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Loft Ladder Buying Guide and Tips for Use

Those living in small spaces often have to get creative with their storage and living spaces. One way to make the most out of a home's space is to use a ladder instead of staircases to access areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. There are many inexpensive loft ladder options available on eBay.

What's the easiest way to measure for a loft ladder?

When measuring for a loft ladder, it's important to get the right measurements, or the ladder won't help you reach the intended destination. It's important to make sure the bottom of the measuring tape is on the bottom of the floor. The first measurement should be from the floor to the landing of the loft. Next, measure from the landing to the roof of the area. It's also important to take measurements of the loft hatch, so that the ladder won't be too tall.

What types of loft ladders are there?

When choosing a loft ladder for a small space or storage area, shoppers have many options. Options vary in space taken up, price, and material used. The main type of these ladders include electric descending, folding, telescopic, heavy-duty with stair treads, sliding, and concertina.

In terms of space saving, concertina staircases are ideal because the staircase sits on top of a trap door. When the door is pulled down, the staircase unfolds and reaches the ground.

Should handrails be installed with a loft ladder?

Many ladders look like traditional ladders. However, it is possible to add a handrail to a ladder, if there's a reason to suggest users may need it to help them climb the ladder. Most handrails will be attached directly to a wall behind the ladder. Materials used to create ladder handrails include metal and wood. It may be ideal to add a handrail to a loft ladder if any of the following individuals may be accessing it:

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • Elderly
  • Handicapped or physically impaired
Where can loft ladders be used?

When creativity is taken into account, there are no limits to where a ladder can be used. This type of ladder is ideal for small spaces, areas of the home that aren't accessed often, and places where a standard staircase isn't practical. Loft ladder location ideas include:

  • Access to attics and storage space
  • Access to loft bedrooms
  • As a ladder to reach a floating platform or bed
  • Reach platforms in sheds or garages
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