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A Guide to Using Slatwall Panels

When it comes to installing Slatwall panels, it’s important you know exactly what you are doing. The panels are fixed to the wall, and Slatwall hooks, shelves, racks etc are then attached. These are attached to the grooves or slots in the panels. The result is a professional looking display to to store, showcase, or promote your goods. Slatwall displays are interchangeable, making re-arranging the display or storage easy and cost-effective.

 

How many Slatwall panels will I need?

Firstly work out how many Slatwall panels you require for the wall space to be covered. Each 4 ft x 8 ft Slatwall panel covers 32 square feet of wall area. To determine the number of Slatwall panels you will need, first measure the length and height of the area to be covered. Then, using these measurements, multiply the length x height to determine the total area. Finally, divide the total area by 32 (the square feet covered by one panel), rounding up to the next whole number. 

 

Installing Them

The panels are installed with 2″ to 3″ long screws into the wall studs. Determine the type of wall stud material you are applying the panels onto. For wood studs, you’ll need coarse threaded drywall screws. Use self-tapping drywall screws for installation over metal studs. When installing Slatwall panels with aluminium groove inserts, use pan head screws through pre-drilled holes into the wall studs. 

 

Can you cut Slatwall? 

Slatwall panels can be cut very easily. For straight cuts use a table saw and cut the Slatwall panel face up. Or, use a circular saw and cut the panel face down. Using a straight edge, or level, as a guide will help to keep cuts accurate when using a circular saw. 

 

Hanging the Panels 

Begin by locating and marking the position of the wall studs with a stud finder, prior to installation. Transfer these locations to the Slatwall panel grooves. Always level each Slatwall panel before installation. The first Slatwall panel on a wall will be the most important, as all other panels will be aligned from this panel. A general purpose panel adhesive may also be applied to the back of each panel before hanging. Work from the floor up to the ceiling, stacking each Slatwall panel on top of the panel below. It is best to position the end seams of the Slatwall panels on a stud location, wherever possible. This will reduce buckling and keep seams flush to the wall. 

 

Finishing and Trimming

Slatwall panels usually look best when installed continuously, from the floor to the ceiling. Any exposed edges of Slatwall panels may be finished with a variety of trim options. Baseboards and crown moulding may also be installed over the Slatwall panels, for a more decorative appearance. Visible screw heads, in unfinished Slatwall grooves/slots may be covered using Slatwall groove inserts.

 

Slatwall Accessories

After the Slatwall panels have been fitted, there is a large range of Slatwall accessories that can be fitted into the panels, for storage or display purposes. These are universal and can easily be fitted and removed, as required. For hanging items or products, Slatwall hooks come in prong or Euro styles in different lengths and even colours. Slatwall shelves again come in different widths and lengths to accommodate many items. There are also upstands (lips) and supports to add extra support and strength when required. A specialist Slatwall display manufacturer will also offer lots of more specialised accessories such as trays, racks and items. All of which are designed for specialist products, such as sporting goods, umbrellas, fashion and footwear, mobile phones etc.

 

Buy Slatwall Panels in the UK Today

To buy Slatwall panels or for more information on our retail displays, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 0800 772 3098 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Displays for Retail.

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