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Kitchen Peninsula support opinions please

Posted by jpeana (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 11, 12 at 6:39

Hi, We plan to install a 32" x 36" granite peninsula in our small kitchen reno. It will butt against the wall on the 32" edge and a portion of a longer edge against a cabinet. Any ideas on what I can use to properly support it? On the web, I've seen attractive table legs, some are 5" in diameter but I'm not sure whether this is enough support. Thanks for your opinion. leg examples: http://www.osbornewood.com/35-and-one-half-inches.cfm


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Before you get to the support issue, is the cabinet 24 inches, leaving you an 8 inch overhang? Are you planning on seating at the overhang?

I think a 5 inch leg might look too wide for a 36 inch peninsula, and it takes away 10 inches of seating. I have 3 1/2 inch legs on my 90 inch peninsula, but I have cabinets and shelves, no seating.


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Thanks for your response.. The granite will butt against the wall and butt against the cabinet side. There is no cabinet underneath for support. Nervous about getting it right. thanks, jp


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Check with your granite installer. They should approve your support plan. The 4" leg on my island is brushed steel but it also came is other finishes. It supports 600 lb.


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a leg would be acceptable but if you do a leg make sure the bottom is secured to the floor.

better than a leg is a leg plus a "beam" that runs from the leg to the wall. the beam doesn't interfere with leg space and can make the whole structure more rigid particularly if it's gusseted at the leg.


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Yes, a "beam" and cross pieces. Like a table. And make sure that the sides of teh cabinets are reinforced. Most of them are pretty thin and are NOT suitable to attach structural supports to.


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Thanks all.. counters are in and v happy. The penninsula is here in its corner and awaiting its throne :-( Debrak, do you know the manuf/supplier of the leg you used? It sounds like it may work. Im also thinking of a table base as a possible solution. She is 33x36. ps.. we should be holiday shoppin!! lol


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I will get the details and post back tonight.

Here are some photos. Note that the granite is on a plywood base for a heating element. There is more weight that needed support. We added sheet bars you can see. Our granite installer approved this before we did it. You can see the leg which I know comes in different finishes. This is brushed steel.

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This photo shows a little bracket added at the floor just to be extra sure. It was DH's idea not the installer but again we have extra weight to deal with so I would not think you would need that.

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Thanks everyone!, I purchased the leg in the photo but not totally comfy with its size. I think I will explore metal leg further. Debrak, Does your leg have a 600 lb capacity? I like that very much.


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Sorry I never posted back with the details on the leg. I'm 99% that it supports 600 lbs. I get the details from my DH and post back asap.


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Debrak.. dont worry.. I think I got it.. Im thinking black...
http://www.kehardware.com/thicker-34-x-3-set-p-138.html?cPath=371_35


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jpeana,
could you just leave the metal leg you have and build box column around it?


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it comes in different finishes including black....I will post this evening EST with the company name etc.


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ok this is what i found out. yes its rated for 600 lbs. About 3 inches in diameter. its was less than a hundred $.

my shift key is not working.

the one you posted looks similair but it says you have to order 4. we didn't just one. it came in black and different finishes.

DH will try to find the company name later might not be able to. some info we had on a laptop was lost.


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Can you post another photo of the kitchen? what other colors are in the room?


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Thanks D, trying to decide upon metal (brushed metal or black.. radiator under peninsula is black) vs wood thx..


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Just to let you know how things worked out.. I went with a 4" wooden island leg, attached to the granite and anchored to the floor. I think its best to paint it vs stain.. probably to match cabs. Many thanks to all for your help!!


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Does that have steel pieces or other support underneath it that cross the post like Debra's? Just that single post is enough to support the weight, but it's not solely about the weight. The post doesn't provide enough to support the size of the granite piece. You have too much area without support underneath. It needs support within 6" of the edge, and every 18"-24" all the way around. I urge you to not use that until that's rectified. It can crack and fall.

The easiest solution would be another leg and then to create a table apron between the two and then back to the wall. If you want to do the single post, then you need steel supports back to the post.


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