Looking to update your mudroom with a minimalist vibe? I want to share with you how to make a blanket ladder – with an IKEA mirror! This renter-friendly DIY Mirror Ladder uses a $7.99 IKEA Frebro mirror. It doesn’t have to be confined to the mudroom either. In my house, it lives in what used to be a sad and awkward hallway spot. Right next to the bathroom, it’s perfect to hold a robe or two when needed!
This is a very adaptable DIY project. If you’re looking to upcycle a plain full length mirror, just punch in the numbers and amend the measurements I’ve given you to fit your mirror size.
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- Large IKEA Frebro mirror
- Square wood dowels 2 x 2cm (0.79 x 0.79″) – you’ll need about 6m (roughly 6.5 yards)
- Wood glue
- Wood clamps
- Sticky felt pads (the kind you stick under furniture feet)
- Staple gun
Step 1: Cut the dowels
To start, cut the square dowels into the following pieces:
- 3x pieces: 152cm long (59.8″) – for the 3 vertical posts
- 2x pieces: 19cm long (7.5″) – for the horizontal posts on the mirror side
- 4x pieces: 24cm long (9.4″) – these four make up the ladder side
Step 2: Build the mirror frame
Start by laying 2 of the long pieces side by side. Apply wood glue to the ends of the 19cm (7.5″) dowels.
Take one small dowel and press it between the 2 long posts – right at the top of the posts – like in picture 1. Measure 119cm (46.8″) from the small dowel. Place the second small dowel at the 119cm mark (see picture 2). Apply wood clamps and let it dry. This will form the frame behind which you will place the IKEA Frebro mirror. Click on picture 3 to enlarge it and see how the frame looks once it’s done.
Remove the clamps once the wood glue has dried and the frame holds solidly.
Step 3: Build the side ladder
To complete the ladder side, place the third post parallel to the frame you just finished. Before you begin, you will have to create marks on the posts to know where to glue the four remaining dowels.
Mark 2cm (0.8″) from the top on each post, this is where the first ladder ring should go. Next, measure 38cm (14.9″) down and mark out another 2cm (0.8″) spot for the second ladder ring. For the third, measure 39cm (15.3″) down and mark out a 2cm (0.8″) space. Finally, measure another 38cm (14.9″) down and mark out the last 2cm (0.8″) spot where the lower ladder ring will go.
To finish, apply wood glue to the ends of the last 4 dowels and place them in the spots you measured between the 2 posts. Clamp the dowels while the glue dries.
Step 4: Sand and secure the frame
Once the glue has dried, take out the wood clamps and sand the whole frame. Round out the edges of each dowel to soften the look of the frame.
Next, turn the frame over and use your staple gun to secure the dowels. I added a couple of staples to every joint.
Step 5: Stain the frame & paint the legs
Your DIY Mirror Ladder is almost done but the most exciting part remains. How are you going to make it look? You could definitely leave it plain, light wood is very much in. I chose to stain it with a medium exotic wood color. I also color-blocked the feet in a light teal chalk paint. How about painting the frame and letting the feet show the natural wood grain?
Step 6: Add the mirror
Now that the frame is finished, lay the mirror on its frame and add felt pads around. The felt pads will protect the mirror from the nails and/ or the hammer – depending on one’s clumsiness – and provide padding so that the mirror doesn’t move around. Mind your hair if you have a long mane like me, those felt pads are ridiculously sticky… Once you have placed enough felt pads, hammer nails halfway in the middle of each pad. Next, angle your hammer to bend the nails in half toward the mirror, like in the picture above.