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22 Jun 2023

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What's the best way to get into a loft? 

For easy loft access, we recommend a loft ladder. There are many different types of loft ladder to choose from. At Ladders UK Direct, we stock the following: 

Loft Staircases      Sliding Loft Ladders      Space-Saving Loft Ladders


If you're lucky enough to have a loft or attic in your home, you may be wondering the safest and most efficient way to get into this handy extra space. At Ladders UK Direct, we stock a range of loft ladders that are perfect for accessing your loft easily. 

In this blog, we'll talk you through the best way to get in and out of your loft easily, along with some nifty installation tips.


Is a loft ladder necessary? 

If you want to access your loft without a struggle each time you decide to do so, then, yes! A loft ladder is 100% necessary. It's also much safer than any other means of accessing your loft. 

It's best to see a loft ladder as an investment for safe, long-term access to your loft. Depending on your budget, we have a variety of loft ladders ranging from £179.00 to £1,099.00 so that any and all budgets can receive a product that offers safe loft access. Put simply, you truly cannot put a price on safety. 


Why install a loft ladder? 

There are many benefits to installing a ladder for loft access in your home. For example:

  1. You'll be able to access your loft space easily and more conveniently.
  2. You'll be safer throughout your ascent and descent into the loft space.
  3. You'll be able to access your loft in a rush without compromising the safety of yourself or others. 
  4. You'll be more inclined to make use of your loft space.


Loft access safety tips

If you already have a loft ladder, then you may be wondering how you can stay safe while gaining loft access. Thankfully, loft ladders are extremely safe for loft access if they're installed properly.

Here are a few loft access safety tips that we think you'll find useful...

  • Always inspect your loft ladder before using it to gain loft access.
  • Maintain 3-points of contact at all times. If this is not possible, push your chest and knees towards the ladder to make a point of contact so you can use your arms.
  • Always check the maximum load of your loft ladder. If this is exceeded, the stability of your ladder will be compromised, increasing the risk of a fall or injury.
  • Wear sensible footwear to ensure that you feel secure and stable when using the loft ladder.
  • If possible, it's handy to have someone else with you to supervise while you gain access to your loft. 


Ladder installation for loft access

It's easier to install a loft ladder than you may initially think. If you opt for an aluminium or wooden loft ladder, then the installation should only take 2 -3 hours. This process could take considerably longer if you need to create your own loft hatch, however. Don't worry, though - we've put together a loft access guide explaining how to install a loft ladder.

Some terms that you may need to know when building a loft hatch for loft access: 

  • Floor-to-Floor Height
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Height
  • Hatch Clearance
  • Loft Opening Width/Length
  • Horizontal/Vertical Clearance

Again, if you're a little bit daunted or overwhelmed, we put together a loft ladder measurements guide for your convenience.


Gain loft access with the perfect loft ladder

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer loft and attic ladders in a range of materials, including aluminium and wood. We can also provide complete hatch and loft ladder kits for easy installation.

If you need help choosing the right ladder for your attic, or if you'd like to order your new loft steps over the phone, please contact Ladders UK Direct today.