I’m moving into a new art studio in a few weeks and it’s very small. So, I need to figure out some creative storage solutions for my bookbinding and art supplies. I plan to use some pegboards for vertical storage and I thought I’d share some pegboard benefits and tips I’ve learned so far:
Benefits of Pegboards
- Reduces clutter on our work surfaces
- Tools are easily accessible (better than rummaging in a drawer)
- Great for visual people and let’s face it, most artists are visual people
- It’s inexpensive
- It can be cut to any size you need
- Great way to personalize a space
Tips for Using Pegboard
1. Attach strips of wood to your walls and create a framework for hanging your pegboard. For full instructions, check out this DIY Network photo tutorial.
2. If you don’t have a lot of wall space, attach your pegboard to the back of a door. A solid wood door would be the best choice, especially if you plan to hang heavy items on the board.
3. Bring some color into your space by painting your pegboard. This is a great option if you rent your apartment or studio and you’re not allowed to paint the walls. When you want to freshen up the place, paint the pegboard a new color.
4. Pegboard isn’t just made from wood. For a sleek, modern look, use acrylic pegboard and accessories, or create an industrial feel with metal pegboard. For a lightweight option, you can buy plastic pegboard.
5. Cover an entire wall with pegboard. Install a large piece behind your desk – like a back splash in a kitchen or bathroom.
6. Customize your pegboard by stenciling on a design.
7. Once your board is securely mounted to the wall, add a faux frame. For a touch of elegance, use a gold frame or for a whimsical feel, add a brightly painted frame.
8. Place a piece of scrap wood on a pair of double straight hooks to create a small shelf.
Photo Source: Decorate My Life
9. Use your pegboard as an art gallery or inspiration board. Attach bulldog clips to your latest works or inspiration pieces and hang them onto hooks.
10. You can even store fabric on your pegboard – fold fabric into neat squares or use fat quarters, hold in place with bulldog clips and hang onto the pegboard. This is perfect for planning your next quilting project.
11. Attach three pieces of large pegboard together with hinges to create a tri-fold pegboard screen and use it as a room divider.
12. Group like items together to make your tools easier to find and always return the tool to the same place – this will streamline your work process.
Photo source: Honey Bear Lane
13. Hang a clipboard for notes and to-do lists.
14. Place a wooden dowel on two large J-hooks and hang spools of ribbon and rolls of washi tape on it.
15. Decorate tin cans from the recycling bin, punch a hole in the side and hang from hooks on your pegboard.
16. Look for unique pegboard accessories – Target sells small buckets and baskets in their $1 section, companies that sell retail displays, such as KC Store Fixtures, have some cool things too, and the dollar store is always a great place for small storage items.
Do you have any more pegboard ideas to share? I’d love to hear them – leave comments and links below.