A French cleat is is way of fastening a mirror, cabinet or artwork to a wall. A traditional French cleat is a wood molding with a 30- to 45-degree slope that hooks onto a supplementary piece of molding on the wall to hang cabi- nets or other objects. These days, similar cleats are avail- able in metal versions. The cleats can be used in pairs, and the wall side of a cleat can be mounted securely without having to hold the full weight of the item you’re securing. Once the cleat is secured to the wall, the cabinet can be simply lifted onto it. Because no fine maneuvering is required, even a rela- tively heavy item can be hung easily this way. The mirror, cabinet or artwork can then be shifted left and right slightly after it is hung, for perfect posi- tioning. The bottom of the cabinet can be secured to the wall to be sure that it will not get pushed off the cleat while in use. We recommend that at least one of the two fasteners you use for each mounting cleat be securely driven into a wall stud. When fastening into dry- wall alone, we recommend using plas- tic self-drilling wall anchors (rated for 79 lbs. each), because when a screw is driven into it, the rear of the anchor spreads on the back of the drywall to lock the screw against the wall.
Determine your mounting height and mark the fastener holes. Carefully level the series of fastener holes that will hold the cleat(s) to the wall. Make sure at least one fastener for each cleat will be mounted into solid framing.
When fastening into drywall with no stud, we recommend using drywall anchors rated for 79 lbs. each.
The plastic drywall anchors are self- drilling, so there is no need for a pilot hole.
Drive screws though the cleat and into the wall studs and drywall anchors.
If using two cleats, double-check that they’re aligned even and level, and make sure they’re spaced correctly to hook the cleats on the back of the mirror.
Shown here are the mirror cleats that will hook onto the wall cleats.
Recruit a helper when lifting the mirror into place. Make final adjust- ments to the left and right for the perfect position.
MOUNTING WITH CLEATS