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Sanus CFR1615

Modular open-frame component rack

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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

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

Great value and flexibility for an installed (hidden) rack system. I have two of these stacked for my home theater. Very easy to assemble and good fit and finish. Nice accessories too for a complete and professional system.

Todd, Great Mills, MD


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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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Compatible with similar Sanus shelf . [ Lucius  Sep 30, 2018 ]
I like Sanus products and the bare-bones aesthetic. Seems like it will be the perfect size for my components and space. I like that there are optional casters (which I bought) so I can move it if needed (probably to dust/vacuum, etc). Also: it was on sale, which made it a no-brainer [ JUSTIN  Aug 26, 2018 ]
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 ]

7 questions already asked

Not that I know of, sorry. [ Katie  Sep 15, 2018 ]
Once you fill it with equipment and blanks for any empty spaces it looks great. You can buy pink ?? to really set it off. [ Eric  Sep 14, 2018 ]
I think the only option is to find a cabinet or piece of furniture that it can fit in to hide it. You'll see the cables and wires behind it and on the sides. It will need something that allows it to breathe as the equipment puts off quite a bit of heat. [ Matt  Sep 14, 2018 ]
This rack is meant to be enclosed in an closet, hence it's appearance. If you are going to be exposing the rack I suggest the Sanus CFR2115 instead. [ Miguel  Sep 14, 2018 ]
Not that I know of. I love the rack. It sits in my closet. If you get a harmony system, there is no need to not put all your equipment out of sight. All my electronics can be controlled by smart phone apps. [ Theodore  Sep 14, 2018 ]
Sorry what you see is what comes. We put it in the corner out of site. You could screw some wood pannels on it if you have wood working ability? Nice rack, we like how the hinge we have allows it to swing out. [ Easley  Sep 14, 2018 ]
No it's a very utilitarian piece of equipment. I wouldn't use it as furniture. Mine is in a large cabinet with a door on it. Not suitable for decor imo. [ Eric  Sep 14, 2018 ]
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  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