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I plan on wall mounting some acoustic panels that I constructed recently. The panel measures 24"W x 48H and will weigh 20lbs when completed. It will be affixed to the wall in a portrait orientation. I am going to use a wooden (MDF) cleat at the very top. Does the cleat necessarily have to span the full width of the panel that I am mounting?

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I'd make it long enough to span and attach it to two wall studs, which will also keep it stable. The width of both sides of the cleat isn't all that critical. You could do it with a 3.5 inch wide board ripped down the middle with the blade tilted. MDF is a little more difficult to finish, and a finished or painted piece of hardwood or even pine will look nicer when you take the panel down.

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A means of leveling the cleats may be the hardest part of getting your desired results - let us see what the finish product looks like too. I’m intrigued at what these will look like this far...
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I agree with Tom that you need two attachment points. It could be two short pieces at either end also.
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I usually do full width +_, what ever is the easiest with the material you have. As mentioned at least if short one each side,space in center.
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I use a 48 inch level for leveling things like this. Longer makes for finer adjustment. I recall a long time ago seeing on This Old House, that they used a long, clear tube of water to set level when they were leveling something on opposite walls for example. Water seeks its own level so when you mark the level on one end, the water level on the other end is identical.

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No you don't need to go the full width...but...it is a good idea to catch two studs.

At two feet wide by 20 lbs I would catch two studs...

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I use a 48 inch level for leveling things like this. Longer makes for finer adjustment. I recall a long time ago seeing on This Old House, that they used a long, clear tube of water to set level when they were leveling something on opposite walls for example. Water seeks its own level so when you mark the level on one end, the water level on the other end is identical.

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Thank you all for chiming in. I really do appreciate it. Have yourselves a great evening. Peter

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