Because of all the wood cutting that has happened inside of my shop, the drywall is a wreck and I absolutely hate the look of it; it’s yellow, sagging and just dirty looking. I’ve always wanted to have pegboard in my shop from a stricly tackle-storage angle but it has also served as an easy cover-up for this nasty drywall.
I covered an entire wall in pegboard within about three hours, if I had to guess. I initially wanted slatwall (I still do, to be honest) but at the time, it was just too rich for my blood. So I went to the local hardware store and had to choose between brown/cork-colored pegboard and white pegboard. The white was a bit more expensive but I ended up choosing it because with the dim lighting in my shop, I was hoping it would make the space seem a bit less claustrophobic and sure enough, it made a huge difference.
When you’re hanging your pegboard, it’s important to make a frame with 1-inch x 2-inch x 8-foot furring strips between the existing drywall and your pegboard. Not only does this give it a sturdier frame but it also allows room for the pegs to be inserted properly. Again, this doesn’t take long but it’s worth keeping in mind so you don’t have to make an additional trip to the hardware store.
The pegboard is an enormous help for making extra space in an area. You can put all kinds of terminal tackle, lures and soft-plastic baits on it without taking up any extra floor space. Whether you’re fortunate enough to have a big shop or a small spare bedroom, floor space is always going to be at a premium.
So my suggestion is pretty simple. Save up a few hundred bucks and put an afternoon aside to install some pegboard. It frees up precious floor space and it also lets you see everything you have, which helps you avoid digging through boxes of tackle.