Hang up signs, artwork and other wall displays using a French Cleat System. This light-duty model features a pair of extruded aluminum hanging clips, one for the mounting surface and one for the item to be mounted. French Cleats in this gauge are recommended for mounting on softer surfaces like drywall and foam. Note that the weight bearing equation will differ per the item and mounting surface.
Order French Cleat hangers in lengths ranging from 2in. up to 8ft. wide. One bracket attaches to the flat mounting surface and the other is attached to the back of the furnishing in an inverted position. Fasten with screws, commercial adhesives or both. Once cleats are in place, simply slide one into the other for a hidden mount. Note: hardware will remain invisible but does not sit fully flush to the wall. Some displays may require French Cleat fixings at the top and bottom for a safe, even installation.
In general, light duty cleats should span at least 75% of a hung furnishing's width. The display item should have a strong enough frame or backing to support French Cleats and the appropriate screws and/or fasteners (not included). This product makes efficient woodworking hardware; not recommended for uneven surface applications such as stucco, brick, cinder block, etc.
Both pieces 1 15/16" Fully Engaged,
Min. 1/2" additional height/gap required to disengage both pieces,
lengths vary - see drop down box for options
Light Duty Cleats:
2" Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (2) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled 1" on center.
6" Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (2) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled 4" on center.
1' Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (2) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled 10" on center.
2' Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (3) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
4' Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (6) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
6' Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (9) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
8' Wide x 2" Assembled Height x 3/16" Assembled Thickness with (12) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
Please also note: Minimum 1/2" additional height/gap required to disengage both pieces,
lengths vary (see drop down box for available lengths).
See the .pdf downloadable spec sheet at the top of this page for more details
Custom lengths up to 12' long or cleats without pre-drilled holes are available. Contact us for pricing and lead times (minimum quantities may apply).
Cleat weight limitations:
A common question is how much weight will a cleat pair hold? There are no specific weight guidelines for cleats as the installation hardware, mounting surface and item being hung must all be factored into the weight bearing equation. If properly installed our smallest light weight cleats can support a dozen or more pounds and the largest heavy duty cleats can support well over a hundred pounds.
Some important items to consider when planning your project are:
- What does the item weigh, how big is it and what type of surface is it being installed on? (Light Duty cleats are not recommended for an uneven surface application such as stucco, brick, cinder block, etc.).
- Does the item being installed have a sufficiently thick enough frame/backing to accept screws/fasteners? (Adhesives alone may not be sufficient for medium to heavy weight items.)
- Will the length of cleat being considered span at least 75% of the width of the item being installed?
- If a flush mount is required (no off-set or gap visible) do you have the ability to carve or route a recess in the back of your piece to accommodate a flush installation?
- For larger items you may want to consider running a pair of cleats along both the top and bottom edges. Doing so will help to distribute the weight of the piece, provide a uniform off-set/gap and help stabilize the piece from incidental contact.
- Do I have the appropriate hardware (adhesives, screws and/or anchors) and will I be able to locate and mount directly into studs? Proper installation may require that you drill additional holes into the cleat backing plate to align with studs. This can be done using a standard drill and a new drill bit.