Moving into my new apartment, I needed to minimize clutter and with it the feeling that all my things reside in the 8X10 room I live in (which they do). With my loft ceilings, I have a lot of wall space and hanging shelves seemed like the way to go.
… has anyone been in the market for wall shelves? They are SO expensive. For instance, this one little 18″ Peaks Shelf from Urban outfitters is on sale for $59. I would definitely need more than one, which is the graduate school equivalent too much money.
I looked at a lot of different options, but a children’s book (Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room) I used to have gave me the idea to put up a peg board. This was super easy and ended up costing around $30 total.
What you need
- 4X4 Pegboard ($9.98 @ Lowes)
- Pegboard hooks (35 pc kit $8.98 @ Lowes)
- Spray paint ($5.99 @ Ace Hardware)
- Organizing containers of various sizes (dollar bins at target)
The pegboards at Lowes come in white and brown, but you can easily paint them any color. Also, a great tip is that most hardware stores do curtesy cuts. The board I got was 4X4 but I needed 3X4 so they cut it down to size a no extra cost (and I have a bonus 1×4 pegboard for a future project).
There are a lot of different ways to get the pegs for your pegboard, but I just went for the (easy) option of buying an assorted kit. All the pieces were steel, so I decided to spraypaint them a pinkish gold color.
Next, I hit up the Target dollar bins, or as I like to call them, trouble. I was able to find some really inexpensive metal mesh locker containers in neon colors. I brought them in line with my color scheme by spraying them with the same paint I used on the pegs. There were a few that were a pale pink, which I decided to leave for a pop of color.
After the paint dried, I poked a hole just big enough to hang them on a hook. These made great storage containers for my art supplies, journals, and books.
After that, it was easy. The pegboard hook came with screws to attach the pegboard to the wall. Make sure that you put the rubber spacers on the screw between the peg board and the wall so that there is space to insert the hooks.
I was able to jazz up my pegboard by hooking a lightbulb from a longer hook so I could have light right above my workspace, and added three pails with succulents, cactus, and greenery for a fresh, happy feeling. I love that this ‘hides’ all my clutter in plain sight! With a pegboard, you can get creative and personalize it, making it a feature wall! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!