Why Am I Building A Blanket Ladder?

If your spouse is anything like mine I am sure you have a lot of “honey-do” items. One of those items that have been on my honey-do list is building a blanket ladder. This whole thing started when one of my wife’s work friends had an old wooden ladder in their home that they used to store their blankets on. This helped their space look less cluttered any more inviting. 

Well needless to stay my wife has wanted a lander blanket ladder in our home as well. One afternoon my wife was browsing an old antique store and she stumbled upon an older rustic ladder. She called to tell me she was going pick it up since I was taking to long to make the I promised. I asked what they were wanting for it and she replied $75 dollars. I said no way and got the normal huff and puff. So after some time, I decided to finally build her ladder. 

The Build

For the build of the blanket ladder, I decided to use plain old normal 2×4’s. I took my time to find the three best looking 2×4’s that Home Depot had to offer. That took a little bit of time. Something I did a little different than other blanket ladders is I made the rungs out of octagons. This was my first attempt ever at cutting octagons on a table saw. It was actually a lot simpler than I thought it would be. I used this guide here on instructables.com on how to do it.



Blanket Ladder


My wife was wanting it to be stained to match the rest of furniture I have built for the home. Minwax special walnut was the finish of choice. To complete this build probably took me about 2-3hrs finishing and all. Not 2-3 hrs at once but total time due to waiting for the stain to dry and etc.

Tools Needed

  • 3 8ft 2×4’s (to make a 6ft ladder)
  • Tape Measure
  • Miter Saw
  • Table Saw (if you want octagon rungs)
  • Counter Sink Bit
  • Plug Cutter
  • Wood Glue
  • 2″ screws
  • Clamps


In total for this project, I spent a whole 10 dollars on lumber and that was it. As far as the time it was roughly an hour to build and 45 min of finishing spread out over the course of a day.


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