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Need loft ladders for very small lofts

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  1. OM2

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    In an extension room, I have 2 very small attic spaces.

    I need to add a loft ladder.
    Currently, I only have loft hatches.

    The flooring is slippery laminate flooring.
    It's not normal... it has a rusty look that we loved - but after installing, we only then realised it was more slippery than the normal laminate flooring!

    The height space in the loft spaces is less than 1m in height.
    I guess this impact on having dedicated ladders?

    The alternative I am looking at is soft close telescopic ladders.
    I'm worried about NOT having enough grip on the floor.

    Could I add something rubbery to the feet?

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
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    What business will you have in a loft space LESS THAN 1M IN HEIGHT lol. By the time you have the loft insulation in there it wont be worth a chuff.
     
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    You can pack quite a lot of weed into a small space... :p Not saying that what the OP is considering, just saying.
     
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    Lol.

    I'm just trying to vision the order with which the OP stacks the individual boxes. There will be much cursing in December if the tree fairy ends up at the back with the family suitcase cabin bag hand bag wallet.
     
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    @Tigercubrider thanks. That looks ideal.
    I didn't want to spend 2x £131
    Not 100% sure the dimensions are right.
    One of the loft hatches looks like 80cm x 80cm.
    The other looks like 90cm x 100cm.

    @noseall I'm building a loft space for some illegal aliens who are very very short.
    Until I find such beings, I'll just use as storage space.
    Let me know if you know of any short aliens - must be illegal, otherwise there would be no fun in hiding from the law.

    @SirGalahad if you can give me your supply contact, I'll split the profits with you 50/50.
     
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    Normal 3 section ladders should work. About 50 quid each.

    They will lock in place so no slipping problem.
     
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    @matlob I searched for 3 section ladders.
    Can't find. Can you point me in the right direction?

    Thanks.
     
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    I think I found the answer...
    'ladder hook'
    Also called a bike hook.
    Buy a soft close ladder...
    And just store the ladder up one of the loft spaces.
    I only got the idea after reading the replies above.

    Unless I can find cheap 3 section ladders, I'll go for this solution.
     
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    This is the one I have, or mine may be a little longer. My ceiling is a shade over 3m. You can reposition the end stops so that the ladder locks on its extension to suit your height, and originally it stuck up into the loft too far when extended.

    https://www.abru.co.uk/loft-ladders/37000Series/37003

    Edit it (or something similar) appears to be on half price offer at B&Q
    https://www.diy.com/departments/abru-3-section-12-tread-sliding-loft-ladder/30368_BQ.prd

    If that's right, I think it's a fantastic bargain

    Edit again
    that seems to be gone now, it's around £60 - £80
    https://www.diy.com/departments/tools-and-equipment/ladders-and-steps/loft-ladders/3/_/N-bl4Z1z0lcjs
     
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    @JohnD Thanks mate
    £20 sounds a bargain on the first link!

    I had a look at a video.
    This won't do.
    I don't have any horizontal space to spare.
    Has to be vertical.

    Thanks anyway.
     
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    One of my chums had his loft ladder on a pulley system, so he could lower it down when required. In his case, the rope came down the eaves and was on a cleat next to his front door. That might work for you.
     
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    @JohnD Need more details and a pic
     
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    House is in Normandy, and he's moved now. I have an idea he had some kind of counterweight.
     
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