DIY Pottery Barn Knockoff Blanket Ladder

Hey Friends! I've gotten a few requests to share how we built our DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Ladder! it was super duper easy and literally anyone can do this! 

Along with most of the world, I have an obsession with Pottery Barn.
When I get a catalog in the mail, I get all giddy with excitement to flip through the glossy pages with pictures of perfectly staged spaces.But let's face it here guys.

Pottery Barn is expensive. I probably just totally blew your mind with that information didn't I? BOOM! ;)

I do own a few pieces from Pottery Barn, but mostly I just look at the catalogs to gain some inspiration and dream up ideas on how I can attempt to recreate said spaces at a smaller cost. Hopefully, a MUCH smaller cost.

When I saw these beautiful blanket ladders from Pottery Barn, my heart stopped. I knew I wanted one. But the $200 price tag? UM. Not so much. Especially because this seemed like such an easy DIY! This whole project cost us maybe $25! 

Decorative Ladders can be used in so many different ways! Like hanging from a ceiling, or displaying pictures, Or Basket Shelves, or just for displaying blankets. 

So after expressing my deepest desire to Nick, he agreed to help me with this one. So off to Home Depot we went to gather up our supplies one Sunday afternoon.

What you'll need:

16 feet of wood (depending on how tall you want your ladder to be) I used 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 eight foot strips.
8 two inch wood screws
Stain in your choice of color

Step 1: 
Cut one 5 foot piece of wood from each 8 foot strip.

Step 2:
 Cut 4 18 inch pieces of wood from the remaining wood.

Step 3:
Lay them on to form a "ladder"

Step 4:
Attach each bar with a screw.

Step 5:
Stain in your choice of color.  It was Nick's idea to stain this a darker color and I'm so glad I listened to him and took his advice.  It turned out fabulous and really pops against my grayish light colored walls.

Step 6:
If you desire take a sander and/or screwdriver and "ding" up your ladder a bit. I wanted a rustic feel so I just kind of took the screwdriver and sander wherever I wanted it to be a little "distressed".

Step 7:
Make sure to let it completely dry (outside if possible) before hanging any blankets or stuff on it. You don't want stinky blankets and the stain is pretty smelly for about 48 hours after it's applied. Not that I learner this the hard way.. Or anything. 

You've seen the ladder several times on my Instagram. I admit, its one of my favorite spaces. The ladder was SO easy, quick and cheap to make! Seriously, ANYONE can do this! In a couple of hours, you can have your own blanket ladder to do whatever you want with! It just fills in this little space perfectly, don't you think?! 

I'd love to know what you babes think of this knockoff version of the Pottery Barn ladder. Do you have one? Do you want one? Leave me a comment below! 

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  1. So beautiful! I could seriously look at pictures of your house for days!

  2. I remember you posting this type of thing on your old blog because I sent it to Matt with an order to make it. Two of them actually. They make some seriously amazing gifts too!!

  3. This ladder is beautiful, you and hubby did an awesome job. I might just have to try it. Definitely Pinning ( :

  4. Well, i tried to Pin but nothing is letting me ! Don't know if I haven't had enough coffee yet or if it's at your end ( :

  5. I don't know how I missed this post before but I have given my husband and son a Christmas order. Thanks!

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