So today I wanted to share with you an easy DIY project that was so much fun to do! I love the way this easy blanket ladder came out and the functionality it gives to our living room. I know the price of a blanket ladder can be super expensive, but go ahead and give this DIY a try and you will have a new blanket ladder and it won’t break the bank! Heck you can probably make 5 of these for the cost of one online! Let’s jump in…
(2) Pieces of 2in x 2in x8ft Pine Furring strips
(8) 2 1/2 inch Wood Screws
Sand paper or a sanding block
Paint or Stain of choice
Drill(or a screwdriver and some serious muscle power)
Okay so first we will start with picking out the Furring strips. You are going to want to make sure you pick the 2 straightest pieces that you can find at the store. For this project I went to my local Lowe’s Home Improvement store and they were able to cut the wood down to size for me, which was great! No saw needed! Each piece of wood needs to be cut down to (1) 5 foot piece and (2) 18 inch pieces. That will give you a total of (2) 5 foot pieces that will be the sides of the ladder and (4) 18 inch pieces that will be the rungs.
Once you have them all cut down to size and get them home, you will want to lightly sand down the edges of each piece. I bought my sanding block from The Dollar Tree and it did the trick!
Now this is when you can paint or stain all of your pieces and let dry.
After all of the pieces are dry, you will then assemble it on the floor, how you want it to look and measure. I chose to leave 18 inches at the bottom so that I can hang a blanket on the bottom rung. I spaced each rung 11 inches apart from there up and that left just over 3 inches at the top.
Once it is all assembled and you are happy with the way it looks, then go ahead and use your drill and wood screws to screw from the outer sides to attach the rung and the sides of the ladder. You could also use some wood glue for extra reinforcement but I was too impatient to do that and so far mine has held up just fine!
And once you are all done with all 8 screws, your ladder is complete! Well unless you want to seal it with a wax or polycrylic. But y’all wouldn’t guess who was too lazy to do that step too. LOL! Maybe one day I will seal it but for now it is holding up great all around and I just love the look of it and how functional it is for us and our space.
TOTAL COST- $5.72 plus tax
Furring strips $2.09 each x 2= $4.18
Small pack of wood screws .27 cents x 2= .54 cents
Sanding block $1.00
All of the other supplies I had on hand so if you don’t it will cost you a bit more than I paid, but you will still be saving a ton rather than buying one.
I hope I have helped you guys out and you try this at home. If you do, please comment of how yours turned out! I would love to hear all about it.