I’ve said it before I’m sure, but repurposing projects really are my favorite, especially repurposing projects that make farmhouse styled items. I’ve found a collection of wonderful ways for you to repurpose old ladders that will bring a bit of farmhouse style into your home or garden. If you have an old wooden ladder, you’re halfway there. If you don’t, you can get broken down old ladders at junk stores and flea markets all day long and they won’t cost you much at all.
Farmhouse style is my favorite. It’s just so welcoming and warm and all of these projects are sure to give you rustic pieces that you will be proud to display. From bookshelves and chandeliers to porch decor and even a great pot rack for the kitchen, there are so many ways to repurpose wooden ladders into great decor. Plus, those old wooden ladders instantly give you a rustic country feel so you can get great farmhouse style from any project on this list. If you really love farmhouse decor, you have to check out these 55 farmhouse furniture and décor projects.
If you really love the rustic look, you’re going to adore these projects. Who knew you could do so many things with an old ladder? Honestly, that’s something that I would have thought was useless once broken, especially if the steps or rungs were missing, but you don’t have to throw that ladder out. you can make wonderful things with it that will instantly decorate your home or make a wonderful gift for someone special. If you love rustic décor, you are sure to find a way in this list to repurpose that old ladder. Also, if you really love rustic décor, be sure to grab a few ideas from these 40 rustic home ideas you can build yourself.
I’m so excited to show you these projects. I can’t wait to hear which ones you try. All of them are really easy and give you something that you need whether it’s organization, décor, or just extra storage space. If you’re into repurposing and want some wonderfully unique items to give your home farmhouse charm, this is definitely the collection for you.
21. Laundry Room Drying Rack
22. DIY Ladder Mini Closet
Repurpose that old ladder into a mini closet – this is a particularly good project for those who don’t have a closet in their bedrooms or perhaps have a really small closet and just need more space. Just secure the ladder to the wall and it makes an instant closet with spaces to hang clothes and a neat shelf on top for storing shoes and other items as needed.
23. Easy Mud Room Storage
If you have a mud room or just a space near the backdoor, you can add this great ladder turned storage to give you somewhere to hang up jackets and keep muddy shoes and boots off the floor. Old painters’ ladders look great hanging up in a farmhouse mudroom and they’re easy to hang and offer tons of storage possibilities.
24. Rustic Country Nightstand
I love the simplicity of using an old step ladder as a bedside table. This is a great way to bring some rustic farmhouse charm into your home and the step ladder is the perfect height to work with most beds. You can even add boards across the steps if you need extra storage – these shelves will give you enough room for everything you need at your bedside.
25. DIY Pottery Barn Copy- Ladder Lantern Hanger
I love the ladder lantern hanger from Pottery Barn but I certainly don’t love the price. You can make that yourself from an old wooden ladder and a few mason jars – you know how much I love mason jar projects! This would be a gorgeous lighting solution for your front or back porch or a patio deck. The mason jars could hold clear lights or you could turn them into tealight candle holders if you prefer a more natural light.
26. Easy Necklace And Bracelet Storage
That old ladder would look great on your bedroom wall holding all of your favorite jewelry pieces. Necklaces, bracelets, and even scarves will hang perfectly from the rungs and give you loads of storage – plus it keeps chains from being tangled. This is perfect for a teens’ room if you have a teenager with lots of jewelry to store.
27. Over The Toilet Storage Shelf
I love this old ladder turned into storage for over the toilet. It’s a great rustic look and gives you so much storage space for towels or toilet paper – or you could add wicker baskets to hold so many things. The entire look is wonderful and you can easily recreate it with an old wooden ladder and some boards to create wide shelving.
28. Gorgeous DIY Photo Display
An old ladder makes a wonderful photo display. You’ve probably seen those ladder shaped picture frames from Hobby Lobby or other higher end stores that cost around $50 each. You can make your own with an old wooden ladder and a bit of time. You’ll need to decide if you want your ladder painted or stained and then just stand it against the wall or hang it up and add your pictures.
