As part of increasingly popular trends like upcycling, vintage and flea markets, we’re climbing back up the recurring element of ladders as decorative details in our homes. This practical accessory has been given a whole new life, with a multitude of purposes like storage and decoration—anything you could think of really. Not only unique in appearance, used ladders can find a place in every room. The professionals here at homify, have been inspired by the ladder as a decorative element for completely new and innovative ideas for their interior design projects! Let’s take a closer look at what we mean…
ladder (available in different colours) can be used standalone or leaning against a wall, and becomes a beautiful and simple storage unit. Towels, bottles, clothes—anything small can be thrown down here and can be easily picked up again, when needed. This lovely piece would work very well as furniture in the kitchen, hall or bathroom for either general storage or a drying rack.
This furniture is derived from the idea of a ladder leaning against a wall. By replacing wood with steel shelves for the rungs of this ladder, the designer has created an easy to install storage unit that is highly mobile. Through the use of wood and black painted steel, this newly designed product is a stable, secure and modern addition to any vintage or modern décor.
With this multi-functional sofa, Helena Horzen has perhaps created one of the greatest reinterpretations of a traditional ladder. Purely by realising the design advantages of such a piece, they've discovered its potential as an outside seating apparatus. By focusing on two supports, the horizontally laid ladder has strong characteristics in both its appearance and stability, and it’s also able to support the weight of several people. We particularly like the industrial overtone with that log placed underneath, as the second support.
Although, strictly speaking, this is not a ladder, let this image show you how something can function in a completely different way to its original intended use. Utilising the open stairs (reminiscent of a ladder), the different levels on the back and bottom of the staircase can be used as storage for smaller items and things like magazines and books.
Look at this crazy and practical application for a ladder—a ladder: mobile and freestanding! While they generally have more of a practical use in the exteriors of our homes, ladders are often a practical thing to have in a loft, like pictured. The use of the same wood for both roof and ladder also creates unity in the design, making the ladder a fundamental part of this space.
So, when you’re thinking of trying out having a ladder as a decorative object in the home, remember that the results can be effective and the uses practical—who knows, you may even climb up it one day!