So excited to show you this DIY Blanket ladder! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the picture of this cutie I made over the weekend! We have cold winters here in Utah. I’m a warm weather lover and every winter I long for summer, but I do like watching the snow cover our beautiful mountains and wrapping myself in a warm throw while watching a movie. So, this weekend I decided to stay home and make a fun blanket ladder to keep our throws! This ladder would also work well as a towel holder in a bathroom!
There are dozens of variations of these ladders out there, this one is my own take. If there is one out there like it, then I didn’t see it 🙂 I did not want to use dowels for the rungs because it would make it harder to attach them to the sides. So I used 2×2’s. The sides are 2×3’s. This ladder is 6′ tall. I only spent $6 for the wood!. Holla!
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DIY Blanket Ladder/ Towel Rack
The cut list? Easy. I had the nice guy at Lowe’s make all of my cuts, so I brought all of the pieces home ready to assemble.
- (2) 2″x3″x 8′ cut at 6 feet each
- (1) 2″x2″x 8′ cut 5 pieces at 18″ each
- Kreg Jig * (or see option 2 for attaching rungs)
- Wood Glue*
- Decorative L shape Corner Guards* (optional)
- Minwax Driftwood Wood Stain* (or finish of your choice)
- Polyurethane Matte Finish*
To attach the rungs:
Option 1: I used my Kreg Jig* and drilled 3/4″ pocket holes at the end of each rung. Then I used 1 1/2″ pocket screws to attach.
Option 2: If you don’t have a Kreg Jig* you can attach the rungs with 3″ wood screws from the sides. I would recommend drilling pilot holes first if you use this option.
Make sure you measure and mark the placing of the rungs.
Once it was assembled I gave it a light sanding and stained it. I applied the stain using a clean rag, left it on for 5 minutes, then wiped the excess. The finish I used is driftwood. You can of course, use any finish of your choice 🙂
I followed up with a coat of polyurethane once the stain was completely dry.
Here comes the fun part. This is totally optional! I wanted to add a fun and unique detail. I found these cute Decorative L shape Corner Guards*. They come in a box of 8. I like the look, and they also cover the pocket holes! A win win! The nails that come with them are super tiny. I ended up getting a regular nail and getting a hole started, then putting my tiny nail in so I could pound it without holding it. A little time consuming but well worth the effort, I think. You could get longer black nails to begin with instead of using the ones that come with the brackets. There are also a lot of variations of these corner guards, so find some that you like and get creative when decorating your ladder!
So, from a price standpoint the brackets were the bulk of the cost of this ladder because I used 20 of them. If you are on budget, definitely skip these! But I thought they added a fun detail.
One last point, these brackets are for decorative purposes only. They aren’t strong enough to hold the ladder together without screws.
And that’s it! I loved this project!
I always appreciate your shares and pins and if you decide to give this a go, I would love to see a picture so tag @sawdustsisters on Instagram!
And if you’d rather shop instead, here are a few affordable blanket ladders from Amazon!