Slide Out Ladder


I’m building a lofted bed with a bookcase on one end, and I wanted to know if there was a way to slide the ladder above the bookcase when the bed isn’t in use. I was thinking there were rails that would let you pull it out and then let the ladder swing down to the ground, but I don’t know where to begin to find out what they’d be called. Any ideas?

Thanks for your help!

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Crys 3 years 9 Answers 683 views

Answers ( 9 )

  1. There isn’t anything you can just buy. You’re going to have to devise it and make it. And honestly really not needed. The ladder, as long as she can reach it, she’ll be able to just pull it right out and down. Perhaps some kind of stop connected to the ladders end so it can’t be pulled all the way out would be best.

    I wish I had the time right now. I would love to make a bed like this for my summer home and a great video.

  2. Do you know what kind of rails (or something like it) would work for my purpose? I had something similar to your drawing planned out, but I’m not sure what I should be searching for to allow the ladder to slide out like a drawer would. Do you have any suggestions? I want to make it easy for my daughter to pull it down or put it away. Thanks.

  3. Yes, that makes plenty of sense. That’s really what I drew up. You’ll have to make something for the ladder to lock into of course. You could either make some kind of wide hooks or to notch out the lower part of the platform so the ladder would rest in them.

  4. Right. What I was wondering was if there were rails or something that would allow me to easily slide it out. The closest example I can think of would be like how the ramp on the back of a box truck allows you to pull out the ramp horizontally and then change the angle vertically. Does that make sense?

  5. Hope this image helps. You would frame the top with 2×4’s leaving a portion open like in the picture to where the ladder would slide right inside. Of course, the ladder can’t be longer than the width of the bed. So you will have to adjust at what height you make it.

  6. Thank you! I really appreciate your help.

  7. Ok great. I’m out on the road now and I won’t be be back in the office until tomorrow. But it will be very easy to have that ladder slide right into the bed platform. I’ll draw something up for you ok.

  8. So this is a quick sketch because I’m not done with my Sketchup creation yet (I wanted to see if what I wanted was feasible first). The side with the bookshelf will be against the wall, and I’d wanted there to be a gap between the bookshelf and the bottom of the loft that would let me pull the ladder up parallel to the ground and push it into the colored in space in the picture. I was thinking of rails similar to how the ramps on the back of box trucks work, but I’m not sure if that would work.

  9. There are so many ways you can handle this. Do you have a picture or a sketch you can upload here so I can better help you?


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