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Many of you commented on my little ladder tucked in the corner of our family room reveal, and today I’m finally showing you the full tutorial! I really wanted an industrial modern style but with a cozy feel, and this DIY Decorative Ladder made with steel pipes completely goes with the look I want! I’m so excited with how it turned out.
DIY Decorative Ladder
I love the look of hanging blankets on a ladder, it’s such a fun and unexpected element to use in a family room. I’ve never seen one made with piping before, and I thought I’d give it a shot.
The project was relatively easy, but the piping does add up a bit. The entire project cost me right around $100.
– (16) Black Wood Screws
– (6) 1/2″ Steel Tee
– (4) 8″ Pre Cut Steel Pipes *
– (8) 12″ Pre Cut Steel Pipes
– (3) 14″ Pre Cut Steel Pipes
– (4) 1/2″ 90 Degree Elbow Joint
* After completing this project, I wish I would have used shorter pipes so the ladder isn’t as far away from the wall. I would suggest going somewhere between 3″-5″ instead of 8″.
I assembled my ladder first to make sure I got the layout right. I will note that the middle pipes are a little hard to get in because you can’t twist them as well once you have so many pieces already put together. Once my structure was secured to the wall it was very sturdy. You could also use clear Liquid Nails if you feel the need to make them stronger.
Once I was happy with my layout, I gave the entire piece a coat of flat black spray paint.
When securing the structure to the wall, you will want to make sure the top and bottom are level. The ladder will be heavy. I suggest having someone hold it to the wall and the other person adjusting it until it’s perfect.
I am a stickler for making sure my wall pieces go directly into studs. I used a stud finder to find my studs and then placed the ladder accordingly.
And it’s up!
I love these blankets, they were really inexpensive and just the look I wanted. You can get them here.