How to Hang a Garage Ladder
Every household needs a ladder. There will come a time when the chimney needs cleaning or the roof needs repair -- and of course kitty may need some help getting out of that tree -- so purchasing a good ladder is a sound investment. Ladders tend to take up a bit of space, however, so it makes sense to stow them away on a wall where they are handy without using up valuable floor space.
Use a stud finder to locate two studs in your garage wall, if they are not already exposed.
Measure between the studs to determine the framework spacing on your garage. Most construction uses 16-inch spacing as standard, but 24-inch spacing is also relatively common.
Measure the length of your ladder from the top rung to the bottom rung and calculate for a multiple of 16 (or 24) nearest to, but less than its total length. For example, a 10-foot ladder is 120-inches long. The nearest multiple of 16 under that length would be 112 inches.
Locate a stud in the area where you want one end of the ladder to hang and mark a point on the wall at whatever height you prefer the ladder to hang when attached sideways.
Measure over the correct number of inches -- from your calculation -- to find the second stud for hanging the opposite end of the ladder, and mark a point there as before.
Drill a small pilot hole in each stud at the marked locations.
Insert one bicycle hook in each pilot hole and screw firmly into the studs.
Place one end of the ladder on each hook to finish.
Things You Will Need
- Stud finder
- Measuring tape
- Drill & bit
- Bicycle hooks, 2
- When deciding how high to hang the ladder, keep in mind the ease with which smaller members of the family can remove it. You do not want to need another ladder to get down your first ladder.
- If you have exposed studs in your garage, simply prop the ladder sideways against the wall and adjust it until you find two studs within its framework. Use those as the studs for the hooks and proceed as before.