Hi there! After swooning over everyone’s pretty blanket ladders on Instagram and Pinterest for far too long, I decided it was time to make my own! It took me about 20 minutes to put together AND stain! Yes I am fast at everything I do, it’s just who I am, BUT it was so simple even the slowest person could do it quickly! Quick projects are my favorite because I am always so ready to see the end result and be able to style it and snap a picture!! I hope you will be inspired to make this super easy and affordable blanket ladder to display all of your favorite throws. Let’s jump in to it and I’ll quickly tell you how I made it!
These are the only two supplies I had to buy for this project!! Lumber & 3 packs of mending plates! I got the wood from Lowes and the mending plates from Walmart, but the plates are the same price at Lowes if you just want to make one trip. The mending plates come with screws so you don’t even have to buy those!
You will need 2 mending plates for each “cross bar” you want on your ladder. I chose to have 5 so I needed 10 mending plates. Pretty straight forward!
For the side lumber I chose 1X2X8’s and I had them cut down at Lowe’s to 6 feet. But you can decide how tall you want your ladder to be!
For the “cross bar” pieces I bought 2 furring strips and had someone at Lowes cut them in 20 inch segments. You can decide how wide you want your ladder to be! I am just telling you what worked for my space.
The first thing I did when I got home was lay out my lumber in the shape of a ladder. If you are a perfectionist, you can measure the spaces to make sure they are evenly placed. I just “eye balled” it. This saved me time and they ended up looking pretty even!
Next I just placed a mending strip at each cross bar and drilled in four screws! It would be helpful to have someone hold it in place while you drill so it doesn’t twist and turn, but I did it all myself and it wasn’t too hard.
Once its all screwed together, you can paint it, stain it or leave it natural!! If you screwed in your mending strips really straight it may even be cute to show that side if you like the industrial look! I chose to stain mine with my favorite wood stain. I will take any excuse to use my stain! (Behr-Cordovan Brown)
I think the new blanket ladder was the perfect touch to my newly decorated guest room! What do you think?? You can see the whole tour of my guest room on my previous blog post. Thanks for stopping by & please tag me on instagram if you decide to give this fun blanket ladder project a shot!
UPDATE* I decided to add baskets to my blanket ladder! I found these super cute ones at Hobby Lobby and couldn’t resist! I just attached them with twine and added some vintage books and succulents, because those are two of my favorite things 😉