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How to Build a Sturdy Pegboard

It’s Week 3 of the One Room Challenge and things are starting to come together nicely. I’m normally panicking at this point about all the things that need to be done, so this is a nice change of pace. I’ll admit that it’s a little frustrating to work on a work space. We find ourselves joking about needing a workbench to build a workbench. After hubby cut himself while rummaging through a cart of loose tools, installing a new pegboard became the next priority. Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard to hold all the tools!

Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.

I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge and I’m making over my garage in just 6 weeks! Huge thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for inspiring so many of us to get rooms done!

Week 1 | Design Plans

Week 2 | Staining an Old Concrete Floor

Our old pegboard was put up quickly without a lot of thought. It began to sag under the weight of all the tools.

pegboard before

Hubby was totes jelly of my awesome pegboards that I made for my craft space. Who can blame him? 😉 So new ones for the garage were in order.

Sturdy craft pegboards
craft pegboard

How to Build a Sturdy Pegboard

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***While shopping, we found that not all pegboard is created equally. If you want a sturdy pegboard, you need to look for the thickest board you can find! In our store, that meant the 4’x4′ pieces that were not primed. Instead of buying 1 sheet of 4’x8′ pegboard, we bought 2 4’x4′ pieces because they were so much thicker. This also helps for transport if you don’t have a truck! Bonus!Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.

  1. We started by spraying our pegboard white. I didn’t do a full coat because we planned on doing a fun wood grain painting technique over the top anyways.
  2. Once the pegboard was dry, we added our painted wood grain, which turned out super cool. Tutorial for painted wood grain is here. It looks more intimidating than it is. Promise. Two panels took about 30 minutes.Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.
  3. Since we used gel stain, we had to let the wood dry overnight. Once it was dry, we flipped each piece over and added a 1×2″ frame around 3 sides. Since we were joining 2 pieces of pegboard, we centered a single 1×2″ to bridge the center on the 4th side. This adds stability without sacrificing too many holes. Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.If you use a 1×2″ frame for all 4 sides of each panel, you lose 4 rows of holes total. It’s worth it to gain more storage. The wood frame was attached with a nailgun. (This is just to tack it in place. When you attach the panels to the walls, it will be nice and secure.) Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.
  4. Using a level, make sure your panels are straight and screw them into the wall into studs through the 1x2s.  Make sure that you leave enough space at the bottom for tools that hang low. Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.
  5. Attach the 2nd panel. Because we used a single center 1×2 brace, it was a tight fit. Butt the pieces as close as you can get them and attach the second panel in the same manner. Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.
  6. Admire your handiwork. It’s nice to have a pegboard that looks as cool as it functions! Bonus points if you painted it with a cool design! Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.
  7. Fill with tools. This is the fun part. Notice how much space we gained even though we added larger tools to the space. Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard that is heavy duty enough to hold all of the heaviest tools in the garage.

 

Please note that when you buy the thicker pegboard, not all hooks will work 100% with it. Some hooks work better with thinner pegboard. You’ll want the thicker prongs.

Join me next week to see more progress and learn how I’m organizing this space. Hint: we threw a lot away! 😉

Still to do:

  • Finish organizing
  • Wood panel wall
  • Change light fixtures out
  • Get garage doors installed
  • Paint last workbench

It’s so nice that we’re able to work in the garage again. I’m loving how open it feels. My son had a friend over this weekend and his mom commented on how she had never seen such a clean garage. Lady, don’t look at the rest of my house!! Eek!

17 thoughts on “How to Build a Sturdy Pegboard

  1. Great advice! I am especially stoked to learn that 4 by 4 sheets are thicker. That’s huge! I’ll be popping back over to this post when my craft room makeover gets underway. Love your idea of using pegboard for some of the little crafty things. Anxious to see Week 4 already! Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. I love how the pegboard makes everything so organized! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. Our garage workshop is an in process project and is next on the list to get finished!

  3. Now that’s what I call a peg board for tools. My husband has been looking over my shoulder and drooling….lol, and I can tell this will be something we do for his future workshop! Thanks for the great inspo. and we can’t wait to see this project’s final reveal 🙂

  4. As the “other” person doing a garage makeover, I’m super impressed with how far you’ve come. We still have to take out our old pegboard (along with a million other things). And you’re so right, it’s like as soon as I put our miter saw away for storage, I realized I had a bunch of things I needed to cut – ha!

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