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14 Mar 2024

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Most UK homes have some kind of loft space. Some of us just store things like Christmas decorations and old clothes up there, but it’s becoming increasingly common to convert your attic space into a fully functioning room.

Whatever you use your loft for, it’s important that you can safely access it – we recommend installing a loft ladder for this. There are two main types of loft ladders: sliding loft ladders and concertina loft ladders. But how do they work? Keep reading to find out.


Sliding loft ladders

Sliding loft ladders are ideal if you use your attic as a storage space. They’re a very popular option because they’re easy to use and install, and their sturdy construction makes them a safe choice.

Typically, these ladders will have two or three sections that are connected by spring-locking catches. These ensure that the ladder folds out safely rather than dropping down under its own weight.

These ladders are great for stability because the top section is permanently attached to the hatch, so you don’t have to worry about the ladder slipping and leaving you stranded in the attic.

Once you’ve finished using your sliding loft ladder, simply slide the bottom section(s) up into the hatch. It should slide easily thanks to the spring-locking catches.

To install a sliding ladder in your home, you would need a loft opening that’s wide enough to support it. We recommend taking accurate measurements before purchasing.


Concertina loft ladders

Concertina loft ladders take up very little space in your loft or landing, so they’re particularly handy if you have a smaller home or low ceilings.

They function similarly to sliding loft ladders, but they don’t need as much space in your attic when stored.

To access your loft using a concertina ladder, simply release it using the pole provided and pull it down slowly.

When you’re ready to put it away, simply use the same pole to push the ladder back into the loft hatch – it’s as simple as that!

Compared to sliding ladders, concertina ladders are less robust, so we make sure we only stock these types of loft ladders from brands that we know and trust, such as Columbus and Dolle.


Buy loft ladders from Ladders UK Direct

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we stock a huge range of loft ladders in lots of different styles and materials, including aluminium and wood.

To purchase one from us, choose from the following loft ladder types, or click the button below to browse our full loft ladder range:

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