Types of Pegboard

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Types of Pegboard
Pegboard storage systems accommodate many types of objects. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pegboard has long served as the storage solution of choice for homes, garages and retailers. While users traditionally had few choices in terms of pegboard materials and accessories, new varieties of pegboard offer more options and greater flexibility. When choosing pegboard, consider different materials and designs to find a solution that helps you keep track of all your tools and other household goods in one simple system.


Manufacturers produce metal pegboard from steel or aluminium as an alternative to traditional hardboard varieties. While these metal systems cost more than other types of pegboard, according to This Old House, they also provide enhanced durability and strength. Metal systems incorporate both slots and holes to hold hooks, shelves and pegs more securely. This means that they are unlikely to fall out or damage the surrounding board when you remove a tool. Buyers can choose from many finishes, including polished or matt pegboards, as well as textured surfaces. Some manufacturers even offer painted metal pegboard to add a touch of colour to garages or basements.


Traditional wooden pegboard consists of dense hardboard equipped with standard holes. Many buyers choose these systems for their low cost or for the ease of cutting these boards to size at home. Wooden pegboard comes in brown or white finishes, and is difficult to paint successfully. It tends to create a utilitarian look in the basement or garage, and may be damaged by hooks pulling out of a hole. Hardboard is also susceptible to moisture damage and may swell or rot due to moisture or humidity.


Plastic pegboard serves as an economical and versatile alternative to traditional wooden units. These boards consist of PVC, polythene or similar plastic that may be equipped with holes, slots or moulded hooks. Manufacturers often incorporate colour into the plastic, though basic white and black are also available. These boards offer moisture-resistance and come in many sizes but may not offer the same durability and strength provided by metal pegboards.


Acrylic pegboards are often found in retail locations. They consist of hard acrylic resin, which is often completely clear or slightly tinted. These pegboards may attach to the wall or may be freestanding to hold clothes and other consumer goods. Many have special shelving and accessories designed to withstand heavy use in a commercial setting. The transparency of an acrylic pegboard allows other wall finishes to shine through and helps retail goods stand out for buyers. It also helps stores maintain an open feel and lends itself well to crisp, modern designs.

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