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Slatwall Installation Made Easy

Posted by on 10/11/2019 to Articles

Slatwall is a popular display mechanism used in several retail settings.  In fact, you’ve probably seen slatwall displays more often than not, but never really gave any thought to its name.  This vertical display system is a perfect solution to utilize wall space that may have otherwise gone unused.  Furthermore, slatwall provides retailers the opportunity to display items at heights that are more visible to customers. 

Whether you’re using the material to display clothing and accessories, or hanging it in your garage as a method of tool organization, slatwall is the perfect solution for many different areas.  However, once the boxes arrive, knowing what to do with your new purchase is a different story.

If you’re not quite sure where to start when installing your new display, this article will provide you a step by step guide for slatwall installation written by the folks over at KC Store Fixtures.

STEP 1: Slatwall panels arrive with a black line drawn along the edge, near a corner to help identify orientation; use this mark to ensure slatwall alignment. Always install the slatwall in the same direction (orientation) I.E., marked end next to an unmarked end or right side of one panel against the left side of another.

STEP 2: Place the bottom slatwall panel first, then install each additional panel moving upwards. 
NOTE: General application of a panel adhesive in combination with screws will provide a more secure bond with the wall.

STEP 3: A minimum of 25 screws is recommended per slatwall panel, placed every 16" OC aligned with the studs (5 rows) and in the center of alternate grooves (5 locations). Never put screws into the face of the slatwall panel. If your panels were ordered with aluminum inserts, pilot holes should be drilled before application.

STEP 4: Install panels stacked on top of one another with the half grooves forming a full slot at the joints. Apply panel adhesive along these joints.

STEP 5: With the exception of masonry walls, slatwall panels may be installed over existing walls: drywall or wall paneling. Panels may also be affixed directly to studs in a new construction project, but make sure to follow local fire or building codes.


For more information on different types of slatwall, give the team at Joslin Displays a call.  Since 1893, we’ve been Boston’s trusted go-to for displays, mannequins, and other retail solutions.  Visit us online to view our available products, or call us at (800) 325-1030.

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