Blanket ladders are totally adorable! I love the concept of them and how cute, cozy, and functional they are for a space. I’ve wanted a blanket ladder for awhile, not sure why it took me so long to make one because they are one of the most simplest building projects I’ve ever done!
Today, I’m excited to share how we easily and quickly built this DIY blanket ladder for less than $15 in lumber!
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How to build a DIY blanket ladder:
1. Make the lumber cuts for the DIY blanket ladder
From your 2×3 lumber, cut two pieces at 76 inches long each. I chose to cut the bottoms of each piece at a 10 degree angle so the blanket ladder would sit and lean better on the ground. But, you can do them both at a regular 90 degree angle too.
Cut your round wood dowel rods into four 18.5 inch long pieces.
2. Mark drill holes on the blanket ladder
Now it’s time to mark where the holes will go on the two side pieces. Measure 13 5/8 inches down from the top of one of the 2×3 side pieces and mark a line. Then, measure 1 1/4 inches in from the side of the 2×3 piece to create a center point mark for your first hole.
From that first hole mark, measure 14 1/4 inches down and mark a line. Then, again measure 1 1/4 inches from the side to create a center point mark for where the second hole will be drilled. Continue this process two more times till all 4 holes are marked. The pole holes will be equally spaced 13 inches apart from each other once drilled. Repeat on the second blanket ladder side piece so the holes are marked at the exact same measurements on each side piece.
3. Drill the blanket ladder holes
Place a piece of painter’s tape or masking tape 3/4″ from the bottom of the wide part of the spade drill bit. This is to ensure you drill the holes at the correct depth.
Line up the center point of the spade drill bit with your hole mark and drill the hole until the blue tape is at the same level as the surface of the wood. Note, if you’ve never used a spade bit before, it helps to practice drilling a hole first on a scrap piece of wood. Also, it helps to clamp your 2×3 down to secure it from moving while drilling the holes.
Repeat until the remaining 7 holes have been drilled.
4. Attach wood poles to blanket ladder sides
Lay out one of the blanket ladder side pieces. Apply wood glue to the bottom of one wood pole, as well as inside of one of the side piece holes and insert wood pole into the hole
Repeat for the other three holes on the one side piece.
Next, tap the wood poles down into the holes with a mallet hammer or hammer gently to ensure they are all the way inserted into the depth of the drilled holes.
Finally, attach the second side piece of the DIY blanket ladder with wood glue again and tap again with a hammer.
Allow the wood glue to dry with the blanket ladder laying flat. I used some clamps to help hold everything in place securely while the wood glue dried.
All finished, pretty simple right?! With a lovely result of course!
I also applied a weathered, barnwood, gray finish, which I love. The tutorial on how to create this Barnwood Gray weathered wood finish is included in Weathered Wood Recipes, which you can learn more about here!
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