Workshop Organization Ideas

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My tools were a mess. They were everywhere. I had to search for 20 minutes to find painter’s tape. I had 4 cans of polycyrlic because I could never find where I put the other cans. Does this sound like you? Could you use some tool and workshop organization ideas? If so, I have a few pegboard ideas to share with you to make your life easier and more organized. Basically I want to show you some pegboard hardware that you can use to hang and hold tools.

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This was my basement. We moved in 12 months ago and never had a place to put our tools and hardware. Therefore, we simply dug through boxes when we needed to find things. It was a disaster of epic proportions.

Install pegboard

The first thing I wanted to do was install pegboard so that I could hang as many items as possible. This would really help save space. To install the pegboard, we used National Hardware pegboard spacers.

Pegboard needs to be installed a little bit away from the wall so that the pegboard hardware can be properly inserted. Pegboard spacers ensure that this happens.

We drilled the screws into the studs in the wall.

Put up your pegboard hardware hangers and fill with tools

I’m going to show you a few pieces of pegboard hardware that I love. The first are these parts trays that I use to hold nails, screws, etc.

Little hooks like these can be used to hold random tools like paint brushes, wrenches, etc.

Hardware that has multiple holes in it for tools is handy when you have a set of items, like a set of screwdrivers.

These 2-pronged hardware pieces are great for holding hammers and other similar tools. Their longer length allows for multiple tools to be stacked on them.

There are many other pegboard hardware options such as pliers holders, shelf brackets and power drill holders.

Consider additional storage areas

Taking a step back from the pegboard, you can see that I also have a few other storage options. Our large workbench has the option of lower level shelving or large items. Additionally, we have lockers to store items out of sight.

There are many workshop organization options. Over time I’ll probably add more to my workshop. However, for now, the pegboard with the handy hardware and the lockers are providing enough storage to keep me organized and efficient in my work.

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  • Lynne Clark Lynne Clark on Aug 06, 2020

    What pegboard item did you use for the vice grips [top left]?

    Very well done, as an apartment dweller, I have not had this option.

  • Cardinal Cardinal on Sep 16, 2020

    Where do you find lockers?

  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Sep 25, 2020

    I love the look of the of your work shop pegboard. I will eventually hang one in our work shop, but I don’t think mine will look as neat. Haha. By the way, what is the translucent material you have over your wall studs? I’ve been trying to think of a cheap material to use that would look like rice paper.


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  • S S on Aug 05, 2021

    Basically I think one should pegboard the whole house…need to hang a picture put up anger, need to hang a skillet, hang up a peg, need to hang a up a coat, hang a peg. Organize a bathroom, pegs, dry towels, pegs. Closets, more pegs. Think of it…redecorating would be a snap! Paint the pegboard any color you want! 🤣

  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Aug 06, 2021

    I have a whole stack of that thick 1/4 inch peg board I wish I could sell.Each sheet is four feet by eight feet and is new/never used.Got the pallet load from hobby lobby when they were building,(excess).Also,your shop looks so neat,unused;etc,but i'm sure it changes when in use.I personally don't like my work benches against the wall,they wind up being collect-alls with no where to work.I have my work benches situated where I can work on all four sides.