Wall systems, putting vertical surfaces to good use
Consider a slatwall system for a professional look.
At many of your favorite retail stores, you've undoubtedly seen wall panels using modified T-slots that accept angled brackets. The brackets, which slip into the slots along their length and are held in place by their own weight, can be attached to a wide range of specialized hangers--they include simple hooks, hangers, and brackets designed for specific tools and yard implements; hook-on baskets and shelves; and light fixtures. Most, but not all, manufacturers produce interchangeable hangers.
Slatwall has become the most popular upgrade for today's garages, and is generally available in panels in many colors. Composition is of melamine-coated MDF or rugged heavy-duty plastic.
Panels range from large 4x8' sheets to individual strips from 6 to 15" wide. The panels cut easily with a circular saw. Two 8'-long panels are ideal across the front of most two-car garages.
Depending on the material and finish, slatted panels aren't cheap (about $6 per square foot), whether sold individually or in packages. Hanger and accessory prices vary widely, depending on size and use. A package of six simple hooks goes for less than $5, while a rack for 12 garden tools retails for about $25.
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