A ladder is a necessity around any home. But it can be unwieldy to store, and if you don't plan carefully, you can end up needlessly sacrificing prime real estate in your garage or tool shed. While you can always hang it on the wall, that's an ideal place to hang your hand and garden tools, and it's also where your shelves and cabinets need to go. Look a little higher, though, and you'll probably find acres of unused space on the ceiling. Making a ceiling hanger for your ladder is a one- to two-hour project.
Things You'll Need
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- 3/4-inch wood doweling
- 1-inch PVC pipe
- Hand saw
- 2-by-4-inch lumber
- Eight 2-inch corner brackets
- Four 3-inch wood screws
- Bungee cord
Locate a pair of adjacent ceiling joists -- use a stud finder if the ceiling is drywalled. Measure the distance between their centers with a tape measure.
Cut two lengths of 3/4-inch wood dowel with lengths equal to the measurement, using a hand saw, then cut two lengths of 1-inch PVC pipe that are about 1/2 inch shorter. At the same time, cut four lengths of 2-by-4-inch lumber that are 12 inches long.
Screw 2-inch corner brackets to each two-by-four at one end, which will eventually be the tops of the ladder hangers. The angle of each bracket should be flush with the end of the board.
Slip a length of PVC pipe over each dowel. The pipe should be able to rotate freely around the dowel. Pair up the two-by-fours so the angle brackets face each other at the top. Screw a dowel to the inside faces of each pair with 3-inch wood screws.
Measure the length of the ladder you're going to hang. Mark the ceiling joists or drywall so the distance between the hangers will be 1 to 2 feet shorter than the ladder. Secure each hanger to the ceiling by screwing the corner brackets to the ceiling joists.
Hang the ladder by feeding one end into one of the hangers and pushing it until the other end clears the other hanger. Slide it back until both ends of the ladder extend beyond the hangers by an equal amount. The PVC pipe on the dowels will make the ladder easy to slide. Secure the ladder with a bungee cord to prevent it from sliding on its own.
Tips & Warnings
- The door of your tool shed is a good place to hang a stepladder. Screw a pair of hooks into the door and hang the ladder on its second rung.
- If wall space isn't at a premium in your tool shed, screw hooks into the wall studs and hang an extension or stepladder horizontally. This keeps it off the floor and easily accessible.
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