Building & Renovating

4 Creative Ways to Repurpose Ladders at Home

Let these ideas help you take decorating to new heights!


How many times have ladders helped you at home? Remember that jar of jam that was on the top shelf? Or that time when you had to clean the top of the cabinet? These aren't the only uses of this home must-have! Others have repurposed it into decor pieces and there are a few who made it part of the overall look of the home. If you feel like experimenting and you have an old ladder to spare, here are four ideas worth checking out:

Main photos from: The Merry Thought and Funky Junk Interiors.

A shoe rack in the bedroom

If your closet is overflowing with clothes and shoes, maybe it's time to separate your favorite pairs. Prep your old ladder for a quick DIY. If it's a wooden piece, make sure you sand the rough edges. If you have a metal one, clean it with a damp cloth. Start arranging your shoes carefully—you can hang a few of your heels as you would a hook.

Liven up the ladder a bit by hangging scarves and a few of your shoulder bags.

Photo from Stagetecture.

A towel holder in bathroom

For a rustic feel in the private space, choose to leave your wooden ladder as is. Clean it with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust. Hang your fresh towels and place it by the counter. Your guests would surely appreciate this extra touch.

Photo from The Merry Thought

As a side table in the bedroom

If you need extra space for your essentials, gadgets, and other knicknacks, you can have a ladder instead of the usual side table. Use it to display your things and a couple of your books. Place the heavy items on the bottom tier to prevent it from tipping over.

Photo from Funky Junk Interiors.

As a shelf in the living area

Do you need an extra shelf for your favorite reads and souvenirs? Repurpose two to three ladders and place them side by side. Ask a carpenter if he can help you keep it sturdy and connected. Start placing your books—make sure to keep it balanced, and add a couple of quirky bookends as decor.

RL Tip: You may paint your new shelf depending on the color scheme of your living area. Create a unified look by choosing complementary colors. If you are feeling bold and you have neutral walls, choose a vibrant hue that can inject life into the space.

Photo from Ideas For Storage.

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