I am now going to finish my garage walls. Two sides are new walls that are
newly framed, the other two sides are the garage doors and exterior wall.
I am thinking of lining two walls with something that I can use to store and
organize. I have used peg boards before, you need to have some room behind
it so I usually fur out an existing wall with a 1x and then screw the peg
board onto it, then I can put all sorts of accessories to hang stuff off it.
Now I see there are some slat boards (usually white, seems to be made of MDF
materials, with horizontal notches every 4" or so and you can also attach a
lot of gadgets to it for organizing.
Which is better? Would appreciate comments on pros and cons and also if
there are other options would like to hear about it too.
One thing that comes to mind about peg boards is that they are much weaker
so you can't really hang shelves off it and I think the slat boards can.
1/4" pegboard isn't _too_ bad strengthwise, but it isn't for heavy
horizontal loading, no.
The t-board systems are kewl, but imo far too pricey -- there its a case
of what your budget can afford.
Personally, for shop walls I'd just as soon have solid 1/2" or thicker
ply or even old salvaged 1X shelving boards as anything. One can then
put whatever wherever and don't need the specialty hangers.
imo, $0.02, ymmv, etc., etc., etc., ...
Peg board is a LOT cheaper, at least around here. As to strength, most
slat board I have seen is designed for store displays, and at the
auctions there is always a stack of busted panels where a bracket tore
out. Seems to be chipboard inside, with a melamine top layer.
A garage is damp- I'd be reluctant to have anything made out of
chipboard out there.
If there is a store/industrial fixture reseller near you, I'd look for
metal pegboard, like store gondolas have between the posts. That holds
some weight. In a garage, for heavy stuff, nothing beats metal shelf
brackets, either screwed into the studs, or clipped into double-slot
standards. (again, an item from retail world.) If you want movable
racks, some companies make cleat systems, like the expensive rubbermaid
stuff. Screw the cleats to studs, or better yet, to a layer of thick
plywood or a wall of T&G car siding screwed on the 5/8" drywall on the
firewall between garage and living space.
I've used both peg board & as you call it "slat board"...the stuff I
used was called space wall; commercial stuff. The board I used was
MDF with a wood veneer.
The drawback of any wall / "panel based" storage system is that you
really only get one layer of storage. Peg board (1/4"; the real "good
stuff", the very dark stuff) is ok strength wise but as a storage
system that really get used its only fair. I found that picking &
replacing tools or supplies often dislodged the pegboard brackets.
As per aemeijers, the usual (& often occurring) failure mode is
bracket load causing tear out of the material. I've had it happen
more than a few times. :(
You can "reinforce" it with strategically placed screws but that's a
bit of extra work.
If you garage is big enough, I would suggest a wall of Craiglist shop
cabinets of some sort. Get ones deep enough to take 18" cardboard bin
boxes, they come in 4", 6", 8" & wider widths. The volume of storage
in such a system is way greater than that of a pegboard or space wall
I've done the shop cabinet / bin box system in several garages, shops
& labs over the last 25 years and it cannot be beaten for storage
volume & storage density. Like items in the same bin box with a label
or item sample hot glued to the face of the bin boxes instant access
to a deep storage system.
A variation of the system could be cabinets with heavy duty slide out
"trays / drawers".
Of course, some items don't lend themselves to cabinet storage.
Since I've used both, I would prefer space wall (slat board) over
pegboard but decent thickness plywood (as per DPB'd comment; 1/2"
minimum) gives you the ultimate flexibility with much better
strength. Not as trick or cute as slat board but way more practical.
I use the white painted pegboard and have made specialty wooden
holders for all my tools. One system has door hinges on a frame, so I
can use both sides of the pegboard. I used two L-hooks on each wooden
holder. Works great. If you decide to go with pegboard get the
heavy-duty kind. The little wire holders pull out, but you can use a
glue gun to hold them in place.
Just curious- since you post here fairly often and have good ideas on
occasion. . . why use pegboard at all if you need to fasten the
holders? Wouldn't 3/4 ply & sheetrock screws do the trick for
less- and with less bother.
On occasion a wire bender and some sturdy wire might facilitate
things- but 90% of the time a couple screws will do it. If you want
to get fancy with the wires a bender as simple as this works fine-
I don't use the screws, but I am all in favor of nails or screws rather than
peg board. Putting up 3/4" plywood you can put nails or screws wherever you
need them and take them out and move them if you need to change the
layout. Much more practical than peg board, and a lot cheaper than
The pegboard allows me to move the holders around as I buy or replace
tools. Or, sometimes after use, I find a better location for the
holder. Sure you can use 3/4" ply and sheetrock screws, not sure if
this is cheaper but certainly not expensive. Woodworking is my hobby,
so making holders is fast, easy, and built from my wood scrap pile. I
have a 4x8 pegboard all filled with clamps, but any clamp can be
retrieved or put back in place without any clamping. Shopnotes had a
plan for making framed pegboard and holders, and that is where I
started and then started making more custom holders.
You've probably seen this- but any thread about thinking ahead and
organizing isn't complete without a nod to Mr. Studley and his
'ultimate tool box'
Not very flexible when he was done-- but what a work of art.
Slat boards are very nice.
You can also buy aluminum inserts that slide in that make it even
stronger than it was...a bonus.
The downside...it is more expensive than us cheap..err..thrifty
homeowners like to spend.
A thought...LOTS of retail stores will be closing this year...and all
their slat board will be up for pennies on the dollar.
Also the brackets can be expensive...again surplus is the route to
A question for everyone...where does one find inexpensive brackets
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