Q: What kind of slatwall panels do the accessories on your website fit?
A: Standard 3” on center slatwall panels (measures 3” from the center of one panel between the slots to the center of the next panel between the slots) work best. We offer HandiWall, StoreWall, and UltiMate’s Stainless Steel Strip. A 1”, 2”, 4”, 5”, and 6” on center slatwall panel will also work if you choose accessories that have only a top lip that fits up into the slot. If it has an entire bracket, the accessory fits 3” O/C slatwall. The panels that work best will generally have a slot that is flat on the bottom and goes straight in and straight up. See the end view picture below:
Q: Which slatwall products do not work with your accessories?
A: There are many variations now of standard 3” on center slatwall panels. Many of these have slot that go straight in and then slant forward or backward, instead of going straight up. Or, they have a slot that goes straight up and also a slot at the bottom. ProSlat, SteelCase, FlowWall, Gladiator’s Gearwall, and NorskTrack are a few. Many of the slatwall panels that have metal inserts will not work with Schulte or StoreWall accessories. They do work with HandiWall accessories, for some reason, and with the generic accessories (ones without product names).
Q: What type of slatwall panel should I buy?
A: For a garage, you want a slatwall panel that is waterproof and easy to clean. If you are hanging heavy items on it, such as garden racks, heavy tools, bicycles, golf clubs, etc., choose a panel that holds at least 100 lbs. per square inch. If you are using the panel over a workbench for small tools and items, or hanging lighter items in your garage, then lighter duty will do. In the pantry, closet, laundry room or kitchen, you can choose a slatwall panel that is lighter duty.
Many of the slatwall panels sold in the hardware stores or big box stores, such as Menards, Home Depot, and Lowe’s are made of chipcore or MDF board and don’t work as well in garages where you have more cold, heat, humidity and water. Even if they have a laminated coating, there is still some wood exposed that will expand with moisture. Also, many of those brands have accessories that fit only on their panels. They claim to be standard 3” on center, but sometimes the slot dimensions are different. Trying to strengthen your slatwall panel with a metal insert often takes up the slot space and doesn’t allow many of our accessories to fit well.
Q: Do any of your accessories work in other applications other than on slatwall?
A: The Schulte Accessories fit The Wall Grid, which attaches to the wall (hardware included) and can also be mounted directly to the wall as they are equipped with holes that are spaced 16” apart. Hardware is not included, but your local hardware store can find the right size and anchor for attaching to studs or masonry. While the HandiWall Accessories generally do not attach to the wall, there is a HandiWall Grid that can be attached to the wall that they will fit.
Q: Can I hang tool holders, sports hooks and other items on slatwall if they were not made for slatwall?
A: Yes, the best items to buy to make non-slatwall items fit slatwall are the Adapter Plate for Slatwall and the Heavy Duty LOK. You will find these under Garage Organizers for Slatwall > Adapter-Brackets-Loks.
Q: Do I have to put trim on both sides and the top and bottom of my slatwall panels?
A: Trim is an option. There are many different choices for finishing the ends, inside corners, and outside corners to give your panels a finished look. Trim is not necessary, but nice, just like the color-matched screws.
Slatwall Hint #1 – Don’t toss those extra scraps of wall panels; turn them into an organization solution and maximize your space! Try a creative idea/project using smaller pieces of the slatwall panels, such as entryway coat and book bag storage, or an area over the washer and dryer for supplies. If your wall panels need to be cut to size… slatwall panels cut easily using any traditional wood-working tool.
– cut “good side up” on a table saw
– cut “good side down” with a Skillsaw / radial arm saw / sabre saw.