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space saver peg board

Photography: Pernille Loof

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2017


  • 1-inch-by-4-foot-by-8-foot birch plywood sheet
  • 1 1-inch-thick wood dowel
  • Circular saw (optional)
  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Handheld electric drill
  • Paddle or forstner drill bit
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 French cleat brackets
  • Wall-mounting screws


  1. Saw plywood sheet in half (or have the lumberyard do it for you); set extra plywood aside for now. Cut dowel into 12-inch pegs.
  2. Carefully measure and mark a 12 x 12 grid of evenly spaced holes on plywood. For a 4-foot-square board, the outer holes' center should be 2 inches from the edge; the remaining holes should be 4 inches apart on center. Place extra plywood half beneath marked plywood (to protect drill bit from damage), then drill holes using paddle or forstner bit. Lightly sand rough edges of pegs and board.
  3. Mount board on wall using French cleat brackets.
  4. Add pegs and shelves.

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