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Using Vertical Space: How To Decorate the Home With Ladders

Using Vertical Space: How To Decorate the Home With Ladders

Our homes are full of vertical spaces that many of us don’t know how to use. While certain elements like mounted TVs and tall bookshelves can help take up some vertical space, they can’t go everywhere, especially when you want space to decorate. One way to decorate and use vertical space is to use various ladders as home décor. Keep reading to learn how to decorate your home with ladders.

Quilt Ladders

If you’re the type of person who keeps throw blankets and quilts in your living space, then a quilt ladder is the perfect piece of useful décor. You can use a quilt ladder to simultaneously store and display your blankets and quilts, wisely using vertical space in your living area. Keeping your quilts on a quilt ladder instead of away in a chest gives you easy access throughout the year and creates a conversation piece. You can get different-sized quilt ladders to perfectly fit your needs.

Storage Ladders

Another way to use ladders in your home is to hang baskets from the rungs of a leaning ladder for extra storage. A leaning ladder only has one side and leans against the wall, allowing you to use vertical space without taking up lots of floor space. This is a great option in a bathroom since narrow leaning ladders can easily fit in the small space between your vanity and toilet. You can also use them in any other small space, including corners. Match the baskets to the rest of your room’s décor, such as wicker baskets in a sunroom with wicker furniture, for the best look. Just remember to secure the ladder against the wall so there’s no risk of it slipping and falling.

Ceiling Ladders

Ladders don’t just have to go on the ground. You can hang ladders from the ceiling to uniquely use vertical space. You can turn ceiling ladders into light fixtures if you’re looking for something purely decorative. But to make them useful, you can add hooks and turn them into a pot rack in your kitchen or a drying rack in your laundry room. The options are only limited by your imagination.

Open Ladders

When most of us imagine a ladder, we don’t imagine the single-sided quilt, leaning, or ceiling ladders we mentioned above. We imagine an open ladder that someone would use to climb on a roof. But how can this type of ladder become a beautiful piece of décor? You can turn an open ladder into a unique shelving piece by leaving it open and securing wooden planks to the cross beams. Those beams are now your shelves and can hold anything from plants to books. This works with repurposed old ladders or with new ladders.

Now you know how to decorate your home with ladders of all kinds, from quilt ladders to ceiling ladders. Using ladders to decorate your home helps you take advantage of vertical space that was previously unused and empty and turn it into an impressive statement piece. Using ladders in your vertical spaces will make those spaces useful and beautiful.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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