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An Unlikely Decor Piece: Ladders

An Unlikely Decor Piece: Ladders

Looking for a quick storage option? Or perhaps a lighting base? Consider repurposing an old ladder as a side table or accessories piece. Here are four simple ideas to recreate at home.

Above: Originally seen on Living Etc., a tall ladder propped next to a sink provides plenty of towel storage in the bath.

At Mint in Mill Valley, owner Cecile Ruby Won displays dresses on a large wooden ladder; consider the same if you’re lacking closet space.

Above: A ladder makes for the perfect lamp base for an industrial clip-on light, via My Second Life.

Above: For an impromptu bedside table; consider a vintage painter’s stepladder, which is tiered for books and personal goods.  Above (R): A version similar to this vintage model can be found on Ebay or Etsy.

For more DIY table ideas, visit out Remodelista‘s posts DIY: Concrete Block Tables and Bedroom: DIY Bedside Shelf.



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3:18PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Refinishing the wood and painting it makes a great bookshelf and plants and art pieces like vases, etc. makes a very nice piece of furniture. Look at the finished ones for sale, they're not cheap. I would definitely refinish them, not leave them unfinished and messy like the ones in this article. That's a bit too 'rustic' for me! lol.

4:59AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

I like the idea's of using ladders especially the vintage look for blankets or towels . Thanks for sharing .

12:58PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

wow, instant cool factor! thanks for the idea

6:26PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Like a lot!

7:18PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Clever! :)

12:45PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Interesting ideas, thanks.

11:50AM PST on Nov 4, 2012


1:55AM PDT on Nov 4, 2012

I love ladders and everyone has always thought I a weird as I go for the oldest and most used looking ones - they add so much character

9:12PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

My dad helped me build a 6 ft step ladder out of sturdy bamboo- put it in the backyard with a view of the hill beyond my fence- the cats perch on the bamboo steps and enjoy the scenery!

9:11PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

lol this is actually a good idea...I love to re-purpose objects :-)

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