Almost every new-construction, suburban kitchen has space for a command center or mini office situation. For those of us without that sort of setup, there's the great kitchen pegboard. Just look at this one — it's so much more useful than the alternative (hanging up a bunch of random reminders on the fridge and a pile of papers on the kitchen table).
Build your basic pegboard
3 Tips for Turning a Pegboard into a Command Center
1. Create a workspace.
Use two 10-inch pegboard hooks to hang a shelf along the bottom of your pegboard. (Pick up some wood at your local hardware store and have them cut it down to size before you paint it.) This shelf will be big enough to hold a small laptop or tablet, a pen cup, an accessory basket, and maybe even a plant.
Buy: 10-Inch Pegboard Hooks, $12 for four
2. Hang all the important stuff.
You'll need a calendar, a clipboard to hold those random papers, a basket for outgoing mail, and some decorative accents to keep the whole thing from looking like an office supply store. Our favorite touch shown here? A small slate cheeseboard propped up on hooks and used as a chalkboard menu planner. Two small S-hooks keep the chalk pen handy for quick edits.
3. Rig those wires.
Ideally, you hung this pegboard near a power outlet. This way, you can charge your phone, your laptop, and your tablet while you consult them for recipe help. To keep the wires from falling to the ground every time they're unplugged, we simply rigged them behind the shelf and through the openings in a basket on the same shelf.
Buy: Copper Wire Drawer Organizers, from $6 at The Container Store
There's nothing a pegboard can't do. A pegboard as a spice rack? Easy! A pegboard as a coffee station? Adorable! The possibilities are endless. Follow along in our new mini series to see a pegboard used eight different ways. Up next: A pegboard as a command center.
Prop stylist: Carla Gonzalez-Hart