If there ever were an object that far out-performed its expectations, it would be the humble Shaker peg rail. It’s a simple design, originally devised by the Shakers to keep communal households organized and to streamline cleaning the floors. But almost every time, hanging a peg rail transforms a room, instantly corralling clutter and adding an artful place for display. Plus, they’re often available for cheap. Here’s a look at a few favorite in-situ peg rails from the Remodelista archives.
Above: An airy summer bedroom in designer Twig Hutchinson’s garden shed makes use of peg rails to keep essentials off the floor. Photograph from House Call: Lorn Road Summerhouse in London. Above: The small “post-supper” rooms at One Leicester Street have simple fittings, including beadboard paneling bordered by white peg rails. See One Leicester Street in London: Come for Dinner, Stay the Night. Above: Rows of Shaker pegs display wares inside a Rotterdam shop. For more, see Shopper’s Diary: Pantoufle in Rotterdam. Above: Peg rails keeps brooms at the ready in a Shaker schoolhouse. See In the Dwelling House: 16 Design Ideas to Steal from the Shakers. Above: Shaker style in an unexpected place: a Japanese restaurant in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. Here, they hold the menus of the day, and simple candle holders. Photograph from Scandi Meets Shaker in a Parisian Japanese Restaurant by LSL Architects. Above: A length of peg rail corrals a few cleaning essentials in the laundry room. See Steal This Look: All-White Laundry Room in Melbourne. Above: Peg rails in a real Shaker bedroom, at Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. See more at In the Dwelling House: 16 Design Ideas to Steal from the Shakers. Above: One of first peg rail sightings: at High Road House in London, where they line the guest rooms. See High Road House in London Gets a Revamp. Above: Black peg rails hold dried flowers in a Dallas shop; see Shopper’s Diary: The Kitchen Sink and More at Set & Co. Above: Peg rails keep summer essentials at the ready in A Chic Fixer-Upper on Fire Island, Budget Edition. Above: A peg rail makes a versatile assistant in the garden studio of London designer Twig Hutchinson, when the space isn’t being used as a guest bedroom. For more of the house, see Designer Visit: Rough, Rustic, and Refined with Twig Hutchinson. Above: Peg rails gone monochrome: We like this interpretation at Killiehuntly Farmhouse in Scotland. Get the look at Steal This Look: Moody Monochrome in the Scottish Highlands. Above: An illustrator and graphic designer installed a peg rail along an empty wall in her kitchen, an opportunity for both practical storage and artful display. See Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Kitchen Created from Reclaimed Ikea Parts, Extreme Budget Edition for more of the kitchen. Above: I’ve long wanted black peg rails in my own bedroom and DIY-ed mine for $40: two 36-inch Maple Peg Racks from The Container Store ($14.99 each), a coat of primer I had lying around, plus a sample can of paint ($10) and a slight trim. Photograph by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista. Above: An easy summer bedroom: peg rails in the Canadian summer cottage of Jon Baker and Juli Daoust of Mjolk. Photograph from O Canada: Mjölk’s Renovated Scandi-Style Cabin on a Lake. Above: A Peg Rail from Another Country at the The Craftsman’s Cottage: A Holiday Rental in England with Furnishings for Purchase in the hamlet of Semley in rural Wiltshire.
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