Blanket Ladders

I’ve never been accused of being trendy.  I’m the one who needs to be reminded when I’m back in the area I grew up, going to an event in good ol’ Jerz, that I might want to wear something other than plaid.

So when an order came in for a blanket ladder, I’m really glad the client sent a photo. What’s a blanket ladder? I thought, confused. I thought blankets were meant to lounge on the backs of comfy chairs when not in use.

Apparently not, according to some new (or not so new) trend.

“Really, Mel. REALLY?” A friend asked me yesterday when I told her I had never heard of these, but then built a bunch when I found out how popular they were.

Yes, really. I’m the oddball who’s typically just on Pinterest to post creations, not to surf. Technology overwhelms me, so I’ve been avoiding it a lot in the past week in the hopes of simplifying and quieting life. But that also means I miss some bandwagons that wouldn’t be so bad to jump on.

Building my first blanket ladder baffled me. If I’m going to build something like a ladder, I want it to be multi-functional. Practical. Something that someone can say, “Hey! Let me put the blanket on here today since it’s going to be 80 degrees,” and in the same day say, “Oh, let me grab that ladder to kill that nasty-looking spider on the ceiling.”

Blanket ladders may be trendy, but they are not completely practical. You will NOT be using these to reach the rafters of your home. If you try, you’ll be taking a broken rung and clubbing it with that instead. (Also effective, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless it was a brown recluse. But those wouldn’t be on your ceiling.)

Sigh. I digress.

BUT. Blanket ladders are practical to store your unused blankets in a unique way. And what I love most about these is that they all tell a story: many are made from barn wood remnants, black walnut pieces, and reclaimed antique moulding.

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Hm. Since I’ve making pallet ladders for years, I wish I could claim that I was ahead of the trend, but I can’t.  But now it makes sense why repeat customers were asking me at Garlic Fest if I had any pallet ladders left.

Sometimes I can be so clueless.

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The ladders range from 4 – 6 feet tall. Finishes vary. This one is stained in antique walnut:

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But if it’s made of barn wood, I leave it unaltered to preserve its naturally beautiful state.

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Prices range from $25 (4 ft. pallet ladders) to $65 (6ft. barn wood ladders).

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About Mel

My name is Mel, and I split my time living, working and playing in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern Vermont. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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3 Responses to Blanket Ladders

  1. deanna van elswyk says:

    I have a bunch of vintage (40’s and 50’s) colorful tablecloths and that’s what I want the ladder to hold.

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