Make a Sliding Pegboard!

2 Materials
2 Hours

Every once in a while we come up with a novel idea, but how to hang sliding pegboard is more than that! Hidden behind cabinet doors, our sliding pegboard project solves two very real issues: too much clutter and how to install pegboard where there’s a lack of wall space.

You see, I love the function of pegboard in my craft room for tools and such, but don’t like to see the visual clutter of the stuff that hangs there! Our sliding pegboard can hide away in a cabinet to solve that issue. As a matter of fact, I can slide the pegboard out when I need it and tuck it away, behind cabinet doors, when I don’t!

Watch the Video!

If you’re a visual learner, watch this video on how to hang it:

In my old craft room I had several walls of pegboard tool storage. Unfortunately my craft room is much smaller now and I don’t have accessible wall space to hang pegboards.

So we did what any upcycler would do and cut this pegboard down so we could mount it vertically onto slow close drawer glides.

As you see below, the drawer glides are attached to the pegboard. Then, as we’ll explain further ahead, the pegboard is attached to spacers and finally the cabinet. No wall space needed like in my old craft room!

But before we hang the pegboard we have to cut it to size and paint it! We use a circular saw to cut it to fit the dimensions of the cabinet.

We also cut a riser to lift the bottom of the pegboard when it’s installed so that the pegboard will clear the door hinges.

Prep the Pegboard

Before priming and painting the pegboard, glue furring strips to the back (more info on that further ahead).

Some pegboards come pre-refinished on one side. This one isn't so we scuffed the pegboard and removed the sanding dust.

Tip: we use an old sock, lightly dampened with water. That reduces the static electricity that can attract unwanted elements to your wet paint!

You can either spray or roll the paint. For this project, we’re using a roller for the primer.

Once dry, we paint the pegboard white.

While working on another pegboard project, I recently learned how to paint using a spray gun from an expert (my husband). If you're looking for a fast and efficient way to paint your DIY project, this video explains how:

Glue furring strips to the top and bottom of the pegboard with wood glue. Ensure that the two furring strips are mounted perfectly parallel to each other before allowing them to dry.

The pegboard will need to clear the Pax unit hinges so we cut a riser out of plywood for the pegboard to sit on.

However, as you can see below, the pegboard also needs spacer rails on the sides between the drawer glides and cabinet so the pegboard can glide out and clear the door. Cut two spacers to clear the hinges and slightly narrower than the width of the pegboard. We’ll show you how to mount those together later.

Notice that we also cover the glass shelf with a scrap piece of carpet underlayment to cushion and protect the glass.

Because they need to be mounted separately, separate the drawer glides into the inner and outer parts first. To do that, press the yellow button, and the inner member will slide right out.

Below you can see the separated pieces: inner member on the left and the outer member on the right. The inner member gets attached to the furring strip on the pegboard, while the outer member gets attached to the spacer.

Here's how that looks on the back of the pegboard:


When mounting the other half of the drawer glides to the spacers, It’s aways a good idea to pre drill first.

Be sure to vacuum up ALL the resulting wood dust; it can attach to the grease and affect the functionality of the sliding mechanism.

Once both outer members are screwed onto the spacers, re-attach them to the inner members on the pegboard.

You will now have the drawer glides back together in one piece.

Double-sided tape is indispensable for this project! We mount 3 strips of tape in between the screw holes in the spacer. However, a film tape just won’t work, as we discovered. Note that the tape shown below (and on the video) was not heavy duty enough for this application.

Any variations in the wood spacer requires a tape that’s thick with a bit of cushioning and extra adhesion. So we end up using this double-sided carpet tape.

Once the proper tape is on the spacers, we rest the bottom of the pegboard onto the plywood riser that sits atop the glass shelf.

Making sure the back of the pegboard hits the back of the cabinet, we push the sliding pegboard unit against the side of the cabinet until the double side tape makes contact and sticks.

Between the riser and the carpet tape, this pegboard is not going anywhere! While the pegboard is ‘stuck’ into its proper position, we can carefully slide the pegboard out.

When you slide the pegboard out, it exposes the screw holes.

Ensure that both the drill and the screws are set for the proper length: less than the thickness of the materials they’re going through.

Pre-drill right through the spacer rails into the cabinet. Then screw through the drawer glides and spacers right into the cabinet.

Once all the screws are in place, remove the plywood riser at the bottom and ensure the pegboard slides in and out effortlessly.

Now it’s time to load the pegboard up with tools!

Pegboard hooks come in all shapes and sizes, for every tool imaginable. The one challenge is getting the hooks to stay in the pegboard without falling out every time you remove a tool!

Since, we're out of picture space, head to our blog for 5 different methods on how to keep pegboard screws from falling out (link below where you see our logo)! You'll also see some of these when you watch the video above.

Once you’re done arranging your tools on the pegboard, you can slide it back into the Pax cabinet.

When you close the door, you’ll no longer see the visual clutter. Moreover, the sliding pegboard organizes your most used tools – all within reach.

I don’t know why we didn’t think of this idea before for my craft room, but better late than never!

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Suggested materials:

  • Pegboard   (big box store)
  • Pegboard hook   (big box store)

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  • Karen Sebastiani Karen Sebastiani on Oct 19, 2021

    Great idea but the glass shelf is a hazard if a heavy tool falls on it. Is it plexiglass or just tempered glass?


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