I recently decided to organize my garage using peg board. Before began, I did a little recon work and wow, was I surprised at how much can be done with some simple, inexpensive peg board. No matter what room you want to get into shape, peg board can help, and it’s cheap.
For less than $30, you can buy a 4′ by 8′ piece of peg board. Hooks and brackets cost anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars each. Not bad, especially when you consider that going to one of those big box organizational stores could have you paying hundreds for materials to do the same thing.
Peg board typically comes in brown or white. The white board may be a dollar or two more, but it can be left as is and look nice, or it can be painted or decorated in other ways more easily than the dark brown board can be. Spray paint is perfect for painting peg board. Simply lay it on a tarp or cardboard box in the driveway and spray away. You can choose to use one color or get creative and decorate by using stencils, tape, or other objects to make designs. The possibilities are almost endless. You can also buy metal panels that are more durable than the wood or pressed paper type pegboard, and can be painted using enamel paint.
Hanging pegboard can be pretty straightforward. But one thing I learned was not to nail it directly to the wall. If you do, there will be no room behind it for the hooks to hang. The simple solution is to nail thin, wooden strips (they may be called lathe strips or something else) around the edges of the peg board. These strips are about 2″ x 4″ and usually come in 8′ lengths. Once these are connected to the peg board, you can nail the peg board to the wall where the strips are. This allows space behind the board for the hooks. Or buy a spacer kit like this one to save some time.
Now, onto the fun stuff: getting creative and organized.
Since a garage project started this whole thing, it seems like a good place to start.
If you have more sports gear than you can keep track of — balls, helmets, rackets, bike tire tubes, etc. — a peg board wall will put everything in its place. You’ll see this sports wall how-to includes a fancy board in the center to hang baskets from, but you can easily hang baskets from basic peg board hooks as well.
Of course, tools are perfect to be hung on peg board. Notice how, in this organized tool wall, baskets are used for small items or items that can’t hang on their own. Here’s another example for tool organization. And if you like to be super organized, check out this peg board: This way, everyone knows what belongs where and if something is missing.
If you have lots of nails, screws, bolts and other tiny objects, consider storing them in empty baby food jars (f you don’t have any, ask a friend or family member with a baby). The jars can be attached to peg board using a wire wrapped under the rim. Garden tools store well on peg board, too, making it easy to grab whatever you need.
Once you’re back in the house, broom closets can be easily organized with peg board as can laundry rooms. If you happen to have a cupboard in your laundry room, I love this idea of replacing the cupboard doors with peg board. Move into the kitchen and if you have a large wall, but not much in the way of cupboards/drawers, peg board can be a great way to store pots, pans, and large gadgets. Small gadgets can also be stored on peg board inside cupboards and it makes them much easier to find and put away. Remember to allow for the width of the spacers when planning – you may need to adjust the depth of your shelves inside the cabinet.
In the bathroom, I envision a smaller version attached to the inside door of a vanity. Let’s not forget the bedroom. You could skip the frame and fabric to make it easier, but with both, I could see this closet organizer on the back of a bedroom or closet door work for women’s or men’s accessories. Jewelry can also be stored decoratively on painted and framed peg board.
I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg with what you can do with peg board and where it can be useful. Think kids room, playroom, office, craft area, and more. You can Google or search for any of these rooms and “peg board” to come up with lots of ideas.