Turn an Old Ladder Into Bookshelf

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Lacking enough bookshelves but loaded with ladders and trying to lessen expenses? Why not wake your artistic persona up? Let's apply the 3R's of waste management into this artistic craft. Reduce your expenses. Reuse and Recycle your old ladder by giving it a use other than stepping from it to reach high things and places.

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Ladders have a very versatile structure. You can turn this item into pretty much anything. Aside from a ladder bookshelf, you may also use them as a shoe rack, towel racks, kids clothes rack and even chandeliers! All you need to have is the creativity to execute such ideas.

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What you'll only need to do is to attach pieces of woods from the original structure, repaint or design it up and you're good to go!

If you're doing this for your kid/'s, you may want to let them be involve in doing so. Aside from having fun (arts and crafts - form of bonding), you would also want them to learn things from outside of school won't you? The greatest part is that, you as the parent is the one who's teaching them this simple things of reproducing something out of an old household items.

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Materials needed:

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    Old wooden ladder
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    Extra pieces of woods (probably the same wood used with the ladder)
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    Shelf brackets and screws
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    Sand paper
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    Wood finish or paint and paint brush
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    Saw
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    Drill, bits and screws or hammer and nail
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    Steel measure tape
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    Level
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Steps to turn a ladder into a bookshelf:

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    Prepare the ladder.
    You may first want to smooth-en it up using a sand paper (manually) or a sander. This procedure will bring up the natural look and color of the wood used in the ladder.
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    Measure the steps of the ladder.
    See to it that it will perfectly fit the original size of the ladder. You will be adding an extension for the books to stand its place with.
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    Cut the woods using a saw and smooth-en it the sides using a sand paper.
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    Place the shelf brackets onto the other side of the ladder where you will attach the extra piece of wood.
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    Attach it using a drill and screw (comes with the brackets).
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    Finally, settle in the cut pieces of woods on different sizes (height) as the ladder narrowed up starting from the bottom to the top.
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    Paint your old ladder the way you want it.
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    You have all kinds of options for creating a real work of art from your ladder.
    Make a design on it or paint it in your favorite team colors if it's for a child's room.
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    Locate the perfect area for your bookshelf.
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    Using a level, mark a spot so that you know precisely where the bookshelf will go.
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    Nail the ladder onto the wall with the hammer and nails or alternatively, use drywall screws to attach the ladder to the wall.
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    You have the option to also nail the ladder up horizontally so that it hangs on the wall the long way.
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    Step back and admire your handwork.
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Note

  • Be very certain that the ladder is securely attached to the wall prior to adding heavy books to the ladder. This is particularly true if you choose to use the horizontal method of creating the bookshelf.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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