Build a vintage ladder wardrobe
Bring a new approach to organisation
Ladders sitting in the garage are only good for collecting dust. Give yours a new purpose with a vintage DIY ladder shelf! Organisation has never been cooler!
WHAT YOU NEED
- A construction adhesive (e.g UniBond One For All)
- A ladder (wood or aluminium)
- Wooden angle shelf brackets (you will need a bracket every 40 cm)
Tape measure, Paint tray, Cartridge gun, Brush, Spirit level, Masking tape, Pencil, Cloth
Get the Materials
You will need a construction adhesive (e.g Unibond One For All), a ladder (either wood or aluminium), 4 wooden angle shelf brackets (this will depend on the length of your ladder - you will need a bracket every 40cm), spirit level, pencil, tape measure, paint, paint tray, brush, masking tape, cartridge gun and a cloth. Note: The length of the shelf brackets should be approximately the same as the width of the ladder - make sure that it is not smaller than the width of the ladder.
Preparation of the wall
Please ensure that the wall you will be sticking the ladder to is rigid enough, free of dust, grease and any other loose materials. Have you chosen your color yet?
Paint the ladder and the brackets
With the brush and the tray, paint the ladder and the brackets. Make sure to leave the back side of the brackets without paint, as well as the side of the ladder that will be glued to the wall. In order to avoid any paint mishaps, apply masking tape as necessary. Allow the ladder to dry for 24 hours.
Mark the position of the ladder
Place the ladder on the wall, using a spirit level to make sure it is perfectly horizontal. Mark the final position of the ladder once you've found the best fitting location!
Mark the position of the brackets
Keeping the position of the ladder in mind, mark the position of the brackets, making sure to use a bracket for every second step. Use a spirit level to make sure it is perfectly horizontal.
Glue the brackets
Apply construction adhesive (e.g Unibond One For All) on the vertical side of the brackets and stick them on to the wall you have marked. Press firmly and twist slightly for full adhesion. Leave the brackets to dry for 24 hours as it all comes together!
Glue the ladder
Apply construction adhesive (e.g Unibond One For All) to the top of the wooden brackets, then apply construction adhesive to the back of the ladder. Slowly place the ladder against the wall, onto the brackets to which you have applied adhesive.
Place the ladder
Slowly place the ladder against the wall, onto the brackets which you have applied adhesive.
Let it dry
Leave to dry for 24 hours before hanging any clothes. Make sure not to place very heavy items on the ladder, as we want it to last as long as possible. Consider adding light-weight decoratives as a key holderl