DIY $7 Rustic Blanket Ladder

You only need two tools to build this DIY $7 Rustic Blanket Ladder with free plans and a full how-to video!

All you need to build this wooden blanket ladder is 3 boards, 2 tools and less than $10! That’s a lot of bang for your buck and you’ll have those throw blankets off the floor in no time! Grab a coffee and come build this DIY Blanket Ladder with us in our garage!

You can watch us build it below!

You can download the FREE Printable Plans HERE

You can also follow along in the how-to below!

How to Build a DIY Blanket Ladder


  • 3 – 2x3x8 Pine Boards or Framing Lumber
  • 2 1/2″ Finish Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Paint or Stain


  • Miter Saw (or Circular Saw)
  • Finish Nailer (or Hammer and Nails)

Step 1: Cut the Lumber for the Blanket Ladder

Start by making all of your cuts, based on the cut list in the free plans. I used my miter saw to make the cuts but a circular saw or hand saw would work great for this design because there aren’t any angles to cut.

Step 2: Attaching the Blanket Ladder Rungs

Rustic Blanket Ladder

Use a pencil and measuring tape to mark where each ladder rung should be, according to the PDF plans. Start at the top of the ladder and attach a rung with 2 1/2″ finish nails and wood glue. We used our Ryobi 16 gauge finish nailer.

Rustic Blanket Ladder

The ladder 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.

Step 3: The Finish

Rustic Blanket Ladder

We gave the ladder two good coats of Charcoal Chalked spray paint by Rust-Oleum!

Rustic Blanket Ladder

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.

Make sure to use an old rag to remove the dust left behind. You can add a polyurethane if you would like. Rust-oleum makes a Chalked Matte Spray Paint poly.

That was it for the build!

Rustic Blanket Ladder

I love the chunky look the 2×3 boards give the ladder!

Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder

I love blanket ladders because they offer the perfect combination of for and function! They make great storage for towels in bathrooms or outside by the pool. Of course, they’re great for blanket storage and add unique decor to any room! If you’ve got excess blankets or towels this is a great way to show them off!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

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Rustic Blanket Ladder


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