The easiest bunk bed ladder DIY you will ever find!
Before beginning this project, please read my DIY disclosures here.
You may have noticed that it took me awhile to get Beau’s loft bed ladder in his room completed, but I was holding out for both the right look and an easy project. I found it in this super easy DIY!
Beau had absolutely no preference for how the ladder looked or functioned, but I wanted a simple wooden one. It would be the best look in a room that had a lot of other stuff going on, design-wise, and I knew it would also complement the old trunk and the dresser that we are also using in that space.
So we searched Let Go, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace, and found this ladder, along with 2 others, for $20:
Before we got started, we cleaned it and sanded down the rough spots.
My goal was to safely affix it to the wall, and also keep it from sliding around on the floor.
To keep it from moving around on the floor, we first applied double sided tape to each foot. Then we applied the rug gripper to the double sided tape and cut it out to the right size and shape.
That was enough to keep the feet from sliding around once we had the ladder secured to the wall.
Securing it to the wall was easy! First, we determined the angle that we wanted the ladder to rest against the wall. We did this by leaning the ladder against the wall and having Beau do a couple of test runs.
We tried it really close to the wall…
And also a little further away and found that was our perfect fit.
Since we were going to have the ladder right next to the window frame, we decided to attach it to both the frame and the wall with screws. Having it attached to the wall from two different directions helps provide it with more stability.
We screwed it into the window frame from the side first…
And once we had it secured to the frame, we then screwed the tops of the ladder to the wall. Now, we are lucky in this room- the walls are very thick, old shiplap, and so for this, we didn’t need to go into a stud. The shiplap is thick enough that it provides plenty of security for the screws. But what I would do if you aren’t going into shiplap and aren’t lucky enough to be screwing directly into studs, is to first get a 2X6, screw it into the wall studs, then lean your ladder against the 2X6 and screw the ladder directly into the 2X6. You can stain, paint, or decorate the 2X6 however you want! This is what I was going to do originally before we realized that the shiplap was plenty strong to act as a stud.
You can see how Michael is drilling at an angle there, above. He first predrilled holes, then the screws. He sank the screws completely.
And there you go! A completely easy and cheap bunk bed ladder DIY!
This is a very busy room, so I’m glad that this is one thing in the room that is nice and simple 🙂
Beau and his buddies have been using that ladder for a few weeks now, and it’s super sturdy. It doesn’t move around at all.
Next week, I’ll be joining Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for the $100 Room Challenge! Any guesses on what space I’ll be tackling?
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