5 Great Ways to Repurpose A Ladder

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Photo: Trinitytitletx.com

With so much technology in the home improvement sector, more and more old school tools are falling to the wayside. However, the ladder isn’t one of them. Rather than hiding it between your refrigerator and wall, or hanging it above your brand new car with fear and trepidation, try incorporating the handy tool in your home decor. Below are five great ways to repurpose a ladder and show off your green-friendly interior decorating skills.

The Standing Rack

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Photo: Apairandasparediy.com

Using the rungs of an old ladder can be highly efficient, especially as a standing magazine rack. Simply lean your ladder against the wall of your morning coffee nook, in the bathroom, or anywhere else you’d enjoy the look and feel of paperback. Then place your favorite newspapers or magazines on each rung.

Aside from showcasing the beauty of your editorial taste, this Standing Rack tutorial is a sure fire way to keep your reading material organized and accessible.

Basket Bonanza

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Photo: Dotandbo.com

Baskets in any room are man’s best friend. They neatly contain everything! From fresh produce to linens, from stacks of vinyl to craft materials, the basket is the ideal container. But where to put them? We suggest hanging the baskets from the rungs of a ladder for what might be your best do-it-yourself projects ever.

All it takes is obtaining simple wire baskets from a local hardware store and using bent wire or double sided hooks to attach a baskets to each rung.

Triangular Shelf

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Photo: Thisoldhouse.com

If you’re holding onto one of those step ladders used for painting, making it a triangular shelf is an excellent repurpose!

First, make sure the bottom of each leg isn’t warped, causing the ladder to stand unleveled and a bit wobbly. If this is the case, simply adhere a felt furniture protector on each leg, one at a time, until the ladder levels out.

Then, having opened the ladder, measure the distance between the adjacent rungs, cutting boards of plywood accordingly. Gently nail the plywood into the rungs using thin nails.

Give it a coat of your favorite color paint, or embrace its original, rustic form, and bam! Enjoy the cool shelf you’ve got there.

Pot and Pan Holder

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Photo: Countryhomeideas.com

Entering someone’s kitchen, looking up, and seeing an old, rustic ladder hanging from the ceiling is beyond charming. However, adorning the ladder with pots and pans is a whole new level of shabby chic.

The only question is how closely you’d like to have your pots and pans dangling above your dinner guests. Once you’ve decided on a location and distance, attach pre-measured chains to your kitchen ceiling. Make sure your ladder is sturdy enough to hold your cookware, and then join the chains to double-sided hooks that fit tightly around each side of the ladder.

The Naked Closet

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Photo: Apairandasparediy.com

Not enough closet space? Not a problem. With two old ladders and some extra lumber you can build a pretty neat closet contraption that exudes personality.

The best type of ladder for this project is the wooden type that starts out wide at the base and becomes narrower as it rises. However, two ladders that are the same distance from the bottom to the top are also fine.

Position the ladders a comfortable distance apart from one another. Measure the distance between the two lower rungs and cut some plywood to fit. Gently nail the plywood into the rungs with thin nails. Along the top rungs use some pipe brackets to secure a wooden dowel. That’s it.

On the dowel you can place hangers for clothing and use the bottom shelves for shoes or folded clothes. If you find your closet is unstable, you can use additional brackets to secure it to a wall.

These five great ways to repurpose a ladder with some clever out-of-the-box ideas to reduce waste, save some money and show your personality. If you have other ideas on how to repurpose a ladder, we want to hear them!