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DIY Blanket Ladder – How To Build a Wooden Blanket Ladder

Our Blanket Ladder is used every day of the year to hold throw blankets and as a quilt ladder. I use it for seasonal decorating too. It is perfect for holding Christmas stockings.

DIY Blanket Ladder

DIY Blanket Ladder

I hung my DIY Hoop Wreath about the ladder for a romantic touch. You can see how I made the wreath here. The gorgeous live edge table was made by my daughter (see how she made it HERE).

Extra blankets stored on DIY ladder

Extra blankets stored on DIY lad

How to Build a Blanket Ladder

A blanket ladder is not just for blankets and quilts, but it is also perfect for displaying home decor.

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Materials and Supplies

2, 1 x 3 x 6 pine boards (ladder rails)

3, 1” X 36” wood dowel (ladder rung)

10, #6  1 ½ screws

100 and 220 grit sandpaper

Wood Stain (special walnut)

Polyacrylic finish

Gloves for staining

Tools

Drill, drill bits, and countersink bit

Speed square

Saws: chop saw and hand saw

Screwdriver

Measuring tape

Paintbrush

Instructions

DIY blanket ladder dimensions are 60″ by 19″; however, it can be any size you would like. A taller one Cut I x 3 boards (ladder rails) at a 15 degrees angle at each end for a finished length of 60 inches.

Cut 1” dowels (ladder rungs) to 18” or desired length.

Sand all the parts with 100 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper. 

Layout drill holes from the top: Spacing 8” 11” 11” 11” 8”. Make sure you identify in insides, so your angles match.

Drill holes in the ladder rail with a bit the size of your screws at each ladder rung location and countersink each hold on the outside of the ladder rails.

Using a 1” Forstner or spade drill bit drill halfway through the board on the inside of the ladder rails.

It is a good idea to mark the drill bit with a piece of tape with the depth you want to achieve.

 

Rustic blanket ladder cutting a 15-degree angle cut

Rustic display ladder cutting a 15-degree angle cut

Drilling holes for the ladder rungs

Drilling holes for the ladder rungs

Cutting the rungs to length

Cutting the rungs to length

Pre Drilled for rung install

Pre Drilled for rung install

Drilling a countersink hole in the side rails for rung install

Drilling a countersink hole in the side rails for rung install

Staining the Ladder Pieces

Easy blanket ladder ready to stain

Easy blanket ladder ready to stain

The best stain applicator I have found is a piece of upholstery foam dipped into the stain and applied in the direction of the grain.

Homemade stain applicator

Homemade stain applicator

Check the angle for ladder

Check the angle for your ladder

Assembling the Ladder

Everything needed for ladder blanket holder assembly

Everything needed for ladder blanket holder assembly

Lining up the pre drilled holes in the rung

Lining up the pre-drilled holes in the rung

You can add a little wood glue to the recess hole.

Placing the next rung in place on the same side rail

Placing the next rung in place on the same side rail

Install the second side rail

Install the second side rail

The last screw in the ladder

The last screw in the ladder

Finished display ladder

Finished display ladder

Another DIY project that I displayed on my ladder was my handmade Christmas stockings. The living room blanket ladder had gray and white stockings, and the dining room had black and gray ones.

Christmas tree, ladder with Christmas stockings, tree stand

Christmas tree, ladder with Christmas stockings, tree stand

Quilt ladder with handmade Christmas stockings

Quilt ladder with handmade Christmas stockings

You might also enjoy these woodworking projects too:

One board bench with deer and wreath; see the post here.

Deer and wreath bench

Deer and wreath bench

 

DIY Lanterns with Solar Lights is one of my favorite projects. I enjoy them all year!

Solar Lantern DIY

Solar Lantern DIY

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See you soon,

Kippi

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Natalie

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Oh I am definitely pinning this! This is something I have always wanted! And it's so much cheaper than going out and buying one already made. I love posts like this. I posted about my coffee table my husband made. I found his next project!!!

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Friday 11th of December 2020

Such a great tutorial. We all love the ladders and I especially love how you've used and decorated yours for Christmas. Mine always just has blankets as it sits in a hidden corner of our bedroom. You've inspired me to get it out and do something different. Thank you for linking up at the Farmhouse Friday LP. Hope you link up again! Merry Christmas!

Bridgette Loxton

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

thank you for the lovely idea of the ladder, i am new at DIY so this is so educational for me.

Roze

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Hi! Love it! Where did you get the tan/white stockings from?

Kathy A

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

I got distracted by the Santa Gnome project! Your tutorials are very clear and easy to follow! Enjoyed following along!

Marie-Interior Frugalista

Friday 3rd of July 2020

This is a great tutorial, Kippi! I've been wanting a blanket ladder but haven't found one that I like locally. I guess I'll have to do what you did and build one. Love the dark stain you used on yours.

Kippi

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Thank you so much for your visit today. I hope you will build one too. I am going to make another one. Hugs, Kippi

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