In tiny, small, or “right sized” houses, you don’t wish to lose functional space if you can prevent this. For this reason you see numerous ladders leading to the lofts of small houses. It is the ideal alternative for some, however other people may want something that makes loft access more, well, accessible. The thought of negotiating a steeply pitched ladder in the middle of the night might deter many otherwise would-be small house owners.
Alternating treads, ultra-narrow ladders, built-in storage and other tricks enable these smart space-saving designs to fit into the smallest of apartments. Offering access to sleeping lofts, second stories or just elevated storage, these ultra-compact staircases avoid a large footprint through furniture integration, tight spirals, or – at times – clever solutions that wouldn’t really pass safety inspections in most places.