Fold-Away Attic Ladder

Gain easy access to storage space with a folding attic ladder.
HDSWT-210_AtticStair_After3

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_After3

After: A fold-away ladder now makes the space much more accessible and usable.

After: A fold-away ladder now makes the space much more accessible and usable.

Materials and Tools:

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_before

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_before

attic ladder kit
three 2x6x8 boards
20 linear feet casing $1.15 $23.00
2-inch finish nails for nail gun
air compressor with hoses
brad gun
level
measuring tape
painting supplies
pencil
power miter box
reciprocating saw
safety glasses
utility knife

Steps:

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HDSWT-210_AtticStair_removetrim

1. Remove any trim pieces surrounding the attic opening.

2. Check the manufacturer's specifications to make sure your ladder kit fits the opening. Working from the attic, cut away the framing and re-frame the opening using 2x6s. After the frame is in place, cut away the drywall inside the new opening. When cutting the framing out, be careful not to cut through the drywall.

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_frame

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_frame

3. The ladder installs using four clamps, one in each corner. Place the ladder in the opening and clamp it into place.

4. Cut the casing to fit around the new door.

5. Fill the nail holes and seams in the molding.

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_securestair

HDSWT-210_AtticStair_securestair

6. The panel that covers the ladder is connected to the ladder frame from the factory. Prime and paint this cover and the trim casing.

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