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Ladders – Not just something to stand on! 8 Clever ideas to Upcycle


A Ladder has been used for centuries to access hard-to-reach places or to provide an extra level of safety when working at height. It comes in a variety of sizes and materials and can be used for a variety of tasks.

Today, it is an essential piece of equipment for many trades and industries and is used by millions of people around the world every day.

Thinking of throwing your old ladders? Why not recycle your it instead of throwing them away? You can use them for a number of things.

How many times have you seen a ladder on the scrap heap?  Maybe you’ve got one or two languishing in the shed.  Here are some ways you can put them to good use.

These dingy old ladders are ready for the dump, but are given a new life! Get creative and see what other ways you can upcycle an old ladder! Which of these clever ideas can you apply in your home?

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Bathroom Storage Ladder

Bathroom storage is a must for anyone who wants to keep their bathroom organized and tidy. There are many different types of bathroom storage available. Need more storage in your bathroom? 

Keep your towels and other bathroom necessities in one place with this idea.

Old ladders used as bathroom storage are a great way to keep your towels and other bathroom items organized. you can create a unique storage solution that will help to keep your bathroom looking neat and tidy by using it.


Got plenty of books but have a small room? maybe you’d just like to add a unique conversation piece to your study? Transforming one into a stylish bookshelf offers the perfect solution.

Old ladders used as bookshelves are a common sight in many homes. They are often used to store books or other items that need to be kept out of the way. It can be a great way to keep your books organized and out of the way.

Shoe Rack

Is your shoe collection filing up on the floor? Keep them organized using an old ladder.

To use an old ladder as a shoe rack, simply lean it against a wall or other sturdy surface and place your shoes on the rungs. This is a great way to declutter your home and make use of an old ladder that you may have otherwise thrown away.

Plant Stand

These are a great way of displaying your favorite plants in your garden or patio. This is a great way to add some height to your plants, and it can also give them a bit more of an industrial look.

Who would have thought that the old ladder in your trash heap is the perfect solution?

Picture Frame Holder

Looking for a way to display picture frames? Displaying it on an old ladder gives it a rustic look. Old ladders used as picture frame holders are a great way to add a unique touch to your home.

They are also a great way to display your photos and artwork in a new and interesting way.

Pot Rack

You can never have too much storage in the kitchen. Why not hang your pots in this unique and inexpensive pot rack.

An old ladder used as a hanging pot rack is a great way to add some extra storage to your kitchen. This is a great way to free up some space on your countertops or in your cabinets.

It is also a great way to organize your pots and pans and keep them within easy reach and a great way to add some character to your kitchen.

Drying Rack

Do you need a drying rack in your laundry? Why spend money on buying one when you have this clever solution.

An old ladder that is used as a laundry dry rack. It’s really old and kind of rickety, but it does the job. It’s sturdy and has plenty of space to hang clothes. Plus, it’s a great way to add a bit of rustic charm to your laundry room.

Night Stand

Buying a new nightstand can be expensive. This clever solution gives you a stylish nightstand and won’t break the bank 🙂

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