Repurposed Ladder Into Shelf

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I had this old ladder sitting around and thought I would repurpose it somehow. Now ladders can be used for loads of things, but I thought I would make a back-of-the-door storage unit this time around. This shelf is quick and easy and makes for a great catch all! Adding a bit of hardware cloth to the ladder makes this shelf a quick and easy project, too!


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Time: 1 HoursCost: $10Difficulty: Easy
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  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 1: Paint your brackets (if you wish) before getting started. Then screw them into the bottom of the top rung of the ladder.







  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 2: Place your shelf where you want to hang it, making sure it is level and drill pilot holes into the door or wall you are wishing to hang it on. Then screw through the brackets and into the pilot holes securing it in place.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 3: Take a step back and make sure that the shelf is centered and level.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 4: Take your hardware cloth and hold it over one of the spaces on the ladder. Cut the cloth so that is the height you are looking for plus 3/4" or so to fold over on the bottom. Cut the width so that there is an extra 3/4" on either side of the ladder. Basically you are cutting the cloth so that it has extra on the sides and the bottom for a future step.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 5: If you wish, you can paint the cloth to match the brackets at this time.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 6: Once the paint has dried, place the cloth against the rung of the ladder and fold over the bottom so that the edge is nice and smooth and also in a straight line. I folded mine over 3 squares of the grid all the way across.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 7: Fold the sides around the ladder creating a 90° corner making sure the bottom is lined up with the rung.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 8: Grab your staple gun and secure the hardware cloth in place on the sides by stapling it into the wood.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 9: You can just staple the front of the hardware cloth into the rung of the ladder, but I had some copper tacks on hand and thought I would use them to add a nice touch. Simply secure them in place with a mallet.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






STEP 10: Fill your shelves with the items of your choice!






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






Look at all that new storage space! I love how rustic this looks in my home. The ladder totally makes this unique from other shelves. I might buy another one from Amazon, because I love it so much.






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






You could use a piece of wood in the front of the shelf, but the hardware cloth really helps hold tiny items in place...






  • repurposed ladder into shelf, shelving ideas






This thing has a lot going for it! It's repurposed, it is a storage solution, AND it looks pretty great and can be used as decor too!

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