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29 May 2024

How to Carry Paint Up a Ladder

Ladders are common tools for a wide range of tasks, including painting walls. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast painting your home or are a professional hard at work, safety should always be your top priority.

When using a ladder for any task, it’s essential to ensure you’re doing everything to keep yourself and those around you safe. Carrying paint up a ladder requires careful planning and execution to avoid accidents and ensure a smooth and efficient painting process. In this blog, we aim to provide you with top tips on how to safely carry paint up a ladder, helping you complete your project safely while avoiding accident or injury.

  1. Choose the right ladder

Before you get started, it’s crucial to select the appropriate ladder for the task at hand. Ensure your ladder is sturdy and in good condition. There are a wide range of different ladders that might be best suited to painting projects; if you want to get a better idea of the different ladder types available to you and the various tasks they’re suitable for, check out our blog: Ladder Types & What They're Used For

For most painting tasks, an extension ladder or step ladder will be suitable. The ladder should be tall enough so that you don’t need to overreach, which can be dangerous. Remember, always follow the manufacturers guidelines regarding the weight limits and ladder usage.

  1. Secure the ladder

To prevent the ladder from slipping or falling, make sure it is set up on a stable and level surface. Use ladder stabilisers or anti-slip mats if necessary. The ladder should be at a safe angle, about 75 degrees from the ground. A simple way to check this is by placing your toes against the ladder’s base and extending your arms; your hands should reach the ladder rungs comfortably.

To read more about safe ladder angles, check out our blog post: Ladder Angle: What is the '1 in 4' Rule?

  1. Prepare your paint

Before carrying your paint up the ladder, prepare your paint container. Use a paint can with a secure lid to avoid spills. If possible, transfer the paint into a smaller, lighter container such as a painters bucket with a handle. This will make your paint easier to handle and reduce the risk of dropping it.

  1. Use a ladder hook or paint tray

One of the safest ways to carry paint up a ladder is to use a ladder hook or paint tray that attaches to the ladder. These accessories allow you to keep both hands free for climbing, maintaining three points of contact with the ladder at all times (Read more: The ‘Three Points of Contact’ Rule Explained). Ladder hooks can hold paint cans, while paint trays provide a platform for the paint and tools.

  1. Wear appropriate gear

Wearing the right gear can make a significant difference in ladder safety, especially when handling additional items like paint. Non-slip shoes are a must to prevent yourself from slipping on the rungs. We’d recommend wearing trousers, as wearing long skirts can cause you to step on the hem and trip. Also, avoid wearing any loose clothing that could get caught on the ladder.

  1. Ascend and descend carefully

When climbing the ladder, take your time and move slowly. Always face the ladder and use both hands to grip the rungs when possible. If you’re using a ladder hook or paint tray, ensure it is securely attached before starting your climb. If you must carry the paint by hand, use one hand while using the other hand to hold the ladder. If you have large amounts of paint to carry, it’s better to make multiple trips than try to carry too much at once and make the situation unsafe.

  1. Don’t climb alone

If possible, ask a friend or family member to help you by being a spotter or by holding the ladder steady as you climb. They can hold the ladder and pass you paint or tools as needed, leaving your hands free to climb safely and avoid having to make multiple trips.

  1. Take breaks

Painting can be physically demanding, and working on a ladder adds extra strain. Take regular breaks to rest and assess your progress. This will help you stay focused and reduce the risk of accidents.


Carrying paint up a ladder requires preparation and attention to safety. By choosing the right ladder, securing it properly, using it correctly, utilising accessories like ladder hooks, and wearing appropriate clothing, you can safely complete your painting task. Always prioritise safety, and never be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we provide a wide range of ladders that can help you carry out your painting tasks efficiently and, most importantly, safely!

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