Wall Mounted Folding Bracket FAQ

Frequently asked questions

General FAQ

What are the wall mounted folding brackets and why are your brackets more expensive than other brackets available on the market?


Our wall mounted folding brackets have been designed and manufactured to provide a solution and the means to build folding tables, chairs and benches. They are robust and can be linked together to operate from a single release handle and come in four convenient sizes. When they fold down against a wall or fixing background, they are just ~21.05mm (just under 7/8”).

We are a small manufacturing company and we source all of our materials and parts locally, mostly within Ireland and the EU. We do not mass produce the brackets and have adopted a sustainable approach to both our business and that of our suppliers. Because of this, our cost of production is higher than that of mass produced items. We have elected quality over quantity as our mantra. Our brackets are more flexible than any other alternative on the market, they can be linked together and controlled from a single handle, they are far slimmer than any other on the market and our design department has formulated many example drawings and details to provide solutions for rebated, recessed and flush tables, check out some examples in our blog section.




What materials are the brackets made from?


Our standard brackets are made from mild steel with a zinc plated (silver with a very slight blue hue colour) coating.




What type of finish is zinc plating?


Zinc plating, a process also known as galvanization, is the deposition of a thin layer of aluminium onto a metal component to provide a protective layer. The outer surface of the zinc coating oxidizes to form zinc oxide, which results in a silver-colored finish with a very slight blue hue. The process used in our coating is Electro Zinc Plating. Our zinc plating supplier and their work is RoHS compliant.




Where do the brackets ship from?


Our brackets ship from County Limerick, Ireland.




Can the zinc plated brackets be used outside or are they only for internal use?


In general we advise that they are not for external use as the zinc plating will eventually breakdown due to water, dampness and extremes of temperature in the external environment. Some customers have used the zinc plated brackets outside in relatively sheltered areas and in locations where there is not a lot of rainfall, if the parts are greased/oiled and maintained regularly, they can survive for reasonable timescale. We would recommend using the Stainless Steel brackets in external environments.




Where do I find the installation Instructions?


You can find the installation instructions here.




Do you supply all of the fixings required to install the brackets and fix a table to them?


Yes, we supply wall fixing screws for Masonry and Timber based fixing. We also provide fixing screws to fix the table, chair or bench to the brackets.




What kind of table top can I put on the brackets?


The world is your oyster here, you can put any type of material on the brackets as a table/chair/bench, once a method of fixing is available and the weight capacity limits are adhered too. The fixing holes from the brackets are 5mm diameter holes (13/64” diameter). The screws we provide are for timber, so depending on the table material, you may need to source different fixing screws.

For example, we have often made Acrylic tables, the screw used was a tighter thread and the holes in the acrylic needed to be drilled and tapped. On one particular project the table was glass with a timber underlay, the glass was glued to the timber underlay and the table was then screw fixed to the brackets. Contact us at info@eurekamfg.com if you need some guidance on how to fix your selected table.




Do you sell tables with the brackets already applied?


We do have small range of table sizes that are pre-cut. We had a larger range of tables but we found that to be restrictive as most of our customers just want to do their own thing.

We have selected two tables sizes as the most popular for study desks and the like, 600 wide x 800mm deep (23-5/8” x 31-1/2”) and 800mm wide x 600mm deep (31-1/2” x 23-5/8”). The link to the tables can be found here in white or here in black.




What is the maximum length of table/bench I can put on these brackets?


Theoretically, there should not be any limit, but in reality, tables or benches will become difficult to release the trip after 6 brackets at 24” centers. We have gone as long as 11ft with 6 brackets at 24”, the release mechanism operates sufficiently. After this length, we would advised upgrading the threaded rod to maintain enough rigidity to allow the trip handle pull to be more effective beyond 6 brackets.




What are the recommended centers for the brackets?


