These custom bunk beds have the footboards built so they can be climbed as a ladder or you can order a separate ladder to be attached to the side. They are very sturdy and rustic giving any bedroom a cabin-like feel. These beds comply with federal safety standards. Please ensure that the thickness of the mattress and foundation combined that you plan to use on these beds does not exceed 12 inches. This allows for plenty of room between the top of the mattress and the top of the guard rails to ensure the safety of those sleeping on the top bunk.