Slatwall is a building material used in shop-fitting for wall coverage or display fixtures. It consists of panels that have been made with horizontal grooves, configured to accept a variety of merchandising accessories. The panels are made from MDF (medium-density fibreboard), with a finish such as melamine paper, pressed or laminated onto one or both sides. The grooves are machined into the board, and can be painted or fitted, with either plastic or aluminium inserts.
The History of Slatwall
Slatwall is one of the more “traditional” newer type shop fittings. Commonly used to build custom shelves, and shelving units, not only is it easy to use, it has a lovely, unique look. As the Slatwall Panels are made from MDF, they are not only sturdy, but incredibly cost effective.
Where Slatwall is used
Slatwall can be used in a number of different environments, from upscale shop fit outs, to displays within the home. Whilst this product is often used to make shelves, it can also be used to create solid structures, including ones which are freestanding.
Slatwall Panels are available in two main sizes. The most popular size panel is 1200mm x 1200mm (4 feet by 4 feet). This size panel has 12 slots, each spaced 100mm (4 inches) apart. Each panel weighs 18kg, and requires half a pack of Slatwall inserts. This size is not only cheaper to deliver, it is easier to install, especially if you are doing the work yourself.
The other size that is available is 2400mm x 1200mm (8 feet by 4 feet). These panels are great if you are looking to cover a large area, as you get the most coverage, using the least number of panels.
This size panel is obviously heavier, however they do have the added benefit of being able to be used in two different orientations. If you use them 2400mm high by 1200mm wide (Portrait), you will have 23 slots, each spaced 100mm apart. If however, you use them 1200mm high x 2400mm wide (Landscape), you will have 1200 slots along the width, with each one being 2400mm long. Regardless of which orientation you use, each panel will require 1 pack of Slatwall inserts.