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A blanket ladder is one project that we use almost daily at this sherpa blanket loving house. My kids are always toting one around, even in the summer. The blanket ladder makes a super easy place to hang blankets, and in my opinions, looks nice too. 🙂
This blanket ladder costs less than $5 in lumber to make, so it also makes a fantastic Homemade Gift Idea! We’ve had a 5′ blanket ladder for the past 5 years. I have been meaning to make a new blanket ladder with improvements. This ladder is taller at 72″ (6′), has 6 rungs, optional angled ladder legs (risers) and most important felt pads to protect the wall! My wall paint is overly sensitive. <insert eye roll emoji>
How to Build a 72″ Blanket Ladder
- 3 – 1×3 x 8′ board
- 24 – 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws or brad nails
- wood glue
- sand paper
- felt pads or felt strip
- Ryobi Combo Kit (circular saw and drill)
- Alternate: Miter Saw, jig saw, hand saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig – optional
- Speed Square – optional
- Tape Measure
- Straight edge
- 2 – 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 72″
- 6 – 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 17″
Step 1 – Ladder Legs
Cut 2 boards to 72″ long. To make the cuts, I am using a circular saw and a straight edge. But you can use whatever tool you are comfortable cutting wood with, miter saw, jig saw, hand saw, or if you’re my Dad…a leatherman. 🙂
Then measure and mark the placement of the ladder rungs.
Now that the ladder rungs are marked, decide if you want angles on your ladder legs bottom and top. If you do, then do the optional angles below; if not, skip to step 2.
Alternate – Angled Ladder Legs (Risers)
Leg bottom – On the back side of the legs bottom, mark up 1/2″. Draw a straight line from the front corner to the 1/2″ mark. OR make a 10 miter cut at the bottom with the miter saw.
Leg top – On the back side of the legs top, mark down 4 1/4″. Also on the top, mark over 3/4″ from the back corner. Draw a straight line between the marks and cut along the line.
Step 2 – Ladder Rungs
Cut 6 pieces of the 1x3s that are 17″ long. Then drill pocket holes for 3/4″ material in both ends.
(Alt assembly method – If you don’t want to use pocket holes, you can attach the ladder rungs to the legs by using screws or nails through the outside of the legs into the rungs.)
Step 3 – Assemble Ladder
Time to attach the ladder rungs to the ladder legs. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws (or alt method) to attach rungs to legs at marks previously measured.
Alt assembly method
Attach the ladder rungs to the legs by using 1 1/4″ or longer screws or nails through the outside of the legs into the rungs.
Step 4 – Finish Blanket Ladder
Once the wood glue is dry, remove any excess glue. Sand the ladder smooth. I used 80 grit and work up to 220 grit. Then apply your favorite stain, when the stain is dry, apply a top coat like polyurethane. I used Varathane aged wood accelerator for the ‘stain’ on this ladder. It is easy to apply, paint it on you wood with a brush or rag, then wipe off the excess.
Finally I added Felt Pads to the ladder where it will touch the wall.
During this $5 blanket ladder build, I have been reviewing the Ryobi One+ 6-tool combo kit. It is similar to my very first Ryobi kit I bought 14 years ago (back in the old blue Ryobi days). This kit makes a good beginner kit for home owners.
- Drill with a 24-position clutch and 2-speed gearbox (0 – 450 RPM and 0 – 1,750 RPM)
- Impact Driver with up to 1,800 in./lbs. of torque and 3200 IPM (impacts per minute)
- Reciprocating Saw with 1″ stroke length for faster cutting
- 5 1/2″ Circular Saw – compact design for better handling
- Multi-tool with variable speed dial and lock on trigger for optimal ergonomics
- Led Work Light – 160 lumens of light output
- 2 batteries – 1.5ah and 4.0ah
- and a spacious bag
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