Loft space can have a wide range of uses. Many people use their lofts infrequently, or have little space for stairs or a traditional loft ladder. For these people, using a small-scale metal ladder to access the loft is a great idea.
There are several types of small metal loft ladders on the market. Most of these loft ladders are fitted in a hatch with a door in the ceiling, and are designed for attic use. But, for many lofts, access through the ceiling is not convenient.
For these applications, a permanent loft ladder fitted on the face of the loft works much better, as long as it does not take up too much floor space.
Permanent loft ladders fitted on the face of the loft have some real benefits over ladders that must be put in place each time you need them. In particular, they offer convenience for those people who want to access their lofts regularly.
One of the primary reasons that people choose to have loft ladders that can be removed when not in use is because they don’t want the ladder to infringe on their home’s floor space when they’re not using it.
For these customers, there are some options. There are several metal loft ladder options that have very little projection. These ladders are the perfect alternative for people who have little floor space for a traditional ladder but want easy access to their loft.
Fit is Critical
In order for loft ladders fitted to the front of the loft to be safe, they must be sturdy ladders, and they must be installed properly to ensure a perfect and safe fit to the face of the loft.
In many cases, choosing a professional to install your loft ladder is a great idea. If you’re not particularly handy, using a professional can provide confidence that your loft ladder is safe.
However, if you’d like to install your loft ladder yourself, there are some models that are easier to fit to the space than others. Rainbow Attic Stairs makes a telescoping ladder designed especially for lofts that has almost no projection, so it is easy to use, even in a small space.
In addition, this particular loft ladder has self-adjusting stair rungs. This makes it a bit easier to install, because the length doesn’t have to be exact. You can buy the ladder that most closely fits your loft’s height, and the rungs will self adjust to a perfect fit on your floor. This ladder also has floor protection on the bottom rungs to ensure no damage to hardwood floors.
Other Alternatives for Small Spaces
Metal loft ladders fitted to the front of your loft may not work with your particular style of home.
If that’s the case, there are other small styles of ladders that take up very little floor space. Wooden loft ladders can have a more traditional style, and can work in a wider variety of decors.
Depending upon the construction of the ladder and the finish, wooden loft ladders can take on anything style, from extremely modern to very traditional. And, with the right construction, a permanent ladder for your loft can take up very little floor space.
One of the biggest obstacles to being able to regularly use the loft space in your home is the method of access. But, when you choose a metal or wooden loft ladder fitted directly to the front of your loft space, access is always available.
And, with so many choices in small-scale ladders in metal and wood, you’re sure to be able to choose one that’s perfect.