DIY Blanket Ladder

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Lately I’ve been noticing that many are using blanket ladders in their home decor. They are a unique and fun way to store throws and quilts. So, I went shopping, but yikes are they expensive! I didn’t find any that I liked that were under $130. So, what’s a girl to do? Make one! 

Make a blanket ladder for under $15.

I am thrilled with how it turned out and it was tons easier than I thought it would be. If I can do it, you can, too. Here’s what I purchased:

Blanket Ladder Supplies


Blanket Ladder Instructions

  • Sand the 2″x4″ boards to remove wood slivers, especially the edges.
  • (Optional) If you would like a distressed look you can distress by hammering, sanding, or putting holes in the wood with nail holes.
  • Measure where you will be placing your dowels. I wanted five rungs so I marked every 12″ on my 6 foot board.
  • Drill your 1 1/4″ holes all the way through the board. Using a hand drill takes some muscle, so if you have access to a drill press it would be easier.
  • Place wood glue in each of the holes on one board and insert your dowels. The end of the dowels should be level with the outside of the 2″x4″.
  • Place glue in the holes of the second board and place it on top of the dowels leveling the dowels with the board.
  • Wipe up any glue residue on the boards and let dry.
  • Stain or paint the ladder and let dry.


I’m so happy with how mine turned out and wonder why it took me so long to make it. 


Make this blanket ladder for under $15.

Here’s another wood project that I made. You can find the tutorial on our site.

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Here’s another one.


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Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Hey Dru, making a Blanket Ladder is an innovative idea. I was thrilled with your ideas. My daughter tried them at home recently, but her Blanket Ladder is not that perfect. She is trying at home again. One more thing I need to tell you is that you can get the Blanket Ladder at the Home Depot store for a cheaper price. Home Depot is a large store that has plenty of offers. Other than that, you can also have a great chance to win five thousand gift cards with the Home Depot survey contest. Simply visit for survey participation and enter the sweepstakes contest. Thank you, Dru, for the Blanket ladder article. Looking for more interesting updates from you.

  2. Blanket ladders are stylish and easy-to-use spaces to keep all your throws and quilts within reach. One of my friends, Peter, bought it at the Lowe’s store recently. I thought of buying one, but after looking at this article, I realized I would love to make it myself—great post; thanks for sharing a great idea. Peter also talked about the survey contest conducted by Lowe’s. He said that he participated in the survey contest and entered the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 check. To do so, you have to visit the official survey website at Visit the survey website and share all your thoughts about your last store visit. Thanks for the great post; I loved it.

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