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Sanus CFR1615

Modular open-frame component rack

29 Reviews | 6 questions - 14 answers


Our take on the Sanus CFR1615

The Sanus CFR1615 stackable skeleton rack lets you customize storage for your component system. You can assemble the modular pieces in one of five different height combinations, depending on what you need. The braces are self-aligning so you can easily fit the rack together without special tools. Slots in the braces let you wall-mount the rack for a more permanent storage solution. The rack ships flat with removable shelves, blanking panels and hardware needed for assembly. (If you're planning to wall-mount this rack, check out Sanus' swivel support mount.)

Product Highlights:

  • accommodates 15 rack spaces (1-3/4"H), or 7 shelved components (3-1/2"H_
  • includes 2 shelves:
    • CASH22 2U shelf (weight capacity: 50 lbs.)
    • CASH21 1U shelf (weight capacity 30 lbs.)
  • rack can be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall
  • modular construction
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
    • self-aligning brackets for quick assembly
  • comes complete with hardware, removable shelves and blanking panels
  • total weight capacity: 200 lbs. (wall-mounted), 600 lbs. (floor-standing)
  • heavy-gauge welded steel construction
  • vented, backstopped shelves
  • ventilation to keep components cool
  • 20-3/8"W x 26-1/4"H x 20"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • assembly required
  • stud-mounting required when mounting to a wall

Perfect for my needs and solid construction. Definitely recommend!!

Rocco, Normal, IL

What's in the Box:

  • Left frame
  • Right frame
  • 2 Shelves
  • 2 Braces
  • 2 Alignment panels
  • Four 1/4"-20 x 3/8" screws
  • Four 5/16" x 3-1/2" lag bolts
  • 4 Anchors
  • Twelve 1/4"-20 hex-nuts
  • 2 U-washers
  • 2 Flat-washers
  • 4 Backstops
  • 2 Component straps
  • 4 Feet (with hex nut)
  • Instruction Manual

Sanus CFR1615 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(29 Reviews)

Solid construction

Rocco from Normal, IL on 11/7/2017

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Perfect for my needs and solid construction. Definitely recommend!!

Pros: Built like a tank and can take a heavier receiver or components than others.

Cons: May be a little too deep for some if mounting in tight spaces.

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Anonymous from Fort Collins, CO on 10/29/2017

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Great product, solid.



Sturdy A/V Equipment Rack

Steve from Hampton, NH on 9/25/2017

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Solidly built product that fits my needs for an audio/visual equipment rack in an alcove/closet. I purchased two additional shelves and plan to place an receiver, amplifier, blu ray player and cable box on separate shelves. I purchased a bag of extra screws, but did not need to use them for the extra shelves since the CFR1615 came with enough additional ones. I also purchased casters (Sanus CA6CK-B1) to make it easier to move the shelf around if I need to get to the wiring, etc. I bought an open box unit and it was in as new condition. The entire unit was very easy to put together.

Pros: Solidly built Good size for A/V closet Easy to assemble Can purchased casters, if needed Expandable for any future needs

Cons: None so far

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Anonymous from Columbus, OH on 3/14/2017

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Quality product as advertised!!



Not rigid enough for WALL mount

Michael from Issaquah, WA on 3/8/2017

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Purchased this along with the Sanus wall mounting bracket/hinge. Both items were made of soft steel and VERY VERY heavy. The two items under, their own weight + component weight, will bend the hinge bracket if the bolts are not mounted at the far left/right corners. This is a Mfg material issue. Otherwise the rack is easy to assemble and looks good. No sharp edges. Good finish and sized well.

Pros: Ample size Flexible configuration Looks clean and professional

Cons: Not rigid enough for wall mount application Cheap soft steel (probably recycled US auto)

Very solid!

Jay from Lincoln, NE on 2/1/2017

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Extremely well built. Works great!

Pros: Well built, looks good, very customizable.

Cons: None

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Tac from Henrico, VA on 1/26/2017

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I just got this rack. It is indeed well built and easy to put together. I put it together in about 30 minutes. I do think it could use one more shelf though.



