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21 Awesome Ways To Repurpose That Old Ladder You Never Use Anymore

OCTOBER 3, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for design42day.com, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

When it comes to cleaning up the junk in our garages or basements, one thing tends to make the process a little less tedious -- taking trash and making a treasure once more. Throwing something away is so...final.

So, if you've got an old ladder that's just taking up space, there are tons of ways to make it new and, more importantly, useful again. The fact that all of these projects look pretty is a nice plus, too!

1. Turn a plain old ladder into a cute canopy...because everyone deserves the royal treatment come bedtime.

2. If you're running low on closet space, whip up this cute wardrobe.

3. This blanket ladder is super simple, but so useful!

4. Add some hanging baskets to a ladder and WHAM -- you've got extra storage.

5. Or just turn the whole thing into a shelf for storage.

6. You can also get a little fancier with this concept.

7. If there was a beauty pageant for laundry racks, this one would win.

8. Give your jewelry a cute, new, vintage home.

9. This painter's ladder turned bath shelf is absolutely adorable.

10. Hanging lanterns will make any outdoor space magical.

11. Or, you could do your best to imitate this work of art, but this beautiful installation is probably better left to the pros.

12. Use a ladder to store all the shoes you used to just kick off any old place.

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13. Upcycle an old, rickety one and turn it into this beautiful blue planter.

14. This wraparound bookshelf will tie any room together.

15. Mount the top part to your wall for a cool floating piece.

16. A nod to the same great idea.

17. Take a tiny ladder (or make one out of small branches) and use it as a picture frame.

18. Your pots and pans will love their new ladder home.

19. Or, you could chop one up and hang your pots and pans from it.

20. This advent calendar is so very crafty and festive.

21. While we're feeling festive, anyone want to give this avant-garde Christmas tree a try?

These are all so wonderful! I'd put ladders at the same caliber as mason jars when it comes to how useful yet stylish they can be in your home. Even if you don't have one knocking around, there are plenty at antique stores and the like just waiting for you to come rescue them.