Laundry Room Ladder Drying Rack

5 Ways To Repurpose a Ladder

Have you ever looked through a decorating magazine and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “How simple is that?”

The Restore at Halifax Habitat for Humanity is the perfect place to gather good ideas for redecorating your home and save money too. A very clever and popular method is to repurpose an old household item. One example of a versatile and useful item is a common wooden ladder.

Here are 5 ways to add new life to an old ladder.

A Laundry Room Drying Rack

HGTV.com suggests using Rebecca Kuenzi’s method of using the ladder in the laundry room. Too many times, people will hang their clothes all over the place including draping them over the recliner in the living room. In a few simple steps, you can make a handy helper for drying laundry.

  • With your “new” old ladder, saw it in half or two-thirds to make it shorter and fit the space.
  • Next, lay the ladder down flat and screw four hooks into the top of the four corners facing the ceiling.
  • Using chains, hang the ladder from the ceiling so that it is parallel to the ceiling.
  • Then hang shower curtain hooks from the rungs of the ladder and hang your clothes on them for drying.

Voila! Now you have a useful and out-of-the-way place to hang your clothes.

Laundry Room Ladder Drying Rack

Laundry Rack Photo from HGTV DIY home projects.

What you may find at the local Habitat ReStore: Ladder, hooks, paint.

Kitchen Pots & Pan Storage

Home remodeling specialist Bob Vila says to bring your old ladder to the kitchen. In your kitchen using the same method, hang the ladder from the ceiling and use it for storing pots.

Kitchen Pot Rack

Kitchen Rack Photo from BobVila.com

What you may find at the local Habitat ReStore: Pots and Pans, Utensils, Ladder, Chains.

Bathroom Towel Rack

The folks at Real Simple make storing towels really simple with an old ladder.

Bathroom Towel Rack using Ladder

Bathroom Towel Rack photo by Real Simple

What you may find at the local Habitat ReStore: Ladder, Towels.

Quilt Display

A great deal of time and love goes into making a quilt. A Beautiful Mess, a woman’s lifestyle company, suggests creating a lovely, sturdy display using an old ladder.

Quilt Rack

Quilt Rack Photo from A Beautiful Mess.

What you may find at the local Habitat ReStore: Quilts, Bed Spreads, Ladder.

Shoe Rack

Do you have more shoes than space in your closet? The team at Homedit.com has an answer for your troubles.  Lean a ladder next to the wall and hang your shoes (and other items) on the ladder steps.

Shoe Rack

Shoe Rack Photo from Homedit.com

What you may find at the local Habitat ReStore: Shoes, Purses, Scarves, Ladder, Jewelry.

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