You know that upcycled vintage ladders used in home decor have been recognized as a definite trend when they are satirized by the tumblog Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table.
I confess I’ve jumped on the upcycled ladder wagon too. The old attic ladder has been painted black and holds books and objects in the library. A modern steel ladder hides unsightly drains in an awkward corner.
I’ve also seen ladders used as functional decor in French restaurants. Here is an old ladder holding a menu in a Parisian cafe and as a plant holder in the window of L’Atelier de Edmond, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Alsace.
In homes, vintage ladders have a variety of uses – in the kitchen to hang pots, in the bathroom as a towel rack, in living areas as shelves, in bedrooms as a shoe rack, as a decorative accent over a dining table and in the garden as a plant stand. There really are some very creative ways to use ladders. And, as you can see below, a ladder’s versatile style can work with most looks from country cottage to minimal modern.
What do you think? Is the trend overhyped or charming? How would you consider using a decorative ladder in your home?