As you all know, I’m in the process of decorating my home office and one of the things that I’ve been itching to add is a copper ladder because not only is it industrially chic but it’s also functions as a great home organizer. Seriously, you can pretty much hang everything from clothing, accessories, books/magazines, to blankets!

When I looked to West Elm and Urban Outfitters, ladders ranged from $100-200 and I definitely did not want to shell out that much cash for something for something so minimal. Thanks to Pinterest, I was inspired to recreate one of on my own and it turned out to be surprisingly easy! Everything you need can pretty much be found at your local hardware store. I purchased everything from the PVC section in Lowes for relatively under $60.

What you need

  • 1/2 in x 5 ft (60 in) Copper Pipes (3x)
  • 1/2 in Copper Slip Caps (4x)
  • 1/2 in x 1/2 in x 1/2 in Copper Slip Tee’s (8x)
  • Tape Measure/Ruler
  • Marker
  • Pipe Cutter (I used this)
  • Gorilla Glue

Dimensions to keep in mind

  • Top Vertical Bars = 13.5 in
  • Horizontal Step 1 = 12 in
  • Second Vertical Bars = 11 in
  • Horizontal Step 2 = 12 in
  • Third Vertical Bars = 11 in
  • Horizontal Step 3 = 12 inch length
  • Fourth Vertical Bars = 11 in
  • Horizontal Step 4 = 12 in
  • Bottom Vertical Bars = 13.5 in


  1. Measure out and mark 3 consecutive 11 inch sections and 2 consecutive 13.5 inch sections from a single 1/2 in x 5 ft Copper Pipe. Then carefully use pipe cutter by clamping wheel over each mark and slowly rotating/tightening the cutter until pipe snaps off. I recommend watching this Youtube video for visual reference on how to use this tool!
  2. Repeat entire process with next 1/2 in x 5 ft Copper Tube. At this point, you should be left with 6 – 12 inch tubes and 4 – 13.5 inch tubes.
  3. For the last 1/2 in x 5 ft Copper Tube, measure and mark 5 consecutive 12 inch sections. Again, carefully use pipe cutter by slowly rotating around each mark until pipe snaps. You will only need 4 of the 12 inch tubes (you can use the leftover tube for another DIY like these photo hangers).
  4. Time to assemble the pipes with the tee’s and caps! Refer to “dimensions to keep in mind” above for order of pipes (this is listed from top to bottom).
  5. Once you’ve arranged everything and have a general idea of where everything will go, use gorilla glue inside of each end of the copper pipes to secure. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours before using to allow glue to harden (FYI: Use small amounts and avoid any spill because the glue expands and will be hard to remove from hair, carpet, or clothing).
  6. Optional: Copper from hardware stores are generally pretty dirty and come with print markings. You can easily clean this off using a combination of Vinegar and Salt!

What do you think?! I’m so in love with how this turned out! As always, if you decide to recreate this, let me know how it turns out in the comments below and don’t forget to share your photos with me via Instagram!

xo, Donna Belle

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