A Fabulous Ladder for Decoration and Display
Hey there! Just wanted to give you a heads up that this ladder is meant for decoration only, so please don’t try to stand on it! Our DIY plans for this Decorative Ladder include round rungs made from dowel rods and sturdy 2x lumber legs. We’ve even added an angle cut to the bottom of each leg so it can lean back against a wall. This project is super simple and can be done in just a few hours. Happy building!
- 2-1/2″ screws
- 1″ Forstner bit (<– affiliate link!)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 4 – 1″ round dowels at 4′
- 2 – 2×3 at 8′
- 2 – 2×3 at 7′ – Legs
- 6 – 1″ round dowels at 22″- Rungs
Cut the pieces for the legs to length and cut a 5° angle in one end of each piece. Treating each leg as a left and a right (so the angles face the same way), mark the position for the holes to hold the dowels. The holes are spaced 12″ apart on center along the centerline of the legs. Drill a 1/2″ deep hole at each mark with the 1″ Forstner bit.
To make it easier to pre-drill the holes for the screws, drill a hole through the center of each hole for the dowels through to the outside of the legs.
Cut the pieces of dowel to length. Working with one dowel at a time, apply glue to one of the larger holes and insert a dowel. From the outside through the smaller holes drilled through the larger holes, drill into the end of the dowel to insert a screw, then drive the screws through the leg into the dowel. Repeat for each dowel.
Lay the leg with the dowels already secured to it on a flat surface. Apply glue to the holes of the remaining leg, then lay the leg on top of the open end of the dowels and fit each dowel into the holes. Tap into place with a rubber mallet. Check the ladder for square, then drive the screws through the holes in the remaining leg into the ends of the dowels.
Finish as desired.
The ladder is a great way to store blankets in a living room, or a bedroom. It would also look great in a bathroom with towels draped over the rungs! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Decorative Ladder? Leave a comment below!
Originally posted 2015-02-11 08:00:32.