Standing Pegboard Storage

How does one get organized after moving into a new home? If you have an answer to that question feel free to leave it below in the comments sections. I don’t have the answer but I’m doing my best. Lately, I have been focusing on my craft room. I call it a craft room but it’s so much more than that right now. Either way, it needs to be organized. I love the idea of using pegboards in my room but I do not love the idea of hanging them on the wall; meaning making a frame and secure it to my wall studs.

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I am an indecisive kinda gal and I knew I would have to see it hung before I knew if I liked it. I mean, what if I don’t like it and want them on a different wall instead? Now I have a bunch of holes in my wall and I’m just not ready for that. So after much thought, I decided to make a stand for my pegboards instead. I already had 2 boards that I planned on using in the garage so I did some doodling and this is what I came up with…Warning, SPOILER ALERT!

 

There are 4 pegboards involved here with a frame that has casters on the bottom and one of the pegboards opens like a door. I’m not losing any space with this thing!!! It is rather large once assembled. I love it! And as you can see, you do not have to settle for the accessories made specifically for the pegboard. You can use what ever you have lying around if need be. The possibilities are endless. Although if you do want pegboard specific accessories, this black *6 pack of baskets* are a good start! Now let’s get right into the tutorial…

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: I am no professional! I am positive there was a more effective order of process here so please read through the tutorial first then decide how you would like to proceed. Also, I am trying to do these projects on a budget so some of the materials I used could be replaced with something similar, I tried to use what I had lying around the house already. If you look closely enough you will notice almost every piece of wood I used split when I screwed them in. This was an operator error! I was too excited and rushed through the process without making any starter holes! Please take the time to “start” each screw first.

Materials I Used:

  1. 4 pegboards, approximately 49″x 24″.
  2. 4 – 1.5″ by 1.5″ wooden posts (probably not the technical term for them) 48 inches long.
  3.  4 – pieces of wood post, each 24″ long (I purchased ONE long piece of wood from the cheap not-so-perfect pile and had them cut it into 4 pieces for me)
  4. 1 – 24″ by 24″ wood base
  5. wood screws
  6. drill
  7. heavy duty magnets
  8. liquid nail
  9. set of hinges (if you want 1 of your pegboards to open like a door)
  10. 2 paint sticks (also called stir sticks)
  11. 4 commercial grade, round magnets

Step One:

In hind sight, I probably should have started this project by putting the base together with the posts then adding the pegboards. That is not what I did. (You might consider it though) Anywho, my first step was to take 2 of the 48″ posts and screw them to the back of one of my pegboards. I then screwed another pegboard to one of these posts and so on until it looked something like this…Do NOT attach the fourth pegboard yet if you would like to have a “door” like mine has.

In hind sight, I probably should have started this project by putting the base together with the posts then adding the pegboards. That is not what I did. (You might consider it though) Anywho, my first step was to take 2 of the 48″ posts and screw them to the back of one of my pegboards. I then screwed another pegboard to one of these posts and so on until it looked something like this…Do NOT attach the fourth pegboard yet if you would like to have a “door” like mine has.

 

Step Two:

Next, I attached the casters (not pictured) to the 24″ by 24″ base (pictured below left). Try to attach them pretty close to the edge to avoid your stand ever tipping over. No need for them to line up with the edges of the base though. After all 4 casters were securely attached I screwed it to the bottom of the pegboards – attaching it to the posts, of course.

 

Step Three:

At this point, your stand is still pretty flimsy. So now it is time to fix that before adding the fourth pegboard. I did not photograph this part of the project until I was finished. As you can see from the picture below, I just took the 4 – 24″ pieces of wood I had Home Depot cut for me and screwed them into the tall posts. I only added them to the top of the frame, however, if you would like to add four more at the bottom I am sure that would be fine. I chose not to because the base has the bottom pretty secured already.

Step Four:

Now for the final pegboard – my door! First I screwed the paint sticks to the inside of the pegboard several inched apart. You may want to use shorter screws for this part so the ends won’t stick out of the front of your “door”. These paint sticks (or something similar) are necessary because the pegboard material isn’t strong enough to screw the hinges into. Where you put the paint sticks is up to you. One should be close to the top and the other should be close to the bottom. Next, you attach the hinges to the paint sticks. Now you are ready to screw the other side of the hinges into your post. I wanted my door to open from left to right so I screwed the hinges into the right side of the frame. If you’re a lefty, just screw the other side of the hinges to the left side of the frame. No biggie.

 

Final Step:

All that is left to do now is add the “catch” (aka latch). I decided to use a magnetic catch because I knew I had what I needed here at home but there are several cabinet latch options out there so choose the one you like best. This is where I had to get creative to avoid yet another trip to Home Depot. I used the liquid nail to attach two magnets (yes commercial grade is recommended here) on the top of my frame, one right next to the other. I realized they didn’t stick out far enough so I added another magnet on each side. I then used one of the pegboard hooks for the inside part of the catch. I just placed it at the top of the pegboard (on the inside) where it would meet up with the magnets when closed. After a few trial and errors, I lined them all up perfectly! I have not added a handle to the door as of yet, I just grab the top of the pegboard since the top is still wide open.

 

 

 

 

And there you have it ladies and gents, my Pegboard Closet! I have attached a few more pictures of the finished product below. I am currently storing all of my birthday supplies, wrapping paper, gift bags…etc on the inside! You can arrange this any way you would like, whatever works best for you! Did ya notice my bungee cords and shower caddy?? Hehe…

Have you been creative with your own pegboards? Leave a comment below and share with the class…

Much Love,

Grace

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