Excellent rack

Sandy from Irvine, CA on 12/26/2016

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Excellent rack, reasonable cost, easy to build and very solid. Bought an extra shelf with extra sets of screws, but the original rack comes with enough screws for 2 more shelf installs. I returned them to Crutchfield without a problem. The caster legs are essential if you are not going to wall mount the unit. Install instructions very easy to follow.

Pros: Solid construction, easy to build and add on to.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Dover, DE on 9/29/2016

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Easy to put together. Very rigid when attached to a sturdy wall. The shelves and separation kit works nicely for my audio/Data equipment.

Pros: Very sturdy once attached to the wall

Cons: some assembly required, but it really is easy to do.

Nice rack.

C. Davis from Peoria, AZ on 9/20/2016

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It's a super solid, easy to set up, versatile rack.

Pros: Strong, easy to assemble and easy to add on to.

Cons: None.

Excellent quality

Steve from Salida, CA on 9/6/2016

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Excellent quality rack. Went together easy with everything fitting nicely.

Pros: Great fit and finish. Sturdy.

Cons: Wish there was a top available.

Great racks

Todd from Atlanta, GA on 6/10/2016

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Great product.... Great price!

Pros: High quality well built

Cons: None

Easy to Assemble, great for HT equiment in closet

Gerald D. from virginia beach, VA on 2/21/2016

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Quick and easy to assemble. Added 2 more shelves for small components and used the included shelves for Receiver and second zone amp. Works very well for small home theater equipment rack in closet. Added casters from big box retailer.

Pros: Sturdy, easy to assemble.

Cons: Wheels not included.

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EdB from Hawaii on 1/3/2016

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I purchased the Sanus CFR1615 on 12/21/15 with the expectation that I'll be receiving it on 12/26/2015. To my amazement, I received it on 12/23/2015!!! What an early Christmas surprise! Five stars to Crutchfield on shipping alone! When it arrived, the box had some bumps and bruises to it, but once opened there seemed like everything was in order. Packaging was neat and organized, every component was plastic wrapped. The instruction manual was very easy to follow and in less than an hour it was put together. As I was putting it together, I noticed gouges/dents on the component. Took pictures and emailed Crutchfield regarding my concerns. On the same day, a representative responded. In about a week, (manager) had called me personally to address my concerns. I've never had such great customer service. Words aren't enough to describe CRUTCHFIELD'S customer service; they back it up with actions! For that, I am a loyal customer and make CRUTCHFIELD my go to place for all my AV needs

Pros: Easy to follow Instructions and assembly. Adjustable shelving makes it great for any size AV components. Adjustable feet(s) to evenly level Sanus Rack. Nice Modern look for any room. Solid and sturdy. Great Customer Service!

Cons: Weight capacity of the shelving would be great, Sanus does not provide that.


AV Rack from Atlanta, GA on 12/15/2015

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Easy to assemble and expandable. The holes are numbered to make sure alignment is leveled.




Heels from Minnesota on 12/8/2015

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Simple and strong for a hidden stand

Pros: Strong, easy to assemble

Cons: N/a

Great product

JB from Florida on 9/27/2015

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Product delivered on time, easy set up and worked great for the components I needed racked. Bought another shelf and extra screws but didn't need the screws as there we extras with the rack itself.

Pros: Sturdy construction, vented shelves help air flow and the width makes it easy to put into tight spaces.

Cons: None

Very pleased

Nick from Acworth, Georgia on 7/5/2015

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Very sturdy rack. Looks very clean, good ventilation. Nice price. If you buy an extra shelf, do not buy more hardware, the rack comes with enough extra screws.



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Cacao from Texas on 5/29/2015

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Crutchfield delivered the product promptly. Great service!!

Pros: Sturdy and well built

Cons: Should include caster as part of the price

Easy to use

Sippindoc from Washington on 5/5/2015

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Very easy to set up and very sturdy. This particular package is a great value.

Pros: Simple, sturdy, and performs as promised.

Cons: none


jbr from arkansas on 2/19/2015

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good product for the price



Great value

Ballard B from Grass Valley, CA on 1/24/2015

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Great value for a heavy duty rack mount. I've installed my video and audio equipment in the unit with ease (including a 2U video server that mounts using standard 19 inch rack mount brackets. In my case I added the casters so I can roll the rack into a built in wall cabinet in the front room that hides the equipment behind smoked glass doors.

