Want A Great Towel Rack? Create An Easy Bamboo Ladder

If you're remodeling your bathroom, you are likely having a great time looking through all the various finishes to outfit the space. Towel racks are likely on your list. If you want something a little more stylish than the ones that you hang on the wall, you can make a stand-up towel rack if you have the space in the form of a bamboo ladder to rest against the wall. This guide explains how this is done.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • 2 large diameter bamboo poles
  • several small bamboo sticks
  • a measuring tape
  • a level
  • a pencil
  • a drill
  • spade bit for the drill (slightly larger than diameter of small bamboo sticks)
  • a saw
  • construction glue
  • tinted wood filler pencil (similar color to the bamboo)
  • sandpaper or a sanding block

Step 2: Lay Out the Bamboo

Decide if you want a parallel ladder or a-frame ladder. Lay the large bamboo poles at your desired angle and set out the smaller bamboo sticks at desired intervals between the two poles.

Set the level on top of the sticks to ensure that they are straight. Maneuver the sticks around until they are perfectly level between the poles.

Mark the poles to remember where the sticks will go with the pencil.

Step 3: Cut the Sticks to Size

If you're creating an a-frame ladder, or if the sticks are a little long for the desired width of the ladder, cut the sticks to size with the saw according the length of the space between the two larger poles.

Step 4: Drill the Holes and Attach the Rungs

Use your drill and spade bit to create holes on your bamboo poles where the pencil marks are.

Gather your bamboo sticks and coat the ends with the construction glue.

Insert the sticks into the holes. Add more glue if necessary to fill the seal between the stick and the drilled hole.

Fill any remaining holes or gaps with the wood filler. Allow the ladder to dry overnight.

Step 5: Sand the Ladder

Once the ladder has had ample time to dry, sand any excess wood filler or glue. The ladder is then ready to lean against your bathroom wall and serve as a stylish towel holder for your interior design scheme.

Expect to spend a couple of hours designing your bamboo ladder and putting it all together. Stain the ladder a vibrant color if you prefer, or leave it as is for a natural look. Consult with your interior designer for more ideas on other places that you can use this ladder as room décor or for a functional piece.