Pinterest Remake: Rustic Blanket Ladder

My take on a DIY Blanket Ladder

I have mentioned twice now that I have had my eye on the towel ladder and blanket ladder trends. I first posted about my new obsession in my post How To Decorate Like 'Because I Said So', and threw it out there again in my post Feed Your Fixer Upper Addiction #3. Now that fall is here ( and I am cuddling with my blankets often ) it seems like the perfect time to just own one. I could have just purchase one, but where is the fun in that. Instead I built my own trendy blanket ladder!

I searched for a while to find what version of this DIY I wanted to follow, and I found one that was perfect for me. I knew that I wanted to hide the hardware, but I found a Blanket Ladder DIY that had no hardware to hide. Score! Thanks to 12 Oaks Blog for the great tutorial! ( You can find it here ).

Here is what you will need:

  • (2)- 2" x 3" x 8' wood studs
  • (3)- 1" diameter 4' long dowels
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • 1" spade drill bit
  • Sandpaper and/or Sander
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Stain ( optional )
  • Paint ( optional )

Step One: Cut Your Wood

I cut my two 2" x 3" x 8' studs down to 6' each. I made sure to cut them at a 15° angle with my miter saw to ensure that while my blanket ladder is leaning up against the wall the bottom will be flushed to the floor. Next I cut my dowels into six 16" pieces, these will be my rungs.

DIY Blanket Ladder

Step Two: Make It Smooth

I made sure to sand everything down to ensure my blanket ladder will have a smooth finish.


Step Three: Lay It Down And Mark It

To hold each of the dowel rungs, I will be drilling holes. But first I wanted to make sure that the holes would match up perfectly on both sides of the ladder. To do this I laid both sides down ( dowel side up ) and used my square protractor to draw perfectly straight lines across both pieces of wood. These lines were marked first at 2.5" from the bottom and then 13.5" apart from there.


Step Four: Find Center And Drill

Using a 1" spade drill bit ( taped 1/2" from the tip to make sure each hole is even in depth ) I drilled holes in the center of the lines I had just marked. After the holes were drilled, I sanded down the rough edges with some sand paper.

DIY Blanket Ladder

Step Five: Glue It Then Clamp It

Next, place a dollop of wood glue into the holes of one side of your ladder. Place your dowels into the holes with the glue, and then glue the opposite end of the dowel before securing the other side of the ladder. Clamp your blanket ladder together in multiple places until the wood glue completely dries.

DIY Blanket Ladder

Step Six: Paint It Black

Next I decided to forgo wood stain, and try something new! I painted my entire blanket ladder black. I will explain why in the next step.

Step Seven: Paint It White And Sand It

Once my black paint was completely dry, I painted the entire blanket ladder with white paint. With this method, once the white paint was dry and I could sand down the painted blanket ladder in strategic places to give it a more rustic and re-purposed feel. Do you like how my blanket ladder turned out?

DIY Blanket Ladder

DIY Blanket Ladder

Love ( or hate ) the way my DIY Blanket Ladder turned out?

Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

Happy Decorating

38 thoughts on “Pinterest Remake: Rustic Blanket Ladder

  1. Wow! It looks so good! I love it! I usually throw all of our quilts over the back of the couches and chairs, but I LOVE the idea of having them in one place like this!

  2. Ooh, I love how this looks! Im a blanket hoard and right now theyre all in a wood chest. I will definitely be trying my hand at this DIY project. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This blanket ladder looks so good!! I’m obsessed with blankets. I cuddle with them all of the time, but I always have the issue of how to store them. This is the perfect solution!

  4. Ahhhh, what?! I literally have NEVER seen a blanket ladder before!!! Our blankets are always strewn across the living room, before I get frustrated, put them away-only to have them all out again within an hour or two! This is soooo handy, and the perfect little craft with winter around the corner. Totally going to try my hand at this project. Thanks for sharing! <3

  5. You made it look so easy! We’re moving to our new house soon and will most likely include a rug ladder as soon as we start decorating the interior. Thanks for sharing your process!

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