• Meg

$35 Anthopologie Ladder Dupe

I found this image months ago and fell in love with this arched two toned blanket ladder. THEN I saw the price and (figuratively) spit out my coffee. $168. For a blanket ladder. I CANNOT.

And I thought, "There's gotta be a way to dupe this." Challenge accepted.

It took a couple trips to Lowes to browse the plumbing isle looking for the perfect hose and making the other shoppers look at me funny as I inserted dowel rods into different tubes to test the width, plus one awkward conversation as I had the nice sales associate cut my tubing to the correct length.

"What are you fixing?"

"Ummm...I am making a ladder with that as the arched top..."


"nervous laughter."

"Okay, here ya go...."

Anyway, enough of that.

Here's your material list:

•Two 1 1/4 inch dowel rods cut to 5 feet

•Two 3/4 inch dowel rods cut to four 20" pieces

•36 inches of 1 1/4 inch inner diameter plumbing tube like this:

•Wood glue (had on hand)

•Gold spray paint (had on hand)

Tools needed:

  1. Saw

  2. Measuring tape

  3. Nail gun (not necessary but I used it for extra stability

  4. Drill

  5. 3/4 inch spade bit

  6. clamps

Step 1.

Spray paint four smaller dowel pieces and tube gold

Step 2.

Measure 6" down from top of the larger dowels and mark. This will be where your first rung will go. Then measure 12" down and mark. You'll do that 2 more times for a total of 4 marks on each dowel.

Step 3. I clamped my dowel so I could keep it straight and used my 3/4" spade bit to drill about halfway through the dowel. Do this on each of your 4 marks for both dowels.

Step 4.

Fill each hole with wood glue and insert your gold rungs on both sides, then wipe off excess glue.

If you have large enough clamps, then clamp the ladder until it is dry, otherwise, you can wrap a rope around the ladder to keep it together. You can leave it at that or shoot one nail in on each side of each rung for extra stability.

Step 5.

Apply glue to the top 3 inches of the ladder and insert each dowel into the tubing. Pull down tightly (I used my entire body weight).

Use a clamp on each side until glue dries.

That's it! How easy was that?!

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