Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

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!

The detailed how-to steps, photos, and video on how to make a blanket ladder are below. Also, get the FREE printable build plans here. *If you have already subscribed, you can find this printable in the Free Printable Library.

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How to make a blanket ladder:


Materials Needed:

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • Miter saw (or have your home improvement store make the cuts)
  • Mallet hammer or hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Speed square (optional)

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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.

cutting bottom of 2x3 boards at a 10 degree angle with miter saw

bottom of 2x3 boards cut at a 10 degree angle

Cut your round wood dowel rods into four 18.5 inch long pieces.

four dowel rods for Blanket Ladder DIY

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. I used a square tool to help with this part.

measuring 2x3 side pieces

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

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.

marking holes on side pieces of blanket ladder

3. Drill the DIY 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.

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

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.

how to build a blanket ladder with a drill

drilling holes with spade bit for how to make a blanket ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Repeat until the remaining 7 holes have been drilled.

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

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.

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Repeat for the other three holes on the one side piece.

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

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.

hammering dowel rods into drilled holes for how to build a blanket ladder

Finally, attach the second side piece of the DIY blanket ladder with wood glue again and tap again with a hammer.

hammering sides for Blanket Ladder DIY

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.

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

5. Apply a finish to your blanket ladder

All finished, pretty simple for how to make a blanket ladder?! With a lovely result of course! Finish the blanket ladder DIY with a stain or weathered finish…

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

I 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!

weathered gray finish on DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Hope these easy DIY blanket ladder plans are helpful! You could also use this build as a DIY quilt ladder!

Clearly, I love how my blankets look on display lol…

holding blanket on blanket ladder diy in living room

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28 thoughts on “Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

  1. This is an AWESOME tutorial if someone wants to do this and isn’t very handy or just beginner project! I was just wondering what mixture you used for the stain.

    1. What do you mean by apple the wood glue? Since the the 2×3 wood for the sides are a bit heavy, the holes help to hold everything in place more securely.

  2. Perfect instructions for a novice such as myself and I thank you. How does measuring dowels at 141/4 apart give me 13 inch space between all dowels?

    1. Thanks! Because the dowels are 1 1/4″ in diameter, if you line the center of them up at 14 1/4″ apart, a 13″ space will remain (14 1/4″ space – 1 1/4″ thick dowel = 13 inch space). Hope that helps!

  3. This looks awesome! Just wondering why you measure in only 1 1/4 inches from the side if the wood is 3 inches wide. Wouldn’t you need to go in 1 1/2 inches to ensure the hole was in the middle?

      1. Hey. I put one of the together last weekend. Turned out very nice with your barnwood formula. Just curious where you shopped for throws.

        1. That’s great to hear! The top blanket is from IKEA, middle one is from Pottery Barn, and bottom one is from TJ Maxx or Home Goods.

  4. Thank you for this clear and detailed tutorial. Making this together was my husband’s birthday gift to me. We don’t have much woodworking experience but we had fun and are thrilled with our new quilt ladder. Just need to stain it, then I can go make more quilts to keep it filled.

    1. The top blanket is from IKEA, middle one is from Pottery Barn, and bottom one is from TJ Maxx or Home Goods.

  5. My husband and I just made one, adjusted the height to better accommodate our space, and it’s AH-MAZING! We couldn’t be happier, easiest project we’ve done yet! Will make more for friends and family. Thank you for such great instruction!

  6. Ran into a very frustrating issue. If the dowel holes aren’t perfectly lined up (even a 16th off) this project does not come together right.

    1. Mine weren’t perfectly lined up either but it still works! It may be the 2×3 boards you used, if they have any bowing or warping that can cause issues.

    2. One way you can ensure that all holes line up would be to lay the boards on top of each other, mark the top one for the dowel positions, then drill holes all the way through both boards at the same time. The dowels would show at the sides – and you might want to cut them a bit longer – but you wouldn’t have to worry about your measurements being off.

  7. This looks so awesome and your directions look very easy to follow. I plan to make one for myself soon. I wondered if you anchored it to your wall?

  8. I’m curious if you were going to do a partial angled cut at the top, so the angle would be against the wall, what degree would you do and how far in would you recommend to cut.

    1. I didn’t need to do an angle at the top for mine, just at the bottom, but you can if you want! I’m not sure exactly what angle would be best, I would try testing out a few different angle cuts on some scrap wood first to see what you like best!

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