What Makes Cubewall Unique?

September 3rd, 2014 | Blog

Cubed panels, with grooves in either direction, are a popular alternative to typical slatwall paneling. You will receive the merchandising advantages of slatwall with a different look. The vertical lines break up the horizontal lines to give a unique appearance. Choose your pattern, from 6” up to 24” squares; or try a different pattern with 6” x 12” rectangles. Available in paint grade, LPL, HPL, mirror and veneer. Check our gallery for pictures of cubed and rectangular panels.

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Spacewall Excel PB Facts

August 25th, 2014 | Blog

Excel MDF Paint Grade and Low Pressure Laminate SlatwallDid you know that our new Excel Particle Board (PB) is a sustainable design particleboard that is manufactured from 100% recycled wood fibers? It is NAF formaldehyde-free and has an internal bond of 150 lb/in2. Spacewall Excel PB holds 30-40 pounds per bracket on a 12″ faceout with superior hanging strength. It has a smooth surface for ease of painting or laminating. We stock Excel in paint grade, low pressure laminates and can manufacture high pressure laminates as well. Available in Los Angeles, CA. only.

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Five Reasons Not to Make Your Own Slatwall

August 19th, 2014 | Blog

Why would you make your own slatwall when Spacewall West can make it more quickly, efficiently and with far more options than you can achieve on your own?

  1. You may have a CNC router system, but do you really want to take your valuable CNC time to make slatwall. How long does that take anyway? Many CNC’s have only single heads routers. It will take a VERY LONG TIME to groove a single panel. Even with multiple heads, is this how you choose to use this equipment?
  2. Metal and plastic inserts… we have them. Do you? We install our proprietary inserts into the panel for you, probably more quickly and efficiently than you can. Perhaps you can make your own panels, but now you have to spend your precious time finding plastic and/or metal channels that fit your router bits. There are multiple versions of both plastic and metal…thin or thick…beveled or square edged, and not all inserts fit all slatwall bits. I’ve gotten numerous panicked phone calls from cabinet shops that have routed their own panels and bought their own inserts only to find the inserts don’t fit. We can make it so much simpler for you by providing the complete package.
  3. Dust… how much dust does a panel make? About one third of every 3/4″ MDF panel we groove will end up as sawdust and be funneled through our intricate dust collection system. Do you have an adequate dust collector for grooving your own panels?
  4. What other work do you do at your shop? If you make any parts of plastic or metal, you will find that the sawdust generated by slatwall paneling will wreak havoc on any of these parts you may be making at the same time.
  5. Liability… have you ever had slatwall paneling break out and your client asks you about the weight holding capabilities of your panels? What do you tell them and how have you collected that data? We know exactly what our board supports and with proper installation and education, your customers won’t have breakout issues. We back up these claims with installation instructions and board weight capabilities.

I’m sure your shop is run cleanly and efficiently and you are very good at what you do. At Spacewall, we are also very good at what we do and it’s our job to make yours as easy as possible when it comes to providing slatwall paneling.

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What Is a Slat Wall aka slatwall slot wall slotwall slat board or slot board

August 11th, 2014 | Blog

If you are not in the retail store fixture industry, you may not be able to answer that question. But, if I had a quarter for every time I said “It’s a retail paneling system with grooves cut into it that goes on the perimeter walls of retail stores and you display from the grooves,”…well, I’d be a rich woman!

Slatwall got its start in the late 1970’s, when Hugh Johnson, the originator, woke up one night with a vision. He crafted a rough sample of a wall product using plywood, typical woodworking equipment to cut the slats, glue and staples to create the panels. He then left for a meeting in New York City with Federated Department Stores; and Spacewall slatwall paneling was born. Back in the day, it was made by hand, gluing one slat at a time to a back panel; and was the hottest product in the retail store fixture industry for the next 15 years or so.

So what is slatwall? It is mostly wood, but can also be plastic or metal. You see it everywhere, once you know what to look for. I see it on TV all the time. Slatwall is used in every type of retail store imaginable. It can be used for component parts, slatwall fixtures, and display panels. Wood panels, which are the most common, can be made in custom sheet sizes and slot spacings; and a wide variety of finish options are available as well. Plastic channel and metal inserts create an enduring, classic wall system that is the most adaptable and flexible system available anywhere.

Here are some typical, as well as non-typical applications for slatwall paneling:

  • Traditional retailers use it for hanging apparel, gift items, trinkets, sporting goods, home goods, and food items.
  • Casinos, museums, hospitals use it in gift stores and lobby areas. Some of these include Angels of the Wind Casino; Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Kaiser Permanente and Providence Medical Center.
  • Companies use it for kiosks, both temporary and permanent.
  • Exhibit companies use it for trade show booths, because it is accommodating to countless products to display.
  • Funeral homes use it to display urns; real estate agencies display pictures of homes for sale; it can be used in lobbies, corridors and entrance ways to convey important information about services rendered.
  • Industrial showrooms, from electrical and plumbing, to lawn sprinklers and lighting products, as well as car dealerships use it for displaying a wide myriad of products.
  • Corporate headquarters use it to showcase their products-including the Boeing Dreamliner Showroom; Fender Corporation and Nike.
  • Libraries use it for end cap displays and wall panels featuring their book and magazine selections. Some of these include The Nixon Library; the Ronald Reagan Library; the King County Library Systems in the Pacific Northwest; the Rocklin, CA library.
  • State and National Parks use it in Visitor Centers, including the USS Arizona Gift store and Yellowstone National Park.

As you can see, slatwall paneling…aka… Slotwall, slatted wall systems, slat board slotted board, is one of the most enduring retail merchandising system ever created.

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