When I first attempted building a wooden blanket ladder I loosely followed some ideas I found on Pinterest... it turned out rather short and squat. It was a 5-foot ladder that had 4 steps (or rungs, if you prefer) that were 18 inches wide. It was just not tall, painted white, and handsome like I wanted.
The ladder I eventually built and fell in love with, and the one we will be building here is modeled after, is 6 feet tall with 5 steps that are 16 inches wide, and about 1 foot apart. (doesn't that sound sexy?)
I'm no engineer but I think that works out perfectly when you can buy lumber in 6 and 8-foot lengths. 8 feet will get you 6 16 inch steps. In my case, it was almost 6 because I got one of the cuts off a little bit. (don't be embarrassed if it happens to you... it happens to everyone at some point!)
Here are a few helpful hints on the materials and tools list. I could say pro tips, but I'm no pro and these are just things I learned by building several of these and figuring it out for myself:
- power tools (i.e. saw, drill, sander) aren't necessary to complete this DIY blanket ladder, but they will make the job (and many other jobs you might do) SO much easier.
- if you do get power tools, invest in good ones (or get ones that are really really cheap so you don't mind replacing them often)
- spend the extra couple of bucks and get really good lumber. The savings will be in the time you get back by not having to spend so much time sanding. The wood looks better too.
- measure twice, cut once.
What you're going to need to get started.