What is a quilt ladder, you ask? I had the same question when my friend Gill asked if I could make her one. Of course I told her “Hell yes I can!” before I even found out what it was, because how hard could it be?
Turns out, not hard at all. And definitely nowhere near the $249 price tag that Pottery Barn attaches to their version. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Pottery Barn but that’s a whole lotta cash money.
In case you have not yet figured it out (it did take me an embarrassingly long time) a quilt ladder is a ladder used for displaying quilts. Mind blowing, isn’t it? I was able to throw this together in 30 minutes, for under $10 (keeping in mind I already had the stain, screws, and other tools).
What you’ll need for this project:
Two 1×4’s, cut to 60″ each
Three 2×2’s, cut to 18″ each
2″ wood screws
Sander, drill, measuring tape, level, and stain (optional)
Once your boards are cut, you might need to sand them, or you might not. Since I used wood that is cheap af (strapping) giving the boards a once over was necessary, but didn’t take long. After sanding, all you need to do is attach the 2×2 rungs with your wood screws and drill, making sure they are straight by using the level. I started my first rung about five inches or so from the top, and left 13 inches between each rung. I was going to add a fourth, but it seemed pointless since any quilt that was placed on it would drag on the ground. I should have mathed better.
I used Early American by Minwax and gave the entire piece one coat of stain, then let it dry out in the sun.
I opted not to clear coat because I really liked the dry, weathered look of the wood as it was, and the more “beat up” it gets, the better it will look. Rustic and all that. Before delivering it to its new home, I staged some pictures because I know you’re all just dying to see this baby in action.
So that’s it! A Pottery Barn inspired piece for a fraction of the cost, and very minimal skill/effort involved. It doesn’t get much better than that. #cheapandeasyismymantra