Are French cleats "stronger" than other wall storage system?

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Forum topic by Nick82 posted 12-07-2016 03:17 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2016 03:17 PM

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Hey folks, this is my first post on this fine website! I seriously browse here for hours at a time.

I have recently bought a house with medium-sized garage which I am in the beginning stages of upgrading it into a space-conscious workshop. I have many ideas lined up for it and one that I am particularly interested at this stage is wall-storage systems.

Which of these two systems would be strongest in terms of supporting items larger items like bicycles, medium sized screw/nails cabinet, shelves of power tools, leaf blower, wheelbarrow, or maybe even a table or miter saw etc.?

1 – This beveled plywood system?

2 – Or this vertical 2×2 system ?

Or are there better & stronger systems out there? I like French cleats because they look nicer to me. But I am definately open to other ideas. Thanks

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#1 posted 12-07-2016 07:12 PM

Cleats spread the load over a wider area and have more connections to the wall.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 12-07-2016 07:19 PM

Depends on what the goal of the space/storage is, really. Both work, but the 2×2 system requires that they, and their corresponding shelf brackets, go on a stud. What if you have something that’s 40” wide? Where do you position the brackets, oversized and use 3 of them? Undersized and just 2?

Cleats, in addition to what Rick mentions with load disbursement, also offer the opportunity to have any sized cleat put on it, whether it’s on a shelf, cabinet, tool holder, or just a hook. You can also easily move them around and rearrange things, etc. I would lean towards cleats in a shop personally, but if what you’re looking for is mostly just universal long term storage, than the 2×2 method should be equally effective.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 12-08-2016 05:54 PM

Assuming that you have space to open car doors, I think that heavy items (table saw, miter saw, etc.) belong low to the ground. There is really no need to hang them.

You can buy hooks that directly bolt to the wall for bicycles. Pick their spot. It’s not like you are going to need to move it around all the time.

I agree that French cleats look better than the vertical 2×2 system and should be strong enough if you bolt the cleats to every wall stud. The vertical 2×2 system seems like you are making a finished garage look like an unfinished garage.

My favorite look is narrow cabinets along the lower 30-36” of the wall and white pegboard above that. There is room for a 12” wide shelf above the 4’ tall pegboard. The cabinets give you drawers for screws/nails and a small workbench area. You may want to leave gaps in the cabinets for clearance to open your car doors depending on how narrow your garage is. I like to use 3/4” by 3/4” wood runners over each stud to hold up the pegboard. Line them up so they don’t block any pegboard holes. Run power outlets behind the pegboard or extend out any existing wall outlets. Power outlets every 32-48” along a workbench are very handy.

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 01:36 AM

I like the cleats because they are hidden behind what you are hanging. I plan to leave my cabinets up where I put them, so I drill holes in the back and screw them to the studs. If the cabinet is narrow and only covers one stud, I’ll put more holes vertically hitting the stud and then balance the load with some outer screws into wall anchors.
If you are hanging bicycles and can see all the fasteners anyway, the strips would work or hooks right into the studs to hold them would be the way to go.

My 2 cents worth…....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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