Project Guide

DIY Pegboard Shelves

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Consult the Cut List
A cut list for the DIY pegboard shelves project.

Review the cut list for the proper measurements and cut markings for the project.

The shelf frame requires two 2- x 2-foot plywood panels, one that is 3/4-inch thick, the other 1/4-inch thick.

For the shelf layout, you'll need:

  • One 1- x 6- x 6-inch common board
  • One 1-inch dowel
Measure and Mark the Wood
A tape measure and pencil being used to mark the wood.
  • Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the wood according to the cut list.
  • Mark the center with 16 holes in a 4 x 4 grid that are 6 inches apart and 3 inches from the edge of the plywood.

Cut the Wood
A woman cutting wood with a power saw.
  • Use a circular saw to make the cuts on the wood and the dowel.
  • Drill holes in the 3/4-inch plywood using the 1-inch Forstner bit.
  • Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

Stain or Paint the Boards
A woman staining the wood for the shelves.
  • Stain or paint boards as desired prior to assembly.
Assemble the Frame
A woman assembling the frame of the pegboard shelves.
  • Lay the 1/4-inch plywood on top of the 3/4-inch plywood and secure with wood screws around the edge. 
  • Fasten one screw at each corner and one in the middle between each corner.
  • Align the French cleat to the top of one of the edges. Secure with the included hardware.
  • Secure the remaining part of the French cleat to the wall where desired with included hardware.

Build the Shelves
A woman inserting pegs to hold shelves on the pegboard.
  • Using dowels as pegs and the cut boards as shelves, place pegs in desired holes and lay shelves on top.
Decorate and Organize
A pegboard shelf hangs on the wall of a bathroom.

Add decor to your shelves and enjoy!