Antique Peg Rail Shelves



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One of the most asked about items in my home are the picture ledges in our family room. Weekly, I get messages asking me to link them or share where to buy them. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint, but they are a very unique DIY! The good news is that you can easily make these if you find the right materials!


antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

These shelves are actually the sides to an antique rope bed! I inherited this bed from my grandparents, and we came up with the idea to hang the peg rails on the wall!


What's a rope bed and where can I find one?


A rope bed uses ropes to hold the mattress in place. Rope is woven around the pegs on the side rails to create a woven base. I see rope beds listed on Facebook Marketplace often and they're usually pretty affordable! A friend recently scored one for $20 to make shelves! You can also check eBay and estate sales near you!


What you need



how to make it


antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

To make the picture ledge, use your router to cut a shallow groove in the side of the bed rail, the entire length of the wood.


antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

how to hang them


Remove a peg from each end of the rail. Drill the entire way through the peg opening and through the back of the rail.


antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

Grab a friend to help you hold up your rails and decide where you want to hang them. Making sure your rail is level, mark your drill points on the wall. Drill your pilot holes and then insert your lag bolts to secure the rail to the wall.


Get ready to style!


Here are some of the ways I've styled our peg rails over the years.


antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall


antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

If you find a pair of your own, let me know and tag me in a post @therurallegend. Happy hunting!


xoxo, L


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antique rope bed, the rural legend, diy picture ledge, peg rails, peg shelves, gallery wall

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