Hey there Remodelaholics! It’s Thalita again from The Learner Observer, back with another DIY for you! You might remember me from projects like the 80’s unit I turned into an entertainment unit, or the time I painted my entirely tiled bathroom, or how about last time you saw me here, when I made over some plain folding chairs into gold and marbleized beauties? Well I’m here today with a super simple, non-painting project for you! It’s is so easy, I could hardly believe it myself when it was finished in a matter of 15 minutes. That’s right… 15 minutes!
The materials for this are super easy to find and inexpensive, to boot! I got everything I needed at a hardware store and spent less than $10. Now I say that’s a major win for a project that can be used all year long and can be moved around to different rooms of the house as well – heck, it can even be used outdoors!
How to Build a Decorative Rope Ladder
Here is where we start:
The wood I used was about $2 each because they’re just nailing strips! I went for the knotty ones, non-pressure treated and they can be a little wonky – literally! Make sure you look for the straightest ones possible.
After cutting them in half (which most hardware stores will do for you, free of charge), measure where you want the holes to go. I measured 1.5 inches from the edges for all of mine.
Now drill the holes in the center of the wood (or as close to the center as possible). You’ll notice some of mine aren’t perfectly centered – the knots in the wood kind of got in the way! No big deal, though…
In all honesty, I didn’t measure the length of the rope. I know… bad blogger! It was about 6 feet long, give or take a couple of inches. I folded it in half and made a little loop on the top.
After the first stips, I made a knot under the wood about a foot below the loop. Repeat on the other side, then again with a new strip and another. They each have about 1 foot of rope in between them so that there’s enough space for whatever is hanging on this ladder to be showcased properly.
Though I had 4 strips of wood, I only ended up using 3. That’s because the odd number felt a little better – a little more natural, if that’s possible for a ladder? It just seemed like the length was more manageable with just 3 strips as well, but depending on your space, I’m sure 4 or more would be fantastic!
The last thing you’ll need to do is cut off the ends and/or remove the tape. I simply cut mine off so there’s only about 1/2 an inch below the last knot.
First, I think this would be so great in a bathroom! A cool and rustic towel rack can bring in a touch of warmth to a bathroom, and happens to be a little decorative as well!
The large hook isn’t necessary, but I figure it helps in making the whole thing a little nicer looking, don’t you? I love the beachy vibe of the rope, which is great for Summertime and also makes this a great potential for use outdoors! Imagine this hanging at your cottage or even beside your pool with some beach towels. Pretty great, right?
Now, I know it’s not Summer, so let’s think about a season we’re all becoming familiar with: Fall! It’s the time for blankets and hot cups of tea, so why not use this rope ladder in your living room to store some extra cozies?
Easy access and makes for a great addition of some texture to your walls! The wood is smooth, so the blankets don’t catch on it and it’s super light so you don’t have to worry about the whole thing being too heavy.
Ok, so to give you a better idea of materials and cost, here’s exactly what I used:
- 2 nailing strips cut in half ($2 each)
- 1/4″ twisted rope ($7)
- drill (already had on hand)
- 180 grit sandpaper ($1.40 for 1 sheet)
- Total: $12.40
Not too shabby, right? The great thing is that if you decide to make more, you don’t need to include the cost of the rope because there’s enough rope to make about 9 of these! Also, the sandpaper can be used over again since I cut 1/4 of the sheet. So next time I make one this will cost all of $4 for the wood. One more reason to make more of them!
Also, if you like easy projects like this one, come see how I turned a plain old box into a little Kate Spade-inspired beauty using electrical tape and how I then took that same tape and made some geometric jewelry dishes. I’m also in the middle of a full master bedroom makeover if you’d like to follow along!
Until next time, friends!
Try your woodworking skills on these other easy wood projects, too!
Thalita is a mom of twins, teacher, and blogger over at The Learner Observer. She is a frugal DIY-er and avid lover of thrift store scores with a passion for making over spaces with pieces that are both meaningful and beautiful. Favourite colour? White. Favourite food? Ice Cream. Favourite Pastime? Instagram, where she shares an abundance of pictures of her twin boys along with her latest home reno and decorating adventures!