7 Stylish Blanket Ladders to Elevate Your Living Room

published Jan 20, 2022
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Colder winter weather can mean a few changes around your home — from the telltale scent of woodsy candles and a pile of plush slippers for those freezing floors to an overabundance of cozy throws meant to keep you warm during your streaming sessions. And, while you may like the cocoon-like state that comes with burrowing into a plush pile of blankets, that doesn’t mean you love how unkempt your couch looks when they’re piled up not in use.

Luckily, there’s a stylish solution for your throw blanket collection that’ll allow you to display your favorites in a way that adds to your living room’s style appeal. Blanket ladders were once considered a staple for just the farmhouse chic set, but with new styles entering the market every day, there’s now a version for nearly every decor style out there — from sleek and modern to approachable boho. The best part? Blanket ladders keep an extra layer of warmth at just an arm’s length distance away (instead of hidden away in a hall closet), which is sure to cut down on bickering when your partner or roomie refuses to turn up the heat (ugh). Check out a few of our favorites below.

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Urban Outfitters

Perhaps the most traditionally "rustic" of the bunch, this Urban Outfitters leaning blanket ladder looks like something you'd find in a (very chic) lodge. Available in three stains (brown, white, and brown multi), it incorporates the natural shape and texture of wooden branches for a handmade effect that will leave visitors wondering if you took up woodworking and made it yourself.

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Though billed as a towel ladder, this versatile piece from the folks at Avocado (makers of one of our favorite mattresses) could just as easily take up residence in your living room. True to the brand's sustainable ethos, the ladder is handcrafted in California from 100 percent American Beechwood and finished with a zero-VOC, non-toxic varnish. The best part? Beyond the four roomy rungs, it also boasts a small shelf, perfect for showcasing favorite travel trinkets or housing a plant.

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West Elm

Light and airy, this modern ladder from West Elm (featuring both painted and plain white ash wood) would look stunning decked out with gauzy linen throw blankets in your living room. It also comes in two sizes, which is ideal if you consider yourself a blanket connoisseur and have a lot of throws that need a stylish home.

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Sleek and industrial, this steel ladder brings that NYC loft *aesthetic* to any home. The slim leaning profile makes it great for snug spaces, and it comes with the option of adding a shelf towards the top should you want a bonus spot to style up some of your favorite accessories, too.

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If your decor style bridges the gap between industrial and rustic, this could be the perfect blanket ladder for you. A beautiful mid-tone wood combines with modern metal accents (like double rungs and handy hooks) for a standout piece that will totally complete your living room. Bonus: At 72 inches, this pick is the tallest of the bunch, making it a great option if you have longer blankets or a room with high ceilings and lots of empty wall space.

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Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe how we feel about this Etsy pick. It's basically the perfect combination of practicality and handmade charm, with hand-carved rungs and leather straps that will patina beautifully. Hang it in a smaller space that doesn't have a lot of extra floor room for a true leaning blanket ladder.

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This do-it-all pick from Overstock is serving up options, with rungs to drape your blankets over or hooks to hang them on so you can vary your look. Another great perk? The white hue will blend into a wall of the same shade, so you can guarantee that this pick won't take up too much visual space in your home.