DIY Blanket Ladder: Pottery Barn Knock Off

When I first set out to make this DIY Blanket Ladder I knew I was going to mimic the one I’d seen before in the Pottery Barn catalog and knew I could make it for much less, but 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 charge $179 for their blanket ladder and I made mine for under $5!

I’ll pause while you rub your eyes and reread…one. hundred. and. seventy. 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!

DIY pottery barn blanket ladder

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Here’s what you will need to make a 5ft. tall and 18 inch wide blanket ladder.


  • 16 feet of wood.  I used (1 3/8 x 1 3/8) 8 foot furring strips that were $2.07 each.
  • Eight 2 – 1/2 inch wood screws.
  • 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.

How to Make a Blanket Ladder

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.

DIY pottery barn blanket ladder

 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.)

DIY pottery barn blanket ladder

 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: Attach each bar with a screw.

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.

DIY pottery barn blanket ladder

Doesn’t it look pretty?

DIY pottery barn blanket ladder

The difference in price is just completely insane I tell ya!

DIY pottery barn blanket ladder

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 blanket ladder is headed over to my cousin’s house.  It’s been on her list for awhile, and is the perfect gift!

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This blanket ladder looks just like the one at Pottery Barn. Great tutorial to make your own for about $5! #blanketladder

About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

106 thoughts on “DIY Blanket Ladder: Pottery Barn Knock Off

  1. Sarah says:

    Great idea! How much would you say it weighs? I’m curious because I’m interested in making one for my craft show displays, and would be transporting it.

  2. Patty says:

    Love the idea, I only wish the supply list and directions could be in a PDF so I could put it in my husbands project book.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Patty, I sent you an email with the PDF attached. Hope it helps!

  3. Rashi says:

    Hi Corey! Thanks so much for this tutorial, I’m looking forward to trying to build myself one of these next weekend. One question – is it possible to attach the wood screws without a drill? I’m an absolute novice and don’t have any tools except for a hammer (*blush*), so wondering if I’ll have to buy a drill asap.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Rashi! I would suggest using a drill with wood screws. If this is the only time you’ll use a drill definitely as a neighbor to borrow one. They aren’t scary, I promise!!!

    2. Rashi says:

      Thanks! I’ll go buy one as I’m from India and drills here aren’t usually common household items 😉

  4. Elaine says:

    This is awesome and we got the supplies to make it and I’m so excited! Just wondering is there any reason why you stain after assembling the ladder as opposed to before?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      No, not necessarily Elaine. I just didn’t have time to let it dry before assembling so doing it after made more sense for me. Hope yours turns out awesome!

  5. erika says:

    i am SO EXCITED to try this! you are amazing!!!!!

  6. Christine says:

    LOVE this so much!! Thank you for posting!!! Made it this past weekend. Question though…I used the same stain and after 3 days it still feels sticky. Will it get better results more dry? Will it stink up my blankets because it’s still stinky! 😉

    Thanks again!!

    1. Olaf says:

      if after 3 days it is still sticky you have messed something up. Did you stir the stain well enough?

    2. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Christine, this didn’t happen to me 🙁 I googled this and it appears you might have to start over. See this post on Home Depot’s forum for sticky miniwax issue. Hope this helps!

    3. Nathan says:

      You have to sand the stain with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out

  7. behsazanwood says:

    whenever i thought by myself to build my own blanket ladder, i found it hard and difficult, but by these instructions U gave us, now it is crystal clear to me that it wasnt that difficult 🙂
    Thanks a million

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome! Glad you found inspiration here!

  8. Martina says:

    Hi! A friend and I made two 8ft x 24″ ladders yesterday using your tutorial and they turned out beualfuflly. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!
    My question for you – if you could go back and polyurethane it, would you? I’m wondering if that would take away from the rustic charm, or is it good to do it to protect the blankets (and keep the wood in nice shape).

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Martina, I think a not too glossy coat on top would be fine and definitely protect the blankets. Maybe even a clear spray paint might do it.

