WildSnow HQ Port-a-Hut is nearly perfect and we enjoy little projects that enhance our backcountry tiny house. The latest: upgrades to the ladder stairs that access the upstairs sleeping loft.
Design constraints of the loft “library type” ladder: mainly, it needs to be fire proof due to it storing close to our stove pipe, and movable to accommodate activities in the small space.
We used a section from an aluminum extension ladder. The stock ladder feet are cut shorter and bolted at a fixed angle. Length cut was unnecessary but could easily be done. Large holes drilled in the rails with a step bit to accept bushings Lou made with PVC plumbing part. A 6-foot length of steel plumbing pipe is mounted in two screw-eyes attached to the loft header, and capped with threaded pipe caps. The ladder slides sideways on the plumbing pipe. When not in use, the ladder swings upward and is stored horizontally on a hook suspended from an overhead beam.
For a do-over we’d use 1-inch pipe instead of 3/4 as the thinner pipe flexes a bit too much.
In a tiny house, having everything movable and adjustable allows one to modify the limited space, making things feel larger than they actually are.
Week in review: November 21-25, 2016: