Easy $15 Wooden Blanket Ladder Barnwood USA Rustic Farmhouse 2021

Blanket Ladder

Easy $15 Wooden Blanket Ladder Barnwood USA Rustic Farmhouse 2021

Make this farmhouse style DIY Wooden Blanket Ladder for about $10…and in less than an hour!

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A blanket ladder is one project that we use almost daily at this sherpa blanket loving house. My kids are always toting one around, even in the summer. The blanket ladder makes a super easy place to hang blankets, and in my opinions, looks nice too. 🙂

This blanket ladder costs less than $5 in lumber to make, so it also makes a fantastic Homemade Gift Idea!  We’ve had a 5′ blanket ladder for the past 5 years. I have been meaning to make a new blanket ladder with improvements. This ladder is taller at 72″ (6′), has 6 rungs, optional angled ladder legs (risers), and most important felt pads to protect the wall! My wall paint is overly sensitive.

DIY Wood Blanket Ladder

We have a lot of windows in our family room. They go all the way around the room, except where the fireplace goes, leaving me very little wall space. I adore all the windows and light, but it does limit me when it comes to decor.  However…there was one thing I knew I wanted, and that I knew would be perfect in the corner of the room, between the windows.

Wooden blanket ladders are full of farmhouse charm, but they can be utilized in other decorating styles as well, make them really versatile.  I love them as decor, and store blankets–they’re adorable and functional.


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Easy $15 DIY Wooden Blanket Ladder
DIY Wood Blanket Ladder | oldsaltfarm.com


If you’ve searched around to buy a wooden blanket ladder, they can be really pricey. I’ve seen plenty I really liked, and even loved, but I just could not bring myself to pay that much for them.  So…I made my own!  It’s an hour (or less) project, and you can make one for around $15. It actually cost me less than that, because we already had the screws–but it’s around $9 in wood. You really can’t beat that! It makes me want one in every single room of my house.

I like a chunkier look, so I used 2×4 posts, instead of thinner wood. I’ve also seen some ladders with slanted rungs, but I prefer them straight.

DIY Wood Blanket Ladder | oldsaltfarm.com



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P.S.  The wreath is from Hobby Lobby, and the blanket is from Target!


First you need to decide how tall and how wide you want your ladder to be.  That’s another great thing about making your own…you can build it the perfect size for your space!  Once you’ve decided those two things, you’re ready to cut the wood to size.  My ladder is 6 feet tall, 18 inches wide, and about 12 inches between the rungs.

Once your wood is cut, lay out the ladder on your work surface, and get your drill and screws ready.  Measure your ladder, and mark where your rungs need to go.  Use clamps to keep your rungs in place as you drill in the screws.

Use a drill and 3 inch deck screws (2 per rung, per side) to attach the rungs to the sides. Repeat for each rung.

Add a slight angle (20%) at the top of each piece of wood, so it will rest easily against the wall.  I added felt pads as well, so they wouldn’t scuff my

Stain or paint as desired.  (This is the one I used.)

DIY Wood Blanket Ladder | oldsaltfarm.com
DIY Wood Blanket Ladder | oldsaltfarm.com

DIY Wood Blanket Ladder | oldsaltfarm.com

You can see where we added the screws in this picture–straight into the side! I stained over them, and they blend in really well.

I absolutely love how it turned out, and the fact that it’s so inexpensive just means I can make more!  If you’re looking for a way to add some farmhouse charm to your home, this darling Wooden Blanket Ladder is perfect!

DIY Wood Blanket Ladder | oldsaltfarm.com


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

Rustic Blanket Ladder

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!


Rustic Blanket Ladder

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.

Rustic Blanket Ladder

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

Rustic Blanket Ladder

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!

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. 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!

Rustic Blanket Ladder
Rustic Blanket Ladder

Thanks so much for stopping by!

How tall should a blanket ladder be?

The ladder built here was designed to be 80 inches tall, with four evenly spaced rungs at the 16-inch, 32-inch, 48-inch, and 64-inch points (You might see these measurements differentiated on your measuring tape, as that’s the common spacing for wall studs)(Image 2).

Are blanket ladders tacky? A Pro’s Opinion on Blanket Ladders

Blanket ladders might look fine and dandy at the spa or in those pretty interior design pictures on Pinterest – but some interior designers have a completely different opinion. As cute and wholesome as they might make the room feel, designers have noted that they look a bit tacky.

Blanket Ladder
Blanket Ladder

What is a blanket ladder used for?

There are so many uses for “blanket” ladders that aren’t just blankets. In fact, they can be a very useful organizational tool in your home. Using the vertical spaces in your home frees up the table, floor, and counter space for other needs.

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