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Wall Mounted vs Floor Standing

Wall Mounted vs Floor Standing

Posted by NavePoint on Nov 13th 2020

Generally, the structure of a cabinet or rack can be designed to be wall mounted only, floor standing only, or both. In this blog, we will discuss the limitations and capabilities of each design, and what that might mean for different applications.

Wall Mount Rack

As the description suggests, a wall mount rack is designed to be attached to the wall. Wall mounted racks are most useful for lighter installations with limited space. The biggest advantage is that it can save floor space and fit in areas where other racks cannot. Generally, wall mount racks are a good option for application containing equipment shorter than 800mm or 31.5 inches, no taller than 22U, and/or weighs less than 130 kg or 286 lbs.

It is important to note that Vertical Wall Cabinets from NavePoint can support equipment up to 36” deep, and NavePoint’s Vertical Wall Racks have no depth limit.

2-Post wall mount racks are a popular choice for lighter installations because wall mount racks can generally handle the weight while saving floor space. We will go over the different types of mounting rails (2-Post vs 4-Post) in a future blog post, so subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

Although wall mount racks are often designed to fit the standard 16 inches drywall stud spacing in the US, it is important to review the rack of interest and make sure the rack’s design fits your need. The decision to mount your rack onto your wall via drywall studs or wood screws may be influenced by the type of drywall you have for your application.

In case you change your mind, many wall mount cabinets from NavePoint can also work as a floor cabinet, so contact the sales team at NavePoint to learn more.

Floor Standing Rack

As the description suggests, a floor standing rack is designed to be on the floor. Floor standing racks are ideal for applications where the floor space is not limited or when the application requires higher capabilities than what wall mount racks can offer. When comparing floor standing racks to wall mount racks, floor standing racks generally have a higher weight capacity, the capability to have deeper mounting depths, and additional features such as leveling feet, and casters for mobility.

For example, NavePoint’s 1200mm deep 42U Server Rack Cabinet have a maximum weight capacity of 3000 lbs., a maximum mounting depth of 37.5”, comes with leveling feet and casters for an easier installation experience. Contact the sales team at NavePoint to learn more.

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