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.")
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.
Peg rail on a landing (also in our Shaker Brick House Tour)...
And in its kitchen, where it appears alongside more-modern pegboard. (See also: Shaker Cabinet Inspiration & Resources for the Kitchen.)
The kitchen rail from the image above extends around to border a breakfast area (and hold abundant straw hats).
Peg rail is useful in laundry areas, too, as seen here in Plain English Design's Sussex home.
And for hanging pictures, as seen in this desk area on Ideal Home.
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."
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.
Shaker Workshops offers custom-cut cherry peg rail by the foot, starting at $13.75 (for unfinished wood) and $26.50 (for finished).
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.
The Container Store's maple Shaker peg racks start at $9.99.
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).