How to Make an Adjustable Pegboard Shelf

What You'll Need
Metal Piping

Using a pegboard shelf is a great way of keeping things organized in the home. If you choose to, you can create a great deal of space just by fitting the pegboard into a kitchen or basement, and hanging any items onto the boards. If you want more than this, then you can try making an adjustable pegboard shelf which is able to move around, so that you can get as much of the pegboard as you need, while still being able to save space. Most adjustable boards are made by carpenters, but using pegboard makes the task much easier, and you should be able to manage this task in less than a day.

Step 1 – Cut the Board

The first step is to work out how much of the board you wish to use, and then cut it down accordingly. Mark lightly on the board where you want the first shelf to go, and cut that out, followed by the remainder of the shelves. Cut to a suitable length, so if you are installing this in a house, then you should not exceed a length for your board of around 1 to 1 1/2 feet.

Step 2 – Cut the Pipes

Next you will have to cut the pipes and pegboard supports to match the height that you want the board to be. These pipes will hold the pieces of board together so that you can slide them backwards and forwards. They will be screwed to the wall, and your board supports slotted into them. Take the pipes, and cut using a hacksaw, taking care not to damage the pipe too much. Sandpaper the ends if necessary. You should cut the pegboard down to the same size.

Step 3 – Make the Shelves Adjustable

Once that is completed, you will have to screw the pipes tightly into the wall. Drill your holes through the pipes, and then install using your screwdriver. Then, at one side, add two hinges to the side of the pipe, left or right does not matter, and add one of the pegboard supports to the other side of the hinge. The pegboard supports should be metal bars with the relevant holes for pegboard slotted into them. These should then move around as you wish. Screw the other pegboard support onto the board itself, and then attach your shelving to the hinged support. You should now have a movable pegboard shelf system.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to check that your pegboard works with objects placed on it, so pile a few non-breakable things onto the shelves, and swing it backwards and forwards a few times. You can add a catch and hook to the other side of the board to prevent it from being moved unless you wish to. Don't pile too much up on your pegboard, as this can make it difficult to move.