Selecting a Garage Slatwall System for the Ultimate Storage Solution 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

A garage has a way of attracting clutter and generating dysfunction. Slatwall systems create highly functional wall-based storage that will tame the chaos. Here’s everything you need to know to create a custom garage slatwall system that will solve your storage problems. 

Slatwall has emerged as a popular garage storage solution. No surprise. The product is a versatile and elegant way to address storage needs, and the garage is one of those rooms that has a way of attracting clutter. Slatwall can help you transform your garage from a place of chaos into one of calm. 

Slatwall, for those who are unfamiliar with it, consists of (as its name would imply) slats that are affixed to the wall and designed to receive snap-in accessories like hooks, baskets, and shelves that, in turn, provide a way to hang and store almost anything. 

The beauty of a slatwall system is that the accessories can be easily added to, moved, and relocated as storage needs change. And the result? A room that looks, crisp, finished, tidy, and clean. Good-bye clutter. 

Slatwall, then, is the perfect solution for tools, spare parts, sports equipment, camping gear, and gym equipment. 

How to Select a Garage Slatwall Product That Is Right for Your Needs

Material Type

Garage slatwall panels fall into three broad categories — those made from metal (typically aluminum), those made from vinyl or PVC, and those made from medium density fiberboard, also known as MDF. A variety of manufacturers offer versions of each, and the features and accessories will vary. 

There are also slatwall systems made from wood, but these tend to be less popular. It’s understandable that they would be so, given garages are often plagued by moisture and/or mold issues. Wood responds poorly in wet or damp environments and can also be vectors for mold growth. The same is true for MDF. 


  • MDF Slatwall

    Garage slatwall panels fall into three broad categories — those made from metal (typically aluminum), those made from vinyl or PVC, and those made from medium density fiberboard, also known as MDF. A variety of manufacturers offer versions of each, and the features and accessories will vary. 

    There are also slatwall systems made from wood, but these tend to be less popular. It’s understandable that they would be so, given garages are often plagued by moisture and/or mold issues. Wood responds poorly in wet or damp environments and can also be vectors for mold growth. The same is true for MDF. 

    Metal and PVC-based slatwall are largely not affected by moisture issues. 

    MDF

  • Metal Slatwall 

    Metal slatwall can be a solid, attractive, product. It’s typically made from aluminum and comes in brushed or smooth finishes, depending on the manufacturer. It’s strong, durable, and light in weight. It can hold up to 100 pounds per square foot. 

    Aluminum slatwall is rust-resistant and offers a measure of fire protection, given metal won’t burn except at very high temperatures. 

    Aesthetically, metal slatwall delivers a somewhat more industrial look and feel, and some garage owners desire that kind of vibe. Some manufacturers offer metal slatwall in different colors, which can help soften the industrial feel if that is preferred. 

    One downside of metal slatwall is the cost, which is approximately three times higher than vinyl or PVC. 

    Metal Slatwall

  • Vinyl or PVC-Based Slatwall

    Slatwall — sometimes referred to as slotwall — is an excellent product. It’s impact-resistant, lightweight, and can hold a substantial amount of weight, ranging from approximately 40 to 75 pounds per square foot. 

    PVC-based slatwall is particularly good in damp or wet spaces, which garages sometimes can be. It sheds water and, unlike drywall, won’t swell or degrade when it gets wet. It won’t support mold or mildew growth and cleans easily, usually with a simple wipe. 

    An important advantage of PVC slatwall is that it tends to be considerably less expensive than the metal variety. It also offers a softer, less industrial feel than metal. 

    PVC Slatwall

Storage Accessories

Determine your storage requirements before you begin your project, and then decide what slatwall accessories you require to support your storage needs. 

Hooks, pegs, baskets, shelves, and sometimes storage racks are the typical accessory offerings, and all are suitable for a garage space. 

Installation Process

Consult the product guides of the specific slatwall material you intend to acquire and familiarize yourself with the product installation process. Some manufacturers’ offerings are easier to install than others. Products that are difficult to install will not only generate frustration, but they’ll also result in a slower installation time — and a more expensive project if you intend to use a contractor.

Check out company product websites and find out if the products are supported with clear installation instructions. Trusscore SlatWall, for example, offers an easy-to-follow installation video, a simple QuickStart Guide, and a detailed, step-by-step Installation Guide

Wall Integration

An important question to ask yourself as you embark on a slatwall project is: How will the slatwall tie in with the rest of the wall? 

Some homeowners elect to make a room’s entire wall slatwall. Some don’t — and in fact, alternating slatwall with a more conventional wall material and texture can create a dynamic, visually appealing, look. 

Regardless, be certain the manufacturer of the product you choose has a clear, functional method for tying the slatwall in with other garage wall material, be it drywall or another wall material. Without that integration, there’s a risk that your project won’t look the way it should and a risk that it won’t be structurally sound. 

Trusscore SlatWall offers an important advantage when it comes to integration. It can stand on its own if the decision is to outfit the entire wall in SlatWall, and it will seamlessly blend with another Trusscore product called Wall&CeilingBoard. Together, Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard and Trusscore SlatWall create a complete wall system that’s strong, easy to install, and visually appealing. Both products are available in a gray or bright white color. 

Additional Solutions 

Slatwall is an obvious solution for a room like the garage, sorting out camping gear, tools, sports and gym equipment, and the like, but it can offer creative solutions for other rooms, too. In a mudroom, coats, hats, and boots will gain an organized space. It works in the laundry area for the storage of detergents, bleach, and fabric softener. Likewise, it can solve the clutter that comes in children’s craft rooms, with baskets and shelves placed low enough for access by small children, and then moved when those same children grow. 

Bathroom accessories, indoor plants, towels, home office accessories — slatwall can provide a home for all. 

Bring Order to Your Garage Chaos

The best garage slatwall system? It’s the one that solves your storage needs. Putting your garage walls to work so you can clear the clutter makes sense, and slatwall systems are proving to be highly functional and great-looking, bringing order to chaos. They’re easy to install, long-lasting, and made to make living easier. We can all use some of that. 

The Ideal SlatWall System for Your Garage

Wall&CeilingBoard and SlatWall

Wall&CeilingBoard and SlatWall


Designed with a high-strength polymer formulation, Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard and Trusscore SlatWall will transform any space. The durable, lightweight, and easy to install wall and ceiling panels combined with the high functioning organization possibilities of Trusscore SlatWall make them the perfect pair for your next project.

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