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Slatwall - Technical Specifications

Grooving Options
Board Options
Finishing Options
Edge Finishes
Groove Insert Options
Hanging Strength



The standard board substrate for Creative Displays' Displaywall is MDF (medium density fibreboard). Panels are normally 18mm thick and the maximum panel size is 2440x1220mm. 

T grooves can run across the width of the panel (cross grooved), which is our standard, or along the length (long grooved). The maximum size of finished long groove panels is 1220x2420mm.  

The panels can be used with or without inserts.  These inserts are available in aluminium or plastic with various colour options.


When ordering Displaywall you will be asked a number of questions to ensure that you end up with exactly the product you require.

Height and width
For us, the width is the way you want the grooves to run.  E.g. if you want the grooves to run the length of the board, then width is greater than height.

First and last groove For us, the first groove is the distance you want between the top of the panel and the first groove on the way down.  Conversely, the last groove is the distance from the last groove to the bottom of the panel.

Grain direction When specifying woodgrain melamines or real veneers, it is important to specify whether you want the timber grain to run in the direction of the width or the height of the finished panel.  Since melamine and veneer MDF boards are produced with the grain running in the length direction, it will not be possible to produce a large horizontally grooved panel with the grain in the Height direction.

Pitch The distance or spacing between the centres of the grooves.


Grooving Options

Displaywall is used in a wide variety of applications, Creative Displays is able to offer you every conceivable grooving configuration.

Groove spacing
The most commonly used pitch in New Zealand is 100mm between centres.  Standard groove spacings are: 50, 75, 100, 150, 200 and 300mm.  However, you are not limited to these spacings, we can provide any spacing in-between or greater than these, up to one groove in each panel.

Groove direction Our standard groove direction is in the panel width (cross grooved), used for panels which are installed vertically and used most commonly.  We can also groove panels in the long direction (long grooved).  This is used for panels installed horizontally.

Optional edging Standard edge finish on all panels is a square edge. See sketch ‘A'

Where horizontal panels are to me mounted in rows, the horizontal edges of adjoining panels can be finished as a half-groove, which makes the installed panels appear seamless. See sketch ‘B'.
Creative Displays can also supply Displaywall panels with custom grooving designs:  
Cube grooving Grooves run in both directions, giving the look of tiles. The vertical grooves can be full grooves or simply scores. A variation on this style is rectangular grooving. The smaller the cubes or rectangles and the deeper the vertical grooves, the weaker the panel.
Brick grooving Grooves run in both directions, giving the look of bricks or, with larger dimensions, the look of concrete blocks.
Curved ends Grooves do not need to run to the end of the board.  You can specify the shape of an area you want to keep clear of grooves, e.g. for mounting graphics or a logo.
Double sided panels It is possible to groove panels on both sides, however, the grooves need to be staggered and the minimum pitch or spacing is 75mm.  Double grooved boards need very careful handling and incur processing and packaging extras.

Variable or mixed pitch

Displaywall does not need to have the same pitch along its full height. Creative Displays is able to offer variable pitch, where the spacing between grooves changes by a given amount up or down the panel. This means that you can have e.g. 50mm pitch at the top of the panel, increasing gradually to 200 at the bottom.

Another option is to have mixed pitch; bands of different pitch along the height of the panel, e.g. catering for different product sizes.


Board Options

The standard board substrate used by Creative Displays for Displaywall is MDF* (Medium Density Fibreboard) with a thickness of 18mm. We are able to process thicker boards, e.g. 25, 30 or 50mm. Thinner boards are not recommended as this results in a weak finished panel.

For applications in a moist environment, or where greater internal bond strength is required, moisture resistant (MR) board can be supplied. It provides a 20% greater internal bond strength.

Occasionally, plywood is used, most commonly 19mm. It can result in a stronger panel but attracts a processing surcharge.

Maximum panel dimensions are 2440mm x 1220mm. When supplying LPL (Low Pressure Laminate) panels, e.g. Melamine, Melteca, Panelart for joining to other surfaces, we recommend the panel dimensions be trimmed to 2400x1200mm to ensure a clean edge. Smaller panel sizes can always be supplied.

