If you’re in the mood for vintage-chic designs, a blanket ladder could be just the thing you’ve been dreaming of. These babies are elegant, rustic – and bring tons more character than a bookcase (while still being able to carry out the same basic functions of a bookcase). Here, we’re sharing our favorite ladder décor ideas that prove ladders aren’t just for garages!
What Is a Blanket Ladder?
A blanket ladder is a decorative ladder that is designed to hold and display blankets. Most of these types of ladders have thin pole rungs, over which a blanket can be draped or folded. Since the rungs on a ladder grow bigger in size the closer they get to the ground, the easiest way to style a blanket ladder is with larger blankets towards the bottom and smaller blankets and cloths towards the top. In many homes, blanket ladders are also used for towels, especially in bathrooms. These kinds of decorative ladders can also feature wider rungs for holding and displaying small objects (similar to a bookcase or wall shelf). Of course, blanket ladders and shelf ladders don’t have to be decorated – even just by themselves, without any blankets, towels or decoration, they work as elegant, vintage accents for any corner of the house.
This living room ladder adds height to the space (it’s the tallest piece of furniture in the room). As such, it draws the eye upward and expands the room’s feel, while balancing out the tree on the right. Here, it's shown doing what it does best – storing a blanket! Next to a sofa, reaching for the blanket during movie night will never be easier.
Bonus: Try This Shelf Ladder Decor Tip! When styling a ladder-bookcase combo, keep heavier, bigger things on the bottom shelves and lighter, smaller things towards the top. This will reflect the design of the ladder (a wider base and small “peak”) and create focus, balance and symmetry.
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