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Storing your ladder properly can make all the difference to how long it lasts. Your ladder takes care of you while you're using it, so make sure you take care of it when you're not!

Ladders that are stored incorrectly can topple over, cause injury or start to rust/deteriorate, so it's important you take the time to find an ideal storage space before you put your ladder away.

Here at Ladders UK Direct, the ladders we offer are generally made of long-lasting materials like aluminium, fibreglass and steel. That being said, incorrect storage can turn a perfectly good ladder into a dangerous piece of equipment. Proper ladder storage will prolong your ladder's life and will keep you and other people in your home/business safe.

How should I store my ladder?

If you're stuck for places to store your ladder, you have a few options. The safest option is to invest or create a ladder rack in your garage or shed where you can store your ladder on the wall horizontally. With support points along the length of the ladder, the chances of it falling on a passer-by are very slim. 

The second best option is to lay your ladder completely flat on the ground. Yes, this might be a trip hazard (so be careful where you lay it), but it's certainly not going to fall on top of anyone from the floor.

Understandably, not everyone will have the means to store their ladders horizontally, or the space to have their ladders stored on the ground which leads us to the question...

Can I store my ladder standing up?

Yes - ladders can be stored standing up,  but it's not the safest method of ladder storage. Ladders that are stored standing up are far more likely to topple over than ladders that are stored laying down or horizontally on a ladder rack.

For that reason, we'd only recommend storing your ladders standing up if you've got no other alternative. If you're worried about storing your ladders, we'd highly recommend checking out our ladder locks and ladder storage hooks. These products are specifically designed to make it easy for you to store ladders of all shapes and sizes. 

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Ladders can be valuable, and as such, they're a somewhat popular target for thieves. It's important to store your ladder securely if you don't want to lose it.

Ladder theft

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Many people store their ladders outdoors, but that's a bad idea for several reasons - not least because it makes your ladder fairly easy to steal.

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Ladder transported on car roof

Transporting a ladder can be tricky, especially if it's a long extension ladder. Ladders generally won't fit in a car boot, so unless you have a van or a pickup truck, your best option is probably to place the ladder on the roof of your car (as pictured above).

Whatever method you use, it's very important to ensure that the ladder is properly secured before you set off. Imagine how much damage your ladder might cause if it fell off your vehicle and into the path of other road users - it doesn't bear thinking about!

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ladder being used

If you want to keep your new ladder in good condition for as long as possible, then storing it properly is key. If you're a domestic ladder user, you might choose to store your ladder in your garage or shed, while commercial and industrial premises will no doubt have a storeroom or warehouse that can be used for safe ladder storage.

If you store your ladders improperly, you may find that your ladders start to deteriorate, or even worse - they might be picked up and used by unauthorised personnel, which could lead to a potential accident or injury.

Of course, all of our ladders are designed to be incredibly durable, but taking an extra couple of minutes to make sure your ladder is stored correctly at the end of the day can really prolong their life expectancy. To give you an idea of where to keep your ladder, we've put together this helpful guide to ladder storage.

First, find a suitable spot for your ladder

Your first job is to find somewhere to store your ladder that will keep it out of harm's way. An ideal spot is somewhere that's big enough to comfortably hold the ladder in terms of length and height, and somewhere where people or machinery won't pass by and knock the ladder. 

Some people choose the roof of their storage unit using a storage rack but other people opt for a wall-mounted storage rack. Either choice is perfectly fine -- just make sure that the ladder is flush to the wall and not in danger of falling on passers-by.

We offer a selection of ladder locks and ladder storage hooks to make your ladder storage simple and to keep your ladder secure! View all of our ladder storage options in our ladder accessories section:

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What if I can't install a storage rack?

If you cant add a ladder storage rack to your garage, shed or warehouse, then your second best options are to either:

  • Lay the ladder flat on the ground (again, somewhere out of the way)
  • Lean it against the wall somewhere where it won't topple over

Bear in mind that both of these methods pose a potential trip hazard and leave your ladders vulnerable to physical damage, so we would always advise using a ladder rack or storage hook to keep your ladder completely off the ground if possible.

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Can I store my ladder outside?

While some materials like fibreglass are perfectly resilient to the elements, we wouldn't recommend leaving any of our ladders outside for long periods of time. Why? Because outside is guaranteed to be a harsher environment that can lead to problems such as:

  • Rust and material degradation
  • Damage plastic fittings
  • Rot (wooden ladders)
  • Corrosion of ropes
  • Theft or unauthorised use of your ladder

The best way to avoid all of this is to choose an indoor space for your ladder storage, preferably somewhere with suitable ventilation that won't expose your ladder to dampness.

Still unsure if your ladder is stored safely?

If you're in a rush and you don't have time to set up an entirely new ladder storage system, ask yourself these simple questions before packing your ladder away for the day:

  • Is your ladder somewhere dry and protected from the weather?
  • Is your ladder clean and free of debris before you store it?
  • Is your ladder likely to fall on, trip up or otherwise cause someone an injury? If so, move it!

If you're on the hunt for a new ladder for your home or workplace, we have a wide range of ladders for you to choose from. Whether you need an extension ladder, a roof ladder or something more specialist, we can help. If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch.