Amazing Wall Curtains: Shaker Design for Drafts

Amazing Wall Curtains: Shaker Design for Drafts

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 21, 2009

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?

Look! Shaker Peg Rails in Hancock Village
Shaker Peg Rails
Look! Shaker Organization in Hancock Village

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