Garage or mudroom organizers all have a similar design: tall, narrow cubbies, hooks on the wall, maybe a built-in bench. In my home, this arrangement ends up looking like a pile of jackets and bags hung on top of one another. Another problem is that people’s storage needs change over time. But most organizers don’t.
I wanted to break the mold and create a more versatile and less cluttered solution. What I came up with was inspired by the versatility of pegboard. The one-inch pegs support a ton of weight, and making a new shelf or moving a crowded peg is simple. You don’t need to know how to build cabinets to build this stunning storage wall. But you will have to drill lots of holes — 288 per sheet! Luckily I figured out a trick to make positioning all those holes fast and accurate.
1" forstner bit
1" dowel rod
1" wood screws
1/4" x 2' x 4' birch plywood
15-ga. finish nails
1x2 furring strips
3" Construction screws
3" trim head screws
3/4" x 4' x 8' birch plywood
Rearrange It In Minutes
This system is easy to reconfigure as your needs change — so easy you could rearrange every season. All you have to do is pull out pegs and insert them elsewhere. You can move a shelf in seconds, make a new one in minutes or create an entirely new arrangement in less than an hour.
Build Boxes to Suit Your Stuff
Boxes hanging on pegs are the key to this flexible system. In an hour or two, you can build boxes of any size and shape, just right for the items you want to store.
To avoid blocking entire rows of holes with the strips, use the jig as a guide.
Fasten the Plywood
Cut the plywood to fit around doors and corners.
Tip up each sheet and attach them with trim-head screws into each row of furring strips every 16 inches.
Pro Tip: Dealing with Doors and Windows
I had to work around a door that was smack dab in the middle of the wall. Because the wall was being built out, I needed to extend the jamb of the door. I extended the jamb beyond the plywood by 1/2-in. to create a simple, modern look.
Make the Pegs
Cut one-inch-diameter dowels to seven-inch lengths to make pegs to hold the 1×6 shelves.
Drill a pilot hole centered on the end of the peg and attach a washer with a one-inch wood screw.
Build a Closet Cabinet
Stack the wall closet panels and line up their edges.
The panel with peg holes will be on top.
Use one of the center holes toward the top as a guide to bore through the other two panels to fit a clothes hanger rod.
Then nail furring strips between the two front panels, avoiding the rows of peg holes.
Mount the Cabinet
Screw the top and bottom of the closet box to the panels and attach the sides.
To help position it on the wall, place a pair of pegs under the closet cabinet.
They can help hold it up while you fasten it to the wall.