Get an old ladder and start copying this DIY ladder shelf tutorial to create an astonishing ladder plant holder for your small space garden.
If you love growing plants and unconventional solutions in their arrangement, this idea can be very useful for you. A balcony, patio or terrace or a wide-open room: You can make use of this DIY ladder shelf planter anywhere. Especially in a limited space garden to create a lot of vertical space to grow plants. If not the plants, this DIY ladder shelf can also be used as a small bookcase.
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Things You’ll Need to Make a Ladder Plant Holder
- Old wooden ladder
- Planks or Boards
- Screw Driver
- Potted Plants
DIY Ladder Shelf Step by Step
Step 1 The first and most time-consuming activity is to clean the ladder neatly and to remove dirt. Quickly and thoroughly clean the ladder. If your ladder does not require a thorough cleaning, just do a superficial cleaning and leave the ladder for drying out.
Step 2 Once the ladder dries out completely, measure the length for future shelves. On the first step of ladder (from above) measure out the length for shelf one in a way that it will protrude 10 cm. from both sides. Another shelf that would be placed on the lower level should extend from both sides of the ladder approx. 20 cm. Similarly the third or final step of the ladder should extend from both sides approx. 30 cm. The length of shelves jutting out and the size depends on the ladder you have and how much space you find appropriate.
Step 3 After the measurement, in the next step it’s time to get on with preparing the shelves for your DIY ladder shelf project. Cut the length of each shelf according to the measured length and breadth using a jigsaw. Cut the edges of planks smoothly using a grinder with sandpaper with a weight of 40.
Step 4 In step 4, arrange and fix the shelves on ladder using a screwdriver and screws of 30 mm. Remember to countersink the screws to make them invisible. While fixing ensure you’ll leave appropriate space between each shelve for the potted plants you’d like to keep there.
Step 5 Paint the ladder with an acrylic paint, monolayer. When choosing the paint color, we suggest you to go for neutral colors such as gray, beige or white to highlight lush green foliage, bright flowers and colorful containers.