When I first set out to make this ladder for blankets, I had a wooden Pottery Barn blanket ladder in mind for inspiration. That one goes for $249 which is insane because I made my wooden blanket rack for less than $10.
I'll pause while you rub your eyes and reread… two. hundred. and. forty. nine. dollars. For some wood that leans against the wall! Whaaaat? Ludicrous!
I'll show you how to build a blanket ladder in less than 30 minutes plus some drying time. A DIY blanket ladder is so simple and works as a ladder for quilts, towels or a throw blanket ladder and can really add to your decor in a functional way.
Don’t want to build a blanket ladder or looking for a different style? I’ve rounded up decorative ladders for blankets in different styles for you here.
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How to Make a Blanket Ladder
Step 1: Cut the wood for your wooden blanket ladder
*These cuts may change depending on your specific blanket ladder plans.
Cut one 5 foot piece of wood from each of your 8 foot pieces, so you have two five foot pieces for the sides of the ladder.
Cut four 18 inch pieces of wood from the remaining wood for the rungs of the ladder. (These need to be pretty exact.)
Step 2: Arrange the pieces of your wood blanket ladder
Lay each piece of your blanket ladder out on the ground to make a ladder.
You'll arrange the spacing of the rungs depending on how you plan to decorate your blanket ladder rack. I put mine 12 inches apart, but started 18 inches from the ground and left just 6 inches at the top so that I could hang a blanket nicely on the bottom bar.
Step 3: Glue the pieces of your ladder for blankets together
Dab a little bit of wood glue on the end of each rung then attach it with a screw from the outside of each side piece going straight into the center of the end of each rung.
Step 4: Stain the wooden blanket rack (optional)
Stain the throw blanket holder the color of your choice and let it dry and air out completely (so it doesn't stink up your house or your blankets).
If you decide to stain your blanket ladder, finish with a clear coat if you think your stain may get onto your blankets.
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What do you think? I think I'm on a roll with getting the look without having to pay a fortune. I did it with this knock off DIY blanket ladder and I did it with my DIY Grommet Top Curtains!
Where To Buy A Blanket Ladder On A Budget
There are many blanket ladders to choose from that can fit any home decor style. I've scoured the internet and found decorative ladders for blankets and broke them down into categories of different styles, colors, and materials - all for less than $100.
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