How to Turn Your Ladder Into a Shelf

When furnishing your home, don't limit yourself to conventional resources. There are other options for giving your home an original touch, but this requires some creativity. In this article, we'll show you how to turn a ladder into a shelf.
How to Turn Your Ladder Into a Shelf

Last update: 02 April, 2020

Do you want to give your home an original, sophisticated touch and an avant-garde personality at the same time? Any item in your home used for functional purposes can become a work of art or serve as a decorative object. In this article, we show you how to convert a ladder into a shelf.

When it comes to innovation, you need creativity and imagination. When you combine both elements, you can achieve any objective. However, it takes talent to change the characteristics of an item and make it look more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

How can you use a ladder in this way? There are many different ways, and due to its shape and appearance, a ladder can become a shelf and give any room or space in your home a new look.

Recycling a disused ladder

Use an old ladder to hold your plants.

If you have an unused ladder, you can breathe life into it as a decorative object. Of course, it’ll lose its original function. However, it will obtain aesthetic value and can be used to decorate your home in ways you never imagined.

There are wooden and metal ladders. If you have a wooden one with wide steps, it can perfectly fulfill the same function as a shelf. On the other hand, the metal ones are less attractive and may be more difficult to use in this way.

You can always change the exterior of metal ladders, but how? Using paint, you can give it a splash of color, which in turn gives it more personality. Also, it can hold different objects for the decoration of any space.

Unleash your imagination and turn a ladder into an innovative resource.

Small size for the garden

Ladder shelf in the garden

In case you want to upgrade your garden a little, a ladder full of flowerpots can be very practical, original, and attractive. It will probably become the most eye-catching item you have.

You can place a large number of flowers on the ladder. If you make a relaxing area with armchairs and a table, it can accompany the ladder and serve as a decorative object.

The size of the ladder should be small, with wide shelves and a scissor format so it can be transported wherever you want it to go, whenever you want to move it.

Nordic style ladder-shelf

You can place a ladder shelf in your work office.

Now let’s look at another object that has been created to serve primarily as a shelf. We’re referring to the Nordic style ladder-shelf:

  • The structure is identical to that of a ladder. It’s scissor-like, has intermediate rungs going upward, and is wide so it can support flowerpots, planters, or other objects. This typology has four supports on the ground.
  • There is also another similar structure with only two support legs. To stop it falling over it must be supported by a wall.
  • There are some with shelves that decrease in size the higher up you go – the widest is at the bottom and the narrowest at the top. Undoubtedly, this style works well for decorations because of its simple design.

Where should you put your ladder-shelf?

You can put a ladder shelf anywhere, including the kitchen.

The living room may be the most ideal area to place the ladder-shelf, mainly due to its larger size. The ladder-shelf will offer unrivaled appeal. Therefore, it must be placed in a visible location.

You can also put a ladder-shelf in the dining room or near the main entrance of your home. The latter option is especially beneficial since it can serve as an introduction to the decor that can be found in the other rooms. The ladder-shelf can give a house the creative touch it badly needs.

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