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Decorating in a Stairwell

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Stairs can become a focal point in your home as well as a useful way to get to an upper level. However decorating in a stairwell can be difficult and dangerous if you are not equipped with the knowledge and equipment for this task. Most scaffolding and platforms are easy to make yourself or to save time and hassle can be hired for reasonable prices.

You will need:

  • A partner
  • Staircase stepladders
  • Stair scaffolding

Step One

If hiring staircase stepladders it is advisable to anchor the legs to the steps. These stepladders are best used for when a straight staircase needs to be decorated as the legs can be adjusted to fit the different heights.

The way to anchor the legs is to fix a few screw eyes or even stout nails into the stair treads and using rope or strong twine lash the legs of the ladders to them.

If the legs are now secure you can slide a scaffolding board or even a wide piece of wood between the two ladders or the ladder and the landing in order to have a stable, working platform. These can be tied down or even nailed.

Step Two

If there is a lot of work to be done on the walls such as plastering, painting or applying wallpaper than hiring stair scaffolding is a brilliant idea. It has the added advantage of providing a hand rail and a work platform as well as having adjustable legs. These adjustable legs ensure that the scaffolding sits evenly and stable and allows tools to be kept with you, lessening the amount of time you will spend climbing up and down.

Step Three

If you are attempting to decorate or renovate a dog-leg staircase then it is best to use a combination of ladders, scaffolding and platforms.

If you wish to use your own platforms try screwing wooden battens to the treads. This will prohibit the ladders from slipping.

Use clamps or ropes to secure the boards to the ladders and tie the ends of the ladders to newel posts or staircase railing to stop them slipping sidewards.


Use ladder stays to keep the top of the ladder off the wall, giving better access to the job at hand. Alternatively use padding around the top of the ladder to prevent any damage to the wall.

Tool trays clamp onto the rungs of a ladder giving you space to keep your bits and pieces, cutting back on the amount of time climbing down to retrieve a forgotten tool. Also use foot rests as they clamp on to the rungs giving a wider base to stand on.

A butchers hook can be hung off the ladder to hold your paint and also spare brushes.

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