Slatwalls are a popular backboard used primarily in retail outlets. The backboard comes with grooves equally spaced which are then used to hold hooks, shelves, baskets and pretty much anything used by the retail outlet to display its merchandise. Over the past 10 years however, slatwalls have become available for everyday home use. This includes use in the kitchen, pantry cupboards, laundry and garage.
Typically slatwalls are made from MDF or some form of particle board. This makes them relatively light weight and generally easy to cut into all sizes and shapes. Most importantly the use of MDF or particle board also makes them pretty cheap. Consider that today you can buy a 1200 x 1200 mm (Square) board with grooves spaced at 100mm for about $45 ex.
Your boards can also be coloured, come with aluminium trims for added protection and be cut to custom sizing. Obviously pricing increases with each addon or custom feature.
The greatest advantage of a slatwall is its versatility. The grooves allow for accessories such as hooks, shelves, baskets and brackets to be added. They can be placed in specific locations on the board and moved. They are essentially moved as required making the display totally flexible. In a retail environment with displays changing regularly this is really important.
This versatility however is also important for those considering them for home use. Consider your own garage and what is stored today in it compared to what you had 2 or even 5 years ago. Slatwalls allow you to change as often as you need to without having to pull the whole garage apart.
Should shelves be your key need today, then fit out your garage wall with baskets and shelves. If in two years your needs are for some extra bags to hold balls or hooks to hold sporting equipment, then add them in. As time goes by just remove or adjust them.
MDF or particle board are a cost effective option but not really durable, particularly in a workshop or garage. MDF is not water or weather proof, it also isn't very durable from knocks. Each hit creates a dint which stays forever and unfortunately also shows clearly. Typically coloured MDF panels will just have an external layer of paint. Once scratched, that layer is removed and you see the wooden colour underneath.
Why StoreWALL Slatwalls
StoreWALL's range of slatwalls carry all of the features of your typical slatwall except they are super durable and totally weather proof. Our slatwalls are made from Thermoplastic with a solid core. The importance of the solid core is that it makes each panel super hard to dent. If they do end up dented, the colour you see is the same colour as the exterior, making those dents harder to distinguish.
Rather than installing our slatwalls directly onto your wall with visible screws, we offer the installstrip. Installstrips are metallic strips which are first screwed to your wall (plaster, brick, concrete). Our slatwalls are then clipped (yep as easy as that) to their strips so that you don't need to actually create holes in the slatwalls.
Custom sizing is available but is limited to 1.2m and 2.4m lengths. All of our panels can be cut to size with a drop saw, but you will need to do this yourself. Being solid core however also has additional advantages like being 100% waterproof, mold, mildew, stain resistant. They are also very easy to clean.
When it comes to accessories, whilst we offer a great range of accessories (over 20 hooks), our slatwalls can be used with other accessories. I suggest you do your research here however to ensure that spacing and sizing fits with your walls or existing accessories.
And finally if you also have a conscious about what happens to the slatwalls afterlife, yes we are 100% Recyclable (Class 3 recyclable).