The Ladder Table

I have been slowly starting to re-decorate our bedroom since we moved in. Before there was just a lot of random pictures and shelves, with furniture that didn’t go together. So I took everything out, even the bed, and decided to start over again from scratch. I did not want to try to rush it by just buying anything that went together, but instead find the pieces for the room organically as I went along. I knew that I wanted it to have a soft, cozy, romantic feeling but that was about it. Then when I was at the Kane County Flea Market I found these metal gates and fell in love with them. I decided to use them as a headboard for our bed. From there I have been designing the room around the feel of the gates.

Metal flea market gates as headboard for our bed

Metal flea market gates as headboard for our bed

When you first walk into the bed room there is a long wall and I had no idea what to do with it. We did not really need any more storage since we had an old antique chest we knew we were going to be putting in there on another wall. We needed it to be something very long and thin so it would not be in the way. I wanted something that would make a statement. When I was at a garage sale I found these two old weathered wooden ladders. One of them had some great metal hardware, which made them feel rustic. So I decided that I would try to make them into a long table for the space in my room. With the help of my handyman we were able to create something very unique!

Finished product of our ladder table!

Finished product of our ladder table!

It was very easy to make! I documented how we did it to help others recreate it, just follow the step by step description below. =)

Step One: Cut Ladder for Legs

First we cut one of the ladders in half to create the legs for either side. From there you can cut those 2 sides down to how ever tall you want your table to be.

Ladders as I bought them

Ladders as I bought them

One ladder cut down to create sides

One ladder cut down to create sides

Step Two: Attach sides to top ladder

On the top ladder we drilled holes where we are going to attach the ladders with screws. This helps to not split the wood. Then with one person holding it up on one side, the other person screws the legs to the top.

Holes drilled for screws on top ladder

Holes drilled for screws on top ladder

Drill in screws to secure top to legs

Drill in screws to secure top to legs

Step Three: Add support

Once everything was attached and the table was standing we added support to all four sides using some of the excess ladder we cut in half. Using a square we cut 45 degree angles and created corner support pieces. Again we drilled holes in everything before screwing it together.

Support pieces made with excess ladder and a square

Support pieces made with excess ladder and a square

Attaching the support pieces

Attaching the support pieces

Step Four: Glass for top

I then went to a glass shop to have a custom piece of glass made with specific dimensions to fit inside the top ladder. Most auto glass or window glass stores will be able to make the glass piece for you. I had them round off the corners a little so they would not be sharp. Make sure to measure the length, Width WITHIN the ladder, and the depth between the steps and the top. The depth of my ladder was 3/8th of an inch. It is fine if it is thinner than that, but if it rises above the top it will not look like it was meant for the ladder.

Glass cut for top of ladder to specific length, width, and hight

Glass cut for top of ladder to specific length, width, and hight

And that was it! We are still working out the rest of the decor for the space, but we love our ladder table!! Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

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Thank you =)
Alex von

7 thoughts on “The Ladder Table

  1. I love the headboard but even better the ladder table! OMG! That is phenomenal how it came together. Thank you for sharing how you created that. I’m not a person with “that” gift! Gorgeous work! :)

    • Upshabby, Thank you for the comment and your kind words!! And as far as not being a person with that gift, I think that everyone is capable of making unique things with the right inspiration =) Good luck on any future DIY projects of your own!

      • Oh I’ve got “gifts” with DIY but not with saws and all the necessary tools. I can visualize and then the boyfriend comes into play. Teehee… ;)

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