Small hand tools stored in a basket can be carried together to the work site.

How to Build a Garden Tool Hanging System

by Mary Lougee

Hanging all of your gardening tools on a wall prevents tripping hazards in your garage or garden shed. When all the tools are organized visible at one time, it saves time searching for the exact tool you need. You don’t need to be an expert carpenter to build a tool organizer in a short time with just a few materials.

Turn on a stud finder and slide it horizontally across the wall where you want to mount your tool hanging system. Hold a carpenter’s pencil in your other hand and make a vertical mark on the wall when the stud finder beeps or a light illuminates. Find and mark the next stud in either direction in the same manner. Studs are generally either 16 or 24 inches apart.

Put on safety glasses and cut an 8-foot long 1-by-2-inch furring strip in half to create two 4-foot pieces.

Decide how high you want to mount your organizer and draw a horizontal mark on the wall with a carpenter’s pencil. Place one furring strip on the horizontal mark and using a drill, secure it on each end with a 2-inch wood screw into a wall stud.

Place the tip of a measuring tape on the center of the furring strip on the wall. Stretch the tape measure down to the 24-inch mark and draw a horizontal line on the wall. Attach the second furring strip in the same manner as you did the first.

Align a 24-by-48-inch pegboard on top of the furring strips with the 48-inch side horizontal. Insert a 2-inch wood screw into each corner through the pegboard and the furring strip with a drill.

Insert pegboard hooks through the holes. Insert shovels and large garden tools with open handles over the hooks to hold them in place. Hang two hooks next to each other and place the bottom of tools, such as shovels and hoes between the two to support them.

Hang a wire pegboard basket on the garden-tool hanging system and place small hand tools in it. Wire baskets allow you to see the tools inside for easy retrieval.

Items you will need

  • Stud finder
  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • 1-by-2-inch furring strip (8 feet long)
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • 8 wood screws, 2-inch
  • Measuring tape
  • 24-by-48 inch pegboard
  • Pegboard hooks
  • Pegboard baskets
  • Permanent marker (optional)
  • Finishing nail (optional)
  • Hammer (optional)


  • Add an additional furring strip below the first two to add an additional pegboard to your project.
  • Find wall studs without a stud finder by placing a finishing nail on the wall and tapping it in with a hammer. The area that gives resistance when using the hammer is the location of a wall stud.
  • The wood furring strips provides an area for hanging the pegboard and creates a 1-inch gap between the wall and pegboard for easy insertion of pegboard accessories.
  • Galvanized pegboard is more expensive than wooden, but lasts a lifetime in damp garages or storage sheds.
  • Draw an outline with a permanent marker around each tool on the pegboard for quickly identifying tools that are used and not returned to the board.


  • Clean dirt and debris off gardening tools and wipe a thin layer of cooking oil on them before storing them to keep metal surfaces from rusting.
  • Keep children and pets away from your work area when using power tools.

About the Author

Mary Lougee has been writing for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Management and a double minor in accounting and computer science. She loves writing about careers for busy families as well as family oriented planning, meals and activities for all ages.

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