Decorating With Ladders Both Inside And Out

There is something about an old ladder or step stool that makes it just perfect for a decorating accessory.  Whether it is weathered wood or metal, most likely it will be full of character.  Plus, all of the rungs offer all kinds of design possibilities. Decorating with ladders is an easy way to incorporate some rustic style into your home.

Decorating With Ladders Ideas

Ladder For Shoe Storage

I have used an old metal ladder purely for decorative use, with it’s simple styling, to fill a wall space.  However, I like it best for storing shoes in our small urban loft space.

decorating with ladders - small space shoe storage

Step Ladder Storage Shelves


I have also used an old painters step ladder as a handy stool with storage shelves in our previous master bathroom.

decorating with ladders - bathroom storage shelves


Here are some other ideas I found for decorating with ladders.

Ladder Plant Stand

decorating with ladders - plant stand

A small step ladder also works great as a decorative plant stand.

Ladder Drying Rack

laundry room drying rack

I have to pull my drying rack out every time I need to use it.  This idea by The DIY Village for using a ladder attached to the ceiling is an awesome idea!

Bed Canopy Using A Ladder

decorating with ladders - bed canopy


A bed canopy is a unique idea that can easily be pulled off with an old ladder.  Chipping With Charm shows just how to do it!

Ladder Birdbath Base

ladder birdbath

For some whimsical outdoor decorating, a ladder makes a nice base for a homemade birdbath like this one by Our Fairfield Home and Garden.

Ladder Birdhouse Bases

I also love these adorable birdhouse stands.

decorating with ladders - birdhouse stands

Ladder Beam


This next idea is really unique.

decorating with ladders - ladder archway beam



An archway is given a lot of decorative interest with an old and shabby ladder.  It also serves to hold other decorative items very nicely!

Ladder Wall Display

decorating with ladders - wall display


Simply hang a small step ladder on a wall to use as a display shelf like this colorful idea by The Inspired Room.

Ladder Chandelier


decorating with ladders - patio chandelier


And finally, this Pottery Barn inspired patio ladder chandelier is such a stylish way to use a ladder!

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Creating rustic styling on a budget by giving new life to old things and using the beauty that is already found in nature. Read more about me.
  1. Thank you Carol, Jeanne and Michelle!

  2. I only have one ladder in my home and I use it to hold antique linens, some that were made by my grandmother. I love the ladder used for the lighting by Pottery Barn, but that’s not surprising I love everything Pottery Barn does!


  3. awesome!

  4. I absolutely love what you have done with
    ladders and stools. Such great ideas. Thanks
    for sharing.

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