Build an easy DIY blanket ladder that not only stores and displays blankets neatly, but adds simple farmhouse charm to your home! The supplies cost less than $10 and take less than 30 minutes to make! Looks like Pottery Barn without the price tag!
I’ve had a blanket ladder on my wish list for a couple of years, and I finally just bit the bullet and made one! It couldn’t have been easier. And like most DIY projects that I tackle, I wonder why it took me so long!
It’s also incredibly cheap. The total lumber cost for me was less than $10. I actually had one of the boards on hand, so it was less out of pocket, but I factored in the cost of the board I already owned. Some links are affiliate links for your convenience.
Supplies You’ll Need for a DIY Blanket Ladder
- 2 – 1 x 2 x 72 boards. These will be the side pieces of the ladder. And if you buy them at this length, make sure they are the same length.
- 1 – 1 x 4 x 96 board. This will be cut down for the rungs. You actually just need 6 feet of board, but the saw cuts into a little bit of the wood, so I went with an 8-foot piece to give myself some wiggle room.
- Drill (drill bits recommended, but optional)
- Circular Saw or Miter Saw. I absolutely love my Miter Saw. It makes cuts like these such a breeze. This is the one I have —>>> here.
- Wood Screws
- Ruler or tape measure
- Wood glue
- Paint brush or foam brush
- Stain or paint in the color of your choice
- Some scrap wood pieces (optional)
Note: As always when buying lumber, do a “level check” by laying it on the floor in the hardware store to make sure the boards are straight. Otherwise warped boards will make building a ladder (or anything else) a little wonky.
Step by Step Directions for a Farmhouse Blanket Ladder DIY Project
Step 1. Cut down the 1 x 4 x 96 into 18-inch long pieces. These will be your ladder rungs.
Step 2. Sand all of your wood pieces to knock off any rough edges. You don’t want your ladder to snag your blankets!
Step 3. Stain or paint your wood pieces in the color of your choice. I chose to stain mine with Minwax’s Provincial. Let the stain dry for a day or two so that your house and blankets don’t stink. (Another pretty stain color is dark walnut.)
Step 4. Lay your ladder sides down on a flat surface. My driveway wasn’t completely flat, so my ladder was a teensy bit wonky, but not too bad. I should have done it on the garage floor, or inside the house. You live and learn, right?
Step 5. Make some guides. I cut down some scrap wood pieces from the scrap pile to act as a guide for building my ladder. I cut one piece to 14.5 inches to fit between my two ladder sides. And then one 12-inch piece to measure the distance from the top of the ladder to the first rung, and between each subsequent rung.
Step 6. Pre-drill holes. Once I set the first rung in place, I pre-drilled a hole with a drill bit so that I wouldn’t split the wood when I screwed the screw in. Tip: use two screws in each rung to keep it stable. I didn’t do this and wish I had!
Step 7. Screw in each rung. Now screw in the rung with a 1 – 1.5 inch wood screws. (Two in each rung, if possible. It’ll be more sturdy, I promise!)
Step 8. Repeat with each rung until it’s complete! It’s so easy!
Now, fill it with your blankets. Yay! This is the fun part. 😊 It’s so exciting to not only be able to use it to store my blankets, but now I can add texture to this little corner of my room.
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The biggest challenge for me is going to be keeping my 2-year-old from trying to climb it.
With this being such an easy project, do you think you will tackle it? I believe in you!!
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