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How to Build a Pegboard Storage Cabinet

These step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to build a simple pegboard cabinet that can greatly increase your storage area.

More in Remodeling

pegboard cabinet increases storage area
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Cut the Pegboard and 1x4s

Determine the desired size of the cabinet, then transfer the dimensions to pegboard and cut it — or have it cut

Step 2: Form and Square the Frames

Form the frames, joining the corners with butt joints — that is, joints formed by butting two pieces together and securing them, thus eliminating the need for mitering. Drill pilot holes in each corner and insert galvanized screws. Note: It's usually a good idea to drill pilot holes anytime you're working near the edge of the wood (Image 1). This eliminates the need to worry about inserting the screw too near the edge and splitting the wood. Square up the frame throughout this process, either with a framing square or by this handy shortcut: make sure the pegboard is cut perfectly square, then use it to line up the frame (Image 2). Doing this makes the job of squaring much faster and more accurate.

Step 3: Attach the Handles

If you plan to add a handle in the lower corner of each door, first attach a small block of wood to the inside of the door at that point. This will provide a surface into which you can drive the screw to hold the handle.

add handle in lower corner of each door

Step 4: Attach the Hinges

Fit the piano hinges on the doors, then predrill holes and attach the hinges to the doors with screws (about one in every other hole should work).

attach hinges to doors

Step 5: Attach the Doors

Attach the doors to the cabinet frame. You'll need an assistant for this step.

attach doors to cabinet frame

Step 6: Complete the Base

Attach the base to the wall, using a hammer drill and masonry screws (Image 1) if necessary (if attaching the base to wall studs, use wood screws). Attach the pegboard back to the base (Image 2).

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