$10 Wooden Blanket Ladder

Hey guys!  We are so excited to kick-off the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas!  To keep up with our latest projects follow us on Instagram!

Our first post is a super easy and inexpensive Blanket Ladder.  I love making my home feel comfortable but chic ;) for the holidays, whether it be for my own family or our guests!  I’ve seen a lot of ladders for blankets in the past but, I wanted a specific “shanty” look!  My favorite part of this ladder is the 2×6’s!  They give it a solid, chunky look!

DIY-Wooden-Blanket-LadderI’m totally in love with it :)  It was so easy to build and only cost me about $10!!!

I will give you guys a full tutorial here, and you can also download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking the button below!

Blanket Ladder Free Plans

Here’s how I did it!

measurementsI purchased 2 – 2×4’s @ 8′ and 1 2×6 @8′.  I cut 2 2×4’s @ 5ft. long and 4 2×6 @ 17″ long.  I just made up my own measurements and I love how big and chunky the ladder is!

Kreg-JigNext, I used my Kreg Jig to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the ends of each 2×6.  If you do not own a Kreg Jig, you can pre drill from the sides of the 2×4’s into the 2×6’s and follow up with 2 1/2″ wood screws.

Pocket-HolesYou can see that I circled where I drilled my Kreg pocket holes.

space-boards-12-inches-apartI set the 2×6 boards so that the front corner touched the front of the 2×4 and the back corner of the 2×6 touched the back of the 2×4.  I placed the top 3″ from the top of the 2×4 and spaced the others 12″ apart from each other.  I measured from the front corner of each 2×6.

attach-with-pocket-hole-screwsMake sure your Kreg pocket holes are facing the back.  I used 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the 2×6 boards.

Next, just attach the other 2×4 to the other side of the 2×6’s the same way.

Rustoleum_Dark_WalnutTo finish this cutie off, I used applied one-coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut with a foam brush.  Wait about 5 minutes and then blend the stain with a clean cloth.

How-to-Distress-WoodTo give it the worn look that we love so much, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander to distress the wood all over.  This sander is perfect for sanding this piece because of all of the angles.

Once it was dry, I added a few cute and soft blankets!

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DIY-Wooden-LadderI can’t decide where to put it in my house ;)  I love it everywhere!

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DIY-Wooden-Blanket-LadderI just love getting my home ready for Christmas!  We have so much more to come over the next 11 days!  This is just the beginning!  We always appreciate your pins and shares :)

Remember you can check out the full set of FREE printable plans by clicking HERE!!!  

Thanks so much to Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations for putting all of Shanty2Chic’s original ideas into printable plans for our readers!  You guys should check out his site… He has some awesome projects himself!

Make sure to hop on over to the awesome blogs, that are part of our 12 Days of Christmas series, and check out their Day 1 projects!  They are sure to get you inspired!

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Michael of Inspired by Charm

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Marianne of Songbird

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Cassity of Remodelaholic

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KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms

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Donna of Funky Junk Interiors

Here are a few projects that we have recently done to help you get your home holiday ready!

DIY-Rectangle-WreathDIY Rectangle Wreath

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Free-Printable-Banner-500x750Free Printable Merry Christmas Banner

DIY-Wood-Christmas-Tree-Stands-500x723DIY Christmas Tree Stands

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

~Ashley

  • Aimee

    love this!!! Where did you get the blankets??? they look soo comfy!!!!!

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  • SoontobeNatalieN

    Yay, just made my first one this weekend!

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  • Jessica

    do you find that the ladder slips at all? i want to make one for my livingroom but we have hardwood floors and i worry the weight of the blankets will make it slip forward. any suggestions?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hey Jessica!
      I have had mine on wood floors and it hasn’t slipped. If you are worried you could put rubber pads under the legs:)

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  • christy

    where did you get basket with pinecones and yes!im copying your house style:)

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Lol! Go for it :) basket is from Homegoods and the pine comes are from Hobby Lobby :)

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  • Andrew

    I made one to hold all the bath towels that get used when we bathe our dogs. It was so simple and worked so well that I made a couple more. They’re in my daughters rooms. We could never get them to stop leaving their clothes on the floor, but these ladders work great for that too!

