Posted By 19 Jun 0 Comment(s) 1512 View(s) Ladders
If youâ€™ve been in the painting/decorating, window cleaning, roofing or carpentry profession for a long time â€“ or perhaps you are a long time DIY-er â€“ chances are you will either have some old ladders knocking around, or you have disposed of a fair few along the years. But have you ever thought of putting that rickety old ladder to some other good use? A quick web search will reveal all manner of ingenious ideas to save that old faithful frame from the scrapheap. Here are a few of the best. Shelving Whether for home or garden use, even the most decrepit wooden ladders can be rejuvenated and given a fresh purpose. It may not be safe to entrust your own life and limbs upon its rungs, but how about a few plant pots, some books or ornaments. Wide-runged step-ladders can be used just as they are â€“ albeit maybe with some necessary strengthening with screws, and a lick of paint to make them look pretty or fit your dÃ©cor. The latter is optional, depending on your preference. You might rather like the â€œalmost driftwoodâ€ look.. If you really want to make that old ladder earn itâ€™s keep you could attach some shelving between the rungs, thus increasing the surface area, like this one (left) Framing If you are the artistic type, or even if youâ€™re not, you may be pleasantly surprised at the visual effect which can be achieved by hanging oneâ€™s ladder upon a wallÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â . This can work brilliantly on a feature wall, or as a clever way of framing favourite pictures and knick-knacks. Again, the wood can be painted to suit your dÃ©cor, or alternatively it can be lightly sanded and treated with an oil or varnish designed for the purpose â€“ most people attempting similar projects recommend a penetrating treatment to ensure longevity. Hanging Old ladders, particularly the â€˜A-frameâ€™ type, work fabulously as a place for hanging almost anything. Be it towels in the bathroom, magazines beside the bed or newspapers in the sitting room or study, this really is a flexible and versatile storage solution. In fact, you could also have yourself a truly unique clothes airer for the laundry room. Feeling adventurous? Fashion a saucepan rack/hanger by suspending a section of ladder from the kitchen ceiling for a unique focal point and functional storage solution. If any of these ideas have inspired you, go ahead and get cracking on your â€˜upcyclingâ€™ project. Be sure to send us pictures of your creations!