DIY $7 Rustic Blanket Ladder

If you are looking for an easy, beginner project, that will give you a lot of bang for your buck, look no further!

All you need to build this guy is 3 boards, 2 tools and less than $10! You can download the FREE Printable Plans HERE and then grab a coffee and come build this DIY Blanket Ladder with us in our shop!

Just click HERE or the box below to build with us!

Super easy! Right?

The steps are simple. Mark off, according to the plans, where each ladder rung should be. Attach a rung with 2 1/2″ finish nails and wood glue. We used our Ryobi 16 gauge finish nailer. The rungs should be centered on each 2×3 board so adding a scrap piece of 1/2″ wood, under the rungs will make it easy to center them up.

Just work your way down the ladder, then attach the second side piece to the rungs.

We gave the ladder two good coats of Charcoal Chalked paint by Rust-Oleum! You can find it in most Home Depot stores or HERE on Amazon!

To give the ladder a more rustic look, we used our Ryobi Corner Cat Sander to sand the edges of the ladder, to reveal the wood. Watch our How to Get a Distressed Finish for more detail! Make sure to use a damp cloth to remove the dust left behind. You can add a poly if you would like. Rust-oleum makes a Chalked Matte Spray Paint poly.

That was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

  • Kari

    If you have the Ryobi 18volt nail gun and it only allows up to 2 inch brad nails, what other suggestions do you have to attach the rungs?

  • Anne Curwen

    Doesn’t the airstrike have a maximum of 2 inch nails? Couldn’t find 2.5 inch nails, then realized it has max of 2.

    • We used the 16 gauge finish nailer and it allows for 2.5” nails!

  • Daryl Brown

    How far apart are the rungs?

    • That info is on the printable plans that are linked towards the top of this page 😀

  • It turned out lovely. These ladders are so expensive to buy. Love that this one is so cheap.