Things you will need to make your towel rack / terrifically-unsafe rope ladder:
- Wooden dowels (the number of dowels should equal the number of rungs you want on your rack)
- (if the above dowels are uncut to your desired length) A handsaw
- (if the above handsaw doesn’t leave your dowels with perfectly smooth ends) Sandpaper
- Two screw hooks or eyes that will fit around your dowels
- Slightly smaller screw hooks
- A lighter (only necessary if you use a nylon rope – the ends can be melted to prevent fraying)
- Measuring tape and pencil
Measure the space you have for your towel rack. Decide how long the rungs on your rack need to be. Measure that length onto your dowels, and cut them to size.
Sawdust smells good.
Sandpaper the rough ends, unless you’re into the “splintery” look.
Choose which dowel will be the bottom one, and screw a few (that means four, if you math like me) hooks onto it. These hooks are for smaller items like swimsuits, handtowels, eye patches, etc. If you don’t wear a swimsuit roughly every single day like I do, leave those suckers off.
Screw the eyes into your ceiling. Make them slightly-less-far-apart than the width of your dowels.
Measure your rope; decide how low you want the rack to hang, then double that length, then add a foot or two to allow for knot-tying. Math.
Fold your rope in half and feed it through the eye. Pull it into a cow-hitch knot for a little extra security, and also because it makes you feel like a sailor.
Repeat this process exactly for the second eye and length of rope.
Get your first dowel, and using a simple overhand knot, tie it where you would like the first rung to hang. Now tie the other side of the dowel using the other length of rope.
Continue this process with the remaining dowels, putting the dowel with the screw hooks on last.
Trim the ends, and melt them to prevent fraying.
God, resist the urge to climb that thing.