Wall Bracket

A Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Architectural necessities designed by wall brackets at Indianshelf


A bracket is an architectural structure, sometimes even decorative, which either joins or supports two structures. It may be made of stone, wood, metal, plaster or other mediums. The bracket protrudes from a wall to either to carry weight and sometimes to strengthen an angle.

Overview of Wall Brackets

Wall brackets may differ in shape but a typical bracket is a metallic L-shaped part that joins the smaller component to a larger as a shelf to the wall. The shorter side or the horizontal arm of the L-shaped bracket holds the smaller element whereas the longer vertical side is attached to the wall. The architectural bracket and the shelf bracket work pretty much the same way. A vertical arm is attached to the wall and the horizontal arm protrudes away from the wall to support another component either on top or then below it.


To support heavier weights the bracket may come in a triangle shape. The third side runs diagonally across to join the open end of the horizontal arm to the open end of the vertical arm, thereby strengthening the structural support. Some brackets do not come in the typical L-shape but functionally work the same way as the elements that attach the bicycle to the bicycle lamp, and the rings attaching the pipes to the wall.


Brackets are useful in supporting all kinds of architectural fittings, including a balcony, wall, eaves, parapets, an arch’s spring, beams, pergola roof, a shelf, or a window box. The jetty building floors which were much popular in the medieval times and even now use the bracket technique as a support lavishly and stylishly. The buildings were allotted a bigger space than the original base or land space by projecting the floor above more than the space of the floor below.


You can think of it as an inverted tier system where the base is the smallest and the levels above protrude out to grasp more space. This was a convenient system of getting more space and not disturbing the traffic below. The entire length of the protruding floor used ordinary metallic or stylish carved brackets.


Great examples of architectural bracket use would be the chapel at the Greenwich Hospital in London and the Garrison House in the USA and the Magdalene Street, Cambridge, England. Brackets have been unified with the relief sculptures and scrolls to help support them and mount them in the sixteenth century. As per their materials, they were often moulded, cast or carved to make them more aesthetically pleasing and part of the design as a whole. For new buildings, they were made of resin or cast foam materials with faux finishes in revival styles of historic architecture.  Others were not used as supports but used as ornamental decorative pieces.


The concept is used even today to get extra yardage in airspace since land space is strictly limited.


Today brackets are innovatively used in many other practical ways. Here are some of the ideas as to how people are using creativity to use the L-shaped structure to fulfil their spatial requirements-


1. Support for paper dispenser Roll

In kitchens, a pair of L-shaped brackets is used to run the dispenser rolls. The decorative L-shaped brackets are fixed apart at roll’s length. An open space in design of the pair of brackets is used to run the bar through on which the dispenser rolls.


2. A Standing Desk and shelves:

If you want sleek and fancy floating study, then freestanding desk and shelves propped up with L-shaped brackets is your answer. You can take the idea to home or work. It can be as cost-efficient as you want or as expensive, elaborate and exclusive as per your desire and pocket.


3. Store Linens on Shelves and in closets

The linens can have their own space in closets with propped up wall-bracketed shelves or independent shelves of you like the country style living or have a studio apartment.


4. Hanging Provision for your clothes and Items

Many shops have brackets suspending ropes or chains with a rod at the other end that holds the entire clothes selection with hangers.


5. Potholder rack

If you think this was the end of the creative utility of the L-shaped brackets, you are in for a little surprise. The brackets are used to hold up shelves with pots hanging through them. Yes through them! The shelves have pot-sized holes cut through them to allow the pot through until its wider neck that stays above the hole. You can mount the display as high or low at your convenience. They are popularly used on the outside wall of the building.


6. Magazine and Bookholders

Did you think that was the last innovative idea? Nope. Catch this one. The brackets are creatively used in series on a shelf to hold books in between. Yes! It is used as a vertical fence books separator to accommodate your lavish collection. 


7. Window Prop

Yes, you know those windows that slide up and down and one-day slide but need to be held to leave them open or semi-open? Well, the creative lot has wisely used the independent bracket to hold it up in place. In addition, all that it takes is to remove them to let the window down.


8. Stylishly Hanging

The stylish brackets are used as aesthetic displays usually hung at a height. They may be used to hold fancy lamps, candle stands or nothing, as they are complete by themselves and change the environment drastically.


Carved Wooden Brackets

The fancy wood and wrought iron Victorian collection of brackets come in solid mango wood and premium quality wrought iron in black colour. The easy-to-hang them and give a unique look to your wall.


The variety is chic. There is the Wood & Wrought Iron Fancy Wall Bracket, which comes with the wooden top in smooth polished thick- semicircular side and the other variety in rugged etched sides. Then there are the D Shape Wooden & Wrought Iron wall brackets and the ethnic Indian carved and etched variety to choose from. The ethnic lot comes in a very different variety of designs to suit your needs including he Horse Riding Wall Bracket, Parrot Wooden Wall Bracket and so on. The wood comes in dark to reddish tints that complement different types of spatial designs.


To discover your favourite choices at IndianShelf, simply log into their website. Needless to say, you will have a tough time in choosing from the creative variety!