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How to Build A DIY Pegboard To Easily Get Organized

Use this tutorial to build a pegboard for your craft room

This tutorial will show you how we built multiple pegboards to add to our basement homeschool room for our children. When we first were designing our DIY floating desk for this space, we knew we wanted something to go above the desk.

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How to build a DIY Pegboard

What easy wall decor looks good and is functional?

Especially because this is our children’s schoolroom, we wanted to provide each child with his/her own space. Therefore, adding our own pegboard above each desk spot we thought was a great solution. 

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Supplies Needed


Circular Saw


Wood Scraps

Stud Finder


Nail Gun

Paint in color of your choice


premade pegboard

You can also see the wood next to this pegboard used to create shelves in this craft room closet.

How do you make a homemade pegboard?

1. Cut the pegboard to size. I have seen some amazing complete DIY pegboard projects made from plywood, but these simple and easy pegboard organizers use the premade pegboards you can buy.

2. Create a “frame” for the back of the pegboards. In order for the hooks and other items you may want to hang on your board, the pegboard needs to be off the wall.

Frame on the back of DIY pegboard organizer

We used ripped down plywood to create these pieces to match the width and length. Any extra wood scraps would work for be backing.

3. Use a nail gun to attach the wood pieces.

4. Paint the pegboards a color of your choice. In our room, we had an accent wall created with this paint color and SW Pure White. We painted one with the blue color and 2 pegboards pure white to match the colors we had in the room.

Charcoal Blue Paint used on DIY pegboard

If you are looking for more pegboard inspiration, check out these from HGTV.

How to install a DIY pegboard

1. Use a stud finder to locate studs. Remember that they are normal 16” apart.

Stud finder used to help hang pegboards

2. Use a 4′ level mark the height you want to hang. Before screwing the pegboard organizer on the wall, place the level on top. Make sure the bubble is in the middle.

Planning out layout of pegboards

3. Simply screw through the front of our pegboards to the studs. However, you could always add a hanging wire. We wanted our pegboards to be as permanent as possible due to safety reasons.

screw through the front pegboard

How do you make a pegboard look good?

Here are a few options we are considered to finish our pegboards and make them visually more appealing.

1. Using doll rods to create small shelves.

2. We love these baskets.

3. Add fun wire or ribbon with clothespins to hang artworks.

4. Using S-hooks to add a small frame with artwork or a saying in it.

5. Using doll rod and s-hooks to store ribbon.

6. Adding wooden letters or other initial letters.

7. Gluing PVC pipe to store markers, etc.

8. Adding a DIY banner

9. Use specific pegboard hooks to display supplies and more.

10. Use shelf hooks and create a DIY shelf (not even using wood).

Want to purchase pegboard accessories?

Here is a list of a few things we may plan on purchasing.

1. 114 piece pegboard accessory: Not that expensive and may solve all of our needs.

2. 84 piece hooks with baskets: A little more expensive, but this kit comes with baskets.

On our accent wall, we cannot wait to hang our large DIY string art. We hope that this room inspires for years to come!

Pegboard organizer over floating desk

Need DIY inspiration, follow us on Pinterest!

We are so happy we chose to build a simple DIY pegboard for our craft room!

Do you have an easy DIY project that looked good and was functional? We would love to hear about your DIY projects.

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Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

This is brilliant! I've been thinking of making one of these for my new office and you've just convinced me it's the right thing to do!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Hi Jayne. This DIY pegboard was perfect for our little kids. We have debated about "dressing" it up a little, but it just helps have a place to put things.

Sandra Ans

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

I love the end result! Looks really good and it's mega practical!


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Hi Sandra! These are super practical and great for our space. I am currently in the process of figuring out pegboard accessories and other ways to really organize these pegboards.

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