Rolling ladder pictured in this Tumbleweed Elm
Ladder vs. Staircase. This is a huge topic in the Tiny House RV world. How will I access my loft? A staircase will take up room, but a ladder seems difficult and dangerous to climb. How can I decide? Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Let’s look at some photo examples and discuss the pros and cons of each.
- Space Saving. A ladder will save you valuable floorspace.
- Tuck it Away. Tuck your ladder behind a bookshelf or into a hidden slot. You could also use a rope ladder, which can be rolled up when not in use.
- Versatility. Ladders can be used in any tiny home. Stairs are not possible is all tiny homes, especially those without dormers.
- Lightweight. Ladders are usually very lightweight, unlike stairs.
- Mobility. Simply move your ladder to access your front storage loft.
- Can be used on a slope. You can build your ladder to function on a slight slope instead of straight up and down. This will make it easier to climb and more secure. Use flat footed rungs. Rounded rungs can be uncomfortable underfoot, avoid these.
- Can be difficult / dangerous to climb. This is the biggest “con” of ladders.
- Pets cannot climb. If you plan on allowing your dog or cat into the loft, most likely they will not be able to climb a ladder (or at least not descend). If you have a pet monkey, disregard this con.