Looking for a way to organize your kids’ Nerf gun collection? Try this space-saving Nerf wall. When we were organizing our boys’ rooms, we didn’t know how we were going to store their Nerf guns. I swear Nerf guns seem to be getting bigger every year, taking up much-needed space.
After looking for ideas on Pinterest, we decided to take a stab at building a Nerf wall. Now, the boys’ rooms are roomier and they really love their wall. I just wished we had done it sooner.
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Nerf Wall DIY
Below you can see how we put our wall together. To get your Nerf wall diagrammed plans with steps, click the pink button at the end of this post and you will get exclusive access to our resource library.
You will also find other free printables like our latest Project Planner to help you put this wall together. Our DIY project resulted in a 4′ x 4′ wall pictured above. However, feel free to modify the dimensions to fit your space.
If this DIY is a lot to take on, try my friend, Tom’s invention. Scroll down to the end of this post to check it out.
Before You Start
Make sure to measure out your space and mark the location of your wall studs. This Nerf wall was attached to three studs. If your Nerf wall is bigger, plan on attaching it to more studs.
This project was done over the course of two days because we had to wait for the paint to dry. Also, when attaching the frames to the wall, you will need another person to assist.
- Nerf gun wall DIY plans
- 8 – 1″ x 3″ x 4′ wood for frames
- 1 – 4′ x 4′ pegboard
- 8 – 2″ x 2″ L-shaped metal braces
- white paint or spray paint (or any color of your choice for the pegboard)
- black paint or spray paint (or any color of your choice for the front frame)
- assorted pegboard hooks
- 3 pegboard bins (more or less depending on your needs)
- 8 – 2 1/2″ drywall screws
- roll of striped caution tape
- 24 – 3/4″ wood screws
- 12 small finishing nails
- black permanent marker
- tape measure
- miter box/saw
- Phillip’s screwdriver
- stud finder
- razor/Xacto knife
Nerf Wall Frames
We built two frames for our Nerf wall. The back frame is used as a spacer for the pegboard hooks.
When building the frames, you will need to miter the ends of the 8 boards at a 45-degree angle.
Then attach two boards at the corner with metal braces.
Repeat this step for the rest of the boards making two frames.
After painting one of the frames black, you will want to paint one side of the pegboard white. White pegboard is sold in most home improvement stores but can be a little expensive.
After all the paint has dried, wrap the outside edge of the unpainted frame with caution tape.
Lay this same frame on a flat surface, then place the pegboard on top of it, painted side up.
After making sure the edges line up right, attach the pegboard to the frame with 3/4″ wood screws. (Space them out so that you use 6 screws per side).
Using the stud locations on the wall, mark the pegboard/frame with these measurements (top and bottom of the frame) so you can pre-drill holes for the drywall screws.
After, install the pegboard/frame onto the wall by aligning the stud locations to the pre-drilled holes.
Use a level to make sure it is straight before drilling it into the wall with the drywall screws. Use two drywall screws per stud top and bottom of the frame.
Framing it Out
Next, apply caution tape on the face of the black-painted frame.
Then use an X-Acto knife to trim the tape on the mitered edge of the frame. This gives the tape a blended appearance.
Cover up the heads of the finishing nails by coloring them in with a black Sharpie.
We didn’t add any lettering above the wall but plan on soon. (I’m currently learning how to use a Cricut machine). I will update this post later.
However, you can add stenciled lettering above the wall such as “In Case of Zombie Attack” or whatever quote you’d prefer.
Nerf Wall Configurations
To place your pegboard hooks, you’ll need to use a little trial and error as you place your guns. You can also add bins to hold ammo, eyewear, and smaller guns. Below are some of the configurations we used for some of the guns.
To get our DIY diagrammed plans, click the pink button below and fill out our form. You will receive an email with the link and password to our resource library where you find these plans.
An Alternative to the Nerf Wall
As I mentioned before, if this DIY is a lot to take on or you rent, try this out instead. My friend, Tom from NerNerds has an Etsy shop where he sells Nerf gun brackets you attach to the wall. Check out the pic below.
Isn’t that cool?! This lets you place brackets wherever you want like low for younger kids [or high, for Nerf collectors.] As you can see, this works for guns that have cartridge openings. Usually, these are the really big guns and you know how cluttered they can make your space. You can find Tom’s site here.
I hope you enjoy making this project. Send pics of your Nerf wall to [email protected]. I’d love to see your finished work. Good luck!
P.S. If you’d like more ideas for organizing toys and games, click here to read that post.
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