During my office/craft room renovation the other day, I decided that I wanted a shelf to sit some books, plant, and thrift finds on there. I thought about things that I could use to make this and decided that a ladder shelf would be perfect for what I needed.
And being the DIY mom that I am, I decided that I would make a ladder shelf! 🙂
Ladder shelves are simple but beautiful. And they make a great space for displaying items. I looked for ladder shelf inspiration and found a whole bunch of different styles and designs that I wanted to share with you!
Here are 10 DIY ladder shelves with plans so you can choose which one you would love to make for your home. I started with the one I made myself 😉
#1 DIY Modern Ladder Shelf
This is the ladder shelf that I built for my office/craft room. It is very easy to make but does require some tools and a little bit of craftiness. I say it is an intermediate DIY project, but I think anyone can make this with some guidance!
This is why I am here to show you the exact steps to making this ladder shelf.
If you're not up to make this ladder, you can buy one like it here!
#2 Floating Ladder Shelf
This next ladder shelf is from Anika from Anika's DIY Life. She shows us how to make a floating ladder shelf! It is absolutely beautiful and perfect for any room. She uses it as a towel holder and storage for her bathroom!
If you prefer to buy a shelf like this, you can buy one here!
#3 Wall Mounted Ladder Shelf
This is another shelf that mounts to your wall, but it's different than what you normally think of when you hear ladder shelf. This ladder shelf is horizontal!
Instructables shows you how to make this horizontal wall mounted ladder shelf with a tall wooden ladder! It's a pretty cool project that will make any room stand out.
#4 Ladder Bookshelf
This Old House teaches you how to build this ladder shelf that is a different version of the one I made. It still creates space for beautiful displays and is a great addition to any room.
If you don't have the time to make it, no worries! You can buy this ladder shelf in the color of your choice here!
#5 Leaning Wall Ladder Bookshelf with Desk
This is another ladder bookshelf that leans against your wall. This one is amazing because Ana White uses the ladder shelves to create a leaning desk as well!
I love this wall ladder bookshelf! It really looks stunning.
You can buy yourself a similar ladder bookshelf and desk here! That's if you don't feel like tacking this DIY project 😉
#6 Ladder Shelf from Wooden Ladder
This one is such an easy DIY project and absolutely adorable! HGTV shows you how to use an old wooden ladder to make a simple ladder shelf that you can paint and customize for your home.
This project is surprisingly easy to make and a great shelf for your home.
If you don't feel like making this, you can buy a beautiful and similar ladder shelf here.
#7 Ladder Shelf for Blankets
This one is a ladder shelf for blankets! This blanket ladder took me an hour to make and cost only $12. This blanket ladder was part of my Anthropologie inspired DIY series, and I absolutely love it!
This is a DIY project that is great for beginners and gives you a place to store your blankets with a simple ladder design.
If you prefer to buy this adorable blanket ladder, you can buy it here!
#8 Ladder Planter
This next project is super creative. Ana White does it again showing us how to use a ladder shelf as a planter!
Instead of making a ladder shelf for inside your home, you can create a cute shelf to display and grow a beautiful garden.
If you want, you can buy this planter ladder shelf here!
#9 Cute Painted Ladder Shelf
This next ladder shelf comes from Kristi at Making It In The Mountains. She shows us how to make a cute ladder shelf that has trays as the shelves that can be used to display different items as well as plants.
You can paint this shelf any color that you choose and use it indoors or outdoors.
If you love this shelf, you can buy a similar ladder shelf here!
#10 Christmas Tree Ladder Shelf
I saved the best for last since the holiday season is just around the corner. This next ladder shelf is a Christmas tree ladder! Instructables shows you how to make this festive DIY project to use for Christmas gifts or decor.
If you don't feel like making this, you're welcome to buy this ladder shelf to turn it into your own Christmas tree ladder!
Climbing the DIY Project Ladder
These 10 DIY ladder shelves with plans are awesome and easy to make! And it is okay if you're not yet ready to climb the DIY project ladder, which is why I added the links where you could buy a similar ladder shelf for yourself.
Making DIY projects takes a little patience, craft, and time so it's okay if you're not quite ready for all that. Either way, these ladder shelf plans are here for you when you're ready!
And remember, I am always here to help you with your DIY journey!
feel free to contact me and I’ll help you along the way!
Which one of these ladder shelves do you plan to build or buy? let me know below!
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