We recommend that the brackets centers should be between 400mm (16”) and 600mm (24”). The brackets can operate at larger centers with the acceptance that there will be a reduced load-bearing capacity. Some customers have used centres up to 800mm (32”) to 900mm (36”) without any difficulty, all that was needed was some extra threaded rod and some u-clips to prevent the rod from sagging.




What are the maximum and minimum depth of table/bench that can be used with these brackets?


The brackets come in four sizes and their naming convention gives the depth of the brackets in inches, the E14.5-371-Z is 371mm (14.5”) deep, the E19-484-Z is 484mm (19”) deep, the E23-584-Z is 584mm (23”) and the E28-713-Z is 713mm (28”) deep. We recommend that the table depths for each bracket should be as follows;

E14.5-371-Z - Table Minimum = 15”, Table Maximum = 20”

E19-484-Z - Table Minimum = 19.5”, Table Maximum = 24”

E23-584-Z - Table Minimum = 23.5”, Table Maximum = 29”

E28-713-Z - Table Minimum = 28.5”, Table Maximum = 32”




How many fixing holes does each bracket have for fixing to the wall or to a table?


E14.5-371-Z - Table Fixing Holes = 6, Wall Fixing Holes = 3 Masonry / 4 Timber

E19-484-Z - Table Fixing Holes = 8, Wall Fixing Holes = 4 Masonry / 6 Timber

E23-584-Z - Table Fixing Holes = 8, Wall Fixing Holes = 4 Masonry / 6 Timber

E28-713-Z - Table Fixing Holes = 8, Wall Fixing Holes = 4 Masonry / 6 Timber

The product detail pages show images of the brackets with hole diameters and location dimensions.




What is the connecting threaded rod and how much do you supply?


The threaded rod is a means to connect the release mechanisms of multiple brackets that can be then controlled from one release handle. As standard we supply 2 lengths of threaded rod (500mm (19.5”) each) with a connection coupler which will suit centres up to 1000mm (39”). You can add extra threaded rod from the order page.

If you need even more, send us an email shortly after the order to orders@eurekamfg.com and let us know your proposed centres.




I need extra threaded rod, is it a standard size and can I source it myself?


We use M4 metric threaded rod (4mm (5/32”) diameter). It is a relatively common item and can be found in most hardware stores.




Can the brackets fold up, beyond 90 degrees to the wall?


No, not generally, although the brackets have the ability to rise slightly above 90 degrees due to the threaded “T” levelling screw. This function can be very useful if the fixing background is not entirely flat and plumb.




I need a table that folds up against the wall instead of down?


We have an alternative solution for tables that fold up against the wall in the storage position here.




Why do you sell the brackets in pairs and can one bracket support a table?


The brackets are designed with a very slight amount of play in the right to left direction so that it will serve to compensate for uneven walls and other issue discussed in the troubleshooting section. For rigidity in the horizontal plane (left to right direction), the brackets should be used in pairs.

We have had situations where a single bracket was used in a narrow table where it is accepted by the customer that there would be some play in the horizontal direction and the load on the table would not be excessive.




What do Masonry or Timber fixing screws mean?


We supply standard fixing screws for the background wall for either a masonry/concrete type wall or for a timber based wall.




What does left and right release handle mean?


The linked brackets can be released from one handle and this handle can be located on the left or the right hand side of the table (as you would view the table fixed to the wall and facing that wall). The brackets are no longer reversible by default, so the bracket you receive will be tailored to a left or right release handle. They can be reversed by swapping out the sliding channel with an opposite channel. If you were unsure of which side you need, contact us at info@eurekamfg.com.

In general the most common side selected is left hand side, the only reason we can presume is that most people are right handed and they use their right hand to hold or guide the table down against the wall. The other reasons for selecting left or right would be the placement of the table and the presence of an obstruction on either side that may make it difficult to access the handle i.e. one side may be abutting a wall. If the table is placed in an alcove with walls on both sides it may be beneficial to provide a cut out in the table to access the handle from the top on one side. Contact us at info@eurekamfg.com if you need more information.