29. Rustic Ladder Plate Rack
What better way to display your collectible plates than with this rustic ladder plate rack? If you want to add farmhouse appeal to your kitchen or dining room, this is the perfect way. You can make this yourself from an old step ladder or pick this one up on Etsy. It’s got hangers already attached and a beautiful black metal rail to keep plates firmly in place.
30. Old Ladder Picture Hanger
gs. This is a lovely idea and gives the whole room such a wonderful rustic country look. Laminate your pictures before you hang them to protect them from dust and damage.
31. Indoor/Outdoor Plant Display
Whether you want to keep your plants on the porch or in the house, an old ladder and a couple of spare boards will create a beautiful display for them. Just line up the boards through the ladder steps and then fill your old ladder with beautiful blooms and greenery. This is a stunning sun room or porch display and keeps all your plants together for easier watering.
32. DIY Ladder Pot Rack
I have to admit, a pot rack is my favorite kitchen accessory and I love the idea of creating one with an old rustic ladder. You can easily hang the ladder from the ceiling and then just hook your pots and pans up with S hooks. This is a wonderfully easy project, and imagine how much room you’ll have in the cabinets when you hang those pots and pans from the ceiling!
33. Ladder Quilt Rack
I love my quilt rack – it gives the home such a wonderfully warm and welcoming feeling to have vintage quilts on display. If you don’t have a quilt rack, you can easily make one with an old step ladder. Just lean it up against the wall and hang your quilts from the rungs. If you have a double sided ladder, you can separate it and have a quilt rack for two different rooms!
34. Country Wedding Décor
If you’re planning a wedding, particularly a country wedding, a ladder will come in really handy. Just hang up your ladder and use it to hang mason jars filled with flowers or candles. You could also stand the ladder up and sit the jars on it. Decorate it with burlap and sheer or tulle and you’ve got a beautiful wedding decoration that costs ten times less than what a florist will charge.
35. DIY Shoe Storage
That old ladder is perfect for creating some extra shoe storage. If you own a ton of shoes – don’t we all? – then you can just stand your ladder up against the wall, or hang it if you like, and use the rungs to hold those heels perfectly in place. Tennis shoes and flats won’t really stick as well, but you could incorporate shelving on top or between the steps for shoes that don’t have a heel.
36. Repurposed Step Ladder Side Table
This little step ladder side table is gorgeous and it doesn’t require a lot of work. If you don’t want to do anything but clean it up, that’s fine. It looks much more rustic if you don’t paint or stain it and if it has a few paint splatters, that’s even better. Just wipe it down and sit it right there beside the sofa for a great farmhouse side table that even has storage on the steps.
37. Repurposed Ladder Stocking Holder
I love the idea of using an old ladder to hold stockings. If you don’t have a mantel to hang your stockings from, this is the next best thing. Just stand the ladder up and add hooks to hold your stockings. Plus, you can decorate it with evergreen twigs, clear lights, and any number of other things to make it extra festive.
38. Upcycled Old Ladder Into Storage
With just a few wire baskets and some other supplies, you can create this great storage shelf from an old ladder that gives you loads of room for so many things. This would be a great catchall for the bedroom – just drop your keys and other items into the baskets so you always know where they are. Or use the baskets to store anything from bathroom essentials to toys for the kids.
39. Rustic Ladder Porch Décor
I love dressing up my front porch with rustic décor and this ladder is perfect. If you want to add some farmhouse style to the porch, this is a great choice. It’s lit with clear lights and even has berry garland and other wonderfully country looking embellishments. You can get this one on Etsy and it’s good for indoors or out – so hang it in the living room if you prefer or stand it up on the porch.
40. DIY Ladder Towel Holder
This repurposing idea is probably my favorite. Turning an old ladder into additional towel storage is genius and it gives the bathroom such a wonderful rustic look. You just stand the ladder up against the wall, leaning out just a bit to keep it in place, and then hang your towels from the rungs. This is perfect for next to the bathtub or shower to keep extra towels on hand and it gives off such a great decorative vibe, too.