  9. Cassie says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I made this this past weekend and it could not have been easier! I plan to make a few more for friends.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      That’s awesome, Cassie! I’ll bet they turn out beautifully!

  10. Going to try this. I like the price! I was thinking of doing it another way but it was going to be too expensive, so this is great. Thank you!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Best wishes on your project, Elisabeth!

  11. Christiane says:

    Hi. Already bought 2 8 feet (1 X 2) I have Wood screws and Wood stain. Plan on building one today.

    Thanks for the inspiration

    1. Corey Willis says:

      How exciting, Christiane! I’ll be your ladder turns out awesome!

  12. Lynn says:

    Love , love , love it …. Look out Home Depot I’m on my way . Thank u so much for all the info. I’ve always wanted a blanket ladder

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so very welcome, Lynn! Good luck with your project!

  13. Kristina Williams says:

    This is wonderful! My husband and I are moving and really want a blanket ladder in our new home! What tools are necessary to cut the wood? Or can it be cut at the hardware store? Thank you!:)

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks so much, Kristina! It can absolutely be cut at the hardware store but if you need to cut it yourself and don’t own a saw, you can use a simple hack saw and miter box to get a nice clean cut. Good luck!

  14. Danielle says:

    I went to the Pottery Barn website and their 5ft ladder actually sells for 249.00! The 8ft sells for 429.00!
    Thank you for your tutorial!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Wow, thanks for the price update, Danielle! I love making high end stuff for less! Glad you found the tutorial helpful 🙂

  15. Earlene Millier says:

    Hi Corey –

    I’ve been shopping for a blanket ladder to hold towels in my bathroom. I happened upon your DIY version. In the morning I’m heading to Home Depot to get the materials and I’m going to make it tomorrow. I think your version actually looks a little nicer than the Pottery Barn version!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I’m so excited for you, Earlene! I’ll bet it turns out awesome!

  16. Renee Douglas says:

    Awesome job!!! I’m going to try this….thanks for the tip😊

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You are so welcome, Renee! Hope yours turns out awesome!

  17. Love it! What color stain did you use?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks Kelsey, it was fun making this. I used Miniwax in dark walnut, which is linked under the supplies list on this post.

  18. Tammy says:

    Ok so I’ve had a blanket ladder started since Oct I know I know that’s a long time. Totally different wood as I hadn’t seen this post. Anyway how in the world do you go about attaching these boards keeping them in line and getting them screwed together etc… ? You didn’t show that part and the post I got mine from used a Kreg jig. I’m so intimidated by assembling this and noticed you don’t have pictures of that step😞.
    My wood is prestained as I seem to always do stain and paint ahead of time I just need this done. Please help!!!! Thanks

    1. Hey Tammy.

      I didn’t use a Kreg jig because at the time I didn’t own one, but it would make it a bit stronger. I literally just predrilled the holes on the outside piece and then held the smaller pieces in place and drilled the screw in. The wood I used wasn’t too hard, so it was really easy. I did join pieces together with the kreg jig on my plant stands so this post may help you see how I did that.

  19. Venessa V says:

    Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!!

  20. Molly says:

    I love this so much and am planning on making one soon! Thanks for the great tutorial! Here’s my question: are you planning on attaching yours to the wall in any way? I’m worried about the bottom sliding non my wood floors. Any recommendations for securing this? Thanks!

  21. I made one of these in one Sunday afternoon and I loved it! I want to make some for friends 🙂 Thank you for this simple tutorial!

  22. Candy Walsh says:

    This is so great! I am so doing this! Thank you so much!

  23. Tiffany says:

    Hi! Did you precondition your wood before you stained? I love the look you got and what hoping to achieve the same coloring.

    1. Hey Tiffany. I didn’t. Just slapped some stain on!

  24. Thanks to your tutorial, I got inspired and wanted to make one that got my aesthetic. I had some branches that had fallen a week ago, and so I made this ladder from those still-green branches. Each rung had to be custom fit and cut to the side bars, so it ended up being quite a bit more labor than anticipated! But, the concept is still the same! Thanks for the inspiration, and simple, step-by-step help!

