Easy Do It Yourself Wood Blanket Ladder Tutorial

This week’s theme for the Deck the Home Blog Hop is “Wood Projects” and I’m sharing my easy tutorial for creating a DIY blanket ladder.

I originally made this ladder to hold towels in our master bathroom, but last year I moved it to our living room to hold throw blankets and it’s never left. Creating your own towel or blanket ladder is super simple and requires minimal tools.

To make your own you will need:

  • 2 pieces of 1×3 wood, 75″ long
  • 5 pieces of 5/8” dowel, 15” long
  • Drill (or drill press) with 5/8” forstner bit 
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil and ruler

Your first step will be to mark the placement of your ladder rungs on your 1x3s (the uprights). I decided to have 5 rungs and space them 12” apart, with the first one 8″ down from the top. 

I suggest clamping both upright pieces next to each other and using your ruler to mark both pieces at once – that way you will ensure that your rungs will be level. Figure out where you want your rungs to be and use your ruler (or speed square) to mark the halfway point on each upright.

With your drill (or drill press) line up the point of your forstner bit on the first center mark and drill your hole. Work your way down each upright until there you have drilled your holes on both sides.

If you are using a drill press like I did, you can set the depth of your hole so the ends of the dowel rungs will not be visible. If you’re using a regular drill I suggest going right through your upright and having your rung ends visible.

Add a little bit of wood glue to the inside of each hole and then insert your dowels. They should fit pretty snug so the glue is just there for a little extra security. Make sure that all your ends are lined up and that your rungs are even. Wipe away any excess glue and, once dried, give everything a light sanding until smooth.

Paint or stain your ladder as desired!

Blanket ladders are a great way to display all your cozy quilts and/or throws and look great during the holidays decorated with twinkle lights!

Thanks for visiting and make sure to check out all the other great DIY wood projects being shared as part of the Deck the Halls Blog Hop!

13 thoughts on “Easy Do It Yourself Wood Blanket Ladder Tutorial”

  1. I love blanket ladders, I made one for our living room this summer and now that it’s cold I really appreciate having all those cozy blankets near by. Love the look of yours, so pretty in your room.

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