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In two hours or less, turn your garage shelves from cluttered to organized by using the wall space in your garage to hang some of your most used tools.

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how to organize tools with a pegboard in the garage

A garage may seem like the obvious place for extra clutter to land in your home, but having an organized garage – especially the tool section – can make life so much simpler! Create your own DIY garage pegboard to organize tools, miscellaneous accessories, and tons more. There are so many options for how to customize a DIY garage pegboard to fit the items you need to organize the most. Start with this simple DIY project and customize from there.

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Materials

  • One pegboard (I recommend having this cut down to size at the hardware store, so measure before you go! The full-size pegboards are huge and likely won’t fit in your vehicle unless it’s a truck.)
  • Three pieces of 1″x2″ board (cut three inches shorter than the width of your board)
  • Wood screws
  • Pegboard accessories
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Stud finder

Before You Get Started:

Visit your local hardware store and purchase your supplies. Have your pegboard and 1″x2″ board cut down to size at the store or use a miter saw at home to cut it yourself, if desired. Take inventory of your tools and other knick-knacks in the garage that you want to organize before heading to the hardware store.

For pegboard accessories, I’ve found that Home Depot has a vast assortment of supplies. The best part about a pegboard though is it can be an ongoing organization project. So don’t feel like you have to know 100% of the things you want to get the first time you go to the store. Build the pegboard and you can always add accessories to it to organize more tools.

Hanging Your Garage Pegboard

find and mark studs yellow stud finder

Step 1: Find and Mark Studs

Use a stud finder to find where the studs are on your garage wall. Mark with a pencil or pen in the general area where you will have your top frame board installed.

Step 2: Measure Space for the Board on Your Wall

Mark on the wall where you want the top of the board to be. Be sure to remember that your frame boards are shorter than your pegboard.

level board frame before screwing into garage wall

Step 3: Pre-drill Holes Through the Board and Wall

Pre-drill three holes horizontally along the 1″x2″ pieces drilling into a stud in the wall, starting with the top board. Make sure your piece is level after drilling the first hole and securing with a screw. Then continue with the next two screws to secure the board (right side first then middle).

measure and mark place for bottom frame board

Step 4: Measure and Mark Space for the Bottom Frame Board

Repeat step three for the bottom board, making sure it is lined up with the top board as well as level. Measure and mark space first, then pre-drill through the board, and finally secure with wood screws.

middle board mounted to garage wall for pegboard

Step 5: Repeat for the Middle Board

The middle piece can be eye balled for where the middle is, just be sure it lines up with the other two and is level.

mount pegboard to garage wall and secure

Step 6: Mount the Pegboard to the Frame Boards

If you have a large pegboard, you may need an extra hand for this step. Lift your pegboard into place, remembering to center the board along the frame boards that are shorter than the pegboard. You also want to watch for where on the frame boards your pegboard holes line up. You’ll want them to be relatively centered on the boards for the most secure hold. Secure your pegboard by pre-drilling into the wood frames and then securing with wood screws to boards.

hang pegboard accessories and tools to organize garage

Step 7: Hang Pegboard Accessories and Tools!

Hang your pegboard accessories and tools, organizing as you go. The best part about a pegboard is that nothing you hang has to be 100% permanent, so if you hang your wrenches in a spot and decide you don’t like it, simply move them to another location on the pegboard.


For an in-depth visual of how to make and install your own DIY Garage Pegboard, watch this tutorial video.

Pegboards are great for organizing tools of all kinds, so it shouldn’t surprise you that this isn’t our first time using them. See how we used a DIY pegboard to organize craft supplies here. What other uses have you made for pegboard in your garage or home? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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Madison Wetherill

Arizona based food blogger passionate about hospitality and community around the table. Madison shares easy recipes to inspire others to get in the kitchen and learn that cooking can be a fun part of every day life.

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