How to Install a Loft Ladder

Although the idea of fitting your own loft ladder may seem daunting, it is often easier than expected. So, you’ve found the loft ladder you need which will open up the storage potential right above your head. It’s the perfect size, the price was good, the customer service you received was excellent and the delivery is on its way. But how are you going to get it installed?


This is a familiar predicament that is not limited to loft ladders. Here at FAKRO, we’re asked questions like this every week. And the answer varies, depending on who is asking.


Installing a loft ladder - by yourself or by a professional?

If you’re considering fitting a loft ladder yourself, either in a professional capacity or as a homeowner there are several factors you need to consider before tackling this job. To help, here’s a short explanation about what is involved with fitting a loft ladder yourself.


On the face of it, loft ladders appear simple to install. They’re usually supplied as a complete kit, with the ladder integrated into the hatch, and the hatch tucked neatly into the box. All you need to do is securely attach the box to your rafters, make small adjustments, and decorate afterward.


However, in many cases, some adjustments to the opening in your ceiling may be required. Sometimes fitting a loft ladder requires the installation of a supporting ceiling joist or bolstering timbers to provide a good fit. Please be aware that there is the possibility of hitting a pipe or electrical wire when cutting an opening into your ceiling. If the job is starting to sound more complex than you envisaged, perhaps it’s time to talk to a local joiner.


Installing a loft ladder would be a simple DIY task if it were at ground level – but it’s not. Before installing one yourself you need to consider your skills, your equipment, and your experience. If you possess all of these, and the drive to install one yourself, then there is nothing to stop you. However, you should be aware of invalidating any warranty through incorrect installation – just check with the loft ladder manufacturer or supplier first.


If you find it easier to watch a video on how to install FAKRO loft ladders, you can find lots on our YouTube Channel including the one carried out by the Home Improvements Channel below.


Please note that the correct installation method of a FAKRO loft ladder may vary from one product to the next. When you purchase your loft ladder, read the accompanying instructions to ensure you don't install your ladder incorrectly.

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