Learn how to Make a DIY Blanket Ladder for under $15 and your friends will think you bought it.
I’ve been seeing blanket ladders everywhere but they are so expensive! I look at the tag and walk away, I could be cheap but when I know I can make something myself for so much less I can’t help it.
I love covering up with blankets, especially if they are super big and soft. I don’t care if its 70 degrees out or 40, I always have a blanket on me. I have so many blankets in my living room but they usually just get folded and thrown over the top of our furniture.
So after eyeing down several blanket ladders and not buying them I asked my husband if I could borrow some of his tools to make my own. He usually laughs when I ask him this and ends up doing the work himself but these were pretty simple to make, so this was a project I could actually do myself. I ended up making quite a few for friends and family and have a few more request to finish.
How to make a DIY Blanket Ladder:
- 2-2x4x8″ pine boards
- 1-2x6x8″ pine board
- saw horses
- safety goggles
- thin work gloves
- miter or circular saw
- orbital sander
- 2 1/2″ trim head screws
- screw gun
- stain and polyurathane
- stain paint brush
- measuring tape
- t square
*To skip the cutting steps, have you’re local hardware store make the cuts for you. All you have to do is sand, assemble and then stain.
- Set up two saw horses onto a flat surface like your driveway, put on your goggles and gloves.
- Place your board across the saw horses and use your orbital sander to sand off any imperfections or print.
- Brush off any dust from the boards and saw horses.
- Apply your stain to your boards one at a time with a stain paint brush and wipe with a clean rag.
- Let your boards dry outside or in a well ventilated area for 12-24 hours.
- Use a measuring tape and a t square to mark your cuts:
- 2x6x8′ pine boards- mark every 15″, you will need 4, 15″ pieces.
- 2x4x8′ pine boards- mark each board at 5 ft. You will need 2, 5ft boards.
- Carefully use a miter or circular saw to make the cuts on your wood.
- Sand the ends of your boards with a piece of sandpaper.
- Measure and mark one line of each of the two 5ft boards, 3″ from the top. This is where your top ladder bar will be.
- Now measure 3 more lines, 12″ apart from each other, starting at the 3″ mark.
- Place a 15″ board in-between the two 5ft board so it is angled , the opposite corners should be flush with the 2×4″ sides.
- Carefully use a drill and two screws on each side to screw the 15″ ladder bars onto the 2×4″ sides.
- Repeat steps 11 and 12 until all four 15″ boards are attached on each side with two screws.
- Touch up the sides of the boards with stain where the steps attach and let dry.
- Use a white chalk paint to lightly brush the white paint onto your stained ladder, let dry and sand with a piece of sand paper to distress.
Remember this is a blanket ladder and will not be sturdy enough to hold the weight of a person big or small. But will hold lots of blankets and tidy up your living room.
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