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One-Board Quilt Ladder

Show off your favorite quilts, throws, and blankets by draping them over this simple wooden quilt rack you can build in an afternoon.

One-Board Quilt Ladder

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Circular saw or jigsaw
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Cordless drill and driver bit
  • 1/8-in drill bit
  • Painter’s tape
  • Painting supplies
  • Fine-grit sanding sponge


  • 2 x 6 x 16 pine board
  • 1/2-in x 36-in round poplar dowel
  • 3-in drywall screws
  • Scrap 1 x 6 board at least 12 inches long
  • 100-grit and 120-grit sandpaper
  • Rust-Oleum oil stain, half-pint, Wheat
  • Rust-Oleum, semi-gloss polyurethane
  • Sherwin-Williams latex interior primer
  • Sherwin Williams latex paint, Garden Sage, #SW 7736

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Build a Ladder

Step 1

To make the 2 x 6 x 16 easier to transport home, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut two 60-inch-long pieces (Project Diagram, Cutting Diagram) from the board.

Good to Know

Follow the Cutting Diagram found in the Project Diagram for the best yield from your lumber. Not following the diagram will waste material and possibly prevent you from making the entire project out of one board.

Step 2

From the three segments, cut the two legs (A) and the four rungs (B) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). On the bottom ends of the legs, make a 15-degree angled cut. Sand the pine boards with 100-grit and then 120-grit sandpaper.

Good to Know

Even the most basic power miter saw can make quick and accurate cuts for this project, but accurate measuring and marking will enable you to build this project with a jigsaw, circular saw, or even a handsaw.

Step 3

From a scrap of 1 x 6 or 2 x 6 lumber, cut a 45-degree angle on two boards to make a pair of jigs to help position the rungs on the legs (Project Diagram, Drawing 1).

Step 4

Mark the rung locations on the inside faces of the legs (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).  Cut a 1/2-inch-diameter dowel into two segments to use as spacers.

Step 5

Use the jigs to help position the rungs of the ladder while they are secured.

Clamp the jigs to the inside face of the legs (A), aligning them with the layout lines for the first rung. Place the dowels on the surface between the legs and add a rung, resting it on the dowels and the jigs. The dowels center the rung in the width of the legs. Position a second rung between the legs to keep them parallel. Drill pilot holes for the angled rung and drive 3-inch screws through the legs into the rung (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).

Step 6

Remove the clamps, reposition the angled jigs, and repeat for the three remaining rungs.

Finish the Ladder

Step 1

Apply painter’s tape around the ends of each rung, and then apply a primer and paint (Garden Sage shown) to the ladder legs following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2

After the paint dries, remove the tape around the rungs and mask the area surrounding the end of each rung. Apply stain (Wheat shown) to the rungs following the manufacturer’s instructions. When dry, apply one coat of polyurethane to the rungs.

Step 3

Remove the tape and apply a coat of polyurethane to the entire ladder. If the finish is slightly rough, lightly sand the finish with a fine-grit sanding sponge before you apply the final coat of polyurethane.

Step 4

One-Board Quilt Ladder--Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Lean the ladder against the wall and you are ready to show off your textiles.