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  • Jun 24, 2021
  • By NextEra Home

What do you get for the dad who has trouble organizing everything?

How about building him a pegboard wall organizer? Better yet, turn it into a project you can do together.

Pegboards are great for de-cluttering garages, kitchens, and playrooms. And you can install one for around $30. Here’s how.


Supplies you’ll need:

  • One pegboard (we used 2 x 4) *
  • Two 4-ft. 1 x 2 wood supports *
  • Wood screws and plastic drywall anchors
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paint tray and roller
  • Assorted pegboard hooks
  • Leather gloves to protect your hands

How to build your pegboard wall organizer:

  • Using a tape measure, determine where you wish to install the pegboard.
  • With a pencil and level, mark the vertical edges of the pegboard on the wall.
  • Measure 1 inch in from the vertical marks and mark the spots for the drywall anchors. Three for each 1 x 2 wood support should do the trick.
  • Use the level to ensure the anchor marks align. If they do, drill the drywall anchors into the wall.
  • Use the level to confirm that your edges are straight. Line up the first 1 x 2 wood support against the wall with its broad surface flush against the wall.
  • Drill the wood screws through the 1 x 2 support and into the drywall anchors.
  • Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the second 1 x 2 support. The supports should be parallel when you’re finished.
  • Hold the pegboard to the 1 x 2s so the edges are flush.
  • Drill a short wood screw through one of the peg holes and into a 1 x 2. Repeat this step with as many screws as needed to secure the pegboard to the 1 x 2 supports. (We used six.)
  • Pour paint in the tray. Roll the first coat onto the pegboard in a thin layer so the holes do not get clogged.
  • Let dry before applying a second coat.
  • Arrange the hooks and have fun hanging your things.

Did you and dad enjoy working on this project together? Just think of all the fun time you’ve freed up now that your stuff is organized!

* Measure the wall space you wish to cover to determine the size of your pegboard. Your 1 x 2 wood supports should be the same length as the height of your board.