Insta-wallpaper for renters? I've loved Shaker peg rails for a long time, especially because they are so multi-purpose. BUT I'd never known that the Shakers also used them during the winter to help cut down on drafts. This is a really cool design feature — hanging "wall-curtains" were hung from the peg rails in bedrooms during the colder seasons.
The bright textiles cut down on drafts over the sleeping Shakers, quieted the all wood rooms, and added a soft visual feature to the spartan interiors.
These are pictures I took at Hancock Shaker Village a few weeks ago. Check out this illustration from 1857 above.
Seeing this gave me the idea that whole rooms could really be changed seasonally by creating wall-curtains that surround a room. Easy to take off and clean, you could really change the style, look and feel of your room in minutes.
So here's a design DIY for someone to take and run with: create updated Shaker peg rails and sets of stylish wall-curtains that could be used to alter a contemporary room. Come to think of it, this is something that IKEA could totally design and market. But why wait for them?
Originally published 2009-09-21