I’m still gathering inspiration and ideas for that bare wall in our house. While drooling over pegboards last week, I stumbled upon a few images of walls lined with wooden slats – some just for decorative purposes, but some for that same versatile storage as pegboards offer.
The sleekness, that warm wood and those repetitive straight lines really speaks to the Scandinavian in me. I found myself quite smitten! These have an entirely different look to the pegboards, and remain decorative whether kitted out with shelves and/or hooks, or completely bare. It adds interest to any room.
I’ve never built one of these before, and I’m thinking of attempting one for my bare wall – simply for the opportunity to try something new.
It has certainly given me something to think about. Pegboard or wood slats??
I have been working with a lovely family for years now, gradually transforming almost every room in their house. They have two boys, and live in a 4 storey town house a stone’s throw from Sloan Square. On this occasion they called me in to help them control the masses of sports kit that was slowly taking over the dad’s home office. There was tennis kit, cricket kit, golf clubs, helmets and bicycles. The reason it all ended up in the home office was that it’s the first room off the entryway, and so a natural spot for the boys to dump it all before heading downstairs to the kitchen for dinner. The problem was – there were no other area of the house that lent itself well for this type of stuff. The dad graciously offered up a corner of the office, but it was narrow, and small. I knew I’d have to make the walls work double-time, and looked to extend the storage upwards. All kit also needed to be easily accessible, and easily tidied away. Enter the pegboard:
I decided to clad the entire allocated corner with bespoke pegboards (I made them to size in my workshop). There is a vent high up on the right hand wall which I didn’t want to cover, hence the varying heights. I painted them in black cupboard paint – a self-levelling and extremely hardwearing paint that won’t show every scuff or mark, but can be easily wiped down if dirty. I then kitted the pegboards out with everything they needed to hold all the sports kit.
There were three large sports bags that needed housing in this little corner: two cricket (if memory serves) bags and one golf bag with clubs. These were too bulky and heavy to hang from the pegboard itself, but still needed to be accesses frequently and with ease. I designed and made a purpose-built platform trolley, with high sides on one long and one short side, and more like a lip or threshold on the remaining long and short side. This trolley holds the cricket bags, and allows for them to be grabbed quickly from the open sides, and rest securely against the tall sides – meaning they wouldn’t fall off when the trolley was moved. Behind the trolley, in the very back of the corner is the golf bag – easily accessed by swiftly moving the cricket bag trolley out of the way.
The bicycles are mounted on two double hooks intended for this purpose. I mounted these hooks onto small boards of plywood to allow for multiple anchor points. For extra reassurance, I put one screw through each small board to secure it to the pegboard behind. With the amount of not just weight from the bicycles, but also movement involved in taking them down and hanging them back up again, it made sense to add a fixed anchor point. The height of the bicycle mounts can still be easily adjusted by loosening the screw, and tightening it again when it’s in the desired position.
Pegs are the heroes of pegboards. I made 12 of them for this family, as I believe you can never have too may hooks. Anything from helmets, to bags, to tennis rackets – hooks can hold it all.
I think it’s important to see solutions like this in real homes, serving real families. We all get so easily seduced by the crisp beautiful photos on Pinterest and other social media, but the reality may be slightly less crisp. This brief was about function, easy access, and utilising a small space to the max. A bespoke pegboard met this brief very well! This project was completed almost 5 years ago, but the family is still using this corner for sports kit in exactly the way it was intended back then. It goes to show that made-to-measure yet versatile solutions can certainly stand the test of time!
I know they have been around for years, so it’s hardly big news. However, after finding myself with a bare wall here at Casa Del Anna (an extremely rare occurrence) I’ve been sinking some serious time into researching how to fill it. Because leaving it blank I cannot. So, I’m finding myself pinning picture after picture of pegboards onto my Pinterest ‘Must-build’ board. Although I haven’t chosen exactly what to go for yet, I’ve selected some of my favourites here for you!
Pegboards in the kitchen
Due to their insane versatility, pegboards lend themselves well to most spaces, but I am particularly fond of them in the kitchen. Hang often used utensils on them for easy access. Pop a shelf on so your favourite coffee mugs can remind you how to start your day as soon as you enter the kitchen in the morning. Display your impressive curry collection, and let those fresh herb pots brighten up your cooking space. I especially like the idea of placing a little radio on a top shelf, safe out of the way from water or cooking splatter!
For the home gym
Now, personally I don’t have the space in my house for a proper home gym setup. My other half works out in the bedroom (he’s got a fold-down weight lifting bench and free weights tucked away in there) and I do my resistance training work outs in the lounge on a yoga mat that I store rolled up behind the sofa – very glam. However, this doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t LOVE to have the space for a proper home gym! Especially since home workouts has become the norm over the last year. These gym pegboards make it look so attainable – space saving like nobody’s business! In addition to them being easy on the eye, I also like that the easy access to all training paraphernalia in all likelihood makes tidying up equally easy. When designing children’s rooms, the rule of thumb is to make it easier to put things away than they are to get out – to encourage organisation habits and making tidy-up time a breeze. There is something to be said for bringing this concept into every room of the house, children or no. One thing to bear in mind though: if the pegboard will house any free weights at all (I would probable recommend against this), do make sure the wall anchors can cope with the weight…
Full wall hallway solutions
Oh, now, be still my beating little heart! Hallways are another obsession of mine (I know, I’m perfectly normal) and these large scale pegboard solutions are just brilliant! With any small space, and especially in high traffic areas such as hallways, getting things OFF. THE. FLOOR. is key. Utilising walls to their fullest extent in anyway possible – hooks, shelves, baskets, pull-outs, etc – will allow even the busiest and tiniest hallways to function properly. These walls are so versatile they can change and grow with the family as needs change. Love love love!
Quite a few years ago, I was asked by a client to create storage for their two sons’ sports equipment. We’re talking tennis kit, cricket kit, bicycles – the lot. The space they wanted to use for this was a corner of the home office. Using large scale pegboards, I managed to cram it all in for them, but I realise I haven’t posted anything about it. I’m gonna dust off the photos and share the project with you. It’s not quite as stylish as the photos above, but goes to show just how hard pegboards can work for you! 🙂