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5 Mastering Instructions: How To Hang Pegboard? How-To Guide

Installing a pegboard is sure to be a great organizational choice for your space, whether you have an unorganized workshop, a kitchen with limited space, or an in-home workspace in need of a smart storage solution. Pegboards are affordable, very adaptable, and remarkably simple to install on your own. Use our helpful instructions to make sure your pegboard is installed securely, safely, and to ensure that it can hold as much as possible.

You’ve come to the right place if you want to learn how to hang pegboard on the wall of your shop or craft room. I’m not sure about you, but I find it impossible to work or even think when there is chaos all around me. A strange fact about me: Before I start cutting wood, I actually like to organize and clean my shop. It’s odd, I know. But I think it’s nice to begin a project in a spotless, well-organized space. 

Prior to starting

how to hang pegboard

There are actually many different types of pegboard, despite the fact that you might think there is just one type that can be used in any location. Masonite (the standard pegboard material from the hardwood store), metal, and plastic are the three most popular types of pegboard. Along with the materials, there are numerous pegboard-style storage options that can be customized with particular hole and peg designs to meet your needs.

Most people don’t need anything more than a standard masonite pegboard to store their things. Metal pegboard panels are a strong storage option for people who need it, and they can support a lot of weight. Plastic pegboards are strong mounting surfaces that are lightweight and resistant to moisture exposure, making them ideal for humid environments. 

Pegboards are also offered in a variety of sizes. With a circular saw, a standard masonite pegboard can be easily cut to size, but this might not be the case with other materials. When making a purchase, keep this in mind and make sure to accurately measure your space first.

Needed Supplies

Equipment / Tools

  • The measuring tape
  • Four feet level
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Stud finder
  • Chalk box (optional)
  • Circular saw


  • Pegboard panel
  • Furring strips 1×2
  • Self-drilling wood screws in the size of 2 1/2
  • Washers
  • Bonding primer (optional)


How to Hang a Regular Pegboard


In the steps that follow, you’ll find exact instructions for how to hang a standard 4×8 pegboard on drywall. The procedure is easily adaptable to various pegboards and mounting surfaces.

1) Cut the Pegboard to Size


Use a tape measure to measure and mark the required dimensions, a straightedge or chalk box to draw a straight cutting line, and a circular saw to carefully cut down the line if necessary to make your pegboard fit in your space.

2) Make furring strips.


Due to the design of a standard pegboard, furring strips are necessary to make a space between the mounting surface and the pegboard when mounted on a flat surface. As a result, the hooks can enter the pegboard’s holes and anchor at the back. Along the top and bottom horizontal edges of the pegboard, the main furring strips will rest. Cut two 1×2 furring strips to the pegboard’s length to make these.

3) Attach Upper Furring Strip

Use a stud finder to mark each stud along the entire length at the height you desire for the top edge of your pegboard to rest. Make sure that each mark rests along a level line by using a level. Mount the upper furring strip to the wall along the level line using self-drilling 2 1/2-inch wood screws. 

Pre-drilling your holes will prevent splitting when using pine furring strips. Self-drilling wood screws are another good choice.

4) Attach the lower furring strip.

Turn your level vertically and mark the studs 4 feet below the top furring strip to determine where to place the lower furring strip. After marking, measure precisely 4 feet down from the top of the top furring strip. Mark a horizontal line across the wall by positioning the level horizontally against the wall on the line you just marked. Repeat the mounting procedure you used before by aligning the lower edge of your lower furring strip with the horizontal line you marked.

5) Install Pegboard


Align the pegboard’s outer edges with the top and bottom furring strips when mounting it against the wall. Use washers on the same 2-1/2-inch wood screws from before for increased tensile strength.
Before adding screws to the corners or the support’s corners, place one in the support’s center. The remaining furring strips should have additional screws installed, spaced between 8 and 12 inches apart.

How to Keep a Pegboard in Good Shape

Making sure water never touches your pegboard is the best way to guarantee that it will last for many years to come. The masonite fibers are completely incapable of withstanding moisture. The pegboard will be somewhat protected by painting, but moisture should still be avoided at all costs. A durable pegboard also depends on the use of the right pegboard accessories. Increase the hook size to 1/4 inch for heavier items to evenly distribute the load throughout the pegboard hole.

Safety Considerations

It can be frustrating if you pick the incorrect pegboard for your area or if you install it incorrectly. For example, installing a typical masonite pegboard in a moist or excessively humid environment can compromise it, resulting in weak fibers that give way when supporting the weight of your tools. A metal pegboard might not be the best choice if your room has exposed wires or messy electrical fixtures. 


In conclusion, selecting a quality pegboard can be difficult, but the advantages of having one in your home outweigh the difficulty. You can make more room in your workspace by using a pegboard to organize your tools, keep them close at hand, and keep them organized.

The right pegboard selection necessitates careful consideration of a number of factors, including size, material, and weight capacity, as we have covered in this article. Additionally, hanging up a pegboard requires some expertise, but with the right equipment and direction, it can be a simple procedure.

I hope this answers your question of how to hang a pegboard. If you still have questions, post them in the comments, and I will definitely answer.


How much space is required behind the pegboard?

A) Pegboard needs about 1/2 inches. of ‘standoff’ space behind it so the hooks can be inserted. Plastic and metal pegboard panels have this space built in, created by the L-shape flanges at the edges.

Can you mount a pegboard on drywall?

A) Depending on the weight of the pegboard and the items you want to hang, you may be able to mount a pegboard to drywall without using furring strips at all. Use concrete anchors rather than drywall anchors if the wall is made of concrete.

Do you need furring strips for the pegboard?

A) When a standard pegboard is mounted on one, furring strips are required to create a space between the mounting surface and a flat surface. 

How far apart should screws be on a pegboard?

A) Hold the pegboard sheet in place with assistance as you fasten 2″ wood screws to the furring strips. Add wood screws around the frame and on the center supports, spacing them about 6″ apart.

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