Using Slat Walls to Display Your Crafts

by Lisa McGrimmon

Slat walls are a fairly popular option for displaying your crafts. They can create a great look, and they offer a good amount of flexibility in terms of how you set up your display.

Here are 7 photos of booths using a slatwall display system, plus a few things to consider if you plan on using this type of system in your booth.

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Handmade Accessories Display

Handmade accessories displayed on slat walls

Here's a great leather goods booth made entirely from slat walls. This display is sturdy, professional and highlights the products for sale.

This display was at a major, two week long indoor show, so it wasn't being put together, taken apart or moved frequently.

Clothing Slatwall Display

Clothing booth using slat wall display panels

Here's a booth that uses a combination of slatwalls and gridwalls to display clothing. Notice the U-shaped configuration of the slatwalls which helps give the system more stability.

When looking at this type of display stand, it's important to remember that they are frequently used in retail stores, garages, etc. where they are secured directly to a wall and not portable. Be sure that any slatwall panel you purchase for doing craft shows is portable and free standing.

Another Clothing Display

handmade clothing slatwall booth

This next booth has panels with the same stable U configuration as the one in the previous photo.

Notice the bar with lights secured across the top of the panels. In addition to adding important lighting to the booth, the bar at the top also adds to the stability of the panels.

Ooh! Red Slat Walls

Red slatwalls

The red color of these panels really makes a statement! It's dramatic, and it wouldn't work for every booth or every type of product, but it definitely works here.

This is an example of how a strong use of color (that works with the product you sell) can make your booth booth really stand out from the crowd. By the time I reached this booth, I was a bit bleary-eyed from looking at many, many booths. The red immediately caught my eye and drew me in.

And Green Panels, Too!

Purses displayed on slatwalls

Here's a more subtle use of color in a booth. The natural (almost neutral) green works well with these leather goods. Slat walls really can contribute a lot to the look of a booth without competing with the product.

Hats On Display

Hats and scarves displayed on slatwalls

First, I love these hats. I bought one for myself after years of looking for a sun hat that was both cute and actually fit my big head.

This display is simple and works well. The mirrors secured to the panels allow customers to try on and check the look of any hat they like. The hooks on the panel display each hat in a way that it can be seen and is given its own place of importance.

As a customer, what I really loved about this display was that fact that I could, at a glance, see every color and style of hat available. I could quickly find the color I wanted and then try on several styles in that color to find the one that suited me best.

An excellent, customer-friendly display!

Storage on the Bottom

Craft show booth

There's plenty of storage on the bottom of these panels. The bottom cupboards would be a good, stable base for supporting the slatwalls, plus they provide a good, hidden location for storing extra stock and all of the craft show survival necessities you need to bring along.

Considerations When Looking at a Slat Wall System

Slat walls have a lot in common with grid walls, so you'll probably want to consider both to determine which system is best for your needs.

A few negatives to keep in mind with slatwalls:

  • They are generally fairly heavy, which can make transportation a bit more challenging.
  • They can be pricey compared with DIY displays you might rig up yourself.
  • You do need to ensure you buy a style that is portable and free standing for use at craft shows, as opposed to the type that are attached directly to a wall in retail stores. This point is not so much a negative, just something to be aware of.

There are many positives that offset the negatives, though:

  • They do look great. You can create a really professional and pulled together look with slatwalls.
  • They come in a few color options, which you can use effectively to create a specific look to your booth and really make it stand out from others.
  • They allow for a flexible design, so you can experiment and set up your booth in a variety of ways to find what works best, or to adjust for different conditions at different venues.

Comparing With Grid Walls

If you're comparing a slat wall system with a grid wall system, and trying to decide which is best for your needs consider:

Slat Wall Display Ideas
  • The weight of each panel. Both types of displays tend to be heavy, so ensure you will be able to move the panels either yourself or with a helper if you'll have one.
  • The sizes of each panel. Determine how the height and width of the panels will work together to create a cohesive booth. Also consider how you will be able to reconfigure your booth to suit different situations.
  • If you make heavier items or plan to hang a lot from each panel, be sure to check how much weight each panel can safely hold.
  • Consider the look of each system. Slat walls generally provide a cleaner look, but you may be able to hide the metal of a grid wall behind a well-placed curtain.
  • Think about what types of shows you do, and how frequently you do shows. You might decide to go with a booth configuration that looks great and functions well but is a fair amount of work to put together and take apart. That option could work for you if you tend to do major, multi-day shows where you're leaving your booth assembled for several days. If, on the other hand, you do many one or two day shows, you'll need to look carefully at ease of construction and tear-down.
  • Take a look at the accessories available for each system to ensure you can find the types of hooks, shelving etc. you need to display your work at its best.
  • And, of course, don't forget to compare prices. Slat wall panels are generally pricier than grid wall panels (although, if you look around, you might be able to find a great deal). However, if you do a lot of profitable shows, they may be well worth the investment.

Where to Buy Slat Walls

Slat walls are available from a range of stores , including home building supply stores, office supply stores, and Amazon. If you look at those retailers, just be careful to ensure anything you buy will be portable, free-standing and generally suitable for a craft show setting.

Here are few slat walls available on Amazon

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