Inside: Easy DIY blanket ladder tutorial to show you how to build a blanket ladder just like the one in the Pottery Barn catalog, but for less than $10.
When I first set out to make this DIY Blanket Ladder, I wanted to look at some blanket ladder ideas to start. After a while of searching, I knew I was going to mimic the ladder blanket holder I’d seen before in the Pottery Barn catalog and knew I could make it for much less. It wasn’t until just (literally) a second ago that I looked online to find out the price so that I could knock your socks off with how much money you could save by doing this yourself.
What ended up happening is I knocked my own socks off cause they charged $249 for their wooden blanket ladder and I made mine 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!
This project took less than 30 minutes plus some drying time. So simple. And look at the result!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a 5ft. tall and 18 inch wide throw blanket ladder.
What you need to make a blanket ladder shelf:
- 16 feet of wood. I used (1 3/8 x 1 3/8) 8 foot furring strips that were $2.15 each.
- Eight 2 – 1/2 inch wood screws.
- Wood glue
- Stain (I used Minwax in Dark Walnut)
- (Optional) Felt pads to put at the top of the ladder where it leans against the wall so it doesn’t mark up your wall.
- (Optional) clear coat so that you don’t have to worry about the stain getting on your blankets.
- Saw – if you don’t own a chop saw you could easily do this project by hand with a hacksaw.
Ready for the simplest tutorial to ever appear on this blog? We’re just going to use basic pieces of wood like we did for our DIY plant stands and a few screws and I’ve got a quick video and a step-by-step tutorial with photos for you!
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How to Build a Blanket Ladder Step by Step
Step 1: Cut one 5 foot piece of wood from each of your 8 foot pieces, so you have two five foot pieces.
Step 2: Cut four 18 inch pieces of wood from the remaining wood. (These need to be pretty exact.)
Step 3: Lay them out on the ground to make a ladder. 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 actually hang a blanket on the bottom bar.
Step 4: Dab a little bit of wood glue on the end of each bar then attach with a screw from the outside of each side piece going straight into the center of the end of each bar.
Step 5: Stain it the color of your choice and let it dry and air out completely (so it doesn’t stink up your house or your blankets.)
Finish with a clear coat if you think your stain may get onto your blankets.
Doesn’t it look pretty?
The difference in price is just completely insane I tell ya!
What do you think? I think I’m on a roll with getting the look without having to pay a fortune. I did it here and I did it with my grommet top curtains!
This ladder blanket rack is headed over to my cousin’s house. It’s been on her list for awhile, and is the perfect gift!