We usually have way more tools and equipment than we have pegboard space.
Easy solution, get more pegboard!
But what if you don’t have enough wall space to hang more pegboard?
In this case you'll need to get creative in order to fully optimise your existing pegboard space.
We’ve laid out a couple of ‘hacks’ in this article that will allow you to store more using less space.
These tricks are easy to do - especially for a skilled handyman/woman as yourself - and they're either free or inexpensive to complete.
1. Using cupboard space
Most of us have some sorts of cupboards in our garage or workspace. Even if you’re guilty of stuffing your cupboards, there’s always a few inches of space wasted behind the cupboard door.
This space can easily be repurposed to attach pegboard!
It takes but a few minutes and some timber to attach a wooden frame on the inside of the cupboard door.
Afterwards, you can fix the pegboard to the frame.
Admittedly - you won’t be able to fit 4’’ or 6’’ hooks to the inside of the door. You will, however, be able to hang some smaller equipment from small J and L hooks as shown in the illustration below.
2. Simple spool holder
Storing tape or wire with pegboard can be a challenge. If you hang one roll of tape per hook, you’ll soon have half of your pegboard occupied.
The solution is pretty simple - but pretty genius. All you need is a few heavy duty J hooks and something that can function as a rod. This can be a PVC pipe, a metal stick,...
Place the two J hooks in the board, spanning over the distance of the rod you’re about to use. Then place the rod on the J hooks.
You can now hang anything on and around the rod.
Pretty straight forward, isn’t it?
3. Use binder clips to hang less obvious things with
This is a binder clip.
You might have a few lingering around the office.
The upper side of the binder clip has a keyhole-shaped opening that fits pegboard J hooks with a diameter of up to 1/4’’.
The lower side of the binder clip functions as a clip that can hold anything, with strong grip.
4. Pvc pipe pen holder
Do you have any pieces of PVC pipes laying around? If you can cut them to size, you can hang them on a 4’’ or 6’’ pegboard hook.
This is an easy way to store any pens, pencils or paint brushes. You can spray paint them into any color you’d like if you like a colorful pegboard. The world is gray enough as it is!
5. Screw 'em!
If you could screw stuff into pegboard, you could literally attach anything to your board!
Guess what, you actually can. Without damaging your beloved pegboard.
All you need is 1/4’’ wall anchors. (or 1/8’’ if you have board with smaller holes), like these:
With these, you can literally screw any attachment to your board without doing damage.
6. Easy shelving
If you have a piece of timber laying around, you can drill 2 1/4’’ in holes in the side of the timber. You can then align this piece of wood on L-hooks. Voila - you’ve got the perfect shelf.
If you’re not a fan of the naked edges of pegboard, you can make a frame to decorate it.
All you need is 4 decorated pieces of timber and 4 square cornerpieces to join them together.
We suggest glueing the frame onto the pegboard. Be aware, however, this this is quite permanent and you might not be able to take of the frame without damaging your board.
The idea is to construct a wooden box with multiple vertical pegboard-drawers.
- Construct a simple, square wooden box, with one side missing. Alternatively, you can start from a wooden crate.
We suggest the box or crate to be at least 40’’wide.
Place pieces of timber on the bottom and on the ceiling of the cube. The pieces of timber have a 5’’ width. The spacing in between the timber pieces is 0.3’’. So we place a new piece of timber every 5.3’’.
- For each spacing between timber pieces, cut one piece of perforated hardboard that fits exactly into the box.
- Place all pieces of perforated hardboard in the slots in between the timber pieces.
- Since standard hardboard has a thickness of 0.25’’, it should slide in and out with ease.
This one will take you a little longer than the other hacks, but it can save you the most space.
9. Space saving pegboard accessories
Most pegboards have traditional hooks to hold up equipment.
But did you know that more efficient tool holders exist?
This set, for example, contains a screwdriver holder with 10 slots and a wrench holder with 8 slots.
The pegboard tool holders store the tools in 'depth' rather than having them take up way too much space on the pegboard.
Think of all the space you could save if all your screwdrivers and wrenches were stored on holders like this!
Do you use your pegboard to store sewing supplies? Be sure to read this article with organizational hacks.
Do you have any other 'hacks' that I haven't covered? Please drop me a note in the comments :)