Blanket Ladders are Equal Parts Stylish and Functional, and We Can’t Get Enough

published May 29, 2019
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Credit: Cat Meschia

To be entirely honest, many of the home accessories I normally love don’t have a real purpose other than, well, to look cute (which, in my opinion, is entirely ok). That said, it’s always rewarding to be able to find pieces for your space that look nice but are also super functional—like a blanket ladder. I’ve long wanted to incorporate one into my apartment, and after getting a better sense of the various ways they can be utilized and styled, I’m more motivated than ever to add one to my own space.

Blanket ladders are a popular DIY—here’s a tutorial for the ladder above—but if you don’t have the time to craft one yourself, there are plenty of beautiful, affordable ladders for sale on sites like Etsy. You can also find various styles at West Elm, TJ Maxx, Urban Outfitters, and Wayfair.

Credit: Etsy

Farmhouse Blanket Ladder, starts at $27 from Etsy

Here, we show you three ways to incorporate a blanket ladder into your home–whether you’re looking to prop one up in the living room, bathroom, or bedroom.

This ladder is mainly decorative but is a great place to store a throw blanket for when you feel like cozying up (just add a glass of wine and a good book, and your evening in is all set!). We love how Katrin Fedeler of Northern Feeling gave a plain white ladder a special revamp with gold paint. The end result looks gorgeous in her simplistic space.

Credit: Erin Cole

Forget that boring over-the-toilet storage shelf and place a blanket ladder in that space instead! Erin Cole of Elizabeth Joan Designs built a ladder specifically designed to fit in this space and jazzed it up with some succulents. It’s chic and provides storage at the same time (no need to wonder where the extra rolls of toilet paper went!).

We often see blanket ladders in minimalist, boho rooms, but they look great in more colorful spaces, too. Struggling to find a place to stash extra blankets in the bedroom? Prop a blanket ladder next to the bed for a cozy-looking, functional storage system, like Catherine Carton of Dainty Dress Diaries did in her space.