Repurposed ladders don't have to stay vertical to be useful. Hang a ladder horizontally to create a clever pot rack.
This vintage ladder is a perfect display option for grain-sack linens. The combo, in context with the other antique market finds throughout the room, conjure up a casual and relaxed yet tastefully accented shabby chic/country feel.
Shallow ladders are great for holding linens or towels, but somewhat deeper step ladders can become display areas for small curio collections such as these vintage soda bottles with spring buds. Just lovely.
And why not turn the ladders into makeshift leaning bookshelves? I have seen this style recreated by major retailers, so find the originals at your local antiques market and beat them to the punch for much cheaper.
This towel holder in a modern bathroom is a small ladder with a wood finish to match the vanity. Subtle and elegant.
Let's not forget that the main purpose of a ladders is to get you you to higher areas. Here's a beautiful example of a custom sliding ladder leading to a high storage nook.
This fun ladder in a kid's room can be used to reach high storage compartments while adding extra display area for toys and stuffed animals. I would just make sure you have an older, responsible child inhabiting this room because smaller kids can be accident prone, as we all know.
Who doesn't dream of a itchen with endless shelves and storage that you can actually reach? The built-in sliding ladder looks phenomonal and helps maximize wall storage.
Here's a very sleek black-on-black ladder and bookshelves. The black furniture with white walls and floor complete this urban minimalist look. Quite racy.
And here's a more subtle version of a ladder for tall bookshelves that I imagine more of us can see in our own homes. Such well styled white bookshelves with contrasting dark wood sliding ladder is a high-class traditional look.
I have shown this picture before, but I still admire how much glamour the ladder and chandeliers add to this mudroom. This combo would look equally compelling in a walk-in dressing room.