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The Difference Between A Step Stool And A Ladder

Before investing in a new ladder or step stool, you should know which one is right for you. You must understand the many differences between step stools and step ladders.

Although these differences seem a bit like common sense, for beginners, it may not be that simple. Ladders and step stools have different purposes, and you always want to make sure you have the right tools for the job.

What is a step stool?

A simple one-step or two-step stool made of wood, plastic, steel, or aluminum is called a step stool. This type of tool can reach heights more easily, but it will not allow you to reach heights that are naturally reachable.


What is a ladder?

An “A”shaped ladder that can climb three to six steps is called a ladder. This type of ladder can reach a height much higher than your natural reach, and provides safety tools for working at heights. Most ladders are made of fiberglass or aluminum.

Step stool and ladder

These are two very different tools used to reach heights. The ladder will provide a higher reach than the step stool. However, the steps on the step stool are usually much wider than the steps on the ladder.

Compared with ladders, step stools are also lighter. However, step stools usually cannot be folded, while ladders are folded for easy storage and carrying.

Which is right for you?

When you live in an apartment, it helps to have a step stool or ladder. Sometimes you need to lift or change the light bulb high in the closet. Maybe you need to reach out to hang holiday decorations or clean the top of the refrigerator. Whatever the reason, the right step stool or ladder can make a big difference.

Most apartment residents only need a good step stool. However, if you have a high ceiling, a ladder may be a better choice. Here are some of the best options for apartment residents.

If you need to add a little extra space around the kitchen to reach the top level of the cabinets, then a step stool is the right choice. Those who wish to work at heights of 12 feet or higher may need a ladder.

Step stools are mainly used to allow those who cannot reach the normal height to safely reach the height they want. They are smaller and easier to store under the counter or in the corner.

Ladder is more suitable for high-altitude work, including pruning trees, replacing light bulbs, painting, replacing drains, installing Christmas lights, etc.

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