Are the brackets ADA compliant?


As we are based in Ireland, we operate under different regulatory requirements. We recommend that you consult with your designer or local authority as to whether or not the particular setup is ADA compliant. Check out the blog section for more information, we will be adding posts regularly and should have an ADA compliance post up soon.




Do the brackets lock in the down position?


Currently they do not lock down. The feature is expected to be available before the end of 2019. A secondary latch or magnetic catch would be required at the moment to lock the table/chair/bench in the storage position.




Can the brackets be recessed and made to be flush with the wall?


Yes, we have worked with many customers to achieve a flush finish with the wall where an option exists to create a rebate in the wall, check out the blog section for more information, we will be adding posts regularly and the rebated tables should be posted in the near future.





Sizes & Finishes FAQ

There are different brackets, what does the name mean and what are the bracket sizes?


The brackets come in four sizes and their naming convention gives the depth of the brackets in millimetres and inches, the E14.5-371-Z is 371mm (14.5”) deep, the E19-484-Z is 484mm (19”) deep, the E23-584-Z is 584mm (23”) and the E28-713-Z is 713mm (28”) deep. We recommend that the table depths for each bracket should be as follows;

E14.5-371-Z - Table Minimum depth = 15”, Table Maximum depth = 20”

E19-484-Z - Table Minimum depth = 19.5”, Table Maximum depth = 24”

E23-584-Z - Table Minimum depth = 23.5”, Table Maximum depth = 29”

E28-713-Z - Table Minimum depth = 28.5”, Table Maximum depth = 32”

The following link will take you to the bracket specification sheets with full dimensions, sign up as a member for full access – http://www.eurekamfgusa.com/file-share.




Do you have smaller or larger brackets?


These are the current range of sizes, we hope to introduce a smaller bracket within the next few months. Contact us at info@eurekamfg.com for more information or an update on the status of the new bracket development.




Which bracket do I need?


We recommend selecting the bracket size nearest the proposed table depth to get the optimal load-bearing capacity. We recommend that the table depths for each bracket should be as follows;

E14.5-371-Z - Table Minimum depth = 15”, Table Maximum depth = 20”

E19-484-Z - Table Minimum depth = 19.5”, Table Maximum depth = 24”

E23-584-Z - Table Minimum depth = 23.5”, Table Maximum depth = 29”

E28-713-Z - Table Minimum depth = 28.5”, Table Maximum depth = 32”




I require a different material or finish for the brackets, can the brackets be powder coated, painted or supplied with a different material?


We have a small stock of Stainless Steel (316 marine grade) in certain sizes (E14.5, E23 & E28), please contact info@eurekamfg.com if you need larger quantities or a different size from what is currently available.

For larger orders we can powder coat the brackets to a RAL colour of your choice (once it is available), please contact us for details at info@eurekamfg.com.

We do not recommend painting the brackets, although it is possible to paint the brackets, the paint selected should be such that it can adhere to the zinc plated finish. For best results, the powder coating option is the best solution for different colour brackets.

For larger orders we can also provide brackets in a different material (once it is available), please contact us for details at info@eurekamfg.com.




Do you make stainless steel brackets?


Yes, we have a small stock of Stainless Steel (316 marine grade) in certain sizes (E14.5, E23 & E28), please contact info@eurekamfg.com if you need larger quantities or a different size from what is currently available.




What thickness are the brackets when they are folded down?


When they fold down against a wall or fixing background, they are just ~21.05mm (just under 7/8”).




Where can I find the dimensions and specification sheets?


The following link will take you to the bracket specification sheets with full dimensions, sign up as a member for full access – http://www.eurekamfgusa.com/file-share.





Linking FAQ

Can the brackets be released from both sides?


