A blanket ladder is an adorable yet highly functional home decor statement piece. As fashion and design trends come and go, blanket ladders still remain trendy and popular because of their versatility and cross-functionality.
Even though a blanket ladder’s primary purpose is for storing blankets, there are so many other creative ways that you can style and decorate it in your home. Blanket ladders are a great way to add character to your space and enhance your home decor.
So if you have a vintage ladder tucked away in the attic or a DIY ladder that you built, check out my simple yet creative blanket ladder ideas that you can use to decorate your own blanket ladder today.
Creative Blanket Ladder Ideas
Add a Wreath
Accentuate a wooden blanket ladder with a well-curated wreath. Hanging a wreath off of the rungs of the blanket ladder will create a beautiful contrast against the ladder rack. A wreath on an old wooden ladder will look wonderful in a guest bedroom or the entryway.
Incorporating greenery is an excellent way to bring nature inside the home. And if you are a plant lover, then you can opt for your favorite plants, like fern or ivy, that will effortlessly hang off the side of the decorative ladder.
Photo Collage Ladder
Using a blanket ladder can be a creative way to show off your family photos and children’s photos through a photo collage. With this alternative picture frame, you can just take your photos and connect them together using a piece of wire, rope, or twine. Once you connect the photos, simply stretch the photos from one side of the ladder to the next. You can easily add it to the kid’s room as a statement piece.
Fill a Blank Corner Wall
Use the blanket ladder to fill an awkward blank wall or brighten up a bland wall in the living room. The decorative blanket ladder will act as wall decor and make the blank wall a focal point in the living room.
The blanket ladder will likely create the illusion of a more elevated and taller ceiling. This is a beautiful way to fill in dead space and help balance out the living room while bringing softness and function to your space.
Store Bathroom Towels
Display your beautiful towels on your decorative ladder in your bathroom. A towel ladder is an excellent way to add additional storage in your bathroom while displaying and drying your towels. This will also give your bathroom a more cozy vibe. You can even place your rags, hand towels, and robe on the ladder as the ultimate storage solution.
Speaking of towels, I often find that I have too many kitchen towels and nowhere to store them. The ladder will help to store the towels in a more practical and useful way. With the extra ladder rungs, you can use the ladder to store the extra kitchen runners, tablecloths, and kitchen linens.
Get yourself some wire baskets and hang the wire baskets on the blanket ladder using hooks. Wire baskets not only look great but they are great for organizing. Having wire baskets attached to the blanket ladder will allow you to see exactly what’s inside the basket and more effectively organize items such as bathroom toiletries and fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. This is especially great in small spaces.
Accent it with a Basket
Surround the wooden ladder with a cute decorative woven or wicker basket. Baskets at the base of the ladder are an easy way to maximize floor space and reduce visual clutter while seamlessly and effortlessly integrating with your home decor. Together, a wooden ladder and a basket will add a lot of character, warmth, and a comfy vibe to your space.
Shoe Storage Ladder
Storing your shoes on a blanket ladder is a great way to use up vertical space in a closet. The blanket ladder will allow your shoes to be on full display, so you will never forget which pair of shoes goes well with that awesome dress.
High heels might work best, but you can ask s hooks to hang shoes without a heel. This will make a great addition to a master bedroom closet or entryway. It is a simple way to store shoes that you may have in abundance.
Seasonal Home Decor
Swap out your seasonal decor on the blanket ladder. You can hang your winter bells and Christmas stockings on the ladder during the holiday season or style the blanket ladder with your favorite seasonal decor items.
A String of Lights
Add playful and fun lights, such as string lights, fairy lights, or Christmas lights, along the middle and sides of the ladder. This is the most perfect way to add a more whimsical and cozy feel to a guest room, dorm room or kid’s room. Just make sure the kids are aware that the rustic ladder is not for climbing.
Clothes Dryer Rack
You can use the blanket ladder as a drying rack in the laundry room. This is great for clothing that can’t go in a dryer or needs extra dry time and must be hand air-dried.
Hang your necessities with Hooks
Say no to boring hangers and coat racks. Use the blanket ladder to store your hats, scarves, and handbags. Just add some S shape hooks and incorporate the blanket ladder in your bedroom or lean it in the entryway for easy grab-and-go.
Front Porch Decor
Place the blanket ladder on the front porch and decorate it with your favorite fall decor. Fall colors like orange, red, yellow, and gold will give your front porch pops of color, adding vibrancy to your entryway appeal.
Who said that blanket ladders are only supposed to be hung vertically? While most people choose to display their blanket ladder vertically, there’s no rule that says you can’t hang your blanket ladder horizontally as well. So give it a shot.
My favorite way and most apparent reason to have a blanket ladder is to keep your loveliest and comfiest throw blankets nearby. So, instead of throwing your blanket on the floor or in a decorative basket, simply drape or hang your blanket over the ladder rungs for a more relaxed, unpretentious, cozy look.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you don’t want to. Displaying cozy blankets on a blanket ladder is still a farmhouse decor favorite that may not go out of style anytime soon.
Where to Shop for Blanket Ladders
While creating your own DIY ladder is a rather quick and simple DIY project, there are plenty of places where you can buy a new blanket ladder that is already fully constructed. Check out some of my favorite places to shop for furniture and Blanket ladders.
- Hobby Lobby
- Birch Lane
- Pottery Barn
- Home Depot
Hopefully, you have found these blanket ladder ideas helpful, and you are now excited about how you can decorate your ladder.
Do you have other blanket ladder ideas? Drop a comment below to let me know what you think.
Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.