  25. Shawn says:

    Hi Corey,

    I completed it! Thank you so much it turned out great! I too had to use 8X2 1/2 screws. The 2 inch was too short. I literally just finished staining it and I can’t wait for it to dry!

    1. That is so awesome Shawn!!! Way to go!

  26. Kathy James says:

    Completed my own project today and I am very happy with the outcome. I did make the legs of mine 6 ft long, as I wanted it taller on the wall. I followed the 18″ height for the bottom rung and then 14 inches for each of the others. I also used 2-1/2″ screws as the 2″ screws didn’t seem to bite in to the rung far enough for my satisfaction.

    1. That is awesome Kathy! Love that you made it your own! I’d love to see a pic if you get a chance too 🙂

    2. andrea says:

      Kathy James do you have a picture of yours that you can display? Wondering what the spacing looks like?

  27. Johnie Olivia Tate says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you so very much for the instructions. Will definitely make one or two for my “new” 1940’s home.

    1. You are so welcome!

  28. Fabulous job Corey- and such a simple project!!

  29. […] but I know by the time we have one made for each room I’ll be a staining pro. We used this tutorial – we, being K. It was easy to follow, and we loved the diagrams. We used thicker word, I […]

  30. Alicia says:

    You need to look again. I just did and that ladder is now $249. Great job!!! I’m going to do this for a Fall project. I have lots of quilts to hang on it and I think it will be perfect to prop in a corner.
    Thanks for the tutorial,

    1. Oh my goodness! That is crazy! It really is so easy to make and is a great way to organize blankets and make a room look cozy. I’d love to see the result when you are done!

  31. Kevin L says:

    My daughter sent me this link asking if I could build a blanket ladder for her. I have all the tools so my immediate response was yes. I was excited to have a project we could work on together. It all went well while working on it the thought crossed my mind that there is one thing $179 won’t include – an opportunity for a father to show his love for his daughter.

    1. I absolutely love this! It is so true. One of my favorite things growing up was working on projects with my parents and I always try to include my kids in the process as well. That blanket ladder is going to mean so much to her for years to come.

  32. Brittany says:

    Hello, I love the ladder and am pretty good at DIY, but I am very intimidated by power tools (also we don’t own any). Did you use a power saw to cut the wood? Thanks

    1. Hi Brittany. You could easily use a hack saw. You will need a drill though. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

    2. Holly says:

      If you get the wood at a diy place like Home Depot or Lowe’s they will cut it for you for a small fee. I think first cut is free and each additional is ¢25…

  33. Melanie says:

    Beautiful job! A true craftsman!

  34. Oh…this is AMAZING! I’m SO going to do this! Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

  35. Cynthia says:

    I have been thinking about a blanket ladder for a while. My question is for anyone that has one. Does it mark up your walls? In thinking that having it leaned against the wall and taking the blankets on and of would make scuff marks. Anyone have any experience with this?

    1. Hi Cynthia! Great question. This one that I made for my cousin did scuff up her walls at first but we added little pads (like you would add to the bottom of a chair) to the backside where the ladder hits the wall and that took care of it. Hope that helps!

  36. Rachel says:

    Great tutorial, but where did you get that pillow? Love it!

  37. amanda says:

    Hello! I just have 1 question. Where do I get the wood from? I have looked at Lowes to every craft store. Thank you!

    1. Hi Amanda! I got these 8 foot long pieces at Home Depot. Any 1-2 inch square pieces would work just fine. The people at Home Depot are super helpful, so definitely grab someone and tell them what you are looking for and they can point you in the right direction.

      If you have any more questions you can shoot me an email at (replying to this won’t work 🙂 Good luck!

