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!
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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!