Learn how to build a wooden peg rail shelf with this step by step in-depth tutorial.
Our entryway was missing something. After removing the closet in phase one of this renovation we needed to add back in some hallway storage. Still needing to keep things simple and open we decided to add a wall to wall modern peg rail shelf.
How to make a wooden peg rail shelf
Follow these step by step instructions to build your own custom peg rail shelf. Length of shelf not included as we made ours custom to our space.
Mark the middle of the 1"x6" pine board. Then, mark every 8". This is where the pegs will go.
Drill Peg Holes:
Start with a ⅛" drill bit, to prevent the wood from splitting. Drill starting holes every marked 8".
Go back in with a ¾" spade bit, drilling halfway through the 1"x6" pine board. Continue for all, spacing 8" evenly.
Turn over the 1"x6" pine board. Making sure to line up with the same 8" spacing, countersink just enough to cover the head of your screws.
Attach the shelf:
Apply wood glue to the top edge of the 1"x 6" board.
Using a nail gun, fasten the 1"x4" pine board to the 1"x6". Be careful not to shoot a nail through the back or the front of the 1"x6".
Attach wooden pegs:
Cut ¾" dowel into 3" lengths. Pre-drill the centre of the dowel with a ⅛" drill bit.
Using ¾" wood screws attach the pegs to the 1"x6" pine board.
Hang peg rail shelf:
Using a level, hold the peg rail up to the wall and attach to the studs using 2" wood screws.
Customize for your space. To complete the look we were going for we primed and painted it the same colour as the walls.
Leaving everything white allows the space to pop. This peg rail shelf adds function without competing for design. In a front hallway where things can look busy, we needed function and simplicity!