I'm planning on putting up 3 sets of shelves in our utility room but am uncertain whether I should put the shelves up with cleats or brackets.
I'm sure most of you will know what I mean but in case I am using the terms wrong here is what I mean by putting up the shelves with cleats:
(Image from www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com)
and here is what I mean by putting up the shelves with brackets:
(image from www.diy.com (expand the rustic shelves part))
In the past I have always used brackets but this is because the shelves were normally in the middle of a wall and not spanning it from one side of the room to the other. However, in this project the shelves will be just as pictured above although the length of each shelf will be greater. Also, I had never heard of cleats until now.
Here is a breakdown of what the shelves are likely to be made of:
- Soft wood
- 2 meters (6.5ft) long (this spans one side of the room to the other)
- 0.3 meters (1ft) wide
- 1cm (1/2") thick
- Used for holding a couple of large bottles of detergent and then smaller odds and ends
Is this the correct usage of cleats and, assuming it is, are there advantages to using them that make them a better choice than using brackets?