Corbels are both necessary and desired construction features – they’re used in a support role for overhanging features while also attracting the eye due to their decorative elements. When deciding on which corbel to incorporate, the first choice is often which material to use. Wood is a common choice, but wrought iron is the material that truly excels at both support and decoration. In fact, there are a variety of reasons as to why iron corbels are more practical than wood.
Wrought iron corbels have more strength
Iron’s properties are naturally stronger and more durable than wood. Whereas even the finest wood can splinter, crack or break under pressure, wrought iron is extremely tough and will not fail. This is particularly important when supporting heavy marble countertops or other slates of hefty material. The last thing any homeowner needs is to be concerned about a support element not living up to its name, so wrought iron is a safe bet when it comes to using brackets.
Wrought iron corbels allow more space
Wood corbels are typically thick and solid pieces without any gaps. Iron corbels, on the other hand, require less material and appear much thinner because the material is naturally stronger. The sturdy construction also means that iron corbels can embrace the idea of space for both design and airflow. All this makes iron corbels great for kitchen countertops and bar areas where stools are used. The iron corbels allow more space underneath so when people tuck in their knees, they are less likely to hit something or be forced into a tight position.
Wrought iron corbels have more intricate designs
Wood corbels have beautiful designs, but they are restricted by the fact that the corbel must remain (for the most part) one solid piece. Wrought iron corbels have few restrictions and can be handcrafted into the most amazing, intricate designs you’ll ever see. Traditional scrolls, rustic tree-like branches, contemporary creations, and industrial designs are just a few of the many styles that wrought iron corbels can enjoy. The Charlotte Wrought Iron Corbel and Willow Wrought Iron Corbel are just two great examples of what designs can be done with iron.
Wrought iron corbels match any material – wood, stone or metal
While wood corbels look great with only wood, wrought iron looks great with everything – wood, stone, metal and other materials too. Wood and stone already have to compete with natural markings, such as rings and other distinct characteristics, which make it hard to consistently match décor. Iron, however, is one solid color throughout the entire piece so it can blend easily with anything. All you have to do is pick the right style.
So if you plan to install corbels in your space, remember why wrought iron is a wise and wonderful choice. Make sure to also check out all the entire range of wrought iron corbels at Timeless Wrought Iron and find the ideal mix of support and beauty!