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How to Install a Pegboard

Organize your tools by installing a pegboard with these easy step-by-step instructions.

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Step 1: Allow for Sufficient Space Behind the Pegboard

When mounting pegboard, it's critical to remember that it must be mounted so there is a little bit of space behind the surface of the board because the hooks or pegs are designed to insert through holes in the board and hook from behind.

allow for sufficient space behing pegboard

Step 2: Mark the Location of the Wall Studs

As with cabinets and shelving, you'll first need to find the wall studs behind the drywall for mounting the pegboard support strips. A stud sensor will simplify the job of finding the wall studs. Once you've located and marked the wall studs, use a level to scribe a horizontal line on the wall to serve as a guide.

stud sensor simplifies job of finding wall studs

Step 3: Create A Framework Backing for the Pegboard

Mount a horizontal strip of wood to the wall with wood screws using the mark as a guide. Drive the screws into the studs to provide adequate support. Follow this same procedure to install strips to create a framework backing for your pegboard, including some vertical strips across the center area to provide median support so that the pegboard is structurally sound once it is mounted.

install strips to create framework backing

Step 4: Cut the Pegboard To Size

Once you've determined the measurements for your pegboard, cut the board material using a jigsaw, circular saw or table saw. Avoid trying to cut the material by hand, such as with a utility knife, as this will not result in a clean cut.

cut pegboard based on accurate measurements

Step 5: Mount the Pegboard To the Framework

Once it's cut to your chosen dimensions, mount the board to the wood strips using wood screws and a cordless drill with screwdriver attachment.

mount board to wood strips

Step 6: Arrange the Hooks To Your Liking

Once the board is mounted securely, arrange your hooks however you like.

After you've got lots of tools hanging from your pegboard, it may be difficult to remember where everything goes once you've taken several things down. Consider using a pencil or marker to draw outlines around your hanging tools to make it easier to remember where things belong.