The Shaker Peg Board: Multi-purpose Genius

We took a recent trip to the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (or as they call it Shakertown). The storied demise of the Shakers is too long for this post … let’s just say that having everyone in your community take a vow of celibacy tends to decrease a community’s chances for long-term growth. However, the Shakers did have a genius for furniture craftsmanship and engineering. The guiding principles of the Shakers were simplicity, utility and honesty. Their beliefs were reflected in the well-made furniture of minimalist designs.

One such item is the Shaker Peg Board. Very simple in its design but incredibly multi-functional in its uses!


Almost every room in a Shaker house or community building had long rows of peg boards hung on each wall. The uses were endless:

  • Hanging up chairs
  • Storage of utensils
  • Storage of just about anything and everything

How would you use the Shaker Peg Boards in your home? Perfect for a mudroom to hang up coats; help organize a utility closet; great for towels in a bathroom; and what about putting them in your teenagers rooms? Would that help them to remember to pick up their clothes if they just had to hang them on a peg???? Hmmm …

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