So, I don’t like doing laundry. (or dishes for that matter) So, I’ll do anything I can to make it better. That includes making the laundry room, albeit small, a happy place to look at.
I saw this idea of hanging a ladder for drip-dry laundry items, so I immediately called my antique-barn-sale friend to see if she had any for sale. Awww, too bad. She did. 🙂 We needed to solve the problem of our drip dry clothes hanging from the doorway; one of the things I love about our house design is that our master closet has a sliding door that leads to the laundry room. However, it makes a bad spot for hanging clothes because it’s a walkway.
I found these free printables on CraftGawker a while back, and the idea for the “laundry” sign on Etsy and already had the materials to make one, so those were a quick afternoon projects.
I originally wanted to hang the ladder from the ceiling like all the photos I had seen, but my hubby wasn’t too keen on all the clothes hanging over our heads in that same walkway, so after much brainstorming, this was the solution. I had to be careful to hang the ladder high enough, and the vintage printables had to be hung with stick-on adhesives rather than nails because the sliding door recesses into the wall behind the ladder.
I hinged the ladder in the studs above the doorway, and drilled a hole in the back of the ladder to insert a pole to hold the ladder out away from the wall. (I used a bamboo paint-roller extension pole from Lowe’s). I also put felt pads on the bottom corners of the ladder to keep it from scratching the paint when it’s let back down from the upright position.
I’m really happy with the ladder solution. It’s great as a decorative element most of the time, and only gets pulled out when we need to hang a few garments. Good compromise.
Someday, I think I’d like to paint the walls a fun color, but for now, this makes doing laundry a little less painful.