How to D.I.Y. a Blanket Ladder
Aleksandra Zee and Antrom Kury
Blanket ladders are everywhere. In the bathroom, bedroom, living room – you name it! But the trend doesn't come as a surprise to those of us who hoard Parachute throws and are endlessly out of storage – sound familiar? Cue a D.I.Y. blanket ladder: the functional yet stylish fixture you can build yourself. Before you freak out because it seems like a lot of work, rest assured that it truly is just a few steps. Here to break it down is Oakland-based wood worker, Aleksandra Zee, who has been designing pieces for her home and other’s going on 12 years. She recently held a blanket ladder D.I.Y workshop, using Parachute throws for styling. We asked her to share her steps so you, too, can incorporate this space saver into your space. If you've got an hour, a friend and some heavy duty tools – pay attention...
- 2 6-foot guard rails (rounded wood)
- 5 1.¼” dowels (cut at least to 24″.)
- 1.¼” Spade drill bit
- Wood glue
- 2 clamps
- Sand paper (60 grit and 220 grit)
- Miter Saw (rental option)
- Matte finish Polycrylic
- Safety goggles
- 3 rags
- Parachute throws
- Optional: Paint, blue painter’s tape, paint brush
Sand all dowels with 60 and 220 grit sandpaper to remove any blemishes and imperfections.
Measure for cross pieces from the bottom of each large side dowel. First measurement is at 18”, then 28”, 38”, 48” and 58”. Be sure to find center on the dowel, mark at ¾.
Cut middle pieces. The bottom piece should be cut to 24”, second piece is 23”, and 22”, 21”, 20” for the next 3 sequentially.
Drill your holes in the side dowels using the power drill and spade bit. Ask a friend to help by holding the dowel while you drill.
Apply a quarter size amount of wood glue into each hole on one of the side dowels. Insert your cross dowels.
With the help of your neighbor, attach the other large side dowel and fix it together.
Using two clamps, one on bottom and one on top clamp your ladder together.
If painting the bottom of your ladder use blue painters tape to make your division line and paint.
One final sand to remove any excess glue or imperfections!
Style your blanket ladder with your favorite throws. Not only do they provide a storage solution, but they act as a styled focal point. Bonus: it's a fun way to add a little personality to a space while making it feel even more minimal and modern.