Do you want to know how to build a garage slat wall? I used to like pegboard for storage walls. But now I prefer my slat wall. I find the little hooks that you need to use with pegboard a bit fidgety, and usually don’t stay put. Also slat walls are cheap and easy to build and you can totally customize them to your needs and your space. Plus I really like the look of the wood. I did a DIY slat wall for my work bench.
The work bench is 75″ long so that’s the length. The distance between the shelf and the workbench is 24″. I did a bit of math and determined that I would need 5 slats to fill the space, allowing a bit of extra space at the top and bottom. I started by cutting 2 -24″ 2’x2″s and screwed them into studs, to have something to attach the slats onto. I stained the slats using Minwax Ipswich Pine stain, which is the same stain I used on the workbench. If you are staining your boards, stain them before you attach them. And don’t forget that when you are doing math, that a 1″x4″ is ACTUALLY 3/4″x 3.5″ because that makes sense! Click here for an explanation. And keep that in mind when planning out your slat wall. For mine I needed 5×75″ 1″x4″‘s
Working your way up
Screw your first board in place, starting at the bottom, and utilizing what ever spacing you have decided on. Mine worked out that it would fit 5 boards, and leave approx. 1.75″ at the top and bottom.
When setting the location of your second board, Use a couple of scrap pieces of 1″x4″ as spacers, as this is what you will use to hang your tools, or use as shelves.
Use 2″ wood screws to attach the 1×4’s to the 2×2’s. Continue placing your boards, using the 1×4 spacers. Once all the slats are in place, you can begin planning where to place your tools.
I cut small pieces of 1″x4″x1″ to use as tool hangers. And since we used our 1×4 spacers when constructing… these fit perfectly – PLANNED!!!! and can be moved around where you need them. You can also use a 1×6 or a 1×4 as a shelf. So, it doesn’t need to be static. It can shift as needed.
For the layout of the tools, I tried to find a happy medium between how it looked and what was functional. I wanted to have easy access to my tools day to day. So, I chose the items that I use the most, and organized where I wanted them. I seem to use my hammers a lot, so I put those on the right hand side, since I’m right handed 🙂
Here are some of the items that made the cut:
I used both finishing nails and screws for the hanging tools. None of these are super heavy. For the screw-drivers, I chose an assortment, including my beloved Picquic. We just drilled holes into a piece of 1″x6″. Truthfully, it’s not super pretty, but it works just fine. I may upgrade this to a better version later.
Ultimately I wanted to be able to walk into the garage and just pluck the tool I want off the wall. I can’t tell you how frustrating I find it when I’m in the middle of a project and I can’t find my damn hammer!!!! Some people might find all these tools messy, but I like it. And it’s efficient.
Here is my handy dandy tool wall:
I’m very happy with how this turned out. I still have a few more pieces to go on this ever evolving garage project, but all in all this space is really coming along.
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