How to build a $5 rustic blanket ladder

While updating my awkward corner in our family room, I had a thought, "this corner needs a rustic blanket ladder".  I needed something to store all of the blankets in our family room.  As I was looking at stores and seeing how much they wanted for a simple blanket ladder I knew I could make one myself.  Making a rustic blanket ladder didn't seem like it could be that hard so I gave it a try.

So If you're looking for a simple and inexpensive way to organize your blankets then you're in the right place.  In this post, I'm going to show you how simple it is to build a DIY blanket ladder which cost under $5.  This is a perfect beginner project.  You don't need power tools just a hand saw and a few other tools to complete this project.  

 Build your own rustic blanket ladder with just a few supplies and a little bit of time. This is a perfect beginner woodworking project. If you’re looking for some inexpensive DIY rustic decor to build then this is the project for you.  This blanket ladder will cost you about $5 to make and not much time.  This is a perfect inexpensive and beginner diy project for anyone to try. #farmhouse #rusticdecor #diyrusticdecor #modernfarmhouse

As I slowly go through my house updating everything, I try to find simple projects that will update the look of the room plus add some extra organization.

I live in the beautiful pacific northwest and that means a lot of cold days which means I always have a blanket on my lap while I'm hanging out in our family room.  The problem is, storing the blankets so the room doesn't look cluttered during the day.

Not only is this blanket ladder going to store the blankets I so desperately needed storing but, it's going to help hide the cable wires that are such an eyesore.

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As you can see, that corner needed some help.  Since I added the console table that did help a little bit, but I could still see those wires.


Now let's get to building this blanket ladder.

Rustic Blanket Ladder Supplies

  • 2 - 1x2 @ 72"
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 15"
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Saw (miter or hand)
  • Sander
  • Stain
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Ear and eye protection

I did put a FREE checklist together that has all of the measurement, cut list, and instructions.

The first thing you'll want to do is make all of the necessary cuts.  For this project, I needed 2 1x2x6 and 1 1x3x6.

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Once all of the cuts are made, I sanded all of the pieces so there were no rough edges.  Then it is time to stain.  I went with a grey stain to match the console table I recently built.

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I didn't stain the sides of the 1x3's because the sides will be hidden by the 1x2's.  I allowed the pieces to dry for about 2 hours.  Once the pieces were dry it was time to assemble.

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You'll need your hammer, some 1 1/2" finishing nails, tape measure, and a pencil for this part.  

On the 1x2 you'll want to place pencil marks at:

  • 9.5"
  • 23"
  • 37"
  • 51"

If you'd like to make this blanket ladder, you can download the FREE checklist with all of the information you need to make this at home.  

These are wHere you're going to attach the 1x3's.  I decided to angle the 1x3's as you can see below.

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Apply some wood glue and then add a couple of 1 1/2" finishing nails to each 1x2.  I added 2 nails to each 1x3 on each side so I knew it wouldn't go anywhere.

I attached all of the 1x3's to one of the 1x2 and then flipped it over and followed the same process.

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The great thing about this project is, it's totally customizable.  You can make it taller, shorter, wider, or even angled.

It all depends on the style and your needs for this rustic blanket ladder.  Here are a few supplies I used that you might be interested in using.

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I've put a short video together to show you the steps.  

If you'd like a free checklist of the cuts, measurements, and steps I took you can download that by clicking the button below. 

Is this something that you'll be making?  If you're looking for a simple project to see if woodworking is something you'd like to do, this is the perfect project to start with.  It took me about 30 minutes total hands on time to complete this project.

If I didn't have to wait for the stain to dry I could have had this rustic blanket ladder in my family room in a half hour.

I would love to know in the comments below if this is a project you'll be trying.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few other posts that I thought you might enjoy.

Have an amazing day,