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Organization | Pegboard Storage for Crafters

Yesterday, I promised a closer look at one of my most recent additions to my scrap room – my pegboard. So let’s take a look at it!

Scrap Studio Peg BoardMaterials for the project cost me about $60.

The peg board isn’t a standard size – I just measured the areas that I wanted it to cover, and then had it cut to the size I wanted at my local Lowe’s from a large sheet. Since Lowe’s did all the cutting, I didn’t have to do any heavy-duty carpentry. I bought the pegboard already finished white from Lowe’s. That cut down on the work, although the raw brown board would have been cheaper.

The trick to pegboard is that you can’t mount it flush to the wall, because there has to be room behind it for the hooks to stick through. So you have to use a strip to hold it away from the wall. I used 1x strips along the top and bottom of the pegboard sheets.

First I spray painted the 1×1 strips, outside so it was nicely ventilated. I did this so the raw wood wouldn’t show from behind the board around the sides:

IMG_4515(I only ended up using four of the strips shown above – there are extras in the photo.)

When the strips were dry, my husband and I screwed them into the wall, using wall anchors to secure them strongly. Then we screwed the pegboard into the wood strips. That will make it easier if we ever have to ever take down the pegboard. We could replace the pegboard sheet without taking down the wall strips.

When it was done I was left with this:

Scrap Studio Peg BoardSee the gap behind the board on the left? Did you notice there is something blue behind it? That is where I keep my mats for my Silhouette machine! Tucking them in that spot keeps them out of the way but easily accessible when I need them!

I got most of the hooks and baskets at Walmart. Some (mostly the small hooks) also came from Lowe’s. My favorites though from Walmart – the black baskets. They came in sets of three – small, medium and large together – and the mesh is fine enough to contain nicely the smaller and delicate things that crafters want to store. They are very secure on the pegboard and very affordable at about $10 a set.

I use the board to store new purchases and frequently used favorites. One basket holds stamps for my Project Life album, another holds my Close To My Heart stamps, another holds card stamps. There’s some washi, cards in progress, alpha stamps and mini embellishments. Then on the hooks, I put basically anything that can hang. I love to just flip through embellishments on my wall while I’m working on something. Each hook is kind of arranged by a loose theme or project type for a bit of organization.

It took a little bit of work but this is perhaps the best of all of the changes I made to my room in the overhaul…it uses vertical space above my table that would otherwise be wasted, and it organizes and stores things while keeping them out where I can see them (critical for me). I highly recommend this  project if you have a wall that is bare!

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6 Responses to Organization | Pegboard Storage for Crafters

  1. Doyle January 1, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    Very cool idea. I love the peg boards.

  2. gabmcann January 1, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    I love this idea. I’ve always wanted a peg board for alphabets. What is the heaviest item on your board?

  3. Susanne January 1, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    It looks great Nancy. And its nice that the hanging bins come in sets – very versatile.

  4. Dale Rose Stream January 1, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I used to have a section of my wall done in pegboard (over 8′ of it) but finally gave in to the fact that instead of looking like a store, mine was too much visual clutter. I had sorted my 3D embts (Jolee’s etc) by the many themes I use to sort all my items. Too much stuff on the walls for me…. they went back into MULTIPLE Iris-style drawers and wicker baskets. I have SOOO much stuff that I need to put most of it behind drawers or at least in baskets or I can’t stand to walk into my room lol. Yours looks great! PS I DO have to leave SOME stuff out so I remember they are an option though.

  5. Gemiel January 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Love the pegboard idea!. I do think you’re more apto to use items when they’re in sight.

  6. Dolly LaBelle January 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Nice, and you can see it all very easily.

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