Quick & Easy DIY Rustic Blanket Ladder

Do you have that project that you know you want to make and you keep it in your mind, truly deeply want to make it but for some reason, time passes and you never get to make it? Well, that’s exactly the case of this rustic blanket ladder.

This project has been on my list since like forever. I see it everywhere, each store I go into I see one and I always say, can make that and I will. But truth to be told, I never got to do it until now, YAYYYY for me! LOL

Easy DIY Rustic Blanket Ladder

Quick & Easy DIY Rustic Blanket Ladder

I must admit I got short on the height but I still LOVE it with all my heart. I might give it a try again and make it about 6 feet or so but for now I’m so super in love with my tiny but pretty rustic homemade blanket ladder.

It took me about 3 hours in total to make it. Thanking God that the day was beautiful and sunny and I could finish it all in one day. I can’t believe how easy it is to make one of these.

It might get tricky at the end when assembling it but it’s definitely doable. I must be clear here, I’m not a carpenter and not even close.

I went with my gut every step of the way because for this particular project I didn’t want to rehear for tutorials and use only my logic, intuition and imagination to test myself how far I could go.

Rustic Blanket Ladder

I’ve been of course reading a lot of woodwork, painting, tools but that’s what I got to start this project and I’m so proud of myself.

This proves that anyone can do this. We just need to be brave enough to come out of our comfort zone, forget about perfection and just let it go, let your imagination leads you.

The way I made mine is only one from many, I’ve seen photos of so many gorgeous ones. So don’t get scared and just try, worst-case scenario, start over because it’s not even expensive.

You can build this DIY quilt ladder with less than $10 if you at least have some paints at home or let’s say $15 if you have to buy some. I only had to buy the wood so it was great.

How to Make Quilt Ladder:


  • 2 wood sticks {I used 1200 x 38 x 32 mm (1,5 x 1,25 cut at 47 Inches)} This is the blanket ladder height.
  • 4 rounded stick {I used 350 x 26 mm (diameter 1,02 cut at 14 Inches)}
  • Wood glue
  • Walnut Wood Stain
  • Brush and a cloth rag
  • White latex paint
  • Drill
  • 3mm Wood drill bit
  • 26mm Flat Wood drill bit
  • Sandpaper
  • 4 screws {4x45mm}
  • Gloves and eyewear protection {for painting, drilling and sanding}

Making a blanket ladder:

  • Firstly, I measured carefully where I would put the rungs. The first rung I placed it at 50mm {2 Inches} and from then every 300mm {12 Inches}.
  • Then, of course, I measured the vertical center of the piece. All this is to make sure to mark both sides of the ladder so the rungs line up evenly.
  • Using the 26mm Flat Wood drill bit on my drill, I drilled holes 3 mm deep on each center mark {I used tape on the bit to use as a reference}
  • Test if your rounded sticks fit in place if they are too tight just sand a little bit the edges.
  • With your regular wood bit drill holes only on the first rung place and last on each side. Use the hole left by the flat bit as your reference. These holes are to screw the first and last rung.
  • Once it’s all done, sand any imperfection on the wood, especially the edges to avoid splinters in your fingers, No fun!

The next step is my favorite! PAINT!!!

Staining a Blacket Ladder:

  • I used walnut stain. First I spread it with a brush and then rubbed it all with a cloth rag, You get a pretty shade and you can see all the wood designs. I let it dry for about 30 to 40 minutes.

I decided to go for a dry brush technique, I wanted to intensify the wood lines and dry brushing is perfect for that.

It’s super simple, just put some paint on a paper plate and spread it out kinda thin, then take a dry brush (I use really cheap brushes for this job) and get a tiny bit of paint on the end of the bristles. Then using a piece of paper just remove the excess of paint from the brush.

  • Now you are going to just brush this along the wood, re-dip in the paint as necessary and rub it against the paper because you want your brush to remain dry, so get every bit of paint off you can before you get more on there.
  • I went through each side and rungs until I was happy with the amount of whiteness.
  • Don’t forget the ends of the sides.

When you are all done you should have something like this.

  • Let it dry for about 30 minutes.
  • Then using an 80 grit sandpaper, sand roughly along each piece to give it a more aged look, especially on edges.
  • Clean each piece with a cloth.
  • To make my process easier, I put each screw on all 4 ends and screw them in until I could see the tip on the other side.
  • Apply some glue on each hole from one of the side.
  • Insert the rungs on each hole. Wait a couple of minutes.
  • Apply glue on the other side’s holes and put in place. I did it all by myself because I was alone but if you can get some extra pair of hands will be awesomely helpful.
  • Here is where the tricky part begins. While you push down one end, the other goes up, it was ridiculous LOL. But what I did was screwing all the way one end and then one by one putting in place each rung hen I got to the last one I drilled that one all the way too.
  • Turn it over and drill the other two all the way too.

There you go! It’s all done!

WOOHOO! I’m so happy with my final result. Completely in love even though it turned out smaller than I expected. I know that’s crazy, I always knew it was only 47 Inches high.

DIY Blanket Ladder:

I LOVE it.

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What do you think? Would you make one of these pretty Rustic Blanket Ladder???

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Quick & Easy DIY Rustic Blanket Ladder

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2 Comments on " Quick & Easy DIY Rustic Blanket Ladder "

  1. Camila

    I LOVE this! I have wanted one of these for the longest time, but I felt like they’re so homemade-looking that just buying one from Target or something would be cheating. This is so easy and I don’t even have to force my dad to make it for me. Thanks for the step by step! I WILL be doing this!

    1. Camila

      THANK YOU so much for your sweet comment. This ladder is really incredibly easy to make. Th only thing I would pay the most attention is to have the Wood drill bit and the rounded stick diameter with the same measure, if it’s 25mm then both should be 25mm. That way you ensure the stick will fit perfectly in the whole {learned the hard way}. If you have any questions at all, just let me know, I’m not an expert but with whatever I know I’ll help.


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