So this is the bed in our guestroom (now occupied by Sarah H.—yay!). Greg built it last year when this was our bedroom. Note that it is lofted about 4 feet above the floor.
For two nights we had to scarmble up from the floor onto the bed, and then kinda slide off in the morning. BUT THEN—we found these on the street in Soho in front of a theater:
COMPLETE STEPS! ALL IN ONE PIECE! We were with friends in a mininvan, so we brought them home and screwed them on. They fit perfectly!!!