Step By Step Process To Use A Ladder For Decoration
The old ladder can be used for the decoration purpose, in order to hang a ladder for the decorative purposes, simply get the L-brackets to support the ladder on the wall. The step by step process to use a ladder for decoration is shown below:
- Purchase a hanging or the blanket ladder. Take a wooden ladder with the 2 rails which are designed for reaching the tall bookshelves or hanging off to the side of a wall, or the shelving blankets. The standard A-frame ladder is not ideal for the decoration, this is because it has the 4 side rails instead of the 2, and the user needs to disassemble it in order to mount it as a shelf or storage unit. A ladder with the flat rails is the best option than a ladder having the round rails. This is due to the fact that round rail is harder to drill into.
- The second step is to measure the ladder to make sure that it will fit in the available space. Position the ladder down in a horizontal way all along the wall where it is going to install. If in case the fit looks tight, then use a measuring tape to measure out the length of the ladder. Then, measure the wall space to check if there is enough room on the wall for the ladder.
- After the above step, then use a stud finder to determine where the joists are located. Ladders are usually heavy that must be mounted on studs. To find studs in the wall, purchase a stud finder. Then drag the stud finder all across the wall to locate the supporting joists that are behind the drywall. The stud finder will start beeping or lights up once it finds a stud in the wall. If the user does not plan to place anything on the ladder that is heavy and is 20 pounds, then there is no need to hang the ladder on the studs.
- Use a level as well as a pencil to mark the locations for a bracket that is for the bottom rail. Against the wall hold a level until the bubble that is in the middle is exactly centered. Then, use the stud finder to markdown at least the 3 studs. Put one mark after every 1 to 2 feet to make sure that it will be evenly supported. Hold up the ladder before drilling anything on the wall to make sure that the marks will not overlap with the rungs that are of the ladder.
- Drill the L-brackets into the wall keep the brackets facing up. Purchase the L-shaped brackets which are slightly smaller than the width of the ladder’s rails and then drill them in the wall at the marked locations. Use 3 inches screws to install the brackets. Sand the ladder with the help of the 80- to 150-grit sandpaper for a smoother finish. If in case the ladder is heavily used, then sand the surface to avoid the splintering.
- Raise the ladder on the top of the brackets and then screw the ladder in place. Carefully as well as slowly lift the ladder up. Position the bottom rail on the top of the L-brackets so that it will flush with the wall. Use the screws to secure the ladder with the part of the brackets that are sticking out of the wall. Hold each of the screws in the opening that is on the bracket and then slowly drill the screw in the wood at the lowest power setting.
- Drill the additional brackets in the wall underneath the top rail. Install the L-bracket for the top rail on each bracket that is installed for the bottom rail. Turn the bracket in the upside-down direction in a way so that the piece that extends out of the wall is on top.
- Finally secure the top rail using the screws. Use the shorter screws to secure the top rail with the L-brackets. Hold each of the screws in place and then slowly pull the trigger on the drill to screw the screws in the L-brackets.