To achieve Displaywall areas larger than 2400x1200mm, panels can be joined horizontally by half grooves which hide the joint. To join panels vertically, panels are generally butt joined.  To accentuate the joint, a PVC T-section can be supplied in a variety of colours.

Custom sizes
Creative Displays will cut Displaywall panels to order, as per customer specification.


Finishing Options

Displaywall is available with a comprehensive range of laminates and finishes to match your design specifications:

LPL (low pressure laminate).
The most commonly supplied finish is manufactured by applying special melamine-impregnated papers under heat and pressure to an MDF board. LPL provides good durability and performance at an economical cost and is often the best overall value for many years. We offer a full range of LPL colours and patterns from all major manufacturers including: Bestwood (Melamine), Laminex (Melteca), Parbury (Panelart).

Board facings
LPL boards from some suppliers are available single sided (face one) or double sided (face two). There is a price advantage to buying single sided, but the panels are more prone to cupping or bending due to differential moisture absorption.  Single sided panels are not recommended where they can not be firmly supported, e.g. by a wall.

Wood veneer Creative Displays can provide MDF panels with real wood veneer such as Tawa, Rimu, Oak, Walnut, Teak, etc.  Veneer panels can be supplied raw, ready for customer finishing or we can apply a clear lacquer coating.

Painted Displaywall can be supplied painted in any paint chart colour of your choice. We can also match existing colours.  Our standard paint finish is a two-pot acid catalysed lacquer.  A one pot finish can also be provided. Painted panels are usually supplied with plastic or aluminium inserts.  Where this is not required, the inside of the groove can be painted to the same colour as the panel at an extra charge.

Special finishes Displaywall can also be finished with HPL (high pressure laminate) (Formica, Laminex, Wilsonart) or foils, mirror acrylic, metals


Edge Finishes

Displaywall is normally supplied with a square raw MDF edge. Where the edge of the panel is visible, a variety of edge finishes can be supplied:

U CHANNELS (only for standard 18mm panels)  
Aluminium U channel An anodised aluminium extrusion 20x6mm.
PVC U channel PVC extrusion 20x7mm, available in white, grey or black.   U channels can be fastened with e.g. Panelbond.
Clashings Edges can be trimmed with PVC tape (.6mm thick) or edge banding (2mm thick) for a more robust finish.  These finishes are available in all common Melamine, Melteca and Panelart colours and for most board thicknesses (18, 25,30)
Painted For painted panels, the edges can be sanded to prevent chipping and painted in the colour of the panel.  

Groove Insert Options

A variety of aluminium and plastic channels can be inserted into the panel grooves, to add hanging strength or for decorative purposes. Grooves need to be larger to accommodate the slide-in inserts, you cannot retrofit inserts to a panel which has been produced for use without inserts. Our insert options are:

Aluminium insert Strengthens grooves for heavy loads.  The Displaywall insert is fitted with a small tag* which provides superior anchoring in the panel. Finishes include:

  • Mill finish aluminium (standard)
  • Anodised (a range of shades between natural and black)
  • Powder coated (a wide variety of colours available)  


Laminate insert Strips of HPL (high pressure laminate) e.g. Formica or Laminex slide into the groove for decorative effect.  The strips can be the same colour as the panel face or a contrasting colour, pattern or texture to create a custom appearance.  Custom made to order.


Hanging Strength

Hanging strength is a measure of Displaywall's load carrying capability based on the following factors:

Groove spacing - The less space between grooves the lower the hanging strength. A minimum spacing of 75mm is recommended.

Load spacing - The distance between the prongs or brackets. We recommend at least 300mm between brackets, less is acceptable for light products.

Edge loading - The carrying capacity of any slatwall is reduced closer to the panel's edge. We recommend keeping brackets at least 150mm from the panel edge, depending on product weight.

Distance from panel face The further the weight is out from the panel face, the lower the hanging strength will be.  The graph below illustrates the approximate maximum hanging weight at various distances from the panel face.

Internal bond strength The ability of the board to withstand the forces exerted on it by the load.  All board from NZ suppliers have similar bond strength.

Note that the use of aluminium inserts almost doubles the panel's hanging strength.


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