Monday, August 2, 2010
A French Cleat is a brilliant method of hanging things on a wall (in this case a small cabinet), showing no obvious means of attachment. I do not know the history of the name, but the method has been around for a very long time.
In the photo above the cabinet back is recessed, so that the cleat can be completely concealed. In other words the cabinet will sit flush against the wall. The cleat consists of two identical parts; lengths of wood with a 45 degree bevel sawn on one edge. One half of the cleat is attached to the cabinet back, and the other half is attached to the wall. They are perfectly interlocking. By making the cleat shorter than the cabinet width, when the cabinet is hung in place it can be slid back and forth until it is in the desired position.