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Blanket ladders are all the craze right now! Scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest, you’ll see them everywhere. Of course, I had to jump on the wagon.
If you go shopping for a blanket ladder, you’ll find most are outrageously priced. I’ve been hooked on d.i.y projects lately and my husband always has a hand in them. I knew he could build a blanket ladder for me, and he did!
I’m sharing with you the materials used, so that you too can build a blanket ladder at low cost and in a short amount of time! But, if shopping is your thing or you just can’t quite find the time to d.i.y, you can find two reasonably priced ladders here and here!
Alright, let’s hop to it! Easter is almost here, right?
- 2 8ft Wood Furring Strips – $2.14/each
- 1 pack (8 count) of #6 x 2-½ in. Wood Screws – $1.28
- Wood Glue (optional) – $4.18
- Wood Putty (optional, but will cover the screw holes) – $3.47
- Minwax Interior Stain (special walnut) – $7.98
- Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Satin – $6.78
- Saw (my husband used a chop saw, but a hack saw will also work)
- Shower curtain or large piece of plastic to lay the ladder on
First thing you’ll want to do is take your two 8ft. wood furring strips and with a tape measure, measure out 60 inches. Using the saw, cut each strip at the 5ft. mark. This will give you the two legs for you ladder!
Sit the two 5ft. legs to the side. Take the remaining wood strips and using the saw, cut four 18 inch pieces. Now you have the “steps” for your ladder, ta-da!
Next, you’ll want to lay out your ladder, to make sure it looks exactly how you’d like. We made each “step” 12 inches a part. This will give you plenty of room between each leg to hang blankets or any other decor of choice. Starting on one side of the ladder, using the wood glue, place a small amount on the end of one of the smaller pieces of strip, (the step) of your ladder. Then, attach it to the larger strip (the leg) on that end. Using the drill and a wood screw, place the screw on the outside of the leg so that you drill the screw from the leg into the step. Once you are finished with one side, repeat these steps on the other side.
Now, you should have your ladder!! Not hard, right?
This is when you’ll want to putty the nail holes. You don’t have to do this, but it’s just a way to hide the screws and it’s very simple.
Time to stain!
Once your ladder is stained and you’ve allowed drying time, place your clear coat. This step is optional but it will help to protect your blankets/decor from the chance of getting any stain on it.
With your ladder completely dry, it’s time to decorate!! As you can see in my photos, I have some Easter decor on mine. I did have a blanket but with it now being Spring, I figured it’s going to be a little warm for blankets. Decor with a blanket ladder is endless, so many possibilities! I am now on the hunt for a wire basket to hang on one of the steps. Thinking this would be perfect for some greenery.
When you use this tutorial, I would love to see your finished project! Tag me on Instagam!
If you love the farmhouse beads on this ladder, head on over to see the easy tutorial I used!