The addition of a loft to any room in the house can be not only stylish but also a great way to utilize space. A loft can act as a storage area, computer area or even a workroom. Once you have designed and constructed the loft space, it is essential to have an easy and sturdy way to get into and out of your loft. Building your own wooden loft ladder can be not only easy, but also very affordable.
Everyone loves to save money, so why not do it while renovating the home as well. To start your ladder building project you must first measure the distance between the floor of the foundation and the level of the loft bed or floor. Make sure to jot down this measurement.
Cut two pieces of 2x4 lumber so that there length are approximately 1 foot longer then the measurement. Make sure the lumber is sturdy, as these will be the legs of your ladder.
Next, you will need to cut several 24-inch that will serve as the rungs, or steps, of your ladder. You will need to have one step per foot in the length of the ladder. After all of these pieces are cut all that is left is assembly.
To assemble your wooden ladder, lay each piece out leaving 12-inches between each step. Starting from the bottom up, secure each step with two 3-inch wooden screws. These screws will enter both the step and leg portions are tightly attached. Make sure when screwing these in place that the part you step on is the 4-inch side of the 2x4.
Now all that is left is to secure the stepladder in place. Place the ladder straight up and down and bolt the wooden legs into the frame of the loft with two 6-inch lag bolts. The extra foot left at the top of the ladder will be a useful handrail. Now you will have a low cost ladder that is customized to fit the size of your home.