  38. Theresa moss says:

    just love this. I think i might have to make it this week

  39. Jocelyn says:

    Looks great. I have a 20 foot old wooden ladder that I can’t wait to try and convert with a little elbow grease

    1. Awesome! That would be perfect and I bet the wood is just beautiful!

  40. Tempest says:

    You start off by saying cut one 5 foot piece of wood is it supposed to say two for the side pieces? And is this something you can put in the living/family room or just the bedroom?

    1. Yes. You’ll cut one 5 foot piece from each piece so that you have 2 five foot pieces. And you can absolutely use this in a living/ family room. In fact, I think it is most useful there and a perfect place to keep the blankets close by in a nice way!

  41. Amanda says:

    What color stain is this? I love it!

    1. Hi there! The stain I used on the blanket ladder is called Dark Walnut by Miniwax. I got it at HomeDepot. I’d love to see it if you do the project so let me know!

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  43. This is just plain awesome. I can’t wait to try this! Just curious, what stain did you use? It’s beautiful!

    1. Great question. I used mini wax dark walnut. You can buy it in a small little can, which is perfect for small jobs like this one.

  44. Katie Tardif says:

    I was sitting here with my credit card out about to terrible buy that pottery. Arm ladder when I found your site! It is amazing! Beautiful. Do you mind if I ask what stain you used? I love it!

  45. Awesome Jeremy! It is so easy and if you work with wood a lot I would imagine you would have most of the wood on hand as scraps. Looking forward to checking out your site!

  46. Thyra LeBlanc says:

    I have wanted one of these “apple picking” ladders for as long as I can remember! Now, I’ll just make it. Thanks.

    1. You should. It really easy an easy project! And you can’t beat the cost right?

  47. Nice ladder, and it only cost $5! It’s unbelievable what retailers are charging for some of their items. Love the lamp knockoff too. I might have to try that one myself.

    1. Thank you so much Kristi. I agree. Sorta crazy what they charge, and what people will pay! Not this girl!

  48. Oh my goodness! I love this! Thanks for such an easy to follow tutorial!

    1. It really is so simple! Thank you for coming by!

  49. This is great! I’m totally going to have to try this. Loving all the Pottery Barn knockoffs you’ve been making. Pottery Barn is one of my favorite stores but their prices are a little out of my budget. So glad your making these great inspirations.

    1. Thanks Courtney! This series has been so much fun for me creatively! This one is totally easy. You should give it a try!

  50. Wow!! That really looks easy to make!! This turned out really amazing, you can knock off anything and I think your projects look better then the originals. Great job!

  51. Another fantastic knowck-off! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday! Pinning to our board!

  52. Hey from Lovely Ladies, this is a great DIY hack list. I love the blanket ladder and think I’m going to give it a try!

  53. You did such a great job with this! I’m trying to figure out where I could squeeze this into my apartment;)

    1. Thanks Ginnie! It really doesn’t take up much space at all so I hope you try it! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  54. Emily says:

    Love this! so cute and so simple! Great price point!

  55. Corey, I am so impressed by you (and this awesome ladder)! I also love that this seems like a totally reasonable tutorial that even I, with zero wood working skillz, could manage 🙂

    1. I have an idea Amy! You come over and cook dinner for me and I’ll build you one! haha! No, really this doesn’t require any woodworking skills. Not that I actually have any, but I fake it pretty well while I’m learning 🙂

  56. WOW, I love it and ALL your knock-offs! I hate paying full price for things and the mark up is truly insane! I definitely see one of these ladders in my future!! Thank you!

  57. Sheila says:

    I just love your style. Great projects girl. Way to go !!! The price differences are just astonishing !!! I can hardly wait to see what you will do next 🙂


  58. Erlene says:

    Umm…I think I like your $5 version a lot better than the $179 version. Plus you can customize it to exactly what you want to hang on it.

  59. You killed it! It looks great! I love every one of your knock offs!

  60. Good work on this one, it turned out great! What a scam, $179!!??

  61. Al says:

    You knock offs are always amazing but I think this one is the most surprising one yet. I can’t imagine paying $179 for a blanket ladder. With that said, yours definitely does not look like a $5 one! Amazing work!

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