“I know you’ve seen them at Pottery Barn, those adorable book shelves that look like ladders, but they are $299 a unit!When I saw this ladder at the Habitat ReStore for $15 I knew it had the potential to fulfill my ladder shelf dreams.
I hauled the old ladder home and transformed it into shelves perfect for my home!
How to Build Ladder Shelves:
Start by measuring the width of each step (and subtract 1/8″ to account for the slant of the ladder.)
Use 1″x10″ pine boards (or any depth you choose.) Cut them down to size on a miter saw or ask the lumber store to cut them for you.
Dry fit the boards to make sure they fit your ladder.
Next, cut some 1″ x 2″ strips the same width as each shelf. These are for the backs of your shelves. If necessary stain your shelves or paint them to match your ladder
To attach the strips to the back of the shelves, use some Gorilla Glue…
…and then screw or nail the 1″x2″ pieces securely to the shelves.
Choose the depth you want your shelves to extend beyond your ladder. Then using a carpenter square or ruler, mark a line on all the shelves. I chose a 3″ overlapping depth.
Use a drill to pre-drill three holes per ladder rung.
Turn your ladder upside down and set the screws inside the holes
Line up your pencil lines on the shelf to your ladder step.
Using one hand to support the shelf (or better yet get a helper to hold it), drive the screws into the bottom of each shelf.
Repeat the process for all the shelves. Then flip the ladder back over and admire!
$15 for the ladder and no cost for the materials I had on hand. Much better than $299! And the best part is mine has a rustic charm.It looks great on my beach inspired screen porch!The minnow trap hanging pendant lights up my treasures on the shelves.Thank you for inviting me over to your blog today, Kate. I look forward to meeting some of your readers! For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Brittany, also known as Pretty Handy Girl.
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Today, I have a great tutorial for you from Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl. Brittany wanted the look of the Studio Wall Shelves from Pottery Barn, but didn’t want to spend $299 to achieve it, so she fashioned her own out of a ladder found at Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Brittany is a girl after my own heart, not afraid to wield power tools and use her ingenuity to create exactly what she wants! Please welcome Brittany as she tells how she built her very own ladder shelf unit. Take it away Brittany!
Thank you Brittany for your informative tutorial! I love ladder shelves because they are a great use of vertical space, in the bathroom, living area, pantry or simply for display, don’t you think? Anyone else out there motivated to build yourself a ladder shelf with Brittany’s instructions?