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Stepping It Up In Style: 50 Ladder Shelves And Display Ideas

Decorating your home in an innovative fashion is all about thinking beyond the obvious. Instead of opting for mundane and repetitive decor, you can opt for ingenious furnishings that bring inimitable style to your interiors. Ladder shelves and display units do precisely that! Combining a touch of rustic charm with smart, space-saving designs, ladders are a great alternative to traditional cabinets and displays. Their lightweight frame and compact design turn that forgotten, old corner into a functional and aesthetic space.

ladder shelves Stepping It Up In Style: 50 Ladder Shelves And Display Ideas

While some stylish ladder bookshelves and storage units fit in perfectly with the modern theme, you can even turn some of the old step ladders into lovely DIY shelves. Sleek, elegant and original, the fabulous inspirations showcased here should tempt you to drag that old ladder out of the attic and turn it into a captivating display!

Enliven the Living Room

There are plenty of ways in which you can get creative with ladder shelves without breaking a sweat, considering the wide options available. Modern ladder shelf designs are perfectly suited for urbane, contemporary interiors. Melting away into the backdrop at times and standing out on other occasions to offer crisp visual contrast, ladder shelves bring a new dimension to any interior without taking up too much space. Slotting in snugly next to that beautiful fireplace or that pretty, large window, ladder displays breathe a new lease on life into that boring, lonely corner!

Cristmas themed decorations put the ladder to good use Stepping It Up In Style: 50 Ladder Shelves And Display Ideas

Christmas-themed decorations put the ladder to good use!

Lovely drapes and gorgeous ladder shelves create a gorgeous setting

Lovely drapes and gorgeous ladder shelf create a warm, cozy setting

by Chelle Design Group

Gorgeous contemporary space with a cool coastal theme

Gorgeous contemporary space with a cool coastal theme

by Sabrina Alfin Interiors

Beautiful use of ladder shelves to create contrast in the room

Beautiful use of ladder shelves to create contrast in the room

by Rebekah Schaaf

Ladder displays look equally appealing in small living rooms, as well as lavish, open-plan living spaces and are particularly alluring if you’re opting for a cool coastal theme or a vintage rustic look. You can even use decor items in accent tones to complement the color scheme of the room. Simple and understated, ladder displays also demand little effort when it is time to redecorate your home.

Utilizing the space next to the fireplace

Utilizing the space next to the fireplace

by Seattle Staged To Sell

Contemporary living room with decor in neutral shades

Contemporary living room with decor in neutral shades

by Flüff Designs & Decor

Cool grey walls in the living room

Cool grey walls in the sophisticated living room

by Homes by Avi

Sleek ladder shelves flank the wall-mounted TV

Sleek ladder shelves flank the wall-mounted TV

by Designs from Home

Open plan living space with a modern rustic style

Open-plan living space with a modern rustic style

by Sellars Lathrop Architects

Turning that forgotten nook into a stylish display

Turning that forgotten nook into a stylish display

by TZS Design

Creative Kitchen Shelves

If there is one place in the house that demands additional storage space, it is the kitchen. Ladder storage shelves not only allow you to organize the kitchen efficiently, they also create fabulous displays using your utensils and chinaware. Combine the shelves with simple wicker baskets and chic containers and you have the perfect balance between open and closed shelving units. Some of the resourceful kitchens displayed here also use the traditional ladder horizontally to fashion a practical and incomparable pot rack.

Wooden ladder shelves in the modern kitchen

Wooden ladder shelves in the elegant kitchen

by Pottery Barn

Creative use of vintage ladder as a DIY hanging pot rack in the kitchen

Creative use of vintage ladder as a DIY hanging pot rack in the kitchen

by Lands End Development

Beautifully decorated modern ladder shelves

Beautifully decorated modern ladder shelves

The dining space is another perfect spot for the ladder display. Just like the kitchen, sparkling glassware and lovely vases perfectly harmonize with the look of the dining room. If you have a fascinating art collection, use the ladder to showcase one of your favorite paintings without having to rely on the walls.

Functional and beautiful arrangement of a small space

Functional and aesthetic arrangement of a small space

by Lauren Bryan Knight

Smart storage option for the traditional kitchen!

Smart storage option for the traditional kitchen!

by It’s a Wannabe Decorator’s Life

Wine rack with a difference!

Wine rack with a difference!

by Cynthia Lynn Photography

Charles Slanted Shelves in the corner of the dining room

Charles Slanted Shelves in the corner of the room

Farmhouse styled dining room with a minimal ladder display

Farmhouse-styled dining room with a minimal ladder display

by New England Design Elements

Brilliant Bedroom Displays

Decorating a small bedroom can often be a challenging task. It involves deft choices that create a relaxing a personal space even while maximizing the available room. Ladder shelves come in handy when you are stuck with a tight corner by simply turning that nook into an attractive display. This is especially true for bookworms, as ladder bookshelves are a perfect way to stack all of your favorite titles right next to the bed while not taking up too much square footage. You can even use two such shelves instead of bedside tables to create graceful visual symmetry.

Making use of the vertical space on offer

Making use of the available vertical space

by Andrew Snow Photography

Slim ladder display unit for the bedroom

Slim ladder display unit for the bedroom

by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Sloane White Leaning Bookcase in the bedroom

Sloane White Leaning Bookcase in the bedroom

by Ana Donohue Interiors

Chic kids' room in lovely pink

Chic kids’ room in lovely pink

Ladder shelves with wicker baskets look especially cool in kids’ bedrooms, as they help you tuck away all the mess elegantly. You can use some of the toys to create vivacious displays on the top shelves, while the lower ones can be used to hide away unnecessary items. Just let the ladder blend in with the color scheme of the room and ensure that its placement looks organic by choosing a less frequently used corner.

