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Sanus CFR1620

Modular open-frame component rack

27 Reviews | 5 questions - 15 answers


Our take on the Sanus CFR1620

The Sanus CFR1620 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 20 rack spaces (1-3/4"H), or 15 shelved components (3-1/2"H)
  • rack can be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall
  • includes 2 shelves:
    • CASH22 2U shelf (weight capacity 50 lbs.)
    • CASH21 1U shelf (weight capacity 30 lbs.)
  • modular construction
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
    • self-aligning braces 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
  • open design maximizes ventilation to keep components cool
  • 20-3/8"W x 35"H x 20"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • assembly required
  • stud-mounting required when mounting to a wall

What's in the Box:

  • Left frame
  • Right frame
  • 2 Shelves
  • 2 Braces
  • 2 Alignment panels
  • 4 Feet (with hex nut)
  • 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
  • Instruction Manual

Great rack with easy instructions. Rack gives you plenty of configuration options and is built study.

Anonymous, Omaha, NE


Sanus CFR1620 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(27 Reviews)

The perfect rack

HD from Seattle, WA on 4/24/2018

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Exactly what I needed to expand my rack space in my media closet. Super sturdy and includes ample rack screws - much appreciated. Also comes with 2 high-quality, vented shelves. Super easy to install (I installed it as free-standing, even had my toddler help me). Got the casters for it - attaches easily and works perfectly. So far loaded the top 8 rack spaces with 50 lbs of equipment. Rolls easily on casters. Highly recommend this.

Pros: Comes with everything you need for wooden, concrete or free-standing installations. Comes with a surplus of rack screws. Solidly build quality. Easy to install as freestanding.

Cons: The corner welded screws in each of the for back corners requires a bit of patience to screw on because of the lip only allows for a narrow wrench socket to go in. I was able to work with mini-turns using a wrench.

Worth the price

Anonymous from Omaha, NE on 3/20/2018

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Great rack with easy instructions. Rack gives you plenty of configuration options and is built study.

Pros: Easy assembly.


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Anonymous from Carolina, PR on 2/19/2018

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Product is sturdy and well built. Excellent quality.



absolutely secure rack

Tony from Prairie Grove, Illinois on 1/2/2018

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I bought this rack after after months of "do I really need it?". I can say definitely yes now, and why did I ever wait. My equipment is finally secure and safe. No more worrying about system after getting rid of my old enclosure.

Pros: The only difficulty encountered was how I wanted to place my equipment. Absolutely secure.


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Anonymous from Wichita, KS on 11/19/2017

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Easy to assemble and well built!



Solid Product

Modesto from Lake Jackson, TX on 10/27/2017

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Sturdy equipment. I purchased a scratch and dent but could not find any damage. Overall a great solid product and easy to put together.

Pros: Well Built Easy to construct

Cons: None

Great rack for AV gear

Jack from Omaha, NE on 10/24/2017

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This is an amazing rack. For the price it just cant be beat. I have two of these, and while I don't stack them (i could) i run mine side by side. I have two Emotiva XPA monoblock amps in one of the racks (i had to use the largest Sanus racks to support the weight, which I also bought from Crutchfield) and they hold in this rack perfectly. The rack is super easy to put together - had it done in 5 minutes. The packaging from Crutchfield was flawless and everything arrived perfect. I have ordered a number of times from Crutchfield and i have found them to be such a great company. I was even luck enough to once visit them as i was a supplier for them through my job. Seeing their operations in person - talking to their staff - they are an exceptional company.

Pros: Super easy to set up

Cons: None.

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Anonymous from Mullica Hill, NJ on 7/28/2017

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This rack worked great to centralize my security, network, audio and video components. I still some tidying up to do but very pleased with the outcome thus far.



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Anonymous from Texas on 4/7/2017

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Good quality, flexible configurations.



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Robert from Santa Fe, NM on 2/23/2017

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Just a great product. Easily assembled and very sturdy. Ideal for my coat closet "server room".



So Very Sturdy

Don from Flint, MI on 2/21/2017

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This stand is absolutely awesome.As long as you check your dimensions it is so very versatile,I live in a very small house but have an extreme home theater so room is at a premium.First off my wall to wall is less than 12' and my right and left JBL L7s that have 12" inward firing passive subs that are bi wired--Thank You 7.2 :) so they need some space for proper imaging which with my previous stand my powered subwoofer sat to the right of the stand.With this stand i ws able to build it so my sub sat in the center bottom of it with no obstructions to the woofer or the rear port,it is also very nice having my sub right in the center of the front wall,it's a whole new sound. But alas I ramble,I only needed what came with the stand and 1 front cross piece to make it look even neater-the 2 shelves hold my receiver and cable box/DVR and BD Player-then on the top i have the 32" Klipsch RP-450 C center channel in a 3/4" MDF box i made for it (Very Very heavy between speaker and box but I couldnt set my TV on thay big beautiful speaker) and a 75" Sony sits on top of that and is Very sturdy,no wobble at all,this is with the feet on it too-i didn't need but used for leveling purposes. This stand is all steel so not real fancy but so very functional,I am going to get some 1/4" black acrylic pieces for side pieces and a back piece using Command Velcro strips to hold in place to give it a real nice finished look. Do not hesitate to buy this if you are looking,it doesn't disappoint

