How to Install Slatwall Guide

The following information is a guide for installing slatwall which we hope you will find helpful.

Slatwall is a wood based product and is susceptible to expansion and contraction when exposed to different temperatures and moisture levels.
Panels should be stored flat, in dry conditions, at 20 °C, and should be allowed to 'condition' to the environment where they are to be installed for at least 48 hours prior to installation. As each slatwall board measures 8ftx4ft and weighs around 35Kg, when transporting, every care should be taken not to scuff the edges or scratch the surface.

Walls should be completely dry and if necessary a vapour barrier should first be applied to prevent any moisture affecting the panels.
Slatwall can be fixed direct to solid internal walls which are true, but for best results should be fixed to 25mm x 75mm timber battens or a specialist battening system. Accurate fixing of grounds will ensure easy alignment of butting panels.


Fix vertical battens at a maximum of 600mm centres and level through (Fig 1.). To display heavy items, extra battens may be required.
To achieve optimum flat results we recommend 'lattice' battening. Always insure panels butt together on the centre of a vertical batten (Fig 2).
Plan your layout before cutting any panels. When fixing panels, start from one corner and work progressively from one wall to the other.
Slatwall panels are factory trimmed on the butting edges, so whenever possible try to put cut edges in a corner.
Locate and cut apertures for electrical sockets before fixing the panel.


If you're cutting panels on site with a portable power or jigsaw, do all the
marking and cutting from the back to avoid damaging the face of the panel. If you're using a table saw, cut panels face up.
Slatwall panels can be cut with standard wood-working tools. A TCT sawblade is recommended when cutting panels with aluminium inserts. A 'triple chip' tooth gives the best results for the combination of materials that may make up the panel.


When installing the panels one above the other, the bottom panel should be
fixed in place first, making sure it is levelled correctly.
Panels should be fixed with screws at a maximum of 600mm centres both vertically and horizontally.
To make fixings less visible and to prevent them snagging accessories, it is recommended the fixings be counter sunk.

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