How to Build a Blanket Ladder out of Scrap Lumber

This past week I came pretty close to losing my mind. My schedule was overbooked, I had final exams, and Declan barely slept. So what’s a girl to do when she has too much to do? Head to the garage and build a blanket ladder, of course! I obviously could have used that time to study but then I wouldn’t have anywhere to put my one blanket lol. That’s right, after I finished with this project that was SO important that it had to be done before studying for finals, I realized that I only have one spare throw… And it may belong to my Mom.

To build this blanket ladder, I used 3 extra 2x4x8s that we had left over from our garage renovation.

First step: Using a miter saw, cut one of the 2x4s into six 16 inch pieces. These will be the rungs of your ladder. 25287203_10155819019919351_229670763_n

Next, cut the other two 2x4s down to six feet. This part is up to you based on how tall you want your ladder to be but I used six foot pieces. I eventually want to make a shorter one for towels in my bathroom.


Once all of your cuts are made, it is time to measure where the rungs of your ladder, your 16 inch pieces, will go. From the top of your six foot pieces, measure and pencil mark at 3 inches. This will be where the top of your first rung starts. From there, measure 12 inches down and mark your board five more times. Your marks should be at 3, 15, 27, 39, 51, and 63 inches. Be sure to do this to both of your 6 foot pieces so that the rungs are perfectly even.

Now it is time to assemble! Using wood glue, 2 1/2 inch nails, and an 18 gauge nailer, line your rungs up with your pencil marked measurements and secure in place. Wood glue first, then while holding in place, nail through the six foot pieces, into the rungs.

Now you are ready to sand and paint! You definitely want to sand because the framing lumber will be rough and you don’t want any loose splinters winding up in your blankets! I used this Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in the color Charcoal. After it dried, I used sandpaper to slightly destress it and make it look older.


And there you have it, folks, a blanket (or towel) ladder of your very own. This project is quick and extremely cheap to make. Have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I will get back to you!


6 thoughts on “How to Build a Blanket Ladder out of Scrap Lumber

  1. Kim says:

    Love this! I’ve been wanting a blanket ladder, but they’ve gotten SO expensive (the cheapest one I’ve been able to find is around $75…for a ladder….lol). Love that I can DIY it!


  2. Elizabeth O says:

    Even though I’m familiar with them, I’ve never heard of them called a blanket ladder. It does make sense and you did a fantastic DIY job of yours.


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