This can be facilitated by placing a handle on both sides, one handle will be pull to release and one handle will be push to release. Contact us at info@eurekamfg.com if you require this option. Check out the blog section, we will be posting as regularly as we can wit hexamples and solutions.




Does one handle control the brackets?


The linked folding brackets can be released from one handle and this handle can be located on the left or the right hand side of the table (as you would view the table fixed to the wall and facing that wall).

The brackets are no longer reversible by default, so the bracket you receive will be tailored to a left or right release handle. They can be reversed by swapping out the sliding channel with an opposite channel. If you were unsure of which side you need, contact us at info@eurekamfg.com.

The brackets can also have 2 handles to release from each side with a push-pull arrangement, one handle will be pull to release and one handle will be push to release. Contact us at info@eurekamfg.com if you require this option.




Are the brackets linkable and how many brackets can I link together?


Yes, the ability to link the brackets together is a unique feature of our brackets. We have linked as many as 6 brackets together and they are all released from one single release handle. Beyond 6 brackets, we would recommend upgrading the threaded rod to maintain enough rigidity to allow the trip handle pull to be more effective.




What are the recommended centers for the brackets?


We recommend that the brackets centers should be between 400mm (16”) and 600mm (24”). The brackets can operate at larger centers with the acceptance that there will be a reduced load-bearing capacity. Some customers have used centres up to 800mm (32”) to 900mm (36”) without any difficulty, all that was needed was some extra threaded rod and some u-clips to prevent the rod from sagging.





Fixing Background FAQ

What fixing background is required to fix the brackets to?


The brackets should be fixed to a background that is solid enough to take the dead weight and the imposed loads from the table. We recommend that for masonry the minimum depth of block/brick/concrete or the like, should be 100mm (4”). For timber stud walls, we would recommend a minimum stud depth of 75mm (3”). There are alternatives, such as layers of plywood or similar hard or soft wood in rails to suit the fixing holes of the bracket or in sheet form. Alternative fixing screws may be required. This section should be updated shortly to provide additional fixing arrangements.

Please note that fixing arrangement guides are for reference only and Eureka Manufacturing Ltd. accepts no liability for fixing conditions, you must be satisfied that the fixing background is adequate for the proposed dead and imposed loads on the table/chair/bench. Please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements at info@eurekamfg.com.




Can I fix the brackets directly to plasterboard, timber sheeting and the like?


Plasterboard, chip board sheeting, MDF and the like are not strong enough to support the brackets on their own. There are alternatives, such as layers of plywood or similar hard or soft wood in rails to suit the fixing holes of the bracket or in sheet form. Alternative fixing screws may be required. This section should be updated shortly to provide additional fixing arrangements.

Please note that fixing arrangement guides are for reference only and Eureka Manufacturing Ltd. accepts no liability for fixing conditions, you must be satisfied that the fixing background is adequate for the proposed dead and imposed loads on the table/chair/bench. Please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements at info@eurekamfg.com.




Can the brackets be fixed to steel studs?


Yes, the brackets have been fixed to steel studs in the past without difficulty. You will need to source alternative fixings though, such as http://www.toggler.com/pdf/toggle.pdf or similar.




Can the brackets be bolted to a wall or sheet type background?


Yes, it often occurs that our brackets need to be bolted to a sheet type material, such as steel, aluminium, etc. The sheet material should have a minimum thickness of 2mm and the use of washers in the background would be encouraged to spread the load around the fixing location. Contact for advice at info@eurekamfg.com if you require assistance.




Can I fix the table to the brackets before fixing them all to the wall?


Yes, it can be beneficial to fix the brackets to the table beforehand to make sure the brackets are 100% aligned. We will post a video in the blog soon to show the procedure we use here to fix the brackets to our standard tables. If you need assistance please contact us at info@eurekamfg.com.




Can the brackets be fixed to a folding partition wall?


Yes, once the fixing background material adheres to the comments set out in the questions above regarding material type and thickness and the presence of solid fixing grounds.





