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Baby Blanket Ladder For Modern Farmhouse Nursery

If you're looking for a fun way to display and store blankets in your house with a modern farmhouse style, you're going to love this simple tutorial for a DIY blanket ladder! It's so simple and inexpensive to recreate this for your home.

It’s finally time to start working on some fun DIY projects for our little girl’s nursery, which is why we’re sharing this adorable baby blanket ladder! 

She’s just a few weeks away from saying hello to the world and I’m so excited about her nursery, which is slowly coming together in my mind.

I can’t wait to share all of the fun plans with you soon, but for now, I will say that we are going with a modern farmhouse theme with some definite boho vibes.

If you remember from our post sharing all of our renovation plans (or if you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories), you know that we have to completely build out the walls of her nursery…which we started this last weekend.

Safe to say that we’re a still long way away from decorating, but I couldn’t help myself to work on some simple DIY projects for her room, like this DIY blanket ladder for baby blankets.

As I’ve been dreaming of a baby girl’s room, I was planning some functional decor items….which are always a necessity for me.

Especially in nurseries, I think it’s important to make sure you have your storage bases covered…think ahead about where you will store clothes, shoes, diapers, books, toys, and….baby blankets…..enter the DIY baby blanket ladder!

My inspiration for this blanket ladder comes from a blog that I love following…Hey There Home! I stumbled upon this DIY blanket ladder tutorial on Pinterest. You can check out her full tutorial for her blanket ladder here.

We followed her tutorial pretty closely, but changed the size a bit (ours is taller), the stain (used something darker), and slightly adjusted some of the steps in the tutorial.

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How to make a farmhouse-style baby blanket ladder:

Using a measuring tape to mark where to make cuts for the baby blanket ladder

Step 1. Cut wood pieces

The first step is to cut the wood down to size. You’ll need:

  • 2 pieces at 6 feet
  • 5 pieces at 18”

Using an orbital sander to sand down the wood pieces for the baby blanket ladder.

Step 2. Sand wood

Grab your sander and lightly sand all edges of the wood pieces. This is especially important for baby blanket ladders so you don’t put a stag in those soft swaddle blankets.

We used 150-grit sandpaper with an orbital sander, but you could also use a hand sander or even a sanding block if you don’t have a sander.

Using a triangle ruler and pencil to mark where to install spacers.

Step 3. Mark wood

Next, mark the placement of the rungs on the long 6-foot pieces. We left 18” from the bottom and then spaced on rungs 12”. There should be about 4.5” remaining at the top.

Using a power drill and nails to attach the rungs of the baby blanket ladder.

Step 4. Attach rungs

Add a small drop of glue to the ends of the 18” pieces and clamp them into place at your marks. Let dry for a few minutes.

Unclamp and screw each rung into place with 2 1/2” self-drilling wood screws on each rung from the outside.

This blanket ladder was built before the days that we had a pocket hole jig. If we were to redo the ladder today, we would definitely use pocket hole joinery instead!

A close up look at the putty filling the screw holes on the baby blanket ladder frame.

Step 5. Putty screw holes

Take some wood putty and fill in the holes where you’ve drilled the screws in. We used a wood putty in the same shade as the stain we were going to apply, but you can also get stainable wood putty that will change color when you add the stain.

If you are using stainable wood putty, it must dry completely before adding the stain. Otherwise, you can start staining pretty quickly after you add the putty.

Related Reading – Learn the difference between wood putty and wood filler here!

Step 6. Stain

Using a staining rag (or an old ripped-up tee shirt or even a foam paint brush), wipe on the stain. Wait 24 hours for the stain to dry completely.

Step 7. Seal

After the stain is dry, seal with a wipe-on poly.

If you’re trying to decide whether to use polyurethane vs polycrylic for your project, check out this article with an overview of each.

A close up look at the dark wood stained baby blanket ladder.

Easy as that!! Outside of the drying time, it didn’t take more than 30-40 minutes to make this blanket ladder. It’s going to look so awesome in our little one’s modern farmhouse nursery.

I love that it will not only provide some aesthetic appeal with a farmhouse style, but it is functional and will hold her baby blankets.

The completed baby blanket latter, fully stained with a dark wood stain, and two  white and pink baby blankets hanging on the rungs of the ladder.

Blanket ladders have been all the rage for years now and I can’t believe we waited this long before building one. It was sooooo simple to make and I love how it turned out.

Blanket ladders sell for hundreds of dollars and we only spent less than $8 on the wood for this.

We had all of the other supplies for the blanket ladder on hand. But, even if you had to buy everything needed for this project, you’d only have to spend less than $40 (and you’d have a lot of extras left over).

I’m so glad that we decided to check this simple project off the to-do list after we were inspired by Corey’s post.

Stay tuned over the next several months as we continue to work on our little girl’s nursery!

What was the last DIY project that you did that was inspired by something you found on Pinterest (or an awesome blog)?

Let me know in the comments below!

How to Make Baby Blanket Ladder

How to Make Baby Blanket Ladder

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

If you're looking for the perfect farmhouse-style decor element, check out this wood baby blanket ladder! Display cherished baby blankets and keepsakes with this easy farmhouse-style DIY.


  1. Cut wood pieces.
  2. Sand wood.
  3. Mark wood.
  4. Attach rungs.
  5. Putty screw holes.
  6. Stain.
  7. Seal.

13 thoughts on “Baby Blanket Ladder For Modern Farmhouse Nursery

  1. What a great idea! We got so many lovely baby blankets when our boys were born and this would have been a wonderful way to display and store them. Pinned.

  2. I’ve been thinking about a blanket ladder for awhile now and this is super cute. My kids would also love these in their rooms to put their special blankets on. Best of luck with your baby girl.

  3. I’ve been wanting to do this with some alder branches from the back yard. Using furring strips is smart…don’t have to wait for the wood to dry. Love the dark stain you used. Will really make those cute baby blankets pop. Thanks for sharing this easy tutorial. Pinning for sure.

  4. I really need to make a blanket ladder for {or two} for all the blankets in my house! No littles at home any more, but it would be great for the living room as well. 🙂

  5. I saved this pin too! Love the diy ladder! Great idea for displaying or keeping blankets or quilts handy. Pinning to share.

  6. How sweet. What a great way to display those special blankies that are too precious to stick in some dark box in the attic. Great instructions, too!

  7. We have had our eye out for an old wooden ladder every time we go antique shopping with no luck. I have to show this idea to my hubby! I want one for my living room where blankets are used year round. Love this! #pinterestchallenge

  8. Decorating for a baby’s room is so fun, especially for a little girl 🙂 Your blanket ladder came out great and I love how easy and affordable it is to make.

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