I’ve been wanting a blanket ladder for the last year. I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger on spending $50-$250 on one. Yikes! So, I figured if I could make a headboard I should be able to build a ladder, right!? I looked all over the internet at what type and what would be easiest one to make. I initially wanted to do one with dowels but I didn’t know how easily the nails would go into the dowels without splitting the wood.
What you’ll need
2 | 6ft 2×4
5 | 18″ 2×2
10 | 3″ nails
First let me tell you that, Home Depot has scrap wood that might be warped or damaged in some way. This is where I found all of the 2×2 wood that they carried. The wood was 70% off! I only needed one piece cut up into 5 pieces so it worked out great! I got my 5 2×2 piece for like 37cents and the 2×4’s were $1.98 a piece so my total came to to like $4.87
Just like my DIY Headboard (if you haven’t checked it out you can here) Home Depot makes cuts so I just picked out the wood that I wanted and asked them to cut the exact measurements I needed. This is a total time and money saver for me. Since I do not own some sort of saw this is a wonderful perk.
I gave the gentleman my measurements and within minutes we were out of the store.
I wanted my rungs 10″ apart. I got my tape measure and measured out every 10″ and marked it.
My biggest tip is to nail the nails in first on the 2×4, just when they start splitting wood on the other side. This will help big time so you don’t have to hold the 2×2 wood in place while trying to get the nails in place. Definitely learned my lesson on the second board.
Finally just get to hammering.
I did one whole 2×4 and then flipped it over and lined up the second 2×4 and did a nail on the top rung and then the bottom one to hold everything in place. And finished it off with the middle three rungs. Now would be the time to sand spots you need sanded. I did not do this. I’m content with it not being sanded but if you have nice blankets and/or want to guarantee no snags definitely sand where the blankets will hang.
I was very unsure about what color I wanted to do. Ideally every blanket ladder is some sort of wood color. I thought about white but the whole room is white and so I went with the color
I absolutely love it!
Honestly haven’t seen any black blanket ladders and I think it adds a great pop to the room and then adding a fun color of blankets will just look great against the black color.
If you do end up making one,
I’d love for you to tag me on instagram @ebrooks so I can see what you created!