Though they have a reputation for function, ladders can also be an unassuming yet striking focal point in a home. While combing through the Sneak Peek archives, I was surprised to see not only the multitude of ways people use ladders, but also that there were so many examples of ladders as decor, particularly in a slightly rustic, vintage style. Whether it be simply leaned against a bare wall unadorned, used to display blankets and trinkets, or converted to an overflowing bookshelf, I am now convinced that a ladder is a must have furniture piece adaptable in any style home. -Shannon
Image above: Between both her home and shop, Sibella Court has not one but three ladders decorating her spaces.
Image above: This white ladder adds just the right amount of texture and intrigue to a sparse white wall in Amanda Schuler and Dave Podsiadlo’s home.
Image above: This ladder allows Adrian Richardson to display some of his collected treasures in his Australian home.
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Image above: In a home that feels more beach than Brooklyn brownstone, this ladder leads to a guest room in Fitzhugh Carol and Lyndsay Caleo’s Sneak Peek.
Image above: This ladder creates a clever visual illusion by streamlining and enclosing Isabel Asha Penzlien‘s make shift closet space.
Image above: This ladder nearly blends into the wall behind Tara Percy’s bed in her Philadelphia home.
Image above: Paula Kilpatrick puts her ladder to work by converting it to a filled-to-the-brim bookshelf in her living room.
Image above: By placing the two ladders near the fireplace, Meg Crossley ensures that this area of the living room is the primary focal point of the room.
Image above: This vintage library ladder gives access to the hidden storage area in Kevin Burke and David Kimelman’s home.
Image above: This ladder may be utilized for practical purposes, such as climbing up to clean those tall windows in Douglas Riccardi’s home.
Image above: A ladder by the bed means easy access to an extra blanket on a cool California night in Haley Ann Robinson’s home.
Image above: Here is a beautiful solution for storing and displaying extra pots and pans in Camilla Ebdrup and Andreas Stenmann’s Copenhagen kitchen.
Image above: This ladder emphasizes the tall ceilings of Bladon Connor’s 400 square foot apartment, making the relatively small space feel a little bit bigger.
Image above: Another example of a library ladder also used to access storage, this time in the bathroom of Jill Robertson’s home.
Image above: Because one is just not enough, here is the second of three of Sibella Court’s ladders. Check out the rest of her peek to see the third.