How to Make a Pegboard Storage Display

The hole layout, which features more vertical space between holes than horizontal, is key to this pegboard's style, but you can adjust the overall size to fit your needs.

Pegboard Storage Display

Create a DIY pegboard panel to fit your space and storage needs. Simply drill holes into plywood in a grid pattern and use dowels to support shelves, rods, and hangable items. Paint the panel to match the walls or make it stand out as wall art with a bright color.

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What You Need

  • 3/4-inch plywood or MDO panel, cut to 30x48-inches
  • Wood primer
  • Paint
  • 1/2-inch dowel rod, cut to 5 inches (at least 14)
  • 1x6-inch pine board, cut to 13 inches (1) and 19 inches (2)
  • 1/2-inch copper pipe, cut to 2 feet
  • Power drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush or roller

Step 1: Plan the Holes

Starting in the center of the plywood, mark a hole. From there, work left and right, marking a hole every 5 inches. We spaced our shelves 8 inches apart. To get this look, start at the middle hole and measure up and down 8 inches and mark a hole. Continue until you've marked all the holes. The distance between holes can vary based on your space and storage needs; just make sure they are spaced evenly. We had 25 marks when we were done.

Step 2: Drill the Holes

Pegboard Storage Display

Attach blue painters tape to the surface of the plywood and mark the position of the hole on the tape. The tape will minimize the way the wood splinters. Use a 1/2-inch drill bit to drill the marked holes, placing the center of the bit over the pencil marks. Remove the tape. Sand away any splintering around the hole edges on both the front and back sides of the board.

Step 3: Paint the Plywood

Pegboard Storage Display

Prep the plywood for a smooth finish. Less expensive plywood will require more prep work, but if you spend a little more and start with marine grade plywood, you'll have less prep work. Sand the entire surface of the board with a sanding block or handheld sander before priming so paint will go on evenly. Wipe the plywood clean with a tack cloth to remove dust. Prime and paint plywood with a brush or roller. Keep the color a simple white or make a statement with bright paint color. Let the paint dry overnight.

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Step 4: Set It Up

Pegboard Storage Display

Place dowel pieces into holes, using three dowels for the short shelf, four dowels for each long shelf, and two dowels for the copper pipe. Put the remaining dowel in a hole to serve as a hook. Lean the board against a wall, or mount it by driving 3-inch screws into a stud (or use hollow-wall anchors). To keep the copper pipe in place, wrap a rubber band around the pegs it rests on.

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