Kitchen ih-2x4-pegboard

Published on May 10th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


Gorm kitchen storage

i’ve always been fascinated with a larder full of food and enjoy ransacking my friends’ kitchens just to see the brands they buy. advertising research, heh. terry’s gorm kitchen storage unit had me squinting quite a bit to read those tiny labels.

“i wanted a quick cheap way to fix my food-storage shelving. in order to stack small cans and bottles, i needed to prevent them from falling out the back. on a whim i bought two pieces of 2ft x 4ft pegboard at home depot. (if you can fit a larger board in your car, you can buy 4ft x 8ft pegboard.) there were two kinds of pegboard; this silvery one was cheaper, about $2-$3 each.



amazingly enough, the holes on the pegboard lined up both vertically and horizontally (with one exception, explained below). i attached the board using long screws/bolts and nuts with fender washers (big flat washers with small screw holes) so the screw head wouldn’t slip through the pre-drilled shelf hole. the screws need to be long enough to go through the washer, the gorm upright, and the pegboard. the 1-1/4″ screws i bought were too short; i had some 2″ screws that worked but were a little long. also, here’s the only tricky part: that cross brace that aligns the system can get in the way depending on where it is affixed; best to affix it after installing the pegboard, if you have a choice.

trickier still: this is where you discover that you didn’t quite get the shelving square when you affixed that cross brace. the very bottom pegboard holes did not quite match the upright holes, but this was due to a slight sideways skew of the shelving.



the cans under the pegboard helped to hold it in place while i installed the screws. voila, finished shelving with two pegboards attached. of course, this could be handled more elegantly with more forethought, but I’m happy with the result – and the cost.


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Jules Yap

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3 Responses to Gorm kitchen storage

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous beat me to it with the comment about the pegboard replacing the crossbrace for preventing the unit from skewing. I’d also like to note that while in this case your Gorm units were apparently already assembled, hanging the pegboard while the units were standing was definitely the hard way to go. Much easier to put the uprights flat on the ground with the pegboard good-side-down on top of them, then go from there.

    That’s not to criticize the hack itself, which turned out gorgeous – I love it, and only wish my own kitchen looked half as good!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very nicely done.

    Just one minor thing — Once the pegboard is in place, connecting two posts and fastened at at least 2 ponts on each post, the pegboard itself is doing the job of the cross-brace, so the brace can be left off. Easier, no? Also, the regularity of the pegboard holes will do a better job of ensuring the shelves are square than the cross-brace can.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good idea!!! Every time I looked at those GORM shelves I kept thinking that all the stuff would fall in the behind. Thanks for sharing the hack!

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