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6 DIY Decorative Wooden Ladder Ideas (With Pictures)

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Jazz up your home with a creative ladder. From a fun and functional piece of furniture to a beautiful and eye-catching decoration, ladders can be a great way to add some unique flair to your home. With just a few simple materials and steps, you can build your own wooden ladder for functional décor. These ideas will help you get your creative juices flowing and get you inspired. Here are six unique ideas for creating ladders to help you get started on your creative journey.

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The 6 DIY Decorative Wooden Ladder Ideas

1. Kitchen Spice Racks by Pretty DIY Home

Large Custom DIY Spice Rack for the Pantry
Image Credit: prettydiyhome

Materials 2x4s, lights (optional)
Tools Saw, drill, sandpaper, fasteners, nails, screws
Difficulty Level Moderate

Ladders can also help you spice things up in the kitchen…pun intended. If you have the room in your kitchen, why not create your own ladder spice rack? This idea is especially helpful for professional chefs or anyone who has a considerable number of spices in the pantry or cabinets. The options are limitless with this design and all you need is a few 2x4s to get things started.

You can also paint the ladder, add new levels, and add small organizers for bags of dried herbs. Consider wrapping a few floral wires around the sides of the ladder and make a loop at the back. Buy your own 2x4s and cut them up into smaller pieces and glue them to the sides of the rack to prevent the spices from falling out.

2. Fancy Plant Holder by My Bright Ideas

Make a Ladder Plant Stand – Easy DIY – Only $20 for Lumber
Image Credit: mybrightideasblog

Materials 1x10x8 board, 2x2x8 boards (4), hinges (2), stain and varnish (optional)
Tools Tape measure, square, drill, mitre saw, sandpaper screws
Difficulty Level Moderate

Ladders make great plant stands, and you can make your own ladder plant stand for very little money. All you need is a few boards and some tools to assemble it. Then, you can paint, stain, or varnish the ladder plant stand if you choose.

Choose plants that are suitable for growing on a ladder, such as philodendron or creeping vines. If you’re not sure what plants will work best, consult a gardening expert or do some research online. You can find all sorts of different plants, including some that are great for decorating, such as bromeliads. Ladders are also great for displaying plants that can’t be placed indoors, such as tropical plants that need plenty of sunlight.

3. Wooden Ladder Chandelier by Itty Bitty Farmhouse

diy ladder chandelier
Image Credit: ittybittyfarmhouse
Materials 1×6 boards, 1 ¼ inch dowel rod, light fixture, chains for hanging
Tools Drill, hammer, sandpaper (or block), screws, nails
Difficulty Level Moderate

For this wooden ladder chandelier, you can cut/shape your own wood, or buy precut wood pieces. Choose a light fixture that you like and suspend the ladder from the ceiling with the lights hanging between the rings. Make sure you bring in a professional to install the actual lights if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of doing it yourself.

4. Bathroom Towel Ladder by Remodelaholic

Image By: remodelaholic
Materials 1-inch dowels, 2x3s, wood glue or screws
Tools Drill, saw, sandpaper level
Difficulty Level Easy/Moderate

If you’re looking to create something new and different, try turning your ladder into a towel storage solution. It’s a quick and easy project that you can finish in a day or two and will really transform into a beautiful wall decoration. You can install simple shelving on the ladder or use totes and adhesive strips to store your towels and other essentials.

For this project, you may want to use a level if you plan to place totes on each shelf–just to make sure that they don’t slide off. You can also place small rubber or cut-up furniture pads and place them on the step areas for better grip.

5. Rustic Ladder with Wall Hooks/Picture Frames by Addicted 2 DIY

Rustic Ladder Wall Hooks
Image By: addicted2diy
Materials 1×3 board, 1×2 board, decorative hooks or knobs, nails or screws, picture frames (optional)
Tools Drill, hammer, saw, sandpaper
Difficulty Level Moderate

Hooks can decorate a wooden ladder and give it a functional purpose. Build this DIY ladder and then attach some hooks or knobs to the ladder to create a place to hang keys or an umbrella. You can also use hooks to display items around your home, such as coats or bags. Ladders are perfect for creating a place to store items that would otherwise be left on the floor.

There are many different hooks available, including decorative hooks that can blend in with your ladder decoration. Ladders are perfect for storing things that would otherwise clutter up your home, such as gardening tools, kids’ backpacks, or even pet leashes.

You can also use this ladder to display hanging pictures. With this design, you can easily switch out pictures as desired to create a display that’s constantly changing and full of new inspiration. You can even jazz it up with a few dried flowers and lights. Be creative with your hooks, and you can transform a simple wooden ladder into an essential part of your home.

6. Spindle Ladder for Blanket Storage by Mixed Creations

How To Make A Spindle Ladder Afghan Rack for Throws & Afghans
Image By: mixedkreations

Materials 2x2s, pre-cut wood spindles (6), wood glue, wood stain (optional)
Tools Saw, drill, fasteners, palm sander, tape measure, square
Difficulty Level Moderate

The thing that sets this DIY blanket ladder apart from others are the spindle legs and it’s a great way to add color and personality to your home with a tapestry or a few blankets. You can buy these types of spindles online at furniture stores or have them custom made and shipped to you. Easily create a stunning wall decoration by hanging a tapestry or piece of fabric from the rungs of your ladder. This is a great way to add color, pattern, and personality to any room.

If you’re looking for a fun way to decorate your home, try hanging a piece of fabric from your ladder and mounting a decorative mirror behind it. You can even try mixing patterns and fabrics for a creative look that’s sure to impress.

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Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the many ways that you can make a DIY decorative ladder. Whether you want to add a bit of color or an extra dose of functionality, ladders can be transformed into a real design statement that can be functional as well. So, hopefully, this article helps you conjure up a bit of inspiration to get your DIY ladder project off the ground.

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