If you want to organize your wall, installing an IKEA Skadis pegboard is a great option. Before buying this organization system, there are a few things you want to know before so that you are aware of what hooks are compatible (as well as show you the differences between a traditional pegboard).
These are my favorite tips and tricks for getting an organized, yet beautifully personalized design with the IKEA pegboard system. These tips can help transform your craft, office, and art space and optimize the real estate on your wall. This system is a best seller at this Swedish store, and I'm going to share with you on how to make the most of it.
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All About IKEA Pegboards
The IKEA Skadis system comes in two different color options: white plastic, blue plastic, and brown MDF board.
The IKEA Skadis system comes in different board sizes that are all the same height at 22" inches. The widths available are 14.25", 22", and 30" widths.
If you plan on cutting down the board down to size, get the brown MDF board so that you can easily cut through with a jigsaw. If you choose the plastic board, there's more of a risk of the board cracking during the cutting process.
Traditional Pegboard System vs IKEA Wall Organizer
Traditional pegboard accessories cannot be used with the IKEA Skadis system.
The Skadis system has it's own standard accessories (that continues to expand year over year) and you'll need to consider the investment in these accessories. Below is the image difference of the IKEA vs traditional hook accessories.
As you can see, the metal hook shown below shows the spacing and why the pegboard doesn't work.
You can use copper wires to hack and save a little money, but I do think it gives off the DIY aesthetic, rather than a clean, designed look.
IKEA provides a metal strip that is attached to the wall. You then hang the board with screws off of the board by inserting the white screws at the top and at the bottom behind the board as stoppers to ensure that it doesn't mess up the wall near the bottom.
As you can see in the photo below, the bottoms aren't actually attached because the pegboard is hanging from a metal railing. The bottom is actually two rubber feet that keep the pegboard from hitting the wall.
While attaching the bar to the wall with screws against studs is the optimal placement, you can also use Command Strips.
You'll want to make sure you measure the weight of both the board and the accessories you'll be storing (these are the heavy weight command strips holding 16 pounds).
- MAXIMUM FRAME SIZE 24 X 36 INCHES: One package includes 14 pairs (28 strips total) of the Command Large Picture Hanging Strips; four wall adhesive strip pairs hold 16 pounds; maximum frame of 24 x 36 inches
- WORKS ON A VARIETY OF SMOOTH SURFACES: Wall hanging strips work on a variety of smooth surfaces, including painted walls, finished wood, painted concrete cinder blocks, laminate, glass, metal and tiles
- SURFACE PREP: Clean the desired surface with rubbing alcohol to remove grime and dust to allow the no damage wall hangers to bond to the surface; the indoor temperature must be between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Mounting Tips for Ikea Pegboard System
If you are hanging over a desk, I would recommend at least six inches between where the desktop starts and where the edge of the pegboard stands for clearance if you wanted to either stack anything against the wall where your desk is.
IKEA Skadis Accessories
The IKEA Skadis system has a multitude of hooks, shelving, trays, bungee cords, containers (with and without lids), and clips that can be used with the system. They continue to grow the range of accessories that are compatible with the Skadis system, allowing you to customize the board to your heart's content.
When you see the shop for these accessories, I would recommend buying over the amount of the ones you need because when you put up the hooks, you may find that you will want to rearrange.
Once you see the variety of accessories, you are bound to change the placement of each of the various hooks and containers until you get it just right.
These plastic hooks come in packs of 5 and are $3 a package. I would recommend getting several of these to save you the trip back to the store.
- Helps you organize keys, jewelry or utensils.
- Easy to attach and move ‒ no tools needed.
- Tested and approved for bathroom use.
The long hooks can be used to store gift wrapping rolls, tape, and more.
These clips are great for quick memos, notes, or design ideas for your space.
The IKEA Skadis roll holder can be used to store ribbon reels, washi tape, masking tape, decorative tape, and pretty much everything that comes in rolls.
The IKEA Skadis shelf can be used for displaying decor or storing craft supplies. It's pretty narrow in dimension, but things like paint tubes, glue, and craft tools can be stored on the Skadis shelf.
Container with Lid
These containers slide in and out of position. They come all the way out so that if you wanted to store things, and then completely remove the container, you can. I've used these to store beads and most recently eletronics. The small shelf at the top is also great for small decor items. They come in 3 packs sold at the store.
The open metal containers are great for storing pens, pencils, and tools. These are so versatile and can be used for storing everything.
These hooks are specifically made for the IKEA Skadis. You can position them to store various things including scissors, rulers, and pretty much anything you could hang on a pegboard hook. You can use the Plugghast folder pocket along with the IKEA Skadis hooks.
