How to Support a Countertop without Cabinets


The kitchen situated in our house is always decorated with various designs. There is storage for many things like oven and dishwashing. The countertops are generally used as the surface for such installations. But sometimes there is some open space below the countertops which are devoid of cabinets. Today, we will discuss a technique on how to support a countertop without cabinets, which will be much helpful for the beginners.

How to Support a Countertop without Cabinets

Summary: In order to support a countertop without cabinets, you will need to remove the existing cabinet doors and drawers. You can then use wood or MDF to build a frame around the countertop, and install screws to hold the frame in place.


Countertops are always installed in our kitchen. This is necessary because the utensils and the dishes can be kept upon it. These countertops can also be used as a temporary storing place for the kitchen. There are many ways that can be used to support a counter tip that does not have any cabinets. The methods used can be useful for beginners. Some of the steps included in this process are simplified below.

• Step One

At first, you need to gather all the necessary instruments that will be required throughout the process. You will need some safety goggles to protect your eyes while working with timber and carpentry tools. It much needs to wear safety glasses. Then you will need a drill machine. This will be used for attaching the fasteners and making holes. You will need a drill bit and some metal fasteners for this process.

Next, you will need a hand hatchet to install the brackets for the countertop. You will also need a level to balance the floor and the cabinets. You will also require some shims to decrease the gap between the elements. Lastly, you will need some adhesive to attach the supports to the countertop. Before starting the process, you must gather all this equipment.

• Step Two

After you have gathered all the necessary instruments mentioned above, you can start working. We will be using some brackets which will remain hidden below the countertop. This happens because the frames are L-shaped, and there is no bracing or gusset for attaching the two legs. So when the bracket is installed, it will not be visible from the exterior portion. You will not be able to specify it on the first look. For this reason, it is denoted as the hidden bracket for your countertop.

• Step Three

Procedure to Support a Countertop without Cabinets

Now you have to take the bracket, and then you can put color on it; you can use any paint you want to suit the kitchen décor. You have to observe the number of holes already provided on the bracket. There will usually be three holes, and you must use half-inch fasteners to attach these brackets to the countertop. The bracket size may vary with your countertop’s size, and the number of holes and the pins will also be increased accordingly.

• Step Four

For installing the countertop, you need to build the substructure. You can easily make it using regular timber. We suggest the use of two-by-four studs in this case. The frame will hold the entire countertop and shall act as a substructure. You need to attach an adequate amount of timber for the best possible result. And before installing this frame, you should check the rigidity of the wood. This is essential because the absence of a cabinet will apply more pressure on the wooden frame.

• Step Five

After you have prepared the frame, which will act as the substructure, you must use a level to see the countertop’s full-frame balance. You must place the structure where you want to install it. Then place the countertop above the rim. Then using the level, you can see whether the countertop and the frame collectively are aligned to the ground or not. Afterward, you will install the brackets on the four corners of the frame. And then install some in the middle of the frame too.

• Step Six

Take Bracket and Place It on the Frame

Now you have to take the bracket and place it on the frame. You have to hold a level on the top of the bracket, which will help you notice the balance. You can adjust it by assessing the bubble of the level. There should not be more than eighteen inches of the span between two brackets. This distance should be measured from the center of a rack to the center of the next frame. Now you have to drill holes for the bracket installation.

• Step Seven

For drilling, you must mark the bracket’s holes using a pencil. Then you have to off the bracket and, using a drill bit, make three holes; afterward, you have to use the half-inch metal fasteners to connect the bracket to the frame. Now you have to install the remaining brackets on the shelf. You must use a level while installing the adjacent bracket because juxtaposed brackets should be appropriately aligned, and the countertop will be inclined.

• Step Eight

Sometimes the frame might be uneven in places. In such cases, you can easily attach some shims to balance the bracket. This will not damage the countertop; instead, the total construction will become much more rigid. Now you have to take the countertop and place it above the brackets. You can easily use some adhesive to attach the countertop to the panel. Or you can use small fasteners for this process. This is dependent on the user’s choice.

• Step Nine

Now, you have to take some adhesive and apply it to the bracket and the countertop’s lower surface. Then you have to place the countertop and attach it with the pre-installed brackets. This will allow the adhesives to connect both the characters. You should provide much time to dry, and after the bond is strong and the glue is dried correctly, you can regularly start using the countertop. In this manner, you can easily support a countertop without a cabinet.


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• Drill Machine

Using the drill machine is a core part of this process and is quite risky too. Because while you are drilling the hole in the wooden frame, there will be apparent wood flairs. This might hurt your eyes. For this reason, you must wear safety goggles while using a drill machine to drill holes in wood. Besides, the electrical supply associated with the drill machine should be adequately maintained. The overflow of electricity might hamper the device.

• Brackets

The metal brackets we are using in this process are quite heavy, and this is because it has to carry the weight of the entire countertop. So it would be best if you were careful while working with such elements. You must wear hand gloves for your safety. The metal frames should always be blunt, and all the sharp edges should be made bunt if the company does not provide it. In this manner, you can have a safe work environment for the installation process.

Wear Hand Gloves for Safety

• Dismantling

You must use an adhesive breaker when you want to dismantle the th3se brackets. These are liquids that readily dissolve the adhesive force and can quickly help you detach the countertop. You will also need to unscrew the fasteners using the drill machine. In this manner, you can easily dismantle the full frame and transport it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Parallax on a Scope?

Parallax is the apparent change in the position of an object when viewed from different positions. It is caused by the distance between the observer and the object.

The scope has a parallax adjustment that allows you to adjust for this change in position. This is done by moving the eyepiece around until it corresponds with your viewing angle.

What Screws to Use to Attach Countertop?

Many types of screws can be used to attach a countertop. The most common screws are the machine screws, which are made of steel and have a head that is threaded on one end and a screwdriver on the other. They are inserted into the countertop until they come out the other side.

The lag bolts are also made of steel and have a similar design to machine screws, but they have two round heads that fit into two slots in the countertop. They are tightened with a wrench, and then the bolts’ ends are hammered down to form a secure connection.

The nails use a pointed head that is driven into the countertop’s surface. They must be pre-drilled before being driven in so they will go straight through without hitting any obstacles.

What Is the Best Adhesive for Laminate Countertops?

Many adhesives can be used for laminates, but the best adhesive for laminate countertops is probably a silicone adhesive. Silicone adhesives are non-toxic and will not damage the surface of your countertop. They also have a long shelf life, so you will not have to worry about them going bad or becoming unusable.

Do I Need Build-Up Strips for Countertops?

It depends on the countertops you are using and the amount of moisture present. However, most experts recommend using build-up strips to prevent water and food from getting trapped between the countertop and the cabinets.


In conclusion, we would like to state that the technique we have said here will help your countertop without a cabinet. Beginners eager to learn new things can easily benefit from this process. DIY enthusiasts can use this technique to install their kitchen countertop. The whole process should be followed chronologically to get the best output. Thank you for your precious time. Happy crafting! Have a nice day!

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Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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