Five Favorites: The Useful—and Inexpensive—Accordion Peg Rack

Guest quarters with black-and-white tiled bath at Sunshine Stories, a surf and yoga retreat in Sri Lanka. Mitchell Fong photo via Indoek.

Yesterday’s tour of the Sunshine Stories tropical compound—see Two Swedish Surfers in Sri Lanka, Guest Camp Included—sent me on a surprise search mission. The Sri Lankan wooden accordion peg racks used for hanging towels and bathing suits looked incredibly handy, and I immediately wanted to introduce some on my own walls. As a longtime flea market hound, they also struck me as very familiar.

Sure enough: The accordion peg rack, a close relative of the wooden clothes drying rack and accordion wine rack, is widely available in both new and vintage versions, all extremely affordable too. Who came up with the concept for this ingenious expandable storage? I have yet to find a history of the design and am hoping one of you can fill us in. In the meantime, here are five to consider.

Junipers Expandable Wooden Rack
Above: Accordion racks come in a range of sizes and numbers of pegs. They can be hung horizontally, as shown here, or vertically—making them ideal for small spaces that are short on storage. This 10-Peg Wall Rack by Junipers expands up to 30 inches wide and is $39.95 for a set of two on Amazon (which also offers several other versions).
Junipers Expandable Wooden Wall Rack
Above: Accordion racks close up for easy storage. This 10-peg Expandable Wooden Wall Rack is 12 inches long and a mere 3.5 inches wide when folded; $4.99 from Walter Drake.
The Container Store Formbu 7-Peg Expanding Rack
Above: Made of bamboo, the Formbu 7-Peg Expanding Rack is $14.99 from the Container Store. Note that this one has visible screws, but most hang from concealed hooks in the back.
Accordion racks can be put to use all over the house: in the entry, for hanging coats, hats, bags, and scarves; in the kitchen, for organizing mugs and dish towels; in the bedroom, for keeping often-worn clothes, such as jeans, on hand; and in the bath, for storing towels and bathrobes.

Furinno Pine Natural Solid Wood Retractable Wall Mounted Rack
Above: Accordion racks also work well for hanging jewelry. This Pine Retrackable Wall-Mounted Rack by Furinno is $18.36 from Home Depot.
Prefer a metal rack? Terrain offers a Zinc Accordion Rack with hooks instead of pegs for $38. And Anthropologie’s handsome Metallic Accordian Peg Rack comes in pewter or brass-finished cast-iron; $98.

Remodelista five favorite wooden accordion peg racks: a vintage accordion rack via eBay from Judy30307.
Above: This Vintage 10-Peg Accordion Rack, approximately 12.5 by 34 inches when fully open, is awaiting bids (starting at $6.95) on eBay; it ships from Decatur, Georgia.

Vintage racks are easy to come by: Search “accordion wall racks” on sites, such as Etsy, eBay, Bonanza, and Chairish—and expect to be astonished by the range of variations, including elaborately hand-turned and painted accordion racks.

Obsessed (as we are) with simple storage? Browse our Storage & Organization archive for many more ideas. Here’s a sampling:

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