Several years ago when my daughter was born, my wife and I decided that we wanted her room to be modular and flexible enough to grow with her through the years.  I have seen similar mounting rails used in Craftsman style bungalows to hang pictures (without banging nails into the beautiful paneling), DIY magazines have used variations for garage organization, and carpenters call it a "French cleat" when they utilize it to securely hang fine cabinets.

The idea is to mount a board on the wall (ideally screwed/bolted to each stud) that has a bevel cut into the top sloping toward the wall.  Larger items such as chalkboards, easels, bookshelves, etc. can be easily mounted on the rail and locked in place and moved around without any hassle to any location in the room.

The best thing about this system is that you can create new or modify many existing items to work with it and have nearly infinite possibilities and combinations.

Step 1: The Prep Work

1.)  Determine how high you want to place the rail on the wall.  

In my example, it is 48" from the floor to the bottom of the rail.  The spacing was to accomodate the light switch in the room, but otherwise, there were no obstacles.  I found that when my daughter was younger (shorter) this was a little too high for her, but she has grown into it.  Mark a level line along a single wall, or all the way around the room as we did.

2.)  Select materials.

I used 1/4 kiln dried Douglas fir to keep it economical.  For light duty I do not see why MDF wouldn't work, but if you are going to be hanging moderate to heavy items, use a real wood or even a hardwood like oak for strength.  

3.)  FInd your wall studs.

I like using a rare earth magnet:  it picks up the nails/screws that hold the drywall in place.  I have had better results with it than the sonic stud finders and it never requires batteries.  
Thanks for the great idea! My daughter loves it as she is always very tidy-conscious and wants everything to be prim and proper. She has a board with small storage compartments on it where she can put her little stuff lying around. Not only does it organizes her room more properly, it also enables her to find her stuff easily.
love the pink and green stripes...did you paint it? how did you get the lines so neat?
We had a striped blanket my wife liked. She took it to a paint store and had the colors matched. The wall was originally textured, but we smoothed it out, taped, and rolled/brushed the stripes.
We have the same colours on our bed cover!
Nice system! <br>my only comment is that it might be nice to add some vertical trim boards and give the wainscotting a more traditional look but that's just my taste. <br> <br>(I reallty like the striping)
Oh, very nice.

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