For the past couple of years, all I’ve wanted is a blanket ladder. At every vintage show, I looked at the price tags on every ladder and they were way expensive… or the ladder looked super cheap and flimsy. My mom would say, “Oh jeeze, you could make that yourself!” So, this past weekend, I finally got around to it and today I’m showing you how to make a blanket ladder! Whoopee!! Click here to see the original post.
Now, you could go to Home Depot and buy the cheapest of the cheap supplies and slap together a ladder, but I wanted my ladder to look legit. There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest for “how to make a $10 ladder!”, but I decided to spend about $40 to make an authentic, durable, farmhouse style blanket ladder.
There are 2 secrets to making this ladder "authentic"...
- Find oak boards with straight wood grains instead of knots. Authentic farmhouse ladders have straight wood grains because it that type of wood is stronger, says my husband.
- Pick boards that have more pronounced wood grain. Oak is a great choice because it’s easy to see the grains. Pine might be cheap but you can barely see the wood grains. It also tends to warp.