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Organize your garage with pegboard

Jerry Seinfeld:  "Have you ever noticed if a guy is out in his driveway, working on something with tools, how all the other men in the neighborhood are magnetically drawn to this activity?"

Too true.  That's totally me.  You can see this bit here - men love work.

My neighbor across the street was making a bunch of noise in his garage a couple of weeks ago, so I had to wander over and see what all the noise was about.  He was re-organizing his garage by putting up pegboard and hanging up all of his 'big' tools on it.  I was dumbfounded.  Why had I never thought of that?

I keep most of my hand tools on pegboard in my basement, but the idea of storing my bigger 'outdoor' tools on pegboard had never occurred to me.  I visit a lot of houses, and I can tell you from experience that most other people haven't thought of this either.  I can't remember visiting a single home where the outdoor tools were stored on pegboard, but this is a great way to do it.

It's cheap, it's easy, it looks clean and organized, it's easy to keep it clean and organized... what's not to like?  I resolved to do the same thing as soon as possible, which was last weekend.  Here's the before pic:

Before Pegboard

What a mess, huh?  I pulled it all down, took all the extra wood 'hangers' down, and threw up four sheets of 4' x 8' pegboard, available at any big box home improvement store.  I also bought several boxes of assorted pegboard hooks to hang all the tools on.

Total cost: $100

Total time: 4 hours

After Pegboard

If your garage walls are covered with drywall, you can't attach the pegboard directly to the walls because the pegs need a little room to protrude through the holes in the boards.  No problem.  Just attach a bunch of furring strips to the walls, such as 1"x2"x8' pieces of pine.  They sell for about $1/each, and using three per sheet of pegboard works fine.

Spax ScrewI attached the pegboard using Spax screws, which are available at Home Depot.  I keep these screws on hand in various lengths because I seem to use them for everything.  They're strong, self tapping, and they accept a #2 square bit, which is far superior to a phillips head.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections


Comment balloon 9 commentsReuben Saltzman • October 31 2012 02:40AM


  A husband's version of pantry organization....and soooo much easier to see what you actually have ...great idea !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

And really... why couldn't you put this in your pantry?  ;-)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

I love square-head screws!  And one of my metaphors in life is that we cannot have too much garage, too much shelving and too much peg board! 

The little hanger hooks and things can get expensive.  Did you use something else?  I have lots of hanging stuff I made on my wall.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Reuben, That is sweeet. I have another slick idea for you. You know that wire shelving from the stores-

Take this and install vertically then you can hand those plastic parts bins like these on the rungs, it works great!

I organize my screws, lags and bolts this way. Plus you can take the m off to use.


Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Don still likes playing with blocks.  Actually I do too!  My pegboard has many of those stuck onto it and others stacked like yours Don!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Peg board hmmm... I got rid of mine years ago. Why, well... dust collected, spiders moved in, raised familys, had grand children.

Ever throw peg board on a fire? 
It burns really really well. Ignites FAST. 

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

Jay - now that I've discovered these spax screws, it's all I use if I can.  Philips screws need to go away :)

The pegs weren't all that expensive - I bought several variety pack boxes for about $8 - $10 each.  Not bad at all.

Don - great idea!  Got a photo to share?

Robert - ha!  I've never tried pegboard, but I have seen some other unlikely stuff burn.  I was once present where someone tossed a plastic chair on to a campfire - that was something else. 

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

Looks excellent after organization! 


 It's not unusual to go into a garage and wonder how it became a toxic waste dump since we use it usually as a storage for everything we do want in the house. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 2 years ago

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Posted by ethan scott (JIN) about 1 year ago