Keep everyday dishes close at hand by creating an open-shelf system. All you need is a folding ladder and some lumber (pine or poplar, cut at least ¾-inch thick, works well and can be easily painted).
Do It Yourself: 3 Steps Step 1
Select plank shelves that are deep enough to hold your kitchenware (here, each shelf is two planks deep) and long enough that they extend at least a few inches beyond the sides of the ladder. Cut the wood to size, or let the pros at the lumberyard or home center do it for you.
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Set the planks on the rungs to create shelves.
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To help keep the system stable, place heavier items near the center of the shelves, taking care not to set objects too far outside the rungs.