7 Unexpected Ways to Decorate With Pegboard

published Nov 6, 2019
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Pegboard: It was once the stuff of garages and craft rooms, synonymous with utility and no-nonsense organizing. With a piece of pegboard and just a few hooks, you could hang anything from wrenches to gift wrapping ribbon. But now, the sky is truly the limit. Pegboard is making a comeback, and these practical panels have been incorporated into different rooms around the house in a bunch of unexpectedly chic ways. You can use one solely for its dimension and texture to freshen up a piece of furniture. Or make pegboard the way you organize your coffee mugs or display personal knick-knacks. Hopefully, these seven ideas will inspire you to consider adding pegboard to your home. 

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Divide and Conquer With Pegboard

Emily Henderson used pegboard-clad half-wall room dividers in her kids’ playroom, but you could try this idea in anywhere in your house. In order to break up the space into two separate zones, Henderson placed two cubby shelves on either side of the room and then added pegboards to the back of each unit. Now her kids use them as surfaces for creating colorful rubber band art. Talk about fun and functional!

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DIY an Office Nook

Add some personality to your office or study area with the help of pegboard. Blogger Aniko Levai from Place of My Taste shared a DIY on how to change an entire wall into an oversized pegboard shelving unit that’s visually interesting and won’t break the bank. The painted shapes on it add personality, while the various floating shelves give you wiggle room to make layout changes later.

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Make a Not-So-Basic Bike Rack

For smaller spaces that don’t have room for bike storage, a piece of pegboard in your entryway can help. Black paint gives this nook from Australian design firm Heartly a sleek look, while a barn door saves space and hides anything you don’t want house guests to see.

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Create a Focal Point

Instead of a big statement piece of wall art, try a pegboard. One can be a great place for displaying decorative accessories, especially if it’s framed in wood to give it a “portrait” look. If you’re not crafty, you can buy this exact pegboard at Autumn’s Corner. Just hang it on the wall, fill it with a few of your favorite objects, and you’re good to go.

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Perk Up Plain Furniture

Remember the shiplap craze? Pegboards offer a similar subtle hit of texture, which can bring visual interest to a tired piece of furniture. Go ahead and use pegboards to jazz up anything from a nightstand to a cabinet. To recreate this particular mid-century modern piece, check out this tutorial from Woodshop Diaries.

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Make a Coffee Mug Rack

Copy your local coffee shop and put all of your favorite coffee mugs on display using pegboard. Bonus: This leaves much more room for your wine glasses in the kitchen cabinets! Get the details on how to create this via Design Evolving.

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Put a Collection on Display

Put your collection on display with the help of a pegboard like Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay did here with her crystals. When you collect something small like rocks, matchboxes, or seashells, it can be hard to show them off artfully. Rather than cluttering up a a side table or cabinet, showcase them with a pegboard shadowbox instead. 

And there you have it—seven ways you could be using pegboard at home. Which is your favorite, and do you have any other suggestions?