How to Install and Organize a Pegboard

Create calm from chaos with a pegboard in your garage. Utilize vertical space to organize everything from tools to craft supplies.

Install and organize a pegboard

Pegboard Installation and Organization

Install and organize a pegboard

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Materials Needed:

  • pegboard panel
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • level
  • table saw or circular saw
  • 1"x2"x8' furring strips
  • 1"x2"x8' trim
  • paint
  • painting supplies
  • 2" wood screws
  • anchors (as necessary)
  • 1-1/4" finishing nails
  • hammer
  • assorted peg hooks

Building the Board

Determine the size of your pegboard installation. The sheets are commonly sold in 2’x4’, 4’x4’ and 4’x8’ sections. However, if you have a specific measurement to fill a space the larger sheets can typically be cut to size at most home improvement centers.
Determine the number of furring strips you will need based on the size of your board. You will need at least enough to make a frame under the board. For larger boards, add furring strips for the center of the board spaced no more than 2 feet apart. Measure the height of your board. Cut two furring strips to that measurement (Image 1). Measure the width of your board and cut strips to that measurement minus 3 inches. You will need at least two to complete the frame plus any for center supports.
Using a level make a line where the top of the pegboard should sit. Measure and mark the spots for the outside edges of the furring strips to correspond with the dimensions of the board. Place the vertical furring strips in place with the top edge against the level line and use the level vertically to ensure that the furring strips are straight. Use 2” wood screws to secure them to the wall (Image 2). For wall material that is not sturdy enough use anchors where no wall studs are available.
With help, hold the pegboard sheet in place while you secure it to the furring strips with 2” wood screws. Add wood screws about every 6” apart around the frame and on the center supports (Image 3).

Finishing the Board

Add a pop of color to your project by painting with a color to match your decor (Image 1). For best results, choose a paint that has at least a bit of sheen to withstand scuffs and to clean easily.
Cut 1”x2” trim to match the measurements of the furring strips for the frame. Paint or stain and seal the trim as desired. Use finishing nails to secure the trim frame in place (Image 2). Sink the nails and fill them with wood putty. Sand the putty and touch up with paint to cover.

Organizing the Board

Pegboard accessories come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Use longer pegs together to hold cords; double, rounded hooks to hold drills and other hand tools; and baskets to hold things that are not well suited for hooks such as paint cans (Image 1).
Add extra touches to the pegboard such as shelf support hooks that allow you to place a shelf for more materials. Consider a small single hook for a small clock to keep your projects coming in on time (Image 2).

Install and organize a pegboard

Pegboard Installation and Organization

Install and organize a pegboard

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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