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Industrial Chic Display Ladder – Easy DIY

Storage and display ladders are all the rage at the moment, but they can be a little pricey and some of them seemed a bit wonky. I’m not really sure if they would be able to hold lots of blankets and the last thing you want is for your display to end up in a heap on the floor.  So we decided to make our own and combine functional storage with a little industrial chic for a unique take on this latest craze.  Our little ladder was really easy to assemble, didn’t cost a lot and adds so much character to our living area.

Galvanized pipes and pallets make an awesome industrial chic blanket ladder

Galvanized pipes and pallets

All you need to make a industrial chic storage ladder is:

  • 2 thick bits of pallet wood at least a meter long. Ours is just over a meter and 5 cm thick by 10 cm wide.  If you can’t find pallets you can use a 2″x 4 ” cut into 1 meter pieces.
  • 4 Galvanized Standpipes 450mm x 1/2”
  • 8 Galvanized Round Caps 1/2″
  • A drill and spade bit (paddle bit)

We eye balled where we wanted the rungs to be on the pallets and then marked the center point.  We put the two pieces of pallets on top of each other in a vice and used a number 22 spade bit to drill holes all the way through both pallets where we’d made the marks. Double check if the galvanized pipes fit snuggly into the holes before sanding.

Drill the holes and check if the pipe fits

Drill the holes and check if the pipe fits

We lightly sanded the pallets and sealed them with a clear, wine resistant varnish. I kid you not, the varnish we used is water, oil and wine resistant, lol!!

Once the sealer is dry we inserted the galvanized pipes.

Seal and insert the pipes into the pallets to create an industrial chic blanket ladder

Seal and insert the pipes

If the pipes are a little loose, just add a tiny bit of Gorilla glue and then screw on the galvanized cap rounds.

Tighten the cap rounds to make an industrial chic blanket storage ladder

Tighten the cap rounds

That’s it, super easy and really sturdy.

An industrial chic storage ladder that's quick and easy to make

Industrial chic storage ladder

And who said you can’t hang something else on the ladder.

A throw and a little plant make a lovely statement on this easy to make industrial chic storage ladder

A throw and a little plant make a lovely statement

I need to tell you a little more about the little hanging plant. We bought it quite a while ago and some how it got forgotten behind a pile of pallets. It hasn’t been watered since we bought it and it’s doubled in size. It’s called a Leucophyta brownii or CushionBush for us “non speaking Latin” people. It has the most beautiful, weird little leaves, I seriously need to get some more.

Hang a beautiful little plant on the storage ladder

Hang a beautiful little plant

Anyways, that’s all from me for this week. My daughter turns 16 on Friday and the only thing I’ll be doing is planning her b-day party. Hope you all have a beautiful week full of lovely crafty moments.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Pallet Hacks

Comments

  • Posted: July 25, 2017 11:42

    Elizabeth

    I love the look...does the wood slide on the pipes once the project is complete?
    • Posted: July 25, 2017 11:45

      acraftymix

      It does yes. The holes are a pretty tight fit for the pipes so it's really stable
  • Posted: February 5, 2017 21:58

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I love the industrial style of the ladder with the pipe. This looks like it would be pretty easy to do. I recently made a ladder for my afghans using some wood spindles that I had. I love how it turned out, but I could always use another.
    • Posted: February 6, 2017 10:30

      acraftymix

      Thank you Linda they always come in so handy. Perfect storage solution
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  • Posted: July 19, 2016 07:11

    Katrin

    Hi Michelle, this ladder is fabulous! so cool with that industrial look, you are one handy girl to use pipes, so clever! Now this can hold quite some weight for sure!
    • Posted: July 19, 2016 11:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks Katrin ;-)
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 02:39

    Jill

    Oh, I absolutely adore this!
    • Posted: July 18, 2016 07:29

      acraftymix

      Thank you Jill :D
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 07:59

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Love this. I like how you used the metal pieces in the middle. The perfect industrial touch!
    • Posted: July 17, 2016 08:50

      acraftymix

      :-) I love using galvanized pipes. They're so easy to work with and super strong.
  • Posted: July 16, 2016 01:54

    Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog

    This is SO cute!! I have so many scarves and I think this would be a great way to display them.
    • Posted: July 16, 2016 15:40

      acraftymix

      Stunning Haley, scarves work beautifully on the ladder. Thank you for coming to say hi :-)
  • Posted: July 15, 2016 07:35

    Christina @ RaisingSavers.com

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
    • Posted: July 16, 2016 15:40

      acraftymix

      ;-)
  • Posted: July 13, 2016 15:07

    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    This is such a cute idea and so creative! I love that you could use any pattern to match existing decor! I'd love to do this with something beachy!
    • Posted: July 14, 2016 07:20

      acraftymix

      Hey there Lisa, thank you so much. It's such an easy DIY, share pics when you get around to making one.
  • Posted: July 12, 2016 08:22

    Anonymous

    It looks lovely and easy enough that I could even make one. Well done.
    • Posted: July 12, 2016 08:31

      acraftymix

      Thank you Anon. Probably the most difficult thing was making sure the holes in the pallets lined up, but at the end of the day it was one of the easiest projects we've made and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Thanks for coming to say Hi, comments always make my day.
  • Posted: July 11, 2016 21:33

    Keri

    Michelle, love this blanket ladder, it looks beautiful as well as sturdy! The Cushion Bush is cool. Happy Birthday to your daughter!
    • Posted: July 12, 2016 08:19

      acraftymix

      Awwww thank you so much Keri ;-)
  • Posted: July 11, 2016 14:50

    Debbie Rodrigues

    That looks so cool! I wish I were creative like you. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.
    • Posted: July 11, 2016 16:22

      acraftymix

      Thank you Debbie. Me, I really wish I could be running fit, not just wood working fit :D
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