Originally used as a functional item for painting, accessing hard-to-reach areas and performing DIY, wooden ladders have become an art piece in themselves in recent years. Rustic and charming, they can be used both for function and decoration. Although not as long wearing as metal ladders, which have replaced wooden ladders in matters of weight and function, they are more aesthetically pleasing. Unbranded wooden ladders are available in a range of sizes, styles and materials. Easy to care for, they simply need to be stored out of the elements in a dry place, and can benefit from polishing or gloss varnish to protect against splinters and make the wood more durable.Wooden Step Ladders
Charming, compact and ideal in a traditional, eclectic or country-style home, wooden Step ladders are a perfect way to gain a bit of height where needed. Generally foldable and only two to four steps high, they provide that little bit of boost to access the tops of cabinets or hard-to-reach shelves. From polished dark woods to light pine, they will suit a range of decor. Their small size and folding construction means they are easily stored away when not required for use.Wooden Decorative Ladders
From vintage ladders that have been retired from traditional service to those that are created solely for decoration, ladders make a great decor item. Many home manufacturers create purpose-built ladders for interior display, the result being a hybrid between a bookshelf and a ladder. Leaned against a wall, they can be used to display ornaments, books or even towels. Those on display outdoors can be utilised to hold pot plants, herbs and festooned with fairy lights for a really rustic, whimsical look. Often constructed from lightweight materials, such as pine and MDF, they can be assembled and disassembled with ease or shifted into position without hassle.Wooden Ladder Designs
From modern painted ladders, lacquered and fitted with shelves to vintage and antique ladders with round rungs, there are plenty of styles available. Often, vintage ladders will have paint splatters, chips, dents and general signs of wear and tear, which tends to add to the genuineness and patina of the item. Rungs can be round and polished, not unlike a broom handle, or wide and flat, for easy stepping.