Recently, many of you have been asking us how to properly shorten the leg of your attic stairs. Don't worry if you didn't understand it despite the attached instructions. I'll try to explain it as simply as I can.
Shortening legs of attic stairs: tools needed
Most people who order our attic steps are positive DIY enthusiasts, so I assume that many of you have these basic tools. These are: measuring tape, pencil or felt-tip pen to mark the cutting line, sandpaper to smooth the cut leg (metal or wooden) and saw. Depending on the material to be cut, you can use a jigsaw, a hand saw for wood or metal, and even an angle grinder, if you are sure of your skills. Shortening legs of attic stairs
To properly shorten the legs of wooden or metal attic stairs yourself, follow these general steps:
- THE MOST IMPORTANT: Measure and mark: Determine the desired length for your attic stairs legs. Measure and mark the new length on each leg, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
- Secure the ladder: Set up the ladder in a safe and stable position, ensuring it is supported and won't shift during the modification process.
- Disassemble if necessary: Some attic stairs may require partial disassembly to access the leg sections that need shortening. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to detach any necessary parts.
- Cut the legs: Use a suitable tool such as a saw or reciprocating saw to cut the legs at the marked points. Take precautions to maintain a straight and clean cut.
Great! You managed to shorten the legs from the attic stairs correctly, the hardest part is behind us! Now there are still a few much easier steps to follow.
After shortening the legs from the attic stairs
- Smooth the edges: After cutting, use sandpaper or a file to smooth the rough edges on the newly cut leg sections. This helps prevent splinters and ensures a neat finish.
- Reassemble and test: If you disassembled the attic stairs, reattach any removed parts according to the manufacturer's instructions. Double-check that all connections are secure. Test the ladder's stability by applying gentle pressure before fully relying on it.
Measurement the first
Remember that the so-called "measuring by eye" never brings positive results, but only prolongs the entire process of installing, replacing or shortening legs from attic stairs. Therefore, ALWAYS carefully measure the height of the room, the dimensions of the rough opening. If you are unsure of your calculations, ask someone more experienced to measure it correctly. Thanks to this, you will not have to face the problem on your own, and by the way, you will show your friend your new purchase, i.e. foldable attic stairs. However, if you prefer to do it yourself, write to us, call us, we will be happy to help.
Safety the second
Remember, working with ladders can be hazardous. Prioritize safety by wearing appropriate protective gear, ensuring the ladder is on a stable surface, and having someone nearby to assist if needed. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with the process, it's best to consult a professional or contact the ladder manufacturer for guidance.
Models of attic stairs which are the easiest to shorten
If you haven't ordered your copy of attic stairs yet, we highly recommend taking an interest in our new line of wooden attic ladders. These are ladders by Stairluxe, a dynamically developing line of ecological ladders. Solid, produced in the spirit of "zero waiste".
L-ALLE Wooden Attic Ladder 47" x 21.5"
GLOB Wooden Attic Ladder 47" x 23.5"
Of course, these are not all models, practically each of the models is suitable for shortening - it depends, of course, on your skills. It depends on what tools you have and whether you know how to use them.
P.S. If you have any interesting questions about attic stirs, write to us, we will try to explain everything to you!