Climbing the Ladder To A Successful Room Design Feature

Design Inspiration Repurpose / Refurbish
Sweet ladder shelving

Sweet ladder shelving. source: allsorts.typepad.com

When fine design meets and marries practicality, who doesn’t want to climb on board? Especially, when you can literally do just that. Today’s design ideas take another step toward recycling and reuse and show us how ladders (even those old rickety ones like my mom’s), usually used for utilitarian purposes, can also be charming, unique and beautiful in any room of your home.

Living Room

My mom's ladder looks JUST like this one...perfectly rickety and rustic for seaside accessories

My mom’s ladder looks JUST like this one…perfectly rickety and rustic for seaside accessories. source: prettyhandygirl.com

Living Room Ladder Shelving: This simple DIY project involves simply removing the backside of an old ladder and inserting, onto each step with screws, a plywood piece or cutting board to house decorative items, plants and/or books. The result? A shelving piece that is more like wall art in and of itself. Photo courtesy of prettyhandygirl.com.

Kitchen

Vintage ladder, meet functional pot rack

Vintage ladder, meet functional pot rack. source: kristancunningham.com

Kitchen Ladder Pot Rack: HGTV’s “Design on A Dime” host Kristan Cunningham shows us how a level is your best friend when installing this rustically fantastic pot rack. On the other hand, the beauty of this design idea is that imperfect is perfect! Photo courtesy of kristancunningham.com. Top kitchen photo courtesy of allsorts.typepad.com.

Garden

Paint an old wooden ladder (or a new one!) and you've got yourself a vertical garden!

Paint an old wooden ladder (or a new one!) and you’ve got yourself a vertical garden! source: hudsongoodsblog.com

Garden Party Ladder: No need to keep these ladders in the storage shed. Display the blooms of your green thumb labor with very design appropriate shelving. Photo courtesy of hudsongoodsblog.com.

Bathroom

A smaller, elegant ladder is a perfect towel rack and storage for a serene bathroom

A smaller, elegant ladder is a perfect towel rack and storage for a serene bathroom. source: houzz.com

Bathroom Towel Rack/Shelving: Clean, simple, and practical-perfect for any bathroom large or small. Photo courtesy of houzz.com.

Bedroom

A ladder closet? Why not? For rooms with little to no storage...you've got your answer!

A ladder closet? Why not? For rooms with little to no storage…you’ve got your answer! source: stylizimo.blogspot.com

Bedroom Ladder Closet: A great solution for more storage when that small single-door closet won’t do. Tip: to avoid the dreaded “clothes-thrown-on-the-treadmill-clutter” syndrome, hang only accessories (purses/bags, scarves, belts, hats, shoes, etc.). Photo courtesy of stylizimo.blogspot.com.

Office

This is definitely an example of art elevating function. Book and decor nerds unite

This is definitely an example of art elevating function. Book and decor nerds unite! source: recyclart.org

Office Ladder Shelf: This multi-purpose shelf adds inspiration, organization, and a touch of cool, all the while keeping books, magazines, files and even decorative pieces off work surfaces and within reach. Photo courtesy of recyclart.com.

Kids’ Room

A step ladder becomes a becoming kid's bookshelf...smart

A step ladder becomes a becoming kid’s bookshelf…smart! source: copycatchic.com

Kids’ Stuff Organizer: Well-placed shelves across each step, along with a good sanding and painting, makes for a very whimsical and useful organizer for your kids’ stuff. Photo courtesy of copycatchic.com.

Dining Room

This ladder chandy is superlative in rustic elegance.

This ladder chandy is superlative in rustic elegance. source: potterybarn.com

Ladder Chandelier: This agrarian charming chandelier is a triumphant design element and can be customized with hung lanterns specific to your personal style. Photo courtesy of potterybarn.com.

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).