my room is slowly coming together. i finally got the pieces i needed from home depot to build a ladder for my loft bed: three 2x4s cut into two 78″ posts and six 11″ rungs. i started assembling with #10 2″ zinc wood screws, but my drill kept stripping them. i switched to #10 3″ sheet metal screws which were much sturdier. now, i just need hooks to connect the ladder to the bed frame. and if were acting on my perfectionist tendencies (and had a saw), i would shave an inch or so off the bottom at an angle, so there wouldn’t be a gap where the ladder meets the floor.