Easy DIY Blanket Ladder + 5 Creative Uses

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

I have been wanting a blanket ladder FOREVER and so we headed to Home Depot because I had this great idea to use copper T’s.  Then I saw the price…almost $13 a piece and I needed 6!!!!  I had a momentary melt down in the plumbing aisle and then went home 🙂

I returned later with my husband and he came up with this peg blanket ladder idea and I LOVE it!  There are no nails, no screws, and no glue and it only cost about $35!  It can also be adjusted to any width.  Here’s how we did it and how to could use this super versatile ladder in your home.

Now I am not super technical but I have lots of pictures and please ask questions if you don’t understand a step.  I bought two 1×4 6 ft. pieces of pine wood.  Then I bought 2 dowels that were 1 3/8 inches thick for the rungs.  Ask them in store to cut them for you and they will.  I had the round dowels cut into 3 22 inch pieces.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Ugh now for the measuring…I REALLY hate measuring but Dane did it for me this time 🙂  We divided our 72 inch wood pieces into fourths and made marks there.  So basically every 18 inches you will make a mark.  Then we made sure those marks were centered because that’s where the holes for the dowels are going to be drilled.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Once your marks are perfectly centered, it’s time to drill the holes.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Ok if this picture doesn’t make you smile, something is wrong with you.  I took the picture of the 1 3/8 bit that we were going to use for the holes and when I looked back at the picture, there he was 🙂  If you don’t have one of these paddle bits (I didn’t) they are about 5 dollars and are over by the drills.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Put the wood on something like a cardboard box and make sure that someone is holding on to the wood or it could spin around and get you!  Drill all the way through and sand the holes to make sure they are nice and smooth.

Tip from my Dad:  If you put a scrap piece of wood under the wood you are drilling, you will have a perfect cut with no splintering.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

This is what it looks like when you are done drilling.  I chose to stain mine but you could leave it natural or even paint it.  So many possibilities.  You could also drill more holes and make it adjustable.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Sand the entire surface so that your wood is very smooth and won’t snag your blankets.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

I stained the wood a few times and then put on a light layer of sealer.  This picture was after the first coat of stain.  I used the Early American Minwax stain from my DIY Mirror and loved the final look.

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

I painted the ends of the dowels copper.  I think that’s my new favorite color!

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

All done!  This is in my living room right now and I love how it’s a simple storage solution that is also a little work of art 🙂

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Here are 5 other ways to use the exact same blanket ladder to store other items in your home:

Store Necklaces and Scarves

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Hold Magazines

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Store Hats

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Towel Rack

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

Book Shelf (for this one you might want to anchor it to the wall)

EASY DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorial + 6 Other Ways to Use It:  Child at Heart

What other ways could you use this ladder?  Is this something you think you could DIY?

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10 Comments

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  2. Kylie Lawson July 29, 2015 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I have been looking for a ladder for so long but most cost a fortune but your idea is just fantastic I will be making a few Cheers 🙂

    • Deonna July 30, 2015 at 2:12 am - Reply

      This is so easy…with a little help from the husband and it’s so cheerful to look at. I currently have little lights hanging from it kind of as a stand in lamp until I get a real one 🙂

  3. Wow this does look easy. It is so versatile it would a great project for renters, then you could move it around as needed. Thanks for posting. Hello from Think and Make Thursday.

    • Deonna June 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Hey Melissa! Thank you for coming to say hi. It is SOOOO easy to make and takes less than an hour or two 🙂

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  5. Donna May 29, 2015 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Deonna, you totally amaze me with your creativeness! Love your blog! I look almost everyday to see if you’ve posted!

    • Deonna June 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Aunt Donna…you are one of my biggest fans 🙂

  6. Krystal May 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    That is SO cute! I’d love to have one in my living room for my blankets!

    • Deonna June 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Yeah they are so easy to make and can do so much! The fact that they are cute is an added bonus 🙂

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