DIY Decorative Ladder Tutorial
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A decorative ladder is a useful and unexpected way to introduce height and create balance in a small space. With its clean lines and minimalist design, this simplistic ladder functions as both storage and decor, and is perfect for areas where you want to add height but don’t want chunky furniture cluttering the space.
Because the wood ladder is made from pine dowel moulding, it is lightweight and mobile, meaning you can move it around to the different corners your home as needed. For now, I’ll be using the display ladder as a magazine rack, but during the cooler months, I can imagine it will also provide a handy place next to the couch to hang blankets and throws.
To make this dowel ladder you will need a drill, but to save time (and if you do not have an electric saw like me) you can ask the hardware store to pre-cut the wood dowel for you. All in all, this project came in at around $40 for the dowel and other materials, which is considerably cheaper than buying brand new. Say ‘woo hoo’ to affordable décor and doing it yourself!
What I really love about DIY is being able to customise a piece of furniture to fit your style and space. Having the option to choose details like size and colour can make all the difference when decorating your home. For a point of difference, and to work with my existing colour scheme, I chose a charcoal grey with hints of reddish-brown. Even though it is still a neutral colour, it’s also noticeably warmer than a standard black and a great way to add personality into the room.
The materials you will need to make this DIY dowel ladder are:
- Two lengths of pine dowel moulding measuring 20mm x 1.8m for the side rails
- One length of pine dowel moulding measuring 10mm x 1.8mm for the rungs, cut into four lengths of 450mm
- Tape measure
- 10mm spade bit
- Wood glue
- Paint roller
- Paint brush
- Clear polyurethane
“What I really love about DIY is being able to customise a piece of furniture to fit your style and space.”
Now you’re ready to find a spot for your new display ladder and decorate with plants, throws, towels, books, magazines – the options are endless!
I’d love to hear your comments about this DIY project and any other ideas + inspiration you might have!
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