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