How to install and style a pegboard

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Tools and materials

Baskets for storing bigger items

Drill and drill bits

Eye protection

Impact driver

Level

Pegboard hooks

Pencil

Sheet of pegboard

Stud finder

Sturdy rope and wall hooks

Tape measure

Timber baton

Wood filler

Tools and materials needed to hang and style a pegboard

1. Figure out where you want to hang your board

Find a spot where you can easily grab any useful stationary items and see your vision board, then grab your stud finder and work out where your wall studs are – these are the points you’ll be drilling straight into. Mark them up with a pencil and find a friend to hold your board against the wall so you can mark up where you want it to hang – these marks will be your guide when you go to install it.

Using a stud finder to mark up studs in the wall

2. Mark up where your timber batten will hang

This is a long piece of timber that will attach to your wall and allow your pegboard to hang from it – it means your hooks won’t hit the wall. Lay your batten straight using a spirit level to make sure it’s in the right spot – when the bubble is in the centre, you’re good to go. Then mark up where your pilot holes will go – they’ll need to align with your wall stud.

Marking placement of timber batten with pencil and spirit level

3. Attach to the wall

Grab your safety glasses and drill two pilot holes into your batten. Then affix your batten to the wall using an impact driver and two screws – remember to pay attention to where your stud marks are.

Drilling pilot holes into timber batten

4. Measure up for your second batten

Grab your tape measure and work out how long your pegboard is, then measure out the corresponding length on the wall – this is where your second batten will hang. Repeat the above process to attach your second piece to the wall. A good tip is to measure and mark up where you want to drill from your top screw so you know you’re still on a stud.

Screwing timber batten into wall with a drill

5. Screw in your pegboard

You’ll need a friend to help with this bit – get them to hold your pegboard up while you screw it in through two of the pre-existing holes using a drill.

Attaching pegboard to timber battens with screws and a drill

6. Hang your hooks to your pegboard

There are an assortment of hooks available from Bunnings – choose the ones that best suit your purpose, and place as many as you need on your board. Wire baskets are great for holding bigger items.

Adding hooks onto pegboards

7. Style up a storm

This is the fun part! You can hang whatever you wish from your board – get creative! We’ve hung a calendar, some stationary and a wire basket for our bits and bobs. Now what are you waiting for – take that ‘selfie!’

Hooking camera and other items on pegboard hooks

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Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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