I was helping my family friend build a DIY ship ladder for their farmhouse. It was going to be used to help them get down to the creek that ran through their property. We were using some old lumber that we had lying around and it was going to be a bit of a challenge, but we were up for the task.

We started by measuring and cutting the lumber to the right lengths. Then we drilled some holes in the boards and put together the ladder using screws. It was starting to take shape!

Once the ladder was assembled, we carried it down to the creek and put it into place. It was a perfect fit!

(Try building one for your DIY treehouse or for your DIY bunkbed!)

The biggest challenge was the railing. We had to cut precise angles and make sure the pieces fit together perfectly. After a few hours of sanding, drilling, and re-measuring, we finally had a beautiful wooden ship ladder that went all the way down to the creek.

My family friend was thrilled with our work and it was so satisfying to see them enjoy their new DIY project. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it! I’m proud of the job we did on this one and I know it will provide many years of use for my family friends.

It just goes to show that you don’t need fancy equipment or special skills – just some creativity, patience, and hard work. I’m so glad I was able to help my family friend build this DIY ship ladder and make their dreams come true!

DIY Ship Ladder Plans, Designs & Ideas

1. Ships Ladder

Ships Ladder

A ship ladder is a staircase that slopes steeply, allowing people to climb up and down with ease. They are commonly used on ships, as the name suggests, but they can also be used in homes.

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2. Ships Ladder

DIY ship ladders are a popular type of home improvement project, as they are relatively easy to build and can be customized to fit any space. In addition to their practical applications, ship ladders can also be used as a decorative element in a home.

3. Joe’s Retractable Ship’s Ladder for Our Small Cottage

They can add a touch of nautical flair to any room, and they can be used to create an interesting focal point. Whether you’re looking for a practical solution or a decorative accent, a ship ladder is an excellent option for your home.

4. Building A Log Ships Ladder For A Cabin Loft

Looking for a fun and unique way to decorate your home? Consider making your own ship ladder! This DIY project is easy to do, and it’s a great way to add a nautical touch to any room.

5. Ships Ladder and Wooden Railing

To get started, you’ll need some wood planks, a saw, and some sandpaper. Cut the wood planks into equal-sized pieces, and then sand down the edges to make them smooth. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start assembling the ladder.

6. Counterbalanced Ship Ladder for Attic

Start by attaching two pieces of wood together at the top, using screws or nails. Then, lay the ladder on its side and attach rungs between the two side pieces. Make sure that the rungs are evenly spaced, and then turn the ladder right side up. That’s it! Your ship ladder is now complete.

7. Inflatable Boat DIY Ladder

A ship ladder, also known as a pilot ladder, is a type of climbing ladder that is often used on ships. However, ship ladders can also be a great addition to any home, providing a safe and easy way to access rooftops, balconies, or other high areas.

8. Crawlspace Ship Ladder

Ship ladders are typically made of wood or metal and consist of two side rails with evenly spaced rungs. This design makes them incredibly stable and easy to use, even for those who are not particularly strong or agile. In addition, ship ladders can be easily customized to fit any space.

9. DIY: Ships Ladder

Whether you need a small ladder for a cape cod home or a large ladder for a warehouse loft, there is a ship ladder that will meet your needs. Best of all, ship ladders are relatively inexpensive and easy to construct, making them a great DIY project for any homeowner.

10. Ships Ladder

DIY ship ladders are a great way to add character and function to your home. They are relatively easy to make and can be customized to fit your space. Ship ladders are also a great way to save money. 

11. Ship’s Ladder Stairway Solution

By making your own ladder, you can avoid the high cost of purchasing one from a store. There are many benefits to having a DIY ship ladder in your home. Not only do they look great, but they can also help you save money and stay organized. Do you have a DIY ship ladder in your home? What other benefits have you found?

12. Custom Ship Ladders

This project is a simple DIY solution for making a ladder leading up to your ship’s top deck. It is made of ordinary materials you probably already have lying around your workshop and can be built in a few hours.

13. Ship Ladder

Although this project requires no specific technique or machinery, it will require minor fabrication and carpenter skills. To use this ladder, climb up the steps until you reach the top deck of your ship and then jump into it.

It would help if you landed on the railing with enough space to pull yourself onto the boat’s main deck.

To start with, you’ll need a length of wood with two sides with different widths (30-32 cm). One of its ends will be used for the steps, and the other will be attached to the ship’s railing.

Steps To Make a Ship Ladder

Step 1: Construction of the Steps

First, you’ll want to pick a comfortable size and then trace it onto your wood. Once this is done, you’ll want to cut out the shape using a saw.

Once this is done, you should be able to use the wood as a template for cutting out the rest of your steps. Cut these steps at an angle, so they lean back slightly into the boat.

Step 2: Preparation of the Ladder

Since we didn’t want to cut holes in our boat, we attached a piece of wood that could be used as a handheld. Then, you can use nails or screws to secure it in place.

Next, attach the ladder to the handhold by screwing it in or nailing it. The ladder should end up looking like this.

Step 3: Attaching the Ladder to the Ship’sShip’s Railings

To climb onto the ship, we must attach a handhold at each corner of our ladder that will allow us to hold on as we climb up. We do this by simply screwing them or nailing them into place.

Step 4: Attaching the Ladder to the Ship’sShip’s Railing

To climb up into our ship, we need a way to attach the ladder to the railing. This can be achieved by simply screwing it into place or nailing it in.

The ladder should look like this once connected. If you would like a more in-depth tutorial on doing this, you can check out my video on how I built my ship ladder.

Step 5: Preparing the Ladder for Use

The last step is to make our ladder ready for use. First, cut a 2-3 meter long rope and attach a hook to the end. Next, we can connect our ladder to the pin on the back of our string. 

To do this, you’ll want to tie a long knot in the bottom part of our rope and then attach it to one corner of your ship deck at least 3 meters above sea level or higher. Ensure your knot is secure and cannot be easily undone.

If we do not do this, then the ladder will not be able to support our weight once we go climbing up it.

This step will require minor tweaking, but you should know how this system works.

Step 6: Assessing the Quality of the Project.

I am satisfied with my results. The quality of this project is very high because I could use common materials and tools readily available in most hardware stores. If you want to try it out, please follow my steps.


In conclusion, these simple steps can be used for many other applications. This system could be a great way to scale high places in a short amount of time. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask.

I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments section. This method of building a ship ladder is very effective and works flawlessly.