Many a tiny house builder has thought long and hard over their ladder or staircase option. In fact, some who dream about tiny homes would rather skip the loft and ladder all together opting for a single story approach. But what if you want to have a tiny home with a loft? What are you options?

There is a funny story about our ladder. See, I am horribly afraid of heights. It doesn’t even need to be very high. I don’t even like standing on a step stool to reach a shelf, but the entire time we were building our house I knew I’d eventually have to climb a ladder. Even though I was petrified I needed to put on my big girl pants and suck it up.

When we the loft was first completed we placed a small extension ladder against it. I could get up with little problem but getting down sent me into a panic that left me shaking and crying. I am really not ashamed to admit it. It took me over an hour to get the courage to climb down and I only did it when Matt promised to hold the ladder for me.

My cat piglet climbing the stairs to the loft in our tiny house.

Not wanting to deal with that again, Matt built a ladder. It is a simple ladder design with 2x4s, screws, and the right angle cuts. It attaches to the loft front with hooks and we can move it from the sleeping loft to the storage loft. I jazzed it up a bit with carpet pieces which helped Piglet climb it as well.
This made me wonder, though, how other tiny house builders designed and implemented their ladders. I know a lot of people are considering or building staircase designs as well.

You might use a library staircase design – the ladder being on wheels so it can be moved out of the way if it isn’t in use. You might use a metal ladder design. You might buy one or build one, but what makes a ladder the right ladder for a tiny house?

The Bespoke Spacesaver Staircase, which is available in several configurations at, looks like it would be a viable option for individuals who do not want to use a traditional ladder.

Sarah at Tiny House Big Adventure shared her ladder design and build with me as well. You can see the design and the photos of the construction at her blog.

The more resources we have as a tiny house community the richer our experiences will be. If you’ve built your tiny home, what type of loft access did you choose? If you are in the planning process, what style ladder or staircase are you considering?

Laura is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings and she walks the walk. Her and her husband live in a 120 square foot cabin in Asheville, NC that her and her husband Matt built themselves. You can learn more about Laura and Matt at their website

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