If like many homeowners, you find that you have an old, un-used step ladder laying around the house, maybe one of the rungs have become damaged and is now tucked away in the attic or garage, you don’t have to just leave it there to gather dust!
There are many innovative and creative ways that you can repurpose an old stepladder to have more conventional uses around the home that means you can keep it around, despite not being able to use it in the traditional way.
Interested to find out how? Read on to learn some nifty ideas for upcycling your old step ladder in the home.
The first creative way that you can upcycle your old step ladder is to use it as a place to keep your young or established plants and flowers. There are only so many windowsills and cabinets where you can place your pots, so why not create a quirky new space to place them? A great thing about step ladders is that they’re usually quite small and compact so can be placed nearly anywhere in any room! So, if your bathroom, kitchen or bedroom is crying out for a splash of nature, grab your old step ladder and a new plant and away you go.
If you have a larger step ladder, a fantastic way that you can upcycle it is by using it as a rack. This could be for towels in your bathroom, blankets in the living room, or magazines in an office, the possibilities stretch far and wide depending on your imagination. Space may be a little trickier to occupy compared to a smaller ladder used for plant space, but all in all, you shouldn’t encounter too many issues.
Just because your step ladder is manufactured to stand up in a particular way doesn’t mean that’s the way you have to use it when looking to upcycle it. By deconstructing your ladder to have the two sides separated, you open up a world of endless possibilities. One of the options you have here is to secure one of the sides to your kitchen wall and hang all of your pots off of it. This works particularly well if the ladder has an older, more rustic appearance that complements both traditional and more contemporary interior designs. A few chains and hooks added here and there will create a unique and stylish storage option for your pots and pans.
Similar to the pots option above, by taking apart your step ladder and using one of the sides, you can secure it above head within a utility or backroom to act as a space to hang your laundry. Not only will this add a new and edgy feature to your home but you can save floor space by removing and clothes airers that you have laying around – perfect!
Let it Stand
A more conventional way to upcycle an old step ladder for your home is to simply let it stand as is and use it for just that, a stand. With a fresh coat of paint to match a room’s décor, you can turn your old, rusted step ladder into an attractive bed stand that can hold your essentials such as a lamp, some books and your phone! Just be sure to run a quick weight test so it doesn’t topple over as soon as you put things down.
And there you have it, a few modern ideas for upcycling an old step ladder for your home. Of course, you don’t always have to use an old step ladder to add these ideas to your home. There are several online retailers and specialists that supply high-quality step ladders for you to us in any way that you want!