Best Stairs & Ladders for Lofts

Best Stairs & Ladders for Lofts

Sarah Coffey
Oct 28, 2010

I started this guide last year with a bare bones list, and since then, I've been collecting resources for loft stairs and ladders. An attic or loft ladder isn't something one usually shops for, but if you find yourself on the hunt, it can be really difficult to sort through good and bad options. Here are 10 recommended places to start.

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Arke is a US subsidiary of an Italian company that just recently made their products available in the US through Home Depot and other stores. They offer DIY spiral staircase kits, starting around $1,500, that can be assembled and customized to fit your space.

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Like Arke, this company sells spiral staircase kits that can be assembled by a home DIYer. They offer online shopping and ordering, and their kits come in both modern and Victorian styles in a range of colors and finishes. Kit pricing ranges between $1,000 and $2,500.

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This industrial supplier sells metal staircases and ladders at reasonable prices. When you're dealing with an industrial company, make sure that the staircase complies with residential code. Some models (like very narrow alternating stair treads) can't be sold to homeowners.

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This online catalog is another good source for industrial ladders. Headquartered in Milwaukee, they sell rolling metal staircases, wall-mounted steps, and a bunch of other good loft solutions. Prices are reasonable and, in our experience, the staff is helpful.

88b9dab3f49e432eda2762511e36c5b023ee175a. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Spiral Stairs of America
Like the name implies, this Pennsylvania-based retailer sells spiral stair kits, but they also offer modern and traditional library ladders. Staircase kits start around $1,300, and ladders can be custom ordered.

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Located in New York, this company has been around for 100 years. They specialize in classic hardwood library ladders, and they offer an oak "top bent" rolling ladder specifically for lofts. The design includes a walk-through space for mezzanines. Call or email for a quote.

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If you need a folding attic ladder, this company (whose US office is based in Addison, Illinois) makes metal and wood versions, and they provide architects with downloadable CAD drawings for ladders, skylights, and loft windows.

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This is another supplier of folding attic ladders, and they sell many of their products through big box stores like Home Depot. They provide wood and aluminum options, and they offer premium lines for more heavy-duty home usage.

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They've been in business for 50 years, and they sell both custom spiral staircases and modular "econo" kits. Based out of Peekskill, Nyew York, they ship their kits nationally, can provide drawings to architects, and have a service line you can call for installation advice.

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Based out of Broomall, Pennsylvania, they sell metal spiral staircase kits that come with 8 structural parts. They have five available sizes, and you can call for information about how kits and installation work.

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