Ladder Rack

With recent fluctuating temps, light layers are the key to staying comfortable.  Outdoors and well as in.  To neatly store extra blankets, I built a leaning ladder for our bedroom.

Blanket-Ladder-in-Bedroom

To get started, I used two 3/4 by 2 3/4 inch by six-foot long poplar boards and two 4 foot long 1 inch dowels.  Before cutting, I measured and marked the boards for four rungs.  Mine are spaced 15 inches apart, starting from the bottom.

Blanket-Ladder-Rung-Measurements

Using a Forstner bit, drilling the holes was quick and easy.

Blanket-Ladder-Drilling

Blanket-Ladder-Rung-Hole

After drilling all holes and cutting the dowels, I used 220 grit paper to sand each piece before assembly.

Blanket-Ladder-Before-Assembly

Honestly, sanding almost took more time than all the other steps combined.  Attaching everything was simple.  Working on the garage floor, I squeezed a liberal amount of Gorilla wood glue in the four holes of one board as well as the dowel ends.

Blanket-Ladder-Glued-and-Clamped

That was easy, but inserting the second side was a bit trickier.  Another set of hands would have been really helpful, to line the glued dowels up with the other board.  To keep everything tight while the glue dried, I placed a clamp at each rung.

Blanket-Ladder-Clamped

Twenty-four hours later, I pulled the clamps off and lightly sanded the extra glue off.

Blanket-Ladder-Rung-Detail

The two foot wide rungs are perfect for king sized blankets.

Blanket-Ladder-by-Nightstand

I might make a second for the basement to store guest bedding.  Much easier and cuter way to store blankets than a stack on a chair.

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