When the Cheapest Option in the Store is over $100...
You do it your own way (DIY). I had been wanting to create something to hold the tons of magazines I have accumulated over the years that I would like to keep (one of the VERY few things I tend to hoard). A quick search on Pinterest on DIY ladders will keep your imagination busy for quite some time. I landed on a version utilizing copper plumbing fittings to avoid drilling (mostly because I don't have the tools required).
What you will need:
- 7/8" x 48" poplar dowel (x3) | $3.78 ea
- 5/8" x 48" poplar dowel (x2) | $2.48 ea
- 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/2" plumbing copper tee (x8) | $3.38 ea
- 3/4" copper cap (x4) | $1.19 ea
The cuts I made:
- The 7/8" dowel was cut into 2 pieces of 18" (for the bottom of the ladder) and 8 pieces of 12" for the rest
- The 5/8" dowel was cut into 4 equal 16" pieces
Assembly was as easy as it sounds - just insert into fitting and let stand. The more difficult part was the cutting since I used a handsaw (hello, strong arms) but if you have a table saw, that will probably be the easiest job (which should tell you how easy this project is overall).
This ladder took a mere 35 minutes and $48.10 to cut, assemble and display. One of the best ROI on DIY I have ever had! My next step is to possibly stain the ladder to match the rest of the wood tones in my living room.