Make this farmhouse style Wooden Blanket Ladder for about $10…and in less than an hour!
We have a lot of windows in our family room. They go all the way around the room, except where the fireplace goes, leaving me very little wall space. I adore all the windows and light, but it does limit me when it comes to decor. However…there was one thing I knew I wanted, and that I knew would be perfect in the corner of the room, between the windows.
Wooden blanket ladders are full of farmhouse charm, but they can be utilized in other decorating styles as well, make them really versatile. I love them as decor, and store blankets–they’re adorable and functional.
Beat the price…make your own wooden blanket ladder!
If you’ve searched around to buy a wooden blanket ladder, they can be really pricey. I’ve seen plenty I really liked, and even loved, but I just could not bring myself to pay that much for them. So…I made my own! It’s an hour (or less) project, and you can make one for around $15. It actually cost me less than that, because we already had the screws–but it’s around $9 in wood. You really can’t beat that! It makes me want one in every single room of my house.
I like a chunkier look, so I used 2×4 posts, instead of thinner wood. I’ve also seen some ladders with slanted rungs, but I prefer them straight.
DIY Wooden Blanket Ladder
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First you need to decide how tall and how wide you want your ladder to be. That’s another great thing about making your own…you can build it the perfect size for your space! Once you’ve decided those two things, you’re ready to cut the wood to size. My ladder is 6 feet tall, 18 inches wide, and about 12 inches between the rungs.
Once your wood is cut, lay out the ladder on your work surface, and get your drill and screws ready. Measure your ladder, and mark where your rungs need to go. Use clamps to keep your rungs in place as you drill in the screws.
Use a drill and 3 inch deck screws (2 per rung, per side) to attach the rungs to the sides. Repeat for each rung.
Add a slight angle (20%) at the top of each piece of wood, so it will rest easily against the wall. I added felt pads as well, so they wouldn’t scuff my wall.
Stain or paint as desired. (This is the one I used.)
I absolutely love how it turned out, and the fact that it’s so inexpensive just means I can make more! If you’re looking for a way to add some farmhouse charm to your home, this darling Wooden Blanket Ladder is perfect!