A loft is a great way to make use of all the available space in your home. Whether it is the primary bedroom in a small apartment, or designed for use as guest space or office, creating a functional, yet interesting method of reaching the loft is a great way to add character to your space.
It’s fairly easy to find or build simple loft ladders that will get the job done. But, with a little imagination, you can find some very interesting ways to reach it that go beyond the traditional models. Consider these ideas as you choose the right model to lead up.
Rolling library ladders can be very useful, giving you a chic look and the convenience of the fact it rolls out of your way when you’re not using it.
There are several companies that make rolling models to your specifications, so that you can ensure that it is the perfect height. They are also available in several different looks, materials and finishes, so that you can ensure that the model you choose will matche the rest of your home’s décor.
You can also find modular staircase kits in many sizes and colors. These kits create actual staircases, but are designed to take up very little space in your home. Modular staircases are a good option for people who might have difficulty climbing an apartment ladder.
Find Loft Ladders through Architectural Salvage
The most environmentally friendly option for choosing a right model is to visit local architectural salvage companies. You’ll likely find a wide variety of old ladders at an architectural salvage yard, and you may be able to get a great price. Many dealers will cut it down to size for you, too, if needed.
Be careful to examine the model you buy thoroughly for safety before you buy. In some cases, you may need to reinforce the ladder’s rungs before installing it. You may also want to refinish it to preserve it and to make it better match the style of your home.
Furniture that can be used as a stepladder is a novel choice that can also be extremely practical. The most obvious choice is a traditional Asian tansu cabinet, which stair steps up. In addition to being the perfect way to enhance an Asian design, a cabinet like this will provide lots of storage, too.
Depending upon the height, it may be a challenge to find a tansu cabinet tall enough to make a suitable model, but you can always consider having one custom built. Check with local carpenters and woodworkers for quotes.
Think Outside the Box
There are several non-traditional options that can work quite well too. One novel approach is to purchase metal handrails used in making homes handicap accessible and install them directly on the wall leading up to the loft.
They are sturdy, take up very little space, and will look great in any modern or industrial décor. This option is completely customizable and very inexpensive, too.
In downtown locations, these kind of original living spaces are becoming more and more popular. They allow for comfortable living in a small amount of square footage, and help to create an urban feel to a space.
Choosing a loft ladder that is creative as well as functional will help you to design a home that is practical and stylish, as well as reflective of your own personality.