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 OK" into something truly show-stopping.
The former Blaster Labs team gave feedback on how to improve displays. The results have been praised by Hasbro's PR group calling the Nerf displays "every Nerf fan's dream." Use these 10 tips for a great Nerf display using traditional pegboard and peg hook supplies.
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Align Blasters Along Straight Lines
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 stop 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
Novice Nerf wall builders often make the mistake of 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. Align your blasters left to right, as they do for store displays. This direction ensures 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 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 two, three, or even four 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-Inch Peg Hooks
Many peg hooks come in a "universal" 1/8-inch size that can be used for pegboards with smaller holes. But assuming you've purchased pegboard with 1/4-inch holes, skip these universal pegs and get good, strong 1/4-inch 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
You will pay more than you need to if you purchase your peg hooks at a local big box store. The hooks alone can run to several hundred dollars for a large pegboard, so any savings per hook will add up. Buy your hooks in bulk online instead, such as on eBay. At least check and compare prices online before you go to a store.
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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- to 3-inch 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 of 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. Use nothing smaller than a 4-by-8-foot 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 it's not a great idea to let your blasters exceed the edges of your pegboard if you want a well-organized look. Get a bigger board from the start. You can always cut it down later if you suddenly stop collecting. But if you're like most fans, that will probably never happen.