Why We Love French Cleats
French toast, French press. Lots of great things come from France. One of our favorites is the French cleat. A French cleat is usually a strip of wood fixed to a wall on which a cabinet or fixture can be hung. This method has been around for hundreds of years, and the term is believed to have originated in the 1800s from French shipbuilders.
Usually, the French cleat has a mate that is connected to the item being hung. Most commonly, the French cleat is cut with a 45-degree slope, which helps the two pieces connect quickly, easily, and securely. The genius behind this system is not only the sheer strength of the mounting but also its ability to completely hide screws and wall anchors from view. This technique has been used for generations to hang kitchen cabinets, artwork, mirrors, and more.
Here at Krøvel Furniture Co., we utilize this method for all of our floating furniture. Our mounting system uses a ¾-inch recess within the back of each cabinet to completely hide the French cleat, creating a clean, modern look. Once the wall cleat is screwed into the wall studs, the work is done. Effortlessly lift your cabinet or table onto the wall cleat and the pairing cleat within the cabinet marries neatly and securely. When it’s time to remove, simply lift up and away.
Simple, functional, beautiful. Yes, s'il vous plaît.