Assemble two 7 1/2 x19' slatwalls in 4 hours
When slatwall was introduced 40 years ago, it provided retailers the flexibility to quickly change their wall displays. Homeowners can now enjoy that benefit, too.
Quick to install and versatile
Yes, you can choose less expensive ways to organize your walls for tools, sports equipment, and all the other necessary stuff that ends up in the garage. But you'd be hard pressed to find a system that is quicker to install and more versatile than PVC vinyl slatwall. The system favored by retailers now has price points that make it a smart choice for homeowners.
StoreWALL recently introduced metal InstallStrips, a mounting system that eliminates the step of screwing slatwall sheets to the wall, which improves the appearance, too. With no fire-code requirement in this detached garage, Zac and his friend Mark attached InstallStrips directly to the wall studs, allowing them to skip the expense and mess of drywall on two walls. The pair installed two 71⁄2 x19' walls in a morning.
Hangers slip easily into slats. This hanger has a locking feature for the lower slat.
Start it level
1. After marking a level line across all studs, fasten the 45"-long mounting strips (InstallStrips) to the studs using #8 x 11⁄2 " screws. Zac used a 6' level to confirm the alignment of the strips.
Crosscut to length
2. Cut the StoreWALL panels to length with a standard or plywood-cutting blade mounted in a circular saw. Minimize chip-out by cutting with the good side of the panel down.
Work from the bottom up
3. Starting at the bottom, Zac and Mark slide the 15 x 96" panels into place over the InstallStrip grippers. For appearance and strength, they staggered the slatwall seams.
Make room for outlets
4. After marking the outline for an electrical box, mark the openings 1⁄4 " oversize in both directions. Drill 1⁄2 " blade start holes inside two opposite corners.
Cut the outlet openings
5. With a jigsaw and a standard blade (about 10 teeth per inch), cut the opening for the outlet. The switchplate cover (installed after Step 6) covered minor splintering caused by the cutting action.
Boxes fit flush
6. Install electrical boxes 3⁄4 " forward from the studs, so they will match up with the front face of the 11⁄16 "-thick StoreWALL material when it's secured on the InstallStrips.