Bob Vila Radio: Installing Versatile Pegboard

Traditionally, pegboard has been a hallmark of basement workshops and garages. But times have changed and with improved design options, homeowners have begun to hang the storage utility—well, just about everywhere.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Feb 13, 2014 11:10 AM

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Perforated hardboard, more commonly known as pegboard, has been a staple of workshops and retail stores for decades. The boards are amazingly strong given how thin they are, and they have dozens of uses around the home. They are not just for tool storage anymore.


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If you haven’t looked into pegboard lately, you’ll be amazed at how many different specialty hooks and accessories you can find to customize your board. In addition to simple metal hooks, you can find brackets for small shelves, rods for hanging laundry, hangers for a full set of screwdrivers, baskets for craft supplies, even padded hangers to hold guitars.

Hooks and hangers now come in a wide variety of colors as well as shapes, so your pegboard display can be as vibrant as you’d like it to be. It’s easy to customize a pegboard, too. The easiest way to do that is to paint it, but you can also now buy specialized pegboard skins—paper covers in a variety of designs that are prepunched with holes that align with your board. With a bit of imagination, you can create a display that’s not only functional, but beautiful as well.

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