Pegboard has a new look and new uses

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Homeowners are all too familiar with pegboard. For decades, tools have been unceremoniously hung from hooks on this crumbly brown pressboard. Long kept out of sight in dank basements and messy garages, pegboard is the last product do-it-yourselfers could envision as modern, stylistic and in vogue.

This venerable storage item has moved out of basement shadows and into the housing limelight. It's now bright, white, spiffy, made of polymer plastic and ready for everyday use in kitchens to kid's rooms to pool decks. About the only holdover feature from predecessor pegboards are holes for hooks.

Rather than stodgy metal hooks that would tear out the holes of old pegboard, the new version uses matching white or multi-colored plastic hooks. It comes in white 2 ft. by 4 ft. sheets that can be easily fastened into any wall in minutes.

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