How to Build a Garage Storage Wall

A customizable clutter-buster that turns your garage into a mudroom.

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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.

Tools Required

  • 1" forstner bit
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill press
  • Framing square
  • Level

Materials Required

  • 1-1/4" washers
  • 1" dowel rod
  • 1" wood screws
  • 1/4" x 2' x 4' birch plywood
  • 15-ga. finish nails
  • 1x2 furring strips
  • 1x6 Board
  • 2X2 lumber
  • 2x4 lumber
  • 3" Construction screws
  • 3" trim head screws
  • 3/4" x 4' x 8' birch plywood
  • composite shims

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.

Inserting pegs into wallFamily Handyman

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.

Hanging a box on the wallFamily Handyman

Project step-by-step (14)

Step 1

Make a Drilling Jig

Save yourself hours of measuring with this drilling guide:

  • Cut an eight-foot length of plywood to six inches wide.
  • Then make a pair of marks two inches from the long edge, one at two inches from the end and the other six inches from the end.
  • Clamp a backer (I used MDF) to the plywood and bore a hole at the first mark with a drill press and a one-inch Forstner bit through the jig and the backer.

Step 2

Bore Consistent Holes

  • Place a one-inch-diameter dowel in the hole to keep the jig and backer together.
  • Line up the bit with the second mark, clamp the backer to the table and then bore a second hole.
  • Without moving the parts, keep the backer clamped to the table and fasten a fence along the edge of the jig.
  • Slide the jig down and place the dowel through the new hole.
  • Bore the rest of the holes this way.