6 ways to use ladders in your apartment

Ladders have everything I wish for: simplicity, function, form, and beauty.

The first time I got one was five years ago, me and Alberto had just moved to Shanghai and found the perfect minimalist studio apartment to move in (and by minimalist I mean that it came with basically zero furniture).

I had recently discovered the Shanghai Mu Lan Antiques which was a gigantic warehouse filled with any type of Asian antique and random weird stuff. Chairs, chests, tables were stacked into sky-high piles, there was a good 2cm of dust on top of everything, and you had to walk through some very claustrophobic passages to move around. It was indeed a unique experience!

Despite my poor Chinese, I scored a chest, a massive wooden coffee table and my beloved bamboo ladder for a ridiculous price.
Ever since, the ladder has been moving apartments with us, and one day might move to Europe too!

There are so many ways to use ladders in your home. They're great for making unusual cloth hangers, plant racks and shelves, and they're also cost effective!

6 Ways to use ladders


Use your ladder to stack up plant pots and create a peaceful green corner in your apartment. This is a good alternative solution in case you don't have any outdoors space.

Source: The Merry Thought


Create some extra shelving space in the kitchen. 

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6 Ways to use ladders
6 Ways to use ladders


A way to store and display your magazines and office supplies

Source: Vosgesparis

6 Ways to use ladders


Forget the towel rack and go creative! It is perfect not only for the bathroom but for the kitchen as well. That's how I use mine.  

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Keep your blankets organised and easy to reach on chilly autumn afternoons.

Source: Inuk Home

6 Ways to use ladders
6 Ways to use ladders


Wrap it up with string lights! It works perfectly for both indoors and outdoors.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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comments (16)

August 17, 2017 Reply

AWEESOME!!! I will definietly use it in my room maybe as a bookshelf.
you're welcome on mine ----->

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 17, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Caroline! I'm glad you enjoyed my post! 🎉

Rubi Mancilla
August 17, 2017 Reply

I love the look of decorating with ladders, I'm just still on the hunt for an affordable one. I have a leaning bookshelf but it doesn't give the same effect as a ladder

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 17, 2017 Reply

    Hi Rubi! You could get a cheap one at your local hardware store and then paint it to match your room's palette.

Courtney Blacher
August 17, 2017 Reply

How creative these ideas are! I could totally use some of them!

August 18, 2017 Reply

Absolutely brilliant. Using ladders in kitchen setup. That was genius

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 18, 2017 Reply

    Thank you! 🙌🏻 🙌🏻 🙌🏻

August 18, 2017 Reply

I love all these super cute ideas of how to use ladders to decorate in the home !! My fave idea is the adorable plant stand! It's so cute!!

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 18, 2017 Reply

    I know, right? That's my favorite one too!

Helene Choo
August 18, 2017 Reply

Wow, this is awesome! I'd never thought of using ladders in these ways! I guess I'm so clumsy, I would just be scared of knocking it over all the time:P But these look fantastic, thanks for sharing all these ideas:)

August 18, 2017 Reply

Love this post, definitely gonna have to get a ladder for our next flat :)

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 26, 2017 Reply


Saint Facetious
August 18, 2017 Reply

I love decorative ladders. There's something nice about the look. I've got a step ladder that I keep with plants, but not too many so I can still move it and use it as a ladder.

Venus Fitness-Shannon
August 18, 2017 Reply

My fiancé just made our daughter a beautiful blanket ladder for her birthday. Stylish and we didn't even know it. ;)

August 20, 2017 Reply

I am in love with this post. I have a small apartment and I love to find way to display thing with saving space.

August 29, 2017 Reply

Such a great idea Valentina!! Wish I could get all these letters, plus the spaces in your photo! Great inspiration, loved it!! I realise I don't have any leader yet.... will look for it next time at the flea market. And let's see if your leader makes it to Barcelona one day ;-)

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