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What In The World Is a French Cleat?


If you have ever struggled hanging a large cabinet, mirror or piece of artwork, you know getting it square and level on the wall is a real pain.  You measure and place the anchors hoping they are level with each other. You hang the item and sure enough, one of the anchors is too high or low.

Well my friends I have the solution to your woos, it’s called a French Cleat, and it makes hanging almost any object much easier. A French cleat has two interlocking pieces; one mounts on the wall the other to the item you want to hang. Since it is a long bar, it can be easily leveled as you install it, assuring the cabinet, mirror or artwork will be level with the world. Some even have a built in level.

When you hang your item, the two pieces interlock making a very secure and level installation every time and unlike wire picture hangers, the mirror or artwork does not hang away from the wall.

The history of the French cleat is a little foggy, many believe it was invented in the 1800’s by French ship builders who used long  wedge shaped wooden pieces to mount items to the walls of sailing ships. The wooden wedges prevented items from falling off the walls as the ship navigated rough seas.

Today’s French cleats are usually metallic and slim to conceal the mounting. They may cost more than wall anchors but they are with it.

The next time you need to mount a cabinet, mirror or some artwork, stop by your local Home Depot and get a French Cleat and save you self a lot of hassle.


Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2019-03-08T02:30:11+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC
Greetings Mike,

Thanks once again for that valuable information! I have never used a French cleat but I have struggled to, hang and level, large pictures and time I know just how I will tackle it....brilliant!!!

Great advice,
Posted 2019-03-19T18:58:21+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS
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