This is ingenious! I only wish I could take credit for it! I had a very old ladder with the original paint on it. I was using it in a bathroom as a cute, rustic towel holder. But not long ago I was visiting my friend and she had it hanging horizontal as a shelf for family pictures! Here is what I came up with... Center your ladder above your couch, headboard or whatever. Mark on your blank wall where you would like it to go (and anything else you need to hang around it).