counter top

If you want to add a touch of glamour to your breakfast bar, consider adding some kitchen counter corbels. Counter corbels can make any area look more elegant and sophisticated, and using a few corbels will help support the weight of the counter without being too obvious. There are a range of different corbels available to use, allowing you to find a design that will suit the needs of your kitchen. You will probably need several of these counter corbels to support the weight of a large piece of masonry, but lighter boards and counter tops may only need two or three supports.

Step 1 - Prepare the Kitchen Wall

Start by creating a firm space on which to build your counter. One good way of making sure that you have enough support for your counter is to build a wooden frame. This will be secured to the wall, and will not only hold onto the corbels, but will also brace the back of the counter, helping to distribute the weight. Start by measuring the height required for your counter, and then cutting lengths of wood that are just less than this height. Nail them together, and then use a stud finder to locate the studs in the walls. Drill one or two holes, and then push masonry anchors into the holes. Use long screws to attach the wooden frame onto the wall.

Step 2 - Add the Outer Corbels

You now want to add counter corbels at each end of the wooden frame. Start by adding screws to the frame, slightly higher up than the holes in the backs of the corbels. Secure these using masonry anchors, and only expose about an inch of the screw. Cover the back of your first counter corbel in wood glue, and press it into the wood frame. Allow it to rest on the screw. Use a spirit level to ensure that you are placing the corbel flat. This is important when you come to add the counter top. Hold the corbel in position until the glue dries. You should then repeat for the other end of the wood frame.

Step 3 - Add Inner Corbels and Counter Top

Take two other corbels and add them to the middle of your wooden frame. Repeat the action with the screw and hold in place until the wood glue has dried around them. Take the top of your counter and add holes to the underside. Drill a screw through the ends of each counter corbel, so that you have a screw with the head facing upwards, about an inch and a half exposed. With the help of a friend, place the counter on top of the corbels, and then secure the lot using wood glue.