So you finally got around to organizing all those Nerf blasters taking up space in your closet by creating a "Nerf wall," but for some reason, it's not quite as impressive-looking as you had imagined. You assume it's because you just don't have enough blasters, but even after you've hung a few more, things still aren't quite coming together. Creating the ultimate wall of blasters may seem like a matter of purchasing some pegboard, a few hooks, and spending a few minutes to get everything hung. But much like anything worth doing, if you put a little time and thought into the effort, the end result can go well beyond "just okay" into something truly show-stopping.
We're currently in the middle of construction on our third Nerf wall, and feedback on our previous efforts that were assembled with help from the former Blaster Labs team have ranged from Hasbro's PR group calling our walls "every Nerf fan's dream" to senior Nerf sub-Reddit members stating our last display was "the nicest and neatest Nerf wall" they had seen yet. Here, then, are the top 10 tips we've learned through the first-hand experience putting together several well-received Nerf displays using traditional pegboard and peg hook supplies.
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Align Blasters Along Straight Lines
This may go without saying, but the most important factor in creating a successful Nerf display is to keep things at right angles. That means aligning the longest straight edge of a blaster parallel to the top and bottom or left and right of your pegboard, AND to also keep that blaster in a straight line relative to every other blaster on the same display. If a blaster is drooping or sitting at an angle when everything else is straight--including the other blasters on display--it will instantly look disorganized and out-of-place. You can align either horizontally or vertically, but don't settle until your blasters form 90-degree angles. It takes some trial and error, but the results speak for themselves.
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Group Around Blasters, not Boxes
Nerf blasters are not shaped like boxes, so don't arrange them as if they were. Since blasters are oddly-shaped, filling in the "voids" left when hanging a blaster will go a long way to making your display more "full" feeling. The easiest ways to do this is to nest smaller blasters under larger ones, and use non-blaster items like darts, masks, scopes, clips, and other items to fill in spaces where the blasters aren't taking up space.
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Keep Everything Going the Same Direction
If there's one thing we see novice Nerf wall builders do incorrectly all the time, it's aligning their blasters in random directions relative to each other. Consistency is key in creating a display that is visually appealing, so this is a consideration that shouldn't be overlooked. And the best direction to align your blasters is usually the same as how they are aligned in store displays, which is left-to-right. This will help ensure the "deco" (or "decorated") side of the blaster is facing out.
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Add Identical Blasters to the Same Pegs
Another common oversight we spot all the time is a sea of blasters that are all identical, lined up right next to each other. If you have multiple copies of a single blaster, try stacking them all on the same hook. If you have 2, 3, or even 4 blasters on the same hook, it will create depth and add more of an "arsenal" feel that will make your wall seem that much more impressive.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Paint the Pegboard to Hide the Holes
Pegboard typically comes with one surface primed in a high-sheen white that is primed for painting. Unfortunately, this white surface contrasts strongly with peg holes that are constantly in shadow, which draws more attention to the pattern of holes than is ideal. To minimize this, try painting your wall something other than white. Or, if you lack the time or patience required to paint, flip the pegboard over and use the "tan" side. this alone will make the holes recede, putting more attention on your impressive collection.
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Use Sturdy, 1/4" Peg Hooks
Many peg hooks come in a "universal" 1/8" size that can be used for pegboards with smaller holes. But assuming you've purchased pegboard with 1/4" holes, skip these universal pegs and get good, strong 1/4" pegs. They do cost more, but they are far more capable of holding weight, and they don't wiggle around in the pegboard like smaller sizes.
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Don't Buy Hooks at Big Box Stores
This was a mistake we learned the hard way. For our first blaster wall, we purchased all of our peg hooks at a local big box store, and we spent several hundred dollars in hooks alone. Never again. As many Nerf sub-Reddit members will attest, buying peg hooks in bulk on eBay is almost always a more economical option.
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Mind the Gap
Nothing ruins a good Nerf wall more than huge, uneven gaps between blasters. The key here is to visualize a 2-3" border around each blaster that you're trying to come right up against with each, subsequent item you are hanging. Creating tight groups helps keep the focus on your collection rather than the methods used to display it.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Take It to the Edge
Don't be afraid to take your blasters right out to the borders of your display wall, but not beyond. The ideal is to have very little pegboard showing behind your blasters, but also to avoid having a "jagged" edge of blasters that exceed the boundaries of your board. Keeping things aligned with the edges will help create a sense of organization and professionalism.
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Go Big, or Go Home
Possibly the single biggest failing we've seen in homemade Nerf walls is the creation of a display that is too small. Even if your current collection is modest, assume that you will add blasters over time (you probably will), and purchase pegboard accordingly. We'd suggest nothing smaller than a 4'x8' sheet to start (or whatever the left/right edges of your particular space may allow). That may sound large, but going much smaller with a lot of "regular" wall on either side will make your collection feel overshadowed and marginalized compared to the rest of your room. Keep in mind that, per our previous tip, it's not a great idea to let your blasters exceed the edges of your pegboard if you want a well-organized look. So get a bigger board from the start--you can always cut it down later if you suddenly stop collecting. But if you're like us, that will probably never happen!