On Wednesday, I shared our garage pegboard storage wall project and I promised I would be back today to share more details on how the storage wall was built. If I knew more about creating plans online for download, I would love to be able to do an exact plan but I have no clue where/how to begin to do that. But really, this design is so easy and basic, you will see that really no plan is really needed and this is a great solution for organizing the garage by maximizing the wall.
So let me show you the before picture first. This is my ugly garage wall before hand:
This wall is pretty long and measures 12 feet from the side trim of the door (on the left) to the right corner where all the paint is stacked up. The height of the ceiling is 8 feet. Because I didn’t want the sides of this piece to go right against the door trim or the corner, we allowed a small wall clearance space of 4 inches on both sides.
So with that said, the exact measurement of our pegboard wall unit is 8′ (height) x 11.2′ (width) x 5.5″ (depth). Yes! Only 5.5″ in depth! Because a 1 x 6 is really 5.5″, we based the whole wall design off of the 1 x 6’s as you’ll see in a minute. So, if you have a very tight fit in your garage like we do with our cars, you can still have awesome storage along the wall because all you need is 5.5″!
Ok, even better is that this project was very cheap to do. I think total basic material cost was under $200.00 when all was said and done (not including all of the pegs). As you read through our plan, you can see that there is really not a lot to this and it can be done very quickly. This plan could be adapted to any size or any area in your home.
As you can see in this first image below, we started with a basic frame using 1 x 6 white pine. What you cannot see is the 1 x 2 piece underneath the bottom shelf that served as our base that was nailed at the studs and is holding up the 1 x 6 shelf:
After the 1 x 2 went up, the 1 x 6 shelf went up and was nailed to the 1 x 2 and then the sides went up and the sides were nailed into the 1 x 6 bottom shelf.
Next, we used two standard 4 x 8 pegboard panels from Home Depot. One of the pegboard panels had to be cut because we only needed 3′ of the 8′. On the wall on the inside of the frame, a 1 x 2 was nailed up right next to the frame sides, bottom shelf and where the top of the panel would be. Another 1 x 2 strip went down the center (to keep the pegboard from pushing inward in the center) and another 1 x 2 strip went down along the wall where the two panels (seam) met about 3′ from the left side frame (again, to keep the board from pushing inward when used).
The pegboard was then nailed to all of the 1 x 2’s and the top shelf (another 1 x 6) went up and was nailed to the 1 x 2 along the top edge of the pegboard. Of course the sides were then nailed to the 1 x2’s and the shelves:
Everywhere where you see the green in the image below is where there are 1 x 2’s behind the peg board and underneath the shelves:
The reason for the 1 x 2’s behind the pegboard is to raise it away from the wall so the pegs can go all the way in. I know you guys know that but I want to clarify just in case someone decides to take a “shortcut” and nail the pegboard to the wall.
After everything went up, the edges were caulked, the wall was painted (the whole garage actually) and all of the wood was primed and painted as well. When you build a piece like this, caulking along the edges where the wood meets the wall (I think) makes all of the difference and really makes the piece look more built-in and clean.
After using the piece for awhile, I decided that I needed to add a 1 x 2 to the edge of the top shelf to serve as a lip for items on the top shelf. I used my awesome RYOBI cordless drill under the top shelf to drill into and secure the 1 x 2:
Remember as you look at this project that you can use a pegboard for storing almost anything. If you missed my post of Wednesday talking about all of the cool new pegboard hooks on the market, you can find that post here. If you are lucky to have a basement, this would work there as well.
I really hope I’ve explained all of the details clearly. If something is not clear, please let me know in the comment section and I will respond and clarify there as well.
Before I close, I just want to send out a BIG thank you to the awesome RYOBI team for sharing my pegboard project with their fans on Facebook yesterday. So fun to see it pop up on my favorite page. If you’re not following RYOBI on Facebook, you should because they are always running contests and offering discounts on all of the fabulous RYOBI tools. You can find their page here.
Have a wonderful weekend friends!