Does your gym have accessories, attachments, and other odds & ends that don’t really have a “home?”
It’s ok if they don’t – mine didn’t for a long time.
I had my things “neatly” organized in a corner, jammed in a toolbox, or otherwise hidden the best that they could be.
After constantly looking for stuff, cramming things back in their places, and generally disturbing my OCD, I decided to finally get my space organized…
The tool of choice… Wall Control: one of the best home gym storage solutions you can buy.
I had seen and heard about Wall Control for a long time, but it wasn’t until 2019 – a full three years after I started my home gym – that I finally bought it.
It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made because it legitimately transformed my space both functionally and aesthetically.
What started with 4 Wall Control panels in my first gym has morphed into an epic 10-panel beast of a home gym organization setup.
In this review, I’ll walk you through the Wall Control system, help you identify the right attachments to buy, and give you some tips on picking and installing the panels.
If you end up purchasing Wall Control, you can use code ‘GARAGEGYM’ to save 10% off your entire order.
Let’s dig in.
Wall Control Review
Wall Control is a metal pegboard system that uses a series of slots and holes to accommodate various pegboard attachments and accessories. It’s an excellent pegboard to organize your home gym.
As most of us have seen, perhaps in our grandad’s shed, pegboards have commonly come in other materials like masonite, particleboard, etc… While those can get the job done at a cheaper price, they’re pretty unattractive and they aren’t very durable over the long term.
Wall Control, on the other hand, is extremely durable because it’s constructed with 20-gauge steel. Not only that, but when properly installed (more below), each panel is capable of handling up to 200lbs. This is especially great in the home gym where attachments and other accessories can be quite heavy.
You can purchase Wall Control panels in a few different sizes and orientations. Most people will use the 32″ tall x 16″ wide panels, although the 16″ x 32″ panel is another popular and useful option. I own and use both myself.
By installing Wall Control in my garage gym, I was able to get rid of all the clutter on the ground and onto the wall very neatly. In doing so, and in conjunction with my DIY water heater enclosure, I was able to capture 50 extra square feet of storage space that I otherwise wouldn’t have had.
FIFTY square feet – that’s meaningful.
Let’s take a closer look at the product.
Assembly and Installation
Wall Control ships with the panels and all necessary hardware, which includes screws and drywall anchors (if needed).
Each panel sits 3/4″ from the wall and they include rounded edges to eliminate any sharpness. In the corners and on the middle edges are six holes that are used to mount the panels. These holes are spaced 16″ on center to accommodate the studs in most people’s homes.
My recommendation, having installed Wall Control numerous times, is to use studs. If you’re hanging light things like yarn, crafts, camera accessories, small tools, etc… mounting into drywall via the anchors is fine. If you’re hanging heavy things like gym equipment, power tools, etc… studs are the way to go.
If you don’t have 16″ stud spacing or if mounting to your studs would create an off-center look, then you can mount stringer boards to your studs and then mount the Wall Control panels directly onto those boards. This is exactly what I did in my first gym because my stud spacing created an uneven layout between two large windows. By stringer-mounting, I was able to get the same stud security while also creating a perfectly centered and attractive setup.
Something else to consider is if you’re planning to mount panels side-by-side, which many users will. In this case, you’ll be mounting two panels into one stud, assuming you’re mounting directly into studs at all. When doing this, you must mark your stud properly and get the edges of the panels as close to the center as possible. This way you get a strong thread on both panels.
Ultimately, mounting Wall Control is very easy. Once you get the first panel mounted, the rest fall right into place.
As of the time of this review, Wall Control has over 50 attachment options for their panels depending on what you’ll be storing.
The good news is that you only need to focus on a few of them. I made the mistake when first purchasing Wall Control of buying a variety pack because I simply didn’t know what I needed. My loss is your gain because now I know exactly what to buy and recommend for your home gym organization needs.
