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Tips from the attic master

Thursday, 11th June, 2015 1:00am

Donal O'Callaghan and his team at have been in the home carpentry business since 1980 - 35 years of making the best out of available home space.

In that time, Donal and the gang at have come to specialise in the fitting of foldaway attic stairs, attic flooring, attic lighting, and under-stair storage units, all of which are uniquely tailored to individual client requirements.

One thing they have noticed over the 35 years, is that most people already use their attic (for storage, accessing services, laying rodent-bait, etc.), long before they ever consider having a proper attic-stairs installed.

Access in such cases is usually improvised by using a stepladder, a chair, a box, a nearby stair-banister, or whatever else may come in handy. No doubt, this partly accounts for the fact that about 4,000 hospital admissions occur in Ireland every year due to people falling from heights!

So the first tip on accessing your attic space is to get a proper ladder installed that's specifically designed for the job. All of attic-ladders comply with EU safety standards and are officially certified. They are permanently fixed into position so they cannot tilt or sway, or otherwise become unsteady.

Having a purpose made loft-ladder fitted is clearly not just a matter of convenience then, but also a health and safety issue.  

Another tip is to provide a solid floor-space on which to walk once you have safely climbed our purpose-made attic-ladder. Supplying and fitting custom-made floors is key to the perfect attic, which are able to offer to their client, including raising floors above the insulation-level, if required.

The final kernel of wisdom would be to get a light unit installed, so that anyone entering the loft-space can clearly see where they're going. Their electric lighting is fitted in such a way that it will not be forgotten to switch it off after exiting the loft-space.

All the above may sound like this could amount to an expensive undertaking, but that is far from being the case. In fact, can install a bedroom-size storage area in your attic with foldaway stairs, flooring and lighting for under €500.

And what's more, it can be done in less than a day with little or no mess or disruption. Not bad when you consider the alternative could be several weeks out of work with your arm and leg in a cast!

For further information, visit or call Donal at 087-7929389.

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