Organize Tools With a Pegboard

Tools on pegboard

They say a job isn’t done until the tools are put away. And if the tools are not organized properly, that can be the hardest part of the job. With a pegboard, people can organize their tools and declutter their garage, basement, or other workspace in their homes. Here are some tips for how to do that from Home Depot.

Choosing a Pegboard

There are many factors to consider when buying a pegboard. First and foremost is the weight of the tools. A standard-sized wooden pegboard can hold about 100 pounds. That should hold hand power tools, shovels, rakes, hammers, and most work supplies on hooks and shelves.  People might also want to take into account the size of the area where they are going to hang their pegboard and the location of the studs in the wall.

How to Organize Tools

There are two schools of thought on how to arrange tools on a pegboard. Some people like to organize them by their size. Others sort their tools by which ones they use the most. Here are some details on each of these methods:


  • Heavier tools like sanders and electric drills should be on the bottom of the pegboard. This makes the area safer in case they fall.
  • It is a good idea to group similarly sized tools together, such as hammers and mallets, or screwdrivers and wrenches.
  • After creating a diagram and setting up the hooks based on that diagram, it is time to begin placing the tools section by section.
  • Some people outline their tools with a marker when they are in place to make it easier to remember where they belong when it is time to return them.


  • People should first go through all the tools they want on their pegboard and organize them based on how often they use them. Then they need to be put into a few different groups.
  • After creating a diagram, it is advisable to focus on putting the most-used tools where they’ll be easiest to reach.
  • The tools should be hung by group, with the items needed less often in harder-to-reach places. It is best to make sure heavier items are on the lower end of the pegboard if possible.

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Pegboard Tips

People should remember that they may add new tools to their collection over the years, so they may want to think about leaving some open space. There are also baskets that are available for screws, nails, and other similar items. Finally, if someone wants to store some touch-up paint, epoxy, or something else that is hard to hang, they can mount small shelves to the wall through the pegboard.

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