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How To Use a French Cleat Wall Hanger

In this video tutorial, learn how to use a french cleat wall hanger. French cleats are flush mount brackets used to secure items to a vertical wall.

French Cleat Wall Hanger

A french cleats is a piece of molding cut at a 30 to 45 degree angle.
Furthermore, most french cleats systems come in a pair.
One side of the french cleat wall hanger attaches to the wall and the other side attaches to the item.

Ultimately, french cleat wall hanger allows for easy removal and installation of items on a vertical wall.
Even if you haven’t purchased a Surfboard Towel Holder, french cleats can be used to mount wall panels, cabinets, pictures, artwork, or any flat object safely and securely.

Tools & Materials

Additionally, I included links to the tools and material I used in this project.
If you purchased a surfboard fin towel rack, the the french cleatt and screws are included.

Video Tutorial

There are several things which are difficult to fully explain with words and images.

So, check out the video tutorial below!

How To Install A French Cleat Wall Hanger

Time needed: 10 minutes

The steps to install a french cleat wall hanger

  1. Choose Location

    First, choose a suitable location on a wall to install the french cleat.
    Ideally, a stud is the best location is to secure the french cleat to a wall.

    install french cleat

  2. Secure French Cleat using 1 Screw
    Next, attach the french cleat to the wall stud with one screw and the 45 degree angle should point up.
    Make sure you are able to move the french cleat, so don’t fully tighten.

    install french cleat

  3. Check for Level
    Then, use a magnetic level and move the french cleat until the horizontal level bubble moves to the center.

    level french cleat

  4. Tighten Screws
    Fasten the french cleat to the wall by driving in the remaining screw.
    Also, don’t forget to tighten the first screw.

    secure french cleat on wall

  5. Attach French Cleat to Item.
    Attach the other side of the french cleat pair to the rear of the item with screws.
    Also, verify the 45 degree points down.

    french cleat wall hanger

  6. Verify and Complete
    Verify the item rests on the french cleat securely and can easily be removed.
    Finally, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

    surfboard towel holder for wall

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