Pros: Great value, easy to assemble, heavy duty construction.

Cons: Probably not what you want if it is visible in the family room as it looks industrial not like a piece of furniture. (Not an issue in my case, perfect for my use).

Nice Rack!

marks from Maryland on 12/18/2014

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Nice quality - lots of options for adding gear etc - very pleased with purchase.

Pros: Built like a tank, no issues putting together - everything fits like it should.

Cons: None.

Built like a tank

Windjammer from Seattle on 8/16/2014

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I just wall mounted the rack with the optional swing out brackets. I have 160 lbs. of equipment and there is NO SAGGING at all. Not sure why the other reviewer said it did. Must not have installed it properly. Very pleased.

Pros: Well built and easy to assemble.

Cons: Needed and extra shelf and had to buy screws for it, hard to believe they couldn't include screws for a shelf that cost 70 bucks. Sanus, don't cheap out for 4 screws!


Anonymous from Pleasanton California on 7/24/2014

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Perfect size for home karaoke components. Gives my set up a professional look and makes it well organized.



Component Rack

Jordan from Clovis, CA on 12/22/2013

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Excellent product. I like the openness of the rack. Allows for easy access to your equipment. Very durable product and very easy to install.

Pros: Price and quality

Cons: None


Shazawn from Oak Harbor, WA on 8/28/2013

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I stacked the CFR1620 on this with the included hardware. Very solid combination. I got a ton of gear into this configuration. I did a more detailed review of the CFR racks on the 1620 as these both have the same characteristics, besides the fact that one is a lil shorter than the other ;)~

Pros: CFR units are VERY sollid. As compact as my small closet needed. Crutchfield... Awesome as always. My go-to guys for AV and Car Audio. They may not carry EVERYTHING, butt I think they are trying :)~

Cons: None really. Except, it gets pretty costly as you add all the rack accessories you WANT. I just started with accessories I felt I couldn't do without. I may add some of the bling accessories later.

Excellent rack

JW from Raleigh, NC on 7/5/2013

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Excellent rack. Highly configurable with accessories. Allows your equipment to breathe, reducing failure from overheating. Good construction, easy to assemble.



Good quality finish, but flimsy if hanging

Dave S from Malvern, PA on 1/31/2013

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The assembly is simple. The quality of the product definitely met expectations. If I did not wall mount this I would give it 4 stars. When wall mounting with the wall swing out accessory the weight of 1 receiver caused the front of the unit to twist and become out of level. I ended up using angle iron to secure both top and bottom to reduce torsion. Sanus needs to provide better torsion support. Would not recommend for wall mounting.




Hands-on research

Product Research


Steel Construction: The Sanus Component Series CFR1615 Skeleton Rack features welded, heavy-gauge steel construction.

Stackable Rack: The Sanus Component Series CFR1615's modular, stackable structure can be coupled into five different height combinations - 40U, 35U, 30U, 20U and 15U. 

Capacity: The Sanus CFR1615 can accommodate up to fifteen rack spaces (1.75" tall) or seven shelf components (3.5" tall). It can support up to 600 lbs of AV gear on the floor, or up to 200 lbs when mounted on the wall.

Quick Assembly: The rack is self-aligning and requires only four bolts for quick, easy assembly in approximately 15 minutes.

Leveling Feet: The CFR1615 comes with 4 feet that are threaded so you can level the component rack. An optional CA6CK caster kit, available from the manufacturer, includes 4 casters to enable you to roll the rack from place to place.

Wall-Mounting: This versatile rack can be mounted directly to wall studs for a more permanent organization solution in any room.

Optional Swing-Out Bracket: The Sanus CFA16SM-B1 (sold separately) is an optional swing out mount for Sanus Component 1600 Series Racks. This optional swivel accessory enables access to the back of these wall-mounted modular rack systems, so you can easily get to your components rear-panel connections. It allows your Sanus Component 1600 Series Rack to swivel effortlessly with a touch of the release tab, and locks securely when returned to home position against wall. The Sanus CFA16SM-B1 opens up to 90-degrees

Required Tools: The following tools are required when wall-mounting the rack system.

