Did you struggle to get your Christmas decorations down from your attic space this year? Are you dreading trying to get them all up again (or will you leave them in the corner in the bedroom until March because you can’t be bothered?). Every year it can seem like such a mission to get the tree down, only to struggle to get it up again a few weeks later. Wouldn’t you like something to make it a little bit easier?
A pull-down ladder will maximise accessibility and convenience to your attic space - and it doesn’t have to be expensive! You can check out our full range here.
Maximise your attic storage
If you have a decent space between your ceiling and roof that’s not currently being used for anything, a few sheets of plywood and some fold-down attic stairs can make all the difference. The plywood creates a floor – lay the sheets over the joists and secure with screws. And the pull-down stairs provide easy access. It means you can declutter your cupboards and wardrobes by moving stuff you don’t use very often into the attic. More about using storage space in your attic.
If you think it’s too hot in your roof cavity for storage, get Hometech to install a solar powered roof fan to extract the hot air from your attic. The Solar powered fan works only when the sun is out, which is when you need it most. During the hottest time of the year, active attic ventilation does a lot to keep your home cool, so that you don’t swelter at night (read more about this in the next blog post!).
The FAKRO quality
At Hometech we only sell and install FAKRO attic stairs, because they’re brilliantly designed, super-strong and easy to use. Made in Europe, the stairs include an insulated door hatch, with different finishes depending on the model. The plain white hatch blends easily to match your ceilings. You’ll hardly know it’s there.
There are several models in the FAKRO range, including wooden deluxe and metal models with built-in handrails. Hand rails are essential to keep you safe when you’re climbing up and down the loft stairs.
The steps on FAKRO stairs are grooved, to ensure your feet don’t slip when you’re accessing the attic space. Also, the metal pole for unlocking the stairs slips into a 10mm hole in the hatch door, so there’s no ugly external hook.
So much better than a ladder
If you currently use your attic for storage and don’t have purpose-built fold-down stairs, chances are you use some kind of ladder. Generally, that means going out to the garage to get the ladder, brushing off its cobwebs, then leaning it against the attic access. It’s a bit of a palaver, to say the least, and it’s not nearly as safe as proper attic stairs.
One of the key benefits of fold-down attic stairs is the sheer convenience. Moving something up to the attic or getting something down is not a big task. Just unlock the stairs with the pole, then fold them down. Voila! You have access in less than a minute.