Simple question, I'm hanging some pegboard in my garage tonight after work, and am not sure if I can get away with just screwing the edges into 2x4 (I'm using thicker boards to accommodate a recessed outlet behind it that powers a lamp above it and power bar to the side) boarder, or if I need additional studs throughout the pegboard. If I do need additional studs, would one laterally mounted in the middle screwed into the existing wall studs be sufficient?

For reference, this will hold metal hand tools only, I store my power tools (drills, reciprocating saws, etc) in the cases they came in underneath the workbench.

  • Is this the pressed cardboard-like pegboard, or something more sturdy? Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 17:45
  • You probably want to put the spacers behind it in the middle to avoid bowing, just put those at the studs. Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 17:55

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The board should hold the weight you describe vertically. The board will probably bow a little bit naturally even without tools on it. I would add the extra stud because it's cheap, easy, and better to do things right the first time.

I think 2" x 4" studs are a bit over-kill here. You could probably use 2" x 2" boards to make it lighter (easier to mount) and not stick out from the wall so much.

Pre-drill all your screw holes. If you try and screw into it near the edges without pre-drilling, the board could tear. That sounds bad; it really isn't, just looks noticeable.

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