How to Install Pegboard Storage

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Pegboard provides an ideal storage solution for lots of areas in the home. In the workshop, garage or even a scrapbooking room--having a pegboard mounted on the wall provides storage and organization while keeping your tools handy. Pegboard is also versatile and you can adapt or rearrange your storage wall any time your requirements change or grow. Mounting pegboard isn't a difficult job, but the following tricks should help make your finished project easier to use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Peg board sheet (cut to fit)
  • 1-by-2 inch board, cut to fit
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Pegboard hooks
  • Wood screws
  • Power saw with small toothed blade
  • Screwdriver or power drill with a screwdriver option.
  • Felt tip marker

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  1. 1

    Consider the weight of the tools or utensils you want to hang and buy the appropriate thickness of pegboard, (it's available in 1/8-inch or ¼-inch thickness, and the thicker board is obviously stronger).

  2. 2

    Cut your pegboard to the size you need using a power saw with a small toothed or plywood blade (20 teeth per inch). A blade with larger teeth will likely chip the pegboard and make uneven, unattractive cuts.

  3. 3

    Remember to leave a small gap behind the pegboard; you can't mount it directly onto the wall. Use your stud finder to find studs behind the wall and mark their locations, then, using your level, draw horizontal lines to mark where you want to install the 1-by-2 inch that will actually hold your pegboard. Depending on the size of your pegboard storage board, you may also want to install some vertical 1-by-2 inch on the studs to provide more strength and stability under the pegboard.

  4. 4

    Install the 1-by-2 inch boards directly onto the wall using wood screws and your markings as a guide.

  5. 5

    Hold the pegboard up to the installed 1-by-2 inch framing and mark where you will install screws to hold the pegboard onto the frame, then drill small pilot holes in the pegboard for the screws.

  6. 6

    Mount the pegboard onto the frame and install the pegboard hooks.

Tips and warnings

  • While some pegboard hooks will work with either ¼-inch or 1/8-inch pegboard, some will only work with a specific size--be sure to get the right size hooks.
  • You can get colored pegboard at building and home stores, or you can paint your pegboard to match your color scheme using acrylic urethane enamel paint.
  • When you are happy with the arrangement of your tools on the pegboard, consider using a felt tip marker to draw the outline of the tools onto your pegboard, so you will always get them into the proper location.
  • If you are cutting the pegboard yourself, it's a good idea to clamp a piece of wood near where you will be cutting to prevent the thin board from fluttering while it's being cut. Alternatively, home stores will often cut a sheet of pegboard to size for you.

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