Mounting Ikea Algot system questions

rjr220July 24, 2013

Is there anyone out there who has used the Ikea Algot system for their closets? I went to the closest IKEA last week, and unfortunately, over a course of 8 hours there was not a sales associate who could answer this question about how to mount the Algot system to the wall.

Are the uprights supposed to be mounted directly to the walls, or is the system similar to the Container Store Elfa system, in which the uprights are suspended by the horizontal suspension rail, which is mounted to the studs and walls? The size of the shelves of the Algot system make it so that the uprights cannot be mounted to the studs themselves (24 inches vs. the 18 inch studs in my house). Obviously, for hanging clothes you would want more than an anchor in drywall. The SA's at Ikea seemed to be truly bluffed by my question.

I've also posted this on the Ikeafans website, but since GW seems to get more traffic, posted here as well.

thank you

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dekeoboe

That is crazy that the associates could not answer your question. All they needed to do was look at the installation instructions. You can find them online under the product you are interested in. They mount directly to the wall, there is no suspension rail.

Here is a link that might be useful: Algot wall upright installation instructions

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 7:41PM
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rjr220

dekeoboe;

Thanks -- I had looked at that particular documentation. However, there is a suspension rail -- it looks like it has the same purpose as the Elfa rail, but on the IKEA website it states that 'The mounting rail helps you hang ALGOT wall uprights evenly and the right distance from each other' and doesn't say anything about it being load bearing.
Here's the documentation of the mounting rail

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/assembly_instructions/algot-wall-upright__AA-598367-3_pub.pdf

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 9:12PM
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camlan

From what I can see on the web site, the suspension rail is not a supporting rail--it is optional and can be used to help you mount the load-bearing vertical support rails evenly.

You can call Ikea and ask them. Someone in the company should be able to answer your question.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 9:47AM
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dekeoboe

Did you see the suspension rail? What is the spacing between the mounting holes? If the spacing matches up to the stud spacing in your house it can be helpful because then you can support everything by screwing it into the studs. (At least that is the way it works with the ClosetMaid system we have.) Otherwise I can't see that it would add any support to the unit.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 9:42PM
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lazy_gardens

According to the assembly instructions, the uprights screw to the wall.

Here is a link that might be useful: Assembly instructions

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 3:51PM
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