How to Hang Pegboard

a pegboard with items hanging
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Stud finder
Wood screws
Wall anchors
Drill and/or screw driver
1 x 1 Furring strips

There is no better way to complete a project than being able to find every tool, every time you need it. Finding that tool quickly and easily makes the project move right along. No matter where you hang your tools (in the garage, the workshop or the garden shed) peg board is the easy way to stay organized.

Sizes of Peg Board

No matter the project, you will be able to find the size of peg board you need. Peg board comes in convenient sizes of 2x4 feet and/or 4x4 feet. If you're a little more adventurous or have a lot of tools, then the 8x8 feet size is for you. If you need an odd size, keep in mind that most home improvement stores will cut it to the size you need before you take it home.

Measure the wall where you want to hang your peg board. Then get to the store to pick up your supplies. The things you will need include a tape measure, level, stud finder, wood screws, washers, wall anchors (if hanging on drywall), a drill and/or a screw driver.

Keep in mind when deciding where to place the board that it's much better to hang it on studs, especially if you're hanging heavy tools.

Frame It

Besides the above, you will need some furring strips (1x1) to frame out your peg board. You need to have some space behind the peg board in order to mount the tool hangers.

Once you know the size you want your peg board, calculate what lengths of furring strips you will need to go completely around the edges of the back side of your peg board. You want a complete frame behind your peg board for support. If you only do the sides, the peg board will warp and bow, and your tools will fall off.

Completing Your Project

You can mount the frame to the peg board and then mount the entire thing to the wall. You can also go a different route and mount your frame to the wall first, and then attach the peg board to the frame. Drilling pilot holes makes things a little easier, too. Either way works, but remember to use a level in either application. You want your tools to hang straight, right?

One thing I've found useful is to plan out where the tools are going to hang. Once that layout is complete, attach the peg hangers and wire them on the back side of the board before hanging the board. Doing this will prevent the hangers from being pulled off when you remove a tool. There is nothing more aggravating than a hanger coming off with a tool.

Finishing Touches

A great idea is to draw an outline around your tools once you hang them on the peg board. This will remind you where everything needs to get re-hung, helping not only you, but anyone else who uses your tools.