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I don’t know about you, but I have a slight obsession with ‘TV blankets’. There is something so joyous about curling up on the couch with the most soft, warm, and comfortable blanket. In my opinion, it makes or breaks your couch-potato experience.  They can also add a nice touch to your home décor.
What is not cute?  When you have so many of them (sorry hunny!), that it looks like a bomb of fluffy, cozy blankets went off in your living room! I just don’t have enough room for them all & keeping them draped over the back of the couch (which never stays in place when you have two dogs & a cat who believes the couch is their castle), can sometimes look untidy!

I needed a solution that didn’t involve knocking out at wall and expanding a closet.

I’ve seen so many of those rustic, chic looking ladders that people so elegantly drape their beautiful blankets over. That. I want that. BUT – any time I’ve gone to get my dirty little paws on one of those beautiful ladders, my bank account screams “ohh no gurrrl! You put that card right back where it came from!” Sometimes the price is just a little too far out of my comfort zone! So, I started to think to myself ‘what is stopping me from just making myself a ladder?’ Well, the answer to that is this: nothing.

I did not research it, I did not come up with any calculations, I just had a picture in my mind of what I wanted, and marched on over to Home Depot.
Now, I am no whiz when it comes to building things. Measurements and types of wood are not in my box of things I’m knowledgeable about, but I didn’t let that stop me! If you are at all like me, you will be fully aware that power tools are not our friends. So here’s a fun fact: Home Depot will cut your materials for you! They even understand measurements of “about right here…”, “like this wide…”, and “maybe about this tall…”

Are you ready to find out just how easy building your own blanket ladder is? And for under $20?! Keep reading! …

What you will need:

  • 2x  5 ft.  1.5x2.5 (these will be the ‘sides’ of the ladder)
  •  4x  14in.  3/4x1.5 (these will be the ‘steps’ of the ladder - you can do more than four if you please!)
  • 16x  8x3in. construction screws
  • Sandpaper – grit depends on how much you really want to sand or how smooth you really want it!
  • Paint – this is where it’s fun! You can do whatever colour your heart desires! I used Reloved Vintage Paint in the colour Cotton, which I got at Bellissima in Prince George that I had kickin’ around – but any paint will do!
  • Paint brush – for the paint of course … duh.
Don't be afraid to play around with different sizes of wood as well! 

Don't be afraid to play around with different sizes of wood as well! 

Now, the fun part! Assembly.  When I say fun, I mean not fun at all.
What I did was place each ‘step’ 12 inches apart. Again, this is not something that has to be set in stone – I wanted there to be some space from the top & bottom of the ladder before the steps started so this is why I chose this measurement.

 

Don't mind the nice little burnt red strip of colour on the wall there ... we re-did our flooring and need to get new baseboards! 

Don't mind the nice little burnt red strip of colour on the wall there ... we re-did our flooring and need to get new baseboards! 

 

Once the 12-inches were marked, I had some very burley men take a small drill-bit (remember, power tools & I are like oil and water – we don’t mix), and pre-drill the holes for the screws. For this ladder, I used two screws per step, on either side.  

 

Now that you have your oh so sturdy ladder assembled – it’s time to do a little sanding! Now, as I was so kindly reminded afterwards, please wear a mask when you are sanding!
I did a very rough sanding job as I wanted my ladder to be very rough and almost weathered. I went in with my power sander (look at me using a power tool!) and did a very quick sanding job, just to make sure I wouldn’t be getting any slivers along the way. Once you’re done sanding, give it a good dusting.

It’s painting time!  I went with a simple white to keep my living room bright, but even a nice dark stain would be really beautiful too!
Again, I wanted my ladder to be a little rough, so when I was painting, I made sure to not get into every little crevice, I wanted some of the wood to come through. Once you've finished painting, let it sit over-night to dry before putting any blankets on it.

Voila!

Now you have a tidy, yet chic way to display those cozy blankets!

 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY! If you endeavor to make your own ladder, please share it with me! I’d love to see your creations!

BW; BS; BH!

K. x