I want to put my NAS in a small cabinet. I do not want to hang the cabinet to the wall, for a few reasons : there's no stud where I want it to go, the wall is plaster board, and toggle bolts require large holes. Since I'm renting, that would be too difficult to patch when I leave. Also, the plaster board would just amplify the noise

So I'm thinking of hanging it from the ceiling, which is reinforced concrete. I devise two ways for this. Which one do you think it's best?

First method : mobile with line/chain Schema of cabinet hanging from two lines, both connected to a single eye screw

Second method : fixed with threaded rod. Secured with nuts and washers (blue) on top and bottom. Schema of cabinet with a threaded rod through it and the ceiling

Note that both are using only 1 hole in the ceiling, because I want it to be minimally invasive.

For that, I'm considering using this type of bolt : https://www.hornbach.ch/de/p/messing-spreizduebel-msd-m10-34-25-stueck/8229615

(is it called brass anchor?)

I'd get the M6 size, or even smaller if I can find. Because the total weight to hang is 5 kg / 11 pounds. Might go up to 10kg/22lbs if I add some more drives in the future.

So, what do you think? I'd any if these preferred? Or any other suggestions?

Thank you!

Edit : I'm attaching a photo of the wall to illustrate why I'm reluctant to pierce it. It has this extra layer on top of the boards, about 2cm thick) and with non uniform look. So holes will be very very visible even after patching, since you cannot sand it

Photo of the wall

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    1. Do you have permission from the landlord to drill and mount hardware in the concrete ceiling? 2. FWIW, though I'm no expert, I'd say patching a hole in concrete is possibly harder than patching a hole in a plaster wall. 3. Since noise is an issue, the NAS may vibrate a dangling cabinet and make audible noise, too. A thick cloth pad under the NAS may dampen noise in a fixed-to-wall or on-floor cabinet quite well. My server sits on pot holders. 4. A dangling cabinet means loose power and network cables flexing constantly. Commented Mar 23 at 11:54
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    @RMDman Network Attached Storage. Basically a hard drive(s) in a box that you can connect to your network for remote storage, often for backup purposes.
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    Something light wouldn’t require a stud for a successful wall mount. 4 plugs around 5mm would be adequate and I’m sure you can find rubber isolators for the vibration concern. Commented Mar 23 at 13:02
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    And in my opinion, a single m6 anchor in the ceiling (the worst/weakest application) would be a poor choice for something you really don’t want to fall. Commented Mar 23 at 13:04
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    Patching that wall would be difficult to get it to look correct afterward, true. My NAS is on the floor, so it can't fall if a ceiling anchor pulls out. The long bolt won't have flexibility and may bend/break if run into. Try using old concrete pieces to practice with a hammer drill for mounting the inserts. And hope you don't hit rebar when drilling into the ceiling, Could the NAS fit nicely on an existing bookcase or under a piece of furniture? Commented Mar 23 at 21:26

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If you really don't want to use wall anchors, i would probably get two boards, maybe 1x3, 16" long each and screw them into the studs. Then attach your small cabinet to the two boards. I did something like that when I need a strong attachment and didn't trust wall anchors to do the job.

  • Thanks for the suggestion ! Indeed, that is a solution, and I've done it for the TV. Unfortunately over here in Switzerland the studs are made of metal, so not sure I can simply screw into them. Commented Mar 24 at 18:06
  • @CiprianTomoiagă How to mount to metal studs would be a really good new question, and may already have been answered. Commented Mar 25 at 12:31

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