When to Select HPL (high pressure laminate) or LPL (low pressure laminate) for Slatwall Paneling

April 19th, 2018

We are often asked what the difference is between a high pressure laminate product and a low pressure laminate, and why one is better than the other. But first, what exactly are these two products? HPL or high pressure laminate, is an actual plastic sheet with a backer that makes the product extremely durable. Each sheet is adhered with glue to the ¾” core product and then put in a press to bond the materials together. It’s the same material often used in kitchen and bathroom countertops for commercial and residential applications. LPL or low pressure laminate, is a paper overlay finish bonded to MDF with a heat-activated glue. A laminating machine with heat rollers ensures a consistent and sound bond. LPL is a general category of product, but you may hear other descriptions like melamine, vinyl film, or foil…

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Sockshop University

March 21st, 2018

Congratulations and good luck to Sockshop University (#sockshopuniversity and #noboringsocks) on the opening of their newest store in Seattle. Located in the heart of the University District at 4542 University Way NE, their store features a huge variety of socks displayed on ...wait for it...none other than our very own SPACEWALL SLATWALL PANELING! Sockshop selected Wilsonart White Barn WA7977K12 for this project and it creates a clean and neutral background for the wide variety of colorful socks they carry. Thanks for allowing Spacewall West to be part of your construction process and we wish you much success in your new Seattle store.

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Aquarium Gift Shop Gets New Stunning Design

May 11th, 2017

Spacewall International recently completed an exciting project for a new gift shop in the Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi, Texas). The project required a number of custom printed laminate panels manufactured using MDF and Omniwall T metal inserts in the grooves and custom display units including a custom slatwall checkout counter. Five massive, realistic-looking murals were created depicting dolphins, lionfish, jellyfish, sea turtles and sardines. Click here to read more about custom print slatwall and see a photo gallery of this project.

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10 FAQ About How Much Weight Slatwall Can Hold

February 10th, 2017

There are a multitude of factors that go into the weight bearing capabilities of slatwall paneling. Many questions about the type of slatwall to use can only be answered by the consumer; because it is only the user that intimately knows the makeup of the items sold in the store; how much the items weight; how heavily the panels are merchandised using what hardware; and the amount of traffic the store receives. What are the ten most common questions I am asked about slatwall weight capabilities? My responses are going to be based on the products I am most familiar with; although I can make general comments about other products as well. 1. How much weight does slatwall support? Unsupported slatwall is a panel having no insert; as well as plastic channel, ColorGroove or a laminate strip in the groove.…

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How to Choose Horizontal or Vertical Slatwall Panels

April 22nd, 2016

Do you know how to choose horizontal slatwall or vertical slatwall? Here are some guidelines. Choose HORIZONTAL slatwall to minimize your visible seams when installing. Lining up 4' of grooves is easier than lining up 8' of grooves. Choose horizontal slatwall for ease of installation. The panels are not quite as flexible as vertical panels so they are easier to install. Horizontal panels can be stacked one on top of another so your half grooves on the top and bottom edges join to create a seam. Horizontal panels are more cost-efficient than vertical panels since vertical panels carry an additional cost. Choose VERTICAL slatwall, also called CROSSGROOVED SLATWALL, if needing to cover a narrow but tall area. It is a good choice for wrapping columns. Trade show booths use vertical slatwall because booths are often 8' tall and need a…

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Six New Colors To Update Your Retail Store in 2015

January 7th, 2015

What is the question we are asked most often by our customers? "Do you have something affordable other than white or maple slatwall? And secondly, "Do you have something I can buy right NOW and not have to wait a couple of weeks?" Spacewall West is listening to you and we are introducing a beautiful new line of cold-rolled urethane topcoated low pressure laminates. These textured woodgrain papers, with matching L molding for the edges are contemporary, yet evocative of the past. Our new colors reflect current design trends for the commercial as well as residential market; and are in stock now in Los Angeles, CA. 1. ARIA - If you are looking for a gray, nostalgic barnwood, try ARIA. This rustic look is an excellent neutral color and pairs well with our omniwall T aluminum inserts. Purchase Aria. 2.…

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What Makes Cubewall Unique?

September 3rd, 2014

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. Click to order cubewall from our Seattle location. Click to order cubewall from our Los Angeles location.

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Spacewall Excel PB Facts

August 25th, 2014

Did 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. Click to order Excel PB from our Los Angeles location.

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Five Reasons Not to Make Your Own Slatwall

August 19th, 2014

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? 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? 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.…

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

August 11th, 2014

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…

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