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Repurposed Ladder Into Shelf

6 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

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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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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  • Dennie
    on Mar 3, 2017

    What exactly is hardware cloth, and where do I find it? I love this and want to mount one on my shed door for quick access to garden gadgets.

  • Greg
    on Nov 6, 2017

    I use hardware cloth in everyday work in my business and I personally would not store materials of fabric in the shelving. The hardware cloth will snag the fabric. By using maybe a repurposed ladder rung as a shelf retaining device or excess length of the ladder? Cutting it so that you can place the rustic side out.

    • Psw324798
      on Jun 23, 2018

      Norma Jean - She also stapled the wire mesh in the video - so the copper tacks are decorative only. The wire mesh looks like it will actually minimize items shifting (& contain small items) when you open and close the door. I love the look and practicality of the copper painted mesh. She did a great job!

  • Crafty girl
    on Jun 17, 2018

    Have an old barn ladder similar to this,you said you can get on Amazon?I'm thinking about storing DVDs or CDs that I still have but would need a few.Great idea for a small space that needs like a bathroom but would have to seal it because of shower steam.

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  • Susan Gotimer
    on Jun 23, 2018

    I would love to try this project. I have a very mischievous cat and I think that this could work!! Thanks💖

  • Kathleen Dowling
    on Jul 5, 2018

    Awesome idea....can literally use this anywhere in your home.Thanks for the great idea!Keep them coming.

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