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Forum topic by gbarron1 posted 01-10-2018 04:04 PM 375 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2018 04:04 PM

I just had an offer accepted on a cabin. There’s a small loft, the entrance to which is directly above a bedroom door. The previous owners solution was to secure a ladder to the left of the door. As a result, I have to stretch my leg out at the top of the ladder to step into the loft – while ducking from the ceiling. And the rungs of the ladder are vertical 2×4’s. Not at all comfortable or safe.

I would like to build something akin to picture 2 along the wall to the left of the entrance. A final platform would sit above the bedroom doorway. I was thinking of building a box that would secure to the top of the tallest cabinet and to the wall above the door. Will this offer enough support?

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 06:08 PM

“Will this offer enough support?”

ummmmmm support for what ? a 250 pound person?
if 3/4” plywood with dado joints is used, I would feel very comfortable on it – - -
IF it had a handrail of some sort. kids and older adults
tend to fall off of stuff like that with bad results.
an engineer would have to design the load bearing portions to ensure safety for all.


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