The Right Attic Ladder to Access Your Attic

Attic spaces have many uses and can potentially be the perfect space for a loft, storage or extra space for hobbies. However great your attic or loft is, there isn’t much use to it if you can’t access it properly. If you try to access it with an unsteady step-ladder or standing on a chair to haul yourself up, that’s just an accident waiting to happen and could cause a bad injury. Having an attic ladder is the ideal solution - but what type?

If you intend to use your attic as a room of sorts, you would need a fixed staircase. If you’re simply using it for storage or for a hobby space then the best solution is an attic ladder.

Sliding Attic Ladders

If all you need is simple access to store or take out items in your attic, a sliding attic ladder is usually a perfectly adequate, inexpensive option. Most often made of lightweight aluminium, these normally operate independently of the attic hatch. They range from a basic folding attic ladder to a more expensive spring-loaded deluxe model with a handrail for extra safety.

Sliding attic ladders are often ideal, but their main drawback is that, because they don’t fold away, you need substantial storage space in the attic. You may also have difficulty using it if there isn’t much clearance below the hatch. In that case, the next ladder type could be a better option.

Folding Attic Ladders

A folding timber attic ladder is a good choice both for conserving space and improving insulation. Pre-mounted on the trapdoor, this type folds neatly away when stowed, taking up far less room in the attic. Because a custom-made trapdoor is normally draught-proof, less heat is lost. Made usually with wood or metal, a folding attic ladder takes up minimal space in the attic when stowed away, though it needs more clearance than other types to open.

When planning your attic ladder, it’s vital to take accurate measurements, or you could end up with a ladder that doesn’t fit. You need to measure the clearance both in the attic stairs and where it opens. Both the type and size of ladder you choose should depend on whether it fits the space available.

It’s also important that you select a ladder that will take the weight you’re going to put on it. Calculate the heaviest weight you’re likely to transport and add it to your own, and make sure the ladder you choose meets that specification.

Get in touch with Easy Access to discuss which ladder suits your attic best.