Bungee cords can be used to attach photos as well store things that are awkwardlysized.
Storage bags come in a neutral gray color, which can be used to match different design aesthetics. It can also be used to hide and store anything that might not be as visually appearing.
You can attach IKEA tables and the pegboard to keep things close to your desk.
Rooms to Use IKEA Pegboard
IKEA pegboards can be used in almost every space of your home including office, bathroom, craft room, garage, playroom, shed, home office, bedroom, or hallway.
You can use the pegboard as storage solutions for storing paper, pens, tape, scissors, and office supplies you generally need quick access to. If you want motivation, you can use the IKEA clips to hang photos as well.
The IKEA Skadis pegobard can be used to store spoons, utensils, and spice jars so that they are in full view when cooking. It's great to have utensils and spices in full view so you know what's available rather than hidden in cupboards.
Getting ready in the morning can be a lot easier by using the pegobard system to store commonly used items like Q-tips, hair brushes, toothbrushes, and hair products. It also allows everything to have a place if you use the container system. The only downside is that if you use things that get wet easily, I would recommend protecting the wall behind the Skadis to prevent any moisture from getting behind the pegboard.
Use the Skadis in your closet to organize jewelry, belts, scarves, and so much more. Being able to visibly see your wardrobe will make getting ready faster and much more stress free. You can hang it off of your closet door to add even additional storage space.
Kids Art Room or Playroom
This system is great for helping kids put things in their place. You can use it to store crayons, markers, paint brushes, painting tubes, Playdosh, and so much more. By positioning the system low, you can get kids in the habit of organizing their art supplies and toys. You can also use the pegboard as the foundation of water play by hooking up tubes and pipes, and using the bungee cords to hold the pipes. Make sure you seal with acrylic coating or lacquer, paying special attention to the holes, to protect the paint from coming off.
Mount Skadis Inside Cabinet
One hack that you can use is also mounting the IKEA Skadis inside a cabinet, including the Besta or Sektion series. There are pegboard mounts for the Besta allow the Skadis to be secured seamlessly.
Whether you are into crafting or woodwork, this system can handle pretty much all hobby organization. For crafting, you can use the roll system
You can use the containers and trays to store real plants or faux plants for your own garden wall.
Hacks for Pegboard Systems from IKEA
If you don't want to spend a fortune on the hooks and accessories offered by IKEA, you can make your own hooks or adapt some of these hacks.
Twist Copper Wires for Hooks
You can twist copper wires to fit it into the pegboard as a hook and shape the hook to what you want it to look like.
Maximizing Slot Spaces
You can optimize the usage of your real estate on your IKEA Skadis pegboard by using these hooks that only take up one slot.
If your board is not directly mounted to the wall, you can thread plastic zip ties from the front to book to fix the hook onto the IKEA pegboard. Keep it a little loose if you plan on moving it.
To personalize your space, you can use spray paint for wood to customize the board color. If you plan on painting the pegboard, I would recommend getting the wood MDF board so that you can easily paint it (this material allows it to adhere better).
Expand Usage of a Utility Cart
You can use the boards and attach them with zip ties to a utility cart so that you can maximize the uses of both.The Raskog utility cart from IKEA (and the other copycats) is a good cart you can do this with.
Real Life Home Office
I wanted to give you a tour of what my home office looks like with the IKEA Skadis board. For our space, I use it as both a home office and a craft room. The pegboard backdrop is used on all of my conference calls to provide the perception of how organized I must me (secret: I'm not). I've also found that displaying all of my tools and crafting accessories makes for a great conversatin piece.
Frequently Asked Questions
IKEA Skadis pegboard does not work with regular pegboard hooks because the holes for the hooks are oblong. The oblong hooks require a separate set of hooks required for the system.
IKEA Skadis cannot use regular pegboard accessories because it requires hooks that have pegs that are spaced differently than standard peg hooks.
The Skadis pegboard requires a metal hook to be attached to the wall in which the board is attached to with screws.
The Container Store has the ELFA Utility Workshop Organizer Pegboard that are similar and also utilize it's own system's accessories.
Summary of IKEA Skadis Pegboard System
I hope you found all the ways you can implement, install, and hack the IKEA Skadis pegboard. There are endless possibilities on how you can use the SKADIS pegboard system to organize everything in your home.
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I am wondering if one could make a wall shelf using an MDF panel placed on the floor with perpendicular stabilizers? The shelf would then he placed in the top. The unit could be lighted from behind.