No Fireplace Needed: The Clever Stocking Hanging Idea Taking Over Pinterest

One of the most charming things about holiday decor are the stockings lined up across a mantel—but what happens if you don’t have a fireplace? Ah well, then of course you dot your staircase banister with them. What? No staircase either? Never fear! This clever idea taking over Pinterest works for everyone, no matter your architectural shortcomings.

Decorative ladders in living rooms have been a big trend these last few years, usually used to hang blankets and throws. But a new way to use them (spoiler alert: to hang stockings) is popping up all over Pinterest lately. Do a quick search for “stocking hanging ideas” and a good percentage of your results are likely to render an image of a ladder leaning against a wall adorned with stockings.

I myself have long suffered from no-way-to-hang-stockings syndrome this time of year. I neither have a fireplace nor a staircase (well, I do, but it’s just the vehicle from my front door up to my actual living space), but my festive decor never quite felt complete without stockings and I am pumped to give this idea a try.

The look works well regardless of your style (from modern to boho to traditional to farmhouse chic). Let’s take a look:

Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest got festive in her dining room, bringing in a decorative ladder and festooning it with buffalo check-patterned stockings (so trendy!) and a pretty rad DIY advent calendar.

Writer and creative Jane Johnson shared this image via her Twitter. A mostly white and minimal tree coordinates with the rustic ladder paired with sweater knit white stockings.

Got extra tree cuttings you’re not sure what to do with? The Fresh Exchange put some of hers in a stocking near her standalone fireplace.

I think a pretty solid mantra for holiday decorating should be: When in doubt, add string lights, because…why not? Christina’s Adventures seems to agree by the look of her lit stocking-adorned ladder.

Who knew all you needed for your Christmas command center was a ladder? I Heart Organizing uses hers to show up stockings, a wreath and two baskets with gifts and holiday cards.

And finally, from Flat Creek Farmhouse, a neutral yet lovely collection of stockings hung from an old, rustic ladder is ideal for your inner Chip & Joanne Gaines.

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