Rustic furniture and accent pieces are some of the best ways to add warmth and character to your home. If you’re new to this concept or just looking for some new ideas, one of the easiest places to start is to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor.
An old wooden ladder is an excellent way to add a little rustic decor to any room because it is simple, unique, and can match almost any style. And the possible functions are only limited by your own creativity! And we’ve got a few ideas to get you started.
Here are 8 unique ways to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor:
The first unique way to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor is to use them to display/shelve your favorite wines or liquors in your collection. If you have an old wooden self-supporting ladder with steps, arrange your bottles on the steps for a more interesting presentation and easier access than a conventional bar setup. Also, the aged quality of the beverages elegantly complements the rustic natural wood of the ladder.
Another way to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor is to use them as cute corner bookshelves/DVD shelves. If you just have a modest book collection or DVD collection (people still have DVDs, right?), rather than getting expensive conventional shelving that takes up too much wall space, place a distressed wooden ladder in a corner for a cute, rustic, space-saving bookshelf!
The steps are usually spaced just right for average-sized books and DVDs. Most people have e-readers and streaming services for their entertainment these days, so a modest-sized ladder is the perfect size to display just those favorites you still want to keep hard copies of.
Making a hanging plant display is another way you can repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor. Single straight ladders with smaller rungs are great for this project. Simply lean the ladder against a wall, hook your favorite potted plants to the rungs (succulent plants are definitely trending these days), and voila! You’re a DIY rustic decor expert. However, if you have large plants that you want to hang, consider fortifying your ladder with some ladder foot grips.
A really functional way to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor is to use them as an alternative to a traditional nightstand beside your bed. A freestanding step ladder functions as a versatile nightstand, adds contrasting height, and is a great way to add a pop of rustic decor and warmth to your bedroom.
If you have a lot of special framed photos and knick-knacks you’ve collected over the years, a great way to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor is to use a ladder to display your collection. This creates a really unique display in a room. It organizes and focuses the collection, is unexpected, and is super simple to set up.
One of the most surprising ways to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor is to use one to create a rustic hanging light fixture. This might sound complicated, but it’s really pretty simple. All you need to do is horizontally suspend a single straight ladder from the ceiling, add some rustic elements like faux branches or other natural elements to spruce it up, and hang a string of Edison-style bulbs in alternating lengths from the sides. It will make your home as trendy, rustic, and warm as your favorite coffee shop.
Another cute way to repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor is to hang either wire or wicker baskets from the rungs to create a farmhouse-style caddy for your bathroom essentials. Or if the ladder has steps, you can use the baskets like removable shelves. This is an excellent space-saver and organizing strategy. Use the baskets to organize extra rolls of toilet paper, linens, towels, hairbrushes, guest toiletries, etc.
Repurpose old wooden ladders for rustic decor that’s functional by turning a ladder into a blanket hanging rack. Single straight ladders work best for this purpose. Simply lean the ladder against a wall and neatly drape your throw blankets over the rungs. This is a great space-saving trick and is less bulky than a larger chest or trunk coffee table if your space is limited. Displaying the blankets this way also adds a cozy feel to the room from the warmth and textures of the fabrics. It also makes them easy to find and access for guests if they get a little chilly!
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