Transitional and relaxing bedroom in neutral tones

Transitional and relaxing bedroom in neutral tones

by Steele Consulting Group

Bright, cheerful playroom in light blue

Bright, cheerful playroom in light blue

by Two Ellie

Colorful kids' room with stylish shelving unit

Colorful kids’ room with stylish shelving unit

Ladder shelf doubles up as workstation in the kids' room

Ladder shelf doubles up as workstation in the kids’ room

by Creative Decor by Mandi

Eclectic kids' bedroom with a simple ladder display

Eclectic kids’ bedroom with a simple ladder display

by Kelly Cruz Interiors

Sleek Scandinavian style in the nursery!

Sleek Scandinavian style in the nursery!

by Holly Marder

Think Vertical!

This is quickly becoming the design mantra among both home owners and architects alike. If there is not enough room to expand your interiors horizontally, then use the available vertical space. An ideal solution for modern home offices, ladder shelves help in tucking away office supplies and stacking files in an orderly fashion. With most home offices being set up in compact rooms, these shelves offer an apt ergonomic and tasteful design solution. You can even opt for ladder shelves with built-in workstations to create a second workspace in a roomy home office.

Ergonomic ladder shelves for the modern home office

Ergonomic ladder shelves for the modern home office

by Asbury Remodeling & Construction

Pops of color used to decorate the unique shelves

Pops of color used to decorate the unique shelves

by Matilda Rose Interiors

Vintage ladder bookshelf unit in white

Contemporary ladder bookshelf unit in white

by Corynne Pless

DIY ladder shelf idea for the modern home

DIY ladder shelf idea for the modern home

Simply place a slim ladder shelf filled with books right next to your favorite chair along with a brilliant floor lamp and you have a visually appealing reading nook that should serve you well in the winter ahead. A two-sided ladder is better served in areas where you need a larger display with more shelf space.

Ladder shelves with built-in workstation

Ladder shelves with built-in workstation

by CM Glover

A ladder bookcase to complete your reading nook

A ladder bookcase to complete your reading nook

by Rikki Snyder

Vintage ladder mounted horizontally on the wall

Vintage ladder mounted horizontally on the wall

by Graham Albert

Compact ladder shelves in the home office help save up on space

Compact ladder shelves in the home office help save up on space

Stylish home office with a ladder shelf in the corner

Stylish home office with a ladder shelf in the corner

by Green Canopy Homes

Ladder displays help in creating visually light space

Ladder displays help in creating visually light interiors

Contemporary and Classy Bathrooms

Trendy modern bathrooms have indeed become one of the most popular places to add a sleek bathroom towel ladder that also doubles as a lovely focal point. Bathroom towel display and arrangement ideas are an easy way to add some accent color to the neutral bathroom setting. This also allows you to easily change the color scheme of the room by simply switching the towels with a change of seasons and hot trends. Combining modern minimalism with space-conscious form, ladder towel racks can also be wall-mounted to save up on precious legroom in small bathrooms.

Black ladder shelf offers cool visual contrast

Black ladder shelf offers cool visual contrast

by Liz Prater Design Home

Elegant ladder shelves are a popular addition to the contemporary bathroom

Elegant ladder shelves are a popular addition to the contemporary bathroom

Japanese-styled master bath in bright colors

Japanese-styled master bath in bright hues

by Valerie McCaskill Dickman

Vivid red accents enliven the contemporary bathroom

Vivid red accents enliven the contemporary bathroom

by David Howell Design

Bamboo towel ladder in the modern bathroom

Bamboo towel ladder in the modern bathroom

by Mary Prince

Perfect shelving option for the compact powder room

Perfect shelving option for the compact powder room

by Just Perfect! Home Staging + More

Oriental styled bathroom uses a ladder as towel rack

Oriental-style bathroom uses a ladder as a towel rack

by CustomMade

Wrapped in Green Goodness

Ladder shelves also offer something special for all the nature lovers out there. Since most vintage and rustic ladders come in wood, they tend to paint a warm and inviting picture that is perfect for the patio or outdoor garden. Use old step ladders to showcase some of your favorite potted plants and colorful blooms that steal the show. You can even bring this rustic nature-centric approach indoors by decorating the ladder with a few brilliant vases that hold fresh flowers of the season.

Dazzling ladder display in the garden with bright pink and blue flowers

Dazzling ladder display in the garden with bright pink and blue flowers

Hint of nature, vintage bottles and a rustic ladder create a unique DIY display

Hint of nature, vintage bottles and a rustic ladder create a unique DIY display

by Dreamy Whites

Trendy ladder shelf idea for the patio

Trendy ladder shelf idea for the patio

Ladder display with a rustic and organic appeal

Ladder display with a rustic and organic appeal

by The Old Painted Cottage

DIY ladder tray table ushers in a rustic look

DIY ladder tray table ushers in a rustic look

by Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor

Personifying imaginative modern minimalism, ladder shelves and displays can be used pretty much anywhere and everywhere in your home. There is plenty that can be done even with an old, battered ladder that seems lifeless when stuck in the attic. So, are you tempted to take the style quotient of your home up by a few steps?


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