| HiLander Bunk and Ladder
There were at least two different styles of bunkbeds used in the HiLander model. This page documents the style used in the earlier models. Later (late 70s on) used a model that was cabinets until/unless you pulled them out to be used as a bunkbed - that style will be documented later. If you have anything to add, please
Pictures and information courtesy Eric Keiffer (thanks Eric!).
1x2" rail mounted to side walls, extending to the cabinets on both sides
Pull out - 2 pieces 3/8" plywood, 22" wide by interior width of your Scotty;
worked like the lower Gaucho bed.
A 1x 2 1/2" rail across the front and 2 cushions, 22" wide
Over the years, many of the HiLander models
have lost the original ladder for their top bunk. This
very useful item could also be used as a railing to keep
those little ones from falling out of that top bunk. Many
thanks to Brian and Wayne for taking the measurements,
sending the pics, and offering these suggestions for making
your own ladder. If you have anything to add, please
There is a difference in the measurements
of Brian and Wayne's ladders. Wayne's side rails are
only 3/4" thick, while Brian's are 1 1/4" thick. I
would use Brian's for a sturdier ladder. Brian's ladder
though is only 9 3/4" wide, while Wayne's is 11" wide.
Seems like the 11" wide ladder would be more practical.
So those are the measurements being given below. Simply
noting the difference here--use what will work for you.
- Side rails: 57 1/4" long and 1
3/4 wide by 1 1/4" thick
- 4 rungs made from 1" dowell, 11" long
(or 9 3/4", or whatever works best for you)
- Top rung is 13 3/4" down from top
to center of rung
- Bottom rung is 9" up from bottom
to center of rung
- 11 1/4" from center to center of
- Legs have a 12 degree angle, with the
long point on the opposite side of the notch.
- To make the notch which hooks on to
the side of the bunk, measure down 2 1/2" and make a
pencil mark, then measure to 6" amd make another mark.
Then from the 2 1/2" mark draw an angle of 12 degrees.
The angle is 1/2" to 5/8" deep. After you mark your angle,
connect the 6" mark to the inside depth of the 12 degree
ladder in use. Note that the notch fits over the edge of
shown by itself--backwards so you can see the notch.
closeup of the notch.
in use as a safety railing.