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A bedside table. A bookshelf. A pot rack. Ladders are multifunctional workhorses, aren't they? Now we can add "cool hanging structure" as well. This version was part of a wedding's reception decor, but imagine some dangling exposed lightbulbs hanging over the table instead. With a little creativity you could create a totally custom light.

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