Do It Yourself Slatwall


Slatwall is a building material used to organize and display objects on a wall. It is frequently used in residential applications for storage purposes, especially in garages and workshops. Many retail establishments also use this product to display items for sale. Slatwall uses a variety of hooks, shelves and cabinets to hand objects. These display units can be easily reconfigured to allow for flexibility and to accommodate seasonal changes in merchandise.

Choose Your Material

  • Slatwall is available in three basic materials. Unfinished MDF boards are the cheapest, and can be painted during installation if desired. Melamine panels have a finished top layer made from sealed paper, and can be used in the home or in light commercial settings. Laminate slatwall is the most durable of the three, and comes pre-finished with a high-pressure laminate surface.

    When choosing materials, you'll need to decide on color and panel configuration as well as material. These panels are available with wide or narrow slats, which are chosen based on the desired layout and display.

Wall Surfaces

  • This product can be installed over existing drywall or plaster walls, or even directly onto unfinished walls. In walls designed to act as a fire partition, such as most garage walls or walls between two buildings, drywall must be installed behind the slatwall. The drywall acts as a fire break to slow or control the spread of fire.

    When installing slatwall over masonry walls, metal furring strips should be attached to the wall first. The panels are then attached to these strips, rather than directly to the masonry.


  • Before installing slatwall, place the material into the intended installation space for 48 hours to allow it to acclimate. Decide on the pattern you'll use when installing your Slatwall. For instance, some users cover the entire wall with this material while other only use it along a single strip of wall space. You can even mix and match colors or different groove configurations. Use a saw to cut the panels to the required size, sanding the edges if needed. You can install slatwall using adhesive to glue the panels to the wall, or screws that fasten it to the studs. The majority of slatwall manufacturers sell fasteners and adhesives designed to work with their products. Once you've installed your panels, configure shelves, hooks or other accessories to meet your organizational or display needs.

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