When I saw this decorative ladder from Anthropologie, I knew I need to have one! When I looked at the price, the DIYer inside me whispered that we can totally do it! And we did! Here is a tutorial to DIY blanket ladder inspired by Anthropologie!
Those ladders are great in the bathroom, or living room and could be used either for towels or for throw blankets.
Time: 1 hour
You'll need 2 planks 1x2". I didn't have it in my garage, but ripped a 2x4" on my table saw instead. If you know, I just recently started using a table saw and can't get enough😁 it came out even cheaper for me this way. The cost of lumber was $10 (since dowels were $4 each), plus $4 for paint. If we include paint into the overall cost of the project, it would be $14 (including paint, which I definitely will be using again, so let's put the price for the paint to $2). It's a $12 total or $10 in lumber.
$12 vs $98 😊 My DIY heart is melting away. And look how amazing it turned out!
If you'd like to see a video of how it was done, watch it HERE.
- (2) 1x2x64"
- 2 dowels ⅞"x48
- iron paint
- wood glue
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1. Cut wood to length. The height of the ladder is 64". I cut 5 dowels at 14.5", so the overall width of this DIY blanket ladder is 16.5".
2. Put both of your 1x2s next to each other, and mark the center of the board, where the dowels will go. Mine measure around 13" between each other.
Make sure that marks are even, so the ladder will be straight in the end.
3. The next step would be to make ⅞" holes on both sides. Test on scrap wood before you try on your board. When you test the drill bit, Mark, how deep it can go without drilling through to the other side.
4. Glue dowels to the sideboards. I went further and added brad nails on the sides, to make sure glue bonds dowels tightly with the sides.
5. After it dried, I stained the top part with a pre-conditioner and natural stain.
6. Apply the masking tape in the middle and spray paint the bottom with metallic paint.
And your DIY blanket ladder is ready! It's as simple as that!!
If you have a drill press, it would make the job so much easier, but the regular drill bit works fine as well!
If you prefer a video version of this tutorial, you can find it on my YouTube channel here.
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