Cantilever Countertops

A common design element in homes from 1970-1990 is the cantilever countertop. This was often done to create a bar seating area near the kitchen, perhaps a spot where the kids can eat breakfast in the morning or some extra seating when hosting a family event. A problem this creates, however, was the inevitable corbel supporting the counter.

Growing up I can remember limping to school many days, having recently bashed my knee on the large corbels supporting the wood countertop in my family’s home. Nothing ruins a bowl of Captain Crunch™ like a throbbing patella. So when we encounter a cantilevered granite counter during a kitchenCRATE project, we take the opportunity to eliminate this annoying little architectural feature.


It’s simple: When the old countertops are removed, we embed a few steel supports right into the plywood subtop, the wood deck that the granite rests upon. Using a few pieces of 1/4″ flat steel, we router a channel right into the plywood. We then epoxy the steel in place and finish it off with a few lag bolts to tighten it up until the epoxy dries.

When done, the corbels can be eliminated, the granite has some very strong additional support at an area of weakness, and the kids are free to enjoy their breakfast without imminent danger.

But what if you like your corbels? Well, once the steel is in place, corbels can still be used as decor. Just be sure to warn the kids…

Open, Inviting, and Easy to Navigate Kitchen Remodel Completed by kitchenCRATE on Buckboard Way, Richmond

Cantilevered tile countertop with corbels underneath for support.

Before – Cantilevered tile countertop with corbels underneath for support.

Bar Top during construction.

During – Three pieces of 1/4″ flat steel bolted and epoxied in place.

After the kitchen remodel.

After – Cantilevered granite top without corbels!

Functional Kitchen Renovation by kitchenCRATE on Collingham Drive, Modesto, CA

Counter top before installing a bar top.

Before – Tile countertop with no cantilever and no corbel.

Creating a custom Cantilever Bar Top.

During – Steel embed installed and awaiting epoxy.

Beautiful custom bar top.

After – Cantilevered granite top without corbels!

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