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How To Make A Budget DIY Rustic Wooden Ladder Home Decor

Looking for ways to add rustic charm to your home decor? How about adding wooden ladder decor? See this easy, budget-friendly DIY Ladder Tutorial plus ways to decorate with a wooden ladder your home. You only need a few supplies and minimal tools to make this rustic ladder.

Don’t stop reading if you’re not crafty. I encourage you to check out all the creative ways to decorate with a rustic ladder.

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How Can You Use A Rustic Ladder In Your Home?

I decided that a Rustic Ladder was just the thing needed to hang plants and baskets in the Greenhouse. Since I didn’t want to take my vintage ladder out of the Farmhouse, I decided we should build one for the she-shed.

There are many fun ways to use a rustic ladder in your home. If you don’t have a real vintage ladder, using this easy rustic ladder tutorial will help you create the vintage feel you desire without the expense.

Here is the vintage ladder beside the desk in our living area.

The ladder provides visual interest to the otherwise blank wall and, in addition, provides a place to hang notes and inspiration at my desk.

This Fall Home Tour includes many ways to use vintage pieces in your home.

Wood Ladder Decor

The vintage wooden ladder decor is used to hold many decorative items. It is perfect for a seasonal wreath, artwork, garlands, and more.

Vintage ladder with wreath and artwork for wooden ladder decor.

DIY Ladder Chandelier

You can use a ladder to make a unique chandelier, as you can see below. I’ve seen various designs. However, this one, by Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home, is a favorite.

Leslie at My 100 New Old Home used a Ladder to make a unique Chandelier for her Waco Remodel.

Create a DIY Ladder Blanket Holder

Another great idea is to build a DIY Ladder Blanket Holder. You can use rustic ladders to display vintage quilts and blankets.

It’s also handy to have throw blankets at your fingertips. See this cute and rustic display, which keeps your throw blankets within easy reach.

DIY Ladder Blanket Holder for decorative home decor
Photo credit – Pinterest

Rustic Ladder Display

Here is another cute way to use a rustic ladder to hang your many décor items for display.

Rustic Ladder for DIY ladder blanket and decor holder
Photo Credit: Nested Sanctuary Instagram

Holiday Decorating with Rustic Ladders

Dressing your rustic ladder up for the holidays is just another way to use a fun ladder in your home décor.

shades of blue interiors | farmhouse holiday living room tour

How To Make Your Own Wooden Ladder Decor

Rustic Vintage ladders can be rather expensive, and you can make a rustic ladder for a fraction of the cost. I promise you will not see very little difference once you display your ladder.

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Gather your Supplies

First, you need to determine the length and width of your ladder. Because this ladder was going to be used for a specific purpose in the greenhouse, it’s a little wider than I’d recommend for other uses.

The overall dimensions of this ladder are 8′ x 2′. Which required two – 8 ft long 1 x 3-inch Spruce Pine Boards for the side rails.

Materials To Make A DIY Ladder for Wooden Ladder Decor.
2 – 3x1x8 – Spruce Boards
3 – 1x1x6 dowel or closet rods
Wood Glue

In addition, three – 1 x 1 x 6 dowel rods will allow for seven rungs that will be 2 feet wide each. The only other supplies needed are wood glue, stain, and paint, depending on the look you prefer for your rustic ladder.

Measure For The Dowel Rod Spacing

Next, measure the spacing for the dowel rods using a tape measure or yard stick.

For this project, the rods were placed 2 feet apart. After carefully measuring the distance, clamp both pine boards together and drill a 1-inch hole through both boards using a cordless drill and a 1″ drill bit.

Because this was a rustic, primitive ladder, we allowed the hole to go completely through the side rails. As a result, the ladder has a primitive pegged appearance.

However, if you prefer a less rustic feel, you should drill the hole without allowing the drill bit to go completely through the wood. In addition, you will need to prepare each side rail separately for this application.

Note: You may also prefer to use a thicker side rail because drilling a shallow hole within a 1″ board is difficult.

Cut Ladder Rungs From Dowel Rods

For the next step, measure and mark your dowel rods. Then, using a miter saw, cut each rod to the same size to ensure that the ladder will be equal in width from top to bottom. Once again, we chose to make the ladder 2 feet wide. Therefore, the rods were cut at precisely 2′ each.

use miter saw to cut dowl rods

Attach the rods to complete the DIY Ladder

For the final step, apply a small amount of wood glue to the inside of each drilled hole before adding the dowel rods. This will ensure that the rods don’t slip from the side rails.

Then, using a rubber mallet, the dowel rods were gently hammered into the side rails. Once the first side is completed, attach the second side rail by lining up all the dowels with the holes before hammering them into place.

Attach Dowel rods to rustic ladder

Ta-Da – An Easy Rustic Ladder

Once you allow the glue to set, your ladder is ready to use for decorative purposes only.

Warning: The materials used to construct this ladder are not intended for anything other than decorative use. If you want a functioning ladder that you can step up on, you would need to use hardwoods and should consult another tutorial.

Wooden Ladder for home decor

Optional Step – Stain or Paint your DIY Ladder

Finally, you can leave your ladder natural or apply a stain or paint, depending on your preferred look. Because I wanted the ladder to add some character to the greenhouse, I didn’t want it to disappear once installed. Therefore, I chose an easy-to-use gel stain for quick application, and it was easy to dry.

Because the wood used is very ruff in texture, applying the stain using a chip brush was the best option. Once the surface is covered, use a dry cloth to wipe off any excess stain.

You can choose to seal the stain or leave it as is. For a more rustic, primitive look, we decide to leave the finish unvarnished.

Wooden Ladder Decor

Add Rustic Ladder to Greenhouse or She-Shed

Next, it was time to install the ladder and add a few baskets and ferns. As the weather becomes colder, all my ferns will find a spot on this handy ladder.

You can see all the details about the DIY Greenhouse here. In addition, it includes how to get your t-shirt to look like this. LOL

This project only cost $23.00; the ladder is perfect for the greenhouse. Also, I love using these S hooks to hang the various baskets, which are so handy. They allow for hanging almost anything and can be easily moved and adjusted compared to hooks permanently attached to surfaces.

Rustic Ladder in Greenhouse/she shed

The space above the DIY potting table already looks so much cozier.

Wooden Ladder Decor in she shed and greenhouse with fall basket arrangement.

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Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Such a great idea. It looks beautiful in your greenhouse.


Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Renae, Thank you.

Tanya Derrey

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

This is a really neat project I have always wanted to make one! Thank you for the directions :) Hugs- Tanya


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Tanya, I really appreciate this.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Such a great idea! Love it!


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Stacy, It's so easy to make.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

And I thought you have bought all your ladders! That's a great and easy idea! Thank you Rachel!


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Margie, I have one inside that is old but didn't want that expense for the greenhouse.


Wednesday 6th of October 2021

As always, you are so kind and sharing. Everything is beautiful.

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Thursday 7th of October 2021

Diana, Thanks for your sweet comments.