Slat wall is a wall-covering panel with long horizontal channels across the entire surface. The panels are designed to allow for racks or a variety of hooks to fit into the channels for hanging or displaying items. Installing slat wall into concrete walls, rather than wood or drywall, requires a few additional steps. Panels come in standard sizes but cut easily with handsaws or power saws to fit any length of wall desired.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Chalk line
- Power drill
- Masonry drill bit
- Concrete adhesive
- Concrete anchors
- Light-duty hammer
- Liquid wall adhesive
- Putty knife
- Slat wall screws
- Drywall saw
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Measure from the floor up the wall to the desired location of the lowest piece of slat wall with the tape measure and make a mark. Place another equally high line about 10 feet further along the wall and make a second mark. Snap a chalk line on the wall to give a straight edge so you can align the first panel.
Position the first panel on the concrete wall so the bottom edge is perfectly aligned with the chalk line. Have an assistant hold the panel in place while you check the panel with a level and adjust as necessary. Place pencil marks through the pre-drilled mounting holes between the slats in the panel. Remove the panel and darken the marks as needed.
Drill holes at the location of each mounting hole mark with an appropriate size masonry bit. Add a few drops of concrete adhesive into the holes and insert concrete anchors by lightly tapping them into the concrete with a hammer.
Spread liquid wall adhesive over the back of the slat wall panel with a putty knife so it's completely covered. Place the panel back on the wall, aligning the mounting holes with the drilled holes in the concrete. Have the assistant hold and press the panel into place for a few moments to create a solid bond.
Insert slat wall screws through the mounting holes and into the concrete anchors. Tighten down the screws with a screwdriver until they lock the panel securely against the wall.
Position the bottom groove of the next panel over the top of the first panel and ensure it's square to the lower piece. Make marks indicating the location of the mounting holes, remove the panel, drill holes, insert anchors and mount the second panel in the same manner as the first.
Repeat the installation steps for each subsequent slat wall piece until all are in place. Leave the panels overnight so the adhesive cures completely.