May 5, 2022

Pegboard Furring Strips

Do you need furring strips for the pegboard?

Yes, furring strips are necessary for your pegboard, but you may always hang your pegboard without them. If the pegboard is flush with the wall, you can’t hang anything on it or attach the pegboard hooks. Instead of furring strips, spacers are another option. 

As a result, you’ll need to add something to push it out a little more. You can make furring strips out of any scrap wood. However, more petite strips of wood are ideal. Most pegboards require wooden furring strips attached to the back to ensure that the pegs or hooks fit correctly. 

How to hang pegboard without furring strips

Using spacers, you can hang the pegboard when you do not have furring strips. 

Using spacers

If your screws don’t come with spacers, you’ll need to buy them. Most pegboards include spacers to keep a gap between the wall and the board, which is necessary because the hooks you use to hang objects protrude behind the panel. If your pegboard didn’t arrive with spacers, pick some up at a home improvement store.

This method is simple because of the use of spacers created specifically for pegboard. They’re available at any home improvement store.

Purchase adhesive spacers if at all possible. You won’t have to fuss around in the narrow area between the wall and the pegboard if you put the spacers over the screw slots you indicated ahead of time.

If the spacers are sticky, attach them ahead of time. Peel the backing off adhesive spacers and press them over each circle you’ve sketched on your wall. Don’t be concerned about the spacers’ lack of security. The board’s tension and the screws will hold the spacers in place.

If you don’t have adhesive spacers, have a friend hold the board in place while you slip the spacer in between the pegboard and the wall, aligning it with the slot. Then, through the gap between the pegboard and the spacer, push the screw.

Holding the pegboard against the wall, mark the slots for your screws. Allow a companion to assist you with this one. Raise the board against the wall where you want to hang it. Use a spirit level to ensure that the edges of the wall are all straight. Once everything is even, draw a circle within each screw slot where you want to drive a support screw with a pencil.

There should be instructions on where to place support screws if the pegboard comes with spacers.

If there are no instructions, draw a circle around the board’s edges every 8–16 inches (20–41 cm).

It would help to use wall anchors whenever you aren’t hammering into a stud. If you use wall anchors instead of studs, you won’t need to hang the board on studs unless you’re hanging huge power tools. Verify with a stud finder to see if your screw slots align with the studs. If they do, don’t bother with the anchor. Punch a pilot hole and screw a drywall anchor into the wall for screw slots in hollow drywall.

Toggle bolts aren’t necessary. The pegboard will most likely take the drywall out using toggle bolts.

Pegboard furring strip spacing

The pegboard requires roughly 1/2 inch of standoff space behind it to install the hooks. The L-shaped flanges at the borders of plastic and metal pegboard panels provide this area. Assume that each horizontal edge and wall stud will require one furring strip (usually 16 inches apart). A four-foot wide pegboard, for example, will require one strip at each end and two in the center, for a total of four strips.

Install pegboard furring strips

Step 1: Measure and mark the wall studs

Locate and mark all side edges of the wall studs you’ll cover with a pegboard with a stud finder.

Step 2: Draw a line along the pegboard’s edges.

Mark the top and bottom edges of the pegboard by measuring up from the floor

Mark the pegboard’s side edges horizontally; the sides should be level with wall studs and no more than a few inches further than the studs. Outline the pegboard with a level, running the lines between the markers.

Step 3: Put the Furring Strips in Place

Using a jigsaw or circular saw, cut pieces of 1 x 2 lumber to match connecting the bottom and top lines of the pegboard, with one element for each stud. Place each strip over a wall stud with the ends on the top and bottom lines, and use a drill driver to secure the strip to the stud with two 1/2-inch drywall screws or wood screws. Drill pilot holes before driving the screws if the furring strips split when you push the screws.

Step 4: Cut the Pegboard

Cut the pegboard to the exact proportions of the wall’s outline. If you require more than one pegboard piece, cut them so that the seams between them fall over the furring strip’s center. If desired, paint or otherwise finish the pegboard.

Step 5: Attach the Pegboard to the Wall

Place the pegboard to align with the wall outline on all four sides. If desired, you can screw through the pegboard holes. With 2-inch washer-head screws spread about 16 inches apart, fasten it to the furring strips (and studs).

Pegboard spacers vs furring strips

Pegboard is held away from the wall by spacers, enabling room for hooks. Furring strips aren’t required. If fastening into drywall, only use the provided plastic anchors. Furring strips are skinny strips of wood or other material used to level or raise the surface of another material to prevent moisture, create space for insulation, or level and resurface ceilings or walls. Furring refers to both the installation technique and the strips themselves.

How many furring strips for pegboard

The pegboard’s size determines the number of furring strips required. Construct a square-shaped frame for the edges of your board if it’s larger than three by 3 feet (0.91 * 0.91 m).

How thick are pegboard furring strips

A furring strip is a chunk of wood used to hold the pegboard away from the wall so you can insert the hooks. Except for the 2-in x 2-in strip, standard furring strips are 1-in thick. In most cases, the thickness is just under a full inch. As a result, they are remarkably adaptable to various construction tasks. Purchase pegboard sheets that are at least 1/4-inch thick. Cut furring strips to size from a one by 2 in (2.5 by 5.1 cm) plank. Decide on the height of your pegboard, for example, 2 feet (0.61 m).

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