How to Build a Towel Ladder

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How to Build a Towel Ladder
Create an attractive bamboo towel ladder. (towel hanging in a bathroom image by Gina Smith from

Many modern homes and apartments have very little storage space in their bathrooms, leaving extra towels relegated to the linen closet. One attractive solution to this problem is the towel ladder. This simple design element is a decorative ladder that you lean against the wall in the bathroom, providing rungs to hang spare towels upon. This project is uncomplicated and can be completed in about an hour, while adding some Asian flair to your bathroom decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 bamboo poles, 6'
  • 4 bamboo poles, 2'
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • 8 nails, 2" long (size 6d)
  • Polyurethane spray
  • Raffia
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Lay the two longer bamboo poles on a flat surface. Set the poles 20 inches apart and parallel to each other.

  2. 2

    Measure down from the top 12 inches and place the first short bamboo piece across both longer pieces at this point. The ends of the shorter piece will stick out past the longer poles. Fasten both ends of the shorter pole to the longer poles with a centrally placed nail in each end.

  3. 3

    Measure down another 12 inches and nail in another short cross piece. Do this twice more, so that you end up with a handcrafted ladder with four rungs.

  4. 4

    Spray the entire ladder with polyurethane spray, which will create a waterproof coating on the bamboo. Allow the spray to dry, then add another coat. Allow the polyurethane to dry thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Tie raffia strips in a crisscross design over every spot where the bamboo pieces connect. This will create the effect that the raffia is holding the bamboo together, instead of the nails. Place the ladder against your bathroom wall with the nails facing toward the wall and the foot of the ladder about 12 inches from the wall.

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