How to Build a Blanket Box

Depending on your level of carpentry skills, any equipment you have available, and how much you want to spend, a blanket box can be a relatively quick and easy build. You can make a blanket box as plain or fancy as you like.


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    Decide how big the blanket box will be.
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    Decide on the material - you can use anything from plywood up to an oak or maple veneer. If you want for a more environment friendly material you can go for recycled wood.
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    Plywood is inexpensive and relatively easy to work with; MDF is smooth and easy to cut, however, it can be easily dented; laminate, which is fiberboard covered with a layer of plastic impregnated paper and is very strong and durable, comes in many colors. You can also get lumber with an oak or maple veneer, which is a thin layer of more expensive wood over a less expensive substrate. It can be stained and finished like solid oak or maple, but is much more economical; solid oak or maple would be very expensive, hard to find, and more difficult to work with.
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    If you have access to a table saw, you'll want to mitre cut the edges at a 45 degree angle to make a nice smooth seam. If not, you can butt-joint the edges together, but you'll have to do a fair amount of sanding to achieve a smooth finish on the ends.
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    Cut the boards to the desired sizes.
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    Put a bead of wood glue on the joints.
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    Tack the boards together with small wood nails. Place clamps on the boards to hold them in place until the glue dries.
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    Create the frame of the box.
    • Using a nail set, punch the heads of the nails beneath the surface of the wood. Cover the holes with some wood filler and allow to dry. If you cut at a 45 degree angle, sand the edges smooth and apply a bead of latex caulking (if you're painting) or wood filler (if you're staining) along the seam.
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    Fill the frame with boards.
    • Move your way up and all the sides of the box.
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    • Make sure you adhere the wood with wood glue first then reinforce it with nails.
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    Allow the glue to set.
    • Sand off the wood filler and wipe down any dust.
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    Create the frame for the lid.
    • Fill the frame with wood and set aside.
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    Paint the box, apply primer then coat it with paint.
    • Allow to dry overnight.
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    Attach the lid to the blanket box with a hinge or hinges (depending on the size of the box). Holding the hinge to the top side of the box, mark all the screw holes with a pencil. Temporarily screw the hinge to the box and having someone else holding the lid up and on top of the hinge, mark the screw holes from the hinge on the lid.
    • Always ensure that the moving part of the hinge lies on the outside of the box.
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    • Screw the hinge to the lid first, then bring it over and attach the hinge to the blanket box.
    • Always attach the hinge last, after all painting and finishing is completed.
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    If desired, you can add lid closers and a catch to the outside.
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    Your blanket box is now ready to use.


  • You can add decorative molding to the outside of the box. Some home improvement stores sell elaborate wood carvings that can be nailed or glued onto the box and painted or varnished.
  • You can also cover the top of your box with a cushion and fabric to make a bench.
  • Most lumber yards and home improvement stores will cut lumber to your specifications for a small fee, if you don't have access to a table saw.
  • If you're attaching the boards with screws, you'll want to countersink the screw heads in the material, then cover with wood filler. (If you're using pre-finished laminate, you can purchase colored screw covers that snap onto the screw head.)
  • Use a carpenter's metal square to ensure all the corners are at a 90 degree angle while you nail/drill.
  • Always pre-drill a pilot hole prior to nailing; this way you'll avoid splitting the wood. If you're using MDF or laminate, you'll need to use screws specially designed for use on these materials.
  • If you are going to paint your blanket box, paint all the sides first before assembly. This way, you'll only have to paint over nail holes and filler once the box is completed.
  • If you are painting bare wood, apply a primer designed to work with your final coat. (latex or oil-based). Don't paint directly on bare wood; the paint will simply soak into the wood.
  • If you are using a veneer wood, decide if you'd like to stain the wood darker, or varnish it as is. Most stores that sell wood stain will have a sample to show you what the final result will be with your species of wood and a particular stain.
  • If you stained the wood, you'll need to protect it with a coat of varnish or urethane.
  • If you have used laminate, you'll need to cover the cut edges with matching laminate tape. It's attached simply with a hot iron.
  • If the box will be used in a child's room, ensure the top isn't too heavy for the child to lift if they accidentally fall inside. You can also consider adding a piston-style lid closers so it doesn't slam down on small fingers. You can paint it in your child's favorite colors and apply some decals.
  • If you're making a wooden box, you can line it with cedar. This will repel insects and keep your blankets smelling fresh.


  • Always wear eye protection when using power tools or a hammer to protect your eyes from sawdust and fragments that can be thrown up when hammering.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood
  • Nails (or screws)
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood filler
  • Paint and primer(or varnish)
  • Clamps
  • Hinge(s)
  • Wood stain (possibly)
  • Laminate tape (possibly)

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