Bicycles can take up a lot of space, especially, if you don’t have a lot. So can you hang a bike on a Pegboard and if so, what do you need and how do you do it?
Be sure to check out some of our other creative bike storage ideas to help you get your bicycle out of your way until you’re ready to use it.
Can You Hang A Bike On A Pegboard?
As long as you choose the commercial-grade pegboard with the larger holes, and use heavy duty pegboard slotted hooks, you should be fine. There are several types of pegboards and hooks available, it’s important to choose the right ones whenever you’re hanging heavy objects such as bicycles, wheelbarrows, ladders and etc.
We’ll look at everything you need to know from hanging the pegboard, and the right hooks for your bike.
What Is A Pegboard?
Pegboard is a homeowner’s go-to choice for garage storage or backyard shed because it has predrilled holes that make organizing a breeze. It is made of compressed wood fiber, resin, and coated with a thin layer of oil.
Masonite pegboard is the most common type that is found at most home improvement stores. All pegboard has holes with 1-inch spacing, but there are several different types available.
Types of Pegboard
This is the standard 1/4 inch thick wooden masonite pegboard that is commonly found in people’s garages. It is great for hanging small toys, light tools, and fixtures.
Heavy Duty pegboard is made of 1/4 inch tempered hardwood and is the strongest standard pegboard available. It is the most cost-effective solution when you want to store heavier items such as gardening tools, bicycles, hand tools, sports equipment and etc.
Commercial grade pegboard holds up to 3x the weight of the lightweight variety.
These are made from a sleek looking steel to provide additional strength and sturdiness. They are resilient to warping and sagging, easy to clean, and can make your shed or garage look amazing.
The downside is that it’s the most expensive type of pegboard available.
How Much Weight Can You Hang On A Pegboard?
If properly installed, pegboard can hold 100 pounds. Commercial grade pegboard can hold 3 times as much as the standard version.
Now let’s take a look at how to properly install it so you can hang your bicycle and other heavy objects.
How To Hang The Pegboard In The Garage
Before you get started, you’ll need the following tools to get the pegboard hung.
what you’ll need:
- Pegboard (heavy-duty)
- Tape measure
- Furring strips for the frame
- Stud finder
- Heavy-duty hooks (for vertical or horizontal hanging)
Step 1: Measure The Area
The first thing you need to do is measure the area where you want to install the pegboard. Once you know the measurements of the area, you’ll know how much furring strips you’ll need to build the frame and how many pegboards you’ll need.
To get the exact measurements, measure your bicycle, so you know how much space you’ll need.
Pegboard is usually sold in panels of 2×4, 4×4, and 8×4 pieces. If you can’t find the right size you’ll need, you can ask someone at the home improvement store to cut it to the exact dimensions you need.
Most stores offer this service for free or you may be required to pay a small fee.
Step 2: Build The Frame
You can use furring wood or one-inch thick plywood to build the frame to secure the pegboard.
If you’re using plywood, you’ll need to cut the strips using a table saw into four long pieces for the frame, they should be the width of your pegboard.
Step 3: Mount The Frame
Use the stud finder to find and mark the wall studs, this video will show you how to use a stud finder. If you’re hanging the pegboard on drywall, install the anchors every 16 inches to ensure the pegboard is secured properly.
Mounting the frame to the wall studs will provide more support when you’re hanging a heavy bicycle.
Ask a friend to help you align the frame so it’s lined up horizontally across the wall. Once aligned properly, use wood screws to attach the frame to the studs.
Step 4: Mount The Pegboard
Once the frame is attached, raise the pegboard to cover the framing board. Ensure it is level and then mount them with 3/4 inch screws and washers.
Put a screw in every 6 inches in a horizontal line, this will ensure it is secured properly and can withstand holding the weight of your bicycle.
Step 5: Insert The Hooks
Use heavy-duty that are designed for organizing bicycles, hoses, heavy tools, and more. A bicycle is going to take quite a bit of space, so you’ll want to ensure you place it first before hanging kitchen supplies, tools, or anything else on the board.
Step 6: Test Out The Hook
Your hooks should be stable enough to hold your bicycle. Place your bike on the hooks and make sure it is steady and won’t fall.
If you’re hanging your bike horizontally, I recommend using two hooks so the weight of your bike is distributed evenly.
If vertical, opt for a hook with a rubberized tip to ensure it doesn’t cause any damage to the front wheel.
How Much Space Do I Need Between The Pegboard and The Wall?
Pegboards require about 1/2 inches (1.27 cm) of space behind the wall so you can install hooks. Prebuilt pegboard frame kits should have the space built in.
If you build your own pegboard frame, you’ll need to leave room for the hooks, or use screw-in standoffs with spacers.
Things To Take Into Consideration
A bicycle will take up a lot of space, so you may not be able to hang up other things beside it. If you’re hanging more than one bicycle, allow enough room, so they don’t become damaged when you’re taking one down to go for a ride.
Pegboard is susceptible to moisture, if you’re hanging the pegboard in your shed or basement, coating it with paint can help seal and protect it from warping.
If you’re storing your bike in the shed, you’ll want to ensure you buy a good lock to prevent people from stealing your bike. You may even want to consider buying a bike cover or using a tarp to keep it from becoming dusty while it is sitting outside in the shed.
Pegboard can be a very cost-effective method to store your bicycle long-term or short-term. Hopefully, this helped you organize your garage or shed so you can get the bicycle off the floor.