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If you want to make pegboard shelves for your home, you will love this simple DIY tutorial!

One of my biggest pet peeves that seems to be the normal for everyone else is metal, wire shelving. Why is this such a thing? Things don’t sit on it right and it’s so flimsy and cheap looking. We have added wood shelving to a lot of closets (our condo pantry, our condo laundry room, our current pantry, our current closet) and it just makes a world of a difference in feeling more luxurious and custom.

But it is an easy DIY! For this space I wanted to do something a little different and attempt some over-sized pegboard shelving. I love the concept of easily adjustable and really love how well this project turned out.

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DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving

DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelves

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What You Need:

  • 1 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood for the back of your wall
  • 1 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood for shelves
  • A one-inch thick, four foot dowel per shelf
  • 1 inch spade drill bit

What You Do:

The sizing of your space will be custom, so I won’t worry about measurements, just make sure you cut yours to fit what you’re looking at.

The first thing we did was make all our cuts. First, cut the first sheet of plywood to the size of the back of our space. Then we cut four shelves out of the second sheet of plywood. Ours were 18×32. Last set of cuts was for the dowels, which is what the shelves will sit on. I cut each dowel into thirds.

If you are wondering how to make a pegboard, pay attention to this next step! 

The next step was to drill the holes for the pegboard. We decided to do five holes per row, so what what we did was draw a line down the center of both the height and width, then drew lines ever five inches in each way to make a grid.

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

We used a 1 inch spade bit to then drill a perfect hole through the plywood at each of the cross hairs that we had drawn.

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

After all 65 (!) holes were drilled, we sanded everything down, sealed the shelves and dowels, and painted our pegboard with BEHR’s Color of the Year “In the Moment.”

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

After everything was dry, it was time for assembly. We drilled two pieces of scrap wood into the studs of the wall, making sure it was in spots that wouldn’t show through the peg holes. Then, we attached the pegboard to the wood on the wall.

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

The rest was easy. We inserted the dowels three to a row at each height we wanted the shelves. Then we just set the shelves on top of the dowels.

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

The shelves are now totally adjustable if we need to move them around depending on what we put on them. They look great and are extremely custom and unique.

ORC: DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelving - Charleston Crafted

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How to make Oversized Pegboard Shelves

How to make Oversized Pegboard Shelves

Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $50-100

Wooden shelves add a lot of function to any space. Make something a little different with these whimsical DIY oversized pegboard shelves!

Materials

  • 1 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood for the back of your wall
  • 1 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood for shelves
  • A one-inch thick, four foot dowel per shelf
  • 4 pieces of scrap plywood
  • Paint
  • Sealant

Tools

  • 1 inch spade drill bit
  • Paint brush
  • Drill
  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Sander

Instructions

  1. Cut the first sheet of plywood to the size of the back wall where your shelves will go.
  2. Cut four shelves out of the second sheet of plywood. Ours were 18×32.
  3. Last set of cuts was for the dowels, which is what the shelves will sit on. I cut each dowel into thirds.
  4. Draw a line down the center of both the height and width of the piece of plywood for the back wall, then drew lines ever five inches in each way to make a grid.
  5. Use a 1 inch spade bit to then drill a perfect hole through the plywood at each of the crosses that we had drawn.
  6. Sand the plywood.
  7. Paint, stain, or seal the plywood as desired.
  8. Attach the pegboard to the wall. Attach the pieces of scrap plywood to studs or anchors and then drill the pegboard into those pieces.
  9. Inserted the dowels three to a row at each height you want the shelves.
  10. Then just set the shelves on top of the dowels.

Notes

  • Set your own measurements to fit your space.
  • The shelves are adjustable by height.
  • Be sure your dowels stick out enough so that the shelves are secure. They need to be at least 3/4 the length of the boards for stability.

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We hope you enjoyed learning how to make a pegboard shelf. Tag us if you decide to make your own version! 

Can’t wait to show you what we put ON the shelves and how we matched them somewhere else!

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Marilla

Thursday 18th of April 2019

Hi there, How much weight would you say these peg board shelves can hold? I'm considering them for a retail space to hold large glass jars.

Sean

Monday 22nd of April 2019

Hey Marilla. I think these would look awesome as a display shelf. They hold a pretty good amount of weight. I don't have an exact measurement, but on the lowest shelf is a full bag of cat food, plus all our pet supplies. One shelf is all towels. One is several sheet sets. The top shelf has a steam cleaner plus a bin of beach towels. Overall, I think it would hold a lot. As long as the pegboard is secured to studs and the dowel rods are fully through the holes, they should hold a large amount of weight as they are very solid pieces of wood. If you have any other questions, please let me know, and if you do build this out PLEASE share it with us as we'd love to see how it turns out!