Hello everyone! I have been getting quite a few questions about the blanket ladder we have in our living room and where I purchased it. It was a super simple DIY that I did one afternoon in literally half a nap time! I thought I would share it with you in case you wanted to make yours and stay within a tight budget. Frankly, I don’t get enough time to go junking as much as I would like to and the more “polished” versions are just too expensive (north of $200 at Potter Barn).
Two 6 ft pieces of 2 inch by 2 inch wood*. You can have a taller ladder if you want – I chose this height based on this specific corner in our living room. I chose the wood at Home Depot and asked them to cut it for me. Since the pieces are sold in 8 feet lengths, I¬†used the leftover pieces and asked them to cut them to size for the rungs (see below)
3-4 ¬†1 ft pieces of 2 inch by 2 inch wood (ladder rungs)*. You can use the leftover wood from the sides of the ladder you got above – I have only three rungs on my ladder. You can add up to 4 on the 6 ft ladder.
Your favourite stain –¬†I use this one by Varathane in Premium Chocolate
3 inch finishing nails and a hammer
Medium grit sandpaper¬†
* I don’t have a fancy table saw, so I asked the people at Home Depot to cut the wood to size for me.
WHAT TO DO
Lightly sand the pieces of wood ¬†to remove any splinters especially on the sides that have been cut. Stain your pieces of wood – I typically use a foam brush ($1 at Michael’s or your local craft store) and use an old rag to buff in the stain. Let this dry over night.
Next,¬†place your ladder sides down and arrange your rungs where you want them. Start by hammering in the middle rung first – This will give you the best results when trying to get your ladder to be symmetrical and straight. Mine turned out just a bit crooked.. but I chalked it up to be farmhouse ūüėČ
Decorate with your favourite cozy blankets or baskets!