28 October 2023
4 min read
Ladders in interior spaces have traditionally been associated with libraries and study rooms, where they provide access to the upper levels of bookcases. While they still take a home library to the next level, ladders can also be incorporated into other areas of the home, enhancing both the form and function of the space.
“Everyone wants to utilise the space they have at home. At the moment, we are seeing our ladders being used in a lot of kitchens and mezzanine floors, as well as walk-in-wardrobes,” says Keri Sainty from Ram Hardware Products (RHP).
Architects and designers understand the importance of maximising space in the home, especially in the kitchen. Beyond executing the perfect ‘working triangle’ – the oven, sink and fridge optimally positioned – storage in the kitchen is a must-have, and often that means taking advantage of the space above.
When installing ladders in front of kitchen cabinets, Keri recommends getting in touch with the Ram Hardware team before finalising any plans – this will ensure the design and build team have the correct specifications to avoid any issues.
“The biggest mistake we see in kitchen applications is where there are opening cupboards above the ladder, but the correct clearances have not been allowed for. This means the cupboards cannot open while the ladder is directly below it. Due to this, I always recommend getting in touch with us before those plans are finalised, if possible.”
Allowing for these clearances may be more challenging when retrofitting a ladder system into an existing kitchen; however, there are some ways to work around this, says Keri.
Wardrobes may not be the most visible area of a home, but they are an essential space that homeowners use daily. Optimising their layout can maximise storage and ease of use.
“There are many shelving and storage options available for walk-in-wardrobes. Overhead cupboards paired with a ladder are a firm favourite – not only does this increase the storage space, it also adds a touch of elegance to your master room.”
Depending on the space available, RHP offers both rolling and non-rolling ladders for your wardrobe needs.
When designing tiny homes, versatility is key. To maximise the limited space available, designs often include two loft areas. Detachable ladder systems are often utilised here, as it allows the same ladder to be used for both areas.
“RHP’s non-rolling Double Hook Hardware Kit is a popular choice for people living tiny,” says Keri. “A number of our resellers work closely with tiny house companies who install a ladder with the Double Hook Hardware in every tiny home they build.”
Ladder systems are a popular addition to homes with high ceilings and double-height spaces. They provide effortless access to typically hard-to-reach areas, allowing you to take full advantage of those rarely-used areas – such as mezzanine floors and loft bedrooms.
“Regardless of whether you’re aspiring to establish a home art studio or optimise an inaccessible space, a ladder can be a worthwhile inclusion to your next endeavour.”
Something that many may not have considered is installing a ladder in the home wine cellar, says Keri. Whether it’s a dedicated space capable of holding hundreds of bottles, or a more modest area, the addition of a ladder can increase accessibility to the upper rows. Plus, you’ll impress guests with this unique feature.
Made with patented technology, RPH’s Quiet Glide rolling ladders and hardware can be customised to suit specific project requirements.
“The Quiet Glide is very customisable. The hardware comes in multiple finishes and offers both rolling and non-rolling systems,” says Keri.
With the option for custom-built ladders, the height and width can also be adjusted, as well as the type of timber used.
“While there are some timber products that we don’t work with – such as veneers – we work closely with our customers to ensure the end result is as close as possible to what they envisioned. We want everything to be perfect for the customer, that’s our goal.”
Adding a ladder to your next project isn’t out of reach – RPH’s standard hook on and off ladders and hardware systems start at around $1,500 with the cost varying for a rolling system and any customisations.
“Ladders really are for more than just libraries,” says Keri. “And it doesn’t need to be as expensive as you think. It’s also a new, beautiful piece of furniture – a beautiful statement piece.”
Learn more about adding a ladder from Ram Hardware Products to your next residential project.