How to make a rope ladder | DIY Guide

Rope ladders can be a great way to get in and out of your house in an emergency. With the right supplies, it is an easy project that you can do in a day.

Whether you want to install it in your bedroom window or the window of a room in the basement. This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a simple rope ladder for your house. All you need are some wooden planks and ropes ready to go.

A rope ladder is basically a ladder made out of ropes. A typical rope ladder should have a minimum of three strands and six rungs to be safe.

These should be a few inches wide, and the length of each strut should be the height of the tallest person who would use it. Ladders should also be properly secured at both ends to prevent slipping.


How to make a rope ladder?

How to make a rope ladder?

Rope ladders are a perfect fit to use when we are on a trip, hiking, camping etc. Rope ladders are the most portable form of ladder available to use.

They can be hung from a treehouse as well, holding which we can easily climb up. These ladders consume the least amount of space and can be stored anywhere easily as well. 

Also, rope ladders do not require any such items to be constructed, only two ropes will do the required job.

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  • Step 1 

Take two ropes of different colors as it will be easier to follow the steps to make a rope ladder. Let’s take the colors green and red for example.

The next step is to lay the green colored rope on the left side and the red colored rope on the right side.

Now we will start with the construction of the rungs, for that we will need to make an ‘S’ shape with the red-colored rope.

  • Step 2 

The construction of the rung will be done after this for that we are required to pass the green rope over the red-colored ‘S’. Then under the middle and bottom ropes of the ‘S’. Thereafter we are required to wrap the green-colored rope around the three strands of ‘S’ that were made.

Around 8 or 12 wraps are to be made. If the length of the rope is long we are required to make more wraps, the number of wraps totally depends upon the length of the rope that we have.

If the rope is not that long then fewer wraps will do. But do remember more wraps are required in order to strengthen the ladder. 

At last when you have enough wraps start working towards the end of the green rope through the red loop penetrating out of the end of the rung. 

  • Step 3 

We will work on finishing the rung now. The loop formed can be tightened by pulling the red rope spiking out of the left side of the rung. Thus after this the formation of the first rung will be completed and the red hope will hold on tightly to the green one.

  • Step 4 

After this, the first rung will be completed. Thereafter the sides of the ropes will also be changed. Then the same method will be applied to make another rung.

As now the ropes are being dealt with from the opposite side we will begin with the green rope making the space as the width of the first rung and then make an ‘S’ in a very similar manner.

Passing the red rope over, under, and below the green ‘S’. Thereafter pass the red rung through the green loop and fasten it tightly by pulling the green end.

  • Step 5 

The same steps are to be repeated until the desired length of the ladder is achieved. 

Thus we have successfully made a rope ladder that can be used anywhere and anytime. But before we hope for it, we must make sure that it is securely made and then we are ready to go.

How to make a rope ladder?


When do we use rope ladders?

Rope ladders are harder to climb than ordinary ladders, therefore the preference for rope ladders is much less. Rope ladders are generally used while trekking, climbing on a tree, or a mountain while outside. Inside our houses, rope ladders are in use in very rare cases. Though you can use it instead of a homemade attic ladder. 

If you want to practice climbing for a trekking trip then you can easily practice on your rope ladder.



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