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How to Install a Slatwall

Host Fuad Reveiz shows how to install a potting station created by covering a garage wall with slatwall.

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installing a potting station
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Measure the Wall

Measure the wall to determine the available space. Use the level to mark the exact layout for the backboard, creating an 8' rectangle on the wall.

Step 2: Mark Vertical Lines

Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs. Use a level to mark vertical lines from top to bottom, following the stud location. Extend the mark at top beyond the top of the outline so the lines can be seen after the top piece is installed.

Step 3: Install the Backboard

To install the backboard, place a couple of nails into the first board on which the first board will rest. Then, use a drill to countersink screw holes between the slots in the wall board. Attach the first board with 2" wood screws, aligning the screws with the wall studs.

install the backboard

Step 4: Place the Boards

Set the second board in place, aligning the tongue and groove that holds the boards together. Secure it with screws. Continue the process until the wall is assembled.

Step 5: Align the Template

Locate the center of the backboard and mark it. Align the template that came with the dispenser with the mark on the board. Pre-drill holes and install the screws. Leave enough of each screw extended as needed from which to suspend the dispenser.

align template that came with dispenser

Step 6: Place the Dispenser Into Position

Slide the dispenser into position, and tighten the inside screws. Test the dispenser by filling it with potting soil.

place dispenser into position