Create Shelves From Old Ladders
Put old ladders to work as stylish, rustic shelving
Combining rustic charm with unexpected functionality, freestanding ladder shelves are a stylish, airy alternative to traditional bookcases or display cabinets. You can get the look by repurposing old ladders you have on hand or finds (ours started at $9). To make shelves, cut 2x12 planks to size and paint, then secure them by drilling deck screws through the underside of the rungs. If one ladder is taller, shim up the shelf on the short side with blocks or books to level it. Line up your favorite objects, and you've got a display piece that's a step up from off-the-shelf.
Tip: Add a hit of color (like Glad Yellow from ) to the top shelf.