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Layout Guidelines

  • Install methods vary between railing styles.To view install-options go to the railing style you like. Then click on a post of that style. Once on post-page, scroll to bottom of page for install info. Be sure to choose a railing style that your application can accommodate.
  • There are five styles: Gallery Rail -- Shelf Rail -- Cabinet Rail -- Retro Rail and Mid-century Rail
  • Sketch how you want the brass railing to appear. This is helpful in determining design.

Design Brass Railing Layout to fit your application.

Vintage Shelf Rail Posts
  • Placement of posts is subjective, the following suggestions can be useful when determining layout.
  • Post should be spaced equally across front.
  • Typical spacing between posts, across front, is approximately 8” – 12” apart. This is a personal preference.
  • Formula to Calculate amount of Center Posts:
    1. Divide railing length, by estimated distance between posts.
    2. Subtract 1, this equals the number of center posts.
    3. Add 2 end posts, wall mount posts or corner posts to finish
    4. If total number of center-posts is a fraction, then distance between posts will need to be adjusted to equal an even number of posts.
  • If vintage shelf rail will be straight, without sides, use end posts or wall mount posts, on each end, depending upon application.
  • If vintage shelf rail will have sides, use corner posts and end posts
  • Please note if using sides: side-spacing often differs from front-spacing
  • Shelf Rail Post-base diameter is 5/8”. These posts should be inset a minimum of 1/2” from edge.
Brass Rod
  • Brass Rod is available in 2 lengths: 36” and 72”
  • If rod is not long enough, it can be joined to another rod, within a post.
  • If needed, rod can be cut shorter with a hacksaw
  • Measure length of each straight run.
    If your design is a straight rail, with no sides, it is one run.
    However if it has more than once side, such as 3 sided it would then have 3 runs.
  • As rod is 36” or 72”, it often needs to be cut shorter or joined with a longer section to complete a run.
  • To calculate total amount needed: add together total number of rods, for each run. Consider that you may have leftover rod from one run to satisfy another run.

Install Information

  • Post-type influences mounting application.
  • Attachment methods, for wall mount posts and base mount posts, are provided at bottom of each post-type page.
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