Use a stepladder for more than reaching for things on the top shelf. Rather than storing the small ladder in a closet or garage, keep it handy by transforming it into a nightstand.
Whether the ladder you have is made of wood or aluminum, you can work with what you’ve got to make it look less “industrial” and more chic. Cover it with a scarf or table runner to dress it up. Add a vase and flowers. The great thing about using a ladder for home décor is that it doesn’t matter if something spills on it! Even better–when you need to use the ladder, it will be right there.