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Posted on French Cleat wall - Why did you chose your spacing?

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Lazyman

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#1 posted 02-05-2018 05:47 PM

It basically depends upon how much flexibility you want and how densely you want to be able to arrange things. For relatively small hand tools you probably want fairly narrow slats (2”?) spaced fairly close together to maximize both. What you will find though is that once you settle on a configuration you won’t change it often, except maybe to add new tools. What I found is that you really end up wasting a lot of slats that never get used, especially where you have larger items taking up a relatively large area. You may find that you will have entire slats that have nothing hanging on them, especially with smaller, more closely space slats. I used french cleats to hang mostly larger items with the slats spaced 8” apart and in hindsight it feels like I am only using about 10% of the linear space of the slats. While not having to worry later about finding a stud in the right place to hang something large is pretty nice, I have hardly moved or added anything since I got everything setup.

For a hand tool wall you might want to look at Matthias Wandel's or ShopBuilt tool wall videos on YouTube. Instead of slats, they simply attach a sheet of plywood and screw the tool hangers directly to it where they want them. You can achieve maximum density and flexibility with much less effort in my opinion. If you need to change things you simply unscrew and put in a new place. To me, that will be much more flexible (when I finally get around to doing this myself).

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