Creative Storage in Dead Space Behind Door

Whimsy and Wood
by Whimsy and Wood
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My New Year's Weekend get organized project. One of my business resolutions was to create an attractive, and useful work space for my home business'. I have a Dispatch Service & DIY BLOG business. I was plagued by the wasted space on this giant wall behind our door.
I first asked my FB friends for advice on this wasted space & most agreed that I should hang nothing & that it was dead space. Then I got a private message from a friend that thought, just maybe I could hang a rung ladder with storage there. Instant excitement!
I already had JUST THE LADDER! I had bought this chippy, old ladder from a facebook auction for $15. Then I had to explain to my husband that I did not know what I was going to do with it, but that I definitely needed it!
My friends suggestion was actually solving 2 problems! This round tray did not spin, and took up a large space on my desk.
I used a metal drill bit & made holes in this Ikea planter that I had on hand. I then found some random ribbon that I purchased to have enough on an online order to qualify for free shipping;) I tied knots inside the tin planter.
I used a few cup hooks that we also had on hand and hung the baskets with supplies from the bottom of the rungs.
As the steps graduated in size, I hung different amounts of buckets.
As shown, you will need to anchor it to the wall. There are various pipe straps, and anchoring hardware pieces that you can pick up at most hardware stores. **Since writing this post we have actually opened the ladder up & have it in another area. The top shelf now holds a few books & a few trays were added across the bottom to act as a shelf on the bottom rungs.
Suggested materials:
  • WOODEN LADDER   (craigslist)
  • Pails   (Ikea)
  • Ribbon   (on hand)
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  • Sherryholmes69 Sherryholmes69 on Jan 05, 2016
    Super idea! Can you take the back support off the ladder and do the same with it elsewhere in the room for more storage?
  • Jcw Jcw on Jan 05, 2016
    Do you have any problems with the ladder or buckets touching and marring the wall?
  • Dick Linda Nitz Dick Linda Nitz on Jan 06, 2017
    What is a pipe strut?
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