I fell in love with a small arts and crafts style desk at a local auction. But I couldn't really justify buying it, without having a use for it. Thankfully,right before the bidding began, I realized it would probably fit perfect in my closet in the art room upstairs. Sigh... I now had an idea, and a reason!
I won the desk (for a steal), and the sewing nook was born!
Step 1: Organizational Tools
- A small desk
- The peg board !! (big time)
- Plastic see through bins
- Door hanging basket system.
I lucked out, saw the desk first and it fit (we'll call it a good eye, and not mention the luck to my husband).... I would recommend measuring your closet, and checking out a goodwill, or your kiddo's room.
I had never put up any peg board before, so that was an adventure, but it wasn't so hard.
- peg board
- 1x2 wood. ( 1 x 2 actually measures about 3/4" x 1 1/2")
- Wood screws long enough to go through the 3/4" wood, and in to your studs behind the wall. (about 12 of them)
- Shorter screws to screw the peg board to the wood. (again 9 - 12)
- Circular saw for cutting.
- Measure up how big you want to the peg board to be.
- Buy pegboard, I got a 1/4 sheet at home depot, and cut off the extra at home with a circular saw.
- The peg board needs to sit away from the wall so the hooks can slide in. That's where the 1x2 comes in.
- I bought 8 feet of the 1x2, and cut it down to 3, 24" pieces. The 24" was the height of my peg board. And I cut 3, so I could put one on each side, and one on the stud in the middle. Change your measurements to suit your space, adding 1x2 framing on every stud, as it gets wider.
- To screw the 1x2's in to the walls. I pre-drilled holes with a drill bit, just smaller than my screws. Then I screwed the wood to the wall. Make sure you are screwing in to a stud, or use dry wall anchors (in that case I would be sure not to put heavy things on the peg board)
- Screw the peg board to the 1x2 framing. You could put a piece of 1x2 on top for extra stability. I don't put one on the bottom, because some how little things get trapped back there !?!
- Get hooks to suit your needs, and your off!
I like the see though ones, so I don't have to open all the boxes to find what I'm looking for.
I got one of those "elfa" door rack systems you can get at the container store. It wasn't cheap, but it has now lasted me over 5 years, no scratches... no problems.