Are you one of those people that just has to have absolute, and total organization in your garage? Well, you can have just that, with the Slotwall panel system in your garage. I was one of those people who was totally sold on the “peg board” system to organize our garage, so when my husband suggested that we take most of the peg board down from our garage walls, and replace it with slot wall panels; I was not pleased. At best, I was skeptical.
His reasoning was, everything that we had in the line of tools, including the gardening, fishing and camping, automotive and household could go up on the walls. If his assumption was right, there would be no reason to have anything on the floors. I liked that idea because I don’t like for things to be stored on the floor.
He took one weekend to replace most of the pegboard panels with slot wall panels, and I have to admit I have loved the change in our garage. It is so neat and organized. I can’t for the life of me imagine why I was so against this change.
The whole concept behind the slot wall panel system is; number one, the panels come in many different laminates and veneers, which can turn an otherwise hum-drum garage into a colorful work area that is pleasant to be in. And for very heavy tools, you can get a sheet of steel slot wall; also in a color to match the rest. This holds even our chainsaw. And, number two, the slots in the slot wall run horizontal, thus adding strength for what it has to hold up.
The accessories for the slot wall panel system are exactly what every garage needs. They have hooks and hang rails for everything. In the far corner of our garage, we have all of our long garden tools hanging. The good thing is, there is no danger of them coming off the rails we have them hanging from, until we take them off. Before we had this system we tried to keep them neatly standing in the corner. Invariably it seemed one of them would usually fall over.
You can run a few hang rails and put shelves on them, to hold camping and fishing gear. There is special hooks for bicycles, and baskets to hold the small stuff. And like pegboard there are different sizes of hooks to hold all of your different household tools.
One thing my husband did for himself that works great in the garage when doing repairs on one of our vehicles. He took a couple of smaller pieces of slot wall partial panels and set them up in an “A” and put on a platform with coasters. He put a lot of his hand tools on hooks and he can wheel it all around when working. He said it works better for him than his stand-up tool box because he has everything that he needs right there in sight.
Call a Home Depot or Lowe’s in your area to see if they have any on display. Chances are you can go right to the tool area especially, and find their tools on display on slot wall panels.