How to Get Organized with a Pegboard
Pegboards are amazing home organizers, allowing you to hang your most important items in one visible area. This can save you tons of time in the long run, and it’s especially helpful when cooking or woodworking. Below, we’ve outlined the essential steps for installing a pegboard set in your home or workshop. For less than $40, you can buy all the necessary items for this handy project.
What You’ll Need
- Pegboard (preferably around 2x4ft)
- Two 4-foot Wooden Planks (1x2ft)
- Six Drywall Anchors
- Wood Screws
- Tape Measure
1. Unlike other home organizers, a pegboard must be attached a wall, so it requires proper wood screws and drywall anchors. First, pull out your tape measure and decide where to place the pegboard on a wall. With a pencil, mark where the pegboard’s vertical edges will go. You can also follow this up with a level, just to make sure that your measurements are straight.
2. Next, mark where the drywall anchors need to go. Just measure an inch in from the vertical markings, and then draw a small horizontal dash. We also recommend putting an additional anchor at the midpoint of each vertical line. Use your level tool to make sure that the anchors are placed correctly, and then drill them into the wall.
3. Once all of your lines are straight, place a 1x2 wooden plank against the wall, and then use the wood screws to drill it into the drywall anchors. This will ensure that your pegboard set can hold serious weight, without the fear of everything falling off the wall. While you’re drilling the planks in, we recommend holding up the pegboard a few times to see that it lines up.
4. After drilling in both planks, hold up the pegboard so that the 1x2s run along it like a railroad. Next, start pushing wood screws through the peg holes that match up with the planks, and drill them in as you go. You should use at least 3 screws on each side, and if the pegboard doesn’t feel stable enough, you can always add more.
5. Finally, if you’d like to paint your pegboard a different color, now is the time. Use a paint tray and a roller to coat the board with thin strokes, so that the pegs don’t get clogged. Wait until the first coat is dry, and then add another coat so that every section of the board has an adequate amount of paint. Once it dries, you’re ready to place some pegboard hooks.