What is the meaning of the furniture term Cleat?

Strip of wood fastened to a flat surface to brace or strengthen, or to prevent warping. In furniture, a cleat is a horizontal wood strip or bracket that is attached to the wall or another surface to support or hold up another piece of furniture. It acts as a secure anchor and provides additional stability to prevent the furniture from falling or tipping over. Cleats are commonly used to hang items such as shelves, mirrors, or wall cabinets.
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