Pros: Strength,ease of assembly,lots of assembly options,lots of accessories,good simple looks-if you can us the dimensions provided or configure to what you need SANUS makes some of the nicest racks and stands i have ever seen/used.This is top notch equipment not a cheap component-be proud to show off

Cons: not really a con-but SANUS components are on the expensive side for what it looks like what you get,what you get is beautiful heavy duty A/V component racks and stands-there is nothing cheap about them,well designed and thought out equipment

Just Right

Mike from PDX, OR on 1/26/2017

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I had put some shelving in a closet and it was almost impossible to add more equipment. This unit was easier since I had put the castors on it.

Pros: Nice and compact, it fit in the lower half of a spare bedroom closet. Easy to set up. I like being able to move it out and roll it back in place.

Cons: With several pieces of equipment on it even with the castors it can be a little hard to move.

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Anonymous from Franklin, TN on 1/16/2017

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Very nicely built and easy to put together



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Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on 10/17/2016

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Awesome rack. Much more solid than other shelves that I have used before. Finish was good also, and it took a bit of beating as I kept rearranging the height of the shelves. The fit is excellent and all the holes line up perfectly as expected. The only disappointing thing, and maybe this is an industry standard, the holes are not all evenly spaced. So the shelves are mounted at either hole 1-2, 3-4... and so forth. I tried mounting 2-3 or 4-5, but the spacing does not allow me to do so. This loses a tiny bit of flexibility as my old DVD player was just a tad over 2 units. I also added the wheels and the power supply also, which were nice high quality parts. The unit went into a service closet so I did not need the outer enclosure.



Just what the doctor ordered!!

Gustavo Quiles from Camuy, PR on 9/8/2016

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I bought this item from Crutchfield without ever knowing anything about, so I was a little cautious about its construction and usability. To my surprise it is super strong and stable and fits my equipment to a "T". It's true it is not as sexy as the other models with side panels and screen door, but I expect to get a lot of use from it and I feel my equipment is safe and secured in it. I did buy the caster kit, a necessity in my opinion, and it rolls about so effortlessly . A great investment!!

Pros: Strong, stable, fits my budget!

Cons: Not sexy!

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home user from Boston, MA on 5/4/2016

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I bought this for my home "data center". It is a very well made rack with nice fit and finish, very sturdy. A good quality product. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Well made, sturdy, nice finish.

Cons: None really

Good product

Chris from Brandon, FL on 5/1/2016

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So far, a very good product. Without much to comparison experience, this seems sturdier than expected.

Pros: Was easy to assemble.


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JP from Moosic Pa on 10/24/2015

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Solid rack, I added the casters, allowed easy access to wiring

Pros: Well made, easy assembly

Cons: None

equipment rack

BillH from New Jersey on 8/21/2015

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I purchased the CFR1620, after putting it together I decided to purchase the CFR1615 and add it to the top of it. Very sturdy and mobile.

Pros: easy to put together sturdy mobile

Cons: can get a little expensive if you add accessories.

Audio Rack

Al R from Florida on 8/6/2015

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Great find, just what I needed

Pros: Well made rack


Sanus equipment rack

MelS from Erie, Pennsylvania on 6/22/2015

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The Sanus CFR1620 equipment rack is easy to assemble and extremely versatile. I bought two of them for my new home theater equipment, and everything I use is readily available and organized. Future needs can be met with the purchase of additional shelves of various sizes and functions. Very useful, indeed.

Pros: Easy to assemble. Very versatile.


Nice product....

dpoole from Virginia on 5/28/2015

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This is a solid product and is pretty much exactly what I thought it would be.

Pros: Good quality, fairly easy to assemble, and arrived quickly.

Cons: It doesn't seem easy to find add on shelves or coaster wheels, and it wasn't clear if it came with feet (it did).

Excellent Rack

igna102 from Puerto Rico on 4/6/2015

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Excellent construction affordable price, accommodates the equipment perfectly



Sturdy and easy to assemble

Mike from Seattle on 3/26/2015

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Sturdy rack and very easy to assemble. 20" depth is perfect for all my media cabinet needs.

Pros: Solid. Good construction.

