February 24, 2016

DIY Blanket Ladder

We have a small sliver of wall in our living room that has stumped me since day 1. We used to have our bar cart on this wall but I hated how high I had to hang the art above it due to the 6 light switches that are in the way.

Anyway, I was browsing Instagram one night when I stumbled across a deserty living room makeover that had a blanket ladder. A lightbulb went off and I knew it would be perfect for the wall!

We made ours out of two leftover tree stakes that we were going to throw away after we had our tree removed.

We also used 2, 3/4" x 4' wood dowels for the rungs. We cut the dowels into 15" pieces so each rung would be 14" wide after 1/2" was glued inside the tree stakes on each side.

It was hard to find the center of our tree stakes so we tied some twine to one end of the tree stake, pulled it tight, and zip tied it in place on the other side. When we needed to drill a hole, I would pull the twine away from the marks we made and my husband would go to work!

We use a 3/4" spade bit to drill 6 holes 10" apart (center to center).

We did a dry test fit of the ladder after all of the holes were drilled. I loved the color of the tree stakes and had thought about painting the rungs white for a two-tone look but ultimately decided to stain everything one color.

I used a wipe on stain in dark mahogany. This was my first time using wipe on stain and not brush on stain and to be honest, I don't love it. I think it looks like I painted the wood instead of staining it. It's not terrible but it's not great.

Anyway, after the stain was dry, I brought the ladder inside to glue the rungs in place. I applied wood glue to one end of a rung and placed it in the previously drilled hole. I repeated the same process for the remaining 5 rungs.

After I had one side glued in place, I ran a line of glue around the 6 remaining holes and had my husband help me line the rungs up. I wiped away any excess wood glue with a damp paper towel and let everything dry overnight before adding any blankets.

I really love how it turned out!

I grabbed all the blankets I could find and am now realizing that they read more "fall" than spring but oh well haha

The tree stakes have a lot of character and while I'm not usually one who likes "rustic" stuff, I really like our blanket ladder :)

I think it looks a lot better than our bar cart!


  1. I think it looks awesome. Good job.

  2. I just recently found your blog and had to immediately loose myself in all your older posts! I love your style and your extremely creative DIY projects!! I hope you continue sharing your stylish ideas!!

  3. I love it!! I may have to try and make myself one!

  4. Just wanted to say I really loved your blog, and I hope you return someday! I miss it.

  5. I made one of these in one Sunday afternoon and I loved it! I want to make some for friends 🙂 Thank you for this simple tutorial!

    Iron Pans


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