Anthropologie Dupe Ladder

by Meg
5 Materials
1 Hour

I found this image months ago and fell in love with this arched two toned blanket ladder. THEN I saw the price and (figuratively) spit out my coffee. $168. For a blanket ladder. I CANNOT.

And I thought, "There's gotta be a way to dupe this." Challenge accepted.It took a couple trips to Lowes to browse the plumbing isle looking for the perfect hose and making the other shoppers look at me funny as I inserted dowel rods into different tubes to test the width, plus one awkward conversation as I had the nice sales associate cut my tubing to the correct length.

"What are you fixing?"

”Ummm...I am making a ladder with that as the arched top..."


"nervous laughter."

"Okay, here ya go...."

Anyway, enough of that. Here's your material list:

•Two 1 1/4 inch dowel rods cut to 5 feet

•Two 3/4 inch dowel rods cut to four 20" pieces(you can have these cut at the hardware store or cut them yourself)

•36 inches of 1 1/4 inch inner diameter plumbing. (pictured below)

•Wood glue (had on hand)

•Gold spray paint (had on hand)

Tools needed:

  1. Saw
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Nail gun (not necessary but I used it for extra stability
  4. Drill
  5. 3/4 inch spade bit
  6. clamps
3/4" dowels
1 1/4" dowel
plumbing tube

Step 1.

If you didn't have your pieces cut at the store, cut them now. Measurements are listed above.

Spray paint four smaller dowel pieces and tube gold.

Step 2.

Measure 6" down from top of the larger dowels and mark. This will be where your first rung will go. Then measure 12" down and mark. You'll do that 2 more times for a total of 4 marks on each dowel.

Step 3.

I clamped my dowel so I could keep it straight and used my 3/4" spade bit to drill about halfway through the dowel. Do this on each of your 4 marks for both dowels.

Step 4.

Fill each hole with wood glue and insert your gold rungs on both sides, then wipe off excess glue.If you have large enough clamps, then clamp the ladder until it is dry, otherwise, you can wrap a rope around the ladder to keep it together. You can leave it at that or shoot one nail in on each side of each rung for extra stability.

Step 5.

Apply glue to the top 3 inches of the ladder and insert each dowel into the tubing. Pull down tightly (I used my entire body weight). Use a clamp on each side until glue dries.

wrapped up, clamped and drying

That's it! How easy was that?!

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  • Liz Schultheis Liz Schultheis on Jan 15, 2022

    Great idea & exceptionally helpful info on exactly what materials are needed & where to find them!

  • Sheryl Monaspa Sheryl Monaspa on Dec 12, 2023

    It's a lovely item, nicely done. Do you have more pics of the interior? I wanna redesign it in 3d, if you don't mind.

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  • Linda Gagnon Linda Gagnon on Dec 05, 2023

    Love the ladder, I love the mirror as well, did you DIY that?

  • Frances Anderson Frances Anderson on Jan 01, 2024

    amazing , i do like it when people look at extreme priced items and think what a waste of money for a brand and make a similar item for much less makes me think all i am paying for with these brands is a label that no one sees .. now i love this so much am making several of them not as ladders but as garden arches for my plants , thank you ❤️