Growing up, my dad had some old, brown pegboard in our garage. I hated it. If the board got wet it would start to disintegrate. If something would bump up against it, it would crack and chunks would fall off.
After a few years, the pegboard was falling apart and we got rid of it. That experience tainted my view of pegboards for the better part of my life.
When I first heard that
Then I saw these gorgeous, brushed steel pegboards on Evan & Katelyn’s YouTube channel and had to give them a try.
I’ll be honest here, I’m still not a huge fan of pegboard. I like keeping my tools organized in my tool drawer instead of on display.
But, I think pegboard definitely has a place in my garage – especially if it looks as cool as this. So, I decided to pick up a couple of
Pegboard Sizes and Colors
Let’s talk briefly about
The pegboard panels themselves are made of 20-gauge galvanized steel and are resistant to rust and stains. The boards I chose are each 32″ x 16″ and come two to a pack.
The boards come in a few other sizes like 12″ x 16″, 8″ x 32″ or even a 3″ x 32″ pegboard strip if you only want a single row of small tools.
The galvanized steel pegboard look amazing, but that’s not the only color they come in.
Not every size comes in each color, but that still gives you a lot of options for decorating your garage.
Wall Control Pegboard Design & Specs
With most pegboards, you need to install some sort of backing panel or spacer so the hooks have room to slide in and secure. Often this is nothing more than a couple of wooden studs that you screw the MDF pegboard into.
That built-in fold-over creates it’s own 3/4″ spacer between the panel and the wall. The mounting screws can attach right to the panel and they’re more secure.
There’s a little bend and flex built into the metal panels, but feel very solid.
Since I got the bare, unpainted metal, there’s no finish on the panels. They’re smooth to the touch, and even a bit oily.
Here are some highlights:
- 10 Times stronger than conventional pegboard
- Made from 20 gauge steel
Wall ControlSlotted Accessories
- Accepts 1/4 ” and 1/8″ peghooks
- Magnetic surface
- Available in 10 Colors: Red, White, Blue, Black, Gray, Green, Yellow, Orange, Beige, or Galvanized
- Made in USA
Wall Control: Horizontal vs Vertical
If you’ve used pegboard before, this next part might take some getting used to.
You see, the
With normal, MDF pegboard, you can install them any way you like. The holes are slotted equal distances apart from each other, no matter which way you mount the board.
That’s not the case with the
Because the use a patented design that locks the peghooks into place (more on that later), the pegboards themselves will only work in one direction.
I found that out the hard way, unfortunately.
I’d purchased two horizontal
I know…measure twice, cut once.
So, if you’re wondering why you’ll see images of pegboards with slots running in different directions…now you know. Try not to laugh, eh?
There are two special versions of pegboard that you can get directly from
As I mentioned earlier, the peghooks don’t need standard pegboard holes. They lock in place in the slots themselves.
So unless you’re planning on using any standard peghooks (and why would you?), you don’t need the peghook holes.
You just need the slots.
With that in mind,
The Signature Series are variations on a theme. All
The Signature Series offers heavier duty powder-coat finishes that are even more durable and scratch-resistant. They’re a bit more subdued than the regular versions and won’t look as shiny under your garage lighting.
How Much Weight Can
Wall Control Pegboard Hold?
Weight capacity for normal pegboard differs depending on what material it’s made from. High Density Fiberboard (HDF) or High Strength Fiberboard (HSF) are the two most common materials, and each has a rated strength of 50lbs\ft.
However, like fiberboard pegboard, it depends on how evenly you distribute the weight and the type of wall anchors you’re using.
There was a surprisingly interesting study done back in 2012 (pdf source) . It looks at the failure point of pegboard and hooks. They find that the type of peghook and how much weight you’re hanging from the hooks have a bigger impact than the board itself.
Which leads into the thing I love most about
A Different Kind Of Peghook
One of the things I hated about my dad’s old pegboard wall was that the pegs would fly off the wall if I wasn’t careful how I grabbed whatever they were holding.
Each panel has standard sized peghook holes that accept both 1/4″ and 1/8″ peghooks. It’s worth noting that 1/8″ hooks will be a bit loose, however.
I’ll admit, even though you can technically use standard peghooks on a
The best part about
The hooks have notches along the top and bottom edges to let them snap into the pegboard.
In order to pull one of the hooks off, you’ll need two distinct motions. First pulling up to unlock and then swinging the bottom of the hook out, away from the board.
