I must own at least a dozen blankets and throws. It's kind of ridiculous, you guys. Obviously one does not have a need for that kind of quantity of covers in a tiny two bedroom apartment, but I can't resist a pretty textile when I see one. Colorful patterns, intricate weaves, cozy fibers, that kind of stuff just gets me going! Alas, there are only so many beds, chairs, and couches in my home on which to casually drape a blanket or toss a throw, so I had to get serious about organizing my hoard of coverlets. I have had my eye on a few blanket ladders (like this one and this one) but have had a hard time finding just the right one. Then the idea struck to DIY my own. Because, duh, that's what we do best!
Four Round Wood Dowels (1 inch thick + 48 inches long)
Six 1 inch Copper Pressure Tees
Four 1 inch Copper Tube Caps
Hand Saw or Circular Saw (optional)
Step One // Measure and cut the dowels in to the following lengths:
Two / 9 inch pieces
Four / 12 inch pieces
Five / 18 inch pieces
* I had mine cut for me at Home Depot. You'll have 36 inches of dowel left over, but hang on to that bad boy. You never know when you'll dream up a dowel involved DIY!
Step Two // Lay the dowels and copper pressure tees out on the floor in the shape of the ladder. It will look like this:
Two 18 inch dowels form the base (legs) of the ladder
Three 18 inch dowels form the ladder rungs
Four 12 inch dowels space out the rungs
Two 9 inch dowels top off the ladder
Step Three // Working section by section, apply glue to the end of each dowel and the inside of each copper pressure tee and fit together. Make sure you press the dowel firmly in to the pressure tee. Quickly wipe away any excess glue that oozes out of the fittings before it dries.
Step Four // Now glue the copper tube caps to the top and bottom of the ladder. Once again, quickly wipe away any excess glue that oozes out of the caps before it dries.
Step Five // Double check that all fittings are pressed firmly together and that the ladder is even on both sides. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
I'm so happy with the way this turned out! I love the simple aesthetic and the copper details (if there's one thing you know about me, it's that I'm all about those copper details!). I can't wait to show off some of my favorite blankies! What do you think?