DIY Wooden Dowel Ladder

Lisa Comfort - Dowling Ladder

Decorative ladders are everywhere at the moment, and ever since I made this ever-so-sweet DIY version I’ve been in love with it. It leans against my bedroom wall and I’ve been using it to hang up my favourite shoes and scarves. It’s a great way to organise your accessories for the next day. Practical and beautiful – my kind of thing!

Though I’ve used mine in my bedroom, the ladder could be put to work house-wide. If you sealed the finished product with a waterproof varnish you could definitely use it in the bathroom for face and hand towels. In fact I might make another and do just that!

Don’t be put off by the wood and sawing in this project – I promise it’s really easy and the results are well worth it!

You will need:
15mm x 15mm x 2400mm quadrant moulding, £4.50, B&Q
8.5mm x 8.5mm x 2400mm dowel moulding, £2, B&Q
Gorilla Glue, £5.64, B&Q
Tape measure and pencil

Step 1. Using a tape measure and pencil, mark the half way point (120cm from either edge) on the thicker 15mm wooden dowel.

Step 2. Clamp the dowel to a secure surface and carefully use a hacksaw to cut at the marked point, before sawing the piece in two. Use sandpaper to remove any rough edges and give it a smooth finish. These two pieces will now become the sides of your ladder.

Step 3. Along the thinner 8.5mm dowels, mark 30cm intervals with a pencil. Use the saw to cut at each interval, creating five length of dowel, which will become the rungs of your ladder. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges as you go.

Step 4. Take one piece of the thicker dowel and mark five points 20cm apart, beginning 20cm from the top. Repeat on the other length of thicker dowel. Apply a small amount of Gorilla Glue at each of these points (with a dab of water, as mentioned in the glue instructions). Lay a thin 30cm rung onto the glue at each point, with a few centimetres overlapping either side of the edges.

Step 5. Leave the glue to dry completely before using the ladder. I like to flip it over so the glued side is facing the wall for a neater finish.

Thanks again to Cassie Pryce who I worked with on this project.

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