DIY Quilt Ladder

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Happy Tuesday! I wanted to share a few notes on a quilt ladder that I made last year! This has made a few appearances on the blog already and I've gotten some questions about how I made it.

I followed a tutorial from Apartment Therapy: How to Make a Blanket Ladder

I made some small adjustments to better fit what I wanted. For the two tall supports I used 1 1/2" diameter wood closet rods, 72" long. For the five horizontal bars I used 1" diameter dowels, trimmed to 38" long.

Above you can see the spacing I used for my ladder. The first bar is 13.5" down from the top of the tall supports. There is approximately 9.75" between each bar. The bars hang over the sides by 4".

The process of lashing the bars to the tall supports was pretty straightforward, the video that is linked in the tutorial was really helpful. I used cotton macrame cord, since I already had some on hand. I have primarily used my ladder for photographs, so I don't know how strong the joints are if you have something draped on it all the time. It does feel quite strong!

If I was going to use this for display all the time with heavy quilts I would probably glue the supports in place and add small screws from the back before lashing.
Happy Quilting!


  1. Brilliant! I'm headed to Apartment Therapy now to check out the version there. Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. Brilliant Jeni, thanks for sharing this gorgeous compliment to your stunning creations.

  3. Loving this! I really need a quilt ladder. Alas, I also need to find a place for one.

  4. Very cute. I found one online, for free. It was a bunk bed ladder that someone was getting rid of, all I needed to do was take off the metal hardware at the top. Keep your eyes out for freebies!


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