Blankets—we love them! They are warm, cozy, and a winter essential. However no matter how hard I try to keep them organized, blankets inevitably end up in a pile on the floor, crumpled, and messy. But not anymore, thanks to this lovely blanket rack! Whether you're sprucing up your living room, or wanting to make someone a special DIY gift, this blanket rack is the perfect solution.
Step 1: Cut the Legs
Begin by cutting the 2x4 in half with a circular saw or a hand saw and miter box. This will give you two four foot pieces that will serve as the legs to your blanket rack. Keep in mind this length is approximate. It’s more important that the two pieces are the same length than being exactly four feet, and this gives you the freedom to trim any rough mill edges as necessary.
Step 2: Cut the Slats
Next, cut your 1x3 piece into four 16" pieces. These will be the slats across your blanket rack. Sand each slat to ensure they are smooth (so your blankets won't snag and tear).
Step 3: Measure
Lay out pieces on a flat surface and position like a ladder. On the face of the 2x4's measure out, and mark the positions of the rungs. From the “top” of the ladder measure 2 inches and draw a line across the width of the board (this will be where the rungs start). Measure down another 2 inches and draw another line. Each rung will take up 2 inches of space, and the gaps between the rungs will be 8 inches. When you have drawn lines for all the rungs, there should be 14 inches left at the bottom of the 2x4. Repeat with the opposite 2x4.
Step 4: Position and Trace Rungs
Position the rungs within the pencil lines, angling them up towards the front and top of the ladder. The corners of the 1x3 should be just touching the pencil lines on either side. The back corner should be flush with the edge of the 2x4, and the front corner should have about a 1/2" gap in the front. Trace a line around the end of the rung. Repeat with remaining rungs.
Step 5: Pre-drill
Pre-drill with a 3/32” bit inside of the pencil lines and through to the other side of the 2x4. Be careful to drill very straight so as not to break through the 1x3 when you're driving the screws.
Step 6: Attach Rungs to Ladder Frame
Position the 1x3, and secure with 3” screws from the outside. A helper to hold the 1x3 in place, or a long clamp will make this part a lot easier. Work your way down one 2x4 and attach all the rungs before moving over to the other side. This will help ensure everything fits together smoothly.
Step 7: Smooth Edges and Erase Markings
Smooth out rough areas around screws with a piece of sandpaper or a sanding sponge. Take the time to erase the pencil marks or sand them down.
Step 8: Apply Stain
Following the directions on the can, apply a coat of wood stain. Wipe off excess. Now turn the ladder over and stain the other side. Allow stain to fully dry before using your blanket ladder.
Now comes the fun part! Organize your blankets on your new blanket rack! Or, gift wrap the blanket rack and check one more gift off your list.