DIY Blanket Rack {Blanket Ladder}

As I mentioned last week, we have some big changes coming to the living room.  Along with our new leather living room furniture, we have a few small DIY projects, and also a big fireplace and mantle makeover in the works.  The fireplace may not get done for a couple more months, but I’ll share the small projects as we go and we started with something very practical.  Anyone who knows me, knows that 99% of the time I’m lounging around the house, I’m wrapped up in a blanket.  I love to be snuggled up and am always cold so throw blankets are all over the place. I actually got a couple new blankets as Christmas gifts {my fam knows me so well} so it was time we did a little DIY project to store all my favorites.  I came up with a simple design and had Mike build this awesome blanket ladder for me last week:

Our ladder has 4 rungs and is about 5′ tall.  To make one that is the same size as ours, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1″ x 6″ x 10′ board {we used a Quality board from Menards}
  • 3/4″ dowel rod that is 6′ tall
  • wood glue
  • drill with 3/4″ bit
  • nail gun with finish nails

Mike started by measuring the angle that he wanted the top of the board to be.  It was going to be leaning up against the wall so w wanted it to be pretty sturdy holding all the blankets.

Then he took the board out and drew the angle onto the board.

Then he cut the angle on each board.  He had already cut the 10′ board in half to create the two side pieces, then cut the angle on each one.

Then he also cut the dowel rod. Our dowels, or rungs, are cut about 1 1/2′ long.

Then he laid everything out and drew out where the dowels would attach to the board.  We spaced them about 1′ apart.

He used a 3/4″ bit to drill about halfway through the board.  These holes will hold the dowels in place.

He also added a scrap board to the top and bottom for a little added stability.  This isn’t necessary, but Mike thought it would keep it in place a little better.  Once everything was cut, it was time to stain.  He used our favorite Minwax Special Walnut stain that we also used on our kitchen island, bedroom wood wall, and the oversized frame photography display in the living room.

After everything dried, we glued it into place.

For a little added strength, he added a finish nail to each dowel.

We let everything dry with clamps on either end to keep it all nice and snug.

Then we brought it in to hang our favorite blankets on:)  This is what it looks like when it’s finished.

And with all the blankets.

You’ll get a little sneak peak of our new couches in these next couple of shots.  I’ll share those this week!

 

The total cost was around $9.  Really inexpensive and an easy afternoon project!

How do you store your blankets?


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Comments

  1. That looks great!
    I’ve always loved this look – it just instantly makes a room seem so snuggly. haha
    Our blankets are currently balled up at the end of our couch. One day we’ll have a pretty way to store them like this :D

  2. It looks great! I have a ladder for blankets in our living room too. Mine came from our old play structure…saved me the trouble of making one! It looks so nice holding the cozy throws.

  3. I just did a similar post about blanket storage. I have mine in a basket next to the fireplace but they don’t look very nice in there. I’m thinking of doing a blanket ladder. Although with my blankets on display like that, I might have to upgrade to some better looking ones. I love how yours turned out and I love the top blanket. Reminds me of a warm sweater. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love it!!!! I have a bunch of old pallet wood in my garage and I may tackle this project:) AND, that giant frame rocks too!

    If you get a chance this weekend, I would LOVE for you to link up at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time On My Hands
    xxx
    Kim
    http://too-much-time.com/2013/01/get-schooled-saturday-56.html

  5. This is a great idea! I remember the old fashioned quilt rack you could put at the end of the bed, but would have never thought of making a ladder! I love it!

  6. This ladder is awesome. What a great job.
    Ruth

  7. Very cool, I love it! :o)

    Tania

  8. such a great idea! the blankets in our living room are never in the basket where they’re supposed to be :) and they’re cute so why hide them in a basket?? thanks for the inspiration! ♥jaime

  9. i luv this! i’ve been looking for an old painters ladder or orchard ladder for this exact use, but to no avail. now we can make our own! i’m ur newest follower an found u via TT&J great ideas.

  10. This would be perfect in my living room! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  11. Pinterest brought me here but I had to share: My husband and I also got married on July 24 but in 2008 AND his name is Jesse. Very cool!

  12. What a great tutorial:) Your ladder looks fantastic. Love the the finish!

  13. What were the angles of the cuts? As a city apartment dweller, I don’t have the luxury of lots of storage for saws and such so Lowe’s has to cut my wood for me. Having angles/measurements would be a huge help. Also, did you add any rubber or anything to help prevent the ladder from damaging your wall where it leans?

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