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How to Build a Blanket Ladder

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Sometimes you build something out of necessity, like when you’ve got way too many throws!

How to Build a Blanket Ladder

As you can see I have little obsession with throws! Most of the time they are piled 10 deep across the back of a chair.

And since I’m drawn to the pretty ones, I thought they would look great hanging on a ladder.

This was an easy DIY project that anyone can do. I guess the hardest thing about it will be keeping my grandsons off, trying to climb it! It is for decorative purposes only!

So boys, back away from the ladder 😉

DIY steps for makeover

You will need the following wood for this project:

  • 2) 7′ – 2″ x 2″ pine pieces (these are from our scrap wood pile)
  • 2) 1″ dowels 48″ long

Tools needed:

Supplies for Blanket Ladder - do it yourself instructions included

Step by Step DirectionsHow to make a Blanket Ladder - easy do it yourself instructions

  1. Cut the dowels at 16″ – you will need 6 dowels for this project.
  2. Cut the 2″x 2″ to 7′ – or have it done at Lowe’s or Home Depot
  3. Measure and mark your placement for the dowels. Secure the 2″ x 2″ with a clamp and use a Forstner bit to drill the holes. Add a piece of tape on the drill bit to measure the depth. I practiced on a piece of wood to see how deep the holes needed to be.
  4. Add a little Gorilla Glue to every hole.
  5. Position every dowel (this was hard to do by myself – but I did it!) Tap each location with a mallet to make sure that they are secure.
  6. I used my Ryobi air strike, with 1 1/2″ staples to secure each intersection of the dowel to wood. The glue and staple are strong enough to hold throws but not grandchildren 😉

I placed the ladder on a level flat surface for the glue to dry, at this time you can use clamps to secure and until the ladder dries.

Paint or stain to your liking. I painted mine gray,with one of the small samples from Lowe’s.

Living room - added a blanket ladder for my throw obsession. Easy Do it self project!

Don’t be afraid to use power tools! This is an easy beginner project that any one can do! At the end of this post you will find more ideas for creating with power tools!

Now Grab some tea and a throw and admire your easy Blanket Ladder!

Neutral space with pops of blue and a blanket ladder for throws

Blanket Ladder do it yourself - easy to make and you will love having a place for extra throws

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    26 thoughts on “How to Build a Blanket Ladder”

    1. The ladder is a great idea! I crochet and recently downsized. I have limited space for my throws and blankets. A couple of these will be perfect for my new home!

      I loved the throw on the chair! It is so unique! Do you have instructions for making one, or can you tell me where to buy one?

      Thank you, again, for the great directions.

    2. Wow! The ladder looks fantastic and you chose a perfect color for the ladder to complement the walls. You always have such simple and clever ideas. You have inspired me to do this project this weekend Thanks a bunch for sharing this weekend project!

    3. Great tutorial Debbie! Your ladder looks perfectly splendid in your home. I don’t think I have a forstner bit…

      I’ve made a couple of ladders using old crib spindles. You’ve got me wanting to make another.



    4. Debbie… LOVE the tutroial! As always your home is lovely and having a blanket ladder for blankets is such a good idea. Ours fall off the sofa and chairs all the time. I should find a place for one in my house! Thanks so much for joining in this months Power Tool Challenge!


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