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).
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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 😉
Decorate with your favourite cozy blankets or baskets!