Unique Kids Room Accessories: Ladder Edition!

By KidSpaceStuff •  Updated: 03/15/24 •  5 min read

As a seasoned interior designer, I’m always on the hunt for innovative ways to add functionality and character to a space.

One unique, yet often overlooked accessory that has been climbing the charts in the design world is the humble ladder.

You might think of ladders as more functional than fashionable, or possibly a safety hazard in a child’s room, but with the right approach, ladders can be an attractive, space-saving, and yes, safe addition to your child’s space. Let’s scale the heights of this exciting design element together.

How to Use Ladders in Interior Design

Ladders as Storage

Kids Bedroom Accessories

In a child’s room, storage is a perpetual challenge. Ladders, with their rungs and height, provide an opportunity for creative and aesthetic storage solutions.

Book Display

A ladder can be easily transformed into an appealing book display. Lean a wide-runged ladder against the wall, and use the steps to organize books. This not only saves space but also allows you to display the covers, making the book selection process easier and more enjoyable for your child.

Hanging Storage

A ladder can also function as a vertical hanger. Attach baskets or buckets to the rungs, creating compartments for storing small toys, art supplies, or other knick-knacks. This utilizes vertical space efficiently and keeps the room clutter-free.

Ladders as Decorative Elements

Ladder for Interior Design

Beyond functionality, ladders can contribute significantly to the aesthetics of a room.

Painted Ladders

A ladder can be a canvas for your child’s favorite colors or patterns. Whether it’s a bold, bright hue that contrasts with the rest of the room or a delicate pastel that complements the existing palette, a painted ladder can be a delightful splash of color.

Themed Ladders

In a themed room, a ladder can be a fantastic accessory. A rustic wooden ladder can complement a nature-themed room, while a metal one might fit perfectly into an industrial-style space.

For example, if you’re designing a baseball themed room, using a ladder can be a great way to merge different design elements together.

Ladders for Accessibility

In rooms where space is at a premium, bunk beds or loft beds are common. Here, a ladder is not only a functional necessity but also an opportunity to make a design statement.

Custom Ladders

Consider a custom ladder that matches the bed frame or other room elements. You could incorporate storage within the ladder itself, with drawers or shelves built into the steps.

Ladders Create Vertical Space

One of the most compelling benefits of using a ladder in your child’s room is the potential to utilize vertical space. This is especially beneficial in smaller rooms where floor space may be limited. A ladder can ascend towards the ceiling, offering storage and display options without encroaching on the room’s play or study areas.

Gallery Wall

If your child is an art lover or enjoys crafting, a ladder can act as a perfect gallery for their creations. Attach clips to the rungs of the ladder to hold their artwork. It’s a stylish way to display their masterpieces and encourages them to get creative.

Stuffed Animal Display

A ladder is an excellent solution for the age-old problem of where to store all those stuffed animals. By draping them over the rungs or placing them on shelves attached to the ladder, you can keep them off the floor but still within your child’s reach.

Ready to build a ladder for your kids room? Check out the video below!

Styling Ladders: Tips and Tricks

While we’ve touched on some ways to style ladders, here are a few more ideas:

Ladder as a Nightstand

If the room is tight on space, a short ladder can double as a nightstand next to your child’s bed. The steps can hold a lamp, a cup for water, and a box for small items like hair ties or glasses.

Mix and Match

Ladders provide an opportunity to mix and match design elements. You can pair a rustic wooden ladder with modern plastic buckets for storage, or a sleek metal ladder with woven baskets.

Blend with Room Colors

If you prefer a more cohesive look, paint the ladder in the same color as the room’s walls. This lets the items on the ladder stand out and creates a seamless look.

Remember, the key to successfully styling a ladder in your child’s room is to ensure it’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. By considering your child’s needs and tastes, you can use a ladder to create a space that’s uniquely theirs.

Safety with Ladders

While ladders add a fun and functional element to a child’s room, safety should be a paramount concern.

Securely Fastened

Whether it’s a ladder leading to a bunk bed or one leaned against a wall as a bookshelf, it’s crucial that it be securely fastened. For wall-leaning ladders, use strong hooks or fasteners that hold the ladder firmly in place. For bed ladders, ensure they are correctly attached to the bed frame.

Wide Rungs

Choose ladders with wide, flat rungs. They are safer for little feet to climb and are also more comfortable for sitting or standing on when the ladder is used for storage or display.


For younger children, ensure they are supervised when using the ladder until they are old enough to use it safely.

Final Thoughts

A ladder can be a surprisingly versatile element in a child’s room. Whether you use it for storage, as a decorative piece, or as a necessary part of the room’s layout, it can add both function and charm.

With careful consideration and safety measures, it can be a unique focal point that marries fun and functionality in a child’s space.

Don’t be afraid to climb high with your design aspirations, because with a ladder, the sky is truly the limit!