Measurement Tips for Replacing Attic Stairs

Oct 2nd
Wide Attic Ladder

Replacing Attic Stairs – Folding attic stairs are a convenience for any homeowner. They fold completely against the roof and are pulled down by a chain when access to the attic is required. If it’s time to replace your ladders from the drop-down attic, the first step is to measure the dimensions of the old stairs accurately so you can buy new stairs that match the size of the space. This will make the installation of the new stairs without problems.

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Close the attic ladder until you can and put a ladder under it. You can stand on the attic staircase to take the measurements. Place a tape measure on the left side of the attic opening, on the inside edge of any finishing molding. But, the outside of the current attic staircase frame. Stretch the tape measure over the right side of the attic staircase door, stopping at the inside edge of the molding on that side.

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Move one end of the tape measure to the back of the attic stair door where the hinges are located. Align it with the inside edge of the trim molding and then stretch the other end to the front edge of the door just inside the molding there. Place the end of the tape measure flush with the ceiling next to the attic ladder. Drop the other end of the tape measure on the ground to determine the length of the stairs themselves.

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