Antique Peg Rail Shelves
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!
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
rope bed rails
1/4 in lag screws/bolts 3-4 inches long like these
cordless drill with drill bit and screw driver attachment
how to make it
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.
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.
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.
If you find a pair of your own, let me know and tag me in a post @therurallegend. Happy hunting!
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