25 Unique Ways to Decorate with Vintage Ladders

One of my favorite things about the Country Living Fair was seeing all of the different ways that vendors used vintage pieces to display their wares. Old vintage ladders were one of the things that I noticed being used again and again as part of creative displays. It got me thinking about the possibility of using a vintage ladder for a bare corner in my living room so I went looking for some design inspiration to see what others have done with vintage ladders in their homes. I was astounded by the number of creative ways that I found to repurpose ladders and by the decorative interest they added to these homes so I’ve put my favorites together in a post to share my inspiration!

One of the simplest uses of vintage ladders is to prop them up against a wall and drape items on the rungs. Tracey chose to hang grain sacks from her vintage ladder as part of her gorgeous studio as seen on her blog, French Larkspur


while Becky, who blogs at Buckets of Burlap, hung pretty embroidered towels from the painted ladder in her home.


The rungs of a vintage ladder are also a perfect place for hanging towels in a bathroom.

{Smith & Vansant Architects}
{Houzz – Not on the High Street}

Ladders with flat rungs can be used to display favorite items in your home, such as these gorgeous sea colored bottles that Maria of Dreamy Whites displayed on her vintage ladder


or the vintage books and candles that Jennifer of The Old Painted Cottage has displayed on the ladder in her dining room (I love the script writing along the ladder’s side!)

Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl used her handiness to add wood shelves to a vintage ladder, creating more space to display decorative items on her screened porch.
A propped vintage ladder can be used as a tall, narrow bookcase
{Southern Living}

that’s ideal for those hard-to-decorate corners of a room.

{African Sketchbook}
Ladders with round rungs are the perfect magazine rack, as shown in this room by Cory Connor Designs.

To create more shelving space, place two ladders side by side and add distressed shelves across the rungs, as was done in this home office decorated by Matilda Rose Interiors.

A vintage ladder becomes an instant conversation piece when suspended from the ceiling and used for hanging lanterns

{Pottery Barn}

or hanging a group of simple mason jars filled with candles, as Beth shows us on her blog Unskinny Boppy.

Liz of Savvy Seasons decorated her vintage ladder for the season by wrapping it with grapevines and autumn leaves.

A suspended ladder can also be used as a unique pot rack, as shown by 
Sarah of A Beach Cottage


and Laurie of Welcome to the Turner Farm


If you don’t have the right place for a ladder in your kitchen or family room, I found several creative ways to incorporate one into the décor of your bedroom. Laurel from Chipping with Charm used a vintage ladder to create a unique canopy for her bed – amazing!


Out of closet space? A vintage ladder is perfect for holding your favorite high-heeled shoes

{Country Sampler}
or accessories such as scarves and necklaces.
{Real Simple}
Funky Junk Interiors is always coming up with the most creative ways to repurpose “junk” – this vintage ladder is decorated so beautifully that it becomes a piece of art for the bedroom. 


Sarah from Life on Walnut Street turned her vintage ladder into a coat rack in her mudroom

while this vintage ladder from Mia’s Interior became the perfect place to display framed photos and art.

Anne at White Lace Cottage created a unique decorative element by placing a vintage ladder across the top of two open cabinets in her kitchen.


Old ladders are also perfect spots for plants, both inside your home

{Apartment Therapy}

and outside in your outdoor living space or garden.

{Not Just a Housewife}
{squidoo}

If you have a front porch, think about using a vintage ladder when you decorate the outside of your home this fall. 

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Which idea is your favorite?

Comments

  1. Andrea says

    LOVE your blog. LOVE. And I don’t go around telling all the bloggers that. :) Thanks for so generously sharing your creativity and talent!

  2. says

    All are great ideas! Now to go to second hand stores, and thrift stores and see if I can find some old wooden ladders. If I paint them cool teen colors then I have some great ways to help my teenage daughter organize her room while making it look great at the same time!

  3. says

    Found you on a link (forgot where) and I am your newest follower! Your posts are charming… I got lost in quite a few!! Please come by if you have time and say hello :)
    Marcy

  4. Anonymous says

    I have an idea for an outdoor ladder. A single wooden ladder could be covered on both sides with hardware wire or chicken wire, filled with dirt and a layer of moss, then hung on or leaned against a fence or wall. use it for a vertical garden, lettuces, succulents or flowers. Drip water from the top of course.

  5. Anonymous says

    I must go hunting for an old ladder at my husbands mom n dads farm they must have one in the old barn!! Loved all the ideas thanks so much for your creative charm!!

  6. says

    How do I decide???? If I had to pick I must admit I loved the one with the writing on the side of the ladder. But there are so many great ones. Thanks for sharing.

    kris

  7. says

    I was turned on to the ladder idea as a book shelf….the problem is finding them! Thank you for all the great ideas!!! I love all of them!!! Beautifully done!

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