Steal from the Shakers: Create a Smart & Stylish Peg Rail Perimeter

Steal from the Shakers: Create a Smart & Stylish Peg Rail Perimeter

Edith Zimmerman
Apr 2, 2017

Inspired by the Shaker tradition of room-encircling peg rails (or peg racks, or peg room wraps), and our recent rundown on Shaker style, I went digging for some modern and not-so-modern examples, in case anyone else might also be looking for some elegant-utilitarian, wall-mounted storage solutions. (Elsewhere: "A Quick History of Shaker Design" and "Cleaning Advice I Learned From the Shakers.")

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Here's an example of traditional Shaker peg rail, from Kentucky's Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. In case anyone else was also momentarily confused, that's an adjustable candle-bearing sconce and not an over-pillow sledgehammer.

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Here's peg rail being used for floor-clearing chair storage, in a picture taken in the Enfield Shaker Museum of New Hampshire.

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And here as chair and broom storage, from our Shaker organization gallery (of items in Shaker Hancock Village in Massachusetts). See also: Shaker Peg Rail in Hancock Village.

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Here it is in the dining room of a family home in the Berkshires (that was formerly part of a Shaker community). More pictures and information here, as well as below.

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Peg rail on a landing (also in our Shaker Brick House Tour)...

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And in its kitchen, where it appears alongside more-modern pegboard. (See also: Shaker Cabinet Inspiration & Resources for the Kitchen.)

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The kitchen rail from the image above extends around to border a breakfast area (and hold abundant straw hats).

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Peg rail is also well suited to entryways and mudrooms, like this one from Joan Heaton Architects (via Meditacious)...

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... and this one, in a 19th-century farmhouse by Kate Johns.

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Peg rail is useful in laundry areas, too, as seen here in Plain English Design's Sussex home.

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And for hanging pictures, as seen in this desk area on Ideal Home.

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Peg rail can also be used for hanging curtains to keep sleepers warm in the winter (at least in the 19th century). From our 2009 post on Shaker curtains: "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."

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Here's one of the options available at Peg and Rail USA (where the rails start at $24), several models of which also double as picture-racks.

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Shaker Workshops offers custom-cut cherry peg rail by the foot, starting at $13.75 (for unfinished wood) and $26.50 (for finished).

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The options at Custom Made, built from solid cherry or rock maple, start at $20 and can be tailored to fit the room you'd like to border.

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The Container Store's maple Shaker peg racks start at $9.99.

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Amazon also has plenty of offerings, including this InterDesign four-peg rail for $8.64.

An even more affordable option is to buy your own pegs (minus the rail). The ones pictured here are available from American Woodcrafters Supply Co. and start at $3.95 for a pack of 12 (in birch).

A Shaker design philosophy (spotted here in 2006): "Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don't hesitate to make it beautiful."

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