DIY Ladder Bookshelves - Everybody Repurpose Tonight!

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Sep 13, 2009
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I'm crazy about repurposing right now. If you're not familiar with the term, repurposing is the practice of reusing an old item in a totally different way than it was intended. Repurposing is the cool older cousin of "re-use" of the old adage, "reduce, re-use, recycle." It's an opportunity to use your creativity and ingenuity to create custom home solutions out of free stuff.

Networx's mod-style guru Harriette Halepis writes about repurposing old ladders in a freshly posted article on book storage ideas. She suggests standing a ladder up vertically or against a wall and using the ladder's steps as shelves. I've seen a few other ways to repurpose old ladders as shelving units. Check out a few ideas:

  • Open up a ladder and place planks on its steps
  • Balance planks between two ladders to create a huge storage unit
  • Mount a ladder horizontally on a wall to create a nice long bookshelf
  • Disassemble an old wooden ladder and use its parts to build a rustic-chic shelving unit.

Never underestimate the decorating muscle of small step ladders. Repurpose a small step ladders as a garden stools, or as extra seating when a few too many guests show up to your DIY cocktail party. You can whip up a repurposed DIY coffee table from a couple of small step ladders and your table top of choice.

Got more ladder repurposing ideas? Leave a comment and share with the community.

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