Hello friends! Today I am sharing my above toilet storage ladder build plans! This is the same ladder that some of you will recognize from the Deseret News Home Show Bathroom Wars Design Challenge! (It’s the ladder just to the left of my fabulous boxwood halo..)
I decided I needed to build this ladder to solve two problems in our tiny guest bathroom. The first problem is we needed storage. Something we could put baskets on or toiletries etc. The second problem is that because the bathroom is so small, I needed to come up with a space-saving solution.
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Let’s chat supplies!
- (2) 8′ – 2×4 boards
- (1) 8′ – 2×6 board
- (1) 8′ – 2×8 board
- (2) 2×4 boards – 90″ (7ft 5in) – You will need to do a 5% bevel cut at the base of each of these boards.
- (1) 2×6 board – 20″
- (1) 2×8 board – 20″
- 2″ wood screws
- 3/4″ pine plugs
- wood glue
- 120 grit sandpaper
- 3/4″ drill bit
- miter saw
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Drill pocket holes into ladder legs
I recommend placing your legs on an even hard floor leaning against a straight flat wall. Place 2 countersunk holes using your drill and 3/4″ drill bit at 17″ from the top of each leg and again at 34″ from the top also.
Step 2: Attach shelves
Using 2″ screws and wood glue. attach your 2×6 shelf at 17″ from the top of each leg. Repeat this step with your 2×8 shelf at 34″ from the top of each leg. The back of each shelf will be flush with the wall and will extend out the front of the legs by 1/2″ on each shelf. You can see this well below the following picture. Fill holes with 3/4″ plugs.
Step 3: Sand and paint
Sand ladder down with 120 grit sandpaper and paint as desired.
I used a dark walnut stain and Rustoleum’s Painters Touch paint in white.
You can see the super easy distressing technique I used here:
This project is a really simple one that has had a big impact! I love that I can switch it up with baskets and towels or more decorative items if I choose.
Make it a great day!
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