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Bunk Bed Ladder Fix

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My daughter LOVES sleeping on the top bunk of her bed except for one thing... It is a metal bunk bed and the ladder hurts her feet when she climbs up and down. After doing some pondering I came up with an idea. I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of this solution but regardless, I thought I would share.
 
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Step 1: Grab Your Supplies

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1.Get A $1 Store Pool Noodle. Choose a pool noodle in any color. Noodles have various sizes of center openings so just choose one closest to the size you are wanting to wrap. I just lined the noodle up with the step and cut the noodle to the length I needed. 2. Get a pair of decent scissors. You know, not a pair your kids have been messing with. 3. Pick up some decorative duct tape.

Step 2: Cut Lengthwise

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Cut the noodle lengthwise so you can slip the noodle over the ladder step.

Step 3: Place It On The Ladder

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Open the noodle where you just cut it. And slide it onto the ladder step.

Step 4: Repeat

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Repeat this process for each step of the ladder.

Step 5: Wrap With Duct Tape

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Wrap each step with decorative duct tape to hold the noodle on the step. This step is optional but without it, the noodle will pop off of the ladder and you will constantly be putting it back on. Literally, the very first time my daughter went up the ladder before I wrapped it in duct tape, one of the noodles popped off. Plus it has the added benefit of looking cool. My daughter reports that the ladder no longer hurts her feet. Happy girl! Happy mom! This solution literally cost me $3 plus tax! $1 for noodle and $2 for tape.
jdevine1 (author) 11 months ago
I hadn't thought of pipe wrap obviously. Good to know if there is ever a problem with the noodles. I did not glue the noodles. I thought about it but decided to play the wait and see if it is a problem. My daughter is 9 and sleeps on the top bunk every night. So far the occasional rotation has never caused any kind of scary moment. The weight of her foot keeps it still when she is on it. The rotation occurs as she steps off so she has not had any problems and has been thrilled with her new steps.
tcooper1511 months ago
That's exactly what I did :) works great!!!
tguilliams11 months ago
In the first picture, I thought the noodle was a finger...
MrMcG33k11 months ago
Thank you for posting this. Ingenious.
malitam11 months ago
fantastic idea. you could also use foam pipe wrap which is usually already slit. but what about my wood bunk bed? the ladder is just as uncomfortable and I've been looking for a solution that will not compromise safety.
glenngarf11 months ago
I did this last year when both my kids got metal bunk beds, but I used some pipe insulation from Lowe's. It's a little tighter around the rungs, and if you wrap the decorative tape around tightly, it doesn't rotate as they step on it. Great instructable!
Eliohoho11 months ago
I love this idea. And this tape looks just right ! I was thinking : are these foam tubes fixed in any way to the ladder ? I mean with glue for example. Because it is a plastic material and the ladder metal, your daughter could accidently make the foam roll around the metal tube ! And it could be really dangerous. I hope I'm wrong! Thanks again for this nice idea, E
parisusa11 months ago
Looks so cute. I thought it was fabric!
Fun! Love pink!