DIY Blanket Ladder

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Blanket ladders are so great to have in your home, so I made a DIY Blanket Ladder for under $10! I’ve been wanting to make a blanket ladder for ages… so I’m thrilled I finally got a chance. It’s amazing what a cozy addition a blanket ladder makes to a room. Blanket ladders can be used in blanket storage. The supplies needed to make a blanket ladder are inexpensive, and it can be done in only a few hours.

DIY Blanket Ladder stained gray

This ladder actually cost less than $5 for the lumber!!! Yep… crazy cheap! Creating your very own DIY blanket ladder is fun and you can customize it with different woods, stain color, or even paint. Blanket ladders not only add a touch of rustic charm to your space but also provide a practical and stylish way to showcase your favorite throws. So, grab your tools and let’s get ready to elevate your home decor game!

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DIY Blanket Ladder Directions:

Step 1: Measure and Cut

I wanted my ladder about 5 feet tall, but you could adjust the height and width of your ladder easily. Here are the cuts I had:

  • two 65″ (the sides of the ladder)
  • four 17.75″ (the ladder rungs)
Less than 5 dollars of lumber to make this DIY Blanket Ladder

Use a tape measure (measure twice, cut once) and cut your wood pieces so they are ready. I used a miter saw, but you could use a circular saw or even a hand or jigsaw if that is all you have.

The bottom on the ladder sides I cut a slight angle so it would easily lean against the wall. (How big your angle will determine the distance from the wall, the back corner).

Step 2: Sand It Smooth

Before assembling I used a sanding block to smooth the wood. You could also use an orbital sander with some 180 grit sandpaper. Smooth out any rough edges or surfaces using sandpaper. This step ensures a polished and professional look for your blanket ladder. Plus, it reduces the risk of any unexpected splinters – we want your ladder to be as comfortable as your favorite blanket!

Putting together a Blanket Ladder than cost less than five dollars in lumber

Step 3: Assemble the Ladder

Now, let’s assemble the ladder. Lay out the cut pieces on the floor to visualize the arrangement. On the outside of the board, I drew a line in the center from top to the bottom so I knew where to put in the nails. I started the first rung 3″ from the top and then each rung was 16″ down from the one above. I put 2 nails on each board on each side. You can customize the ladder rung locations as you want.

Staining a DIY Blanket Ladder with Weathered Gray stain

Step 4: Add Some Character

Then I stained it with a gorgeous weathered gray… I love this stain and color. It’s gorgeous and it dries in an hour! This stain gives it a worn look. I just use an old rag to apply. I’m tempted to make another and use my favorite stain, Kona. Kona is a dark walnut stain color. This is the time to let your creative juices flow! Choose a wood stain or paint that complements your home decor. Whether it’s a rustic stain, a trendy distressed look, or a pop of color, this is where you can add your personal touch to the project. You could even distress the wood using a hammer or chain to give it some texture. Apply the stain or paint evenly and allow it to dry completely.

DIY Blanket Ladder for the family room

Step 5: Showcase Your Throws

Once your DIY blanket ladder is dry and ready, it’s time to put it to good use. Lean it against a wall in your living room or bedroom, and start showcasing your favorite throws. Not only does it keep your blankets within easy reach, but it also adds a charming focal point to the room adding decorative purposes.

I’m loving the wooden blanket ladder in our family room!! Such an easy DIY project and for less than $5 it’s a bargain of a DIY! If you don’t have a nailer you could easily use wood screws too. It really is a simple tutorial. This would be a great DIY quilt ladder for someone who uses quilts. I use this rustic blanket ladder to store my cozy blankets.

I’ve had a LOT of interest in my area rug. I happened to find that gorgeous rug at Ross.  I’ve never seen another one since though. Here are some similar rugs I’ve found though.  You can click on them to learn more.

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DIY Blanket Ladder for less than $5 in lumber!!!! Great step by step tutorial so you can make your own!


  1. Thank you for the clear, simple directions! I have the same rug, but as a runner in between two rooms, covering an old furnace vent(I covered it with plywood first), but you can get the same style area rug at Wal-mart!

  2. This is an awesome idea! I think this would be a great gift idea also! Thanks, Maryann you’re so talented!

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  6. That’s so pretty! I’d love to use that same stain for my own blanket ladder – it would match my house perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Holly I happened to find that gorgeous rug at Ross! I’ve updated the post above with some very similar rugs that I’d been eyeing before I stumbled upon this one.

    1. I purchased the lumber at Home Depot for less than $5 – it’s pine. Stain I already had on hand.

  8. This is a very wonderful creation for only $10. Glad you posted this. I was truly inspired and will surely make my very own blanket ladder. Thumbs up!

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  10. I love this and the fact that it was only $10 to make is awesome! I wish I could enter your contest, but sadly, I don’t own power tools. 🙁 Maybe next time!

    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  11. I love your blanket ladder! Thanks for sharing it at Motivation Monday on Mom Home Guide! (By the way, it looks like you have the same sofa and area rug that I have in my family room!)

  12. It turned out great and I think that stain is my favorite! I like the wide rungs and how they make the piece look more designer.

  13. This looks great in your room and it’s nice to have a place to keep your blankets. We keep ours in a big basket and I’d like a ladder like yours to free up some floor space. Now that I’ve seen how you built yours, I think that I’ll make one.

  14. Maryann

    Super easy tutorial on how to make a fabulous blanket ladder. 🙂 The color is perfect and it looks so pretty holding the throws.


    1. I love this! But where did you get the lumber (pine) for under $5? And the stain? We spent $9 on the stain alone.

  15. Love it! This is going to get a lot of use in the coming months I’m sure. I’ve been meaning to make one of these blanket ladders, too – thanks for inspiring me. Pinning!

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