1. First we measured the floor to ceiling height to see if a folding ladder would fit. This is required to measure as the ladder needs to be able to unfold fully - unlike a sliding ladder where this is less of a crucial factor.
2. We then checked the landing to loft floor space to check if the telescopic ladder or concertinas we supply could be fitted. This is required as the safety of the ladder will be compromised if not. We require some space around the loft hatch to attach the extra attachments which allow the ladder to be stowed away neatly and safely. Not just that, but the non-slip treads wouldn’t be effective if the ladder was too straight - sufficient landing to floor space is required without being too much that it's vertical else it becomes dangerous.
3. When we checked the surrounding hatch space, the current hatch was very small compared to the one we were planning to install. It turned out that the surrounding space was fairly clear, and the joists were conveniently placed for us.
4. Then lastly we checked the ‘swing space’ for the hatch and ladder. This is important to consider as your landing light may be close to the hatch, and there needs to be enough space to unfold/slide the ladder safely at the top of your stairs. Not to mention the space actually in the loft to stow it away without snagging any hanging wires.