Hang On! What’s an Aluminum French Cleat?

Simply put, a French wall cleat is two pieces of material that interlock and are used to hang or mount something on the wall. The use of a French cleat hanging system minimalizes the number of materials needed while also ensuring minimal damage to the wall. The hanging method is simple and dates back hundreds of years, showing the value of this method of mounting items. By mounting one diagonally cut piece of wood to the wall, another can be slid into it, using gravity to hold it safely in place.

When applying a French cleat hanging wall mount, one piece is installed on the wall and the other is attached to the item you are hanging. The upper cleat is attached to the item being mounted, and the lower cleat will be attached to the wall. The upper and lower cleat are joined together for a secure mounting. When hanging heavy casework like wall cabinets or shelves, it can be one of the best methods used for a strong and secure hold.

French cleats are a great way of securing mirrors, pieces of artwork, shelving units, cabinets, or other objects to a wall. The extruded aluminum French cleat version, such as our aluminum Z clips, is a modern substitute for the wooden cleat. The aluminum z clips are stronger than the wood French cleat versions and they increase the longevity of the hanging system as well. Since the aluminum z clip is much thinner than a wood French cleat, there is less stand-off or space between the product and the wall making for a hanging solution that is concealed after installation.

What are the Benefits of Using a French Cleat Hanging System Over Other Methods?

Other hanging methods, such as nails and brackets, require additional installation time which is often not ideal. The use of a French cleat hanger, or Eagle Z Clip, allows for pre-finishing without the time-consuming face nailing or on-the-job finishing. This saves you valuable time on the job which in turn, saves you money.

In addition to this, many nails will need to be driven into the wall which will later need to be filled to bring the wall back to a decent appearance. When you choose to use aluminum z clip extrusions you minimize any damage to your wall as well as allow for easy removal of the wall panel or mirror when needed.

Aluminum French cleats are made from heat-hardened aluminum making them a fabulous hanging solution when strength is a priority. Aluminum has a high strength to weight ratio beating out its wood or steel counterparts. Aluminum also is corrosion resistant and non-magnetic allowing application in virtually any environment.

Minimal Fastening Needed with a French Cleat Hanging System

Keyhole hangers or keyhole slots are other methods used for hanging objects but need special tools or router bits requiring modification of the wood item you are mounting. An aluminum French cleat only needs a few screws, or even some industrial adhesive to hold it in place and is known to be significantly stronger than many other mounting methods. The versatility of application allows for hanging glass items as well as items on glass with adhesive with smooth aluminum z clips.

Simple Adjustments

Once the French cleat hanger is secured to the wall, the panel, mirror, board, or other objects can be simply placed and lowered onto the z rail extrusion applied to the wall for final installation. Adjustments to the lateral position of a mounted object can be easily moved to the left or right for the optimal position with ease. The use of longer rails on the wall increases the size of adjustments that can be made.

Cabinet Maker Favorite

French cleats are often used to secure cabinets to walls but can also be used to build modular shelving units that can help organize your workspace. French cleat hangers have been a favorite among cabinet makers to install cabinets, but they can be used for many projects from shop or garage storage units or even hanging a simple birdhouse.

Aluminum French Cleat at Eagle Mouldings

Eagle Mouldings stocks an entire line of French wall cleats, or z clips, that work for virtually any application. The aluminum products are stocked and ready to ship from the centrally located warehouse in Minnesota. The Eagle Z bars can be cut to length for many applications, custom anodized color-matched, and are budget-friendly for any type of project. Eagle Mouldings specializes in custom aluminum extrusions, so if we do not have the exact French cleat to match your project, we’re prepared to help you create it. We have one of the nation’s largest selections of specialty and custom aluminum extrusion inventories. We are the supplier that the pros have trusted for over 30 years. Visit our online catalog to view our extensive inventory or contact us today for a quote.