2x4 Blanket Ladder

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Build your own blanket ladder with 2 2x4s and 16 screws.  Easy tutorial by Ana-White.com

Hello there!  It's winter season, so more blankets, more quilts, more throws, more scraves, more coats.  So that means blanket ladder time!

If you aren't familiar with the blanket ladder, let's go there.


Blanket Ladder Shopping Options

This one from Urban Outfitters $129


Crate and Barrel Blanket Ladder for $199

And from Pottery Barn $229-$429 for Blanket Ladders between 5 and 8 feet long.

Of course, many bloggers have found ways to make blanket ladders for much, much less.  Here's a few of my favorite tutorials for DIY blanket ladders -


DIY Blanket Ladder Tutorials

Reclaimed from pallets by Farmhouse Made - Blanket Ladder Tutorial here

All dowled up by Refreshed Restyle - Blanket Ladder tutorial here


Cross lapped rungs by Cherished Bliss - DIY blanket ladder tutorial here


Four dollars by Paddington Way - Blanket ladder tutorial here

This one by Naptime Decorator mixes the dainty 1x2 frame with the dowels - Blanket Ladder tutorial here



Gluesticks Blog made this one with flat rugs, perfect for quilts and stockings too.  Gluesticks Blog Blanket Ladder tutorial here.


And here's my favorite by AKA Designs - a simple 2x4 authentic ladder - the kind I might make if I actually needed a real working ladder, but used as a decor/storage item.  AKA Designs Blanket Ladder Tutorial here.

So I had to get in on the party and make one too!  Here's my blanket ladder tutorial in a very quick video - 

I ended up loving it as an entryway drop zone.  The log holder basket (Target clearance find) is a perfect fit for shoes underneath.  I'd like to source another basket and hang on the rungs too.

My go to finish for projects like this is Danish Oil by Watco.  I used Light Walnut, it is the perfect blend of light color with lots of wood grain.

Danish oil is very easy to apply one step color and sealant that goes on evenly and dries fast - here's a my tutorial on applying Danish Oil and when to use it (and when not to).


Your turn to buld a blanket ladder! Plans for mine follow (if this is the homepage, click READ MORE below).  Do share if you build - love to see how yours turns out too!

XO Ana


simple diy ladder project plan
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

2 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long

16 - 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 83"

4 - 2x4 @ 18"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Measure and mark placement of all rungs.  Attach rung to sides with 2-1/2" self tapping screws.



Mon, 04/27/2020 - 00:56

Love, love! I've wanted one of these for so long but couldn't justify the price. My dad has any tool imaginable (and can use it!) so I am hoping that it's genetic and I have inherited more than his nose.. lol...