  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Ratchet with 1/2" sockets (or 1/2" box wrench)
  • Drill with 7/32" bit for wood stud installations (3/8" bit for masonry)
  • Tape measure (ruler)

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Needed something that could be wall mounted and support a decently weighted AV receiver. [ Michael De  Oct 24, 2017 ]
For my new AV closet. I want a central location for my home receiver, switch, DVD player, etc. This looked sturdy and just what I was looking for. [ Michael  Aug 08, 2017 ]
Fit my space needs to repurpose a entertainment cabinet. [ Leonard  Apr 23, 2017 ]
I like the modular design to which I can expand as I please. I purchased 2 of these racks because I didn't have enough components to fill 3 racks. Now that I have upgraded some of my av equipment I needed an additional rack so I purchased another one. Excellent quality. [ Miguel  Feb 02, 2017 ]
Looking for an good rack that didn't cost a fortune. The reviews indicated this fit the bill. [ Theodore  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Best price in town. [ Michael  Aug 24, 2016 ]
Looks like a good product for a great price. [ CJ8_Jeep  Aug 17, 2016 ]
Good reviews. [ Tyson  Jun 08, 2016 ]
features, price [ Billy  May 01, 2016 ]
fits existing cabinet space and needed to separate components for cooling [ Bruce  Dec 29, 2015 ]

6 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. There are no sliding shelves available. There are sliding storage drawers that fit the rack. Check out the "Accessories" tab on the main product page for optional items. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Apr 01, 2017 ]  Staff
No. The top is made to be left open for better ventilation. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Aug 19, 2016 ]  Staff
Looking closely at the unit, i cannot see any reason why 2 units could not be bolted side-by-side. On each corner, on the side, there is a series of sqare holes from top to bottom, placed about a quarter of an inch apart. You may have to buy extra bolts to do it, but it certainly can be done. [ David  Aug 19, 2016 ]
This is a great, solid unit for us and there are holes along the entire length of each side, front and back so yes you could bolt two of these units together side by side. Thanks , Greg [ Greg  Aug 16, 2016 ]
I have them side by side. Not bolted though [ David  Aug 16, 2016 ]
You would have to extend the shelving unit all the way to the back to support that weight. PLUS, you'll want to avoid any wall mounting of the rack. My Sanus hinged wall brackets started to bend under moderate load (45 lbs + weight of the rack itself). I would mount a solid wood board to fully span the wall studs and mount the rack to the board to maximize the distance between bolts. [ Michael  Aug 28, 2017 ]
My guess would be it would hold it - they list the 50 lb capacity as a CYA probably. If anything you may have to rig something up to support the back (it hangs on the front four bolts) but probably not. It's built like a tank. [ mark  Jun 11, 2016 ]
You would need the Sanus CASH23 3u shelf. That shelf hods up to 80 pounds. [ craig  Jun 10, 2016 ]
Not sure the weight limit but I'd keep it below 20 pounds of load. [ DAVID P  Jun 18, 2015 ]
I would say yes - this is a really well built unit. I would call Sanus tech support though to confirm, although I really would not have any concern if it was me - I would be more concerned with the attachment to the wall making sure it is secure. [ mark  Jun 18, 2015 ]
Sanus doesn't offer a per-shelf weight capacity, but the overall capacity (on the floor) is 600 lbs - I would provide you the link, but Crutchfield won't let me. This thing is a beast. I wouldn't hesitate to put a 100lb piece of gear on a shelf. [ Jim  Jun 18, 2015 ]
Yes, this unit is very strong. [ Jordan  Jun 18, 2015 ]
I haven't placed anything that heavy on one of the shelves, but they could probably support that much weight. It would be best to place the unit as far forward as possible. The manufacturer only provides a weight capacity that refers to the total weight capacity when free standing. (600 lbs) [ George  Jun 18, 2015 ]
You should see extra shelves listed on the Accessories tab for this product. [ Jeff  Jan 27, 2014 ]  Staff

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