DIY Copper Pipe Ladder

The amount of things you can create out of copper plumbers pipe never ceases to amaze me. I could spend hours in the plumbing isle of the hardware store, brainstorming and scheming away. Usually I hustle out of there for fear the plumbing gurus will see the impostor that I am. “I’m a DIY blogger, don’t shoot!” Seriously though, I don’t even know the names of the fittings I used in this project haha. Don’t judge me.

I’ve always loved the look of a vintage wooden or iron ladder in a home. Old ladders can be used as a decorative architectural piece; they fit perfect in awkward blank wall spaces or nooks that needs something but nothing quite seems to fit.

We have this odd wall space beside the fridge that came about from our kitchen remodel. It’s the cabinet that encases the fridge. I’ve been contemplating painting it the same color as our walls, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger. As a temporary and creative solution for this blank space, I decided to make a ladder myself, from copper pipe!

(please disregard the subfloor! we’re still saving up for uniform flooring, until then we’re living with this beautiful, “vintage” 50 y/o subfloor…)

Supply list:

Cut List:

  • Top & Bottom: 4 x 14″ length copper pipe
  • Five rungs: 5 x 12″
  • Mid section: 8 x 10″

Assembly is super straight forward, I figured pictures of the assembly would just be silly. I do however, recommend putting a dab of adhesive inside the copper tees and caps when assembling to strengthen the ladder’s overall integrity.

Use the ladder to hang tea towels, vintage fabrics, bath towels, or throw blankets. Seriously, anything looks adorable hung on a ladder.

I realized after making this ladder my hand towel game is really lacking. I just might have to fix this! Oh, and if you want to quickly clean your copper pipe, ketchup works amazing!

Tell me! Do you have a strange spot in your home that could use a ladder? What would you hang on it?

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