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How to Organize Tools on a Pegboard
A pegboard is great for organizing tools in both humble home garages and professional facilities. If you already have pegboard in place, it may be time to try something new, especially if your workspace is starting to feel cluttered. Keep reading for some pegboard ideas and smart pegboard hacks to help you organize tools and accessories.
Before organizing your tools, you need to get the pegboard up on the wall. Here’s how to hang a pegboard storage wall for tools and work supplies:
- Step 1: Find the area where you want to put your pegboard. This should be an easy-to-access space. Measure the wall to determine the size of the pegboard piece you’ll be using for your tools.
- Step 2: Locate the studs in your wall using a stud finder and mark them with a pencil. You’ll also want to mark the general outline of where you want to put your pegboard.
- Step 3: Mount your pegboard in place and secure it via the studs. Many people use lathe screws for this since they provide more support. This is particularly important if you’re working with a large piece of pegboard or if you’re planning to hang heavy tools.
- Step 4: Finish securing your pegboard to the wall with standard drywall screws. You want your pegboard to be firm against the wall, so it doesn’t move when selecting tools from or returning tools to your pegboard.
Tip: See our guide on how to hang a pegboard for more detailed installation info.
Make all of your tools easy to find by organizing them by size. This method also creates balance so you can grab the right tool at any moment.
Here’s how to organize tools by size for an efficient pegboard layout:
- Step 1: Start by hanging your largest, heaviest tools like sanders or electric drills on the bottom of your pegboard. Many people hang these in a row across the bottom. This also makes your garage safer since you don’t want heavy tools falling from the top of your pegboard.
- Step 2: Group like-sized tools together. For example, a hammer and mallet are similarly sized items. Screwdrivers and wrenches are also roughly the same size. Hang these items together.
- Step 3: Create a diagram on a sheet of paper to determine your ideal pegboard layout. Remember that items you use all the time should be in an efficient location.
- Step 4: Use pegboard hooks to start placing your tools on the pegboard per your outline. Pegboard hook kits are fast and efficient. You can also create DIY pegboard hooks with stiff wire.
- Step 5: Begin placing your tools working section by section. Adjust your diagram as needed if you find that a certain portion of your pegboard requires more space. If desired, you can block out your pegboard with a marker or tape to help subdivide the sections once your tools are in place.
Tip: Popular pegboard ideas include outlining your tools with a marker once they’re in place. This can make it easy to keep your pegboard organized when you’re busy or returning multiple tools to your pegboard at once.
Some tools you use all the time; others you barely grab at all. Here’s a method that helps you organize your tools by usage rate, making your work area more efficient. This system is particularly beneficial in a tight garage where workspace is at a premium.
- Step 1: Go through all of the tools you want to put on your pegboard and organize them based on how often you use them. Sort tools into a few different groups.
- Step 2: Create a diagram of your pegboard on paper, focusing on putting your most-used tools where they’ll be easiest to reach. This area depends on the layout of your garage, work area and pegboard wall.
- Step 3: Start hanging your tools using a pegboard hook kit or DIY pegboard hooks. Start with your most-used tools, making sure they’ll be handy when you need them.
- Step 4: Continue hanging tools by group, putting items you need less often in harder to reach places. If you must put heavy items higher up on your pegboard, make sure they're secure by using more pegboard hooks or ties.
Tip: Before you start organizing your pegboard, go through and take tools that you haven’t used in a year or more out of your “to hang” pile. These tools can go in a toolbox if you don’t have enough room to efficiently hang them on your pegboard. Doing this can also help cut down on pegboard clutter.
Both of the organization methods above can help you make tools more accessible while reducing clutter in your garage. We’ve got a few more pegboard ideas and hacks to help you add the finishing touches. Try these to take your pegboard system to the next level:
- Mount small shelves through your pegboard to the wall for items that aren’t easy to hang. Touch-up paint, epoxy, glue and graphite pencils are just a few examples.
- Add small pegboard baskets to your setup for screws, nails, washers and other small parts. You can also make DIY pegboard baskets using small cardboard or plastic boxes fastened to your pegboard.
- Aim to keep a little open space on your pegboard for items like tape. You may also add new tools over time that you want to keep handy. If possible, leave small gaps between tools so that you can add to your pegboard without a complete reconfiguration.