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.