Originally Posted by mdshunk
I'm not so sure that I'd personally go to any special effort for 3-4 feet. I can hop up into that, or grab the closest chair for a boost. Hey, post pictures if you build something.
Actually I measured it last night. The "hop" is a little over 4 feet, and it is in a finished off area of the house where there isn't a ladder or chair (or closet to hold such items) conveniently around.
The ceiling is 9 feet in this particular room, and the opening is like 2.5ft wide x 3 ft high... the very badly needed attic space is like 16'x20'. We have a fully finished walk out basement with full bath and home theatre, so there much storage to speak of down there. Garage has 2 Harleys, a wave runner/trailer and bikes and toys for a family of 5... Most of the 2nd floor has 9'-15' ceilings, except in one area, which is this attic I would like access to.
We can cram quite a bit in 320 sq ft, so we would like to utilize it...and have easy in and out access to get at stuff, either daily or weekly.
I was thinking of a simple ladder attached to a board? Since the opening is 4' off the floor and the ceiling is 9' tall, I figured I could just cut the attic opening up a bit to the ceiling...making it a 2.5ft to 5ft opening. Then just make a 5 ft long ladder and attach it to board and hinge it to the wall (like a a drawbridge).
My 2 concerns are, how do I counter weight it? Also, is 5 ft long enough for the ladder, because I wonder if the step ladder will be awkward to climb up???