Looking to maximize storage? Want to add form and function to a space? Follow this simple and quick DIY tutorial to create a shaker peg rail!
But more than being a momentary trend, peg rails are incredibly classic and have been around for decades. In fact, one of the best ways to add old-world, vintage charm to a space is with peg rails, because there’s just something so nostalgic about them.
During the Greystone laundry design phase, peg rails were at the top of my must-have list. With the room serving multiple purposes – as a mudroom and laundry room – I needed to maximize space and functionality. The easiest way to do that is to utilize wall space as much as possible – hence the idea of peg rails running all along the beadboard paneling to HANG. ALL. THE. THINGS.
I could hang cleaning tools like a broom, towel, various cleaning brushes, etc. for easy access. I could use the pegs as drying racks, hanging laundered items that had to be air dried. Last but not least, the pegs could serve as a drop-off station for coats, scarves, purses, keys, etc., since this room is right off the garage.
Peg rails allow you to store just about any item in a streamlined and aesthetically pleasing fashion – and you know I’m all about that perfect combination of form and function.
A Couple Personal Thoughts
When I shared a sneak peek of this peg rail on Instagram over the weekend, I received a couple of messages commenting that the cleaning tools were just too pretty to use.
“I could never bring myself to actually use those – too pretty!,” one message read. These conversations got me thinking how much of our life we put away for a “special occasion.”
From the time we are wee little babies, the message of practicality has been pounded into our brains – to the point that we grow up and think we don’t deserve for our cleaning tools to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. This idea that pretty items should only be pulled out and used on special occasion is insane to me. Why subject yourself to boring mundanity, when you can make every day a little special and intentional?
I know a specific product won’t suddenly transform our life. That’s now what I’m saying at all. But I do think that when we surround ourselves with items that have both form and function, it motivates us to cut out clutter and focus on the things that matter, to live the sort of life we want to live. It’s a silent daily reminder to be intentional, even in the little things.
I personally have found so much joy in minimizing our belongings and instead investing in items that are as beautiful as they are functional – even if it’s mundane utilitarian items.
Speaking of form and function, pegs have both, and up to this point I’ve always bought them ready-made. One disadvantage of ready-made peg rails, besides higher cost, is that ready-made ones don’t always fit the specific space you have in mind. So with the Greystone laundry, I quickly realized that what I was dreaming of in my head was not available in a ready-made fashion. I needed a custom solution and decided to DIY it. How hard could it be?
Turns out, it’s the easiest project of all time. If you own a drill, you too can add a peg rail to your laundry room, mudroom, bathroom, entryway, bedroom, playroom, etc. Read on for an easy and quick DIY for installing shaker pegs in your own space.
Materials and Tools Needed
- 1×4 wood plank in desired length
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Measuring tape
- Wood screws
- Primer, paint and small paintbrush
- Screw-in wooden pegs
DIY Peg Rail Instructions
- Measure and cut the wood plank to desired length.
- Sand, prime and paint the wood plank and wooden pegs. I chose “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams. Allow 24 hours drying time.
- Attach the wood plank to the wall, making sure to drill into studs. If you cannot locate studs, make sure to use screw anchors. You can use wood filler to fill the screw holes, or you can leave them as is. Keep in mind that if you use wood filler, you’ll need to then sand and paint the wood filler.
- Measure where the pegs will go and mark the plank. I spaced mine 8 inches apart, but I’ve seen everything from 5 to 12 inches. It really just depends on your personal preference and the scale of surroundings. Use a measuring tape to find the center of the board so that the peg is equal distance from the top and bottom of the board.
- Pre-drill holes where the pegs will screw in. Pre-drilling helps the wood not to split when you’re screwing in the pegs. When drilling, keep the drill as straight as possible, so the pegs are parallel to the floor and not hanging or sticking up.
- Screw in the wooden pegs into the holes you drilled. Make sure each peg is flush with the board and parallel to the floor.
Easy, right?! Now I’m brainstorming all the past projects where I can add these peg rails, like the Greenfield kids’ bathroom, and above the tub in the Greenfield master bathroom, and the Greystone guest and downstairs bathrooms… Literally any corner or nook that could use more functionality can benefit from a peg rail.
Tell me: Where in your home would you add a peg rail? If you do attempt this DIY project, I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram or wherever you share your projects.