Cons: High price. Although cheaper than many alternatives.

Rack Solid

ookook from California on 3/24/2015

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While a bit costly this is a forever product. It is easy to build, level, customize and extremely stable. It currently holds an AV receiver, htpc, nas, giga-switch, printer and wireless routers. It provides a platform for organizing and accessing all of the technical equipment required in a modern household with room to grow.

Pros: Easy to build. Simple to level. Expandable. Customizable.

Cons: Some sharp edges -watch your fingers during assembly.

Works as advertised

Bill from Minneapolis on 7/21/2014

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Works well, very sturdy. Don't have any worries about quality or wether it won't support the equipment.

Pros: Sturdy, put together well

Cons: Not enough screws, always amazed that the price is so high for stamped steel.

Solid unit!

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

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This unit, along with its slightly shorter sibling, fit my needs purrrfectly. I needed a rack that would fit in my not so deep closet, as I have a smallish 16' x 9' x 8' AV sanctuary. Space comes at a premium, as one can purchase the full featured Sanus rack including castors and fully enclosed, at a similar price point. Assembly was simple. Although, when you are planning a shelf based rack rather than rack-eared components, thorough planning for spacing is a must with the eight shelves I installed! 2 units stacked should be of no concern. Very solid and NOT tippy at all, even with the caster kit installed. Do yourself a favor and buy a few extra blanking panels for a cean install ;)~

Pros: Compact. Solid as a rock. Nice finish.

Cons: Pricey as you add the many useful, even necessary, accessories. (I purchased a caster kit, extra shelves, blanking panels, extra rack mount screws, Sanus rack length power strip) You can get ALOT more trick stuff for these racks here at Crutchfield, like LED lights, temp gauge, fans, and power supplies with switches/inputs for these items... Butt, it'll cost ya!


Hands-on research

Product Research


Steel Construction: The Sanus Component Series CFR1620 Skeleton Rack features welded, heavy-gauge steel construction.

Stackable Rack: The Sanus Component Series CFR1620's modular, stackable structure can be coupled into five different height combinations - 40U, 35U, 30U, 20U and 15U. 

Capacity: The Sanus CFR1620 can accommodate up to twenty rack spaces (1.75" tall) or fifteen 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 CFR1620 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 (051CFA16SM, 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?

Rack installation in media closet [ Dung  Apr 11, 2018 ]
Great fit for my system location. [ Lucius  Mar 16, 2018 ]
High quality, easy to install, does exactly what you need it for. [ Josh  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ Bart  Jan 01, 2017 ]
It was recommended and we already have one. [ JANE  Sep 05, 2016 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield based on my use case. [ Chris  Mar 06, 2016 ]
perfect for what i need simple expandable looks good [ Dwayne  Mar 02, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

There are three shelves that will work with this rack. They can be found here: HTH! My Bio: [ Paul  Jan 07, 2018 ]  Staff
There are no blank panels. Its just a 4 post open rack. Mine isn't a matte black but also isn't shiny. Kind of in between. [ Chris  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Two bins and The finish is black powder coat. [ Jose  Feb 19, 2016 ]
None were supplied and all parts are coated.... [ KIRK  Feb 19, 2016 ]
It came with 2 shelves. One single rack space shelf and one double rack space shelf. I purchased additional shelves only to find out that many of my components were rack mount. Be sure you have enough screws and I recommend the caster set if your rack is in a closet [ John C.  Jan 03, 2016 ]
This unit includes 2 shelves. Additional component shelves are available for purchase. [ Kenny  Dec 29, 2015 ]  Staff
Bob I'm not sure if your asking about shelves that you can add or if you want another rack to put on this one. Let me know and I will try and help you out. [ HANK  May 30, 2015 ]
Bob -- The CFR1615 works for this purposes. Depending on how much vertical space you have, you could also stack another CFR1620 on top of your existing one. Personally, I have a 1615 stacked on top of a 1620. [ Ioannis  May 25, 2015 ]
Terry -- Not sure which holes you're referring to. If you mean the holes in the front of the frame of the rack that you use to attach the shelves, then they are round and threaded. [ Ioannis  Mar 09, 2015 ]
The trays have round threaded holes. [ LAURANCE  Mar 08, 2015 ]
It has threaded holes on front and square holes on the sides. Hope this helps, Hank [ HANK  Mar 06, 2015 ]
Threaded holes for the shelf fasteners front and back, with square holes on the sides. [ Richard  Mar 06, 2015 ]
Uprights have round holes in front and square holes on side [ William  Mar 06, 2015 ]
The shelf holes are approximately 1/2"wide by 3" long. They cover approximately half of the shelf area. Hope this helps [ William  Mar 06, 2015 ]
Threaded [ JONES  Mar 06, 2015 ]