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Best Painting Step Ladders 2017

PAINTERS LADDERS – The best step and extension ladder options

So, What’s the best painters ladder ?  Or for that matter, the best step ladder ? To be frank, there are so many  painters ladders on the market that forecasting which is the best ladder for painting allows the buyer – and the seller- a huge scope to make the claim of being the best painters ladder.

Our top 3 products are listed below and we recommend them based upon their usability, price, quality and specifications.

rubbermaid rm 3wRubbermaid RM 3W, Folding Ladder Review

Steel Frame Stool with a Hand Grip and Plastic Steps, 200-Pound Capacity, Silver

These little steps are pretty good . Light, fold away into a very tidy unit, they have good grips for certainty when positioning yourself both hand and foot. You will get use out of these for painting and anything else. Bearing in mind the 200 pound load rating (that’s you, with paint tin, work boots and other gear, right ?) they are good for lower ceiling heights.

  •  Pro; light, easy to use, and some sellers do a cool package of handy gear to go with them. Less than $ 50 gets a great tool kit all up’
  • Con; Mind the 200 pound limit. Not suited to heights work


flip n 300 poundFlip-N; -Lite 300-Pound Stepladder Review

6 Foot Step Ladder with a 300 pound weight rating

These are seriously good units. Lovely to use , they are light, sturdy and fit for the professional. They fold away to a slim line that can be stored easily, have a generous work platform to stand on, and the taller ( 6 foot )items give a sense of security at height.

  • Pro; These could end up used by your grandchildren. Great to use, store anywhere. Spend the extra $10 bucks so you don’t come up short
  • Con; could do with attachment points for paint tins, brushes, but a minor fault. Get the accessory pack if you think it’s a worry.


cosco 11-880Cosco 11-880PBLW2 Review

Cosco Max Platinum Work Platform with 3 Steps

Nice gear – very. Still only for lower ceilings ,but they will hold that extra weight of 225 pounds and have a pretty well designed tray for multi-purpose use. The one handed close lever comes into its own when , no, you and all that gear WONT fit through the door… Similar no slip hand and foot points to the Rubbermaid, these don’t seem to leave any marks on certain flooring types, which can be another clean up issue with the cheaper types around.

  • Pro; Light, strong, and your tray space already sorted means less to worry about. Great around the house.
  • Con; Not good for high stuff, and don’t EVER think of standing on the moulder tool tray… It’s not a step.


We tend to see  the best painters ladder in terms of lightness. Painters ladders will be moved from place to place, room to room, and you will be the one carrying them. It must strong, light and manoeuvrable. If your job require a bit of angle, an awkward reach, and all on unstable work ground, the one that can is your best ladder for painting, anything else is just opinion. If its a step ladder, its still the same rule. Your best step ladder will fold up and disappear when you finish maybe, or be accessible when you need it

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How To Use Ladders When Painting

Erase Ladder Fear By Getting To Know It

The thought of climbing a ladder can be daunting to many people, there is even a TV commercial about a man who has a fear of using a ladder. It is important to know a little about using ladders when painting – how to use them efficiently and safely. The basic materials that ladders are made from includes wood, aluminum or metal, and fiberglass.

  • Wooden ladders are safe to use around electricity. They are very strong and weighty.
  • Aluminum ladders are the more popular type. They are very strong and very stable. Just like its general intent, aluminum ladders are light and resistant to corrosion. However, it conducts electricty, therefore do not use in or near electrical wires. The safety rule of professional painters in using an aluminum ladder is to never go within 5 feet of any wires, even if they are insulated.
  • Fiberglass ladders are also a strong product, it is also corrosion resistant, and it can be used safely around electricity.

