Introduction to Spandrels
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Spandrels are rows of Balls & Dowels, Spindles, or
Cutwork held between top and bottom rails.
When our forefathers discovered Spandrels, the porches and parlors of America were forever changed! Streets in every town and village soon displayed charm both pleasant to the eye and uplifting to the spirit.
Exterior: Porch Spandrels are centered directly below the beam. Classic Spandrels (without fretwork) are most often used for this purpose. Their rows of Spindles or Balls & Dowels enhance porches in a way that is most appealing! Photo at left: 13-3/4" Traditional Spandrels.
When the unturned portion at the top of the Posts is long enough, Brackets are often installed beneath Spandrels, as seen at right. However, Spandrels and Brackets should never hang down into the turned portion of the Posts. Click photo for more views.
When the unturned portion of Porch Posts tops are short, as they are to the left, our Spandrel Brackets usually allow Spandrels to fit next to the Brackets rather than below them. This conserves vertical space in a most pleasing way. Click photo for more views.
Interior: Spandrels also provide great interior decoration. The delicate scrollwork of Mary Elizabeth Fretwork Spandrels in a cased opening and over the sink add unique charm and romance to this kitchen!
Because we handcraft each of your Spandrels to the exact length required, it's super easy to fit openings of this sort. You need only supply accurate measurements (steel measuring tape, please), and we’ll take care of the rest. Click photo to enlarge.
In homes where kitchens and dining areas are separated by only a counter, a Spandrel may be placed directly above the counter to produce a visually pleasing separation between the two areas. Click photo to enlarge.
To the right is another cased opening; this one graced by a Jenny Lind Fretwork Spandrel. It does double duty because its beauty is equally available to both rooms; a very cost effective way to decorate this entire area of the home! Click photo to enlarge.