Wall bracket problem

brimed03December 29, 2010

My apartment came with a small kitchen and I'm trying to maximize available space. I would like to mount extra counter space above the side-by-side washer and dryer. They're front-loaders so there should be no impedance.

I need some help on what to use for mounting them. I would vastly prefer a wall-mount, as opposed to putting legs under the counter. Just a personal preference. Home Depot suggested using heavy-duty, 20-inch brackets, the triangular kind for extra support. Since these should be screwed into the studs, however, I can only do this on the ends that project beyond the machines; anywhere in between, the machines get in the way of the hypotenuse of the triangular brackets. The placement of the machines versus the wall studs is such that it is not possible to put a bracket between the machines. Of course, I can't just bracket the ends and leave the middle (approx. 3.5 feet) unsupported.

I had thought about getting 1" diameter stainless steel pipes, bent to a right angle. Bolted on one end into the wall, and on the other end into the underside of the counter, it should be strong enough to hold up the counter without sagging. However, I am not sure where I can get sections of pipe like that. Googling "buy bent pipe" has given mixed results.

Any thoughts, suggestions, leads would be appreciated.

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I made a countertop on my laundry pair. I installed a cleat on the wall across the back, and used some verticals to simulate a faceframe. This has proved more than adequate.


    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 5:09PM
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"Of course, I can't just bracket the ends and leave the middle (approx. 3.5 feet) unsupported. "

Reconsider this assumption. It should be quite possible to make the countertop rigid enough for such a span.

The pipe idea isn't going to fly. Bending the pipe to a sharp corner will kink it so that it won't support anything anyhow. Besides which, 1" pipe isn't as rigid as you seem to think it is.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 7:55AM
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"Of course, I can't just bracket the ends and leave the middle (approx. 3.5 feet) unsupported."

That depends entirely on how thick the counter material is.

If you buy a pre-formed counter section from the big box it should be more than strong enough for moderate loading.

If you make the underside very close to the tops of the units they can also provide some support.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 10:50AM
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