Easy and Affordable Garage Organization using Pegboards

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Pegboards are versatile, affordable, and most importantly, keep you organized! If you search on Pinterest,  you will see tons of different ways that people have used Pegboards to organize everything from crafts to tools to kids spaces. 

This post is not one of those creative and pretty ways to use them- rather a practical way to use them to organize all that cra-I mean, stuff, in your garage. 

Things I used to complete this project: 

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  • Pegboards (I used 1/4 x 24 x 48 in) $9.20 each at Home Depot Canada
  • Furring strips (wood strips to border the back of the pegboard- size can vary depending on the size of your board). I purchased two 1 in x 2 in x 8 ft boards and had them cut at Home Depot. 
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps (not essential if you don't own any)
  • Drill and screws
  • Tape measure 
  • Pegboard accessories 

 

Step 1: Clean out garage!

Okay, so this is obviously not essential to putting together the pegboard BUT the key to a well-organized space is getting rid of the clutter and unused stuff.  My husband and I spent a full day doing this. We took everything out of the garage- organized seasonal gear in plastic bins, and then put aside the items I would be putting up on the boards. 

Step 2: Add furring strips to the BACK of the Pegboard.

Why? If you purchase pegboards from a hardware store, they will likely be flat. The board should be at least 1 inch off the wall for the accessories to go through the holes.  You will want to add thin pieces of wood to frame/ border the back of the pegboard.

Home depot (or other hardware stores) should have a free service to do this for you. If not, you can use a small hack saw.

These were the measurements I used: 

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Step 3: Glue the pieces to the board

Use wood glue for this. If you don't have a clamp ( I didn't for the first board I did) then stack some heavy things on top (not something I would normally recommend if you want it glued perfectly but was sufficient for this project).

Wait 30 min for it to dry. 

Step 4. Locate and Mark Wall Studs

Drill screws into the studs to secure the boards to the wall. I drilled along the length to secure screws into as many studs as possible.

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Use a leveler to ensure the board is straight.

Tip: No leveler? You can download apps for that and use your phone.

Step 5:  Organize!

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There are lots of Pegboard accessories that you can find online or at your local hardware store. I purchased the Everbilt 43 Pc Peg hook assortment, plus lots of extra 4-6 inch straight pegboard hooks. 

Tip: Use pegboard locks to keep the hooks in place. 

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