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Use Pegboard in the Closet

Organizing Good Things 2005, Volume 2005 Special Issue 2005

Pegboard keeps items off the floor, in sight, and within reach. The board is sold in large sheets; have it cut to size, or use a circular saw or jigsaw. Place furring strips (thin pieces of wood) between the board and wall, so you'll have room for the backs of hooks.

1. Before installing the pegboard in a closet, carefully measure where clothing rods will go -- they'll need extra support. For added stability, put two furring strips side by side behind the pegboard at these spots.

2. Belts hang by their loops, while above, straight hooks hold bags and purses.

3. This pegboard panel maximizes otherwise unused space on the back of the closet door. Snap-in pegboard-hook holders (available at home centers) keep hardware from wobbling, which is especially useful when the board is hung on a door or any other moving surface.

4. Wire baskets provide a home for toiletries and other small items. A key ring and a lint roller hang nearby.

5. A series of U-shaped hooks keeps neckties in line and wrinkle-free.

Comments (15)

  • 12 Jul, 2012

    I have been scouring the web for closet organizing inspiration for my wife who is a working professional and I found this great idea! And to think the lads only did this in their workshops...

    Heading to the hardware store this afternoon for the parts. Fantastic idea Martha and creative team, thanks!

  • 12 Jul, 2012

    I have been scouring the web for closet organizing inspiration for my wife who is a working professional and I found this great idea! And to think the lads only did this in their workshops...

    Heading to the hardware store this afternoon for the parts. Fantastic idea Martha and creative team, thanks!

  • 30 Dec, 2008

    I have organized my large walk in closet using many of Martha's closet organization suggestions, including the peg board. The peg board is,versitle, and fairly inexpensive. It was not difficult to pain the peg board.

  • 7 Dec, 2008

    Depending on how deep ANY closet is...there is usually unused space between the back of the hangers and the back wall...which is great space for peg board (ESPECIALLY if you use shelved canvas clothing or shoe organizers that hang off the rod). More space is possible if you consider moving rod further away from back wall. Thanks for bringing this idea back!

  • 8 Sep, 2008

    When I reorganized my childrenn n n n n n s closets I installed peg board on back wall.
    It has worked out great for all their tiny "things" when the where little.
    Now years later they are teen-agers, it still works great for all the belts and necklaces,
    and "stuff" they have now too!

  • 8 Sep, 2008

    I love the idea of simply lining the entire oddly shaped wall area around the door w/ pegboard. Then it's easy to attach a hook, basket, or shelf anywhere you want, almost.

  • 7 Sep, 2008

    I think this is a great idea! I like how it can change with your needs ... move/add/replace hooks/hangers/etc. I would suggest, though, that a full length furring strip be used at the top so you don't get dust falling behind. I can think of several areas throughout the house that could be so much more useful with pegboard. Thanks for getting my head thinking of solutions.

  • 7 Sep, 2008

    It is not a problem to paint the pegboard. Take a look at the VIDEO lower ar this side, Martha has made a PEGBOARD ORGANIZER.

  • 7 Sep, 2008

    It is not a problem to paint the pegboard. Take a look at the VIDEO lower ar this side, Martha has made a PEGBOARD ORGANIZER.

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Two of my friends have done this in their kids' closets and in their craft closets. It is a fabulous way to keep things off the floor and to keep the whole family organized.

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Does anyone know if you can paint the pegboard to match the wall or will the holes pose a problem?

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    I so wish we could ZOOM IN on the photos on Marthas website. When it comes to cooking, crafting, etc., I really need a clearer, larget photo of the project....I hope someone from the website team reads this. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.....

  • 21 Feb, 2008

    Great idea for my hubbie's baseball caps, they are so hard to store and he has a lot of them.

  • 16 Jan, 2008

    This Is going to be my next project !

  • 14 Jan, 2008

    sounds like a great idea!!!