Introduction: Clothes Ladder
Are you always trying to find a place to store the clothes that you've already worn but aren't quite dirty enough to be washed? Well look no more! Here's a simple, elegant way to store your clothes that takes up less space than the usual chair.
Step 1: What Do You Need?
I'm from Switzerland, so I'll be referring to a Swiss shop, but the references are just here to give you a better idea. I'm sure you can find the same at home!
Here are the materials that I went to buy:
- 2 planks of wood of 34x54x2500 mm, cut to 1.8m in the shop (cheated on that one ;-) )
- 3 cylindrical wooden tubes of 23x1000 mm
- screws for wood or universal screws (I took 4.5x80mm, just be sure that it went through the frame and far enough into the middle bar). I suggest using some that have a part without threading, so you can tighten the cylindrical part more easily.
Here are the tools you're going to need:
- an automated screwdriver (or you're gonna kill your hands)
- a pencil
- a meter
- a protractor
- paint or varnish for decoration
Step 2: Draw Your Cutting/screwing Lines
On the cylindrical tubes, draw a line at 45 cm from each end.
On the bars, draw a line at the bottom with a 10° angle (so that the bottom is flat on the ground, and the ladder is at an angle from the wall).
From the top of the bars, draw a little cross in the middle of the width, every 25cm, 5 times (so at 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 cm). Do this on the outside of the bar (so the outside of the ladder). Careful the side that you do it on, it changes since you cut the bottom at an angle! (If you're not sure, you can do the crosses on both sides, it only takes a few minutes).
Step 3: Cut the Wood
Cut the cylindrical tubes, and the planks as you marked them. If you don't cut straight (like I do, because I'm not very experienced yet), adjust the surfaces by sanding them down.
Beware to keep the middle 10cm that you're cut from the cylinders, we're going to need them for additional hooks afterwards!
Don't forget to sand down the edges to limit possible splinters!
Step 4: Screw It All Together
1. Place the screw on the cross that you drew before.
2. Screw it in until you reach the other side (screw slowly with your hand on the other side, and stop as soon as you feel something).
3. Turn the bar 90° (be sure that it is stable). With one hand, continue to screw. With the other, hold the cylindrical bar in place. Screw until the screw in completely inserted.
4. Repeat until all cylindrical bars are attached to one side.
5. Take the other side and prepare the screws until you feel them on the other side with your hand.
6. Stand the partial ladder up (it should not slide down as you have already cut the bottom!). Hold the other bar against the partial ladder and screw the other side of the cylindrical bars.
Step 5: Add Side Hooks (optional)
[photos on the way]
You can include hooks directly on the side of your ladder very easily.
1. Draw little crosses on the inside of the ladder, where you want your hooks to be. I put mine between the 1st and 2nd cylinder, and between the 3rd and 4th.
2. Add the screws until you feel the other side.
3. Take the 10 cm leftovers from cutting your 45 cm bars and screw them on in the same way as before
Step 6: That's It!
If you feel creative, feel free to paint your ladder any way you want! Otherwise I'd recommend varnishing it to increase its lifetime.
You're now ready to hang your clothes up in a fashionable style! (And they're more accessible than piled up on a chair! ;-)
I hope you liked my tutorial, it's the first one =)
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