Weight Capacity FAQ

Are the brackets tested to an international standard?


Unfortunately, at this current time, there is no international standard for wall mounted folding brackets. In our search for organisations that can test the brackets independently, they could only offer us certification under a vertical door hinge category, which we are sure you will agree would be entirely useless to determine the load bearing capacity and structural integrity of the brackets. We have tested the brackets extensively in-house, the following links are to two of those tests;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXYEEnDxxdQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbpGeqwPkZM




How much weight can the brackets support?


We have rated the brackets very conservatively at 264 lbs per pair. The actual tests yielded loadbearing capacities in excess of 1000 lbs per pair subject to normal installation conditions (centres between 16 and 24" and loading applied uniformly).




My fixing centers are further apart than your recommended centres, what can I do?


As our brackets do not need to be built into a table they offer great flexibility for many different centering configurations. When you place the brackets beyond our recommended centres, you will firstly need extra threaded rod to connect the brackets’ release mechanism and secondly, you will be accepting that the dead and imposed loading capacity for the table will be reduced. For example, a pair of E28’s at 31.5” (800mm) centres with a 3/4” table top will support approximately 200lbs (90kg) between the brackets.

An additional consideration would be the need to hold the threaded rod up against the table to prevent it from sagging across the extra length with a u-clip or similar item that can hold the bar up. If you need more guidance on the centring arrangement, please contact one of our team at info@eurekamfg.com .




What is the minimum distance for the fixing centers and what would the minimum table width be?


The absolute minimum that the bracket centres can be is 3-6/16” (84mm).The minimum table width would be approximately 9” (225mm).




How close to the edge of the table can I place the bracket and handle?


On the side where the handle is located, we would recommend a minimum distance of 2” (54mm) from the outer face of the bracket to the end of the table, on the opposite side, it would be 1-13/16” (45mm). We will be adding a blog post on this as soon as we can.




What are the recommended centers for the brackets?


We recommend that the centers should be between 400mm and 600mm (16” to 24”). As discussed. As discussed before, you can stretch out the centers while accepting a reduced load bearing capacity.




How much extra threaded rod do I need?


Our standard threaded rod is cut to 500mm (19-11/16”). We supply two lengths with a coupler to join them per pair by default which is sufficient for centres up to 1000mm (39-3/8”). The threaded rod can be cut on site to suit you requirements.

The length of threaded rod you will require is based on the bracket centres and the number of centres, if in doubt send us an email at info@eurekamfg.com to let us know your proposed centers and number of tables and we will be happy to advise you on the lengths required.




When do I need an odd number of brackets?


We would recommend staying as close to the recommended centres to achieve the best possible loadbearing capacity. A pair of brackets would usually be setup under the folding table at 6” in from each end and at 16 to 24” centres, making the normal table widths 28” and 36” for a pair of brackets. We get a lot of enquiries for tables that are wider than 36”. As discussed before, you can stretch out the centers while accepting a reduced load bearing capacity, or you can add a 3rd, 4th, 5th and so on to suit your table width.

Another thing to bear in mind is the strength of the fixing background. The weaker the fixing background, the more connections would be advisable and to achieve more connections to the wall it would be the addition of brackets.




How do I order an odd number of brackets?


If you need an odd number of brackets, you can order to the nearest pair and deduct one bracket at the checkout stage. By entering the Promo Code 1xb at the checkout stage, this will discount you for one bracket.





Ordering FAQ

How do I order an odd number of brackets?


If you need an odd number of brackets, you can order to the nearest pair and deduct one bracket at the checkout stage. By entering the Promo Code 1xb at the checkout stage, this will discount you for one bracket.




How do I order a Gas Strut Kit with my brackets?


When you have added the brackets to the cart, click on the continue shopping and navigate to the accessories page. You can select the Gas Strut Kit associated with the brackets you have in the cart and then click on the buy now button to add them to the cart.





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