A long, long time ago, I said that I was going to show you how I made my DIY blanket bars for my South Barn. And then that never got done. Until now! This is a pretty simple project, and if someone wanted to put in a little extra effort it could be made more snazzy. This works well for my stalls, though, and hopefully it will spark some inspiration for you if you’ve been needing something like this in your barn or tack room.
My inspiration came from these blanket bars that you can order online. $60?! Sheeeewee! I think not.
To make my own, I started with a wooden dowel rod, some cotton rope from Lowe’s, and two inexpensive eye-snaps. I will admit, that the wooden dowel rod I used with in this particular tutorial was taken off an old saddle pad rack that I had. So, it was already cut and had the holes drilled. After this, I bought a brand new dowel rod from Lowe’s to cut and drill myself, because I needed two more blanket bars. I bought a 1 1/8″ dowel that was 48″ long.
I plan to cut this dowel in half, making the two, two foot long blanket bars. However, you can make it longer or shorter depending on where you want to hang your blanket bar and what type of blanket you’ll be hanging. I wouldn’t advise using a dowel rod much smaller in diameter than the 1 1/8″ since it’ll be weaker and harder to drill holes.
Once you have your dowel cut and the holes drilled, it’s time to cut the rope. I held up the rope to a stall and eye-balled a length that worked well for me. I made sure to leave plenty of extra length to tie knots under the dowel, and also go through the snaps. Then, I pushed it through my pre-drilled holes. I found it easiest to wrap the rope in tape so it slid through the hole easier.
Tie a strong knot on the underside. My helper is so beautiful.
Just thread your rope through your snaps, and you’re about done! You can either tie the rope in another knot, or tape it off for a cleaner look. I’ve done both in the past, and either way works great.
Boom shaka laka! Your DIY blanket bar is done! Not too bad for under $10! 😉