There’s also small tabs on the front of the hook (underneath the hook itself) that rests against the front of the pegboard so it doesn’t move from side to side.
It was difficult at first to remove the hooks, but once I got the motion down, it became a lot easier.
The end result feels very secure, so I’m not at all worried that I’ll accidentally pull one of the hooks off the wall when I’m grabbing my tools.
How to Install
Wall Control Pegboard
Installation of my
If you are looking for a complete video of the process, I actually recommend watching Mother Daughter Projects‘ video here.
I do want to cover a couple of things that stood out in my installation, however.
First off, I’d highly recommend having someone help you when you’re installing your
It’s not like the pegboard is heavy – it’s not.
Each 16″ x 32″ panel only weighs about six pounds. However, it does take some wrangling to get the boards in place long enough to screw it into the wall.
I didn’t have anyone to help. Well…let’s be honest. I chose to do it myself instead of getting help. So there’s a small gap in between two of the panels.
It’s not really noticeable, unless you know what you’re looking for.
The other challenge I had was that the studs weren’t exactly at 16″ in one place in my garage.
The reason for that had to do with how I needed to frame the wall in sections. I’ve pointed that out in my “Lessons Learned” section in my article describing how I framed my garage wall. If you want more information on the process, I recommend checking it out.
At any rate, I needed a combination of drywall anchors and regular screws to do the installation. They’re both included in the box, so you’re covered either way.
Finally, I was hoping for a seamless integration with my Gladiator Premier cabinets and my
That meant that I was going to lose a bit of the usable space on the pegboard. But it also meant that I could just mount the pegboard flush against the GearTrack and it would look great.
Above you’ll see the initial photo of the horizontal
After a couple of days, the gap bothered me too much. I swapped out my horizontal panels for vertical ones. I could have added additional horizontal panels underneath, but it wouldn’t have worked well with the existing GearTrack rails.
Wall Control Accessories
From slotted brackets and screwdriver holders to shelves and paper towel holders,
I picked up a few of them for my own installation and I’ll cover them briefly here. There’s a lot more available on Wall Control’s website or on Amazon. I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you.
Deluxe 26-Piece Accessory Pack
The best place to start is the 26 piece Deluxe Slotted Accessory Pack (KT-200 -DLX). It comes in four colors (black, white, red and blue) and includes most of the accessories you’re going to be using anyway. So you might as well get them all in one package, right?
I liked being able to see some of the different options and how they fit with my tools. I didn’t end up using everything in this accessory pack, but I used enough to make it worthwhile.
Here’s what comes in the box:
- (10) Standard Hooks
- (4) Medium Hooks
- (4) Medium 90 Degree Hooks
- (2) U-Hooks, 3in Reach
- (2) C-brackets, 1in x 1in
- (2) C-Brackets, 2in x 2in
- (1) Extended Hook, 9in Reach
- (1) Handle Hammer Hanger, 1-1/4in Wide Opening
At between $20 and $25, it’s a perfect start for your pegboard.
Metal Screwdriver Holder
In some of my older articles, you may have seen my Wera 2035/6 micro screwdriver set sitting on my workbench. While I love them, I never liked the holder they come with.
Rather than throw them in my tool drawer and mess up the organization system I have, I wanted a holder that I could mount on the pegboard.
I opted for the enclosed slots because the screwdrivers were so small that I didn’t want them to fall out the front.
Each screwdriver holder is available in four colors (black, white, red or blue) and has an MSRP of $10 through Amazon.
Paper Towel Holder & 4″ Shelf
No matter what you’re doing in your garage, you always need to have paper towels handy. None of the other paper towel holders I saw looked good… until this one.
The 4″ Shelf\Paper Towel Holder combination (ASM-HS-1694) is made of the same high-gloss metal as all of the other
The paper towels fit over a real wooden dowel rod that still leaves plenty of room for a 4-inch shelf. It’s also made of a thicker, 14-gauge steel.
Some people may feel it’s a little pricey at around $20, but it looks great so I’m OK with it. You can find it on Amazon here.
9″ Metal Shelf
The 9″ Metal Shelf (ASM-SH-1609) is also made from 14-gauge steel, which makes it feel solid with very little flex. I also liked that the 9″ shelf has available dividers so you can partition it if you want.
The variety of shelves was actually one of the bigger selling points for
You can find the metal shelf on Amazon here in 4″, 6″, 9″ and 12″ depths.