DIY Peg Board Shelf

4 Materials
2 Hours

Who else has been seeing these super cool, modern peg board shelves all over the place???? I have been waiting for the perfect spot to put some and I finally got it. There are a lot of great tutorials out there, but this was my take on the shelves. You can head to and check out my story highlights to watch my whole process of making these shelves.

There are three main things you need for this shelving unit: plywood, wooden dowels, and 1x4 or 1x6 pine shelving boards. All of these can be picked up at your local hardware or lumber store.

I chose to go with 3/4 in birch plywood. I like this plywood because it is thick enough to be sturdy and has a nice beautiful, smooth finish. A 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of this particular plywood is around $53. Home Depot or Lowes will even cut this for you into the size you need! I cut mine into 2x4 foot sections.

I bought two 7/8ths inch wooden dowels and 2 1x4x8 foor pine boards. The wooden dowels were about $5 each and the 1x4 boards were about $5 each as well. However, I only ended up using one dowel and one 1x4.

Once I got my materials home I needed to decide how far apart I wanted my holes. I settled on going three inches from each side, then six inches in between each hole. There are probably a lot of great ways to go about this. But I just used my level to measure the holes all the way up.

Once you get all the holes marked, it is time to drill the holes. The easy way to do this would be to use a drill press. I did not have one of those, so I had to use my screw driver. It took a lot longer, but still worked great. You will need a FORSTNER drill bit to make these holes.

Since my dowels were 7/8ths inch wide I needed a 7/8ths inch drill bit. I attached this to my screw driver and went to town! Once all the holes were made, I did a quick sanding to make sure everything was nice a smooth and ready to hang.

I didn't have a great way to hang these, and I definitely should have used a french cleat...but I didn't. Instead I screwed a board to the top and the bottom of the plywood and drilled some holes for the screws to hang in.

Next up was cutting the dowels and 1x4 boards. Since the plywood was 3/4 inch and the pine board was 3.5 inches, I decided to cut my dowels 4 inches each because I didn't want them coming all the way to the front of the pine board. I cut the 1x4 boards all different sizes ranging from 13 inches to 26 inches so that it would hang a little over the two dowels.

This project is a great way to add some dimension to your space and a fairly inexpensive way to decorate a room. Since I only used half of a 4x8 sheet of plywood, the total cost of this project was less than $40!

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1 question
  • Karen
    on Jun 28, 2020

    Wondering why the resources listed include a picture of wooden beads instead of wooden dowels. Otherwise, the project is fabulous! You go girl!!!

    • Stephanie
      on Jun 29, 2020

      That is really weird, Karen! I avtually didn't put that picture of the bead on there! I don't know where it came from. But yes...wooden dowels are what you will need!

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  • Mcgypsy9
    on May 25, 2020

    I love this new way of using peg boards. I plan on using them for shoe racks in my closet as well as racks for tools, etc. in my garage. My grandson loves the look as well and wants me to make some for his room. Yours are very nice! You could even use these in a smaller version, along with smaller dowel for crafting, sewing, etc. storage.

  • Kate
    on May 26, 2020

    Wow. You can even go further to stain or paint it. Never heard of this 'french cleat' before so I had to look it up. What an ingenious idea. Everything should be hung this way!!

    Great job!

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