Today I’m going to show you how to build a DIY shaker peg rail. There are so many great uses for them and they have a classic & clean look to them all while being very functional.
What Is A Shaker Peg Rail Used For?
You can add a DIY shaker peg rail to any room in your home and it will come in handy. Use it for towels or your bathrobe in your bathroom, brooms, mops, & dustpans in the laundry room, or add one to your entryway to hold the kids backpacks and jackets. This DIY is cheap & easy to make and a multifunctional piece to have in your home. I added one to our master bedroom where I’m storing baby essentials like my wrap, diapers, & wipes.
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Materials You Will Need To Make A DIY Shaker Peg Rail
- 1”x4”x4ft pine board (or a board long enough to fit your space)
- Nine shaker pegs (or more if your pine board is longer than 4 ft)
- Hand drill
- Measuring tape
- Wood glue
- Old rag or t-shirt to wipe away excess glue
- 1/2” spade wood drill bit
- Two to four 2 1/2” wood screws
- 1/8” drill bit
- Stud finder
Steps To Make A DIY Shaker Peg Rail
Measure the length that you would like your shaker peg rail. Depending on the length that you want, measure out about every 5 inches and mark on the piece of wood where your shaker pegs are going to go. This will determine how many shaker pegs you need to purchase, and the length of the board you will need for your peg rail. For the end pegs I placed them about 3” from the end of the board.
If you want to make your DIY the same measurements that I made, follow the materials list above. If you need to purchase a longer board to fit your space you can have them cut it to the length you want at Lowes or Home Depot.
After you have gathered your materials and you have marked where your shaker pegs are going to go, you can drill a hole in each spot going all the way through. The pegs are short enough where they won’t poke through the back. If you have a spare board you can do a test hole to make sure your wooden shaker peg fits in nicely. It should feel snug once you insert it and not wiggling around at all.
After all your holes are drilled you can wipe your board down to clean off any wood dust. Place a small amount of wood glue in each hole and twist in your shaker pegs to evenly spread out the glue. Use a rag or old t-shirt to wipe away excess glue from the front and back of each hole.
Decide the height where you want to mount your shaker peg rail on the wall. Use your tool to double check that it’s level, and use your pencil to make a few small marks going across the bottom of the board. Using your stud finder, locate at least 2 studs that you will drill into to ensure your peg rail is sturdy, and mark the middle of those with your pencil on the wall. You will want to make sure your shaker pegs aren’t directly over top where the screw will have to go. If this is the case, just slid your peg rail a little to the left or right so you are able to screw right into your board.
Place your DIY shaker peg rail on the wall, make sure it’s level, and follow the stud up and pre-drill a hole going through your board into the stud using your 1/8 drill bit. This will make it easier to drill your screw into the stud. Repeat this step on the other side of the peg rail. Switch out your drill head to fit the end of your screws. Screw two 2 1/2” wood screws through your pre-drilled holes.
If you used the 4”x4”x4ft board, two screws drilled into the studs should be enough, but you might want to add one or two more if you made your shaker peg rail longer.
How Far Apart Should Shaker Pegs Be?
There is no right or wrong for how far apart shaker pegs should be spaced. It more depends on what you’re using it for. At least 5 inches apart works well for jackets & coats. If you’re using it for backpacks I would space them a little further, like 8 inches.
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