How to Build a Loft Ladder

Loft ladders are ladders specifically designed to give access to the loft, either half story or second story located directly underneath a roof. Loft ladders have various available styles on the market, they range from generic products which are available at stores specializing in home improvement to custom versions which are handcrafted by expert woodworkers to mesh which has an interior design plan which is very specific. In purchasing loft ladders, there are a lot of things to put into consideration when you check product choice.

how to build a loft ladder How to Build a Loft Ladder

Ladders are oftentimes preferred to real stairs for access of the loft simply because of the reason that they take less room space. For easy access, loft ladders could run vertically depending on design or you can install it with a slope for easy climbing.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Varnish
  • Cordless drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill bits
  • Lumber
  • Deck screws
  • Measuring tape

How to Build a Loft Ladder

  1. The ground floor’s distance to the loft should be measured. 12 inches should be added. This will then be the ladder beams’ length. Out of a 2 x 4 lumber piece, 2 ladder beams should be cut.
  2. For the loft ladder, rungs should be cut out. To be able to manage this, you will first need to determine the number of rungs you will be needing simply by dividing the ladder beams’ total length by 10 inches. This number should be rounded down. This will be the needed number of your rungs.
  3. Measuring in 18-inch segments, cut rungs from your 2×4 lumber piece
  4. Proceed in attaching the ladder’s rungs to the beams of the ladder. For this, you need to use 2 deck screws in securing each side of every single rung to the beam of the ladder. The rungs should be positioned in a way where when looking at the ladder straight on, you would see the run height as 4 inches and as 18 inches for the rung length as
  5. Sanding your ladder down and staining it using wood varnish will give it a good finish. This will keep from dry rot and decay from weakening your loft ladder’s strength and stability.

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