How to Build a Slatwall


A slatwall is actually a type of wall that comes in the form of individual panels. The panels are usually put together horizontally so that the spaces between them can be used to install hooks, such as if you would like to display merchandise. Home applications for slatwall panels are also a possibility if you just like the overall look that this type of wall provides. Unlike other types of walls, a slatwall is not difficult to erect and install by yourself, but having someone to help you can make the process easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Panel adhesive
  • Drill
  • Installation screws
  • Measure the area where you plan to install the slatwall panels. This could be over an existing wall or directly on studs if you are still in the construction phase.

  • Place your slatwall panels face downward. Attach a blade with 60 to 80 teeth to a circular saw and use it to cut the panels to the appropriate length.

  • Find and mark the location of wall studs if you're installing the slatwall panels over an existing wall. Use an electronic stud finder and pencil for this process.

  • Position each slatwall panel so that the directional sticker is in the appropriate place. It should be in the lower-left side of the panel once installed.

  • Apply panel adhesive to the backside of the panels if this is a permanent installation against an existing wall.

  • Push each slatwall panel in place horizontally against the wall. Start at the bottom and work your way up. First, drill pilot holes through the slatwall panels where the stud is located. Then, affix the panels to the wall or directly to the stud using installation screws.

  • Continue installing panels one on top of the next until your wall has been built or replaced by the slatwall panels.

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