You Too Can Make This Modern Ladder Shelf Using Basic Materials

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Wood and metal ladder with magazines next to plant and wood sideboard

Would you believe it if we told you that this Instagram-worthy ladder shelf was made using practically nothing but a couple of cheap wood boards and towel bars? Well, we're proving it today with a quick five step tutorial that will outfit your home with the perfect way to display for your favorite books and magazines! Scroll on for all the DIY details.


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Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch-by-2-inch-by-4-feet wooden boards, ( 2 )

  • 24-inch towel bars, ( 3 )

  • Level

  • Marker or pen

  • Measuring tape

  • Power drill

  • Drill bits and driver

  • Manual screwdriver

Wood boards, metal towel bars, measuring tape, power drill, level, sharpie

Step 1

Lay out the wood boards on a flat surface against a level. Place your first towel bar across the two boards, then measure and mark placement for the hardware.

Wood boards with black towel rods with sharpie, measuring tape, level

Step 2

Set the level and towel bar aside, and pre-drill holes for the hardware using the marks you made in Step 1.

Power drill with wood boards

Step 3

Attach hardware using the screws that came with your towel bar.

Power drill with wood boards

Step 4

Attach the towel bar, then repeat the steps for the other two bars.


Wood board with black towel rod and red screwdriver

Step 5

Simply lean the ladder against the wall to finish! You can use it to display and store things like books, magazines, and even blankets.

Wood and metal ladder with magazines next to potted plant and wood sideboard
Wood and metal ladder with magazines


Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their three pets.