I had three primitive ladders that were setting around and thought what to do with them? I wanted to make a shelf but I was limited by my lack of wood for the shelves. I found three wall shelves and decided that they would be perfect to use leaving only the top shelf to provide for. I had a wire basket that I found at an estate sale last summer and sure enough it fit perfectly. I just had to spray paint it black because it was an ugly white. I had a nice decorative piece I tacked to the top to add some flair and there you have it. It is a nice skinny tall shelf that could hold books, collectibles, or whatever your heart desires. So in the process I used up some pieces that have been collecting dust and created a useful shelf.