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support for granite overhang

Posted by laurenjay (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 2, 12 at 12:13

I will have an 18" overhang on my granite counter top. My contractor says a leg support is not necessary as long as nobody sits on it. Does it need a pole and is there any other option besides a pole?


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RE: support for granite overhang

What about corbels?

I was wondering the same thing myself. My overhang on the widest part of the curve will be 12", and I was concerned about the look - not having any supports, columns, etc.

Then I searched up islands on houzz.com and found that about 50% of the island overhangs had some sort of visual or actual support.

What does your granite guy say?

Can I ask what the overhang will be on the working sides of your counters? I'm looking to minimize mine, and I'm not sure if 1/2" overhang will be ok or not.


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RE: support for granite overhang

We have 15" overhangs and hubby didn't want corbels so we installed Counter Balance Supports after doing a lot of research. They have worked great! The link below is our post and photos of the support installation.

NOT the greatest photo but you can see our island here:

From Berta Install

From Kitchen Progress July 4

And our finished kitchen decorated for Halloween :)

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Here is a link that might be useful: Support for granite - no corbels


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RE: support for granite overhang

For an 18" overhang you really should have a support. Corbels will do, although our granite guys called them "knee knockers," as will a leg of some sort. We used these flat iron supports for our 14" overhang. If you hunt around on old threads, you'll see several suggestions with photos.

Overhang supports


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RE: support for granite overhang

18" is LOT of overhang. a lot of weight. It would be best to create a table like structure here with and apron and legs. If you choose to do some type of steel tubing (NOT flat stock!) support, it needs to be anchored into a pony wall that is well anchored into your subfloor rather than cabinets. Cabinets won't be heavy enough to counterbalance 18" of heavy stone.


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