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Garage Storage Projects: DIY Pegboard Storage and Bin

Pegboard is essential for efficient garage storage and adding a bin makes it even better.

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In just two hours you can Install pegboard on a garage or workshop wall to create versatile up-and-out-of-the-way storage. Add a bin underneath and you'll have a spot for all the odds and ends that cause clutter.

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Time
A full day
Complexity
Beginner
Cost
$51–100

How to build the DIY pegboard and bin system

How to install pegboard wall and bin

This pegboard wall and bin help keep your garage tidy.

How to mount pegboard Photo 1: Assemble the pegboard and frame

Cut and fasten the 2×2 frame with 3-in. drywall screws. Then screw the pegboard to the frame using 1-in. drywall screws.

How to mount pegboard Photo 2: Assemble the bin

Clamp the 1×4 front edge and 1×6 shelf board to the frame using two small bar clamps. Screw the front ledge to the shelf with 2-in. drywall screws spaced 12 in. apart.

How to mount pegboard Photo 3: Attach end caps

Attach end caps to each shelf with six 2-in. screws, two driven into each component.

How to mount pegboard Photo 4: Install the board and bin

Fasten the pegboard to the wall with 3-in. drywall screws driven through the frame into the wall studs.

Probably the most essential storage item in any garage is a DIY pegboard system. It puts your most commonly used tools within quick and easy reach. Add a bin to the bottom of the pegboard to catch all those odds and ends that don’t have a home, and you won’t have any excuse for not keeping your workbench or gardening bench clear of clutter.

The construction only takes about two hours. Start by cutting all the parts to size with a circular saw. See Fig. A, below, for sizes.

Caution: Cut the short end caps from the long 1x6s. Don’t try cutting short pieces from short boards.

Build a frame of 2x2s with one running across the center, connecting all joints with a 3-in. drywall screw. We then fastened 1/4-in. pegboard to the frame (Photo 1). One-quarter inch has a little more heft than 1/8-in. and the larger hooks it requires stay put better. Some home centers and lumberyards stock the pegboard prefinished in white. If you can find it, it’s worth it. It’ll brighten up the garage and save you painting time.

The trickiest part is attaching the front edge to the shelf. Using a couple of small bar clamps takes the frustration out of this step (Photo 2). Align the 1×4 front edge so it’s 1/2 in. down from the shelf and clamp it to the Peg-Board and frame. Set back the shelf with that same 1/2-in. reveal. This 1/2-in. reveal strengthens the shelf. Predrill your screw holes with a 1/8-in. bit.

Next attach the end caps (Photo 3) to secure the shelf to the frame and to keep the front edge from tipping forward.

Finally, mount the pegboard low enough so you can easily reach your tools (Photo 4). If you’re working alone, level and screw a 2×6 to the studs to temporarily support the pegboard while you attach it to the wall. Drive 3-in. screws through each member of the frame into every stud the pegboard covers.

Figure A: DIY Pegboard and Shelf Details

This illustration shows all of the part of the pegboard wall and bin. See the Materials List in Additional Information below.

Additional Pegboard Installation Information

Required Tools for this DIY Pegboard Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY pegboard project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Drill/driver - cordless
  • Level