Working on a project while standing on a ladder is a risky job. It gets even scarier when you need to place your ladder on stairs for your home remodeling job.
You can find many professional solutions out there to solve that ladder placing problem but these solutions can cost you hundreds of dollars.
Relax!! In this article, I am going to discuss how to build a ladder platform for stairs so that you can easily get rid of this problem.
Oppss! I forgot to mention one thing, before going to ladder platform making process; I would like to inform you that you can also use a ladder leveler to help your ladder set perfectly on the stairs. You can buy a ladder leveler from the Amazon marketplace; and can easily assemble and use it safely on stairs.
Procedure of Making a DIY Ladder Platform for Stairs
This platform is an awesome way to safely reach the ceilings or higher walls in your residence when the ladder requires to be set on stairs. Let’s see the equipment required to build this ladder platform first
- 1”x 24” x 28” plywood or medium-density fiberboard
- Some 2 inches and 1 ½ inch screws
- 8’ x 2” x 4” pine board
- 8’ x 1” x 2” pine board
- Circular saw
- Miter saw
- Level and tape measure
- A drilling machine with drill bits
Step 1: Measurement
To determine the length of the ladder platform you need to calculate the width and the height of three stair steps. Set a level on the top step of three while placing the tape measure on the lever horizontally and perpendicularly to determine the height, length and width of the ladder platform. Remember, wrong measurements can put a negative effect on the project. So, measure carefully.
Step 2: Preparing the surface
After correctly completing the measuring part, now it is time to prepare the surface of the ladder platform by cutting the plywood. You can use a circular saw to cut the plywood precisely. Prepare the surface by cutting the wood according to the length and width that you get from the previous step. Ensure that you have made a straight cut.
Step 3: Cutting the legs
Cut up the 2 legs using the height that you found on the measurement step. Use a circular saw or mitre saw to cut the legs at an equal size. Now, put them on the inner surface of the ladder platform mark their location using a pencil. After that, find out the distance between these 2 legs. Cut a support board equal to that distance and place it between the 2 legs for further support.
Step 4: Assembling all parts
After measuring and preparing different parts of the ladder platform, now you need to place everything on their pre-assigned position. Use a drill machine to make holes in the legs and the board to attach screws. You should make 2 holes in each leg. At last, attach the platform surface and the legs using a screwdriver and screws. Also, connect the supporting board to the legs.
Step 5: Increase leg support
To provide more stability and strength to the legs you can use another leg support board. To do that you have to measure the distance between the legs and cut a board equal to that distance. Now, you have to cut two 4 inch blocks and place them on the side of the legs. These blocks will help the second support board stay firmly on its position. Finally, bring the second support board on the blocks and secure it with screws.
Step 6: The finishing touch
The last step is to add three 1” x 2” pine boards on three sides of the upper surface of the ladder platform. These borders will prevent the ladder from sliding off of the ladder platform. Use glue and screws to position them nicely.
To sum up
Ladder platform is the safest way to reach those tall walls that line your stairs. Moreover, a sturdy platform will last for many years. It will help you in your home redecoration projects too.
I believe now you know how to build a ladder platform for stairs. Start making your ladder platform with the help of this guide and let us know if you find any problem during the whole process.