Extension and Step Ladder Weight Rating

When using ladders for painting, it is important to match the weight rating of a ladder in how you will use the ladder, meaning the amount of support required, such as body weight, the weight of tools and a paint can. The weight rating of all ladders are located on the side rail of the ladder:

  • Type III: 200 lb
  • Type II: 225 lb
  • Type I: 250 lb
  • Type IA: 300 lb
  • Type IAA: 375 lb

Ladder Types

The more common types of ladders, includes the following:

  • Step Ladders: Steps are available in heights of 4 feet to 20+ Their features can include a tool tray, automatic pail shelf, resistant slip steps, rubber foot pads, and extra foot braces for stability.
  • Platform Ladders: Platforms are available in heights up to 14 feet. They feature a large, wide platform to place a gallon of paint and tools to use and work on.
  • Twin Step or Articulated Ladders: This is a ladder that can accommodate 2 people at a time. It is available in heights of up to 20 feet and it can handle heavy loads to both of its sides. It has free moving joints that can be shaped into many different ways, including as a straight ladder, step ladder, scaffolding or a workbench.
  • Extension Ladders: Extensions are very stable ladders with their interlocking side rails and I beam construction. It is available in heights of up to 60 feet.

How To Set-Up A Ladder

Ladders are safe as long as you know how to use them. When setting them up, always make sure that they are sitting on a level, solid ground. Even if you are using them externally, on dirt or grass, you should literally dig its feet into the ground so that it does not slip. Keeping a ladder on the right angle is another very important piece of knowledge.

Professional painters and home improvement store employees state that you want 3 to 4 feet of rise for every foot of run.

What this means, is that if you set the ladder up against a wall that you are going to paint and your ladder is extended to about 20 feet, then the base of the ladder should be 5 to 6 feet from the wall. This rule will eliminate the chance of the ladder slipping on the ground or moving at its top.

Using ladders when painting – how to use them safely, is to set them up within a comfortable reach and they should be located just below the area that you are painting. When you are painting or preparing your paint area, remain centered on the ladder rungs, keep one hand on the ladder, while painting with your free hand. Also, never step above the top 4 rungs because one hand must always stay on the ladder. Only professional painters can get away from using ladders hands free, as they work slightly higher than the top rungs. However, they also use safety by using a belt-buckle, especially outdoors. Using a belt-buckle by anyone, is to always keep the buckle between the rails to help keep your balance and to be in control of the ladder and the surface you are painting.

Ladder Safety Tips

Ladders make painting easier but they must always be used with safety in mind. When using ladders when painting either inside or outside, there are a few safety and helpful tips to give you better traction to keep you safe:

  • Paint Hooks: Yes, some ladders have a platform that you can place a can of paint onto, but there are also paint hooks that are inexpensive metal devices, which attaches to a ladder in order to hang a paint bucket from it.
  • Ladder Stabilizers: A ladder stabilizer can be used inside a building, but it’s greatest safety factor is for use in all exterior painting projects. An inexpensive ladder stabilizer is great for work being done on a roof. The stabilizers give extra space over the gutters so that people can place a ladder a few feet up on the roof, depending on the roof’s pitch. The ladder stabilizer’s left and right arms are great in tricky areas like on or around a window. A ladder stabilizer is also called “stand-off arms” because of their straightforward metal hooks that slide into the top rung of the ladder. They allow the ladder to “stand-off” from a wall surface with a foot to spare, plus they add stability.
  • Ladder Boots: Ladder boots are great for indoor and outdoor painting projects. The boots help to support the top legs of a ladder. They add stability to the ladder and the boots help to keep the ladder from slipping sideways, plus the boots protects walls if used inside or they protect the side of a house from scrapes and scratches.

Ladders Are Safety Tools

Using ladders when painting – how to use them safely is helped by The American Ladder Institute directions. The Institute states that when you climb a ladder, it is best to use the “three points-of-contact” rule to minimize the chances of slipping and falling from a ladder:

  • during any climb up or down and while working, face the ladder and use two hands,
  • use one or two feet and one hand onto the ladder steps, rungs, or side rails,
  • do not carry any objects in your hands that will keep you from gripping the ladder.

Using Ladders Correctly and Safely

Just like paint, paint brushes, rollers, scrapers, trays and more, ladders are tools also that must be used correctly for your safety sake. A good ladder is needed if you are going to paint your home. When choosing a ladder, consider how you will use it for painting and how high it needs to be. Using ladders when painting – how to care for them properly is important, so that you will have it for a long time. Reaching the top of a ladder safely and properly, means to read the ladder’s instructions carefully to keep you safe and to use the ladder to paint efficiently.