How to Make a Ladder Out of Bed Sheets

Danielle Hansen

Bedsheet ladders are a staple in late night sitcoms and teen movies. While it's dangerous to attempt a real-life escape with a ladder made of bedsheets, they can make great props in plays, movies, pranks or staged pictures.

Use an old, out-of-commission bedsheet for this project.

With just two bedsheets and a pair of scissors, you can create your own ladder, reminiscent of the rebellious teen years of sneaking out past curfew.

  1. Lay a queen-size flat sheet on the floor, the short edge facing you, and smooth out any wrinkles.

  2. Make a cut 4 inches from the left side of the sheet and continue to cut in a straight line, stopping 6 inches before you reach the end of the sheet.

  3. Four inches to the left of the first cut, on the opposite end of the sheet, make another long cut, stopping short 6 inches before hitting the edge. You will be left with one long strip of fabric attached by one corner to the rest of the sheet.

  4. Continue cutting strips every 4 inches until the entire sheet is converted into one long strip. Cut this strip in half.

  5. Make a small 1 inch slit in the middle of the fabric, one every 12 inches on both strips of fabric.

  6. Cut a second bed sheet widthwise into long 6 inch wide strips of fabric.

  7. Thread one of the strips of 6 inch wide fabric through the top hole in one of the longer strips of fabric. Thread one end of the strip through the top hole on the remaining long strip of fabric. The two longer strips should now be connected by a loop of fabric at the top.

  8. Repeat step 7 with the remaining strips of fabric, until all strips are gone, or all holes on the longer strips are filled.


Never attempt to descend or ascend a large area without the use of a proper ladder. Ladders constructed from bedsheets are for decorative purposes only.