Storage and display ladders are all the rage at the moment, but they can be a little pricey, and some of them seem a bit wonky. I’m not sure if they could hold lots of blankets. 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 display ladder craze.
Our little ladder is really easy to assemble, didn’t cost a lot, and adds so much character to our living area.
What You Need
- 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)
How to make an industrial chic display ladder
Did I already mention this is a quick tutorial? So don’t blink, coz you might just miss the whole thing 😉 Eyeball where you want to put the rungs and mark with a pencil. Ideally, the rungs should be spaced equally apart. The spacing on a standard ladder is normally 30.5 cm (12″) so we went with that.
Line the pallets up in a vice and use a drill with a 22 spade bit to drill a hole through both.
Double-check if the galvanized pipes fit snuggly into the holes before sanding.
Depending on your decor style, you can either leave the wood “au natural” or paint. We went for a natural look and used a clear matt sealer that’s water and wine-resistant. I kid you not; it says so on the label!!
Once the sealer is dry, insert the galvanized pipes and add the cap rounds to the ends.
If the pipes are a little loose, just add a tiny bit of Gorilla glue inside the hole before adding the pipes and caps.
That’s it; super easy and sturdy.
The rungs are wide enough to hang large blankets, shawls, or scarves.
And who said you couldn’t hang something else on the ladder?
I need to tell you a little more about the little hanging plant. We bought it quite a while ago, and somehow, 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 brownie or Cushion Bush for us “nonspeaking Latin” people 😀 It has the most beautiful, weird little leaves; I seriously need to get some more.
What do you think? Do you use display ladders in your home?
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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.