Self-supporting step ladder

Step ladders are a type of self-supporting ladder. Unlike, say, an extension ladder - which must be leaned up against a wall or another surface that's sturdy enough to support it - a step ladder can stand up all on its own, without any additional support or stabilisation.

But here's a question that a lot of people ask: can a step ladder be leaned against a wall and used as a straight ladder if the situation demands it? Or should step ladders exclusively be used as self-supporting ladders?

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Swingback step ladder

If you're shopping around for a step ladder, one word you're likely to come across over and over again is 'swingback'. But what exactly does that word mean? What makes swingback ladders different from other step ladders? And what does that mean for your purchasing decision?

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A selection of step ladders

Step ladders can be used for all sorts of different jobs, both at home and in the workplace. A sturdy step ladder is undoubtedly a very handy thing to have, so it's no surprise that they're among our best-selling items.

Still, if you're looking to purchase a step ladder, you may be slightly stunned by the wide range of products available. We've got more than 40 different step ladder varieties for you to choose from - including an assortment of warehouse steps, mobile working platforms and step stools - and while it's always nice to have plenty of options, we understand that it can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know exactly what you're after!

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Step ladder

A common sight in both the home and the workplace, step ladders are incredibly versatile - they can be used for everything from plastering ceilings and cleaning windows to changing light bulbs and redecorating the living room.

Folding step ladders are generally quite safe to use. They are self-supporting, so you don't have to lean your ladder up against the wall, and the steps are reasonably comfortable to stand on.

That being said, working at height is always potentially hazardous, and even when you're using a step ladder, it's important to take certain precautions in order to minimise the risk of injury.

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