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Building a Blanket Ladder

A blanket ladder is an easy and attractive storage solution that can be built in a day

If you’re like me, you can never have too many cozy blankets or lovely quilts lying around. Whether it’s time to snuggle up as a family and watch a movie, curl up with a book, or there are house guests coming, you need extra blankets at hand. I also happen to have a mother who sews beautifully and made me numerous quilts that I would love to have on display. So, I decided that I needed a better place to store quilts and blankets in our living room. Solution? A blanket ladder. I’m in love! This piece is beautiful and practical. It’s a big decorative statement piece in our space, took an afternoon to make, and only cost about $30! While I’d seen some similar ones available online or through great handmade product outlets like Etsy, the shipping to get one delivered was as much if not more than the ladders themselves. So, making one was the best way to go for this working girl who values her hard earned money and feels confident enough with a drill to give it a shot.

Time saving tip (that costs $0): visit your local Lowe’s to select your wood. They will cut it to the lengths you need for you for FREE in store saving you time and energy.

What you need:

2 – 2×4 pieces of wood. Type and length are up to you. These will be the side rails of the ladder. I went with oak so it would be substantial weight and take stain well, and for length I chose 6 ft. to make the ladder a substantial height for plenty of blanket holding capacity.

4 to 5 – 1×4 pieces of wood. Again type and length is flexible. I went with oak again and chose a long piece of 1×4 at the store and had it cut into 14″ long pieces. With a 6 ft. tall ladder, 5 of these 1×4 pieces could be spaced nicely to create the rungs of the ladder.

Screws – I was really picky about what screws I used because I wanted the color of the tops of the screws to blend in with the stain color of the ladder so they weren’t visually distracting. I found some dark bronze decking screws that worked beautifully for this project. They are meant for wood projects and were available in a color I like. Anything similar would work just fine.

Desired stain color – I had some leftover dark espresso stain from my wine bottle wall sconce project, so this project was the perfect one to use up some leftover supplies on. If you  need to purchase some, a small can will be plenty. I used clean dry rags to apply my stain. You can buy a bag of them cheap at the hardware store or old cut up white tee shirts work great too.

 

Once you’ve gotten your 2×4’s and 1×4’s cut to your desired lengths all that’s left is to assemble and stain. I measured down each 2×4 marking every 14 inches or so to evenly space the ladder rungs. Each rung was then attached with 2 screws on each side to the rails. Once fully assembled, I cut the corners of the rails on each side at an angle so that the ladder could lean against the wall with more stability. I then applied 2 coats of stain using a clean rag and wiping off excess stain after each pass. The number of coats you do is up to you and depends on how well the wood you chose takes the stain and how dark you want your stain to be.

Lastly, I found 1″ wide adhesive backed Velcro strips that I put on the angled cuts edges of the rails to lean against the wall. This little trick keeps the wood from scuffing the wall paint.

Hang blankets and enjoy!!


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