Try this easy DIY blanket ladder with bamboo for less!
Create an inexpensive towel or blanket ladder using bamboo. Just three easy steps and no screws for a DIY bamboo ladder under $10.
Hey there! How are you today? I’m so excited to say our downstairs bathroom in our Okinawa rental is finally coming together. If you are new here, we are a military family stationed overseas so I’m constantly sharing rental decorating ideas and DIYs for small space living.
DIY Blanket Ladder with Bamboo
Today’s DIY bamboo blanket ladder was an easy solution for extra towel storage and to fill up wall space. Bamboo is easy and cheap to find here in Japan but if you are in the states, check out Ace hardware or your local garden store for inexpensive bamboo poles.
This decorative ladder is a great alternative to the more rustic wood blanket ladders that look so lovely in farmhouse and traditional decor. I love the sleek look of black bamboo and it adds such a nice natural element to any decor style!
Supplies for DIY ladder:
- Bamboo – Two 1 1/2 inch thick rods about 6 feet tall and one 1/2 inch rod (The bamboo rods we found were about 7 feet tall, so my husband cut them down to about 6 ft. )
- Twine in a contrasting color
- Zip ties
How to make a bamboo ladder:
Step one: Cut the thinner piece of bamboo into three ladder rungs. Make each piece ranging between 32 to 18 inches long so the ladder will taper at the top.
Step two: Lay out the cut pieces on the floor using a measuring tape for even placement. Secure each side of the rung with two zip ties in a cross pattern.
Step 3: After all of the ladder rungs are secured, trim the zip ties and conceal them by wrapping twine in an “X” pattern. Tie a knot in the back.
It’s versatility is perfect as a bamboo towel ladder or a DIY decorative ladder in another space! You could also hang magazines or “S” hooks to hold other bathroom supplies.
Doesn’t it look lovely against the stark white contrast of all the tile?
I added our wood stool for an additional natural element. Plants will definitely be happy in this sunny room!
Just a few steps and no screws required for this stylish DIY blanket ladder. Where would you put one in your house?
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This looks so great Kathy! Now I’m wishing we had the opportunity to live out in town … I love the tile in your bathroom (why must the government give such ugly tiled bathrooms? Mine is a HORRIBLE green/blue). Awesome, as usual I love the fact that you used bamboo! Pinning this, of course!
We have big, yellow plastic sinks in the other part of the bathroom. Oh and a bright blue hose. lol There’s advantages and disadvantages I guess. At least we are living in paradise! Thanks for the comment love and pinning Sam!
I love how sleek this is and what a great storage idea for a bathroom! Plus it adds so much to the space! Love it!
Thanks! The space desperately needed something to warm up the huge tile wall! I’m relieved it turned out so nice. I wasn’t expecting to find such a dark bamboo. 🙂
This is amazingly smart! I have 6 bamboo sticks that I bought for my yard (and never used), sitting in my dining room (of all places). I love this creative idea and may have to make one of my own!
Perfect!! You can make two. 🙂 Thanks for the sweet comment Bre.
This is so cute Kathy…and I love it in your bathroom!
Thanks Deb!! I might have to make another one with a different wood tone for our stair landing. It was so easy. 🙂 xoxo
This is so cute – I love it. Your tutorial makes it look so easy to make also. Thank you for sharing it. Cathy
Thanks Cathy! My little girl even helped. 🙂
I love this Ladder! I’m pinning for when we redo the bathroom, what a fantastic idea!!
YAY! Thanks April. 🙂 I’m already thinking about another one.
This is such a beautiful idea! I love all things bamboo, and this seems so simple to do. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Jen! Wouldn’t one look pretty painted? Hmmm…. I keep thinking Hollywood Regency. lol
I love bamboo! Now the dream of having one of those chic bamboo ladders is doable! Thanks girl for sharing this tutorial. I love the bamboo color and your bathroom setup—so cute!
Awesome. Thanks Jessica! I have a plan for little tropical leaf action in the bathroom too. 😉
Oh I LOVE the look of this! I am definitely going to have to try and make one of these. Where did you find the bamboo at?
Well…. I found it at the hardware store but we live in Japan so i KNEW that they had to have it. 😉 Lowes carrys bamboo though. and maybe Home Depot? Thanks for the sweet comment.
I love this! I totally want to do this in my bathroom! Or maybe in every room of the house… So pretty. :o)
Thanks for the sweet comment Leah! My husband said we should have one in every room too! It was so easy to make.
You have the most beautiful blue eyes (which look a beautiful green in some of your photos)! And, I can see your daughter in the background of this post inherited the blue eyes, as well. I just HAD to comment on this! Thank you for the tutorial on the bamboo ladder ~ definitely a future project. Did the bamboo come in that color or was there a stain that you used (because that appeals to me greatly)?. Also, thank you for the EBook with really great ideas. ~ Kathy (too!)
You are sweet Kathy! The bamboo actually came in that color which made the project pretty easy. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Ebook. xoxo