    I love your projects and enthusiasm. Very infectious! Thanks!!

  • Justin George

    how do you make sure the ends of the ladders (rails) line up exactly before screwing the rungs in?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I measured on both rails where to put the rungs.

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  • Darlene

    Is there a way to print out instructions for your projects without all of the other stuff that is on the page? I would love to try some of them, but I work better with something laid out in front of me to follow!!
    Thanks

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hi Darlene! We are working to have PDF’s available for all of our plans:) this specific plan should be available this week:)

  • Michelle Pierce

    So so happy I found your blog! I will be busy this weekend!

  • mab

    My blanket ladder! Project #2 done! It took a few re-assembly efforts to get it straight. The first attempt was pretty crooked. It still isn’t perfect, but passable…

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      We love it:) thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  • http://www.readingangel.com/ Loretta

    I love all of the things you make.
    would you suggest wood glue (with screws) if you do not have the jig? I am HOPING that the hubs got the many hits of that on my list ;)
    It’s a beautiful project, and I am making 2. Perfect gifts!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Yes that is exactly how you would do it. You can use wood putty to fill the holes on the sides :)

  • Tara

    I love these, just like everything else! My only question is: Do you know why my Rustoleum Dark Walnut stain looks so much lighter than what your projects look like? I love the color I see in your pictures but when I use the same exact stuff it’s super light! Thanks!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Tara! You need to make sure that you shake the can before you use it and I suggest using a paint stick to get the color mixed really well. Sometimes the color settled to the bottom of the can when it has sat on the shelf. Hope this helps!

  • Michael Wurm, Jr

    What a fabulous project! I can think of SO many uses for this! Fabulous ladies!

    xo Michael

  • Runt

    I loooove the blanket ladder. I have been wanting one FOREVER!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you:))

  • Angel Debbie

    Have a question…do you find that the stain wears off onto the fabric of the quilts? My hubby made me a quilt hanging rack for the wall and I did not use stain on it for that reason. Has anyone had this problem or “fear” of it ruining their quilt?

    • Janet

      You could put a satin poly over the stain after you sand it.

      • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

        Yes!! Janet is right. Just put a coat of poly and you won’t have a problem!

        • Angel Debbie

          Thank you! I had not thought of doing that. Have a great upcoming week!

      • Angel Debbie

        Thank you ladies!! I had not thought of doing that! I wish you a great upcoming week! Thanks again!

        • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

          Thank you so much angel!!

  • Kim

    Love this, I have three antique quilts from the early 1900’s, I could just make it a bit wider, but still keep it a ladder. Thanks so,so much!! They’re in a drawer where no one can see them. Great idea!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Kim!!

  • Kim

    Love this. Would be great to hold extra towels in the bath too. Is there any way to secure it to the wall to keep curious little ones safe?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Kim! To secure it, I would us some type of “L” bracket and anchors!

  • Funky Junk Interiors

    My blankets sure don’t look this beautiful in my home… I guess I need a ladder! :) This project is gorgeous! And yeah… I need a kreg tool STAT.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      LOL! Thank you Donna :)

  • Eileen Murray

    Beautiful! Just one question….it looks like the side rails are cut at an angle on the bottom…if so, did you cut at 10 degrees or some other angle?
    Love this, so simple but a gift anyone would love!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you! They aren’t cut at an angle:) just a plain straight cut! I just lean it against the wall.

    • Katie Weber

      I just made finished my adorable ladder, and I went ahead and cut the bottom at 15 degree angles. It leans perfectly for what I was envisioning. :)

  • Msongbird

    Oh, I love this. I have room in my home for more ladders. I’d better start and make me some!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Marianne :))