Peg Rail | Julie blanner
Incorporating a Peg Rail is a simple and functional way to store items and organize your home. Get all the details to streamline your storage and integrate it into your decor!
A wooden dowel rail is honestly one of the best examples of form and function. With its simple and beautiful shape, it provides solid function in any room you use it.
It can be used for practical purposes – as a place to store utensils, tools, hats, coats, etc. for easy suspension and recovery. Conversely, it can be used in style and decoration – for hanging pictures, flowers and other decorative items. Most of all, it serves a purpose while looking fantastic!
What is a peg rail?
Wooden peg rails are simple in design – a length of plank screwed flush to a wall with rounded pegs protruding horizontally for hanging items.
The length of the board can vary depending on the needs, as well as the length of the ankles and the distance between them. But the goal is still the same – a place to bring organization in your house.
History of Peg Rail
Dowel rails originated in the Shakers in the 1700s, which is why they are commonly referred to as Shaker dowel rails. Shaker’s values focus on hard work and the simplistic life. These values were manifested in their way of life as well as in their homes.
Shaker peg rails hung in virtually every room and often went from wall to wall to hang anything they didn’t want to clutter in their home including hats, coats, utensils, tools and even chairs.
Where to use a Shaker Peg rail
My minimalist heart has long been drawn to the simple and functional design of the wooden peg rail. See here for others inspired by the minimalist ideas. I find it works great in the locker room for organizing jackets, hats and umbrellas.
I love what it looks like in a garage or utility closet because it looks prettier than a series of industrial hooks, while performing the same organizational tasks. So I can have style in an often overlooked room.
It is also beautiful and unpretentious in interior decoration. Whether it spans the length of a room or just sits in a 4ft or 6ft section, this is a very stylish way to hang photos and other decorations. You can hang pictures from the pegs at different lengths with a pretty ribbon or thread for a showcase wall. Because the pictures hang from hooks, it is really easy to change the pictures and the decor.
Peg rails can typically be found in lengths of 2, 4, and 6 feet, with pegs spaced approximately 6 inches apart. However, there are variations to meet your specific needs.
- Have a shaker peg rail custom fabricated to your exact specifications.
- Paint it your wall color to blend in perfectly with the wall.
- Use short ankles instead of rounded ankles for a more modern look.
- Add a small board on top of the rail to serve as a ledge or shelf to provide extra storage!
You really can’t go wrong with Peg Rail. Its design and purpose are timeless, practical and will be perfect in many spaces of your home!
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Peg Rails are widely available and can even be custom made. Here are some of my favorite sources.