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Turn an Unfinished Stud Wall into Quick and Handy DIY Shelves with a Slatwall Shelving System and Accessories

Convert raw stud walls to shelving with ready-made aluminum hardware and useful accessories from Hangman Slatwall Shelving Systems in an easy, one-person project. Mount basic track components with screws directly on the bare studs. Construct shelves from 1/2-inch panels of hardboard or pegboard fitted with front and back edging that doubles as a bracket and brace. Shelving has never been easier!

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mounting the first Slatwall Shelving track
Step 1

Mount the First Slatwall Shelving Track on Bare Wall Studs

Mount the first extruded aluminum track directly on the bare studs--no finished sheetrock surface is required. Level the track and drive screws through the predrilled holes deep inside the slot that runs from end to end.

examining 1/4-inch hardboard edged with spacers on the back
Step 2

Choose Materials to Cover the Space between the Tracks

Select the material to cover the wall between the tracks. Cut panels of 1/4-inch decorative hardboard with a 1/4-inch spacer, or use 1/2-inch thick rigid panels of pegboard, corkboard, or melamine. Mix and match to suit yourself.

adding the bottom track to hold a wall panel
Step 3

Position and Secure a Panel between Two Slatwall Tracks

Capture the panel between a Slatwall track mounted above and a second track butted against the bottom. Track edges are equipped with a lip that holds the panel while they're secured with screws. Repeat for each panel.

positioning a Slatwall shelf bracket
Step 4

Edge 3/4-Inch Shelf Stock with Slatwall Shelf Brackets

Slip an extruded aluminum shelf bracket on the rear edge of 3/4-inch melamine-clad particleboard shelf stock. The aluminum brackets are screwed to the shelving material, secured with screws, and then slotted into the wall tracks to hang the shelf.

adding one of several Slatwall cap designs to a shelf
Step 5

Dress the Shelves' Front Edges with a Slatwall Aluminum Cap

Add an aluminum Slatwall cap to the front edge of each shelf, tapping it into place with a mallet. The trim comes in several different designs to dress the front edge and provide additional strength and rigidity to the shelf.

arranging hand tools in a Slatwall Tool Caddy
Step 6

Add a Handy Slatwall Tool Caddy

Choose among Slatwall accessories for a tool caddy that is pre-drilled with a variety of openings to fit a variety of tools. Screw drivers, pliers, hammers and more fit neatly into the slots.

hanging Slatwall hooks in the wall track
Step 7

Insert Slatwall Hooks into the Wall Track for Heavy Tools

Slip on Slatwall hanging hook accessories designed to fit directly into the wall track for larger, heavier items such as extension cords, power drills, levels, and hand saws. Odd shapes can be accommodated with two hooks.

clasping a paper in a Slatwall Clip-It Strip
Step 8

Try a Clip-It Strip Accessory to Hold Papers in Place

Use a Slatwall Clip-It Strip accessory to hold papers in place. It's handy for grasping cut lists and project plans, yet releases the paper without damage with a gentle pull downward.

hanging a Slatwall Mounting Mat
Step 9

Holds Notes and Photographs with a Slatwall Mounting Mat

Use a Slatwall mounting mat to hold notes and photographs without clips, pins or tape as the finishing touch for your Slatwall Shelving System.

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