Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIY Blanket Ladder


Hello and happy April Fool's Day! I can't believe that it's already April, it's just crazy. April is a fantastic month, minus the dreaded tax day since the Hubby is self-employed...

This month the weather usually starts staying nice, the trees start blooming, we have our wedding anniversary and my birthday. I just love this month :)


Today I want to share a quick and easy project that helped tame one of my pet peeves. My husband will confirm that I'm a huge neat freak, HUGE! And if I had to pick one thing that drives me most nuts about the living room, it would be the blankets that are always crumpled up all over the place.

Back in the day I would just drape them on the couch. But they would always slide around or fall off and it made my skin crawl.

So then I got this huge basket from World Market (love that place!) and decided to roll the blankets up and keep them in there. It worked for awhile, until everyone got tired of rolling them up or didn't roll them up pretty enough. Yep, I'm that much of a perfectionist.

Finally I started seeing blanket ladders all over blog land and realized what an amazing solution this would be to my problem. Plus I love the way they that look!

The supply list for this project is super short, as is the assembly time.

2 2x3s cut at 6'
3 1 1/4" wood dowels cut at 18"
3" wood screws
Paint or stain

The wood dowels were actually left over from some curtain rods I had cut down but I've seen them sold at Home Depot. Or you could use 1x3s.

We began by carefully drilling a hole in center of each dowel on each side.


I then marked out where each ladder rung should be on the 2x3s. I put the first one 6" from the top, and the other two 22" apart.

We drilled a pilot hole at each mark and started the 3" wood screw before attaching each dowel.




I painted it a flat white and added one coat of polycrylic. The whole project took about 30 minutes total. So easy!

Most people just rest the ladder against the wall, but since I have a wild little human running around, I want to attach it to the wall.

I screwed picture hangers onto the top of each 2x3 and plan to screw in some hooks to the wall for them to attach to, just haven't gotten to that part yet!


Here is the finished product!


Now I really have an itch to get a "fun" blanket with a cool pattern to show off on here.




It's so much easier to keep blankets organized and I'm really enjoying the height that it's adding to the space since we have vaulted ceilings.


Have a great day everyone, try not to get pranked ;)

Linking up to these awesome parties!

18 comments:

  1. This looks amazing and yet so simple to make. I have to show my husband this :) Thank you for joining us at the Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!

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  2. I love your ladder! It looks just like the ones from Pottery Barn/Crate & Barrel! I like your blankets too!

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  3. Great idea! I have a bunk bed ladder that looks exactly like that. I had planned to donate it, but not any more. Thanks!

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  4. Love this project. I'm going to have to make my self one. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Robin! I think you'll be happy with how super easy these are to make :)

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  5. I think this is wonderful! And like you, I do get tired of crumpled blankets all over. I like to have them folded, draped or rolled a certain way and I seem to be the only one who can get it right. ;-) Great idea...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha Benita I'm glad someone else out there gets me on this! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. Love it! I've been coveting all the wonderful blanket ladders I've been seeing. I should probably just give in and make one.

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    1. Thanks Paige! They are so simple and cheap to make, you really should. I promise you'll love it :)

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  7. I've been meaning to make one of these forreevverrr and you've inspired me to really crack down and do it! Thanks for the tutorial :) What a lovely ladder!

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    1. Thanks Erica! I'm glad that I could help inspire you. I'm sure your will turn out beautifully :)

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  8. I would never have to thought to put this in the lounge. Great idea!

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    1. Thank you, it definitely helps keeps the blankets organized! Thanks for stopping by :)

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I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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