Cabinets, televisions, and other items are secured to a wall with a French cleat. You can eliminate a lot of clutter inside of cabinets and on countertops with French cleat shelves. The molding is placed at a 30-45 degree slope by using a jigsaw or circular saw. Your imagination can be used when using a cleat shelf and the system is just as sturdy as store purchased wall organizer units. You can use a three-fourths of an inch piece of plywood to build the section that holds the cleats.

Step 1: Use the chop saw to cut the desired length of wood. Use a guide to be sure the line is straight. Mainly, you will need two angle cuts to interlock. Be sure to make the wall-mounted cleat a little longer.

Step 2: Mark and drill the holes. Lightly sand the cleat's rough edges.

Step 3: Attach the cleat to the cabinet, and to the wall. This is now complete.

Step 4: Use wood screws to attach the plywood to make the shelf. Use wood screws and wood glue to attach the small cleat to the shelf's back. Use a level to ensure the cleat is even.

Step 5: Connect the shelf in the desired position along the cleat's length. The two angled plywood pieces should be flush with the shelf connected flat on the wall cleat. Check the strength of the unit.

Step 6: Add sides to the shelf if desired to ensure nothing will fall off the unit.

Other uses for French cleat shelves include adding a dowel. You can then hang pliers, screwdrivers, and hammers on the shelving. You can also make adjustments to hang power tools.

Materials and Tools

  • Lumber: Create a fancy shelf using table leaves if they no longer have a use.
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Saw: Either a table saw or band saw
  • Drill
  • Wood dowels
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood screws
  • Stain if desired

You can make the shelving as simple or elegant as desired. You can stain the unit or use scrap lumber for other projects. This type of shelving is great for the garage, office, kitchen, or any other area of the home where additional shelves are needed. The durability of the unit can handle heavy or light objects. You can also use the cleats to add more support to existing cabinets. Use your imagination and create your own masterpiece with these simple guidelines. To learn more, contact a company like Bogdanovic Homes