The first attachment I suggest is the 2 7/8″ Long Reach Hook. This is one of my most used hooks because it works in so many different applications. For the home gym, you can use these hooks for carabiners, hitch pins, cable attachments, bands, and much more. These attachments have an extended hook at the end to prevent anything from falling off unnecessarily. They come in a pack of four, they’re very affordable, and they work perfectly.
The second attachment I suggest is similar to the long reach, and that’s the 3 1/2″ Curved Tip Hook. These work much like the long-reach hooks, but with a little extra length and with a hook that bends back towards the panel. This can provide even more protection against things sliding off. These also come in packs of four.
The third attachment I recommend is the 6″ extended reach hook. This is great for things like weightlifting belts, bands, foam rollers, etc… It has a small hook at the end, but its length is the primary benefit. These come in packs of two.
In addition to these, Wall Control also sells various other attachments, including shelves which I also own and recommend.
In terms of securing the hooks, all Wall Control attachments use the slots via the panels. Simply slide the back-end of the hook into the slot and then press down. This will ensure the hook is locked in place and ready for action. Keep in mind that sometimes when pulling things off the hooks, they may slide up and loosen if you hit them from the underside. This is a minor and rare issue that is solved just by pressing them back in place.
Because Wall Control panels have a combination of their slots and traditional pegboard holes spaced 1″ on center, you can also use attachments from outside companies. For example, Amazon sells a variety of baskets that work well to store things like knee sleeves, wrist wraps, barbell maintenance tools, etc…
Don’t get too overwhelmed by all the options. Stick to the basic attachments – you likely won’t need much, if anything else.
Another great benefit of Wall Control is that you can pick from a variety of colors and finishes. As of this review, Wall Control offers 12 standard colors and 5 signature colors. The difference between them is that the signature series has a matte finish vs. the gloss finish on the regular panels.
In addition to the panel colors, you can also select from four colors on the attachments: red, blue, black, and white. This allows you to further customize the look of your setup.
I went with an all-white aesthetic on my Wall Control. I like the crisp look and I liked the idea of my gym pieces looking as if they were floating thanks to the single color throughout.
If you want even more design control, you can fully customize your panels through Hang Time out of Atlanta, GA. While this is more expensive, you can import your own images, add your own text, select any color you want, etc… It’s a great way to take your Wall Control to the next level.
In my opinion, you won’t find a better-looking pegboard setup than Wall Control. With different panel colors, attachment colors, and bespoke customization options, there’s nothing else like it.
While Wall Control is one of the most premium pegboard systems on the market, it’s still quite affordable. Each panel is going to run you less than $30 and Wall Control offers two-packs with a few dollars of savings. Attachments start as low as less than $5 for four packs.
For the average home gym owner looking to buy 2-3 panels and some attachments, you’ll be looking at between $70-$120. My entire setup, which includes 10 panels and dozens of attachments/hooks cost around $450.
To me, having a well-organized home gym is well worth it.
Remember, you can use code ‘GARAGEGYM’ to save 10% off your entire order at wallcontrol.com.
Wall Control – Pros & Cons
- Very durable pegboards with 20-gauge steel construction and up to a 200lb weight capacity.
- Installation is easy and they provide all necessary hardware.
- A combination of slots and holes accommodates attachments inside out outside of Wall Control.
- Over 50 different Wall Control accessories to meet all of your needs (although you probably only need a few).
- A variety of colors allows for customization of your panels and hooks.
- Made in the USA.
- While still a great value, Wall Control is more expensive than traditional pegboards.
- The 32″ x 16″ panels start with the slot first whereas the 16″ x 32″ panels start with the round holes first. While this is a very minor distinction, I do wish they both started with the same slot or hole to create an even more uniform look.
I have been very impressed with my Wall Control setup. It has completely transformed my space into a well-organized, efficient space with a great-looking aesthetic to boot.
I highly recommend you look into Wall Control for your home gym – you won’t be disappointed.
If you have any questions about Wall Control, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if you own Wall Control panels and you want to chime in with your own thoughts, please do so!
As always, I appreciate any feedback.
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