Use French Cleats to hang up wall furnishings and signs without display interference. Made of sturdy extruded aluminum, each French Cleat system features a pair of hanger clips. Using screws, commercial adhesives, or both, fasten one cleat to the mounting surface and one to the back of the display piece in an inverted position. The medium-duty gauge is good for use as woodworking hardware and to hang items on most any even or uneven surface. Maximum weight bearing will vary per the particular mounting surface and object.
For best results, French Cleat fixings should only be attached to objects and surfaces that can support the mount. Make sure the mounting object has a strong enough frame or backing to hold screws and/or fasteners. For best results, French Cleat hangers should cover at least 75% of the width of a mounted object.
Additional product notes: A French Cleat mount does not sit quite flush to the wall and, for some applications, top and bottom cleats may be necessary for an even display. Screws, bolts and other hardware not included. To speak to an expert please call us toll free and we'll get you moving in the right direction!
Medium Duty Cleats:
2.5" Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (2) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled 1" on center.
6" Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (2) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled 4" on center.
1' Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (2) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled 10" on center.
2' Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (3) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
4' Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (6) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
6' Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (9) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
8' Wide x 2 5/8" Assembled Height x 1/4" Assembled Thickness with (12) 3/16" Dia. holes drilled every 8"
Please also note: Minimum 5/8" 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.