Old-fashioned wooden ladders have lots of character. Your old ladder may no longer hold the weight of a person, but it can still serve many different decorative and functional purposes around the home. Try one of these options.
Prop the ladder against the wall and you have an instant rustic shelf. This option works best for ladders with flat rungs rather than rounded rungs so the items rest well on the rungs. The shelves won’t be very deep so you’ll need to choose narrow items to display on the ladder shelf. If you’re worried about stability, attach the ladder to the wall with brackets.
You can also hang the ladder horizontally on the wall as a shelf. Use it as a bookshelf or to hold picture frames.
A freestanding ladder gives you another option. Prop it open so it stands up on its own. Turn it sideways. Attach boards between the the rungs to make wide shelves.
A single wooden ladder works well as a pot rack in the kitchen. Suspend the wooden ladder horizontally a foot or two below the ceiling. Make sure the brackets you use are secured into the ceiling joists so the ladder is secure. Hang metal hooks on the rungs of the ladder for holding the pots. You can also add some baskets on top of the ladder for additional storage. You can use this same idea in other rooms to hold anything you can hang on hooks. For example, hang it in the laundry room and use it to hang up clothes that you don’t want wrinkled.
Outdoor Plant Rack
Instead of using the ladder as a shelf indoors, take it outdoors to make a simple flower rack. Secure the ladder to the side of the house, fence or other structure. This keeps it from blowing over. Set pots of flowers on the rungs. You can also hang them from the rungs.
Use an old ladder in the bathroom as a towel rack. The ladder has plenty of rungs to use to hold the towels. Drape the towels over the rungs.