blanket ladder.

ever since moving into our new place, I have been craving [yes, like I crave chocolate] a ladder, in our living room, to hang our blankets. I’ve seen these ..everywhere. [aka pinterest]. but once [J] & I began shopping for one, we realized: too expensive. not “oh my goodness I cannot afford that” but rather “it’s a ladder you can’t even climb, with THAT price?“. that kind of expensive.

so we took our happy-selves to home depot. and took on the project.

[I’d be lying if I said I made this. I didn’t – [J] did. but I could have, easily. he’s a perfectionist. and a glorified handyman. so I watched & took pictures. I could have made it!].

DIY blanket ladder //

DIY blanket ladder //

[J] & I knew we’d need two side beams & we wanted four “steps”. after measuring the corner our ladder would be calling home ..we decided we wanted a 7 ft ladder, with 2 ft “steps”.

did you know home depot cuts the wood for you? I was amazed.

DIY blanket ladder //

you may want yours shorter or taller, wider or skinnier, with more steps or less. do what works best in your home – these are the measurements that worked best in ours.

DIY blanket ladder //

[do any of you watch pretty little liars? if so, doesn’t it look like -A is building this?]

drill holes through the beams & into the cylinders. screw bolts & washers into the sides. [technically [J] says, this step uses a ratchet. but I’m sticking with the verb ‘screw’].

DIY blanket ladder //

boom – you have a ladder!

[do not climb. or do your own risk]. I did. & survived.

now comes the painting: we used {rust-oleum satin paint & primer in one} spray paint. color: espresso brown. [we’re doing the brown & teal-ish thing in our living room]. 

DIY blanket ladder //

I love the color. 

[we only did one coat, and just touched up spots we thought could use a bit more].

DIY blanket ladder //

DIY blanket ladder //

I’m in love.

it was the missing piece in our living room. the best part: it was inexpensive & we made it ourselves. oh the feeling of accomplishment.

lesson learned: if you can dream it, you can build it. and home depot will cut it. 


the real lesson: if you are craving an item, a tad out of your “willing to spend” range ..consider making it yourself. you may be surprised.


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  • sometimes-homemade March 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I love the ladder! I have it on my project list. I’m a fellow Iowan – I’m still here, but I travel often for work, so I get some big city benefits.

    • chelset March 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      there is nothing better than the great state of iowa, really! I thought this would be a huge project to tackle, surprisingly wasn’t. but I love it so much!

  • singlemamalife March 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Love that! Looks great 🙂

    • chelset March 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you!!!

  • Asia @ Cape Cod Dreams March 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I love the ladder!!!!!! I never would have thought to make a ladder into a piece of beautiful AND functional decor! Very awesome.

    • chelset March 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      thank you!!! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  • Maureen @SheisMoments October 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    How much did all of the supplies cost you? I’m trying to make an anniversary present and I am only allowed to spend $25!

    • #LLinaBC October 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

      I believe the total was approximately $15. and worth every single cent. it’d make a great anniversary present!! 🙂

  • Maureen @SheisMoments October 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    How much did all of the supplies cost you? I’m trying to make an anniversary present and I am only allowed to spend $25!